The Blessing, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

I too frequently wake up in the middle of the night with my mind whirling in a thousand directions at once.  That’s when I listen to podcasts.  I am comforted by the drone of other voices other than my own lulling me back to sleep; unless, the podcast is interesting. 
That happened the other night as I listened to Richard Rohr speak about men and grieving the loss of their father’s blessing that occurs too often in this culture.  A father’s blessing is simply hearing the words “I’m proud of you”.  Without this blessing men (and women) turn to external validation and ego driven lives to find themselves and to find meaning in work, relationships, success, addiction etc.
As a woman I never heard that from my father either.  I know now he couldn’t give me what he never received himself.  So I became a seeker of I did not know what?  I turned to relationships, food, work, possessions, accomplishments, friends etc.  Searching, always searching to satiate a restless unfulfilled desire for something I couldn’t name.
However, the searching I was hunting for was within me all along.  First was a grief for the blessing that I could never receive since my father had died.  There was a deep sadness that my wise helpers and healers guided me through session by session, class by class.
Today I can say I feel a deep Blessing that I connect with each moment that is a light of acceptance and guidance from my Higher Self, my Higher Power, and my Divine connection to something bigger than myself.  Many name this as God.
First, comes the grief.  Second, comes the Blessing.
My invitation to all is to join us here at The Estuary and The School of Self Healing Arts for guidance and to learn to receive your Blessing of Divine Connection.


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.