Milt Lee on The Year of the One’s, Part 1

Milt Lee , Organizer and Practitioner – Rapid City, South Dakota writes about The Year of the One’s in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 41, Summer 2003:


it was April 18th, 2002, in Kansas City, when Matthias (Roth) reminded us that, “You can resolve all your projects by holding your one’s for an hour a day for a year.” Really, I thought. I’ve heard this before in practically every class I had taken, and after 3 yrs. of hearing this, I guess I became too curious to stop myself. After all, I had plenty of projects – asthma, allergies, and a nose that couldn’t smell. I had already lost 20 lbs. by sitting on my hands 20 minutes a day, so I figured if this was as good, then I was going to do it. Frankly, I wanted to do what Mary always said, “Be your own testimony!” It never occurred to me that it was a big commitment – I mean after all – what’s an hour a day? You just sit there, and hold your knees. What could be easier? So the day I started, I got about 15 minutes done during the class, and as I was sitting in my daughter’s house that evening, I continued holding them.

Almost immediately, I realized that there might be more to doing this than I had thought. First of all, it meant that every day I needed to remember to do it – make a plan for when I would get it done, and then when the time came, do it. I also had to figure out how to hold my knees. At first I just leaned in a bit and crossed my hands, but after about 20 minutes my back started to hurt. So I experimented with many different positions – leaning to one side with my legs up on the couch – then the other side. Finally I discovered that I could cross my legs, put one hand under the upper leg and casually flop the other hand on the top knee. After 20 minutes I would reverse, and finally just bend down to do the other 20 minutes.

I didn’t expect many changes right away. After all, I’m 55 and it took a long time to get to where I was. It was about 30 days in when I started to notice things happening, but they were going the wrong way. My teeth were killing me. My nose started to get worse. I would start to sneeze, and it would go on for 20, 30, 40 times. It was then that I discovered that I could do the first step of the Spleen Flow, and within 30-45 seconds, the sneezing would stop. Amazing.

After a while, my nose started to clear. There would be days when I would smell things and it would be totally clear. Then for a week it would be totally blocked – not breathing at all. This went on for months. People around me would get the flu, I was just fine. Then suddenly everything in my left side would ache, my left arm felt useless, then it would go away. I felt like a storm was raging in my body. My skin would itch all over, my nose would flow like the Ganges River, and then everything would clear.

To be continued…


1 thought on “Milt Lee on The Year of the One’s, Part 1

  1. r k

    Thank you so much for sharing. I have started the holding of the ones for an hour and it is so good to know that my experience with things getting worse sometimes is a sign of progress. very reassuring. Looking forward to part 2!


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