Monthly Archives: November 2015

I’m thinking about slowing down…

Slow down

“The soul requires duration of time — rich, thick, deep, velvety time — and it thrives on rhythm. Soul can’t be hurried or harried …. We may go through many events in the day and experience nothing because the soul has not had the opportunity to feel them from many different points of view.”
— Robert Sardello

Soul cannot exist when our connections in life remain superficial. An experience of soul requires that we take time to be fully present to the details of our lives.

Explore what happens when you take the time to STOP and PAY ATTENTION. When we choose to slow down and really experience the qualities of our lives, we get a whole new perspective on what living is all about.

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”
— H. G. Wells

“The well of Providence is deep. It’s the buckets we bring to it that are small.”
— Mary Webb

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IT REALLY IS SIMPLE, PART 2

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 http://www.jsjinc.net.

IT REALLY IS SIMPLE

“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

I’m thinking about problems…

Look for the gifts

“In school you get the lesson and then take the test… In life you take the test and then get the lesson.”
— Unknown Source

How is a problem in your life really an opportunity?

Problems invite us to go inside to recognize a bigger picture of ourselves and of life. This bigger picture brings meaning to what is unfolding.

When you feel trapped in a problem, see if you can shift your perspective. Ask yourself, “What am I being invited to learn from this situation?” The answer will always revolve around a quality or value, like gratitude, freedom, compassion, love, will, humour or acceptance. The answer will also always promote union rather than separation.

As soon as we find the meaning in our challenge, our resistance to it melts away. Often, awareness of the lesson is all that is needed to resolve the problem. If not, the awareness brings us courage and ways to work through it.

“The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.”
— Dalai Lama

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I’m thinking about being complete…

You are complete

“Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now, you are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else.”
— Wayne Dyer

Close your eyes and imagine that everything you are is enough. You don’t need to be better or different — you’re great just as you are. Can you experience the peace and contentment that owning that perspective brings?

Moving into such total acceptance does not mean that we stop growing. When we can accept who we are now, we open the doors to our own inspiration to do and be even more!

“Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are.”
— Julia Cameron

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IT REALLY IS SIMPLE, PART 1

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 http://www.jsjinc.net.

IT REALLY IS SIMPLE

“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.

When I first began my studies with Mary in 1979, she said, “Up the back, down the front.” Looking at the Answer Sheet, or what I like to think of as our Perfect Blueprint, “Up the back, down the front” appeared at the top of the page. We all arrived for the class in Santa Rosa one year to hear Mary share a new perception, “Down the front, up the back“. We exhale all dirt, dust, and greasy grime first. Masculine energy scatters out. What is not mine will simply disappear. A void is created, providing the space for divine energy to enter supplying us with vigor, passion, and enthusiasm for life. Next, we inhale to receive the divine energy that will nurture and nourish our physical being. Ascending energy up the back is the feminine breath essence to nurture and nourish. At the time of birth, all that we need for this life is in place for us to receive when we are born. Are the energy locks on the back open to receive?

Exhaling down the front, inhaling up the back…Unloading, receiving.

Exhaling down the front (descending) is the Energy of Generation. To generate means to bring something forth, cause to arise or come about, to produce energy for manifestation. Inhaling up the back, (ascending) is the Energy of Regeneration. Regeneration means to be reconstituted especially into a better or higher form, to re-grow, to bring new and more vigorous life (new tissue). In theology, the word “regenerate” means to be born again spiritually.

Generating (masculine) is manifesting energy. Regenerating (feminine) is spiritualizing energy, helping to create the spirit body, the harvest.

For a long time I pondered the exhale occurring first. I wondered: Do we need to receive something before there is enough energy to exhale? Sages over time have said the exhale comes first. My answer came as I thought about our reproductive system. First, the male scatters out the sperm. Second, the female receives the sperm to fertilize the egg and nurture and nourish the developing fetus. The exhale does indeed occur first.

“Just BE and the answer will come.” ~ Mary

Think of this principle as it applies to all things. First comes the exhale down the front, emptying all excess, creating space for divine energy, inspiration, ideas. The left side of the body is masculine, exhaling, fire. The right side is feminine, inhaling, water. So, ideas and inspiration are fed by fire, materializing – then nurtured, nourished, and looked after by the inhale. If I take a cue from my garden, water helps things to thrive.

To be continued…

I’m thinking about my duty…

Be aware of duty

“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart.”
— Pearl S. Buck

Many of us have been taught to do our duty. What reaction does this bring up for you?

For me, ‘doing my duty’ often means doing something I really don’t want to do. My heart’s not in it. When this is the case, tasks may get done but there’s no gift to the world. We do not truly serve if we give to others with resentment.

Perhaps we need to give ourselves permission to say no and look after our own needs. When our own needs are met, we are much more likely to want to give from a full heart.

It’s not selfish to look after ourselves — it’s essential!

“Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.”
— Albert Einstein

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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 http://www.jsjinc.net.

Gotcha!

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

I’m thinking about soul connection…

Soul lives in connection

“We all seek Soul. While Soul is always present, it doesn’t appear in our lives automatically. Soul requires our attention and reflection. Offering our respectful regard to the Soul is a way of loving it, caring for it, nurturing it.”
— Benjamin Shield and Richard Carlson

How do we experience soul in our lives?

It’s so simple! STOP AND PAY ATTENTION! Soul lives in connection. Whenever we are present and conscious, soul emerges.

To easily experience soul, find something you love to do and immerse yourself in it. Consciously savour a favourite piece of music. Consciously enjoy a walk in nature. Really experience your breathing and the pounding of your heart as you exercise. Really be present to your partner, your kids, your pet or another, and you will know the contentment of soul.

“I think that whenever soul is present, it’s because what you’re doing, whom you’re with, where you are, evokes love without your thinking about it. You are totally absorbed in the place or person or event, without ego and without judgment.”
— Jean Shinoda Bolen

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