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I’m thinking about dreams…


“Don’t discard your fantasies as merely wishful thinking. Honor them as messages from the deepest part of your being about what you can do and directions you can choose.”
— Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

What are your deepest heart-felt desires, dreams and visions?

Our deepest desires and dreams align with the essence of who we are. The more we align with that essence, the more our life holds meaning, purpose and fulfilment. Do you have a sense of your destiny?

“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.”
— Dale E. Turner

“Everybody builds a dream in their lifetime. You’re either going to build your dream, or somebody else’s. So build your own!”
— Christopher LaBrec

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Jin Shin Jyutsu for Your Animal Companion, Part 1

Adele Leas shares her experience with animals: “Jin Shin Jyutsu for Your Animal Companion”, in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter, 2005:


It is a cold, rainy and very windy dawn when I arrive at the stables on the bank of the Mississippi this morning to greet my big Percheron mare, Cali. I have waited all my life for a horse of my own and while the truth is that she is technically a “foster”, there is no way I could love her more.

Mornings like this have become our favorite. No other humans come to the stable. They can neither ride nor graze nor turn their horses out. But Cali and I spend time together sharing Jin Shin Jyutsu…sharing something so special that it is the basis of our relationship. It is the way we have come to know and understand the essence of one another.

I start by placing my hands on her withers (Safety Energy Lock 10) and in the center of her broad chest (Safety Energy Lock 13). We stay this way a long time. It is how I start almost all sessions. It is the anchor step of the 13 flows…the Creator’s number. This simple step reconnects us to the exhale and the inhale, the basis of all harmonizing. While holding this step I always take time to silently ask the animal’s permission to share Jin Shin Jyutsu with him and then watch and listen closely for the answer. The anchor step establishes a connection between the two BE-ings who are co-creating this session and allows both to go beyond inner and outer limitations. I love to stand this way and breathe in Cali’s rich scent. Gradually, I become aware of pulse.

They seem to come from some deep source…something ancient, as if I am privy to the pulse of the essence of Horse. She sways ever so gently; her ears swivel backwards as if she can hear these pulses, too. Gradually I move through a series of “Quickies” but in a very slow and languid fashion. I allow my soft and “unneedy” hands to gently “BE” with Safety Energy Locks that energize front legs, where she has had recurring projects (such as the combination of same side 9 and 19 or 4 and 13).

Then I move onto Safety Energy Locks that lessen fear (such as self-help bladder flow) and Safety Energy Locks that help us in training (especially Safety Energy Lock 12). I find having a discussion about stubbornness and willfulness goes much better with 1500 lbs. of horse when approached from an energy standpoint! Cali turns her beautiful, huge head and fixes her liquid eyes on my hands as if wanting to understand the connection between the placement of my hands and the sensations she feels in her body. Loud rumblings roll in her belly, under my hands. She shifts her weight to 3 legs, eyes nearly closing. Then she does two things that she has never done before.

First, she brings that big head round and rests her chin in the crook of my arm, giving the full weight of her head to me while she gazes into my eyes. Then she gently takes my hand and, flapping her lower lip, kisses and plays with my fingers. Our eyes gaze steadily at each other. Mine feel full to the brim with tears of gratitude for having been given the opportunity to know this BE-ing so deeply. After time I realize that this exquisite peace has extended beyond Cali’s stall. Bally, Fireball, Elisha and Dart all stand transfixed, eyes soft, breathing deeply. No place on earth have I ever known such peace.

To be continued…


I’m thinking about my body…


“There are times when we may fool ourselves. There are times when we can fool others. But we can never fool our body. It is the most sensitive barometer of our inner world.”
— Sherrill Sellman

“Instead of frittering away your vibrancy with worry or distraction, realize your mind and body are inextricably united. What calms and tones up one, soothes and improves the other.”
— Marsha Sinetar

“When you are saying that you are happy and you are not, there will be a disturbance in your breathing. Your breathing cannot be natural. It is impossible.”
— Osho

“Your body is the ground and metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence. It is your Bible, your encyclopedia, your life story. Everything that happens to you is stored and reflected in your body. In the marriage of flesh and spirit divorce is impossible.”
— Gabrielle Roth

“If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?”
— Unknown source

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Triglycerides & Cholesterol Meet Jin Shin Jyutsu

Corliss Chan, of San Rafael, California, shares “Triglycerides & Cholesterol Meet Jin Shin Jyutsu” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter, 2005:


In March 2004 a man I’ll call Henry asked me to look for ways to reduce his triglyceride level, which exceeded 450. He was also looking for help with weight loss and in lowering elevated blood pressure. Triglycerides are a sugar related blood fat that travels with cholesterol. High triglyceride levels cause blood cells to stick together, impairing circulation and are implicated in causes of heart attack or stroke. The total amount of triglycerides is important in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart projects. His doctor said the ideal triglyceride level is under 200. 400 and above is too high and considered dangerous to health. For more than a year Henry’s doctor had already tried several prescription drugs and time-released niacin, but they were discontinued because of the side effects he experienced. He wanted to avoid the use of prescription drugs if possible. His doctor was very concerned about the elevated triglyceride level and said she would wait three months while he explored Jin Shin Jyutsu, diet modifications, and increased exercise before trying another prescription drug. She said reducing sugar intake was key in lowering triglycerides.

Henry is a 51-year old attorney who has a full law practice and a personal life with many family responsibilities. After an exhausting workday he often ate a big dinner, which included carbohydrates and high fat foods. His daily sugar intake usually included 3-4 cans of Coke. Like many busy people, the sugar and caffeine helped him manage fatigue and headaches. Cokes acted as a coffee substitute, which provided an artificial energy boost. He had tried many times to reduce his sugar intake. Stressful times were when he found himself reaching for Cokes plus other high fat and sugar snack foods. It seemed to me if he could manage his cravings, especially for Coke, a significant amount of his sugar intake would be eliminated.

Henry’s other health projects have included low back pain (4th Depth), bladder infection (4th Depth), hearing difficulty (4th Depth), high liver enzymes (3rd Depth), and digestion difficulty (1st Depth). So many signs kept indicating the 4th Depth and the 23, 25 Flow, especially for harmonizing this project. 23 is the only Safety Energy Lock in the 4th Depth. When I looked at the Lumbar Circle for harmonizing projects, I saw that 1st and 3rd Depths disharmonize the 4th.

According to Self-Help Book II, page 57, “23 came into the Universe meaning proper circulation maintenance.” In my 5-day class notes I read about the 23, 25 Flow. “Craving is a circulation pattern out of harmony. 23, 25 Flow harmonizes addictions including alcohol, drugs, sugar, and eating. 23 is good for appetite imbalance and stabilizing sugar levels in the body. 23 helps you control your destiny.” 25 is a 5th Depth Safety Energy Lock (fire), which energizes 4th Depth (water). “25 removes fatigue and toxins form the body. It helps our circulation, purifies blood and cholesterol while quietly rejuvenating.” A class handout from Jed Schwartz showed that 23, 25 Flow helps all the toe flows (Kidney-4th Depth, Liver-3rd Depth and Spleen-1st Depth). Susan Brooks wrote about the 4th Depth in The Main Central (Summer 2004) issue #45, pages 1 and 14: “Some aspects of the body ruled by Fourth Depth include reproduction, digestion, muscles, vascular harmony, glands, body chemistry, blood chemistry and blood sugar.”

Henry was highly motivated to change. He looked to his diet and changed to eating foods with high fiber, low fat and sugar content wherever possible. He allowed himself to have some Coke, sugar, and fat in his diet, but much less than before. By keeping a list of the foods eaten he stayed within or below the daily calorie range set by his doctor. Daily exercise time increased to 1 hour. Almost every week for three months he received a 23, 25 Flow. In that flow sequence is a Safety Energy Lock 5, which helps Kidney energy to ascend from the toes. It helps us with fear when we let go of the old and something new is coming. Safety Energy Lock 9 helps us make change, aids digestion, and opens our waist. 1st and 3rd Depth Flows were helpful with harmonizing mental and emotional stress. With the help of weekly Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions Henry said he became less interested in eating sugar and fat.

We were so happy with the blood test results. In three months his triglycerides declined from 450 to 171 (down 62%) and total cholesterol went from 235 to 182 (down 22%). He had also lost 25 pounds (11%). During this same period of time his blood pressure declined to a level where his doctor stopped his high blood pressure medication. We were surprised and also not surprised by the results.

You can read the rest of this testimony in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter,  issue Number 47, Winter, 2005, available at

Thank you, Corliss.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings


I’m thinking about the light…


“Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart.”
— Myla Kabat-Zinn

“Even the most daring and accomplished people have undergone tremendous difficulty. In fact, the more successful they became, the more they attributed their success to the lessons learned during their most difficult times. Adversity is our teacher. When we view adversity as a guide towards greater inner growth, we will then learn to accept the wisdom our soul came into this life to learn.”
— Barbara Rose

“No matter what difficulty you are facing, it is coming from Divine Light to bring you to a higher place within. Write down every conceivable reason that this situation can contribute towards your growth. Write down every way this experience can possibly set the stage for serving to uplift others. When you are complete, and have come to the other side of this experience, you will then know ‘why’ it happened.”
— Barbara Rose

“The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.”
— Dalai Lama

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Practically Speaking

Mary Easton, of Bozeman, Montana, reflects on “The life that is unexamined is not worth living” (~Plato), and shares her thoughts with us in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter, 2005:


How lucky we are that Jiro Murai dedicated his life to the study of Jin Shin Jyutsu! Without his drive for the pursuit of knowledge, we might have only been handed down the finger postures that he used in his terminal condition. Instead, that became the beginning of a continually evolving study. The accomplishments of his research were made possible by a rare combination of high intellect and great sensitivity to self-awareness.

As practitioners of this Art, there exists a delicate balance between intellectual understanding (what to do) and simply being present in the moment and receptive to the Source of life (how to apply). Applying jumper cables and “getting your mind out of the way” will “allow the Universe to open up to me”. However, in this modern age, life has become very busy and fast paced. With so much to think about, quieting the mind often requires skill. We must intentionally quiet down.

I’d like to address this concept of self-awareness and its applications, as this is still relevant in our own study of Jin Shin Jyutsu today. Self-awareness allows us to know what we are doing. While paying attention to myself and others, these are some observations I have made:

Presence ~ When you are giving a session, where is your attention? Some people like to be chatty, while others are quiet. Either way, it seems most important to remain “in your hands” and attentive to what you’re doing. Mary would talk while demonstrating in class, but she would also become very quiet and focused on what was happening between herself and the student. You could see how involved she was whether she talked or not. As I receive Jin Shin Jyutsu, I can feel the flow of a session more clearly when I’m quiet and present. I don’t want to be planning dinner or solving world problems.

Focus ~ I used to think that during a Jin Shin Jyutsu session invisible “energy” was moving within the body. This energy was inside, but separate from our physical manifestation. Now I realize that what is affected is the physical body itself. That’s why a “full” 9 or a “rod” along the 10 area can be felt to soften as you hold. “The 12 organ flows are actual body fluids (Tai Eki) which circulate throughout the body in distinct pathways.” (See Betsie Haar – Spring 2004 Main Central.) My intention and focus during a session includes the awareness that changes in the physical body are taking place.

Quality of Touch ~ What kind of pressure do you use when making contact with someone during a session? Light or deep pressure is a matter of personal preference. Mary didn’t get the nickname “Iron Fingers” for nothing. However, her assistant, Pat Meador, has a velvety light touch and can melt me down as fast as anyone. Quality and clarity of touch is important. The common denominator seems to be a combination of presence and focus. You can more deeply affect/assist someone if you’re clear about what you’re looking for in your touch. One part is deciding how you’ve come to find the location of, say, the 9. Is it a spot of puffiness or knotty tension? Another part involves the touch itself.

Do you use a lot of pressure simply because you think it’s the only way to make a good connection? Try this experiment. Sit comfortably. Place your right forearm in you lap. Rest your left hand on top of your right forearm and curl the fingertips downward, anywhere over the arm is OK. Over clothing is fine. Bring your attention into one fingertip, or two if you prefer. feel for the skin beneath your fingers. Use light pressure. Notice the texture. Without changing the pressure, sense the muscle underneath the skin. Bring your awareness deeper. You may move the fingers very slightly across the skin if that’s helpful to sense the muscle without adding downward pressure. Now, bring your attention even deeper to feel the bone beneath the muscle. As your attention goes deeper into the body, your focus does the same. Try this on your 21s, 22s, high 19s. If you intend to reach deeper physically, you will, whether you use pressure or not.

We learn Jin Shin Jyutsu from study and application. Both are equally important. Knowing what it feels like from the inside helps immensely when treating others. After a week of 10 sessions, when I come back to my private practice, my sessions seem to improve as well. Embodying what Jin shin Jyutsu has to offer allows me to direct my focus more clearly. I can feel the intensity of change in my body, emotions and spirituality. Jin Shin Jyutsu is not mysterious, but physically present. Study. Work on yourself. Receive work from others. Find out what IT IS.

Thank you, Mary Easton.

Thank you, Mary Burmeister.

Thank you, David Burmeister.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about my subconscious mind…


“The power to move the world is in the subconscious mind.”
— William James

Our subconscious mind creates our lives perfectly according to how it has been programmed. It works 24 hours of every day, 365 days per year. It accepts instructions from the conscious mind, checks on old inner programming and executes.

The subconscious mind acts on old beliefs stored over a lifetime. Many of those beliefs you may have accepted without thinking. Or you may have absorbed them when you were too young to exercise choice. Many of the beliefs that govern your life may no longer match what you now hold to be true.

Nonetheless, the subconscious mind is the director till you rewrite the scripts. Put some effort into getting it working on your positive, conscious intentions instead of your old limiting, unconscious beliefs and your life will change.

“If a man devotes himself to the instructions of his own unconscious, it can bestow this gift [of renewal], so that suddenly life, which has been stale and dull, turns into a rich unending inner adventure, full of creative possibilities.”
— Marie-Louise von Franz

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The Organ Flows of 6th Depth, Part 4

Anita Willoughby tells us about Diaphragm and Umbilicus Function Energy: Power and Connection in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter, 2005:



A revealing evolutionary footnote to our development as human beings and to our understanding of the Umbilicus energy, is to look at the starfish. The starfish has its mouth and its nose – one opening – at the center of its being. This opening acts much like an umbilicus, it opens and closes to receive food, water, nourishment and remove waste. On the organ flow level, we are the 5-pointed star, (the imprint of the starfish) within the 6th Depth circle, with our center radiating from behind the umbilicus. (Created out of the stardust of the astrological signs, the 5-pointed star in turn creates the 12 thoracic vertebrae and eventually manifests as the organ flows.) The physical center of our body is the umbilicus or the navel (on the 5-pointed star level) in the center of the abdomen. It is through this center that the diaphragm energy enters the Main Central Vertical Harmonizing Flow from which the 5-pointed star radiates, on the ALL COMBINED ENERGY – TIMING, page 43, Text 2, at the hour of 8 p.m. So the Diaphragm energy is directly linked to the Main Central Vertical Harmonizing Flow through the umbilicus.

In utero, the umbilicus connects the fetus to the mother for sustenance, while babies after birth reveal the power of the diaphragm. If you have ever spent time watching a baby, they breathe from the diaphragm. Their little bellies softly round and fill with the breath of life.

The Diaphragm Function Energy brings in the “capital B” Breath of life (6th Depth), so that our “little b” breath of life can expand the lungs (2nd Depth) and expand our life. As we breathe, the diaphragm moves down and flattens on the inhale and goes up into the chest cavity as we exhale, massaging the organs of the chest and abdomen in this process. It is through our diaphragmatic breathing that our organ flows and our organs get aerated and energized. Meanwhile, our Umbilicus Function Energy is keeping us connected to the universe, through invisible threads.

These 6th Depth organ flows, the Diaphragm and Umbilicus, are the overseers of all the organ flows. They are the archetypal father and mother; they have the power to motivate and the compassion to connect. They are action and love. They have the ability to perceive the big picture and the awareness of how to use that perception.

The most amazing thing to me about Jin Shin Jyutsu is that the truth is there on every level – spirit, mind and body. The philosophy and the physical experience of Jin Shin Jyutsu are one and the same. We are the microcosm inside the macrocosm; we are a little picture inside the big picture; we are the 8th Depth (Infinity) within the 6th Depth (unity). Our physical being is truly the manifestation of the elements of the universe and our Diaphragm and Umbilicus Function Energy are powerful components in that process.

Thank you, Anita.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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