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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