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

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