Monthly Archives: November 2014

I’m thinking…

…about my intention

QUESTION YOUR INTENTION

“Men are more accountable for their motives, than for anything else ….”
— Archibald Alexander

Why are you doing what you are doing?

Throughout the day, continually ask yourself about your underlying motivation. Are you doing what you are doing for selfish, manipulative or fearful reasons, or in honest service? Maybe you will see that much of your activity lacks purpose. This is a great way to become more conscious.

Your intention and motives are fundamental to the results you receive. Set high intentions and your life will blossom.

“A good intention clothes itself with power.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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What Is Love?

“When mystics use the word love, they use it very carefully — in the deeply spiritual sense, where to love is to know; to love is to act. If you really love, from the depths of your Consciousness, that love gives you a native wisdom. You perceive the needs of others intuitively and clearly, with detachment from any personal desires; and you know how to act creatively to meet those needs, dexterously surmounting any obstacle that comes in the way. Such is the immense, driving power of love.”

— Eknath Easwaran

“Therefore, when I say that ‘I love,’ it is not I who love, but in reality Love who acts through me. Love is not so much something I do as something that I am. Love is not a doing but a state of being – a relatedness, a connectedness to another mortal, an identification with her or him that simply flows within me and through me, independent of my intentions or my efforts.”
— Robert A. Johnson

“When you are aware that you are the force that is Life, anything is possible. Miracles happen all the time, because those miracles are performed by the heart. The heart is in direct communion with the human soul, and when the heart speaks, even with the resistance of the head, something inside you changes; your heart opens another heart, and true love is possible.”
— Don Miguel Ruiz

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I’m thinking…

…about Tao

 

My teachings are very easy to understand and very easy to practice

Yet so few in this world understand and so few are able to practice

My words arise from that ancient source

My actions are those of the universe itself

If people do not know these how can they know me?

Those who follow my ways are rare and so I treasure them

Even if they wear the clothes of a beggar they carry a priceless gem within

 

 

…Verse 70 from “Tao Te Ching”

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

A Letter from Japan, Part 2

Having just completed a 5-day class taught by Sadaki Kato where we learned more about the history of Jin Shin Jyutsu, I thought it appropriate to share a letter written in 1998 from Dr. Haruki Kato translated into English by Kyoko Saegusa.

This is part 2:

Both the subtle misinterpretation of the Art’s true concepts as well as the partial, unauthorized use of the name Jin Shin Jyutsu have served to confuse the public and distort the wisdom that is Jin Shin Jyutsu.

It is my wish as well as that of David Burmeister that we continue to work together and support one another’s efforts to disseminate this Art in its purest form, and that the teachings of Jiro Murai will be preserved for generations to come. When I studied with Master Murai, I was his youngest student. I apprenticed with him with the intention of devoting my life to Jin Shn Jyutsu. Master Murai encouraged me to go to an acupuncture school. I continued to study with master Murai both while I attended the school and after I graduated.

Currently, I am teaching the principles and characteristics of the medical aspects of Jin Shin Jyutsu to medical specialists in japan who are interested in oriental medicine. I sometimes use the terminology of oriental medicine to better explain Jin Shin Jyutsu.

It is my intention to eventually have Jin Shin Jyutsu become a recognized and accepted modality of the Japanese medical community. This work consumes the majority of my time, along with writing and working with my patients.

For these reasons I kindly ask that individuals refrain from contacting me directly. I do not have the time to meet with all the Jin Shin Jyutsu students who vacation in Japan and wish to meet me, nor do I wish to be called by individual students whose inquiries, due to the time differences, sometimes come in the middle of the night.

I have chosen to work directly with the Jin Shin Jyutsu instructors, who will in turn share what they have learned with all of you. In addition, I am working with Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. on a joint writing project that will bring greater clarity to my work here in Japan.

Respectfully yours,

Haruki Kato

This letter can be found in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter Number 20, Spring 1998 and ordered at http://www.jsjinc.net.

Thank you, Master Murai.

Thank you, Kato-san.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

I’m thinking…

…about Tao

 

The great warriors have a saying,

“I dare not act as host but would rather be a guest

I dare not advance an inch but would rather retreat a foot”

So advance but do not use your feet

Seize but do not use your arms

Cut but do not use your sword

Fight but do not use your own power

There is no greater misfortune than feeling “I have an enemy”

For when “I” and “enemy” exist together there is no room left for my treasure

Thus, when two opponents meet

the one without an enemy will surely triumph

 

 

…Verse 69 from “Tao Te Ching”

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

A Letter from Japan

Having just completed a 5-day class taught by Sadaki Kato where we learned more about the history of Jin Shin Jyutsu, I thought it appropriate to share a letter written in 1998 from Dr. Haruki Kato translated into English by Kyoko Saegusa:

Dear Jin Shin Jyutsu Students,

I would like to formally introduce myself to the students of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. My name is Dr. Haruki Kato, and along with Mary Burmeister am one of Master Jiro Murai’s two remaining students. Although many people would come to listen to Jiro Murai’s lectures and experience his healing touch, Mary, myself and Mary’s father, Uhachi Iino represent his three serious students.

I first visited Scottsdale in May of 1992 to re-establish my relationship with Mary Burmeister and her organization, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc., after having been out of touch for many years. I was first contacted by David Burmeister in the fall of 1991, through my cousin and our mutual friend Hisako Suginomori. This was a timely communication considering I had been planning to contact Mary very soon myself.

Since my first visit, I have returned to Scottsdale on 2 separate occasions and have met with several of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc.’s instructors. The immediate purpose of our meetings is to support one another’s work and to better understand one another’s approach and application of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Although Mary and myself are both direct students of Jiro Murai, we did not attend his lectures during the same time period. Mary was first Jiro’s student and then came her father, Uhachi Iino. It was Uhachi who brought me to Master Murai after Mary had returned to the United States to be married. Mary honored Master Murai’s wish to bring the “gift” of Jin Shin Jyutsu to America and continued her studies by correspondence. I became Master Murai’s full-time student, and before Master Murai passed away he asked me to “look after” Jin Shin Jyutsu in Japan.

The long term reason for coming together with Mary Burmeister, David Burmeister and the Jin Shin Jyutsu teaching staff invovles the nurturing and protection of Jin Shin Jyutsu. David Burmeister shares my concern about the various offshoots of Jin Shin Jyutsu being popularized by people with a very limited understanding of this precious Art. I feel that as Master Murai’s remaining students we represent the only legitimate sources of this training available today.

To be continued…

This letter can be found in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter Number 20, Spring 1998 and order at http://www.jsjinc.net.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

CALM THE MIND

“All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.”
— Blaise Pascal

Meditation calms our minds and makes it easier for us to pay attention to the reality around and within us. Meditation breaks through the masks that have built up as our identity. It helps us see through our defenses and connect with unacknowledged and unloved aspects of ourselves. It opens us to higher mind and the voice of intuition.

We can consciously choose meditation as a way to become more aware of who we truly are. If we don’t take the initiative to open to our authentic selves, we can be certain that deep challenge and pain from life experience will push us to awaken.

“Meditation helps me feel the shape, the texture of my inner life. Here, in the quiet, I can begin to taste what Buddhists would call my true nature, what Jews call the still, small voice, what Christians call the holy spirit.”
— Wayne Muller

“In a world filled with noise, we need to quiet ourselves to hear God’s voice.”
–Paul Borthwick

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