Spiritual Significance, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

My husband and I were talking about the meaning and the journey of moving from external success to the internal, personal experience of significance. This is a very personal, internalized journey, individualized for each person and often requires a guide.

I was trying to explain to him how I felt/knew my own internal significance. It seems I somehow know, but found the words to describe this experience elusive and slippery.

Something like this: I know who I am, when I am Me and when I am not. Yet, I don’t have any adjectives or badges to describe this experience. I can more easily explain what I am not, and how I have changed. For example, I am no longer as concerned with whether or not I am nice, or if people like me. I like most people I meet, that’s all that matters to me.

I am freed from having to have lots of beauty, money, to have traveled to the correct places, said the right thing, or needing to learn everything possible because it is out there. There are places I will never see, experiences I will never have, things I will never learn.

My internalized significance seems to be a deep sense of spiritual satisfaction within myself, a knowing (I don’t always know what!) within myself, and just a pervading spiritual sense that my life and me have mattered.

Somewhere on my life journey I committed myself to the task of becoming fully human. When I was born I became human. That’s not what I am saying. Instead, this is a commitment to my deeply personal journey of being fully human.

I am much closer than I was ten or twenty years ago. It is this spiritual journey that gives my every breath, every moment significance.

This is my deeply spiritual, significant life.

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.