Christopher Lowman writes “Jin Shin Jyutsu: Getting to Know the Name” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 43, Winter 2004:
What is Art? Art, too, has many definitions that are difficult to agree upon. I believe, though, its essence has to do with the creative power (endowed equally to all things) that flows naturally, simply from within and which purposes to create a sense of “beauty”.
So, the “Creator’s Art” when looked at this way is a limitless power that is found everywhere, endowed equally to all and which flows from within, creating beauty.
Looking at the last part of the name ~ “Knowing and Compassionate Man” ~ we see that it is for US!
This to me shows us just how special and unique Jin Shin Jyutsu is. It also indicates the profound level and power that we are working with. It is the beauty producing power of The Creator for you and me. What a gift!
From here I would like to re-emphasize a teaching that I feel is being lost as Jin Shin Jyutsu continues to expand. Jin Shin Jyutsu is not a “healing”, “fixing”, “alternative”, “curing”, “restoring”, “good for aches and pains”, “relaxing”, etc. art. Not because it’s not, but because it’s MORE than that, so much more that ~ it just IS. I find it fun to keep this in mind when practicing because many people come to me with, “My head hurts”, “I have this or that medical label”, “I’m so upset”, etc. I just say, “This could help that”, all the while thinking to myself that Jin Shin Jyutsu isn’t about any of those things in particular, but because of its all-inclusive nature, it actually is.
This satisfied me for a while but then the question arose, “WHY would the Creator give us this art/creative power?”
Mary gives us the answer in Self-Help Book 1 (and in many other places) where she writes, “Jin Shin Jyutsu IS” followed by “Getting to Know (Help) Myself”.
I view this statement as another aspect of the name (she almost always couples them) similar to the second part of a book title, e.g., The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King. They are directly linked. Make no mistake about it.
My interpretation of this is that Mary is telling us that the primary, creative intention (the “why”) of Jin Shin Jyutsu is to help us get to know ourselves.
I said earlier that art has a notion of beauty built into it. What could possibly be more beautiful than knowing ourselves as we truly are? It is the place from where all true art, health, security, fulfillment, beauty, love, bliss, happiness, longevity, benevolence, etc. is born ~ is it not? It is also the place where all the trouble starts as well. Thus the insight, “All my miseries are caused by I am ignorant of myself”, makes all the more sense.
The following comes from Book 1 of Neal Donald Walsch’s, Conversations with God: “My purpose in creating you, My spiritual offspring, was for Me to know Myself as The Creator (God). I have no way to do that save through you. Thus it can be said (and has been many, many times) that My purpose for you is for you to know yourself as Me.” This startled me given all that I had gathered thus far about the meaning of Jin Shin Jyutsu. This offering explains that the primary purpose of our life on Earth is for us to know ourselves as who we really are, i.e. as the Creator.
To me there is no question that Jin Shin Jyutsu, Getting to Know (Help) Myself, is in perfect harmony with this intention, and I find it extraordinary that this has been derived from just getting to know the name. For me, Jin Shin Jyutsu is and always will be the infinite beauty producing power of the Creator given to us to fulfill His one goal ~ for us to know ourselves as Him.
Small wonder why I would hesitate in the past to tell people what I do or why some people can only say, “Jin Shin”. “Jin Shin Jyutsu” carries such a powerful force with it that it is practically unspeakable.
Thank you, Chris.
Thank you, Mary.
Thank you, David.
Gassho, Namaste, Blessings
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