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Adaptability, the Body’s Response to Impermanence

Phyllis Singer’s article may be found in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter Number 33, Summer 2001 and purchased at

“Students of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu have often heard and witnessed, “The only thing permanent about life is change.” Philosophically speaking, when we keep ourselves adapted to the now, we will live in the harmony of the present. “SMILE. I have never experienced this Breath I am ever before nor will I ever again. Enjoy the Breath that I am now.” – (Self-Help Book III, pg. 10). Know Myself BE IT IS, IS.

Changes in season bring a particular challenge to life as the spirit, mind and body go through much transition while accepting this change. Mary used to say, “Happiness is a function of accepting what is. ” In keeping with Mary’s teachings, I offer a quickie couch potato flow (a flow that is actually a pose to comfortably hold) for all of us to apply for easy transition into summer or the hottest time of any season. In Florida, a state where summer descends as suddenly as winter blows into the Northern states, the need for this flow is particularly evident.

Cross the hands over the chest, palms under the collarbones, Safety Energy Lock 22’s, with fingertips touching the upper arms, Safety Energy Lock hi 19’s. Find the ideal position for your comfort, remembering that there is always a  way. If it isn’t convenient to apply a certain hold, find an alternative, and keep the ideal in mind. Now place the pad of your big toe-Safety Energy Lock 7-on the opposite inside ankle, Safety Energy Lock 5. The second part of this flow is to reverse the foot position.

This flow is particularly useful when one is going into any kind of change. As well as corresponding to th hottest time of any season, it also can help with the hottest, potentially worrisome life issues, helping us to be flexible while choosing transformation. It also provides a dynamic way to increase flexibility at all levels and is a simple, quickie self-help to facilitate being in harmony with the now or in “FLOW” as described by Mary in Self-Help Book III, pg. 2.

As self-help practitioners, we are often looked upon to answer family’s, friend’s, client’s or student’s questions on self-help for a variety of projects, especially on a one-to-one basis. Remember Mary’s conversation about the Safety Energy Locks in Self-Help Book II, pg. 6, “Just as they are named, they are our truest friends, SAFETY Energy Locks…if we heed their friendly concern, we can instantly help ourselves from misery…”

I suggest that we heed Mary’s wisdom and get to know our friends, the SAFETY Energy Locks. Using the couch potato flow above (also known as the Adapter Flow), we know that 22’s mean complete; gathering and dispersal. 22 is a critical-to-life Safety Energy Lock. For me, I hear that as my ability to receive-inhale-GATHER, and to give-exhale-DISPERSE, 22 can assist with any projects involving the balance of receiving and giving, or exhaling and inhaling. 22 represents ATTENTION (gathering) and INTENTION (dispersal) and can harmonize our consciousness. 22 can help with “harmonizing concepts, help to release perceptions into boundless dimensions.” (Self-Help Book II, pg. 55) Mary is letting us know that 22 can help us free our minds so that we can drop old reactions into the pleasure of the now, allowing the future to be the unknown exploration and adventure in front of us.

Looking at page 20 in Self-Help Book II we see that the friendship with 5 brings us “regeneration, putting off the old and putting on the new. 5 helps us to adapt to natural conditions to be liberated from all bondage.” Add the order that 7 brings; we find perfect life power and the experience of personal success and triumph. Add to that the energy of 19 (remember the placement of the fingertips while palming the 22’s?), and we now have our personal authority and leadership enhanced. I call the 19’s NOW TRUST MYSELF.

So if someone asks you a Jin Shin Jyutsu question out of the blue, remember to ask for help from our truest friends, the Safety Energy Locks. If you are not experiencing your already existent, ever-present relationship with the Safety Energy Locks, apply the Adapter Flow for a reset as it will assist you in “presencing” yourself so as to come through. Like any friendship with individuals in our personal lives,each Safety Energy Lock brings its own precious gifts. It is up to us to ask and to receive.”

Thank you, Phyllis.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

A Letter from Japan, Part 2

Having just completed a 5-day class taught by Sadaki Kato where we learned more about the history of Jin Shin Jyutsu, I thought it appropriate to share a letter written in 1998 from Dr. Haruki Kato translated into English by Kyoko Saegusa.

This is part 2:

Both the subtle misinterpretation of the Art’s true concepts as well as the partial, unauthorized use of the name Jin Shin Jyutsu have served to confuse the public and distort the wisdom that is Jin Shin Jyutsu.

It is my wish as well as that of David Burmeister that we continue to work together and support one another’s efforts to disseminate this Art in its purest form, and that the teachings of Jiro Murai will be preserved for generations to come. When I studied with Master Murai, I was his youngest student. I apprenticed with him with the intention of devoting my life to Jin Shn Jyutsu. Master Murai encouraged me to go to an acupuncture school. I continued to study with master Murai both while I attended the school and after I graduated.

Currently, I am teaching the principles and characteristics of the medical aspects of Jin Shin Jyutsu to medical specialists in japan who are interested in oriental medicine. I sometimes use the terminology of oriental medicine to better explain Jin Shin Jyutsu.

It is my intention to eventually have Jin Shin Jyutsu become a recognized and accepted modality of the Japanese medical community. This work consumes the majority of my time, along with writing and working with my patients.

For these reasons I kindly ask that individuals refrain from contacting me directly. I do not have the time to meet with all the Jin Shin Jyutsu students who vacation in Japan and wish to meet me, nor do I wish to be called by individual students whose inquiries, due to the time differences, sometimes come in the middle of the night.

I have chosen to work directly with the Jin Shin Jyutsu instructors, who will in turn share what they have learned with all of you. In addition, I am working with Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. on a joint writing project that will bring greater clarity to my work here in Japan.

Respectfully yours,

Haruki Kato

This letter can be found in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter Number 20, Spring 1998 and ordered at

Thank you, Master Murai.

Thank you, Kato-san.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

A Letter from Japan

Having just completed a 5-day class taught by Sadaki Kato where we learned more about the history of Jin Shin Jyutsu, I thought it appropriate to share a letter written in 1998 from Dr. Haruki Kato translated into English by Kyoko Saegusa:

Dear Jin Shin Jyutsu Students,

I would like to formally introduce myself to the students of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. My name is Dr. Haruki Kato, and along with Mary Burmeister am one of Master Jiro Murai’s two remaining students. Although many people would come to listen to Jiro Murai’s lectures and experience his healing touch, Mary, myself and Mary’s father, Uhachi Iino represent his three serious students.

I first visited Scottsdale in May of 1992 to re-establish my relationship with Mary Burmeister and her organization, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc., after having been out of touch for many years. I was first contacted by David Burmeister in the fall of 1991, through my cousin and our mutual friend Hisako Suginomori. This was a timely communication considering I had been planning to contact Mary very soon myself.

Since my first visit, I have returned to Scottsdale on 2 separate occasions and have met with several of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc.’s instructors. The immediate purpose of our meetings is to support one another’s work and to better understand one another’s approach and application of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Although Mary and myself are both direct students of Jiro Murai, we did not attend his lectures during the same time period. Mary was first Jiro’s student and then came her father, Uhachi Iino. It was Uhachi who brought me to Master Murai after Mary had returned to the United States to be married. Mary honored Master Murai’s wish to bring the “gift” of Jin Shin Jyutsu to America and continued her studies by correspondence. I became Master Murai’s full-time student, and before Master Murai passed away he asked me to “look after” Jin Shin Jyutsu in Japan.

The long term reason for coming together with Mary Burmeister, David Burmeister and the Jin Shin Jyutsu teaching staff invovles the nurturing and protection of Jin Shin Jyutsu. David Burmeister shares my concern about the various offshoots of Jin Shin Jyutsu being popularized by people with a very limited understanding of this precious Art. I feel that as Master Murai’s remaining students we represent the only legitimate sources of this training available today.

To be continued…

This letter can be found in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter Number 20, Spring 1998 and order at

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

What is Jin Shin Jyutsu?

…for our new readers…

Translated from Japanese, Jin Shin Jyutsu means: The Creator’s Art through Compassionate Man. The teachings of Jin Shin Jyutsu embody all aspects of being ~ Spirit, Mind, and Body.

Similar to acupressure, Jin Shin Jyutsu is a healing Art that can be applied to ourselves and others. By using our hands as “jumper cables” and placing them on the body, we reawaken our innate state of balance and harmony. Jin Shin Jyutsu harmonizes the body’s potential to overcome stress, fatigue, injury and illness.

With a history spanning over 3,000 years, Jin Shin Jyutsu was passed from one generation to the next orally. As with many ancient healing practices taught in this way, Jin Shin Jyutsu became a lost Art. In the early 1900s, Jiro Murai, a Japanese man from a long line of medical professionals, rediscovered the Art. His curiosity, aptitude, and desire for learning inspired him to decode these ancient mysteries of healing.

In the 1940’s, Jiro Murai encountered a like-minded soul by the name of Mary Burmeister, who, along with her father, became Jiro’s first formal student of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Due to Mary’s dedication, integrity, and generosity, combined with her embodiment of the principles of Jin Shin Jyutsu in her daily living, Jiro Murai chose her as the one to bring the Art to the United States. Since then, the study, practice, and teaching of Jin Shin Jyutsu has grown throughout the world.

…from The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 3, Autumn 1991

Thank you, Master Murai.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Special 5-Day Seminar with Sadaki Kato

This is day 4 of this seminar.

It is such a privilege for me to attend!

Students are here from Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands, Austria and various states within the United States of America. It is amazing. If you ever have an opportunity to attend one of these classes, do not hesitate.

Sadaki is wise and kind and compassionate…and very funny! He can sling a joke with the best of them! He is truly a gentleman, coming from a culture of respect and consideration, to this place where no one is ever on time and even when in our places, chatting loudly…we are SO rude! Shame on us. We mean well…we are so excited and the room is filled with joy and the energy transports us to an unusual place and we behave like naughty children. And Sadaki puts on a smile and walks through the various rooms calmly ringing a little bell to remind us we are, once again, late for class. He lovingly herds us as though we were sheep and he the shepherd!

So far, for me, I am not only learning from Master Murai’s texts which have been handed down to Sadaki, but from Haruki Kato’s texts and observations and I benefit from Sadaki’s hours of experience, research and training. I have an awareness that Jin Shin Jyutsu is not simply a way to bring harmony of mind, body and spirit, but is universal and eternal in application, touching all life including the elements in these 4 dimensions and beyond. Sadaki humbly suggests relationships between each sub-atomic particle causing me to think. That is what an excellent teacher does. He/she causes the student to think.

Tuesday I asked Sadaki if the scientific basis of Jin Shin Jyustu is quantum mechanics and he said yes. I will therefore continue pursing my understanding of these theories and truths. I’m still reading “The Dancing Wu Li Masters”. It is a beginning, yes?

Life is such a wonderful adventure of discovery and Jin Shin Jyutsu has opened my heart and mind to universal and eternal possibilities and truths.

This class explores the development and characteristics of Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) in Japan

  • Tracing the history of JSJ in Japan.
  • Reconstructing some of Master Jiro Murai’s JSJ lectures
  • Learning basic concepts from
    Haruki Kato’s “Jin Shin Jyutsu: Master Jiro Murai, the Originator, and His Work
    (The Method of Enhancing Tai-Eki Circulation Using Ki-Eki)
  • Acquainting with Haruki Kato’s teaching and practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu in Japan: Clinical Cases
  • Exploring and experiencing various flows and changes in conformation

So I may not only learn the given agenda, but I might even learn some manners!

Gassho, dear readers.

Now Know Myself

…from The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter Issue 18, Autumn 1997, Ian Kraut writes:

Now Know Myself.

“Three little words? Let’s take a look.

What is to know? In other western languages there are two separate words. One refers to having learned facts or things or concepts. The other means to be familiar with. It seems both apply here in Jin Shin Jyutsu. We can “know” that, for example, the 4th Depth includes the bladder and kidney function flows, is represented by S.E.L. #23, has the element  water, salty taste, color blue, attitude fear, etc. It’s good to have these words so our mind can organize and make sense of this information.

If we are introduced to a man – his name is John, 30 years old, 6 feet tall, brown hair, blue eyes, works as a carpenter…, we have an idea, an image, but do we know John? When we’ve spent some time in the realm of the 4th Depth, or Main Central or a S.E.L. gives us a greater chance to know it. What do I feel under my hands, in my body, or in my self when I practice self help or jumper cable someone else’s self?

Myself is everything I’ve learned in Text 1 and Text 2. Myself is everything I’ve carried into the world, and become in interaction with the world, the universe. I am down the front and up the back, the Breath. As Mary has said, I am the microcosm of the macrocosm.

Therefore everything I find in myself is what I can find in the universe, the same order, the same down the front and up the back. The same textures that are found in the pulse are found in the universe. I am a whole one, part of the whole one, with all the other myselves. Herein lies the man of compassion. When I know myself, I know the other selves, I know the universe.

Now, what is left, is now. Now as I write this. Now as you read this. Now…, again now…, again now!! No past, no future, only now. Not the pulses I heard yesterday, but now. Not the breath I breathe tomorrow, but now. Knowledge of things locks us in yesterday’s thoughts. Awareness of all that is right now lets me know myself. Now Know Myself will give us understanding of the Breath, of the Trinity, of 26 S.E.L.’s, etc.. By Now Know Myself can we truly practice the Art of the creator through Compassionate Man.”

Thank you, Master Jiro.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Thank you, Ian.

The Magic Flute of Jin Shin Jyutsu

“Before we made music, music made us.” 

~ Mary Burmeister

“As Mary taught us the eight-step version of the self-help Main Central, she used to give us the musical notes corresponding to each step of the flow: C on the pube, D above the navel, E at the base of the sternum, F on the sternum, G above the sternum, A on the forehead, B at the top of the skull and high C above the head. Except for B flat sticking out at the tip of the nose, here they were, note after note from bottom to top like on the recorder I used to play as a child. Every note of the scale on the body and the higher octave of C above it.

I don’t know musical therapy but this picture always told me that here was a flow to attune my being “full scale”. And it reminds me of the mysterious flute introduced in Mozart’s opera:

‘This magic flute will protect you, support you in greatest misfortune. With it you can deal mightily, transform the sorrows of mankind…’

Through its sound wild animals can feel joy (the art of happiness), and hostility turns to friendship (the art of benevolence). It is no ordinary instrument. As in so many of mankind’s myths, music (vibration), skillfully produced through a worthy instrument, becomes the source of fine inner attunement, bringing inner and outer harmony, even changing the world and the course of events.

And isn’t this the description of the Main Central? As the One Energy Source, it brings harmony at all levels, as within, so without. As the Fire Element, it brings Self-Consciousness, uprightness and will. As the blueprint of all that I am, was and will be, it brings unlimited possibilities of change and growth. As the anatomical sphinx, it demystifies miracle healings. As the Breath of Life, it is absolute freedom.

We have many wonderful ways to harmonize the Main Central, each version equally valuable. Among them, I cherish this eight-step magic flute as I remember Mozart:

‘Oh! Such a flute is more precious than gold or crowns, for by its power will human happiness and contentment be increased.'”

~ Matthias Roth

The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, Number 14, Autumn 1996