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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