There is another article in Issue Number 19, Winter 2003 of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter submitted by Anita Willoughby that is about the relationship between Texts 1 and 2. Anything Anita writes is a mandatory share! (I even love the title; get it? dots? connect the dots?)
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“Day #4, Safety Energy Lock #4, the bridge…….it all came together, for me, on Day #4 of the Basic 5-Day Jin Shin Jyutsu Seminar. It wasn’t until I began to teach, that I came to realize why Day #4, the beginning of Text 2, was such a grounding day. For years, my favorite Text had been Text 1. I loved floating up there in the ethers, free, unfettered, boundless. I loved being up there in outer space, with the wind, the rain, the snow, the sun’s rays and the clouds. It is a bit like a Marc Chagall painting, all those bodies floating around in space. Maybe, because it was the beginning, maybe, it was because I was a new teacher, but for those first three days I sometimes felt disoriented. I sometimes wondered which end was up, which was down, which direction was I facing and where on earth was I headed, in my teaching. Yes, Text 1 is liberating and thought provoking, but not necessarily grounding. An air head experience, is how I usually describe that feeling, and that is, the perfect moment, to call for a coffee break.
Although I still love the open-endedness and freedom of Text 1, it was through teaching that I became enamoured of Text 2. On day #4, bang, boom, thud suddenly, we have crash-landed on earth, just like a space ship landing from outer space, or the Marc Chagall floating figure, suddenly bolting upright, feet touching the earth. Now, I felt firm earth beneath my feet and become more grounded in the material…….. On day #4, that spacey feeling evaporated, and suddenly, I knew exactly what was happening and where we were, every hour of the day and every month of the year. Every moment becomes accounted for and our days become busy, busy, busy with various and sundry activities. There is a time and a place for everything, we know which organ flow carries the baton, at which hour, we know which astrological sign is in focus, which month. There is a lot to be said, for living inside a body, down here on earth, and feeling the velvet carpet of the earth’s surface. Now, we experience breath; we are into touching, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling. We are alive and awake and come into our senses. This is not so bad.
But, how did we get here??? How did we wind up in this form, this body? Magical, mystical transformation, bridges, tunnels are images which come to mind. Bridges and tunnels are connections, span across space or through tierra firma to connect and provide access from one shore to the next, from one world to the other world. Maybe, the space between Text 1 and 2 is the rainbow bridge of Norse mythology, which connects heaven to earth, where Gods traverse back and forth between the 2 worlds. Or, from out of the ethers of Text 1, we spiral and swirl, down, down, down, much like Alice in Wonderland as she fell through the rabbit hole and ended up deep inside the earth, in a Magical Kingdom. Indeed, this earth can be seen and experienced as a magical kingdom. Yes, the birth experience, the birth canal, a part of the journey, another physical experience of darkness and transmutation. Maybe, it is the magical number 8 which bridges Text 1 and 2. For, it is in the 8, where the 2 circles meet and touch, that magic occurs and the 2 worlds connect. That is the 8, a.k.a. the dot, from which all being emanates. The dot, simultaneously, infinitesimal and infinite.”
To be continued….
NOTE: when you read this, try it aloud and take a breath wherever you see a comma. I love how Anita uses the comma to bring inhale and emphasize the content. Amazing woman. Just my opinion.