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The Organ Flows of 6th Depth, Part 3

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:



Diaphragm, action, pump bellows, the father of all flows, is the power which gets it all moving. But the Diaphragm, besides being an energetic flow is a real, physical muscle or sheath, which separates the organs of the chest cavity, from the organs located in the pelvic girdle (separates the 13s from the 15s).

The heart, surrounded by the lungs, nestles atop the diaphragm. And with every breath the heart and the lungs are gently massaged. The abdominal organs, the liver, the gall bladder, the stomach, the spleen, the pancreas, the kidneys and the intestines all reside below the diaphragm. Thus the diaphragm divides and keeps intact the organ manifestations of these different realms and at the same time the esophagus, the aorta and the inferior vena cava, pass the breath of life and the food of life from the realms of heaven (manna) through the diaphragm to the domain of earth. The dictionary definition of diaphragm is: “a septum or partition, esp. the muscular partition which separates the cavity of the chest from the abdominal cavity in mammals, the midriff, any membrane or partition that separates one thing from another.” The meaning of dia, a prefix, is through or across, and phragma means a fence. So, diaphragm is through or across a fence. The diaphragm sheath or muscle, right at the level of the 14s, on the MAN level, supports heaven and brings heaven, the 13s, down to connect to earth, the 15s, through man, the 14s. The diaphragm truly brings it all down, and at the same time is a partition which keeps the separate realms intact.

Umbilicus, invisible, intangible, mother of love, the mother of all flows, the nurturer, the connector, the warmth in our life, love, relationships, and yet once we are born, there is no material umbilical organ. Once we are born, we are cut off and knotted and then we have the navel as the symbol of our invisible cord and connection to the universe. The dictionary definition of umbilical cord: “a cordlike structure joining the fetus to the placenta of the mother; the cable connecting an outside astronaut or aquanaut to his or her ship; a power supply line to a rocket or spacecraft preceding takeoff.” Once we are born, we are seemingly devoid of an umbilical organ. I say seemingly because although there is no umbilical organ per se, the Umbilicus energy is all powerful and is, to my mind’s eye, an invisible feeding tube which is connected to the universe and then is connected throughout the body. My visual image is similar to the one in the movie the MATRIX, when the characters, Trinity, Morpheus and Neal, are hooked up to machines with long tubes, which look like material umbilical cords. I see invisible umbilical cords everywhere, connecting the microcosm to the macrocosm. How else would we humans have created this cordlike structure for material purposes – unless on some deep level, we understood its power and its invisible presence in our daily lives?

To be continued…


I’m thinking about healing…


“What you bring forth out of yourself from the inside will save you. What you do not bring forth out of yourself from the inside will destroy you.”
— Gospel of Thomas

We can transform painful memories by re-imagining them from the soul’s perspective of love and meaning.

Andrew Schneider says that all experiences have the purpose of serving the soul. An experience in the past blocked us because our fear at the time distorted our perception of what happened. To transform this limiting experience, we must bring what was then unconscious into the soul’s realm through consciousness.

We can do this by following these steps:

  1. RECALL the past experience that might inhibit us.
  2. OWN the experience (no judgment, blame, etc.).
  3. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for it and the consequences (i.e., the experience was determined by my subjective perception of what occurred, dictated by my lack of wholeness — specifically my fears).
  4. GIVE IT MEANING (the soul was attempting to gain some kind of mastery or skill, but we didn’t know that at the time).
  5. RE-IMAGINE it from the perspective of soul consciousness (showing its higher purpose).

“Letting go of our suffering is the hardest work we will ever do. It is also the most fruitful. To heal means to meet ourselves in a new way — in the newness of each moment where all is possible and nothing is limited to the old.”
— Stephen Levine

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The Organ Flows of 6th Depth, Part 2

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:



It was through teaching 5-day Jin Shin Jyutsu classes that I began to play with these archetypal concepts of the Umbilical and Diaphragm Flows. For what else is a 5-day Jin Shin Jyutsu class but the 5 depths inside the 6th Depth circle – the framework of the class? We have already established that every Jin Shin Jyutsu class is a 6th Depth circle. The Diaphragm Flow, the father of all flows, is the bellows which fans the fire and vitality of our lives. The Diaphragm, extrovert energy makes the journey to the Jin Shin Jyutsu class, and part of its expression is to bring all the information of the heaven or invisible world down to earth. The Umbilicus energy takes over, the mother of all flows, she is the invisible nurturer, brings warmth into relationships and is able to make connections between all aspects of our being, is able to see relationships. The Umbilicus, the introvert energy turns within to nurture the class, to direct the distribution of nutrients and knowledge to every person within the 6th Depth class circle.

If learning is truly the study of relationships, then Umbilicus energy is essential to every class, for Umbilicus is responsible for warmth and harmony in all relationships. The Diaphragm and Umbilicus Flows come into being to bring all together. To distill the energy of Diaphragm and Umbilicus down to its essence, one might say Diaphragm is the driving power in life and Umbilicus is the connection, the love of life. (If there is not enough power in one’s life, there is a deep Diaphragm need, and if there is not enough love, there is a deep Umbilicus deficiency.)

Another Irony in these 6th Depth organ flows is that the Diaphragm Function Energy is an ascending flow. It originates in the diaphragm and it circulates the lungs, travels up the front of the arm to the middle and ring finger to join with the Umbilicus energy; but its job is to help all heaven to descend, or to help descending energy. In turn, the Umbilicus Function Energy is a descending flow. It starts from the ring fingernail, flows down the back of the arm, into the 3rd front rib, where it separates and continues its journey, one part through the ribs, the heart, to the 14 area, the stomach, the pancreas, the gall bladder – and the other part weaves its way through the head, to join up with the Gall Bladder energy, just below the eyelid; its job is to help energy ascend.

Thus we have a unique reversal of form and function in the 6th Depth circle of unity. In this circle of unity there is no contradiction, no division; characteristics are interchangeable and reversible. If we are able to wrap our Western minds around that, we are prepared to understand.

The Diaphragm Function Energy in conjunction with the energy of its astrological sign, Sagittarius, has the ability to perceive; the ability to perceive the heaven world, the whole picture, the 6th Depth circle of unity. The Umbilicus Function Energy, in conjunction with the material of the Capricorn constellation, has the energy and desire to know how to use this perception of the bigger picture, and its desire is to use this perception, down here on earth.

The fundamental question of a Jin Shin Jyutsu class is related to the Umbilicus energy, How do we use this information down here on planet earth? How do we use what we have perceived in a 5-day Jin Shin Jyutsu class?

To be continued…

I’m thinking about my commitments…


“Our high resolves look down on our slumbering acts.”
— L.E. Landon

How do you put things off, make excuses, or let anyone or anything get in the way of your commitments?

What are you saying to yourself and your subconscious mind (which records all of your patterns) when you do not complete what is important to you?

Pick a task or new habit to which you will re-commit. Show yourself and your inner programming that you CAN complete and that you are serious about what you say.

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”
— William James

“Procrastination is the thief of time.”
— Edward Young

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The Organ Flows of 6th Depth, Part 1

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:


The mystery of LIFE, the invisible, unmanifested energy of Text 1, is revealed and manifested through the organ flows of 6th Depth, the Diaphragm and Umbilicus Function Energy. It is through understanding their function, their power and their duties that we can begin to understand an important component of our being. They make it all happen, they bring it down to earth and they send it back up to heaven. They are the nonmaterial, material flows, they are the transitional flows, the middle flows of Text 2, that bring the unmanifested energy of Text 1 into being. What I love most about the Diaphragm and Umbilicus Flows, and the reason I volunteered to write about these two organ flows is because if we understand them, we are better equipped to understand Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy.

In order to discuss the organ flows in 6th Depth, the Diaphragm and Umbilicus Function Energy, I would like to backtrack a bit and look at 6th Depth as a whole and then delve into the two organ flows. What about 6th Depth? We are all living within a myriad of 6th Depth circles. There are 6th Depth circles everywhere, and a 6th Depth circle is the circle of unity. A family unit is a 6th Depth circle, a body, a cell, a community, a school, a church, a country, our planet earth, a Jin Shin Jyutsu class, are all fluid 6th Depth circles.

On the unmanifested, Text 1 level, the Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy divides the 6th Depth circle in half, vertically. On the manifested, Text 2 level, the Diaphragm and Umbilicus Function Energy divides that circle in half horizontally. So within 6th Depth, the circle, unity, the four directions and the cross, are formed, dividing the body in two, vertically and horizontally. And yet ironically that divide is not a separation, it is through the Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy and through the power of the diaphragm and the connection of the Umbilicus that we are truly unified. The paradox inherent in both life and 6th Depth is that through our division we are unified!!!

In Text 1, the Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy is revealed as the central flow in the body, and through its oneness, it reveals the two-ness of the Major Vertical Supervisor Universal Harmonizing Energy, which helps create and recreate, both left and right sides of the body, male and female energy, all on the vertical plane. The left and right Major Vertical Supervisor Energy are archetypes for masculine and feminine energy in Text 1 (the invisible level). (Note: their names include two important words, vertical and universal.)

In Text 2, the Diaphragm and Umbilicus Function Energy are middle flows on the horizontal plane and they now become individualized functions, they separate and simultaneously actively connect our 13s (heaven) with our 15s (earth). In Text 2 (the visible level) the Diaphragm is the archetype for the FATHER figure and the Umbilicus is the archetype for the MOTHER figure. Our archetypes are densing down, from male and female energy, to father and mother energy to the unique expression of those archetypes in the individual human being. From the dictionary, the definition of archetype is: “the model from which later examples are developed, or which they conform, prototype, the assumed example or perfect model which inferior examples may resemble but never equal. Archetypes can be observed only through their effects, e.g., images recurring in dreams, behavior patterns, etc.”

The Kojiki and the Book of Genesis, in the Bible, are filled with matriarchal and patriarchal archetypes; through these archetypes the roots and the densing down of our male and female energy are revealed – the GENEALOGY of the human race.

To be continued…

Quietly Rejuvenating

Elizabeth Newell tells us about Quietly Rejuvenating in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter, 2005:


My two-year old child sits cradled in my lap. She is healing from a virus. She rests quietly in my arms, so different from her usual exuberant, exploring self. I watch the sleepiness settle in. I notice that I am holding her with one of my hands on her 25 and the other hand on her back over her 9, 10 and 3. I exhale and watch her drift into sleep.

I long to just sit with my child and at the same time, I feel pulled to tend to the seemingly endless list of things that must be done.

Just be. Be the change you want to see in the world.

Just be. Does it mean let go?

Be the change. Does it mean action?

As I hold my child, I hold in mind my life which feels like a precariously steep path – to mother, to provide financially for my family, to care for a home, to contribute to my community. Not an unusual path for a parent; however, I wonder how I can create a more balanced, harmonious path for myself and for other families.

I sit, and let go of Doing and Trying To.

Being with a child and Jin Shin Jyutsu,

I simply look at what is here:

Sunlight and shadow in the garden on a clear October morning,

A peaceful child,

A peace-filled moment.

I think of the wisdom in the saying,

“Just be with what is.”

Wanting, by placing attention on it, to call it forth into my life,

I sit, with hands where they naturally fit.

Trusting life, holding wild and precious life,

I wonder about the relationship between 25 and 9,

Between mother and child.

I think about the longing to be held.

How many times in our lives are we simply held by another so we can quietly rejuvenate? When giving Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions, I have felt the longing of the client to be held. More than once, while using the Kidney Flow with my hands on the coccyx and 12, I have felt like I am holding the child inside the adult receiving the session. How important is it to be held as a child? How healing is a mother’s warmth, heartbeat and hands? My questions out of curiosity and a desire for understanding – not necessarily answers in form of words.

I think of the woman in the grocery store who stopped and talked to my daughter, connected with her, and shared a story of her grandchildren with me. She parted saying, “Enjoy her.” There was ease and grace in her interaction with us. I wonder if it is easier to connect as adults if we have been held close as children.

My daughter wakes from her nap. We go for a walk. Opportunities appear to attend to other-than-mother work. As the day unfolds, I experience many blessings, like receiving the heart-warming sight of my neighbor’s one-year old taking his first “walk” down the sidewalk. A librarian finds a poem I was looking for (I knew only one line of the poem), and prints it out and hands it to me. I receive a project from a new client. I receive a phone call offering financial support for another project. I share my gratitude for my unexpected blessings with a friend who replies that I listened to my heart and responded. My life feels quietly rejuvenated.

Thank you, Elizabeth.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about my ego…


“There is no room for God in him who is full of himself.”
— Hasidic Saying

On the spiritual path, we must be diligent to discriminate whether we are acting from ego or from soul. If ego is in charge, what we do is self-referencing. At the deepest levels, we are motivated by our own self-interest. We’re looking out for ourselves more than for others.

Although soul works through individuals, its focus is on the needs of others and on service to humanity.

“Do not feed your ego and your problems, with your attention. … Slowly, surely, the ego will lose weight, until one fine day it will be nothing but a thin ghost of its former self. You will be able to see right through it, to the divine presence that shines in each of us.”
— Eknath Easwaran

“Why aren’t you happy? It’s because ninety-nine percent of everything you do, and think, and say, is for yourself — and there isn’t one.”
— Wu Wei Wu

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The Language of Mary Burmeister II: Expression, Part 2

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



Not that direct experience has any kind of pedagogical agenda, mind you. It simply knows itself and like anything or anyone that does, can never depart from its own truth, not to please, not in order to help or for any other reason. And it wouldn’t help if it were any less than all it is.

in a way Mary is relentless in how she sticks with her own language (and rhythm as we explored in the previous issue). She abandons you to sentences like, “It is the awakening of the MYSELF awareness…” (p.6, SH I) or “Being the Non-being – ‘NATURE – THE EFFORTLESS REALITY’, KNOW MYSELF IT IS.” (p.1, SH II), but she knows that you can get there. You don’t know that at the moment, but she does, because she’s walked there.

So one day you sense your shoulders dropping, without your doing anything. You didn’t do anything, it just happened, different from any sense of exercise, and as it did, something inside your whole being dropped. Right then, “Be drop your shoulders,” (definitely not your average English sentence!) makes sense for the first time. Now that you have the experience, how are you ever going to speak about it in the old way again?

Or in some calm moment, when your thinking is almost quiet, you may for a fleeting moment sense all that matters in your life at this moment. You know without a doubt what your next step needs to be and you almost don’t have words for it. Then suddenly you KNOW the meaning of “The awareness of the moment (the breath), one’s present state of being will become an art of LIVING.” How do you reasonably explain that anything at all is “Creator’s art personally for MYSELF?” (p.6, SH I)

You don’t! You say it or you don’t, but you are definitely not going to explain it. It’s not a thing for the mind! And when one day you feel that it is true there will likely be nothing inside of you even wanting to start explaining.

Now I am not saying that Mary’s books don’t explain anything at all, they do. I am saying I have found the inexplicable sentences and indigestible words to be the treasures there, the signposts in the direction of direct experience and the constant reminder that that is what it’s all about, and that inside of me, it already is.

Thank you, Matthias.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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