Melinda Buckwalter of Commington, Massachusetts, writes “Jin Shin Jyutsu in the Clinic: Larger than Life” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 44, Spring, 2004:
There is great therapeutic benefit in that largeness despite our efforts to turn it into diagnostic protocols, expedient treatments, client intake sheets, pulse charts, databases of symptoms and flows, concise explanations for pamphlets, all of those understandable and very human attempts to make the infinite ours. The therapeutic benefit that losing ourselves in something greater affords us is to reorganize ourselves – our belief systems, our attitudes and in turn our health – as a sort of positive side effect of reorganization.
I think the big danger in putting Jin Shin Jyutsu into the clinical setting is our forgetting how big it is – forcing it to be something small and describable, human sized – and thus losing its therapeutic value. Of course, that is just why we should insist that Jin Shin Jyutsu in its indescribable wholeness be included in the clinical setting as a reminder that the quickest way to a healthy body isn’t always the shortest distance between two points. Our main therapeutic ability is not in a more complete definition of territory (or scope of practice) but in being able to create space for the demystified magic of the Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy to do its work.
When we first begin Jumper Cabling we start with an intention to heal. How we language our Jumper Cabling experiences helps us transform those initial intentions into awareness. The value of specificity in language lies in language’s ability to push or cultivate our awareness, not in the details themselves.
Mary’s cryptic sentences leave a lot of space to coax the expansion of our awareness of Jin Shin Jyutsu. As our awareness grows we begin to take responsibility for how we use our Jumper Cables. How we all wish to improve our pulse reading and Jumper Cabling skills! However, it is awareness, not information and techniques, that will ultimately affect that change.
Mary warns us not to put technique ahead of the art. She tells us, “Wherever your awareness, utilize it!” With awareness we understand that our Jumper Cables never needed improvement. The currency of improvement has more to do with recognizing potential than in specifics of knowledge or skill. Indeed knowledge and skill are the result of awareness (at least in their origins), not the tools to attain it! We see the results of Jiro Murai’s, Mary’s and Kato’s shifting awareness in their use of language, e.g. in the naming of Jin Shin Jyutsu from the Art of Benevolence, the Art of Longevity and the Art of Happiness to the Creator’s Art for the Man of Compassion. We delight in their choices, but we only understand those choices as our awareness grows on its own terms.
So next time a client asks you what Jin Shin Jyutsu is and you pause to grope for words and search for the place to start, congratulate yourself! Don’t reach for your pat response; celebrate your shifting and growing awareness. Maybe you will convey just a little piece of the shock of the greater unknown and remind your client of something larger than us all that is the ultimate healer. If we keep in mind what is of real therapeutic value and use language to push awareness rather than delineate, then we as Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners will truly be of great service, not just to our clients but to our colleagues in the healing profession as well.
Thank you, Melinda.
Thank you, Mary.
Thank you, David.
Gassho, Namaste, Blessings
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