Speaking Truth to Power, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

"Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly."
                            ― Ann Rice

Many years ago in another lifetime, I was leaving a marriage, in which I did not work outside the home. I left weeks of prepared meals in the freezer and directions for each taped on the refrigerator door. I had spent our entire marriage trying to earn my keep and my value (since I did not bring in financial income).

I had no concept of personal value or worthiness to him. All I could do is somehow try to control his disgruntlement as the only wage earner in the household.

What was my part of this? I considered myself and treated myself as an indentured servant!  The entire culture we lived in thought about it that way. He with the money has the power and no truth could be spoken to power!

I broke out the only way I had to find value for myself. I got a divorce, went to work and joined women's lib. I really thought we had changed something and that it would be so different for my daughters and grandchildren.

Today, I see not much has changed. Women and men are still struggling to speak up to the one with the money, the one with all the power.

Now, with this "Me Too" movement, this time I hope it is different.

However, the difference needs to come from deep within the silence within me. As I shout "ME TOO", I peer deeply inside and find that quiet place that knows Who I AM and I realize the first truth I must hear is one to myself. It's a quiet voice that says I will not bow down inside, I will not beg for value and dignity. The second voice inside reminds me that I am mine and cannot be devalued no matter how anyone outside myself treats me.

My voice of truth to power, truth to evil needs to be spoken from my empowered truth and not from self-righteousness that deepens the wound. We have really big structural and systemic problems that will take consistency and a lot of support from each other.

Then my outside voice will speak and take up space. It took me nearly a century to learn that. To our daughters and sons and grandchildren I ask, "How can we help?"

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.