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:

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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…

All issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

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