Lynne Pflueger offers an article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter issue from Summer 2010, Number 69 about her understanding of the exhale-inhale. This, and all issues of The Main Central, are available at


“Are you all here ready with your back pack? Did you bring a big back pack to fill? Well, sorry about that, throw it away. We are here to leave with an empty back and no shoulders.”

~ from Mary’s introductory notes to herself in preparation for a class.

Down the front, materializing. Up the back, spiritualizing.

Attending my first class, Mary began by suggesting that we hold our Ones for a few minutes. After maybe 5 minutes, she said we could all go home now because that is all there is. By jumper cabling the prime mover, we had begun to harmonize movement down the front up the back. Sometime during the first day of class she further commented that if we only used the One Flow and the Ten Flow, we would take care of the totality, One harmonizing down the front, Ten harmonizing up the back – unloading and receiving all that I need for life. How simply profound, and yet at that moment I told myself that I planned to become much more advanced. How could there be any power in such a simple concept.? I studied all the flows, always hungry to learn new ones, fascinated by the information and getting to know and understand myself and others, only to discover years later that simple is advanced.

I came to really SEE the simplicity during one of Mary’s Answers and Questions classes. I was listening and listening, Mary talking on and on. In the middle of this bit of a gummy morning, it came to me:

There is nothing to this. It is simply down the front, up the back!!!

During break I wanted to share my AHA with Mary. She was determined to be on break and pretended not to hear me call her name. Persistently she headed towards the ladies room. I persisted as well, doggedly in pursuit. I was determined too. Finally, she could not avoid me and turned to hear what I had to say. I thanked her, told her how much I was learning, that there is nothing to it but down the front, up the back. Big smile. “Thank you God!” The ladies room and break forgotten, we headed back to the classroom to share this with Muriel. Now Mary was thanking me. Not just for the AHA, but for “taking away the negativity”. She went on to explain to me that as she was lecturing that morning everyone was expressionless, just staring at her. There was no visible response. she told me that she wondered as she talked, “Are they bored, disinterested? Am I saying anything they want to know?” One grateful acknowledgement broke the negativity.

Sometimes we just need to hear that what we give makes a difference.

“Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.” ~ George Sand


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