The Heavenly Breath of 2nd Depth

Jill Holden writes about  our entire life resides within one breath in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 42, Fall 2003:


Star Born and Earth Bound

Our entire life resides within one breath. All we really have is this moment. How can one live fully? Looking more closely at our 2nd Depth with our “ah ha” awareness and understanding, we can facilitate all of this with our jumper cables. Within the beauty of creation, we are given Spirit, Mind and Body.

Scientists have discovered we are made up of the same stuff found in exploding stars. We really are part of the cosmos, born from the stars and planets. We see this in the cervical star, the 5-pointed star; and on the elemental level, there is the lumbar circle. The planets and the relationship of the elements in the zodiac are the constant rhythms of our life…the macrocosm and the microcosm.

Again, we see the relationship of the macrocosm and the microcosm when we look at the 6th Depth (“big B”) Breath and the 2nd Depth (“little b”) breath. We begin this life with a breath. The lungs are our foundation of life, receiving the heavenly breath, which goes throughout the body – invisible, yet is our very essence. Carrying oxygen to the blood, transforming nutrients into energy, the lungs are organs of regeneration; and through this process our large intestine takes what we don’t use and unloads what Mary describes as our “dust, dirt and greasy grime”. So, with the invisible breath from the lungs to the material process of the large intestine, we see the dance of heaven and earth weaving and spiraling throughout us.

Second Depth also contains the numbers, which govern the depths. 5 is the number of 1st and 6th Depth, 6 is 4th Depth, 7 is 5th Depth, 8 is 3rd Depth; and 9 is the number for 2nd Depth. 9 speaks of letting go of the old in order to make space for the new; 9 speaks of cycles, fulfillment and transformation. All of the numbers in 2nd Depth add up to 11, which is the numeric symbol for 7th Depth, which brings us back to the light always available to us.

I’ve often thought about Mary’s statement, “Sadness is born of possessiveness.” What does that really mean? Of course, sadness is a natural reaction to loss, but looking through another lens, we experience ourselves as material matter instead of spirit, and we experience each other as matter. When we recognize we are spirit, there is no loss, no sadness; and we are human, but I think I’m beginning to see where Mary was taking us.

A glimmer here and there, we can reach for the stars and contemplate the wonder. Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, Jill.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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