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After what felt like an eternity of fighting with my revision, I have finally completed my new Chapter One for THE EXPATRIATES.  *and the crowd goes wild*

I’ve added a plot twist, changed the POV, and removed a character from my story which required a lot of shuffling in the opening scenes. Holy smokes this was a struggle!  The changes on their own have been hard enough. But on top of that September has been a fog-like month for me.

I thought with all my exercise that I’d have loads more energy, but not the case. I’ve been ramping up on the marathon plan and ran 18 miles twice and 22 miles once this month, on top of the smaller weekday training runs. Over the course of my training program I have run 237.9 miles in 2011 so far and just cannot believe it. And yet I have been consistently just wiped out by the time dinner rolls around, which means clarity and focus for writing has been tough to find. Hence my blog-silence and my inability to get my critique partners the work I owe them. (thank you all for your patience!)

I have a friend who has been working toward getting her certification to provide Healing Touch services (holistic nurturing healing energy work). I see her on a regular basis and each time have an interesting experience. Well, last night I had my appointment and complained about being in a fog and feeling totally disconnected and tired. She suggested that we do a whole-body connection and a mind clearing in addition to the ankle and knee support I have needed while running.

It took about an hour.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, you lay fully clothed on a bed or in my case a massage table, under a blanket. The room is dark and there is gentle soothing music playing. The practitioner works in the air above your body, sometimes laying hands on your energy centers or joints or hands and toes. The entire thing is so relaxing and incredibly soothing.

For those of you whose eyebrows are raised in dubiousness, hang on. After my healing session, I got home last night and finished my revision – almost 17 pages and solved a sticky dilemma with my story. I can also report that today I feel bright eyed and bushy tailed for the first time all month!

I realize alternative medicine isn’t for everyone, but I am curious if anyone out there has partaken of these interesting fruits.  Have they helped? Do you receive these services regularly? I receive massage often and I’ve mentioned Healing Touch, I’ve also tried Reiki and see a biofeedback doctor as well. I’m planning to do acupuncture soon.  What about you?

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  1. I find holistic healing helpful when I can’t get past a blockage. Reiki is my favorite form of healing because it removes negative energy and creates space for good energy. Energy can’t be destroyed, only transferred, so it make sense to remove it. I’m glad your session helped with your writing!

  2. I consider myself a skeptical sort in general. However, if it works why not? The only time I have taken part in “alternative” medicine is when I worked at a hospital years ago – a nurse worked wonders for my back pain much as you described in your experiences.

  3. One moment while I pull my eyebrows back down into their normal position… OK, yes I’m a bit skeptical but that’s nothing new for me. I’m skeptical of medical doctors too. I have received chiropractic treatments for a joint condition that everyone said would *require* surgery – and it worked. So I temper my skepticism with a dash of open-mindedness in situations I have not personally tried. The one thing I do know for sure is that there is a great deal I don’t know.

  4. I’m rather open-minded. I’m glad it has you feeling better and I’m glad you got chapter one revised. I totally understood the frustration that comes with tearing something apart and putting it back together.

  5. I think a healthy dose of skepticism in all things is probably a good thing, and for things that can affect your health, for sure.

    One of the oddest things I have ever tried was this light therapy with these goggles and pulses of light that were supposed to mellow your brain. I remember seeing wild colors after a while (and no, we were not taking anything at the time!) I did this in the Village in NYC many years ago, must get in touch with my sister and ask if she remembers doing that with me.

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