Monthly Archives: July 2013

I’m thinking…

…that I am remiss in forgetting to thank those of you who let me know that PBS was broadcasting “The Buddha” on July 25th.

Thank you.

I did watch it.

I’ve seen a couple of other programs featuring the Buddha and all were enlightening and I really enjoyed them. While I don’t necessarily approve of him leaving his wife and son to pursue his spiritual journey; perhaps he knew no better. He was what we might refer to today as a spoiled brat…on the outside at any rate. Am I judging? I mean only to observe.

I actually identify with his passion and singleness of purpose. I tend to live my life just like that. I think that 1 grain of rice per day is more than I could accomplish, but I do get it.

History tells us that he taught what he learned, but I’m not so sure. Could be, but I think he might have shared what he learned. There is a great difference. I like to share my experience, strength and hope with others in the hope that it will bring comfort or at least tickle the subconscious into conscious thought. But I love to teach Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help.

Speaking of which, today is the last day to enroll in the August Class at the Early Bird rate:

Living the Art Seminar – Montclair, NJ
Jin Shin Jyutsu – Now Know Myself

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an innate part of man’s wisdom
Your personal harmony of body, mind and spirit rests in your own hands!
Learn about this 5,000 year old Healing Art; its history, origin and application

Offered each quarter and limited to 7 students, this 20 hour class begins Friday evening and includes all day Saturday and Sunday.
(Hours are 6 PM to 9 PM on Fridays, 9 AM to 6 PM Saturdays and Sundays)
Classes are held at the Montclair location

Topics covered are:
Self-Help Books I, II and II
Fun With Happy Hands
Jin Shin Jyutsu For Your Animal Companion

The above five textbooks must be purchased before the class begins.
Some are available at Amazon.com, all are available on line at http://www.jsjinc.net bookstore

Tuition
Non-refundable Deposit: $50
New student: $450/EB $405
Review student: $290/EB $260

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL DISCOUNT APPLIES THROUGH JULY 31, 2013
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August 16-18, 2013 (Friday-Sunday)
Presented by Deborah Beaton
Phone: 973-783-3139
Email: deborahb13@verizon.net
11 Seymour Street, #20
Montclair, NJ 07042
Website: http://www.jsjisnj.abmp.com
Blog: http://www.jinshinjyutsuisnj.net

Jin Shin Jyutsu is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your own physician or other healthcare professional

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Jin Shin Jyutsu ~ Teeth ~ 5

Today we will see the relationship teeth 7, 8, 9, 10, 23, 24, 25, and 26 have with body organs, planets, attitudes, depths, etc.

These teeth relate to the kidney, bladder, urogenital system, ear and frontal sinus…the pineal and adrenal glands, nose, sacral-coccygeal joint, posterior ankle joint, posterior knee, rectum, anal canal, C2, C1, L3, L2, the coccyx, S3, S4, S5 vertebrae…the attitude of fear which we see in the index finger, and 4th depth.

Whew! I feel like I just sang the chemical element song!

Wait, there’s more: the element is water, the function is muscle, the number is 6, the planet is Mercury, the color is blue/black, the musical tone is F, the day of the week is Wednesday, the season winter, the direction is north, the metal is mercury (there’s a surprise) and the mineral is amethyst.

Of particular note in the world of Jin Shin Jyutsu, there is only one safety energy lock in the 4th depth: SEL-23.

So if my two front teeth hurt and I’m afraid of going to the dentist, I can hold my index finger and pretty much take care of everything en route!

If I have a bladder infection, my front teeth may provide an early warning system.

But, of course, if I do my Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy Self-Help flow every day and enjoy a glass of cranberry juice, I can probably avoid the whole situation.

What do you think?

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

All About Mary

“Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have someone to share it with.” – Mark Twain

a/k/a Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

I LOVE this man.

Another wise man whom Mary has been known to quote.

Wikipedia has this to say:

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called “the Great American Novel.”

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which provided the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. After an apprenticeship with a printer, he worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion’s newspaper. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his singular lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. In 1865, his humorous story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was published, based on a story he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp California where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention, even being translated to classic Greek. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

Though Twain earned a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he invested in ventures that lost a great deal of money, notably the Paige Compositor, which failed because of its complexity and imprecision. In the wake of these financial setbacks he filed for protection from his creditors via a bankruptcy filing, and with the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain chose to pay all his pre-bankruptcy creditors in full, though he had no responsibility to do this under the law.

Twain was born shortly after a visit by Halley’s Comet, and he predicted that he would “go out with it,” too. He died the day following the comet’s subsequent return. He was lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age,” and William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature.”

Wikipedia has a lot more to say about this man of wit and integrity.

And what about Halley’s Comet. No one could ever convince me that every atom of my being is not influenced by the Universe!

I am particularly fond of “Political Economy”.

Mr. Twain may suggest that grief will take care of itself, but reading his short stories and essays could be most helpful.

And, of course, we should hold our fingers and take 36 conscious breaths daily to have joy to share with others!

I’m thinking…

…about my favorite client, Prancer.
…a really smart, handsome, kissy-face standard poodle.
I was able to help him through some health issues that developed because he was born with Addison’s disease. He got a few more good months with his human family.
But a bacteria got him last week. It hit him hard. Rushing him to the emergency vet, spending 3 days trying to make him comfortable without success; it was time to let him go over the Rainbow Bridge.
He went peacefully with human-mom there.
She is suffering the loss deeply.
I was able to sigh with her.
The ring finger is the “sadness-deep grief” finger.
I’ll hold my ring finger for her until she can hold her own.

I don’t believe that Prancer is far away. I believe he is in another dimension and really close, but we cannot see him in his essence. His poor, racked body will return to the physical elements. His essence is eternal. The relationship he has with his human family will never, ever end.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

All About Mary

“It isn’t to get away from it all, but to simply be where I am. The place is where I am and now is the time.” – Socrates.

An accurate picture of the historical Socrates and his philosophical viewpoints is problematic: an issue known as the Socratic problem.

As Socrates did not write philosophical texts, the knowledge of the man, his life, and his philosophy is entirely based on writings by his students and contemporaries. Foremost among them is Plato; however, works by Xenophon, Aristotle, and Aristophanes also provide important insights. The difficulty of finding the “real” Socrates arises because these works are often philosophical or dramatic texts rather than straightforward histories. Aside from Thucydides (who makes no mention of Socrates or philosophers in general) and Xenophon, there are in fact no straightforward histories contemporary with Socrates that dealt with his own time and place. A corollary of this is that sources that do mention Socrates do not necessarily claim to be historically accurate, and are often partisan (those who prosecuted and convicted Socrates have left no testament). Historians therefore face the challenge of reconciling the various texts that come from these men to create an accurate and consistent account of Socrates’ life and work. The result of such an effort is not necessarily realistic, merely consistent.

Plato is frequently viewed as the most informative source about Socrates’ life and philosophy. At the same time, however, many scholars believe that in some works Plato, being a literary artist, pushed his avowedly brightened-up version of “Socrates” far beyond anything the historical Socrates was likely to have done or said; and that Xenophon, being an historian, is a more reliable witness to the historical Socrates. It is a matter of much debate which Socrates Plato is describing at any given point—the historical figure, or Plato’s fictionalization. As Martin Cohen has put it, Plato, the idealist, offers “an idol, a master figure, for philosophy. A Saint, a prophet of the ‘Sun-God’, a teacher condemned for his teachings as a heretic.”

It is also clear from other writings and historical artifacts, however, that Socrates was not simply a character, or an invention, of Plato. The testimony of Xenophon and Aristotle, alongside some of Aristophanes’ work (especially The Clouds), is useful in fleshing out a perception of Socrates beyond Plato’s work.

Perhaps his most important contribution to Western thought is his dialectic method of inquiry, known as the Socratic method or method of “elenchus”, which he largely applied to the examination of key moral concepts such as the Good and Justice. It was first described by Plato in the Socratic Dialogues. To solve a problem, it would be broken down into a series of questions, the answers to which gradually distill the answer a person would seek. The influence of this approach is most strongly felt today in the use of the scientific method, in which hypothesis is the first stage. The development and practice of this method is one of Socrates’ most enduring contributions, and is a key factor in earning his mantle as the father of political philosophy, ethics or moral philosophy, and as a figurehead of all the central themes in Western philosophy.

To illustrate the use of the Socratic method; a series of questions are posed to help a person or group to determine their underlying beliefs and the extent of their knowledge. The Socratic method is a negative method of hypothesis elimination, in that better hypotheses are found by steadily identifying and eliminating those that lead to contradictions. It was designed to force one to examine one’s own beliefs and the validity of such beliefs.

If anything in general can be said about the philosophical beliefs of Socrates, it is that he was morally, intellectually, and politically at odds with many of his fellow Athenians. When he is on trial for heresy and corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens, he uses his method of elenchos to demonstrate to the jurors that their moral values are wrong-headed. He tells them they are concerned with their families, careers, and political responsibilities when they ought to be worried about the “welfare of their souls”. Socrates’ assertion that the gods had singled him out as a divine emissary seemed to provoke irritation, if not outright ridicule.

Socrates argued that moral excellence was more a matter of divine bequest than parental nurture.
Many of the beliefs traditionally attributed to the historical Socrates have been characterized as “paradoxical” because they seem to conflict with common sense. The following are among the so-called Socratic Paradoxes:
• No one desires evil.
• No one errs or does wrong willingly or knowingly.
• Virtue—all virtue—is knowledge.
• Virtue is sufficient for happiness.
The phrase Socratic paradox can also refer to a self-referential paradox, originating in Socrates’ phrase, “I know that I know nothing noble and good”.

One of the best known sayings of Socrates is “I only know that I know nothing”. The conventional interpretation of this remark is that Socrates’ wisdom was limited to an awareness of his own ignorance. Socrates believed wrongdoing was a consequence of ignorance and those who did wrong knew no better. The one thing Socrates consistently claimed to have knowledge of was “the art of love”, which he connected with the concept of “the love of wisdom”, i.e., philosophy. He never actually claimed to be wise, only to understand the path a lover of wisdom must take in pursuing it. It is debatable whether Socrates believed humans (as opposed to gods like Apollo) could actually become wise.

Socrates believed the best way for people to live was to focus on self-development rather than the pursuit of material wealth. He always invited others to try to concentrate more on friendships and a sense of true community, for Socrates felt this was the best way for people to grow together as a populace. His actions lived up to this: in the end, Socrates accepted his death sentence when most thought he would simply leave Athens, as he felt he could not run away from or go against the will of his community; as mentioned above, his reputation for valor on the battlefield was without reproach.

The idea that there are certain virtues formed a common thread in Socrates’ teachings. These virtues represented the most important qualities for a person to have, foremost of which were the philosophical or intellectual virtues. Socrates stressed that “virtue was the most valuable of all possessions; the ideal life was spent in search of the Good. Truth lies beneath the shadows of existence, and it is the job of the philosopher to show the rest how little they really know.”

To this day, the Socratic Method is still used in classroom and law school discourse to expose underlying issues in both subject and the speaker. He has been recognized with accolades ranging from frequent mentions in pop culture (such as the movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and a Greek rock band) to numerous busts in academic institutions in recognition of his contribution to education.

Evaluation of and reaction to Socrates has been undertaken by both historians and philosophers from the time of his death to the present day with a multitude of conclusions and perspectives. Although he was not directly prosecuted for his connection to Critias, leader of the Spartan-backed Thirty Tyrants, he was seen by some as a figure who mentored oligarchs who became abusive tyrants, and undermined Athenian democracy. The Sophistic movement that he railed at in life survived him, but by the 3rd century BC, was rapidly overtaken by the many philosophical schools of thought that Socrates influenced.

Socrates’ death is considered iconic and his status as a martyr of philosophy overshadows most contemporary and posthumous criticism. However, Xenophon attempts to explain that Socrates purposely welcomed the hemlock due to his old age using the arguably self-destructive testimony to the jury as evidence. Direct criticism of Socrates the man almost disappears after this time, but there is a noticeable preference for Plato or Aristotle over the elements of Socratic philosophy distinct from those of his students, even into the Middle Ages.

Some modern scholarship holds that, with so much of his own thought obscured and possibly altered by Plato, it is impossible to gain a clear picture of Socrates amidst all the contradictory evidence.

Claiming loyalty to his city, Socrates clashed with the current course of Athenian politics and society. He praises Sparta, archrival to Athens, directly and indirectly in various dialogues. One of Socrates’ purported offenses to the city was his position as a social and moral critic. Rather than upholding a status quo and accepting the development of what he perceived as immorality within his region, Socrates questioned the collective notion of “might makes right” that he felt was common in Greece during this period. Plato refers to Socrates as the “gadfly” of the state (as the gadfly stings the horse into action, so Socrates stung various Athenians), insofar as he irritated some people with considerations of justice and the pursuit of goodness. His attempts to improve the Athenians’ sense of justice may have been the cause of his execution.

According to Plato’s Apology, Socrates’ life as the “gadfly” of Athens began when his friend Chaerephon asked the oracle at Delphi if anyone were wiser than Socrates; the Oracle responded that no-one was wiser. Socrates believed the Oracle’s response was a paradox, because he believed he possessed no wisdom whatsoever. He proceeded to test the riddle by approaching men considered wise by the people of Athens—statesmen, poets, and artisans—in order to refute the Oracle’s pronouncement. Questioning them, however, Socrates concluded: while each man thought he knew a great deal and was wise, in fact they knew very little and were not wise at all. Socrates realized the Oracle was correct; while so-called wise men thought themselves wise and yet were not, he himself knew he was not wise at all, which, paradoxically, made him the wiser one since he was the only person aware of his own ignorance. Socrates’ paradoxical wisdom made the prominent Athenians he publicly questioned look foolish, turning them against him and leading to accusations of wrongdoing. Socrates defended his role as a gadfly until the end: at his trial, when Socrates was asked to propose his own punishment, he suggested a wage paid by the government and free dinners for the rest of his life instead, to finance the time he spent as Athens’ benefactor. He was, nevertheless, found guilty of both corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens and of impiety (“not believing in the gods of the state”), and subsequently sentenced to death by drinking a mixture containing poison hemlock.

I am here.
It is now.

(…full text can be found at http://www.wikipedia.org)

Jin Shin Jyutsu ~ Teeth ~ 4

Teeth 6, 11, 22 and 27 have relationship with the liver, gall bladder, posterior and anterior eye, hip, posterior knee, and tonsillar palatine.

Tonsillar palatine? What’s that, you say? Wikipedia says: The human palatine tonsils (PT) are covered by stratified squamous epithelium that extends into deep and partly branched tonsillar crypts, of which there are about 10 to 30. The crypts greatly increase the contact surface between environmental influences and lymphoid tissue. In an average adult palatine tonsil the estimated epithelial surface area of the crypts is 295 cm2, in addition to the 45 cm2 of epithelium covering the oropharyngeal surface.
The crypts extend through the full thickness of the tonsil reaching almost to its hemicapsule. In healthy tonsils the openings of the crypts are fissure-like, and the walls of the lumina are in apposition. A computerized three-dimensional reconstruction of the palatine tonsil crypt system showed that in the centre of the palatine tonsil are tightly packed ramified crypts that join with each other, while on the periphery there is a rather simple and sparse arrangement.
The crypt system is not merely a group of invaginations of the tonsillar epithelium but a highly complicated network of canals with special types of epithelium and with various structures surrounding the canals, such as blood and lymphatic vessels and germinal centers.
Macrophages and other white blood cells concentrate by the tonsillar crypts as well, in response to the microorganisms attracted to the crypts. Accordingly, the tonsillar crypts serve a forward sentry role for the immune system, by providing early exposure of immune system cells to infectious organisms which may be introduced into the body via food or other ingested matter.
However, the tonsillar crypts often provide such an inviting environment to bacteria that bacterial colonies may form solidified “plugs” or “stones” within the crypts. In particular, sufferers of chronic sinusitis or post-nasal drip frequently suffer from these overgrowths of bacteria in the tonsillar crypts. These small whitish plugs, termed “tonsilloliths” and sometimes known as “tonsil stones,” have a foul smell and can contribute to bad breath; furthermore, they can obstruct the normal flow of pus from the crypts, and may irritate the throat (people with tonsil stones may complain of the feeling that something is stuck in their throat.

it doesn’t matter much to me, they took mine when I was six…it was all the rage back then.
Fortunately, my energetic tonsils remain.

Onward…

There is relationship with bile ducts, lateral ankle, sphenoidal sinus, vertebrae C2, C1, T8, T9, T10, pituitary gland, and gonads.

Because these teeth are related to the liver and gall bladder, they are 3rd depth with the attitude of anger seen in our middle fingers…yes, yes, the bird.

If we think about 3rd depth qualities, we see the planet is Jupiter, the number is “8”, the season is Spring, the direction is East, the metal is tin, the mineral is sapphire…doesn’t this make you want to register to take a 5-day class with one of our 23 teachers? (go to http://www.jsjinc.net)

I’ve had 8=eight 5-days.
I want MORE!