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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