Monthly Archives: December 2015

Journal Entries, (BEing with Cancer), Part 1

Ali Hammer Winans shares her thoughts in the article found in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 50, Fall 2005 about her recovery from cancer:

“The real healing from cancer will be on the emotional and spiritual level, not on the physical”

While undergoing chemotherapy, April 10, 2002:

The other day I was thinking about how I am/have been fighting my demons. The demons being the fear, doubt, anger, resentment, guilt, blame, self-hatred, lack of self-esteem and self-worth, despair and so on. It felt like a fight to me. I wanted to push these feelings away, stuff them, and get busy. I did not know what to DO with them. What came to me last night as I contemplated, sleepless in bed, is that I do have a way to re-language this. As the women talked about in the book Speak the Language of Healing – Living with Breast Cancer without Going to War, it doesn’t have to be a war, a battle within myself. This is most crucial – I need to heal the inner conflicts. Instead of fighting the demons, I can be with them.

The ancient practice of sitting with what shows up in the present – sit with it, put it beside me and simply be with it, whatever it is. It will transform. And I don’t have to just sit in meditation. Jin Shin Jyutsu can be a part of this spiritual practice. Mary has always told us, “BE the observer of the transformation. Awareness leads to Understanding to Technique.” I’ve been graced with much healing power flowing through me to help others and myself. Now I am seeing that I can go even deeper in experiencing the truth – going from the complicated back to the Simple.

My practice needs to get simpler: Go into the Breath, hold the fingers. Watch what comes up in the mind, but don’t go off and get lost in the stories. Only in this way can I connect with the deepest part of me that knows, connecting heaven and earth…AHA! A realization comes within me, and the pieces of the jigsaw come together, showing me what it means to work with negativity in meditation and how the real healing happens on the emotional and spiritual levels.

Then I have contemplated the two commandments of Jesus. The first one is to love God. I do believe that my experience of Nature here and loving it all is how I am feeling my love of the Divine. And then there is the second commandment, “Love thy neighbor as thyself”. It’s clear that Tom (my husband) and others around me are given as expressions of the Divine for me to learn to love. But it has to start with me with total self-acceptance and self-love. With this, I connected with the truth of all the therapists and healers who recommend mirror work to increase self-love. This is what I can do – use my mirror. Look at my physical visage. Love my face even without my beautiful hair. This is part of the job. The rest is loving myself as I sit with the demons, and even love the demons.

To be continued…

I’m thinking about imagination…


“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”
— Decouvertes

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
— Muhammad Ali

Imagination is a tool of the soul. Our imagination gives us the opportunity to ‘try on’ new qualities and perspectives in our life. Through imagination, we can explore our past, problems, patterns, processes, plans, perceptions, principles, passions and purpose to uncover new possibilities.

Without imagination, we stay stuck in the realm of the material, the past, the superficial and the literal. We remain one-tracked, instinctual and one-dimensional.

Our imagination comes from the soul, subconscious and senses. Only through our imagination can we become multidimensional, experience more love, create more beauty, manifest more results, change our conditions, rewrite the past, and connect with divinity, purpose and others.

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?'”
— George Bernard Shaw

“Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.”
— Ralph Gerard

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I’m thinking about the transition zone…


“When we feel stuck, going nowhere — even starting to slip backward — we may actually be backing up to get a running start.”
— Dan Millman

To change, we must go through a transition zone. It’s not easy being in transition. Thoughts, beliefs and habits are all in flux. It can create a sense of groundlessness, of being in a void that can be quite uncomfortable.

When we’re in the void, our first impulse will be to revert to old habits because they feel comfortable. Our goal is to hang in there until the change is complete. Knowing that TRANSITIONS ARE PART OF THE CHANGE PROCESS helps us muster the courage to put up with the discomfort, the uneasiness, the void.

Change requires a letting go of what we’ve always known and done to allow in something new. We need to trust ourselves and higher forces to unfold a new reality for us.

“Every positive change – every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness – involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception.”
— Dan Millman

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Jin Shin Jyutsu and Autism

Anne Schmidt-Dahrendorf shares her thoughts in the article found in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 50, Fall 2005:

Jin Shin Jyutsu and Autism: The Journey Begins

When I fell seriously ill in 2000/2001, I came into contact with Jin Shin Jyutsu and could feel “the touch of healing’ on body, mind and soul. I felt intrigued and took the self-help classes 1, 2 and 3 in 2001 and practiced what I had learned. Then I wanted to know more and attended my first 5-day class in Hamburg, Germany, in April 2002. Jed Schwartz was the instructor. I couldn’t listen and write fast enough. A door to a fascinating new world opened up for me.

And then Jed said something that electrified me. I sat bolt upright while he explained about Safety Energy Lock 14 and its effect on autism. I got up immediately and asked, “Can the flow to unlock Safety Energy Lock 14 be applied to my son who is almost 34 years old?” In all my life I’ll never forget Jed’s answer. He said, “Start at once!”

This I did, and a door opened up for my son as well. We both went into the world of Jin Shin Jyutsu together, and it’s a togetherness I had never had before with my son.

Volker was born in 1968 and had to be operated on several times as a baby and young boy. His intestines and stomach did not work properly. He had to stay in hospital for long periods of time and so was separated from his parents during early infancy. Growing up, he developed strange forms of behavior. He didn’t communicate with his family, he hardly spoke, he didn’t seem to listen, he never looked at me or his father or his younger sister. Nobody really knew what was wrong with him. Volker and I started on a long journey from doctor to doctor, from therapy to therapy. Then there was the label “autistic behavior”.

Anyone who knows anything about autism knows that autistic children avoid being touched. I always had to be very careful when touching Volker. He, however, let me hold him during the steps of the 14 Flow, for this was the first flow I applied. The effect on Volker was wonderful – literally speaking. He relaxed thoroughly and said, “This goes right into my heart.” He could feel the course of the flow of energy in his body and said, “There it is.” For a while he even seemed to be sleeping – he used to suffer from a sleeping disorder, which he still does occasionally. The Small Intestine Flow was the next flow I gave him, for I remembered Jed saying, “…helps with speaking and movement disorders.” This flow was very powerful, too. Volker could move his feet better. He had had his left foot bandaged for several months and could very soon remove his bandages. His speech became more fluent. He wanted more sessions, and we made proper dates which he kept. For the first time in our life together I felt that I could really help him.

Since April 2002, Volker has been coming fairly regularly once a week, mostly on Sundays. We include his father, my husband, e.g. when using the opposite finger and toe flow. It even happens that the three of us have sessions one after another.

Volker is a person in his own right, different from others, but he feels much better with Jin Shin Jyutsu – and so do we. The journey continues…

Thank you, Anne.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

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Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Kabbalah and the Bible, Part 2

Barbara J. Semple shares her thoughts in the article found in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 50, Fall 2005:

Understanding Common Threads in Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Kabbalah and the Bible

I hope you will consider joining us for the 2006,  “Jin Shin Jyutsu and Kabbalah” special topic class. We’ve given the special topic class a new name: “Some Common Threads in Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Kabbalah”. The class will be: “An experiential look at planets, days of the week, and the vibrations of letters and numbers, in the movement of Spirit becoming Matter – a heavenly class in a heavenly place.”

Through my ongoing studies and practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu over the last 15 years, I have come to know about my Self, which is the main reason for the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, that there are patterns and relationships – some of which are above and below, inside and out, and diagonally – between Heaven and Earth. These interconnections influence, spiral, and intermingle to make me ME – patterns and relationships that moving in unison are Creator IT IS “creatoring” as ME. What is found in the mysticism of the Kabbalah, the Bible, Kojiki, Nihon Shoki, Ancient Egyptian, and most creation myths are similarities about how Creator comes into Form. There are differences as well. And, it is the patterns and relationships that are consistent and commonly seen throughout the ages over and over again, which are the principles of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Anita’s special topic class looks at a few of them.

In my experience, Anita’s personal studies of yoga, Kabbalah, dance, and all of her living life to date combine to manifest a special topic class of profound merit in bringing greater understanding to the universal principles of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

I am not worried that the basic principles of Jin Shin Jyutsu will get lost or changed by looking at some pieces of the Kabbalah. My personal knowing of Jin Shin Jyutsu has been enhanced many-fold from this class. I love that Anita IS Jin Shin Jyutsu. And everything she sees and is in the world, she does so as Jin Shin Jyutsu. All of the classes offered through Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. evolve in depth and fullness as each class is taught and experienced. Anita’s special topic class has gained layers of richness in its forward movement in the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Those of us who BE Jin Shin Jyutsu, are the forward, order of creation movement of Jin Shin Jyutsu moment to moment. That journey continues.

“Some Common Threads in Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Kabbalah” as taught by Anita Willoughby, is an extraordinary special topic class to attend if you are a Jin Shin Jyutsu enthusiast who is a lover of universal truth and the knowing of IT everywhere.


Thank you, Barbara.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Kabbalah and the Bible, Part 1

Barbara J. Semple shares her thoughts in the article found in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 50, Fall 2005:

Understanding Common Threads in Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Kabbalah and the Bible

Here are my thoughts about Anita Willoughby’s special topic class “Jin Shin Jyutsu and Kabbalah” held in Mt. Shasta, California, in 2004 and 2005.

This class sprouted from an idea that came to me while I was participating in the first “Journey Continues” class in Scottsdale. During “The Journey Continues” class I observed how the information coming forth from the teachers, who were learning at the same time they were teaching, was sparking various personal understandings and awareness from students left and right and center aisle. I felt jazzed by the common threads of “The Journey Continues” with other traditions being mentioned. I personally recognized Ancient Egyptian thought in our continuing journey study of us as Formless. Someone else saw the Angelic kingdom overlaid in the information. Another saw relationship to the Kabbalah in the same information. Another student related it to the Bible. Someone else mentioned Greek influences.

After that challenging and wonderful “Journey Continues” experience of flying sparks of wisdom, seeing through multiple eyes and intuitions while being immersed in details of the Formless, I asked Anita to consider teaching a special topic class in Mt. Shasta from her passion and understanding of common threads found in Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Kabbalah and the Bible. Anita spent a year being with and allowing the beginnings of the material to gather in her awareness. In November of 2004, 15 students entered uncharted territory with a first draft version of what seems to be an emerging fullness of information of universal common threads in Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Kabbalah.

This past month, Tuesday-Wednesday, June 21-22, 2005, complete with Full Moon and Solstice energies, eight new and different students joined Anita and me for the second special topic class on Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Kabbalah. Our class was small and intimate and those who came were fully engaged and interested in the material presented. I experienced a different class this time from the first class. Anita’s class presentation was very clear to show and to continue to come back to the known understandings of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Anita kept coming back to patterns and relationships that exist in the Art of the Creator through Compassionate Man. This second time around, the class had more substance and depth by far.

Having attended both the first and second “Jin Shin Jyutsu and Kabbalah” special topic classes, I can say for sure that this special topic class is not a Kabbalah class and it is not about learning to be a Kabbalist. The class does succinctly offer that there are common threads in the heaven  of Jin Shin Jyutsu and the heaven of Kabbalah and the heaven of the Bible. I feel a sense of kindred spirit with Master Jiro Murai as I look at some commonalities between Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Kabbalah. Master Murai’s pursuit throughout his life, of similarities in various sacred texts all led him back to the universal principles he came to know as Jin Shin Jyutsu. These same principles he gave to Mary to share with the Western world. I think if he had a longer living vitality, he might have found other common chords in this universal Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

To be continued…

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What is Consciousness?

By Sadhguru on Sunday October 18th, 2015

A Mystic’s Perspective

“Consciousness” is a highly abused word, used in many different ways. First of all, let me define what we refer to as consciousness. You are a combination of many things. As a piece of life, as a body, you are a certain amount of earth, water, air, fire, and akash or ether. And there is a fundamental intelligence that puts all these things together in a particular way to make life out of it. The same ingredients that are lying there as mud sit here as life – what an incredible transformation! There is a profound and unimaginable level of intelligence that can make simple things like air into life. If the air stops, life goes. 

Whether it is a tree, a bird, an insect, a worm, an elephant, or a human being – just about anything is made up of the same simple material. We call this intelligence that makes life happen “consciousness.” The only reason why you experience life and aliveness is because you are conscious. If you are unconscious, you do not know whether you are alive or dead. If you are in deep sleep, you are alive but you do not know it.

Consciousness cannot be raised

You actually can neither raise consciousness, nor can you bring it down. We only use the expression of “raising consciousness” against the following background: if you are strongly identified with your physical body, the boundaries of what is you and what is not you are distinctly clear. In this state, you experience yourself as a separate existence. This means you are in survival mode, which is what every other creature is in too. When you identify yourself as the body, the boundaries of who you are, are 100% fixed.

Then… the boundaries disappear

Even in the physical realm, the more subtle something is, the more the boundaries disappear. We are breathing the same air, which also includes some moisture. As we breathe, we constantly exchange air and water. We have no problems with this exchange between us because we are not identified with the air and the water. But we are identified with our body and consider it as ourselves, so we do not want anyone to transgress the boundaries of our body.

All of us are conscious to some extent. The question is to what degree you are conscious.

Consciousness is shared by everyone

What we refer to as consciousness is a much subtler dimension of who you are, and it is commonly shared by everyone. It is the same intelligence that is turning food into flesh in me, in you, in everyone. If we move people from being identified with the boundaries of their physical body to a deeper dimension within themselves, their sense of “me” and “you” decreases – “you” and “I” seem to be the same. This means consciousness has risen on a social level.

Essentially, we do not raise consciousness. We raise your experience so that you become more conscious. All of us are conscious to some extent. The question is to what degree you are conscious. You do not have to raise your consciousness – you have to raise yourself to find access to it and experience it. Consciousness is there all the time. If it was not, you would not be able to convert your breath and your food into life. You are alive – that means you are conscious. But so far, you only have minimal access. As your access improves, your sense of boundary expands.

If you become identified with consciousness, you will experience everyone as yourself. This is what yoga means.

The word “yoga” means union. Human beings are trying to experience this sense of union in so many ways. If it finds a very basic expression, we call it sexuality. If it finds an emotional expression, we call it love. If it finds a mental expression, it gets labeled as greed, ambition, conquest, or simply shopping. If it finds a conscious expression, we call it yoga. But the fundamental process and longing are the same. That is, you want to include something that is not you as a part of yourself. You want to obliterate the distance or the boundaries between you and the other.

Touching a dimension beyond

Whether it is sexuality or a love affair, ambition or conquest – all you are trying to do is make what is not you a part of yourself. And so with yoga. Yoga means becoming one with everything, or in other words, obliterating the boundaries of who you are. Instead of talking about it, instead of intellectualizing it, we are looking at how to raise your experience from the physical aspect of who you are to a dimension beyond the physical.
This is what Shambhavi does – taking you to a twilight zone. You are still rooted in the body but you are beginning to touch a dimension beyond, so that your experience of life is not limited to your body – you experience it as a larger phenomenon. This is raising consciousness. It means you experience all the people around you as a part of yourself.

The material that makes the five fingers on your hand was in the earth some time ago

The material that makes the five fingers on your hand was in the earth some time ago – now it is your five fingers. What was on your plate yesterday as food was not “you.” But you ate it, and today you experience it as a part of yourself. You are capable of experiencing anything as a part of yourself if only you include it into your boundaries. You cannot eat the entire universe. You have to expand your boundaries in different ways.

Expanding the sensory boundaries in such a way that if you sit here, the entire universe is a part of yourself – this is yoga; this is raising consciousness. We are not doing it philosophically or ideologically but experientially, using a technological process that everyone can make use of. Why a technology is – the nature of a technology is such that it will work for whoever is willing to learn to use it. You do not have to believe it; you do not have to worship it; you do not have to carry it on your head. You just have to learn to use it.