Issue Number 40, Spring 2003, of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter contains an article submitted by Matthias Roth.
Pulses or the Nature of Listening
“True listening is a place of strength. It requires one to be so grounded in one’s own state of being that one doesn’t get sucked into another’s. Because in listening, there is no hiding place: once I open up to tuning in, I cannot help but feel what is going on with me as well. That’s often more than we bargained for, and so we flee into our minds. We analyze the information of pages 5 and 7 in Text 2, we copy other students’ notes and try and try and wonder, why after all these years the pulses still feel like a book with seven seals.
Well, let’s start with this: How playful are you, and how soft are your hands? Keep mind and touch very soft, earth-like. Can you take the thought that pulse listening is important completely out of the picture? …Not because it isn’t, but because we tense up when we think that something is! Immediately, my presence is no longer one of earth, but one of metal, sharp and cold. My touch turns distant and impersonal, and my mind goes analytical, which will give a very different reading.
The path to allowing the biggest possible part of my being to be there in the process is really quite simple: KNOW that listening without understanding already harmonizes, while analyzing without listening does not – this is a simple law of nature! Now, with a listening heart and listening hands, study the textures of the “rose of transformation” (page 7 in Text 1) and look forward to a lifetime of understanding what vital principles express in the six textures – the dance of life itself. Look forward to discerning these when you are ready, and in the meantime, revel in the bliss of feeling…something! Will you only enjoy the sweetness of a chirping bird once you know its proper name in Latin?…Of course not!”
To be continued…
Thank you, Matthias.
Thank you, Mary.
Thank you, David.
Gassho, Namaste, Blessings.