Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Guest Post: The Healing Art of Reiki By Jamie K. Schmidt

The main character of my book Undercover Lover, Pamela Krupin, is a Reiki certified psychiatrist. Reiki involves meditation and energy manipulation. It is not magic or voodoo or religion based.  It is a contemplative session of experiencing yourself as you relate to the universe.

Pam believes in healing the mind as well as the body through the five precepts of Reiki.

    1.            At least for today, do not worry.
    2.            Just for today, no not anger.
    3.            Be grateful.
    4.            Work hard.
    5.            Be kind.

They seem like simple principles but it’s harder than it looks to practice them on a daily basis.  If you were a client of Pam’s, she would ask you to wear comfortable clothing to your first session.  You would lay down on a massage table and after checking if you were comfortable, she would put on some soft instrumental music.  She’s a fan of Andreas Vollenweider’s New Age work, “Down to the Moon” or “Behind the Gardens.”  While you closed your eyes, Pam would put some essential oil into the diffuser.  If you were anxious or nervous, she might use lavender therapeutic oil.  If you were depressed, she might use a clary sage oil blend.  If you were stressed, Pam might put in a few drops of Rosemary oil.  

She would then dim the lights and request that you concentrate on her words and picture yourself either going for a walk in the woods, or on a beach, or maybe flying through the sky.  She would ask you to take deep breaths and exhale through your mouth.  Pam would guide you through a meditation and tell you that wherever you wind up sitting or floating, that you are safe.  While you pondered on her words, she would ask you to open yourself up to any messages the universe would like to give you.

Then she would center herself and pass her hands above you, not touching, while she concentrated on the energy flows and blockages in your body.  Depending on where the energy was being held, you could feel warmth, or a weight on your body – when there is nothing physical there.  You could also feel a numbness or cold. 

Pam would concentrate on moving energy or ki from her body through the seven chakra areas of your body:

    1.            Head or crown chakra – often denoted as purple energy, is centered on the top of your head.
    2.            The third eye chakra, dark blue energy, is centered between your eyes up on your forehead.
    3.            The throat chakra, light blue energy, is located in the center of your neck.
    4.            The heart chakra, green, is located in the center of your chest.
    5.            The navel chakra, yellow is located in your stomach and abdomen region.
    6.            The sacral chakra, orange, is located in your lower abdomen, below your belly button.
    7.            The root chakra, red, is located at the base of the spine, by the tail bone.

While you relax on the table, deep within your own thoughts, Pam will channel energy from the universe and be a conduit between it and you. The session would last anywhere from a half hour to an hour and you would feel refreshed and peaceful when it was over.  She’d give you a glass of cold water with lemon and cucumber infused in it or a hot cup of green tea.  You would then talk about anything that was concerning you and perhaps make goals or action steps to address any issues.

When Detective Drake Logan gets on the table, it’s to help with his hurt knee and to find out a little more about the Doctor and how much she knows in a drug scam that someone at the hospital is involved in.  Undercover Lover is available at Musa Publishing and Amazon.  Here’s an excerpt from it:

They stood up to leave when Vera brought over their checks. Drake took both of them and pulled out his wallet.

“You don’t have to do that,” she protested and tried to take her check from him.

“It’s the least I could do. Besides, it’s my pleasure to treat a beautiful woman to lunch. I usually get to buy hot dogs from the street vendor for me and my partner.”

“Well, thank you,” she said graciously and then impulsively kissed him on the cheek.

His face was smooth and warm. His cheek just having the slightest brush of whisker, unlike Ralphie whose beard was as riotous as the rest of his blond curls. Drake turned his head and their lips just missed brushing each other. There was a flicker of desire deep in her belly and her fingers itched to slide into his jacket and see if he had muscles to go with that suit.

Staring at his jaw, she wondered again why she was comparing him to Ralphie. Ralphie was her patient. It wouldn’t be ethical to be anything more. And this detective was a little too slick for her. Maybe it was the ponytail or him not taking off his sunglasses, but warning bells started to go off when he slid his finger down her chin and tilted it up so she was looking at her dual reflection in his sunglasses.

“Are you doing anything Friday night?” he asked.

“I’m working,” she said and stepped back. Just like that the spell was broken. She slung her purse over her shoulder. “Thank you again for lunch. Good luck with your search.”

“Stay safe,” he said and she felt his eyes on her as she walked out the back door.

 Author Bio:

Jamie K. Schmidt has over thirty short stories in publication. Her romantic suspense novel UNDERCOVER LOVER, published by Musa Publishing, will be released September 13, 2013. THE QUEEN’S WINGS, book one of the Emerging Queens series, a paranormal dragon romance will be published by Entangled's Edge line this fall. Book One of her contemporary romance series, INNER GODDESS, will be published by Random House's Loveswept line June 2014. 

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English. She’s also held various jobs as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major corporation. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA), serving as the President for her local chapter Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA).

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