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Text 2, Bladder and Kidney Organ Function Energy, Part 2

We continue our review of Susan Brooks’ article about Fourth Depth: Bladder and Kidney Organ Function Energy in issue Number 45, Summer 2004 of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter. You may obtain this issue at

“The adrenals, the Fourth Depth component of the endocrine system, are the energy tank for the body. Mary has told us, [the] “Temperamental equilibrium of the individual is a definite help to the adrenals, and the normal functioning of these adrenal glands is reflected, in turn, in the optimism, kindliness and generosity of the disposition.” Mary says, “The adrenals,” the stress glands of the body, “wreak havoc on those who harbor unhealthy mental or emotional reactions.”

Fourth Depth study is one of a lifetime. Some aspects of the body ruled by Fourth Depth include reproduction, digestion, muscles, vascular harmony, glands, body chemistry, blood chemistry and blood sugar.

With respect to the seasons, Fourth Depth rules the wintertime. The term “still waters run deep” comes to mind here. Winter is an inward time during which much reflection, stillness and quiet necessarily occur as preparation for the bursting forth of the new life of springtime.

Mary often said she utilized an aspect of the Reversing and Increasing of the Fourth Depth Flow in every session she gave. We may benefit from the simple 3-step Reversing and Increasing the Fourth depth Flow (pg. 65, Text 1), to address those accumulations – things, memories, people, “treasures” – that no longer serve us and instead weigh us down. In conclusion, I’m reminded of a quote from Anne Morrow Lindberg’s book, Gifts from the Sea, “One cannot collect all the bountiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.” Paracelsus, one of the greatest and illuminated minds of the 16th century, owned only 4 books – the Bible, Commentaries on the Bible, his lectures, and notes on his findings on medicine. I often wonder about the possibilities of individual, community and world transformation if we spend less time tending our possessions and more time pursuing what inspires us.

Bladder Function Energy:

As the descending helper for the Fourth Depth, the Bladder Flow sweeps the back clean – from head to toe – of past and present projects so that we can be in the NOW. The Bladder Function Energy, influenced by Libra, helps keep us in balance with 3 energy lines down either side of the back for balance. These 6 lines of energy keep us from getting off to one side or the other too much. Libra brings to us a shift in awareness between 4-6:00 p.m., during which time you may feel more balanced, except, of course, if you have a two-year old.

Libras tend to be too much in the world, too much of an extrovert, identifying with what is occurring in the external world, rather than within. I am reminded here of bumper cars at the amusement park, which have difficulty holding their own course.”

To be continued…


Text 2, Bladder and Kidney Organ Function Energy

For the past few weeks we have been looking at The Main Central publications that offer great insight into the contents of Text 2. Issue Number 45, Summer 2004 contains an article by Susan Brooks that has been very helpful to me – so I’ll share the information (with thanks to David for giving me permission) and at the same time remind my wonderful readers that you can obtain a copy of this issue, and all past issues, from the Scottsdale office; There is other information in this issue that would benefit any student of  Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Fourth depth: Bladder and Kidney Organ Function Energy

Fourth Depth: As Mary says, “Be the awareness and understanding of the Divine energy. Simply do not get in the way.” Do not obstruct the flow of life, be in it. This is Fourth Depth. When we experience effortless reality, synchronicity, a sense of overall well-being, this is what we call FLOW – the element water. A harmonious Fourth Depth is like a peaceful, easy feeling washing over us as we float downriver in a canoe on a clear, sunny day, gently being guided by the contours of the water.

When our life is in harmony, we are aware of easy communication between the worldly and spiritual realms. The information and connection between worlds continually uplift us and are vital to the transformation each breath brings us.

Mary stresses that when things start to go our way, it is usually because we stop going the wrong way down a one-way street. Ever been in a boat paddling against the current or into the wind? There is much effort, little movement, with the feeling of being stuck. Safety Energy Lock 23, the Fourth Depth helper, keeps us from getting stuck in the muck of life, giving us the boost we need to move forward, back to the FLOW.

On the 3rd or 4th day of a 5-day series of sessions I received from Mary (after daily bulls-eyeing various stubborn chords paralleling my spine), she said, “I keep emptying this out (my back), and you keep filling it up again.” Mary’s comment continues to be a reminder of the importance of consciously choosing our response to life – with love, breath and calm – or with fear. Choosing fear will continue to result in accumulations in the back (the 8 lines of energy, with the Kidney and Bladder Function Energy combined).

F E A R – the attitude of the Fourth Depth, is the nutrition for a litany of effects. In Text 2, page 25, Mary tells us that F E A R is false evidence appearing real. I have a longtime Jin Shin Jyutsu friend who no longer says the word “fear”, she spells it out loud instead, affirming the illusory aspect of it. “Fear takes thousands of lives, whereas disorder itself takes only hundreds.” Especially with the sophistication of modern media spreading terror stories worldwide, within a matter of seconds, holding the index finger is as essential as ever.”

To be continued…

Text 2, Bladder and Kidney Function Energies, Part 6

We continue our review of Cynthia (Lenssen) Broshi’s article about Bladder and Kidney Function Energies in issue Number 46, Fall 2004 of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter. You may obtain this issue at

Kidney Function Energy (continued)

“I’d always enjoyed flying until soon after Lucy died, when I felt real terror in the air. This became a genuine hassle when I started using planes frequently in order to present classes. One day I recognized this experience as a version of page 39 in Text 2: Kidney Function Energy Separates and Overflows. There was no ingestion of animal matter involved, it was a question of BEING animal matter. I felt body and spirit as disconnected; I was at war with my destiny. The next flight I listened deeply to the panic, which spanned the whole sphere of life and death, until I knew, simply, that this could be a perfect day to die. I acquiesced, and with the exhale came calm. After repeating this process several flights (aided by index finger) – each time truly arriving at acceptance of not-knowing – the project passed. Fourth Depth is Power over obstacles.

Fear of my transience can result in “stucks”, as Mary says, of many kinds. The mercurial 4th Depth can mask fear as worry, anger, pride, pretense, accumulations, sorrow. Most cultures know to utilize the arts to soften and transform the blow of death. Participating with creation is a critical need of the soul. As the Artist I ascend from 4th Depth (fear) to 6th Depth (Source), making possible, through 3rd depth (source), the completion of the star I AM.

Always, inherent within our grandest capacities, are our greatest projects. So a favorite project for Scorpio is power. “When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations…The artist…becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society…” ~ John F. Kennedy. Whether the “intrusive society” is “external” or “internal” doesn’t matter – to be the Artist, in all my occupations and relations, is the great harmonizer of mankind. Scorpio is associated with the scorpion, who stings, with the eagle, who sees and kills, and with the phoenix, who brings music to the world. (I just love it that Scottsdale is a wing of Phoenix!) When about to die, the phoenix sings a song so beautiful that all creation must stop – 9 – to listen. His song re-Minds us of what’s vital to our Being. Then he bursts into flame – 6th Depth – and from his ending, from the ashes of his form, new life arises.”

Thank you, Cynthia.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Text 2, Bladder and Kidney Function Energies, Part 5

We continue our review of Cynthia (Lenssen) Broshi’s article about Bladder and Kidney Function Energies in issue Number 46, Fall 2004 of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter. You may obtain this issue at

Kidney Function Energy (continued)

“Flowing horizontally across the pelvic floor from Coccyx to Safety Energy Lock 15, Kidney Function completes its sphere, scattering at the anterior groin, nourishing my joy and laughter. (As with Bladder Function Energy, Kidney Function shares many relationships with 2nd Depth.) Discomforts in the 15s and thighs with menstruation indicate a Kidney Function need. Likely there is a scanty menstrual flow – 4th Depth is not fully eliminating. The menstrual cycle functions as a force of Regeneration for the being, breaking down and eliminating dirt, dust and greasy grime from body and mind. When we have the opportunity for rest and quiet during the first day or two of menstruation, many women experience this as a time of keen sensitivity and spiritual awareness. The window of Safety Energy Lock 4 is open to all of Nature. Utilizing 4th Depth Flows before the menstrual period harmonizes this opening. (For heavy flow, and PMS projects, go also to 3rd Depth, particularly Liver Function.)

For men and women alike, 4th Depth, the Flow, helps Safety Energy Lock 9 (the number of 2nd Depth: Body) put a period on the past. Krishnamurti says, “There must be a period in which the inventor is silent…sees something new.” Robert Rauschenberg, a seminal (as in “a foundation for new possibilities”) artist whose work, over decades was powerfully original, says, “Art shouldn’t be a fixed idea that I have before I start making it. I want it to include all the fragility and doubt I go through the day with…I want the insecurity of not knowing…” Open to the mystery of body and non-body, Kidney Function Energy helps build the portals of conception, birth and death. Kidney Function ascends into the Source, 6th Depth, at 8:00 p.m. (8: as below, so above; Magic), a.k.a. 20:00 (20: Everlasting Eternity: the birthplace and death time of 4th Depth at the vibration of 12 Organ Function Energy). To transport Life, I must relinquish my hold on life. I must dive into the not-knowing and be the Artist, simply listening and discovering. The Art of jumper-cabling is a kind of dying, the release of limitations. And as Mary so often reminds me, jumper-cabling is listening to the Harmony (Venus). “At the heart of us, no matter what our imperfections, is the silent pulse of Perfection.” An anonymous Haiku, translated by Sam Hamill says: “To learn how to die watch cherry blossoms, observe chrysanthemums.”

To be continued…

Text 2, Bladder and Kidney Function Energies, Part 4

We continue our review of Cynthia (Lenssen) Broshi’s article about Bladder and Kidney Function Energies in issue Number 46, Fall 2004 of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter. You may obtain this issue at

Kidney Function Energy

“Kidney Function gives stamina. It is my Root of Life and the source of developing, maturing and reproducing. The word “stamina” is derived from stamen – the pollen-producing reproductive organ of a flower. Stamen, in Latin, is the thread of the warp, the thread of human life – woven by the Fates and then cut loose – so I am free to exercise My Will (23). When a harmonized Bladder Function transforms into Kidney Function, my will resonates with Thy Will. My desire is to BE a force of Nature, to be utilized for the greater good.

Fourth Depth is the Spear of Creative Thinking. Kidney Function, green-blue (the color also of 13: Imaginative Intelligence), streams diagonally across the sole of the foot, arising forcefully along the seams of my being, differentiating, yet uniting, the Underworld with the Light. Traversing deep alongside the bone of the medial leg and thigh, its pathway borders front and back, inhale and exhale. Scorpio expresses through Kidney Function and is ruled by Mars and Pluto. A water sign in the Water of 4th Depth (motivated by fire and mystery), Kidney Function flows deep as the Creative Void (9th Depth), the fountain of anti-matter which yearns to know Itself. Here is power to conduct the Invisible. Here is my desire to participate in the creation of life – to conceive a new idea, a new world, a new being. Erotic attraction, the heroic quest, the magical transformation of form to non-form to new-form – Kidney Function is speaking. Weaving a hammock of protection and virility across the pelvic floor, it is key for reproductive and sexual energy, and for all creative urges. It creates a sphere of creative thought. The Root of Life, it grows from the little toe through the root of the foot (Center 6) to rectum, reproductive organ, umbilicus, kidney, bladder, liver, spleen, stomach, lung and heart, cleaning and nourishing. Rising through the throat, one part scatters at the root of the tongue, energizing my sense of taste (the sense of 4th Depth), my capacity to distinguish qualities, enjoy nourishment, and to discern what is aesthetically harmonious.

From the tongue Kidney Function ascends, flanking the centerline of my body, up and over the top of the head, and descending close along the spine. Safety Energy Lock 4, the Window admitting Light and Air, lives in a 4th Depth area of the head, and Kidney Function washes this window. For changes in consciousness, this may be a helpful flow to utilize. It is a warrior (Scorpio, ruled by Mars), protecting the Main Central itself, the endocrine system and the physical organs of my body. As a Toe Flow it delivers energy for critical needs of my body and mind – literally keeping body and spirit integrated. It enlivens the immune system and, utilized in Fall, will bolster me for winter’s damp and chill. Kidney Function is a key player in the production and assimilation of the amalgamation of breath, food and Trinity Energy that is described in pages 60 and 61 of Text 2.”

To be continued…

Text 2, Bladder and Kidney Function Energies, Part 3

We continue our review of Cynthia (Lenssen) Broshi’s article about Bladder and Kidney Function Energies in issue Number 46, Fall 2004 of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter. You may obtain this issue at

Bladder Function Energy (continued)

“Trinity Energy flowing up the back, and 4th Depth, “I, the individual” flowing down the back – no wonder I can go to Bladder Function to help any back projects, as well as for muscle spasms, muscle projects, and the mind which is in spasm. “The burden of material thoughts makes the back weak.” – Mary. Tears are Bladder Function unloading, and one demonstration of the relationship of 4th and 2nd Depth. Kato Sensei gives us a flow pattern to harmonize the most lateral line of Bladder Function, useful in conjunction with our harmonizing pattern in Text 2. This combination can be magic when the head, neck, shoulder, etc., are crying out in pain. The Self-Help Flow for Bladder Function was my first experience of receiving jumper-cables. Jill showed me this flow when I told her I’d “had” sciatica constantly for two years since my seventh month of pregnancy (which just happened to be the month of my Sun sign, October: Libra). I utilized the flow, left and right, 30 minutes, twice a day. On the fifth day the sciatic pain disappeared. At this time my daughter, Lucy, born with health challenges, had been in a nearly critical state for months. I hadn’t even been aware of the dark cloud enveloping me those months until the fifth day, when it evaporated along with the sciatica. 4th Depth is the Great Reconciler of Life, exhaling hurts and attitudes.

Carolyn W. Casey, an astrologer extraordinaire, says, “Love forms an electrical arc between us and the beloved, opening up a current that flows both ways.” What a beautiful description of our Art. The Main Central Vertical Harmonizing Energy is one manifestation of this arc, as is Bladder Function Energy. (My understanding of the astrological aspects of Jin Shin Jyutsu, which began with Petra and Wayne, is being furthered by Carolyn’s book, Making the Gods Work for You, and contributes a great deal to this article.)

Bladder Function opens my entire system to the “infinite aesthetic powers of the Creator.” The first step of the Self-Help Flow: center 12 (Thy will) with coccyx (source of my manifesting) fills my being with the Source of Main Central. When Venus opens my heart to Beauty, the birthplace of Bladder Function Energy (20: Everlasting Eternity) is manifesting. When Lucy was near the end of her life and very ill, I depended on Venus to keep me sane and functioning. No matter how difficult our state of being at the moment, there was some hint available – light falling through a window and glinting gold the fuzz on her forehead, a meadowlark’s fluting call at dawn – of the great Beauty, which is Eternity, within which our story unfolds. When we feel we cannot stand our story another moment,  Venus tells us otherwise, giving us release through tears and a compassionate detachment on which to stand, even in roiling seas.

Standing is a function of 4th Depth – the capacity to stand on my own two feet – to be me, in balance with society, Here, NOW, unafraid. Kidney Function Energy, the ascending aspect of 4th Depth at the vibration of 12 Organ Function Energy, gives me the uprightness to stand up, to meet my life and my Creator.”

To be continued…

Text 2, Bladder and Kidney Function Energies, Part 2

We continue our review of Cynthia (Lenssen) Broshi’s article about Bladder and Kidney Function Energies in issue Number 46, Fall 2004 of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter. You may obtain this issue at

Bladder Function Energy

“Born at Safety Energy Lock 20 (Perpetual Consciousness), Left and Right Bladder Function Energy ascend to the center top of the head – as close as the bodily “I” gets to the heavens – where they intermingle. Bladder Function builds my being with Libra, which is ruled by Venus. This goddess expresses Balance, Harmony, Beauty and Relatedness. Immediately Bladder Function moves from duality – left and right, masculine and feminine, “I” and the Universe – to One. Libra is the seventh sign of the Zodiac (7: Perfect Life Power, Law) and while the previous six build my individual Being, Libra sees there is no separation of my self and others. Bladder Function is Love for the entire system. Love for the deserts and the rainforests of my mind, for every prince and pauper, nut and bolt that make up the culture in which I live. 4th Depth fear can result in judgments, blaming, phobias, prejudice, etc. etc. etc. On Page 43, Text 2, I see that Bladder Function Energy returns home to the Main Central between the 13s (13: Love Thy Enemies). Bladder Function, one of my three Face Flows, clears the mind from head to toe. It releases fears from 13 – the Fountain of Youth – restoring the Beauty of Venus. Bladder Function knows that every facet of Being, when in harmonious Flow, reflects every other – creating the brilliance of the jewel of We IS.

Mary tells me that Bladder Function Energy is to Text 2 what the Main Central is to Text 1. Wow! I’m certain I don’t completely understand this, but the flow’s choreography through space gives me a beginning. In Text 1, the “infinite aesthetic powers of the Creator”, circulating as Main Central Vertical Harmonizing Energy, separates into Left, Right, and Center, expressing Trinity. Bladder Function Energy, from the area of the Crown Chakra, separates into two parts (Duality, Balance). One flows to the earlobe and scatters, energizing my capacity to be attentive and to hear. As well, we know from Traditional Chinese Medicine that the entire body is represented in the ear, an organ which is key to balance. One part enters the brain, emerges as two rivers (Duality, again) on each side of the spine, then separates further so that the three rivers – my personal trinity – flow down the left and right side of the back.

The medial line of this trinity, from the coccyx circulates the bladder, kidney, and rectum, aiding the 4th Depth function of elimination. One aspect of this line’s janitorial sweep “ascends”. Where? Perhaps to rejoin Trinity – “Matter is the lowest degree of Spirit, Spirit the highest degree of matter.” – Mary. At Safety Energy Lock 25 (7: Perfect Life Power) the two more lateral lines recombine, returning Bladder Function to the earthiness of  Duality. From 25 and side of coccyx the two rivers descend to join at Safety Energy Lock 8 (as above, so below), from which a single stream descends into the little toe – as far as the bodily “I” gets from heaven! Next time you walk barefoot notice how the little toes give ballast. They are the cornerstones of the pyramid of Mind, grounding the base, which holds aloft the apex of your crown. If they’re filled with old documents, treasures, fears, etc., I may feel a bit tipsy. Safety Energy Lock 6 (the number of 4th Depth) is the cause of dizziness, and cleaning out the little toes (for instance, with the Movement Order of Disharmony, page 49, Text 2) restores balance to body and mind.”

To be continued…