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Sharing Awareness

…as contributed to The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, Number 9, Summer 1995 issue by Phyllis Singer…

“My beginnings in Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1977 inspired me to write this article. Being a seeker I studied on a friend’s recommendation and a whim. The first day of listening to Mary in class nearly catapulted my skeptical self onto the nearest plane back to Florida. That first night, after class, Mary gave me my first session, and I was hooked.

At that time I was the only JSJ student I knew of in Florida. Applying this Art to others and watching the results gave me faith that this precious Art from Japan, revived by Jiro Murai and delivered to us by Mary Burmeister, was something that would benefit all. However, conveying that was tough, and for the first ten years, I found myself at a loss in sharing the essence of this magnificent Art without directly applying jumper cables.

Of course, living in Cosmic Flow while jumper cabling others expanded my awareness allowing me to see what was blocking me. Jin Shin Jyutsu is invisible, and modern western society has difficulty accepting that which we can’t see, calling it unscientific. Our medicine for decades has almost exclusively focused on the details of disease rather than exploring wholeness/wellness.

The scientific method, which emphasizes proving something, reflects a mass consciousness in our society. Those first ten years of my own limited belief system had me sharing technique and minutia instead of introduction Jin Shin Jyutsu as an Art of living. My ability to share expanded by my consciousness and the question that arose “How do I introduce this Art to a society with habits and attachments to proving, ‘seeing is believing’, the Art of non-preferential listening, feeling and trusting?”

So the question arises, what is the meaning of sharing-awareness? A meaning for “share” is to partake of, use, experience or enjoy with others; meanings for “awareness” are consciousness, realization, perception or knowledge. One understanding of sharing-awareness could be enjoying consciousness with others.

Mary so expertly shares awareness. For instance, in her self-help books she says “Be the Smile”. The origins of “smile” trace back through Middle English to the Old English word smerian, to laugh, and the Latin world, merari, to wonder. She says so much with her simple words that if one desires to research sharing-awareness, there is no need to look any further than Mary’s self-help books. Throughout this article I will refer to Mary’s self-help books. I invite you to read/re-read them.”

To be continued…

Thank you, Master Jiro.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Thank you, Phyllis.

 

Be Your Jumper Cable

Janet Oliver contributed the following article to The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue number 12, Spring 1996:

Be Your Jumper Cable ~ Self-Help Jin Shin Jyutsu

“The simple stress reliever is our hands, the jumper cables. It is the least known or most fearful tool for mankind due to the unawareness and misunderstanding of being simple or just Being. Yet unconsciously one is always using our hands, but consciously we are afraid of its simplicity.” ~ Mary Burmeister

From Mary we know that the foundation of Jin Shin Jyutsu is in self-help, having manifested in Jiro Murai’s self healing experience from a terminal illness using the Breath and the finger poses. Mary herself listened to Jiro Murai not to help others, but to BE NOW KNOW MYSELF. Only after 17 years of study did she apply her jumper cables to others.

Mary asks us these questions in Self-Help Book 2: “Are you using-Being your ‘Jumper Cable’? Are you your own testimony?” Her response is, “If you have spent a minimum of thirty minutes to an hour a day applying the art (being your ‘Jumper Cable’), you are your own testimony”.

To help us to be the jumper cable, Mary wrote the 3 Self-Help Books, a task that took her 40 years. Embedded in these three books is not only the procedures for self-help, but also the depth of Mary’s wisdom, understanding and awareness. Mary tells us about the Breath in Self-Help Book 3, as follows: “Know that to Be the Breath of Life is to Be the phenomena and the dynamic forces in mind and body. One begins to feel the rhythmic beating of the heart, feel the spine straightening up and the whole being becoming weightless. Breathing becomes easier and rhythmic – a SMILE begins to surface from deep within bringing with it a total sense of Cosmic Unconditional Love and Peace.”

So Self-Help Books 1, 2 and 3 were written to tune us into the Breath and the One Cosmic Rhythm of the Trinity. Mary brings to our attention that “as one’s own Physio-Philosophy (awareness of myself) and Physio-Psychology (understanding of Myself) grow, that one will find that all is contained in Self-Help Books 1, 2 and 3.” She says, “All answers to questions are in the three Self-Help Books. All the Jin Shin Jyutsu student needs is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration (experience) – that’s all. Have fun with each of them.”

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Thank you, Janet.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

27 Thousand Billion Smiles, Part 3

Janet Oliver contributed the following article to The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue number 12, Spring 1996:

“Prior to the class, I had such a stiff back that after sitting in a chair for a while, I would get up bent over. I would have to walk around bent over for many steps, then slowly straighten up. We didn’t even discuss my back. She simply held my middle finger. When I returned home to the San Francisco Bay area, the back stiffness was gone. A friend of mine, who is a structural integration professional, took one look at me and said, “I have never seen so much healing happen in such a short period of time. Where have you been this past week?”

This morning, when I awoke, I didn’t feel well. I was extremely foggy-brained. Rather than following my morning routine, I sat on the sofa in my hotel holding my middle finger. As my head cleared I started writing this story. (I hadn’t planned on it.) It simply poured out. At this point in writing, it has suddenly dawned on me that not only is it exactly 12 years ago today (both date and time) that I met Mary but the same out-of-town locations (Los Angeles), and here I started this writing process by holding my own right middle finger.

I know Mary probably won’t read this – it’s not her style to read anything about herself. Yet I would like to include this acknowledgement, speaking for all of us who experience her teaching and her jumper cables: “Thank you, Mary. thank you for BE-ing the jumper cable that allowed my life to begin. I am grateful forever. Thank you for the 27 thousand billion smiles.”

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Thank you, Janet.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

27 Thousand Billion Smiles, Part 2

Janet Oliver contributed the following article to The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue number 12, Spring 1996:

“On the fourth day of class something else notable happened. Mary was demonstrating the way to hold fingers on various class members. Then it was my turn. I was nervous. She sat across a table from me and studied my fingers. She pointed out a particular configuration of my index and little fingers, saying this configuration would lead to health projects. She “listened” to my pulses at the wrist with her fingertips and pronounced to the 120 members of the class, “This one has deep stress. This one has mental/emotional projects. Come listen to her pulses to understand.”

My hands began to sweat profusely, leaving little pools of water on the table. I hoped that no one would notice, but Mary promptly announced, “Look at the wet palms. Look at the deep stress.” She grabbed my middle finger of my right hand. If I had doubts about the power of Jin Shin Jyutsu, they vanished in that moment, for to my astonishment, I felt huge currents of energy gushing through my body from head to toes, and she was only holding my right middle finger. I felt my face turning bright red. I was deeply embarrassed; I wanted to run, to hide. But I didn’t want Mary to stop holding my middle finger. The sweat continued to pour from my palms; it even dripped over the edge of the table onto the floor. (Fortunately, Mary didn’t announce that!)

I looked into her eyes and she looked back into mine. It seemed that she could see my very soul. In her eyes was a fierce compassion that allowed me to know for the first time that it was okay to simply be me. Tension rolled off me. I felt the stiff muscles in my back releasing. I could sit straighter and breath more easily. Suddenly, I was no longer nervous and embarrassed. My hands straightened to normal. A deep breath came from within me, of its own accord. Mary said, “Thank you.” It was only half an hour, but my life would never be the same. I was not ecstatic. I simply felt normal, healthy, “in tune”, as she had been describing in the lecture.

Yet more was to come. When she let go of my middle finger, I asked her if I could “listen” to her pulses. She had mentioned that she kept her pulses in perfect order, and I wanted to “listen”. I put my fingertips on her wrists, and “listened”. It was a vibration I’ll never forget: silky, blissful, beyond my capacity to put into words. In looking through my notes, I found this quote from Mary that describes it, “At the heart of each of us whatever our imperfections, there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm. The art of getting in touch with this pulse can transform our BE-ing into NO-thing”.”

To be continued…

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Thank you, Janet.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

27 Thousand Billion Smiles

Janet Oliver contributed the following article to The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue number 12, Spring 1996:

“Twelve years ago today – it’s October 10, 1995 as I write – I met Mary. I first saw her as she walked to the front of the classroom in Los Angeles, radiant, a picture of health itself, perfectly poised on her 4-inch heels. She smiled, paused as the class hushed to a respectful silence, and calmly wrote on the overhead projector. The words appeared on the screen above her: “NOW KNOW MYSELF, BE IT IS, IS.” I had no idea what she meant, but I wrote it down anyway. Then she spoke the following words:

“Let’s drop our shoulders and give ourselves a hug. Exhale and receive all of your cosmic abundance. Be the smile…and all our cells smile with us. So we have 27 thousand billion smiles!”

As Mary continued to speak, blending the physio-philosophy of Jin Shin Jyutsu with the information, I felt that there was something quite powerful going on, beyond her words, but that I didn’t know what it was. The information was overwhelming, confusing. “Confusion is progress,” Mary said. Yet, I observed each person in the room, including me, relaxing as the days went by, becoming more bright and alive. Faces were glowing. Tension melted away. Feelings of “I don’t understand” dissolved into the breath. Mary encouraged the group: “Understanding and awareness come their own time. They cannot be rushed by efforting.”

On one of the lunchtime breaks, Mary was jumper cabling a woman who had a large infected open wound (maybe 2 to 3 inches in diameter) on her leg. It was interesting to watch. As Mary held energy locks on various areas of her body, the edges of the wound (maybe a quarter of an inch) would turn a bright pink, and then right before my eyes, the pink edges turned to normal skin! Then another new edge would turn brighter pink, and within a couple of minutes, normal skin appeared. Again and again, this process repeated. Mary did not completely close the wound as it became time to start class, but in about 20 minutes she had demonstrated the capacity of the jumper cables to create considerable visible healing. I saw Mary’s humility, and I experienced awe.”

To be continued…

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Thank you, Janet.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

Jin Shin Jyutsu Highways (continued)

Self-Help Books ~ The Travel Maps

Iole Lebensztajn offers an article about Self-Help in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, Number 30, Fall 2000:

“On page 15, Mary also tells us to focus on the “tune-up” not the “fixing”. This reminds me page 32 (3+2=5 is the first Safety Energy Lock of the 2nd Depth) in which Mary repeats the same concept in other words, “BE the focusing on harmonizing”. On this same page she talks about the Physio-Philosophy, Physio-Psychology and Physio-Physiology that help the balanced expression of spirit, mind and body (bustline, waistline and hip line). The balanced expression of these three dimensions of our Being is the primary intention of 2nd Depth.

At the bottom of page 32, Mary also tells us that each day is new and adds, “So, waste not today in yesterdays and tomorrows. SMILE and Know Myself, BE the NOW”. So forgive and exhale your past. And remember that the walk we make is by walking. So let’s BE the best step we can NOW. The 2nd Depth is “nine-ing” all the time. Safety Energy Lock 9 rules our feet preparing us to stroll, flowing through our life pathway, to receive (inhale) the present.

By this really short journey (just pages 15 and 32 of Book III), we can observe that in the Self-Help Books Mary makes available for us the more complex and profound concepts of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu with simplicity and FUN. Everything is already there waiting for us to be ready to read and understand…and “Jin Shin Jyutsu is an art which molds into your own ‘individualized art of LIVING”. (Book I page 23) In other words, through the 3 Books Mary shows us the non-secret secret of this complicatedly simple Art that is available for us, the artists, in any depth we want to Know IT, BE IT.

I truly encourage you to visit these books. They are maps that lead you into yourself. As you travel these unique highways, you learn about your resources, your nature…you find more than you can imagine and everything you need. It’s all yours to enjoy. There is plenty to know and see, regardless of the “season”. I hope you come back again and again to Now Know Myself…and share with us your adventures.”

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Thank you, Iole.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

Mary’s 3 Self-Help books, as well as all issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Highways

Self-Help Books ~ The Travel Maps

Iole Lebensztajn offers an article about Self-Help in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, Number 30, Fall 2000:

“I’m always amazed about how Mary has manifested the Self-Help Books. As this is an Autumn issue of the Main Central, and Autumn is related to 2nd Depth, I chose to look for 2nd Depth messages traveling through the Self-Help Book III. What follows are some souvenirs that I brought for you from my expedition.

Before startlng my expedition, I have checked some of the points of interest I would look for: Air is the element that represents 2nd Depth. Air is connected to the world of thoughts, ideas, words, etc. The element Air rules communication, the flow of information, messages or thoughts. When we think about Air we remember the breathing process. In Jin Shin Jyutsu, we understand that breathing does not happen just through the lungs’ work, but it involves every organ, every cell of our entire body, and we may say, our entire Being (spirit, mind and body). To breathe is to allow the Universal Harmonizing Energy to flow through our entire Being.

With these concepts in mind, I looked at Self-Help Book III. I remembered that there was something related to the 2nd Depth on page 15 where Mary presents one of the finger poses that helped Jiro Murai to heal himself. There she teaches us that touching the ring fingernail with the palm side of thumb will aid to ease our breathing. We know that ring fingers help the 2nd Depth at the attitude level. At the top of this same page she says, “One is where one’s thoughts are. Thoughts create words and words create deeds. Thoughts directly affect the body.” You see how she is telling us that ring finger, breathing, thoughts and words are all related, without talking explicitly about 2nd Depth or Air element. What about the page? Page 15! Safety Energy Lock 15 (the last Safety Energy Lock of the 2nd Depth) aids to create new ideas (thoughts) and adaptations, and also helps Safety Energy Locks 3 and 6 , who are breathing helpers.”

To be continued…

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Thank you, Iole.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings