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Janet Oliver on Safety Energy Lock 17, Part 1

Janet Oliver writes about her experience with Safety Energy Lock 17 in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 54, Fall 2006:

Living the Art with Safety Energy Lock 17

The phone rang. i picked it up. “Come as fast as you can”, I heard my dear friend Bobby say. “I’ve had a heart attack, and I’m here in the hospital. Come right away.”

Immediately, I went to the airport to fly one hour to Los Angeles. Upon entering the hospital, I was told by the nurses that Bobby’s pulse rate was way too high, over 200 beats per minute. They said that nothing they did was working to slow it down, and would I please help him to calm down and slow down his heart rate. They indicated that if his heart rate did not slow down, he would probably not live.

I found Bobby agitated, wildly upset at having had a heart attack. He had been moved from one hospital to another, and he generally felt that “everyone was trying to kill him.” The nurses looked extremely harried, and I knew his strong, dominant personality had challenged them to the limit. Gently, I sat at his bedside, and held his wrist (Safety Energy Lock 17).

Bobby was hooked up to a heart monitor, so I could watch as his heart rate slowly returned to normal. The nurses came in. “Thank you.” they said. “We were hoping you could help, and when you finish with him, it’s our turn.

As long as I held his Safety Energy Lock 17, his pulse was steady and normal speed. Whenever I let go, his heart rate would skyrocket upwards. So I sat with Bobby for three days, gently holding his wrist and learning the power of Safety Energy Lock 17.

Safety Energy Lock 17 is an ascending Safety Energy Lock, born on the Diagonal Mediator. It is located in the hollow between two joints at the little finger side of the wrist. The Small Intestine Function Energy flows through the wrists at seventeen, and the Heart Function Energy flows nearby at the inner aspect of the wrist. For Bobby, I held the whole area. As the days went by, I held his fingers as well.

Safety Energy Lock 17 is Natural Intelligence, intuition and creative power. I watched these traits emerging from deep within Bobby, as the days passed. He is a singer and songwriter, and he sang new songs that expressed the deep passion in his heart, now soft and open.

To be continued…

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I’m thinking about verse 78 of the Tao…

Nothing in this world

is as soft and yielding as water

Yet for attacking the hard and strong

none can triumph so easily

It is weak, yet none can equal it

It is soft, yet none can damage it

It is yielding, yet none can wear it away


Everyone knows that the soft overcomes the hard

and the yielding triumphs over the rigid

Why then so little faith?

Why can no one practice it?


So the Sages say,

fulfill even the lowest position

love even the weakest creature

Then you will be called

“Lord of every offering”

“King of all below Heaven”






…Verse 78 from “Tao Te Ching”

Lao-Tzu, translated by Jonathan Star
ISBN: 978-158542-618-8

I’m thinking about BE-ing…


The anxious student asked the Zen master how long to enlightenment. The Zen Master answered a long time, at least 10 years. The student said, “Well I will work twice as hard.” The Zen master said, “Then it will take 20 years.” “No!” said the committed student, “I will work three times as hard.” “Well then,” said the Zen master, “it will take 30 years.”

Do you need to work at being spiritual? No. You already are spiritual. Do you need to work at being human? No. That’s just who you are.

The spiritual path doesn’t require us to get anything. It’s a process of opening to new dimensions of who we already are. It’s a process of awakening to our own truth. It’s a process of allowing ourselves to be authentic.

“It is not by your actions that you will be saved, but by your being.”
— Meister Eckhart

“People ask what must they become to be loving. The answer is ‘nothing.’ It is a process of letting go of what you thought you had become and allowing your true nature to float to the surface naturally.”
— Stephen Levine

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Some of The Things That Mary Taught Me

In The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 53, Summer 2006, Alison Hammer Winans shares her experience as:

Some of The Things That Mary Taught Me

After Mary stopped teaching in 1990, my studies with her continued in the form of a yearly intensive at the Scottsdale office – receiving nine sessions in a week, four of them being with her. I was so fortunate to have these precious moments with Mary from 1992 – 2000. Every time I went, more “layers of the onion” were peeled off as Jin Shin Jyutsu housecleaned my body and my mind. During my first week of sessions, Mary was holding a vertebra in the middle of my back one day. It really hurt and felt like her finger was penetrating to the bone. I remembered her telling a story in a seminar about someone who was so depressed. She said to this person, “Be the happiest miserable person you can be.” So I decided to enjoy the pain, to be the happiest person in pain that I could be. I focused on the center of sensation, breathed deeply, felt the pain, and witnessed it dissolve and disappear. Some deep, deep fear was dug out of my back that week, and I was truly happy for the first time in my life. Jin Shin Jyutsu is “The Art of Happiness”.

During my sessions I didn’t talk very much with Mary; nevertheless, these times were a continuation of my studies. One year that I was there, she taught me about gratitude. The words she said the most were, “Thank you, God”. She looked out of the window at the beautiful Arizona sky – “Thank you, God.” She listened to my pulse – “Thank you, God.” I asked her how she was, and she said, “Perfect, I am perfect in every moment – Thank you, God.” She thanked me for coming to see her. Through her presence, she taught me about being grateful for everything, good experiences and also the bad ones, knowing that it is all given to us by God/the Divine/Creator. Through her own Being, she was also teaching me to let go of attachments, to have no preferences, to see whatever comes as a gift from God, no matter whether it is pleasant or unpleasant.

Mary also said to me numerous times, “God is my Do-er”, humbly showing me that although I thought she was masterful, wise and fantastically skilled, she was aware that it was God working through her jumper cable. When I asked her how she knew where to put her hands, she would say “God is my Do-er.” This concept lies at the very core of the practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu. At the very beginning of Text 1, Mary states, “It is not application of technique; it is demonstration of Art, simply Being the channel through which flow infinite aesthetic powers of the Creator. One’s progress with Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy depends on complying with the Art’s established procedures and unencumbered communion with the Creator.” (Italics are my emphasis.) When I asked her questions during my sessions, Mary knew that I did not need to add more techniques to my toolbox; she knew that the part I really needed to learn was about Be-ing, not Do-ing, and finding my own way to maintain that “unencumbered communion with the Creator.” So simple and yet so deep, these were the biggest lessons of all those times I was blessed to spend with her in Scottsdale.

Another time, I said to her, “Mary, even though I hold my 11s every day, my shoulders are still tight. What can I do to help this?” What she told me was masterfully simple. she suggested that every half hour, I could just “exhale and drop my shoulders.” I heard her say this so many times in the seminars. This is so simple and yet it is not easy to do – it takes a lot of willingness, awareness, ability to detach from the whirl of daily life and a real motivation to change old patterns. It’s not just about physically relaxing the shoulders, it also means letting go of all the beliefs, stuck emotions and ways of being that create the tension in the first place. At the end of my third annual week of sessions, my shoulders were so relaxed that they felt like butter. Because they were so clear, I noticed the muscles tightening up when a fearful thought crossed my mind, “Will I have the money for such-and-such, and where will it come from?” Oh, so that’s where the shoulder tension comes from! Exhale, drop the shoulders! I was still on vacation for a week and so had the leisure to observe the effects of my thoughts. Most of us have lives that are so fast paced, it is inevitable that layers of tension accumulate and we are not even aware where it comes from. Herein lies the value of taking some quiet time every day to help ourselves and get to know ourselves with Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Thank you, Alison.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Thank you, God.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about childhood…

“The truth about our childhood is stored up in our body, and although we can repress it, we can never alter it. Our intellect can be deceived, our feelings manipulated, our perceptions confused and our body tricked with medication. But someday the body will present its bill, for it is as incorruptible as a child who, still whole in spirit, will accept no compromises or excuses, and it will not stop tormenting us until we stop evading the truth.
~ Alice Miller

…in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter Number 53, Summer 1006

In my own personal experience, as pain and fear force me to acknowledge the truth, then I see that my body never lies and is a wondrous thing that heals and restores itself daily…and I can help it if I listen. The unaccepted truth will cause the healing, renewing energy to get stuck and lead to disharmony of my body, mind and spirit until I hear and follow ancient principles of this healing touch and meditation. Now the healing can begin and harmony restored. This awareness is a treasured key to a life that is happy, joyous and free.


Big Toes and the Tenderfoot Poem

In The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 54, Fall 2006, Siew Kuan Lee (Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia) shares her understanding of:

Being Aware and Understanding My Big Toes

After moving back to my home country from the States, I never stopped receiving wisdom from the two Jin Shin Jyutsu Textbooks and the three Self-Help Books.

I was aware that I have been quite conscious of the lifted up, unearthed big toe on both feet recently and noticed that my fingers are always wrapping around them whenever I am sitting in the living room alone, chatting with friends or simply watching TV.

A few weeks ago, I took a trip to Bangkok and was constantly on my feet for hours. I felt my lower back aching for the very first time and wondered which depth is stressed with walking. I was surprised when I found out it was the 5th Depth, harmonized through the little finger and big toe.

Big toe and little finger… That has to do with the attitude of try to and pretense. What is really meant by the attitude of try to and pretense, I always wondered.

One night while watching TV, I was sitting with legs crossed and holding my two eg toes. All ofa sudden, dawned on me how hard I try to do and be someone useful in life – and where I am experiencing life from a place of wanting and trying to be a better me.   Pictures flashed before my eyes of how hard I tried to achieve my high standards in life and pretended to be one who never exists except in my mind.

I heard this voice within speaking out: “Sweetheart, you can’t make yourself be someone when EVERYTHING you want to be is already INNATELY INSIDE of you.”

I felt a sense of relief, the shoulder releasing as I SEE what I am doing to myself. In the awareness of that, I noticed the tears started to have a life of their own and felt the breath getting into places where I have never experienced before THIS moment. Thank you, little toe, thank you for letting me into the non-secret secret through the awareness and understanding of you. I am starting to LISTEN just NOW.

Thank you, Siew Kuan.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.


I’m not sure I’m ready

for the sublime

I still enjoy

meter and rhyme

chocolate cake

streams and lakes

matinees and pearls

whipping cream swirls

friends who are funny

backgammon and rummy

Do these change on Cosmic Planes?

When we’re finished exploring

our interesting fates

guru and physics and

astral states

masters and

paths and

quantum leaps

can we dance?

By  Marcie’l Mizerak – an earlier client of Mary’s in Los Angeles


I’m thinking about verse 77 of the Tao…

Heaven operates like the bending of a bow ~

the high pulls down

the low brings up

It takes from that which has too much

And gives to that which has too little

The way of man is otherwise ~

he takes from that which is depleted

and gives to that which has too much


Who can offer an abundance to the world? ~

One who has Tao

Such a one can give like the heavens


The Sage gives

without relying on his own effort

He completes

without waiting for reward

He illumines

without stepping from the shadow


…Verse 77 from “Tao Te Ching”

Lao-Tzu, translated by Jonathan Star
ISBN: 978-158542-618-8



Ascending and Descending Function Energy

In The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 54, Fall 2006, Cristina Minamisawa shares her understanding of:

Skin Surface Ascending Function Energy~Deep Skin Descending Function Energy  

As the Universal Energy “descends” into manifesting/manifested, different levels of densing down and specialization unfold to create and support the function of the manifesting/ manifested body. On the level of these functions the Universal Energy expresses itself in a very specific way.

Born from the seventeen body function energy, these two functions comply with the universal movement of expansion (inhale)/contraction (exhale)…Skin Surface, ascending, inhaling, and Deep Skin, descending, exhaling – however, in a very close relationship to the body.

These two functions mainly support the cleansing and purification of the body. Skin Surface Ascending Function Energy takes care of the solid debris while Deep Skin Descending Function Energy cleanses the liquid and gaseous toxins.

Spirit descends into matter to experience the duality and the density of manifestation. This level, our lifestyle, is the experience of the senses – which involves food, the relationship to the environment, climate, relationship to others in illusionary separateness – so Spirit can know Itself in Its multiple expressions. These two functions help us to process the experience on the level of our everyday life to take back the awareness into Spirit, thus fulfilling Its desire.

Skin Surface Function Energy is a 1st Depth helper, related to 4th Depth – the Depth responsible for the cleansing/purification of the human experience bridging into the 6th Depth. In this sense this function helps us to ascend back to our Life Source (6th Depth); it is presented to us on page 44 of Text 2 – four meaning the four elements that constitute matter. Adding them up, we come to 8, the Magic, the constant connection between Heaven and Earth, the descending and ascending of Spirit experience, the number of the Third Depth, the source of energy to our body, the recipient of the 6th Depth in the Order of Creation.

As this energy circulates through the skin, it helps us to manifest and build healthy boundaries – containing and protecting us in our manifestation – and at the same time, helps us to stand on solid foundation.

On the physiological level, this energy warms the body and harmonizes reproductive projects – in its relationship to the 4th Depth.

Deep Skin Function Energy is a 2nd Depth helper, helping to balance spirit, mind and body. As a descending function it builds and cools the body.

In its circulation, as this energy goes through the first thoracic vertebra, it also helps all the organs – see page 38, Text 1. And as it intermingles with the Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy at the first front rib, it holds a relationship to the bust line, helping to clear mental/emotional stress and to re-connect us to our root, the Spirit.

Deep Skin Function Energy is introduced to us on page 45, Text 2 – the four elements, matter and the number of Man (the 1st Depth and 6th Depth number) – a 9, the Humanitarian, one who has lived 1 though 8, and at 9, as the cycle of experience comes to an end, has developed compassion and the awareness of oneness with one another.

Thus, this level of energy that is closest to the physical body expresses the same qualities of the Universal Energy and journeys back into Our Source.

Thank you, Cristina.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about choice…


“We focus on the negatives, losing ourselves in the ‘problem.’ We point to our unhappy circumstances to rationalize our negative feelings. This is the easy way out. It takes, after all, very little effort to feel victimized.”
— Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Nothing and no one can make us a victim. We do it to ourselves when we allow external circumstances to hold power over us.

Although we have no control over what happens to us, we ALWAYS have a choice in how we respond. We hold our power when we accept complete responsibility for our thoughts, feelings and actions.

“A man may fall many times but he won’t be a failure until he says someone pushed him.”
— Elmer G. Letterman

“The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”
— Steven Biko

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