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I’m thinking…

…about Tao

 

Rule the people and serve Heaven yet hold nothing more dear than the Mother’s harvest

Let every thought and every breath be the fruit of your offering ~

Do it now

Let her power run thick in your blood

There will be no obstacle you cannot overcome

No limit you cannot surpass

No empire you cannot rule

Ah, but in all your glory never lose sight of the Mother

Without her

your empire will crumble

your power will waste away

For the Mother brings the harvest

She alone causes all things to endure

We call this

“Deep roots and a solid trunk”

“The way of long life and lasting insight”

 

 

…Verse 59 from “Tao Te Ching”

Lao-Tzu, translated by Jonathan Star
ISBN: 978-158542-618-8

The Nature of the Safety Energy Locks

Phyllis Singer writes about Articulating the Artless Art in Issue Number 29, Summer 2000 of The Main Central Jin shin Jyutsu Newsletter:

“In my early years of sharing Jin Shin Jyutsu as the only practitioner in the heart of Florida, I found it difficult, often impossible, to convey the meaning of Jin Shin Jyutsu to an “unknowing” audience. I would “try out” different explanations and watch the person’s eyes glaze over in front of me. I’ve shared with IT IS students the frustrations I felt the first ten years of applying an effective, efficient Art while lacking the ability to speak meaningfully about it.

This process became easier as I embedded myself in this Art of transformation. Daily conversations with clients and witnessing their life changes enhanced my self-expression. It was not until I instructed IT IS classes that I was faced with the quandary of guiding others in the “how to’s”.  Common questions I would encounter were, “How do I tell others about Jin Shin Jyutsu? What do I say? What if they’re skeptical?  Would you give us some examples of what you say?”

Just as life unfolds in its own paradoxical way, I was now faced with how do I put into words that which I had “gotten” experientially. In the first few IT IS classes I fumbled my way through, earnestly giving examples to students’ questions about what I would say in certain situations. At the same time I realized the folly of this exercise, for how could I expect someone to be me while sharing with others? I was perplexed!

O.K. Universe! You’ve guided me this far; now what? This has been yet another lesson in learning to ask for help. Compassionate Universe “aha’d” me the second morning of an IT IS seminar. The answer was so simple – right there at spirit, mind and body level. Speak through our commonality in the language of the Safety Energy Locks. All of us have our life experience as told through the Safety Energy Locks, and as long as we are communicating our personal messages, we are speaking our truth. After all, we are not proving anything, we are simply sharing awareness.”

To be continued…

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Thank you, Phyllis.

I’m thinking…

…about Tao

 

When the ruler knows his own heart the people are simple and pure

When he meddles with their lives they become restless and disturbed

Bad fortune, yes ~ it rests upon good fortune

Good fortune, yes ~ it hides within bad fortune

Oh the things that Heaven sends ~

Who can know their final aim?

Who can tell of their endless ways?

Today the righteous turn to trickery

Tomorrow the good turn to darkness

Oh what delusion abounds and every day it grows worse!

But the Sage is here upon the Earth to gently guide us back

He cuts but does not harm

He straightens but does not disrupt

He illumines but does not dazzle

 

…Verse 58 from “Tao Te Ching”

Lao-Tzu, translated by Jonathan Star
ISBN: 978-158542-618-8

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

I’m thinking…

…about Tao

 

To rule the state, have a known plan

To win a battle, have an unknown plan

To gain the universe, have no plan at all

Let the universe itself reveal to you its splendor

How do I know this should be so? Because of this ~

The more restrictions, the more poverty

The more weapons, the more fear in the land

The more cleverness, the more strange events

The more laws, the more lawbreakers

Thus the Sages say,

Act with a pure heart and the people will be transformed

Love your own life and the people will be uplifted

Give without conditions and the people will prosper

Want nothing and the people will find everything

 

…Verse 57 from “Tao Te Ching”

Lao-Tzu, translated by Jonathan Star
ISBN: 978-158542-618-8

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

I’m thinking…

…about what I just posted to my Jin Shin Jyutsu category, part 2 of “27 Thousand Billion Smiles”

At a 5-day Basic Seminar a couple of years ago, (I try to take at least one every year), we were in groups of 3 for hands-on. I was on the table. As usual, I was resting my palms on my 14s while my two fellow students gave me the flow prescribed by our instructor, Wayne Hackett. Wayne went from table to table and listened to the pulses of each student on the table. When he came to me, he placed his fingertips on my wrists, listened to the superficial and then the deep pulses, and gently drew my hands up to examine my fingers. He said, “You have 5th Depth issues.” Then he asked how long my little fingers had been crooked. I told him from birth. He replied, “They (the 5th Depth issues) are generational.” Then he smiled and walked away!

AWK! What was he saying? What should I do? What did it mean?

After class, I drove home and pulled out all my notes from the previous classes over the years. I began a night-long search of flows to help generational 5th Depth issues. Being very Western, and just-this-side-of OCD, I was trying to find a flow to help my body correct the dis-harmony; I would find one, write it down and incorporate it into my daily self-help routine. Except I couldn’t find any clear-cut flow. I’d have to create my own! I was soooo tired from the intensity of the class…and I had to return in just a couple of hours!

What to do? There must be a book! I’ll ask Wayne when I see him in class…

I arrived early to find Wayne in the auditorium setting up for his lecture. I excused myself and reminded him of his comment the day before, told him of my night-long struggle to find a flow, and asked him if he could recommend a book that had flows to help the Depths. I don’t think I took a breath during this “speech”. While I gasped for air, Wayne calmly walked over to me and with a little smile said, “Hold your little fingers”. Then he walked away to continue preparing for class.

Hold my little fingers? Hold my little fingers.

After doing just that over the past few years, my little crooked fingers are beginning to straighten. It is noticeable!

Happy body! Happy fingers! Happy mind! Happy spirit! Hooray!

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

I’m thinking…

…about Tao

I often post my thoughts, quoting from Tao Te Ching, written by Lao Tzu and as translated by Jonathan Star. While looking over Number 13, Summer 1996 issue of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, I saw again a little story about being in Tao. I would like to share that with you.

The Rain-maker Story ~ “Interpretation of Visions” Vol. 3 of seminars in English by C.G. Jung (new edn., privately multigraphed, 1939), p. 7

As an example of “being in Tao” and its synchronistic accompaniments I will cite the story, told me by the late Richard Wilhelm, of the rain-maker of Kiao-chau: “There was a great drought where Wilhelm lived; for months there had not been a drop of rain and the situation became catastrophic. The Catholics made processions, the Protestants made prayers, and the Chinese burned joss-sticks and shot off guns to frighten away the demons of the drought, but with no result. Finally the Chinese said, “We will fetch the rain-maker”. And from another province a dried up old man appeared. The only thing he asked for was a quiet little house somewhere, and there he locked himself in for three days. On the fourth day the clouds gathered and there was a great snow-storm at the time of year when no snow was expected, an unusual amount, and the town was so full of rumors about the wonderful rain-maker that Wilhelm went to ask the man how he did it. In true European fashion he said: “They call you the rain-maker, will you tell me how you made the snow?” And the…Chinese said: “I did not make the snow, I am not responsible.” But what have you done these three days?” “Oh, I can explain that. I come from another country where things are in order. Here they are out of order, they are not as they should be by the ordinance of heaven. Therefore the whole country is not in Tao, and I also am not in the natural order of things because I am in a disordered country. So I had to wait three days until I was back in Tao and then naturally the rain came”. ~C.G. Jung

“The gods are personifications of the energies that inform life – the very energies that are building the trees and moving the animals and whipping up the waves on the ocean. The very energies that are in your body are personified by the gods…The gods are not out there somewhere. They live in us all. They are the energies of life itself.” ~ Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, pp. 25, 26

“I said, ‘You are gods, you are all sons of the Most High.” ~ Psalm 82:6 (NIV)

“Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” ` John 10:34 (KJV)

The macrocosm is the microcosm, the part is the whole, as above so below ! ~ me

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings