Gotcha! (Part 2)

Sara Harper offers an article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter issue from Summer 2010, Number 69 about her experience with scorpions. This, and all issues of The Main Central, are available at


In the moment I also felt incredibly sad and alone on the journey. Stan, my husband, was at the office; my closest friends were out of town, and I didn’t want to upset my Mom. Yet, I really felt the need for another adult to know and empathize and to hear what I was going through. So in my moment of feeling sorry for myself, I called Jody, Mary’s niece, at the Jin Shin Jyutsu office to share my event. I knew she would be there early, and I knew she would be able to listen to what happened to me. I asked her to hold her ring finger and sit for a moment and send me good thoughts. We hung up the phone, and I lay down on my sofa. I felt as though Jody was in my living room giving me a session; the numbing sensation lessened and the incredible pounding in my heart also softened. I received my session over the phone! Thank goodness Jody was there!

Something else happened as the day went on, and the only way I can describe it is that I felt the “Eye of the Scorpion” as the poison reached my frontal bone area. Jed asked me what I thought that meant, and I said I wasn’t sure, but that I felt as though I was able to see things differently, and it was more important than ever to speak the truth.

Native American culture, as I have more recently found out, calls the sting of a scorpion “Initiation”. The Egyptians accorded great honor to scorpions, as they recognized the spiritual alliance between the creatures that dwelt beneath the earth and the magical, alchemical processes of life, death and regeneration. The Egyptians thought scorpions represent initiation into the sacred mysteries.

In the weeks that followed I felt it was very important to speak the truth and to clean up any unfinished conversations or emotional pieces I had. It was a very interesting month. As I journeyed into my Jin Shin Jyutsu books, I found such correlations in the Umbilicus Flow. Mary said the Umbilicus Flow takes us to our roots, to understanding where life begins. She described the Sixth Depth as “Worlds between Worlds”, the Sixth Depth as the Nature of Being and the Seventh Depth as the Nature of Truth. Mary talked of the area between the Umbilicus and Diaphragm as the place where we receive the Breath.

Be the Knowing of our gut, our Physical Body Harmonizer, our Home of the Soul (the Truth). I feel as though the experience of being stung in my ring finger became the journey of deeper understanding, and it certainly got me looking at things with new eyes. I am not sure what it all means. However, I am even more grateful for Mary Burmeister’s teachings and for the continued path of learning.

Thank you, Sara.

Thank you, Mary.

Than you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings


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