I’m excited today to be a guest on Monday Miscellany! We’ll see how miscellaneous I turn out to be. I’m usually pretty good at randomness.
I was telling a bookstore owner the other day about my Reality Shift series of books for young adults. It’s an urban fantasy series, and the main characters are two teenagers who use skills like energy healing and channeling to defeat demons, send evil dead spirits to the other side, and keep the Universe from being vaporized.
When I mentioned the energy healing and channeling parts, I received a blank look. I often do when I mention those. Then again, if memory serves, when my friend Chris first mentioned them to me back in 2005, I think I gave him a blank look as well. They are rather unusual concepts.
Some readers have probably heard of Reiki. Not the whale, but the holistic healing method. Reiki is a form of energy healing. The idea behind energy healing in general is that each person (and, actually everything, living or non) has an energy field surrounding them. Damage to the energy field can cause physical and mental injuries or illnesses; physical or mental injuries and illnesses can cause damage to the energy field. So the theory is that by treating the energy field, not only can that damage be repaired, but the physical and mental things can be healed or helped as well. The treatment is done by the healer placing their hands on or very near certain points, called energy centers or chakras, and becoming sort of a conduit for the energy of the universe, which they direct into those energy centers.
Okay. Reading that over, it might seem way out there to some. But there is a scientific basis for believing energy fields exist (some call them electromagnetic fields), and I’ve seen for myself that energy healing can be effective. For the sake of family members’ privacy I won’t go into specifics, but one person, in pain for months from a botched surgery, was completely pain-free for two weeks after an energy healing session. Another, on medication for a chronic condition for four and a half years, was able to, with their doctor’s supervision, be weaned off the medication through regular energy healing sessions. Some hospitals now allow Reiki volunteers to come in and work with chronic or terminal patients, and it does seem to help.
Channeling seems even more out there. That’s the process of allowing a “higher-level being” to speak through you. Some people call those beings angels, and I guess sometimes they are. The beings that I was taught (yes, I’ve actually studied this stuff…) are most likely to work with humans are spirit guides, light beings (which I call “light guides” in the Reality Shift books) and beings of light. The channel goes into trance and allows the being’s consciousness to use their body for a brief period of time to communicate more directly with a human.
In the Reality Shift books, main character Jonah Leighton has been studying these things and yoga since childhood. At age sixteen, he becomes friends with fourteen-year-old Shanna Bailey and begins teaching her about energy healing and channeling. In addition to the previously mentioned demons, dead spirits, and potential Universe vaporization, the two also use their skills to help Shanna overcome a painful past and present, and to change her life for the better.
Reality Shift books one through three are available now, and book four will be out this Thursday, July 21. You can find out more about the Reality Shift books, along with my other young adult urban fantasy series The Dark Lines and my young adult contemporary novels, on my WEBSITE The two series are available from the publisher, JUPITER GARDENS, as well as third-party retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
You can also learn more about the two series on their own websites, REALITY SHIFT SERIES HYPERLINK and THE DARK LINES.