Spiritual Challenge for 2017, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

A very wise student of mine asked a wonderful Kabbalistic question:  When is ”not-making” doing nothing?  And when is it doing something?

Jason Shulman describes not making in this manner.

“Not-making is that condition in which things are simply what they are and we are not making a “secondary something” out of primary experience.  We engage with reality directly."

- Jason Shulman
Kabbalistic Healing

How many of us during holidays with family and friends found ourselves with hurt feelings or misunderstandings that we were “making” up in our minds about a primary experience?

I switched phones recently and all my texts and phone messages were crazy or non-existent for twenty-four hours.  I was surprised at how many times people responded by taking that electronic failure personally and questioned me about our relationship.  I have had that reaction to others myself.  That’s an example of making secondary something out of a primary reality.   The electronic failure is the primary reality.  The beliefs about relationship with me are the secondary something or stories that are made up.

Non-making can be a very active and productive time.  This is difficult to keep in mind in this turbulent political climate.  Not making often calls for us to make donations, write letters, contact our political representatives while we watch carefully the primary actions/reality of our candidates without describing tales of fear (secondary something) onto the verbiage.  Just like active listening is a very present and involved activity, so is not making a very conscious act of involvement with what is true… not with what we fear is true.

If you want a spiritual challenge for the New Year, try this as a New Years Resolution!  I resolve to respond to what is TRUE . . . rather than reacting to fear and personal beliefs I am making up!

Susan Austin-Crumpton
Executive Director & Founder
The Estuary, Inc.



Susan Austin-Crumpton

Susan Austin-Crumpton, Executive Director and Founder of The Estuary and The School of Healing Arts. Susan’s intention to be fully present and alive with passion and joy requires an authenticity that is her hallmark. Dedication to study and commitment to her clients and students provides The Estuary and the community involved with purpose and meaning not often found in traditional leadership. Susan Austin-Crumpton speaks of The Estuary as being like a wheel, with the staff being each of the spokes, the programs and services as the rim and she is the hub of energy and identity at the center. As the founder of The Estuary and The School of Healing Arts, she has developed the healing techniques and skills taught by the school and integrated into the individual practices of the staff. Susan’s leadership, innovative practice methods and classes have created the foundation of The Estuary and The School. Her varied career history as business owner, a teacher, and a psychotherapist, make her uniquely qualified to bring grounding to healing practices that originate outside the medical and psychological mainstream. Her techniques are truly complimentary to allopathic medicine and traditional psychotherapy, not in conflict with them, as is evidenced by the community support and acceptance over the past twenty years. As the primary teacher at The School of Healing Arts she combines the techniques of energy healing and psychology with Kabbalistic principles into her psychotherapy techniques that bring lasting change into the lives of those who work with her. She works with individuals and groups specializing in depression, anxiety, couples, health issues, addiction, and spiritual connection to life’s meaning and purpose. Susan has completed four years of study in healing science with The Barbara Brennan School of Healing Science and three years of study in Integrative Kabbalistic Healing with Jason Shulman's A Society of Souls. She also holds a degree in counseling psychology from the University of Louisville. She is a pastoral counselor ordained by The Estuary. Susan specializes in integrating transpersonal psychology with energy therapies effectively embodying the mind, body and spirit connection. She has been in private practice for 18 years serving individual processes, coupleship work, group experiences, and health related issues. She is the primary teacher at The School of Self Healing Arts and teaches transpersonal psychology, energy anatomy and therapies, world religion, and experiential therapy techniques. Susan is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren. She loves to study, to learn and grow personally and professionally, and is committed to the well being of her family, students and clients.