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The Pulses, Part 3

Issue Number 40, Spring 2003, of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter contains an article submitted by Susan Schwartz that I find most helpful.

Pulse, The Rhythm of Life

“So exhale, and simply listen. We get distracted by the hustle and bustle of the world and are unable to hear the sweet harmonious melody of oneness. I know the feeling of having all my thoughts go round and round in my head, trying to figure out what I hear and what I don’t hear, what it means, and if I have it right. It is this distraction that blocks my ability to hear and appreciate the pulses without judgment. All pulses are beautiful because they speak to us and give us the door to harmony.

Presently, as I sit home caring for my dying uncle, I just place my hands on Jin Shin Jyutsu Safety Energy Locks, and he is comforted. I don’t hesitate to use my hands even though I do not always have the opportunity to listen to his pulses.

Jiro Murai, in proper Japanese fashion, would bow in greeting a person, and would scan the body as he bowed, gleaning information of how the energy of the Creator is moving. The confirmation of harmony or disharmony is then reflected in the individual’s body. I really believe that Jiro Murai may not have always used pulse listening as his only tool. After spending time with Kato Sensei, I have seen how effective he is in utilizing Jin Shin Jyutsu body reading (changes in conformation) without listening to pulses. I realize that the pulses are a tool to unlock the mysteries of the body, the more mysterious aspects of our nature. When we are ready to use more information, more will be made available to us. In the meantime I pave the way, creating the space for me to grow and learn by listening.”

To be continued…

Thank you, Susan.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings.

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I’m thinking…

…about time

“And an astronomer said, Master, what of Time?
And he answered:
You would measure time the measureless and immeasurable. You would adjust your conduct and even direct the course of your spirit according to hours and seasons. Of time you would make a stream upon whose bank you would sit and watch its flowing.

Yet the timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness, And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream. And that that which sings and contemplates in you is still dwelling within the bounds of that first moment which scattered the stars into space. Who among you does not feel that his power to love is boundless? And yet who does not feel that very love, though boundless, encompassed within the centre of his being, and moving not from love thought to love thought, nor from love deeds to other love deeds? And is not time even as love is, undivided and spaceless?

But if in your thought you must measure time into seasons, let each season encircle all the other seasons, And let today embrace the past with remembrance and the future with longing.”

~ The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

ISBN 978-0-394-40428-8

Om shanti

The Pulses, Part 2

Issue Number 40, Spring 2003, of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter contains an article submitted by Susan Schwartz that I find most helpful.

Pulse, The Rhythm of Life

“In preparing for this article I became aware of how the word PULSE has been incorporated into our daily language. “The pulse of the family.” At business meetings people say “I need to get a pulse on this.”

No matter how it’s used, pulse is the rhythm of life. Definitions range from the beating of the heart to vibration, oscillation, or regularly repeated motion, as that of a medium in the transmission of light or sound. Regardless of what definition comes to your mind, the notion of all life as pulsating is inescapable.

Whenever I aim to clarify an idea, I find analogy to be a useful tool. Look at the auditory experience. When listening to an orchestra, an educated listener may be aware of the peculiarity of the sound when one instrument is not with the others. If it is out of rhythm, if it hits the wrong note, if it is off key, it will stand out to that experienced ear. A music listener may notice whether an instrument is speaking or if it is silent. One does not have to be an experienced, educated musicologist to love and appreciate the totality of the performance. To use this analogy in understanding pulse in relation to Jin Shin Jyutsu practice, the listener might be aware of which instrument is calling for attention or not participating. Or, in Jin Shin Jyutsu terms, which finger pulse is speaking on the superficial or the deep level. ”

“With experience and awareness, the pulse of the Individualized Organ Function Energy will speak to us. Then there is another “notch” to the allover textures of the depths. All of these pulses provide us with information about how to utilize our Jin Shin Jyutsu flow patterns to help restore and maintain well being. The pulses are tools to help us keep in touch with the harmony of the oneness of life and give us the ability to be a part of that.”

To be continued…

Thank you, Susan.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings.

I’m thinking…

…about talking

“And then a scholar said, Speak of Talking.
And he answered, saying:
You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts; And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and an pastime. And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered. For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.

There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone. The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape. And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand. And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words. In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence.

When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue. Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear; For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more.”

 

~ The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

ISBN 978-0-394-40428-8

Om shanti

The Pulses

I had been studying and practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu for 8 years and was discouraged because I never “heard” body pulses. I was able to “hear” the 12 “Individualized” Body Function Energy pulses, but could never “hear” the body pulses as I practiced self-help or was giving a session to a client.

I could “feel” warmth or cold and would re-position my hands as I followed the suggested flow and cold became warm…sometimes hot! Ah, move along now!

I could sometimes identify the feel of flows: solid, fluffy, evaporation, gummy, solidifying, rocks & rods, gurgles, fluff with tone ~ but only in the wrist pulses. When it came to body pulses, only cold, warm and an occasional “zzzzzz” between my palms. I was very discouraged and asked fellow students, teachers, my mentor ~ they would listen and tell me not to worry about it, that I would eventually learn to “listen”.

Then a fellow student suggested I try “listening” to tree pulses. We went to a lovely spot I call the “secret garden” and I was drawn to an old, tall, vibrant tree. I put my hand on one side of the trunk of this obviously healthy tree and placed the other hand just below the joint of a branch. I closed my eyes and forced myself to relax and breathe and then ~ I felt it! Well, not really “felt”. I “heard” it but with the sense of touch…hard to explain.

Then we walked to another tree who was clearly unwell and I again placed my hands on this tree. I heard-felt-sensed the difference in the pulse.

Later I realized that I had been “hearing” body pulses all along, but had mistaken them for the pulses in my own fingers!

A large part of my growing awareness and understanding comes as I practice this Art. A former EMT, I floundered in technique for years.

How happy that Jin Shin Jyutsu helps even with limited awareness and understanding….must have a lot to do with intention!

I want to devote a few posts to reviewing pulses. Can it be that I am the only one who experienced this inability to “listen”? Naw! There must be another out there and these posts might help. For the rest of my readers, they may simply be amused and smile…which is also a happy thing!

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings.

I’m thinking…

…about friendship

“And a youth said, Speak to us of Friendship.
And he answered, saying:
Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay”. And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart; For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed. When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend. If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also. For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill? Seek him always with hours to live. For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness. And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”

~ The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

ISBN 978-0-394-40428-8

Om shanti

The Fingers: “Complicatedly Simple or…

…Simply Complicated?”
This is the question Lynne Pflueger addressed in the Number 11, Summer 2001 issue of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter.

I’ve been posting my understanding of the harmonizing of the attitudes through fingers and palm. It seems a good time to review what Lynne shared. Continuing from my previous post:

“Lastly, little finger harmonizes fifth depth. On the organ function level, Stomach Function, Spleen and Liver are all helped as little finger affects the big toe. Little finger, then, as it affects big toe is supporting first depth through Stomach and Spleen Function Energy. Simultaneously, little finger is unburdening third depth as Liver Function flows through the big toe. Harmonizing fifth depth will unburden second  and energize fourth depths.

Five fingers on one hand or only one of the fingers on either hand is sufficient for this entire process. Each of us will be drawn to hold fingers of the left and/or right hand, left helping to clear the past, right helping to change and harmonize lifestyle, each helping the other. We intuitively reach for the hand that needs attention. This is magically and effortlessly simple. None of us need be the doer or the tryer. I can still HEAR Mary in class telling us about a client who apologetically said, “Oh, I don’t use much self-help, I only hold my fingers.”

Thank you, Master Jiro,

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Thank you, Lynne

Om shanti