Finding Peace, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Paradoxically, I have found peace because I have always been dissatisfied.  My moments of depression and despair turn out of be renewals, new beginnings, . . .  All life tends to grow like this, in mystery inscaped with paradox and contradiction, yet centered, in its very heart, on the divine mystery.
— Thomas Merton

It feels like as an elder in this community, I am being called upon to hold on even more tightly to the inner unity I have already found, rather than convincing others that I am right politically and socially.
It is disturbing to me to experience the violence and meanness that is so prevalent in the political world.  I don’t understand the divisiveness of racism, sexism, xenophobia etc.
I am a Christian who has been immersed for many years in Mystical Kabbalah that is so closely tied with Rosicrucian and Buddhist beliefs in inner and outer unity and oneness.
I grew up with Catholic education for twelve years.  I don’t recognize anything I was taught in the Christianity that has been hijacked by the media to divide us and teach us hate.  I still don’t hear divisiveness when I go to mass, or read lovely books on faith or even intelligent atheism.   Those kindly masters teach unity and love. 
So what is happening when we have the lack of face to face on social media?  Are we bullies like our leaders who speak hate freely online but never face-to-face?  Where is human love and compassion then?
Reading Thomas Merton reminds me that the work I am called to do at this point is the work of inner silence.  Inner unity and peacemaking with myself is the answer to peace for the world.
It does no good to call for oneness and unity in our communities if I am immersed in self hate and divisiveness inside myself.
The inner work required here is to embody my dissatisfaction, despair and depression, wash it in mercy and grace, center it in a heart filled with loving kindness for myself as well as for all of you.

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.