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I’m thinking about truth…

To the extent that you entertain lies and deceit, you are held prisoner in a world cut off from reality. The truth you hide from yourself, prevents you from growth and fulfillment. The truth you hide from others, keeps you distantly apart. Hiding in the shadows of falsehood, makes it impossible to move forward. That the truth is moral and ethical, is no secret. Yet truth is also practical, efficient, and effective in every worthy pursuit, something well known by those who enjoy lasting success.
— Ralph Marston

 

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now, always, and indeed then most truly when it seems most unsuitable to actual circumstances.
— Albert Schweitzer

The Lumbar Circle, Part 3

Ian Harris offers an article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter issue from Summer 2005, Number 49 about the lumbar circle. This, and all issues of The Main Central, are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

We were reminded by Mary to listen to the pulses (at my own level of awareness) and find the need of the body at this moment. Sometimes, someone will come to us with a need, a project. We can listen to the pulse and maybe hear some need in one of the 12 organ functions or in some particular depth, etc. We can go directly to that function and utilize a flow to harmonize it.

To illustrate more specifically I will use an example that I’ve heard others of the instructors use as well. If someone is having a breathing project, we might immediately think of Lung Function Energy or 2nd Depth. We may listen to the pulses and hear exactly that. If the project is reflecting something that is going on right now, a Lung flow may be enough to harmonize the situation. The person may then be just fine. However, if this project is a result of a deeper disharmony, and we are only just now seeing the effects, then we might have to look somewhere else, and not just the Lung function.

Now we look at our Lumbar Circle, with the Depths 3 – 2 – 5 – 4 – 1, in that order moving in a clockwise direction. Again in this way, the depths are energizing each other. In this instance, the 5th Depth Heart Function Energy may be where the original disharmony was, and this dam causes things to back up (counter-clockwise) and affect, or burden, this 2nd Depth Lung Function Energy. We now need to remove the dam so that we are back moving clockwise. We can utilize this Heart flow and make room so that the Lung function can begin moving again. Just to help it along, we now go behind the 2nd Depth Lung to the 3rd Depth Liver Function Energy to give a little push or Energize this Lung function. Now we can go directly to the Lung function itself and harmonize it. If the situation was as described, then this person will likely begin to feel better.

If the breathing project is chronic or is something that has just taken a longer while for us to notice, then the cause may be even deeper. Now we need to look a little farther down the path on the Lumbar Circle to find the cause. Instead of going one position ahead on the circle to 5th Depth Heart function, we look two positions ahead to the 4th depth Kidney Function Energy. Again, we make room for movement to a clockwise direction. We can utilize the Kidney flow and remove the dam, or harmonize the burdener. Now, as we went two positions ahead and made room, we can go two positions behind (1st Depth Spleen Function Energy) and give it an equal push and help get the Lung Function Energy back in the flow. This Mary calls the Supporter of the function. Now we can go directly to the Lung function and clear it completely. So, one step behind is the Energizer and two steps behind is the Supporter. At this point the clockwise motion on this Lumbar Circle has been restored, and we have a good chance that this person will be feeling a lot better.

If you’ve noticed, all that has been mentioned so far are ascending functions of each of the depths. So, the project was the 2nd Depth ascending function and we looked to unburden it by clearing Heart (5th Depth ascending) or Kidney (4th Depth ascending) and energizing with Liver (3rd Depth ascending) or supporting with spleen (1st Depth ascending). However, if the project is the descending function of the 2nd Depth, Large Intestine, then we would unburden by clearing the descending functions of 5th and 4th Depths which are Small Intestine and Bladder. Then we energize or support with the descending functions of the 3rd or 1st Depths (Gall Bladder or Stomach).

If the project is in a Depth other than 2nd to which we have been referring, then we would just rotate around the Lumbar Circle and use the same relationships. We just need to remember the order of energizers (3-2-5-4-1) and the order of supporters (3-5-1-2-4, the star inside the circle) and we can find the answers we are seeking.

If the cause lies somewhere other than what is discussed here, well, that will be written in another article, I’m sure. We are fortunate to have been given so many places to look for the cause of the disharmony. I hope this sheds some light on how to utilize this Lumbar Circle in finding the cause in this way.

Thank you, Ian.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

The Lumbar Circle, Part 2

Ian Harris offers an article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter issue from Summer 2005, Number 49 about the lumbar circle. This, and all issues of The Main Central, are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

We can also see how it reflects our body by where the organs related to each depth are. At the bottom of our thoracic cavity, just below our Safety Energy Lock 14 (but in the center), sits our Stomach (1st Depth). To the stomach’s right are the Liver and gall Bladder (3rd Depth). In our right upper chest is our right lung (2nd Depth). The right lung is the bigger of the two. In the left upper chest is the (5th Depth) Heart (which is just left of center). Below that is the Kidney (4th Depth). We also have a right kidney but on this circle that area is already occupied by the liver and the gall bladder.

We see here that, as Mary has told us, “I am the microcosm of the macrocosm.” We are reflections of our universe and vice versa.

We have a very lovely picture with this body and these elements, but how do I use all this? Remember, the movement of energizers is clockwise. In this direction, the depths or the elements are taking care of each other. What happens when there is disharmony in one of the depths? The clockwise motion is hindered by this dam and there is no energizing. Instead, the dam starts to cause everything to back up and we get counter-clockwise movement. This Mary calls the order of the burdeners of functions. Again, looking at the elements, we can see how they burden each other when moving n this counter-clockwise direction.

The Water (4th Depth), extinguishes the Fire (5th Depth). The Fire devours the oxygen or Air (2nd Depth). Second Depth is also related to the element Metal. Now, this Metal (2nd Depth) in the form of an axe, cuts the Wood (3rd Depth). The Wood or plant pulls all its nutrition out of the Earth (1st Depth). The Earth then dams the flow of Water (4th Depth).

When everything is moving clockwise in a harmonious fashion, we are getting everything we need, and we are happy and healthy. Mary tells us on Page 2 of Text 2 in the second paragraph: “This perfect harmony may be interrupted by daily eating habits, working habits, hereditary characteristics…” etc. Now we can look at our Lumbar Circle and everything we already know about the relationship among the depths and the elements and see how it affects us and how we can utilize Jin Shin Jyutsu to bring us back to harmony.

To be continued…

The Lumbar Circle, Part 1

Ian Harris offers an article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter issue from Summer 2005, Number 49 about the lumbar circle. This, and all issues of The Main Central, are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

On page 2 of Text 2, Mary tells us that if there is a disharmony in the body, “careful attention is then made to find the cause of the result of the disharmony”. In Jin Shin Jyutsu we have many areas where we can look for the cause. If we look at our answer sheet given to us by Mary, starting at the top of the spine we have three different ways of looking at this body in increasingly manifested form.

The top portion, the six cervical vertebrae, our six-pointed star tells us about the order of listening to pulses. The pulse gives us information that maybe has not yet manifested in the body. We hear this in the texture of the pulse.

The next portion, the twelve thoracic vertebrae, our five-pointed star, tells us about the order of manifesting of our twelve organ functions. This is developing this body, bringing it into form. Here we have the twelve signs of the zodiac which affects how we come into this world, this body.

Next down the picture comes our five lumbar vertebrae, expressed as the Lumbar Circle. This circle shows us the order of energizers of functions. Here we have the five depths expressed in the five elements. We now have a physical form. The 6th Depth is our unmanifested personal source (Main Central), always receiving energy through the spark (7th Depth) from the Source of all Sources (8th Depth) and delivering it to these five elements that make up this body.

In looking at and utilizing this Lumbar Circle, as with all aspects of Jin Shin Jyutsu, we need to keep in mind two things, movement and relationship. Each depth, or element, is moving clockwise around the circle, energizing the one that follows. So, 3rd Depth (1st lumbar) energizes 2nd Depth, which energizes 5th Depth, which energizes 4th Depth, which energizes 1st Depth, which then energizes 3rd Depth to begin again. So, this clockwise motion around the circle is the order of energizers of functions (3-2-5-4-1).

In looking at the elements, (3rd Depth) Wood (plants) energizes or helps to produce oxygen or Air (2nd Depth) which feeds the fire (5th Depth). This fire, in burning the air, breaks it down into carbon dioxide and Water (4th Depth). The water rains down on the Earth (1st Depth) which then feeds the plants (Wood) to begin the cycle again.

Just looking at the circle and where the depths or elements sit, we can see how it reflects our universe. The 1st Depth or Earth is at the bottom. Sitting on top of the earth are water and wood. Above that are the air and fire.

To be continued…

 

I’m thinking about the journey home…

JOURNEY HOME

“Everything seeks its source.”
— a universal principle

Our spiritual journey unfolds through 2 stages.

  1. THE PATH OF PERSONALITY – We arise from the one source of all, to be born as individuals in a world of form. In this physical world, we experience separation and limitation. This is a time of immersion in a world of effects, form, ego, distortion, illusion and pain.
  2. THE PATH OF SOUL – When we have experienced enough pain, we find our way back home to our spiritual source. We let go of the illusion of separation to embrace unity and wholeness. We work with cause instead of effects.

Paradoxically, it’s only with a strong and healthy personality that we become capable of expressing soul. WHERE ARE YOU ON YOUR PATH? Are you struggling to do more and have more? Are you aware of your soul challenging you to open to the bigger picture of life?

“Two people have been living in you all your life. One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating; the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely heard or attended to – you have uncovered in yourself your own wise guide.”
— Sogyal Rinpoche

 

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You Can Keep the Door Open, Part 2

Georgianne Ginder offers an article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter issue from Summer 2005, Number 49 about her experience using Jin Shin Jyutsu with cancer/hospice patients. This, and all issues of The Main Central, are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

 

The author of this article is a Jin Shin Jyutsu student/practitioner and certified Health and Wellness Counselor who works with people at the Medical College of Virginia (VCU) in Richmond. She works with hospice, bone marrow and cancer patients, etc. Her husband, Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., is the Director of the Massey Cancer Center. Georgianne had given this patient several Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions prior to this visit. These sessions were very helpful to this woman. She had just received bad news that her transplant hadn’t worked. The sessions had “opened the door”, so to speak.

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I especially like to be with people who straddle pain well – laugh and cry with the same breath, embrace what is meaningful with both arms holding tight to past times, fast friends and all that, even if it is only available in the reverie mind. That is where the good times live and live on…Recall the time when he did this or she said that and DID WE LAUGH! If we are careful we can select those times that nurture us, the occasions that give us fulfillment, and joy the way we used to select the apple or the peach from the tree – just right, just ripe. Savor we must the now unique and perfect treasure!

I visit people who are ill and often very ill. Sometimes the door is closed tight when I enter that sacred space. Or the curtain of separation is drawn or the eyes are shut. We all require some private time when we suffer or we are in pain. Sometimes we need someone to be with us, though, to listen and to breathe the same air and just care to get it right along with us. The old “share and share alike” that I was taught in elementary school…when I was hunkering down learning the elements…simple truths…the good and just and right stuff. How come then so many of us have neglected those truths, forgotten to focus on those little gems? Is an hour or two on Sunday or a Saturday morning enough to inoculate us for coping with another week of work and worldliness? Why aren’t those who claim authority – teachers, doctors, clerics more vulnerable themselves? Did they skip Sunday and elementary school? A few lines of Scripture perfunctorily poised – is that enough to get one through a crisis?

For a few perhaps; more often than not I would propose/suppose perhaps not. Can we be more gentle, more tolerant, understanding and willing just to be patient? Patience is in short supply when we run more often than walk until that day our tap runs almost empty and our whirling in the wind winds to a halt and drops us somewhere where we assumed we would never be. Then we might understand. And what we will comprehend is how hard it is for some of us to straddle the pain, whether the door is open OR closed. Darned hard.

When I was leaving her hospital room and it had been a hard day – no way around it – from behind the tears and the smiles she asked me to please leave the door open. She was ready for that now. I had understood all too well what she was – and was not – saying…all too well, because I GET IT. I think that I simply do, but…if I had never been so ill myself, would I? Perhaps, but in truth I shall never know.

Thank you, Georgianne.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

You Can Keep the Door Open, Part 1

Georgianne Ginder offers an article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter issue from Summer 2005, Number 49 about her experience using Jin Shin Jyutsu with cancer/hospice patients. This, and all issues of The Main Central, are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

 

The author of this article is a Jin Shin Jyutsu student/practitioner and certified Health and Wellness Counselor who works with people at the Medical College of Virginia (VCU) in Richmond. She works with hospice, bone marrow and cancer patients, etc. Her husband, Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., is the Director of the Massey Cancer Center. Georgianne had given this patient several Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions prior to this visit. These sessions were very helpful to this woman. She had just received bad news that her transplant hadn’t worked. The sessions had “opened the door”, so to speak.

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What should we expect from ourselves and from others when we are so ill, so spent, so vulnerable? In a society that preaches empowerment, the art of wheeling and dealing and fast-forward forging, what happens when the inevitable occurs? We slow down to a crawl – or even slower that that – a drip from the tap that seems as if it is running almost dry.

I have been there on several occasions…so tired, sick and so spent that I can scarcely pick my head up from a pillow. Yes, I am told that this is the time to meditate and live in the spiritual dimension which has indeed become the only one available to me as my body and mind are so weak that thoughts hurt my thinking, and my hair (thin as it is) could send dagger surges to my mid brain. That’s awful. Those who tell us how to deal, more often than not, have not been so challenged perhaps, so compromised, they do not get it. To be sensitive and sick and weary and worn and heap lonely on top is rough – homebound and hospital tough.

Tomorrow will be better; it just has to be. But what if it isn’t and the weariness and pain prevail – pesky, ponderous, perilous persistence? What then? What distraction is enough; what meaning can move me from this trench? And why somehow do we feel guilty if we complain or cry? Why is that? It makes someone else uncomfortable? The society is not geared for this slower pace. travel to the farm towns – what is left of them – and see. Dying-out villages – even the Amish can’t keep up with this slowdown, I am hearing. Horses will be replaced by horse power any day now. State Fairs are not faring well as we hurry on. And hurry we do – until the time we cannot. Just cannot.

To be continued…

Exploring Jin Shin Jyutsu – A Physio-Philosophy, Part 3

Paul B. Lister, M.A., C.C.C. offers an article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter issue from Summer 2005, Number 49 about his experience with Jin Shin Jyustu. This, and all issues of The Main Central, are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

~ Paul B. Lister, M.A., C.C.C. Speech-Language Pathologist, Private Practice in New Hampshire.

Excerpted from an article appearing in The Ammonoosuc Times, New Hampshire, February 11, 2005, this is about the author’s observations and experience with Jin Shin Jyutsu on stroke and brain-injured adults. He has worked with Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, Irene Lambert, in Littleton, New Hampshire.

Could the effect of Jin Shin Jyutsu on our client account for the improvement in short term memory, improved affect and recreation of a splendid sense of humor? Now the possibility appeared quite real to me.

Irene asked me if I have any physical or mental pains and I described a rotator cuff that greatly limits my overhand movement with painful twinges. For the next hour during my session I could feel pulses in my body through her fingers, even through a sweater and jeans. The relaxation that flowed through me is indescribable and I felt tension ebb that I didn’t know was even present. The feeling was, to borrow a phrase, the incredible lightness of being.

She advised me not to perform heavy tasks the remainder of the evening, and she was right. My body craved rest, but my mind felt remarkably sharp. The next day I was able to help bring Christmas decorations down from the attic without the pain I have been accustomed to in my shoulder; but more noticeably, I had a general sense of well-being and the usual trepidation that strikes me before pending holidays had been replaced with enthusiasm.

After the session, Irene instructed me in several simple self-help applications that involved firmly, but not tightly, holding one of my fingers. Since then, I have practiced faithfully, simply because it works.

We discussed a number of areas where Jin Shin Jyutsu has been documented as improving the human condition – including fatigue, vision, heart conditions, digestion, respiratory functions, fever, headache, myeloma and a slew of others. I was mostly interested in how Jin Shin Jyutsu could help my patients with communication disorders.

Can stuttering be diminished by controlling tension and breathing, especially when a finger grasp could be clandestinely used to initiate the response? Can the depression that normally accompanies a stroke and similar neurological disabilities be modified so that it is no longer a factor in recovery?

I do know that attributes of a recovery beyond my explanation occurred for my patient. I also know something very positive happened to me, and this, too, was beyond my explanation. Irene Lambert unlocked more than I had anticipated. I will return with more questions and for more Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Thank you, Paul and Irene.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

Exploring Jin Shin Jyutsu – A Physio-Philosophy, Part 2

Paul B. Lister, M.A., C.C.C. offers an article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter issue from Summer 2005, Number 49 about his experience with Jin Shin Jyustu. This, and all issues of The Main Central, are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

~ Paul B. Lister, M.A., C.C.C. Speech-Language Pathologist, Private Practice in New Hampshire.

Excerpted from an article appearing in The Ammonoosuc Times, New Hampshire, February 11, 2005, this is about the author’s observations and experience with Jin Shin Jyutsu on stroke and brain-injured adults. He has worked with Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, Irene Lambert, in Littleton, New Hampshire.

There is one more area that confounds me with her recovery and that is her sense of humor and affect, or visible emotional response to happiness, sorrow, etc. Most patients have a flat affect to the point that family members cannot look at the patient and tell if they are excited, depressed or mad. Sense of humor is often relegated to slapstick or laughing when someone falls, that type of juvenile response. My patient does not miss a trick and laughs long and loud but (of most importance), she laughs appropriately. She will often grin after demonstrating she understood the subtlety of a joke and say, “Thought I missed that, didn’t you?”

Along with her traditional therapies and medicines, there was another intervention being used in her recovery. Her aide regularly brought her to see Irene Lambert at the Ancient Healing Arts Center on Jackson Street in Littleton (New Hampshire). Irene is licensed in therapeutic massage, is a yoga instructor and is a Jin Shin jyutsu practitioner. When her aide spoke of the dramatic advances our patient was demonstrating, I assumed it was to ease the pain of the physical injuries she received in the accident, but she felt it was more, much more.

I met Irene at her third floor studio, a soothing and open environment. Irene is soft-spoken, gentle and petite. Her smile and warmth put me immediately at ease. She offered to give me a Jin Shin Jyutsu session at the end of the interview so that I could write from personal experience, and I was aware that she was watching my mannerisms and movements and seemed to be studying my voice. We sat barefoot across from each other, separated by the futon that I would later occupy.

When I asked about our head-injured client, Irene presented a very lucid understanding of neuroanatomy emphasizing cellular rejuvenation. She elaborately described how fear and tension play a major role in the disharmony. She noted that, in a head injury, the energy stagnates in the head and needs to descend. it became much clearer to me that this is “the knowing’ that allows a deeper understanding that can bring balance to mind, body and spirit. It reconfirmed my own belief that therapy is an art form, not a science.

To be continued…