Sometimes I Pray, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

“Prayer is meant to be a direct line of communication
With the depth of our heart
And the height of our soul”
-- Jason Shulman

Sometimes I pray.
There I said it.

I was taught as a child to pray.
I learned to pray when I was afraid or in trouble
or couldn’t find my purse.

Usually, I don’t know who I’m praying to.
Often I don’t believe anyone or anything is listening.
I have doubts about a god
high up in the air
dispensing or withholding favors or stuff.

More often I meditate
for short moments of time.
Sometimes I wish I could sit for an hour
like I did in energy school.
So fabulous to do that with hundreds of people.
I could really feel ME.

Now I meditate almost every day
in short do-able
moments of time.
Closing my eyes,
feeling the stillness,
opening my head at crown chakra
and waiting, waiting
to fill with something so holy
I can only stumble at describing.

It fills me with peace and trust
It centers me
it feeds me.

I am so looking forward to classes
starting again in September.
My students and I
find that quiet
“praying” space

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.