Adaptability, the Body’s Response to Impermanence

Phyllis Singer’s article may be found in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter Number 33, Summer 2001 and purchased at

“Students of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu have often heard and witnessed, “The only thing permanent about life is change.” Philosophically speaking, when we keep ourselves adapted to the now, we will live in the harmony of the present. “SMILE. I have never experienced this Breath I am ever before nor will I ever again. Enjoy the Breath that I am now.” – (Self-Help Book III, pg. 10). Know Myself BE IT IS, IS.

Changes in season bring a particular challenge to life as the spirit, mind and body go through much transition while accepting this change. Mary used to say, “Happiness is a function of accepting what is. ” In keeping with Mary’s teachings, I offer a quickie couch potato flow (a flow that is actually a pose to comfortably hold) for all of us to apply for easy transition into summer or the hottest time of any season. In Florida, a state where summer descends as suddenly as winter blows into the Northern states, the need for this flow is particularly evident.

Cross the hands over the chest, palms under the collarbones, Safety Energy Lock 22’s, with fingertips touching the upper arms, Safety Energy Lock hi 19’s. Find the ideal position for your comfort, remembering that there is always a  way. If it isn’t convenient to apply a certain hold, find an alternative, and keep the ideal in mind. Now place the pad of your big toe-Safety Energy Lock 7-on the opposite inside ankle, Safety Energy Lock 5. The second part of this flow is to reverse the foot position.

This flow is particularly useful when one is going into any kind of change. As well as corresponding to th hottest time of any season, it also can help with the hottest, potentially worrisome life issues, helping us to be flexible while choosing transformation. It also provides a dynamic way to increase flexibility at all levels and is a simple, quickie self-help to facilitate being in harmony with the now or in “FLOW” as described by Mary in Self-Help Book III, pg. 2.

As self-help practitioners, we are often looked upon to answer family’s, friend’s, client’s or student’s questions on self-help for a variety of projects, especially on a one-to-one basis. Remember Mary’s conversation about the Safety Energy Locks in Self-Help Book II, pg. 6, “Just as they are named, they are our truest friends, SAFETY Energy Locks…if we heed their friendly concern, we can instantly help ourselves from misery…”

I suggest that we heed Mary’s wisdom and get to know our friends, the SAFETY Energy Locks. Using the couch potato flow above (also known as the Adapter Flow), we know that 22’s mean complete; gathering and dispersal. 22 is a critical-to-life Safety Energy Lock. For me, I hear that as my ability to receive-inhale-GATHER, and to give-exhale-DISPERSE, 22 can assist with any projects involving the balance of receiving and giving, or exhaling and inhaling. 22 represents ATTENTION (gathering) and INTENTION (dispersal) and can harmonize our consciousness. 22 can help with “harmonizing concepts, help to release perceptions into boundless dimensions.” (Self-Help Book II, pg. 55) Mary is letting us know that 22 can help us free our minds so that we can drop old reactions into the pleasure of the now, allowing the future to be the unknown exploration and adventure in front of us.

Looking at page 20 in Self-Help Book II we see that the friendship with 5 brings us “regeneration, putting off the old and putting on the new. 5 helps us to adapt to natural conditions to be liberated from all bondage.” Add the order that 7 brings; we find perfect life power and the experience of personal success and triumph. Add to that the energy of 19 (remember the placement of the fingertips while palming the 22’s?), and we now have our personal authority and leadership enhanced. I call the 19’s NOW TRUST MYSELF.

So if someone asks you a Jin Shin Jyutsu question out of the blue, remember to ask for help from our truest friends, the Safety Energy Locks. If you are not experiencing your already existent, ever-present relationship with the Safety Energy Locks, apply the Adapter Flow for a reset as it will assist you in “presencing” yourself so as to come through. Like any friendship with individuals in our personal lives,each Safety Energy Lock brings its own precious gifts. It is up to us to ask and to receive.”

Thank you, Phyllis.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings


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