…by Louanne Ellis as published in THE MAIN CENTRAL Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, Number 10, Autumn 1995:
“Years ago a friend of mine taught me to play a game we called “I Am the World”. At the time I did not know that we were utilizing the same principles as Jungian dream interpretation and the idea of synchronicity. The concept of “as above so below” is important in this “game” and is expanded through the acceptance of a holographic paradigm. We practiced observing ourselves and our lives, searching for meaning, by symbolizing daily phenomena, mundane or otherwise ~ our dreams and our tools ~ cards, astrology, numerology, etc. Now I find that I am using these same techniques to better understand the life principles and metaphysical disciplines which disturb and challenge my mind. In studying Jin Shin Jyutsu, which has led me to the study of Qabala and number symbolism, I have had the opportunity to further my appreciation of “I Am the World”. The following is an extension of this game.
The four elements are the topic, and the expansion is to discover their meaning by observing their physical presence in our lives. This grounds our understanding within a practical and verifiable framework. Through the principle of “as above so below”, we can utilize this information to enrich and integrate our understanding of how the elements function in our Jin Shin Jyutsu practice.
I am using the simple but profound observation of our natural environment, focusing on a macrocosmic level, to reveal the microcosmic correspondences in our individual lives. These correspondences are relevant and integral to the understanding of the elements in our corporal wisdom.
The Sun symbolizes our personal Fire and the Divine. As the vital source of light for our solar system, the Sun is the symbol of the power we attribute to God. It is the ultimate source that we depend on for life. it is the radiance that we know as “infinite”, whose light extends beyond our imagination. And like God, whose name we cannot speak, whose face we cannot see, the Sun would blind us to look at it directly. The personal expression of the solar or spiritual force in our lives is seen as enthusiasm, vision, and vitality. Fire corresponds to both the 6th and 5th Depths. The three Fire signs in Astrology are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, which correspond in Jin Shin Jyutsu to the chest flows Lung, Heart and Diaphragm respectively.
The element which Solar Fire and Light permeates is the Air. It appears to be continually fluctuating and moving, which we can observe on the water’s surface, in trees and clouds. Air is given the attribute of change and movement, and is associated with the intellect and the mind. Our thoughts and the working of the brain are much like the wind. It is seemingly in constant motion and fluctuation, difficult to still, and certainly is that which ripples the waters of our emotions. It is thought, a memory, an idea that we most often react to emotionally. So when we see waves and the ripples of a breeze moving across the water, we see the wind as thoughts moving our emotions. We cannot see our thoughts any more than we can see Air; yet we feel them instantly in our bodies and can assume that, like the Air they represent, they ripple through the universe until they encounter a shore of resistance or boundaries that send them reverberating back to their source. Our breath, as Air, is also connected to the emotional state. If we become frightened or anxious, we are prone to shallow and rapid breathing. Likewise, when anxious, we can calm our emotions by attending to our breath and controlling our thoughts. Air corresponds to the 2nd Depth. The three Air signs are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius which correspond in Jin Shin Jyutsu to the face flows Stomach, Bladder and Gall Bladder respectively.”
To be continued…
Thank you, Mary.
Thank you, David.
Thank you, Louanne.