Monthly Archives: February 2015

Are You Your Own Testimony? (Part 2)

Following my injury in February, 2012, I purchased Haruki Kato’s 2 textbooks from www.jsjinc.net.  Studying those texts, which brought even greater understanding, I noticed that Dr. Kato was convinced that the best way to treat a disorder was to observe (diagnose) it from three different points of view. He chose to utilize acupuncture-moxibustion and Chinese herbology to observe the internal organ system, the “body-balancing” method to observe the movement system and Jin Shin Jyutsu to observe the circulation system.

In his Text I, page 6, he states: “From the medical point of view, Jin Shin Jyutsu is highly advanced, and has potential beyond the scope of a home therapy or a health maintenance method. For this reason, I have always wanted licensed professional practitioners to utilize it together with other medical modalities, and have restrained myself from making it available to the general public.”

Inasmuch as I have finally learned to listen, I chose the 3 methods that work best with my body. I use Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help on a daily basis to help my circulation system (please note, all circulation systems); Massage therapy on a weekly basis to help my movement system and Network Chiropractic twice a week to help both my circulation and movement systems. (If you are unfamiliar with Network Chiropractic, please look at: www.johnandrewwittdc.com.) All three methods help my internal organs as well. I also continued to see my medical doctor for scheduled checkups, etc.

Over the course of the next 23 months, I was pain-free, my vertebrae began to maintain alignment and disc material began to regenerate.

It is my experience that Jin Shin Jyutsu will bring total healing to my body and maintain it…though I seek help elsewhere when necessary. JSJ takes time. It is the natural healing power of the body to draw from the 6th depth to renew, regenerate and replace each and every cell as my body requires. This is my experience. If I somehow contract a bacterial infection, while I know JSJ alone will take care of the situation, I go to my medical doctor for a prescription for antibiotics to speed things up. I continue to use my 3 methods of therapy because they help the medicine work and diminish the negative side effects. As you have read, I am no stranger to surgery when it is required. This is my experience.

On March 19th, 2014, I was driving to my medical doctors for annual bloodwork and was stopped at a stop sign. Another vehicle lost his brakes and slammed into the back of my car. My spine screamed and I was taken to the hospital. I received appropriate medical treatment and, after a few weeks began to incorporate my three methods of therapy, and healing became rapid…within a few months, I was completely restored except for my lumbar spine. It alone was not responding. My therapies helped, but didn’t last more than 8 hours or so.

I returned to the orthopedic surgeon I had seen in 2012 and he ordered another MRI and discovered that disc material had been forced into a position between thoracic and lumbar vertebrae where nerves were “stuck” between the old fusion bony material from 1982. If I walked more than 100 feet, my muscles would begin to spasm and I would drag my right leg. Clearly time for surgery.

And that brings us to today. I cannot climb stairs nor can I lift anything that doesn’t weigh less than ten pounds. (Which includes my cats…but then, they just jump on me…they have always “walked all over” me anyway!) I have been giving myself Jin Shin Jyutsu every day and will begin massage therapy this week. I hope to add Network Chiropractic therapy in the next week or so. While I suffer some discomfort, I can walk all over without pain or spasm! Actually, that is my prescribed medical physical therapy: walking!

This is my testimony.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

 

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I’m thinking about my power to create…

USE YOUR POWER TO CREATE

“I am a child of God. I came from the womb of creation.”
— Tao Te Ching

Our grand business in life is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”
— Thomas Carlyle

We each play a role in the bigger game of life. In this bigger picture, life plays with energy and matter to expand, create, express and evolve. It explores new possibilities, realizes them and then reaches for even more. Life continually transforms what is into something brand new.

We choose how actively we take part in this cosmic dance. We can become mere spectators to life if we get stuck in old ideas that have lost their energy for us.

How much passion do you feel for your goals? Are you still being creative in how you work with them?

“Embrace fully your capacity to create, to think in unlimited ways, and to pursue everything that you have been wanting. Be flexible, open and willing to let the new come to you. “This can be the most joyous, prosperous, and creative time of your life.”
— Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

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Are You Your Own Testimony?

This is a question Mary asks us on Page 2 of the textbook “Know Myself It Is – Book II”.

She writes: “INTRODUCING: JIN SHIN JYUTSU IS., Book 1” came to a close with the following: “7. Through half a century of Master Murai’s untiring efforts to rediscover the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu and nearly thirty years of my study in the art, testimonies from all over the world can be obtained. However, why not you be your own testimony! No other testimony can be greater than that of MYSELF. Getting to KNOW (Help) MYSELF.”

Regular readers might have noticed that my posts have been somewhat erratic lately. The reason is that I required back surgery on January 29th as a result of injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident last March. I am well on the road to recovery (the procedure was a complete success) but still limited in my activities. I can type…so it might be a good thing for me to share with you my testimony of how Jin Shin Jyutsu has helped me over the years, especially as respects my spine. Here goes:

My spine has always been rather fragile. In the early 1970s I herniated 3 lumbar discs. Conservative treatment carried me until 1982 when I was no longer able to stand without exquisite pain. Surgery was performed: a 2-level disc and fusion, L4, L5, S1. It was an ordeal back in those days. A 17 inch incision down my spine and to my right hip. Bone shavings were taken and mixed with a gel to fuse those vertebrae. I was unable to sit for 6 months. This was before I ever heard of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Jump ahead to July, 2009 when a fall on concrete/metal caused herniation of cervical discs and a torn rotator cuff, biceps tear, etc. Aha! I had been studying Jin Shin Jyutsu since 2005. Practicing daily self-help held me, with conservative medical treatment, until October, 2010. At that time surgery was required: a 2-level disc and fusion, C5, C6, C7. This time the fusion was accomplished with a titanium plate and the incision was 1 inch long on the front of my neck! The following month my shoulder was surgically repaired. Both surgeons we surprised at how quickly I recovered. I explained that I performed daily Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help. They just looked at me for a minute, then patted my (good) shoulder, saying, “That’s nice, dear.” There is none so blind as he who will not see. (someone famous said that)

I was ready to perform usual activities on March 1, 2011…including a return to work full time. This is the difference Jin Shin Jyutsu made to my recovery. In my experience, Jin Shin Jyutsu is critical in supporting Western medicine.

I was doing so very well, that I made a poor decision and helped friends move…yes, lifting heavy boxes. Duh. I really need a JSJ flow that will increase common sense…and remind me that I only think I’m 25 years old though I’m not far from 70. (It is a shock every morning when I look in the mirror and see my great grandmother looking back at me!)

Wait, there’s more.

That was in February, 2012. Back to the doctor. Yes, herniated 2 thoracic discs and one lumbar disc. Oh, no! Not again! Conservative treatment for a few months, heading for yet another surgery! (they should just put in a zipper!) But, now I have been studying and practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu for 7 years and learned a lot more. I declined surgery and medications telling the doctor it could always be a last resort.

I’m going to tell you all about it…next post.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

I’m thinking about spiritual growth…

THE 4 D’S OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH

“Promise Yourself … to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. …To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”
— Drawn from the Optimist Creed of the Optimist International Club

Reflect on this pathway for meaningful growth:

DISCIPLINE – To create change in our lives, we need to consistently focus on what we want.

DETACHMENT – Practice the art of detached observation. Let go of automatic defenses and patterns.

DISCERNMENT – Seek to discern the lower from the higher. What is self-serving and what is soul-inspired? Discernment carries no judgment. There are no goods and bads. Remain as a detached witness.

DHARMA – This is an East Indian word meaning “living your unique purpose.” How do you find meaning and fulfillment in ways that are natural to you? How do you best serve and contribute to the world?

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.”
— Glenn Clark

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I’m thinking about forgiveness…

FORGIVE THE HURTS

“Forgiveness will never fail to free you.”
— Jerrold Mundis

How do we forgive when we’re angry and hurt?

As a first step, we can be willing to truly feel our anger and hurt. Honouring our feelings by being fully present with them helps to release the feelings themselves.

And it helps to remember that people only hurt others when they themselves are in pain. When we can recognize the other person’s suffering, our heart can open in compassion. We can also remember that at some time or another, we too have hurt someone through our own unskilful action.

Only love can heal the rifts caused by a hurtful deed. Forgiveness holds immense power because it mends separation. It moves us towards the unity and love that lie at the core of our being. It is a fundamental part of the healing process.

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
— Paul Boese

“God has a big eraser.”
— Billy Zeoli

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I’m thinking about time to blossom…

TIME TO BLOSSOM

“The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations.”
— Julia Cameron

Many of us unconsciously believe that we’re unworthy or defective. We adopted this belief very early in our lives when the people we looked up to disapproved of our demands, wishes and behaviours. We concluded that we had to learn to be good.

Unfortunately, ‘being good’ usually meant giving up our own differences or uniqueness. We learned that we might get the love we wanted if we acted and felt like others wanted us to.

If we seek true joy and connection with life, we now need to remove these artificial masks and express our deep authentic nature.

“For all those years you’ve protected the seed. It’s time to become the beautiful flower.”
— Stephen C. Paul

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Shoulder Release – Right and Left

I’ve received several inquiries regarding shoulder flows and will add another that has brought harmony to shoulder disharmony.

LEFT SHOULDER – SIT LEFT

R on left 26 (fingers on lower 2/3 of blade), L on left 11/3

Move L down the back between spine and shoulder blade rib by rib to left 23

Move L to left 25

Move L to left 9/10, close to shoulder blade

Move L on left hand web between thumb and index fingers, then all other fingers

Move L to right hi 1, fingers point down

Move L to right 24

RIGHT SHOULDER – SIT RIGHT

L on right 26 (fingers on lower 2/3 of blade), R on right 11/3

Move R down the back between spine and shoulder blade rib by rib to right 23

Move R to right 25

Move R to right 9/10, close to shoulder blade

Move R on right hand web between thumb and index fingers, then all other fingers

Move R to left hi 1, fingers point down

Move R to left 24

 

I find it so interesting that there may be several flows to use to bring harmony to the same site of disharmony. A classic observation is how the 4 self-help flows for the Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy vary slightly, but each brings the sought-after harmony. The best way to observe is to use each flow in my own daily self-help over a few weeks, then substitute the second flow, etc. I know it is so and I ponder the mystery of this simple Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy and continually express gratitude to Master Jiro Murai, Mary Burmeister and those teachers who lovingly share their knowledge.

Who knew?

Gassho