Monthly Archives: September 2016

I’m moving…

Such a happy event…Cleopatra, Cooper-kitty and I are moving to the Catskills in New York!

I’ll be “off the grid” for a few days while I hook up all the “techie” equipment…

but I’ll be back!

Don’t forget all the previous posts that you have access to…they are set up by month and year and by category on the right-hand side of each post. Great posts to review, if I do say so myself.

And remember, Mary says that the study of the Art of  Jin Shin Jyutsu takes a lifetime!

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings



I’m thinking about treasures…


“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
— Denis Waitley

Peace, joy, health and well-being can only be found inside us. They exist within us now, waiting to be discovered. Yet we tend to look to the outside world to satisfy our needs and longings.

Our outer life reflects back to us the way we think, feel and behave. The outer world is all effects. Go to the source inside for all of life’s treasures.

How are you searching for peace and contentment outside of yourself?

“The great Western disease is, ‘I’ll be happy when… When I get the money. When I get a BMW. When I get this job.’ Well, the reality is, you never get to when. The only way to find happiness is to understand that happiness is not out there. It’s in here. And happiness is not next week. It’s now.”
— Marshall Goldsmith


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I’m thinking about being genuine…


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we don’t know who we are — or if we are afraid to be who we are — we betray ourselves. We pretend to be who we think we are. Our self image is made up of our experiences, desires and other people’s ideas and expectations of us.

Maintaining this false self is a betrayal of ourselves. In all deep spiritual journeys, there is the experience of betrayal. Betrayal always tells us to adjust our life to be more authentic. What we identify with is all important.

There are large betrayals (e.g., your partner leaving you) and small betrayals (e.g., disappointments). They are all experiences of being wounded for the purpose of breaking down the defenses of the personality. When we allow the wounding and accept the betrayals as divine gifts, we greatly benefit.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
— Dr. Seuss (via Elena)

“What you must dare is to be yourself.”
— Dag Hammarskjold


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I’m thinking about intention…


“A good intention clothes itself with power.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our minds are incredibly powerful. We put that power to work for us when we consciously set an intention to be or do something. Get into the habit of consciously setting an intention for activities throughout your day.

Your intention might support efficiency – for example, to complete a job or project by a specific time. Your intention might support your personal growth, e.g., to undertake a task that scares you. Or it might support more soul connection, e.g., to be grateful for gifts we take for granted.

When we take the time to set an intention, no matter how trivial, we are consciously choosing what we want for ourselves. With consistent attention, your intentions will come to life!

“By becoming a conscious choice-maker, you begin to generate actions that are evolutionary for you.”
— Deepak Chopra

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A Poem by Susie Plettner

Susie Plettner submits her poem, written on October 19, 2004, to share with us in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 46, Fall 2004:


Rain hits adobe tiled roof, breaks into humming and falls in an unbroken line towards the wild anise below.

I found the experienced breath in my hands. The shapes and sounds of eternity held within the open palm, I am fluent in the language of touch.

May I reach to wash your heart with laughter and heal the chaos within? We become still when we receive eternity.

A community of lullabies awakes within the body. Tree branches reach toward heaven as our roots kneel down to kiss the earth.

Leaves let go to caress the wind. We close our eyes to release the sweet summer smile of the mind.

When tears fall one thousand wishes scatter. I exhale and listen to the push of my breath pull me into this moment. The Healer is we and we are the Healer.

As we brew and drink from the tea of inquiry, we surrender our personal consciousness to the direction of universal mind and remember this:

We belong to the universe and we are strong enough for peace.


Thank you, Susie.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about solutions…


“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”
— Theodore Rubin

Our lives really begin to change when we learn to shift our perspective on ‘problems.’

From a spiritual perspective, problems offer our best path to growth. Like it or not, pain gets our attention. Discomfort also challenges the ego’s perception that it is in complete control of life. This opens the door for soul’s guidance.

If we want to be rid of the problem, we need to shift from denial and resistance to accept that this situation is present. We need to be willing to truly feel our experience to allow the energy of emotions to move through.

Finally, we need to explore what belief is giving rise to our distress. When we realize the belief is faulty, our shift in perspective resolves the problem. The solution always lies within us.

“No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
— Source Unknown

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I’m thinking about relationships…


“It doesn’t much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find out the next morning that it was someone else.”
— Samuel Rogers

Despite our passion for romantic love, relationships are not the easiest way to find love and peace. They are, however, one of the most effective for finding our blocks.

Relationships naturally bring out into full view our desires, attachments and unconscious programs – our likes, dislikes, belief systems, judgments, compulsions, conformities, etc. Relationships challenge us because they take us deep into thoughts, feelings and experiences we have suppressed for a lifetime. That’s why they provide the very best arena for personal growth!

“Human relationships are the perfect tool for sanding away our rough edges and getting at the core of divinity within us.”
— Eknath Easwaran

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I’m thinking about awareness…


“You can live a lifetime and, at the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself.”
— Beryl Markham

Who am I? To answer this, we must first learn to become more aware of ourselves. To be aware, we must STOP and PAY ATTENTION! We need to STOP and objectively watch ourselves in action.

We live most of our lives by habit. These habits keep us stuck in patterns that limit our experience of life. Once we detect a pattern we were previously unconscious of, we can choose differently, if we want. With awareness comes choice and with choice, we gain freedom.

“To be authentic is literally to be your own author…, to discover your own native energies and desires, and then to find your own way of acting on them.”
— Warren G. Bennis

“Self-knowledge is the great power by which we comprehend and control our lives.”
— Vernon Howard

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I’m thinking about who I am…


“Please… tell me who you are and what you want. And if you think those are simple questions, keep in mind that most people live their entire lives without arriving at an answer.”
— Gary Zukav

How deeply can you answer this question? Please realize that you are the only one who can answer it. No one else can tell you who you are. You must discover this for yourself. And the challenge of knowing ourselves is no easy task.

We hope this question excites rather than intimidates you. There’s so much more to you than you know at present! Isn’t this intriguing? Perhaps it’s time to go exploring.

“Mysterious and intimidating to contemplate, the human brain is the most complex thing there is and the most difficult task it can undertake is to understand itself.”
— David Noonan

“I don’t think God cares where we were graduated or what we did for a living. God wants to know who we are. Discovering this is the work of the soul – it is our true life’s work.”
— Bernie Siegel

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My First Jin Shin Jyutsu Experiences

Ingrid Dammalage-Kirst shares “My First Jin Shin Jyutsu Experiences” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 46, Fall 2004:


A friend in Heidelberg told me about a self-help class she took from Birgitta Meinhardt and about The Touch of Healing. My curiosity was aroused from listening to her Jin Shin Jyutsu experience. Two days later in Berlin while visiting with a cousin during dinner, a familiar and unbearable toothache developed. I had periodic gum inflammations and nine months earlier had lost 4 teeth within one week. I really did not want this to happen again. So after our dinner I purchased a copy of The Touch of Healing in a bookstore near the restaurant. I glimpsed through the book and discovered, “for toothache hold your opposite index finger.” I decided, if it should be as easy as this, then I would spend a little longer on it, and I held my index finger for 3 hours, while reading the book.

I was fascinated and made a first deep sigh when I read that the energy Jin Shin Jyutsu is working with is open to us all. This confirmed something I KNEW before, and I felt at home and in the right place with this information and the way it came to me. Needless to say, when I woke up the next morning, all evidence of my toothache had gone. Not only did it never come back, my dentist started to wonder why my gums were holding my teeth tighter again.

Two months later, I participated in my first 5-day class, held by Matthias, and a second class with him 6 weeks later.

Only a few days after my second class, an aunt of mine called me in panic, because she was diagnosed with fungus in the gullet, cancer in the thyroid, and 3 big gastric ulcers, which the doctors suspected were cancerous. Although I had practiced self-help every day since my first experience and had participated in two 5-day classes, I felt like a complete beginner with Jin Shin Jyutsu. Now life presented me the challenge to go a step further and practice Jin Shin Jyutsu on my aunt. I spent a week of holidays with her before she had to go to the hospital.

Shortly after my arrival, she was stung by a bee. In previous experiences, her body had shown some heavy allergic reactions to bee stings. I removed the stinger, had her sit down and hold her index finger, and I put my hands on her calves for about an hour. While talking to her, she calmed down a little, and she could not believe that there was no swelling or other adverse effect.

For the next 5 days she received two sessions per day. Once a day I gave her a Spleen Flow, and I chose the second flow from listening to her pulses.

The morning after I returned home, she went to the hospital, and at noon she called me. In the first check-up, the doctors could not find any fungus, and there was such improvement from the gastric ulcers that they assured her that cancer was no longer a suspicion. So she only had surgery on the thyroid.

For me it was like magic, and I knew I had not been doing anything but faithfully putting my hands on in certain sequences. My journey with Jin Shin Jyutsu started with these two outstanding experiences and it still goes on.

Thank you, Ingrid.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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