Monthly Archives: June 2016

I’m thinking about the truth…


“If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.”
— Louise Hay

Pick one aspect of your life, e.g. your health, your competence, your prosperity or relationships, and think back to when you were a child. What messages about this subject did you hear from adults at that time that are still playing on your subconscious tape recorder? Messages like: “Men can’t be trusted.” “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” “You’re not smart enough to succeed in business.”

How is your world reflecting your beliefs back to you, today?

“There are no limitations to the self except those you believe in.”
— Seth

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A Vehicle for Peace, Part 1

Christine Anne shares her experience with Jin Shin Jyutsu as a vehicle for peace in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 40, Spring 2003:


Sacred Scripture says; “Blessed are the peacemakers”. Therefore, blessed are Jiro Murai, Mary Burmeister and all others who practice and share the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy.

A former social worker, now a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, once said to me, “I have never seen it fail, that people who receive Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions become softer. I gave up social work for a Jin Shin Jyutsu practice because I saw that it was more effective.”

Working in an acute admissions psychiatric unit heralded a critical question. Does Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help work for those with serious and even severe, thinking, emotional, and addiction projects? One day in a stress management group, I talked the patients and several staff through applying the Main Central, Supervisors, and holding each finger and thumb, while being the breath. As we proceeded, my own 23 and 10 projects brought to mind the usual accusations and demands that assail me when I step forth to risk something new, generating feelings of fear and doubt. Yet the inner source gently brought forth the thought, “Be the Breath, simply hold the fingers, exhale, be the dropping of the shoulders, feel them melt into your toes.” So I continued our Jin Shin Jyutsu relaxation exercise.

I began to hear sighs, see faces relax, bodies stop twitching, smiles start to play at the edges of lips. Upon peaceful completion, the patients and staff voiced gratitude for their sense of peacefulness and relaxation. Each time I worked, no matter the shift, patients would come to plan a time for all of us to sit, to hold fingers and be the breath. Peacefulness from the living Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy is a precious gift for those so tormented.

A Jin Shin Jyutsu practice clearly has “Power Tools for Life”.

Speaking to youth regularly in a juvenile detention center where most of the children are incarcerated for some kind of addiction or related behaviors, I find that Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help gives them personal empowerment. They learn to hold their index finger and breathe at least 9 breaths when they struggle with overpowering addictive cravings. This gives them something to do in those critical moments of choice that determine the difference between life and death, freedom and prison, as applying Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help gently releases the fear and scarcity mentality that addictions are born of and driven by. Even 9-12 year olds with poor impulse control projects, inpatients at a state psychiatric hospital, felt tremendously empowered and proud when they could live a whole day without hitting or yelling by holding their fingers and breathing. Truly and practically speaking the practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help is a wonderful peacekeeper.

To be continued…

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I’m thinking about my excellent qualities…


“At the heart of personality is the need to feel a sense of being lovable without having to qualify for that acceptance.”
— Dr. Paul Tournier

How do you see yourself as unlovable?

Take a few minutes to write down why you perceive yourself to be unlovable. Look at the list and see if you can identify where those characterizations originated. Can you pinpoint old messages from parents, teachers, and friends that led you to negative conclusions about yourself? Are those messages valid today?

The beliefs we adopt as children usually don’t hold when we view them objectively as adults. Can you let them go? Can you begin to see yourself as a unique expression of life, a genuine gift to the world?

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
— Buddha

“Limitless like the ocean are your excellent qualities.”
— Dalai Lama

“A” is for Alzheimer’s

Ariela Lois Mirkin tells us a little about her experience with Alzheimer’s disease in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 40, Spring 2003:


I am in my mid-sixties, and for the last 20 years I have been aware that my memory “is not what it used to be”. Concerned, I went for various consultations, only to be reassured that it was a common accompaniment to menopause, or that “my mind was like a filing cabinet that had fallen over and all the files had fallen out. The content was still there…I just couldn’t access it. Not to worry, it would sort itself out.”

I have always eaten well, taken supplements, and lived a “healthy” lifestyle. Nothing had changed. I carefully hid my lapses of memory, so no one would know. When I found Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy ten years ago, I noticed that it took forever for me to feel pulses in the first step of the Main Central self-help flow. I was patient, and, after a few years, the pulses were there almost immediately. My overall level of anxiety and need to control had dropped markedly and my relationships had become easier and more harmonious. However, I was aware that my memory “project” was still there.

Several months ago I became really concerned when I couldn’t recall the name of my daughter’s neighbor, whom I knew. I couldn’t recall the name of the hardware store on Southwest Boulevard. I had trouble remembering the words of a new song, etc. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and my aunt is currently deteriorating with that same diagnosis. I might be concerned about my retirement income, but much more important to me is the quality of my life! I want to remain fully functioning!

I contemplated the “project”. I remembered a PBS special on the brain, how it described the brain of someone suffering with Alzheimer’s and how the connectors between the neurons disappeared. I recalled the image of the filing cabinet with the contents strewn about. The content was there, but not the connections! The PBS special went on to tell about promising new work with stem cells – the connections reestablish themselves! I wondered if the Jin Shin Jyutsu flows would somehow activate the stem cells in the same way.

I recalled a saying of Mary’s that if you hold both your Safety Energy Lock 1’s for one hour a day, “you will have no projects at the end of the year.

I decided to hold the first step of the Main Central self-help for one hour each day. Then I continued the Main Central flow, as well as doing other self-help flows. I have added three extra steps to the self-help Main Central. After holding coccyx/pube, I leave my right hand on my coccyx but turn it vertically (using the back of my hand), so I am also holding the sacrum. With my left hand I hold base and middle of the sternum, and then again move my left hand to back of neck (between the 12’s) and then to base of skull (between the 4’s.) (I am working with a vision project.) In addition, I hold both of my Safety Energy Lock 1’s, for about 20 minutes most days…as added insurance.

I have sessions once a week with a chiropractor who does cranial-sacral manipulation, and after a week of my holding the center of the head and third eye, he reported that there appeared to be much more amplitude in my brain. I felt encouraged. Now he reports much more movement in the sphenoid bone, which had been jammed. He had patiently worked on this project with me for a period of about a year. He said it seemed that there is now a stream of energy coming up both sides of my neck into my brain.

After about four months of this routine, I could then recall all the details that had been eluding me. Now, if I can’t recall something, I just concentrate on it, and it “pops” back into my head and stays there!

Thank you, God, for helping me help myself…and thank you, Mary, for bringing us this beautiful Art.

Thank you, Ariela.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about higher perspectives…


“It is the mind that makes one wise or ignorant, bound or emancipated.”
— Sri Ramakrishna

Zen distinguishes big mind from small mind. Big mind identifies with its process, is impersonal and participates universally. Big mind is unlimited possibilities, deeper understanding, forgiveness, acceptance, insight, connectedness, attention.

Small mind is self centred and focuses only on itself. It is compulsive, limited, reactive and mechanical. Small mind feeds on itself — fear reacts to fear, judgment reacts to judgment, anger sparks more anger.

Always seek higher perspectives and you will in time find freedom.

“If a pickpocket meets a Holy Man, he will see only his pockets.”
— Hari Dass

“Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open.”
— Lord Thomas Dewar

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144 Questions on Text 2

Karen Moore, Editor of this newsletter, writes in the Winter 2003 issue Number 39: “We’re reprinting this article from Issue 17, Summer 1997, as it addresses the topic of “bridging” material from Mary Burmeister’s Text 1 to Text 2. We thought it would be helpful to have the article close at hand.” [The 2003 article she refers to was written by Carlos Gutterres, “Bridging” Text 1 and 2, and can be found here in the Jin Shin Jyutsu category published in March, 2015-if you care to review it.]

Matthias Roth tells us a little about Bridging Text 1 to Text 2 in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 39, Winter 2003: 144 Questions on Text 2 (Or the Thing with the “Ing” and the “Ed”)


In Text 2, the energy of the One Source (the cosmic egg) breaks down into twelve aspects called organ flows. These twelve are really one and, like the petals of a daisy, need to be seen as expressions of the oneness that they form: you are all twelve of your organ flows.

What does an organ flow do? Builds the body, doesn’t it? So Text 2 is about the body. Text 1 is about the invisible, right? Well, not quite. There’s the thing with the “ing” and the “ed”.

Page 55 calls organ flows the “body building energy”. They are, but for the manifesting, manifested body. Energy doesn’t just pop from an unmanifested (Text 1) body into a manifested, visible (Text 2) body. There is the manifesting body in between, where “with the intermingling of flesh and consciousness, a profound mysterious transformation occurs.”

There is a body being built (or manifested) as an expression of a gradual and mysterious shift from thoughts into words into action. The “ed” is the outcome: a physical body with physical functions. Its laws are described in the lumbar circle on the answer sheet, and in the book it takes up most of pages 44-61 (or actually, 44-59).

The “ing”, however, is the process that leads to the “ed”. It takes up most of Text 2, and the biggest chunk of the answer sheet in the thoracic vertebrae! Here, the order of creation reveals a playful dance wherein consciousness condenses into matter and expresses as form. The organ flows join in this dance as the twelve actors of the one piece.

As you look even closer you see that each of the twelve organ functions has again twelve aspects contained within its oneness! Text 2 informs us that the organ flows develop four aspects, the physical form, but also the “invisible consciousness, voice and energy” (p. 3). It adds that the organ flows perform three actions, for they build, repair and protect (p. 9).

Does this mean that each organ flow builds form, repairs form and protects form, builds an aspect of consciousness, repairs that aspect of consciousness, and protects it? That it builds, repairs and protects one of the twelve aspects of my voice? And of my energy?

Then an exciting concert of 144 questions arises on Text 2: What perfect body does the lung flow build? What damage to the body does it repair? What wear and tear, what accidents will it protect me from? How do I express when I voice the perfect lung that I am? What expression is restored to me, how is it protected by that flow? What consciousness? What kind of energy or vitality? And all these questions may be raised on all eleven other organ flows…

It is fun! The flow pattern, physical organ, zodiac sign and time of day all help you to play with these questions, study, think or daydream about them. It is fun to become aware of each flow manifesting simultaneously as personality, expression, vitality and bodily form. Then the body and all the other aspects become an open book to read. The wholeness becomes obvious, and therefore, simplicity. BE IT IS, IS.

Thank you, Matthias.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about my mirror…


“Our inability to see beauty doesn’t suggest in the slightest that beauty is not there. Rather, it suggests that we are not looking carefully enough or with broad enough perspective to see the beauty.”
— Rabbi Harold Kushner

Who are you? You can gaze at your reflection in a mirror but you’re not likely to see your true likeness. You are beautiful, unique, perfect. Do you see that?

The world needs you to see how whole and complete you are — now. Can you begin to own your divinity? The world needs you to know who you really are so you can be the mirror for others.

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.”
— John Muir

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From the Director

David Burmeister tells us a little about Mary and her family…we learn how David came to be in Scottsdale and his commitment to the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu…in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 38, Fall 2002:


Dear Friends and Students,

I first appeared on the scene, working in the Jin Shin Jyutsu office, in 1985. My sister-in-law, Martha, who had been running the Scottsdale office before my arrival, asked if I would move back from San Diego to relieve her for a few years while she and my brother, Michael, started their family. Back then, I had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University with a major in psychology and a minor in business, and believed that I was preparing myself for a career in clinical psychology.

I spent the better part of two years working in psychiatric hospitals, while preparing for a graduate school program at California School of Professional Psychology. It seemed like the experience of working with Mary and Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc., would go hand-in-hand with my interests in humanistic psychology. What I really hadn’t counted on was how much I would enjoy being with my mom, traveling with her and looking after this incredible workhorse of a person.

It wasn’t log before I began to appreciate the demands on Mary’s time and the substantial amount of work she had accepted as her path in life. Back in the 80’s she was teaching about 10 classes a year, while also writing and maintaining a practice of approximately a dozen clients a day. She was caring for a great many people and was truly living in the flow of cosmic energy and being the “effortless reality” that we speak of in the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Mary was and is the living example of this Art, and in those days she did not appear to fatigue. Yet, even with all of this dynamic energy pouring forth, some aspects of the organization needed to be addressed. I couldn’t help but wonder where the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu was heading, how it would be nurtured and preserved and what would happen if Mary were no longer able to teach.

Sadly, this final question was the first one that I had to address as Mary’s head injury in 1990 put an abrupt end to her active teaching schedule. Thankfully, the instructor’s training program that we have recently initiated propelled our first generation of new Jin Shin Jyutsu instructors to the forefront. Muriel, Philomena and Wayne carried the torch courageously. Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy as expressed and understood by Mary Burmeister would continue to inspire future generations. Putting in place an instructor’s training program was one of the first important decisions I made for Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc.

In 1985 when I first arrived at the Scottsdale office, I was just 26, fairly young to guide the course of a growing international organization. Yet, looking back nearly 17 years later, I’ve learned that (as Mary so often stated) “growth cannot be hurried”. Somewhere over the course of these many years, I have grown to feel more comfortable and at home with my role as director of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. I am grateful to all who stood by me and offered their steady support during some challenging times. I have also been blessed with a truly wonderful family!

I plan to continue sharing my thoughts on a regular basis, and keep everyone posted on any interesting new developments within the organization. I would also be happy to respond to questions and offer my historical perspective of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Helping to bring Mary’s lifework to the world is an awesome gift!


David Burmeister, Director, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc.


Thank you David,

Thank you, Mary.

DAVID: Have we told you lately that we love and appreciate you? Well, we do!

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about love…


“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
— Lao Tzu

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.

We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.

“It matters not Who you love, Where you love, Why you love, When you love, Or how you love, It matters only that you love.”
— John Lennon

“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?”
— Frank Scully

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Jed Schwartz on Reversing and Increasing of the Depths, Part 2

(For Florin)

Jed Schwartz continues his article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 38, Fall 2002, about Reversing and Increasing of the Depths:


The Reversing and Increasing of the 3rd Depth is a bit different. In this quickie we focus on the bridge between the invisible and the visible by keeping open Safety Energy Lock 4 – our Window (for Breath and Light), and Safety Energy Lock 3 – our Swinging Door. Safety Energy Lock 4 needs to stay open, or we move very quickly into the 6th Depth. Safety Energy Lock 3 connects us with our relationships, our Mediator and thus our 3rd Depth, binding us in harmony to this world.

We have no Reversing and Increasing of 5th Depth because it is a culmination of the previous 4 depths. To clear it, we can use each in reverse order – 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st.

We mention in class that there are 66 pages in Text 1 and that there are 66 books in the Bible, the first (Old) and the second (New) Testaments. There are many interpretations and beliefs about what is written in these sacred texts, so I will not venture too far in discussing these relationships. Yet when we look at the last 5 books of the Bible, we might glean some insights.

We might see a relationship to:

  1. The First Letter of John with the Reversing and Increasing of 1st Depth. One of the many things in this letter that relates to 1st Depth is concerning Spirit in matter or Spirit in the body. There is also in verse 12 a mention of Cain, which connects us to Safety Energy Lock 4, which is the site of our story of Abel and Cain in Jin Shin jyutsu.
  2. The Second Letter of John can be related to the Reversing and Increasing of 2nd Depth from verse 5 – “let us love one another”, which is our Safety Energy Lock 13.
  3. The Third Letter of John can be related to Reversing and Increasing of 3rd Depth by simply being the 3rd letter.
  4. The Letter of Jude relates to the Reversing and Increasing of 4th Depth (page 65, Text 1). In its discussion of will and the desires of man, we can relate to the attitude of 4th Depth. In verse 7, “Like Sodom and Gomorrah…indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural lust”, and verse 16, “…these are grumblers and malcontents; they indulge in their own lusts; they are bombastic in speech, flattering people to their own advantage”, gives reference to 4th Depth worldly desire. Is there a coincidence that Jude adds up to 4?
  5. The Revelation of St. John the Divine, the last book of the Bible, relates to the 5th Depth and 6th Depth Increasing, Reversing or Extinction of Energy, which are discussed on p. 66, Text 1. Revelations in the book of the apocalypse and prophecy, which relates to our 6th Depth energy. There are numerous references to the number 7 – such as 7 churches, 7 seals, and 7 trumpets. Seven, perfect life power, is the positive number for 5th Depth, which leads us back to our spiritual home, the 6th Depth. Then chapter 22 mentions “…the river of the water of life, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”* We could make an analogy that this is the Main Central Vertical running down the center from the Creator with the Supervisor running on either side creating the 12 organ flows. Chapter 22, verse 13 again gives us reference to our 6th Depth, “…I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end…”* The relationships to the testaments and our textbooks are endless and a lifetime study. My awareness of biblical references is limited, and I hope that you will share your insights with us all.
  • The New Oxford Annotated Bible; Oxford University Press: copyright 2001

Thank you, Jed.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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