The Language of Mary Burmeister II: Expression, Part 1

Matthias Roth tells us a little more about Mary in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter, 2005:


In the previous issue I made the claim that Mary Burmeister wrote her books from direct experience, a place or faculty which goes beyond the rules and confines of the mind with ease and liberty. I said we would seek evidence of this in her expressions, and I find it right from the cover of Self-Help Book I: INTRODUCING JIN SHIN JYUTSU IS.

You mean “Introducing Jin Shin Jyutsu?” You mean “Jin Shin Jyutsu is…” or “Jin Shin Jyutsu is?” No.

Right from the beginning, rather than going into an explanation about what “Man-Creator-Art” (the literal translation of Jin Shin Jyutsu) is, she makes the plain and fundamental statement that it is.

The mind would want to be informed, “what is this art?” Direct experience seems to offer, “don’t worry, Creator Art already IS.” The mind will hardly rest at this. “But how to get there, what to do with it!?” And experience comforts, “it already IS, just be with it.”

Anyone who has been with Mary Burmeister’s Self-Help books and not instantly enjoyed their simplicity has wrestled with exactly that point. “I want to know, I want to study, I’ll be a good diligent student, but give me something to sink my teeth into, give me a hard nut to crack, a riddle to solve, a code to understand, but don’t just tell me to be!”

There is no code. there is nothing to crack, no test to stand. The message that all is there already is the one message the mind cannot and will not hear. Why? It would vanish if it did! The mind needs activity, something to chomp on to feel its existence, to feel important. The one way the mind can survive when confronted with Mary Burmeister’s writing is by criticizing: INTRODUCING  JIN SHIN JYUTSU IS isn’t even a sentence! No more than ‘It’s simply the getting to KNOW (Help) MYSELF!’ 

Correct, these are not sentences. Direct experience – this you can observe throughout the centuries – has its own syntax. It says what needs to be said, not what “makes sense” to the mind. Direct experience, while always patient with those who don’t access it yet, does not hand the mind a language of compromise and explanation. Why? Because the mind would feed on it and grow fat instead of surrendering to the experience.

To be continued…

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