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I Am the World…

…by Louanne Ellis as published in THE MAIN CENTRAL Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, Number 10, Autumn 1995:

“Years ago a friend of mine taught me to play a game we called “I Am the World”. At the time I did not know that we were utilizing the same principles as Jungian dream interpretation and the idea of synchronicity. The concept of “as above so below” is important in this “game” and is expanded through the acceptance of a holographic paradigm. We practiced observing ourselves and our lives, searching for meaning, by symbolizing daily phenomena, mundane or otherwise ~ our dreams and our tools ~ cards, astrology, numerology, etc. Now I find that I am using these same techniques to better understand the life principles and metaphysical disciplines which disturb and challenge my mind. In studying Jin Shin Jyutsu, which has led me to the study of Qabala and number symbolism, I have had the opportunity to further my appreciation of “I Am the World”. The following is an extension of this game.

The four elements are the topic, and the expansion is to discover their meaning by observing their physical presence in our lives. This grounds our understanding within a practical and verifiable framework. Through the principle of “as above so below”, we can utilize this information to enrich and integrate our understanding of how the elements function in our Jin Shin Jyutsu practice.

I am using the simple but profound observation of our natural environment, focusing on a macrocosmic level, to reveal the microcosmic correspondences in our individual lives. These correspondences are relevant and integral to the understanding of the elements in our corporal wisdom.

The Sun symbolizes our personal Fire and the Divine. As the vital source of light for our solar system, the Sun is the symbol of the power we attribute to God. It is the ultimate source that we depend on for life. it is the radiance that we know as “infinite”, whose light extends beyond our imagination. And like God, whose name we cannot speak, whose face we cannot see, the Sun would blind us to look at it directly. The personal expression of the solar or spiritual force in our lives is seen as enthusiasm, vision, and vitality. Fire corresponds to both the 6th and 5th Depths. The three Fire signs in Astrology are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, which correspond in Jin Shin Jyutsu to the chest flows Lung, Heart and Diaphragm respectively.

The element which Solar Fire and Light permeates is the Air. It appears to be continually fluctuating and moving, which we can observe on the water’s surface, in trees and clouds. Air is given the attribute of change and movement, and is associated with the intellect and the mind. Our thoughts and the working of the brain are much like the wind. It is seemingly in constant motion and fluctuation, difficult to still, and certainly is that which ripples the waters of our emotions. It is thought, a  memory, an idea that we most often react to emotionally. So when we see waves and the ripples of a breeze moving across the water, we see the wind as thoughts moving our emotions. We cannot see our thoughts any more than we can see Air; yet we feel them instantly in our bodies and can assume that, like the Air they represent, they ripple through the universe until they encounter a shore of resistance or boundaries that send them reverberating back to their source.  Our breath, as Air, is also connected to the emotional state. If we become frightened or anxious, we are prone to shallow and rapid breathing. Likewise, when anxious, we can calm our emotions by attending to our breath and controlling our thoughts. Air corresponds to the 2nd Depth. The three Air signs are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius which correspond in Jin Shin Jyutsu to the face flows Stomach, Bladder and Gall Bladder respectively.”

To be continued…

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Thank you, Louanne.

Sharing Awareness, Continued

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

“As Mary points out, the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu is simply the application of awareness (SH 1, p.7). Mary describes Jin Shin Jyutsu as physio-physiology, physio-psychology, and physio-philosophy. There are three powerful tools Mary hands us in the sharing-awareness of physical, mental and spiritual harmony (SH III, p.41). They are 1) Be the Testimony, 2) Be the Words and 3) Be the Example. From my perspective, these tools represent the physio-physiology (the fruits), the physio-psychology (the trunk) and the physio-philosophy (the roots) (SH I, p.58) of Jin Shin Jyutsu BE IT IS IS, (SH III, p.2).

1) “Why not be your own testimony?” (SH I, p.58). Testimony is the WHAT; the BODY of evidence that attracted so many of us to Jin Shin Jyutsu. It is simple self-help art that allows ordinary people to transform their lives. Why not be our own testimony and apply the art to ourselves daily, or perhaps moment by moment? Jumper cabling enhances our connection to Source and each other. The more I live in the jumper cabling of myself, whether through touch, or simply through thoughts, words or breath, the easier it is for me to share-awareness of Effortless Reality with others. Practical application yields testimonies, the physio-physiology, the fruits of this Art of Benevolence.

2) Be the Words ~ “One is where one’s thoughts are. Thought creates words and words create deeds.” (SH III, p.15). Words create reality, and Mary has been an example of meticulous word usage in her writings and teachings. In her classes she would not only speak of the power of words we use, she would also emphasize honoring whom you are speaking to by using discrimination. In other words, speak to your listener. I ask the Universe to allow me to receive the appropriate words and to know when to say them. This process also helps me to trust the words that come through, instead of prefacing many JSJ conversations with “Mary says”. Lately, a local practitioner replied, “Well, Phyllis says Mary says”. This is a great reminder to be the ongoing process of releasing insecurities, to trust the words coming through, using them with discrimination. From my perspective, words reflect WHERE we are, our MIND. When we are in tune with the One Mind, we can help others. I consider words the TRUNK, the physio-psychology, of this Art of Knowing.

3) Be the Example. I have heard Mary say “An example is worth a thousand words”. Example is creation. We can choose the example we are. Most of us have unconscious behavior which often shapes our actions. Reactive behavior is due to past habits of fearing, and, beyond what is apparent, is totally capable of changing. Over the years I have noticed that many practitioners, including myself, become an example of harmony while jumper cabling others, but are often enticed into fear-based behaviors regarding everyday matters. A breakthrough occurs when that harmony we become while jumper cabling others is made manifest in ordinary existence. Whenever I am around Mary, I smile, filled with awe at the Humble Grace surrounding her. It is clear that one receives the benefit of Jin Shin Jyutsu simply by being in Mary’s presence. Whether she touches or not, I am touched. Her example represents the SPIRITual harmony, the WHO one can be through living the physio-philosophy, the roots, of this Art of Compassion.

It is with deep gratitude that I share this with you; this is simply a perspective of the Truth from someone whose life has been profoundly transformed thought Jin Shin Jyutsu. “Be the Smile.””

Me too, Phyllis. Me too.

Thank you, Master Jiro.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Thank you, Phyllis.

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