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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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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…