Monthly Archives: August 2015

I’m thinking about wonder…

Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

~ Robert Fulghum

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Being the Breath, Part 1

Mary chose our instructors with such wisdom, and we are blessed to have access to their thoughts. Each one is happy to share their journey with us so that we may KNOW MYSELF BE IT IS, IS.

Michael Hakuzan Wenninger shares part of his awareness and understanding with us in the Spring 2009, issue Number 64, of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter. You may obtain your own personal copy at http://www.jsjinc.net.

Being the Breath

“The only breath we can ever be is the breath we are.”

These simple words spoken by Mary contain all there is to know and realize in the moment. These words hold the practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu. These words are the combustion of realization and the manifestation of understanding. When we realize there is only One Breath and in that One Breath all is contained, all is nurtured and all finds generation and regeneration, we are in harmony. In the simple process of Being the Breath, we let go and receive the abundance of life. For it is in the moment that our lives are actualized.

While there is only this Breath in this present moment, we also know this Breath is always changing, always moving, always in transition from moment to moment. to receive this moment, we only need to exhale. Even this misses the point of being the Breath, for any concept, any thinking cuts us off from the Breath and the present moment. When movement stops, stagnation begins, projects begin. When we resist this moment, when our fears take over, when we neglect to fully perceive “What Is”, there remains an unknowing, an uncertainty of IT IS (Infinite Truth, Infinite Self). Doubts arise, we question our actions, and we hesitate in the moment. We feel this uneasiness and are discontent. Mary says, “I’m not in harmony. I’m out of Cosmic Rhythm.” (Text 1, page 13). To return to Cosmic Rhythm we need only return to the Breath and the realization that we are never disconnected from the “unencumbered communion with the Creator“. It is only our thinking that makes it so. The is-ness of the present moment is the expansion and contraction, appearing and disappearing of each Breath. This is where we live. Our presence of Mind governs the rhythm and texture of our relationships. Our understanding of IT IS determines the relationships of “What Is”.

In the practice of Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, the mind is trained to be Mushin, no mind. Kanjiro Shibata XX, Kyudo master and retired bow maker to the Emperor of Japan, teaches the importance of polishing the mind. He said that in sighting the arrow, there is no regard to hitting the target. Rather all is forgotten. Mind, target, bow, arrow, all become this Breath. All are contained in letting go of results. We are simply this moment of Breathing in space and time. In the stillness of the space between “this” and “that”, between the gap of the inhale and exhale, we can experience the infinite reality of space and time. Then we hit the target even if we don’t hit the target. In the essay Uji: Being-Time, (translated by Eido T. Shimano Roshi and Charles Vacher), Dogen Zenji, 13th Century Zen Master, presents a unique position of time. Conventionally, we consider time separate from ourselves. We speak of “not having enough time” and “running out of time”. We think of time in sequential, linear moments spreading from the past to the present to the future. Dogen, however, offers the view that all moments of Time are contained in this One moment. Past, present and future are only this moment of Uji: Being-Time. The “impeccability” of this moment contains all that is. The processes of regeneration, the dependent origination of all things are present in this moment of Time. Nothing is excluded, nothing omitted, nothing superfluous. Everything is absolutely perfect. There is only this Breath, only Being-Time. There is only this Breath Being-Time.

To be continued…

I’m thinking about collective energy…

HOW MUCH OF THIS IS MINE?

“The collective energy generated from the feelings, thoughts, and attitudes of the almost six billion people on this planet creates an atmosphere or ‘consciousness climate.’ Surrounding us like the air we breathe, this consciousness climate affects us most strongly on energetic and emotional levels.”
— Doc Childre and Howard Martin

Feeling angry, sad or anxious? You might ask, “How much of this is mine?”

Those of us who are sensitive sometimes pick up on emotional, mental or physical energy in the environment. It feels like ours – we really do feel the emotions or physical or mental symptoms. But really, we are processing ‘generic’ energies that belong to others or to humanity as a whole.

Opening to the possibility that our experiences may not be completely ours helps us detach from them. When we don’t completely identify with our thoughts and feeling

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear … as it is, infinite.”
— William Blake

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PHYSIO-PHILOSOPHY (Nature-Effortless Reality), Part 3

Mary chose our instructors with such wisdom, and we are so blessed to have access to their thoughts. Each one is happy to share their journey with us so that we may KNOW MYSELF BE IT IS, IS.

Anita Willoughby shares part of her awareness and understanding with us in the Spring 2009, issue Number 64, of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter. You may obtain your own personal copy at http://www.jsjinc.net.

PHYSIO-PHILOSOPHY (Nature-Effortless Reality), Part 3

A few months ago, I decided to try out this new profession. On my way back into the U.S.A., the immigration officer asked me my profession, and I looked him right in the eye and said, “Yes, (you know) ‘physio-philosopher’.” I rolled those Ps, he rolled his eyes, we both smiled, he gestured me through, and said, “Welcome home!” While writing this paper, I have been trying out physio-philosopher with some of my clients, friends and family. Some of their responses have been quite illuminating. “Wow! Awesome…Cool…So descriptive and beautiful.” Physio-philosopher has become my husband’s term of endearment for me. My father’s response to physio-philosopher was, “My god – never heard of that before!”…and this coming from a 94 year old promoter of peace.

Now that I have declared I am a physio-philosopher, I know who and what I am. It is time to find out what physio-philosophy IS. “Physio” comes from a Greek word, which means nature and is a combining form meaning nature, natural, or physical. The definition of the word NATURE, in my old Webster’s Dictionary is “the essential character of a thing; quality or qualities which make something what it is; essence.” Another is “inborn character, innate disposition, inherent tendencies of a person.” And “the sum total of all things in time and space, the entire physical universe.” Philosophy means love of wisdom or knowledge and comes from “philo“, which is a combining form meaning loving, liking, having a predilection for – and “sophy“, which comes from the Greek word, “Sophia“, wisdom, and is a combining form meaning knowledge or thought. History has it that Pythagoras invented the word “philosophy” as a result of a question posed to him. When asked, “Are you wise?” he is said to have answered, “No, but I’m a lover of wisdom.”…thereby creating the word philosophy. “Philosophia” is a term signifying “the love of wisdom” and “to lift the soul to truth”. (from A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe, by Michael S. Schneider, p.xxiii)

On the forward page in Text 1 and Text 2, Mary mentions the complete phrase, JIN SHIN JYUTSU, Physio-Philosophy at least 5 times. Is this to remind us that JIN SHIN JYUTSU is first and foremost a physio-philosophy, and to remind us that this study is for “lovers of wisdom and natural truths”? Throughout the introductory pages of both Text 1 and Text 2 there is an interplay between JIN SHIN JYUTSU and PHYSIO-PHILOSOPHY. Both are featured pretty prominently. (There’s that alliteration again.) Go take a look at those pages, see for yourself. On other pages, further elucidation is added in parentheses beneath PHYSIO-PHILOSOPHY (Nature-Effortless Reality), and beneath JIN SHIN JYUTSU (Cosmic Artless Art of KNOW (Help) MYSELF), but that is fodder for another article. I have tackled enough for now, Nature and Art will be left for another day.

Now I am quite comfortable with being a Physio-Philosopher. I am grateful to Mary for sparking my imagination to look within, beyond, above and through to the roots of these simple words. Thank you, Mary, for your part in bringing JIN SHIN JYUTSU, Physio-Philosophy to the light. And thank you, Philomena, for helping me become a Physio-Philosopher.

Thank you, Anita.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

PHYSIO-PHILOSOPHY (Nature-Effortless Reality), Part 2

Mary chose our instructors with such wisdom, and we are so blessed to have access to their thoughts. Each one is happy to share their journey with us so that we may KNOW MYSELF BE IT IS, IS.

Anita Willoughby shares part of her awareness and understanding with us in the Spring 2009, issue Number 64, of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter. You may obtain your own personal copy at http://www.jsjinc.net.

PHYSIO-PHILOSOPHY (Nature-Effortless Reality), Part 2

There is an even deeper reality to this thing about what to call oneself, or what is one’s profession. When I was in 7th grade in a large public school, having recently graduated from a small Quaker school in New Jersey, I was asked to fill out a form. On that form was the question, “What is your father’s profession?” Well now, I knew what my father did. I had been to his office many times and spent long weekend days stuffing envelopes and helping out with fund drives. He didn’t really have a profession, he had a passion. As a matter of fact, both my parents have been passionate peace activists since the 1950s in the U.S.A. All I could come up with for profession was maybe peace promoter or even promoter of peace. (There go those Ps again.) Nothing sounded quite right, so I think I left it blank, and promptly forgot about it. After all, in 7th grade in a new overwhelming school, an almost totally new universe, did it really matter what my father did? I couldn’t even figure out what I was doing. So, a few days later, I was called down to the main office in the middle of the day. Vaguely wondering what transgression I had committed in this strange new universe, the secretary merely said, “You forgot to fill in your father’s profession.” I mumbled something about not knowing exactly what he did, but would go home and find out. At home, my father came up with “Executive Secretary,” which I clarified the next day. Thankfully, no one bothered to ask, “Executive secretary of what?”…saving me from acute embarrassment. It wasn’t very popular during that time in the U.S.A. to be pro-peace. In actuality, in addition to promoting peace around the world, he counseled people on the draft, including conscientious objectors, draft dodgers and, later, those having gone A.W.O.L. during the Vietnam War. At that time, he was Executive Secretary of C.C.C.O., which stands for Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors.

So, one can see I have always had an issue with how to fill in the blank for profession, and what to call oneself. My life work has been to answer the questions, “Who am I””…and “What am I here for?” While filling out information forms, there is usually only enough space for one word; doctor, lawyer, nurse, judge, artist and teacher. Really Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner rarely fits. My whole life I have had this issue: How do I sum up my life’s work with one word? It was only relatively recently that I began using physio-philosopher. So now we have one word with a combining form and it is all encompassing…

To be continued…

Physio-Philosophy (Nature-Effortless Reality), Part 1

Mary chose our instructors with such wisdom, and we are so blessed to have access to their thoughts. Each one is happy to share their journey with us so that we may KNOW MYSELF BE IT IS, IS.

Anita Willoughby shares part of her awareness and understanding with us in the Spring 2009, issue Number 64, of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter. You may obtain your own personal copy at http://www.jsjinc.net.

PHYSIO-PHILOSOPHY (Nature-Effortless Reality)

At heart, I am a philosopher. My life has been a search for the deep, underlying meaning of life. “Why are we here on planet earth?”…and “What is it we are supposed to be doing?”…are some of my favorite questions. So, imagine my delight when, in a casual conversation a few years ago, Philomena Dooley suggested that we call ourselves physio-philosophers and, when asked about one’s profession, merely say, “Oh, yes, I am a physio-philosopher.” I loved the way it sounded, even though I wasn’t really quite sure what it meant.

To my ear physio-philosopher sounded much more exotic than Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, which, by the way, takes even my friends years to be able to pronounce. Don’t get me wrong. I love the Jin Shin Jyutsu part, but “practitioner” just doesn’t quite go with my sense of self.

I have always loved alliteration. Only recently have I discovered why. Of course, we know that all the letters in the alphabet have a vibration. So, all words which start with the same letter have that vibration in common. The letter “P” is the 16th letter of the alphabet. The meaning of 16 is transformation (one of my favorite words), “the basis of all human activities [and the] breaking down of existing forms for new ones.” Safety Energy Lock 16 is where 3rd Depth begins. Third (3rd) Depth is the bridge into life and is the 3rd cycle of energy in the body. Third (3rd) Depth has a close relationship with Diagonal Mediator Universal Harmonizing Energy, which is born at Safety Energy Lock 3. I myself have a special affinity with 3rd depth, having been born on Thursday, 3rd Depth’s day, so to speak. Did I mention I was also born of the 3rd in the 3rd sign of the zodiac? Oh, yes, and I am a 3rd child…Love those 3s. In fairy tales it is important to make wishes 3 times, and sometimes for special emphasis we say things 3 times. The Kabbalah states, “Everything which exists in life, in nature, has a 3 fold aspect.” We know in Jin Shin Jyutsu we are comprised of 3 aspects of being – spirit, mind and body, which are activated by the breath. So, the letter “P” and 16 are transformation, which is what 3rd Depth and Jupiter energy are all about. Wow! Change, movement, expansion, nature, springtime, growth, the color green (nature’s favorite color) are all 3rd Depth, “Jupiterian” qualities.

To be continued…