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Georgianne Ginder of Richmond, Virginia presents an article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 50, Fall 2005, about being Afraid:


February 2, 2005 – I’d spent the day at the legislature among a group of citizens taking their civic duty seriously by lobbying for Palliative Care education funding for and from the Commonwealth. In addition to input from the Massey Cancer Center, folks from The American Cancer Society did much to put the day together. Teamwork and organization are key ingredients when it comes to getting most anything accomplished.

Many know, or think they do, what hospice is or maybe what palliation is, but how are these to be implemented? What do people really want and need as they endure pain and suffering and then move toward the end of the life they have known? What can be done to assist the family? One size never has fit all nor will it.

It was implied, if not stated, just how important it is to relieve the pain of one who suffers. I had foot surgery recently and can attest to just how important that surge of heavenly relief was to me. Relief comes not only in the form of a shot, a pill, a pump, a drug – some kind of prescription, however. Managing pain is much of what my world has been about for some time now. I speak and think of the physical, emotional and mental garden varieties of pain: my own, the pain of loved ones and for some years now patients and families – as I have worked with hospice and palliative and many other services. I address in my own way the suffering of those with whom I chance to meet.

Today was no exception. I departed the Capitol and returned like a homing pigeon to the hospital where I have chosen to spend some time in recent years attempting to comfort those who are ill, gravely ill and those who approach death. I envision what I do as companion medicine or caring, a throwback to a former time. I try to take the time to listen, to hold, to pray with, to fetch, to sit by someone or – my favorite – to “administer” Jin Shin Jyutsu. During a session I am not merely able to be present with the person but to lend some physical comfort. This closeness creates an openness that is often profound. And so it was that I peeked into a room to see if I could provide something.

She was lying quietly on the bed – I was uncertain as to why – I mean the reason, the diagnosis. I do not make it my affair unless someone tells me. Ms. M.S. said she would try a Jin Shin Jyutsu session; and said she could not be touched save for one leg – too much pain most everywhere else. I began by just resting my hand on that leg, and almost immediately she hoarsely whispered…and speaking was difficult…”nervous”. She told me she was nervous and scared and wanted to go home. “Niece would come”, that sort of thing. But by all appearances I suspected she was not heading to her home…a nursing home perhaps? I gently told her to close her eyes and focus on the breath and the gentle placement of my fingertips upon the blanket covering her leg. She quickly instructed me to massage her leg. Soon she told me I should rub the other one…the sore one…that she had fallen upon and had formerly ADMONISHED me not to touch. Somehow now she wanted me to gently rub the limb that she had been cautioning me about. She told me it felt much better.

“Afraid to DIE”, she rather whispered this to me. She said she had fallen the evening before and had come to the hospital.  Her voice was labored and clipped, and it was difficult for me to hear or to understand her, but I did my best. I wondered aloud if she wanted me to pray. She nodded yes, she did, and so I did. “I thought I would die once”, I told her. I had been very sick then but had made peace with dying and knew I would be safe and could rest from my pain and turmoil. I had been afraid, but learned that I could find peace, too.

For all the open talk of depression in our world and of worries, and that rushing about that consumes us, it is often rare that someone will simply say in a word or two what it is they need to make them feel a glimmer of comfort and of peace. Rare that someone admits that they hurt in that way. “Afraid.” Why in the world wouldn’t someone be? Words such as “scared” or “frightened” or “afraid” or “nervous” surface sometimes, but it usually takes a while. And mostly we stay silent anyway. People are not supposed to utter them or admit to them, I have noticed. Stalwart and brave and in control seem to be the way we are to take life on the chin. But she was not afraid to tell me what it was she needed to give her some peace, relief and a sense of control – little things – not always little at all, but sadly so often in short supply. It isn’t that we don’t value them or at least I hope it isn’t.

There are different flavors of pain and different ways to express pain. Sometimes we don’t seem to take the time to look behind the eyes or listen to the language of the lonely who shrink silently before our eyes. Found all around us they are in offices, coffee shops, on street corners, on chairs and beds, and on the face that stares back at us from a mirror.

How do we educate those who presume to care for those who are very ill and injured?


And really listen for an answer.

There is not one, but many.

Thank you, Georgianne.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about willingness…

Willingness to change

“At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.”
— Thich Nhat Hahn

How are you feeling in this moment? If you are not feeling great, are you willing to make the effort right now to shift your focus so you feel better? Finding something to appreciate will do it.

If you are not willing, that’s okay. Don’t judge yourself. Just be aware that you are choosing to stay where you are.

“Choice of attention… is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.”
— W.H. Auden

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More about Triglycerides and Jin Shin Jyutsu, Part 2

On 8/29/16 – in the Jin Shin Jyutsu category – I posted an article written by Corliss Chan in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter 2005. The title of that article is Triglycerides and Cholesterol meet Jin Shin Jyutsu.

In the following issue, Number 48, Spring 2005, Corliss writes a subsequent article with comments from her client, Henry. Those articles follow:


…Comments from Henry about Jin Shin Jyutsu

My Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions with Corliss helped me get and stay disciplined with regard to food intake, exercise, and improved my mental and physical health in a variety of ways. First of all, the sessions are extremely relaxing for me, whatever the procedures Corliss uses on a given day. That relaxation extends to my mental condition before the session, in that I look forward to the session and know it will give me relief, and therefore my cravings for foods that would be tempting me  as giving immediate relief are greatly reduced. In addition, on the days I have my sessions I feel greater freedom to exercise extensively prior to the session, because I know the session is coming up and Corliss will help me deal with any pains that come up.

The relaxation and techniques of the sessions extend to my regular time and activities. Corliss is an excellent coach in showing me techniques that are helpful to do on my own. On top of that, I have developed almost intuitive ideas of how to help a given problem by my observation of how Corliss listens to my complaints and translates that into a session and how I felt.

I try to live a life of discipline and pleasure, finding that the two work together very importantly. That is not to say that I don’t go “off the track” on occasion, especially with regard to some tasty meal served at an excellent restaurant, or when I’ve had an especially challenging day. But most of the time during the session under discussion, and continuing to the present day, I have a written diet plan that I stick with pretty carefully. Also, with regard to restaurants, I have learned to request to have the food prepared exactly the way I want. For example, at my favorite Chinese restaurants, I ask that my food be steamed only, with no other additive. And at my favorite German restaurant, I ask for double vegetables, no starch and usually have a fresh fish entree. All of the food tastes great.

I do keep a daily count of my calories, and I am very concerned that my diet is balanced with all types of good and necessary foods. Again, some days I go off the wagon, but the daily listing of what I have eaten (I keep it on my computer in an easy-to-access document) helps show me where I have gone off, and how badly in terms of calories.

My primary challenge in terms of eating correctly and exercising sufficiently is keeping my mind calm, my anxiety level as low as possible, and my faith and optimism as high as possible. When I get tense, I am tempted by richer foods which seem to offer temporary comfort; but in the long run, too much of them makes me feel much worse physically and mentally. Jin Shin Jyutsu helps me deal with this, from the concepts Corliss shares with me, which are often based on the relationship of mind and body. These concepts are quite consistent with my religious beliefs.

It took me about two weeks to get the routine down the first time Corliss and I set out to make these changes. My weight steadily went down, and my energy steadily went up, when I kept on the diet. Once I get into a good food and exercise habit, I tend to stay there. And now, having these nice results with my work with Corliss, I find myself working to quickly get back on track when I have strayed or lapsed a bit.

Editor’s note: Corliss sent us copies of Henry’s lab results. Indeed, his triglycerides were 829 mg/dL on February 10, 2003, and at the next test on June 9, 2003, the level was measured at 575 mg/dL. On November 24, 2004, Henry’s lab results showed his triglycerides at 125 mg/dL. “Excellent”, was his doctor’s remark. Congratulations, Henry!

Thank you, Corliss.

Thank you, Henry.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about slowing down…

Slow down

“The soul requires duration of time — rich, thick, deep, velvety time — and it thrives on rhythm. Soul can’t be hurried or harried …. We may go through many events in the day and experience nothing because the soul has not had the opportunity to feel them from many different points of view.”
— Robert Sardello

Soul cannot exist when our connections in life remain superficial. An experience of soul requires that we take time to be fully present to the details of our lives.

Explore what happens when you take the time to STOP and PAY ATTENTION. When we choose to slow down and really experience the qualities of our lives, we get a whole new perspective on what living is all about.

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”
— H. G. Wells

“The well of Providence is deep. It’s the buckets we bring to it that are small.”
— Mary Webb

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More about Triglycerides and Jin Shin Jyutsu, Part 1

On 8/29/16 – in the Jin Shin Jyutsu category – I posted an article written by Corliss Chan in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter 2005. The title of that article is Triglycerides and Cholesterol meet Jin Shin Jyutsu.

In the following issue, Number 48, Spring 2005, Corliss writes a subsequent article with comments from her client, Henry. Those articles follow:


More about Triglycerides and Jin Shin Jyutsu

Last issue’s article about Henry tells a story of declining triglycerides, cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight during 3 months of Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions. Not all projects harmonize in such a dramatic or rapid way.

My focus with Henry was on helping reduce stress and lower his triglyceride level. I continually went to Texts 1 and 2 to understand the nature of his stress so he could manage cravings for sugar and fat. I listened to Henry talk about his lifestyle to understand how sugar and fat could be craved and when they might be tempting. I listened to his pulses and looked to his body for information. I did not know whether Jin Shin Jyutsu would help his project when we started. Henry and I had a plan of using Jin Shin Jyutsu, daily exercise, and relaxation. I felt if his project at least showed some improvement in the next blood test he might be successful in getting his doctor to delay the use of prescription drugs. This was very important to him.

As mentioned in the first article, he received a 23, 25 flow almost every week. During some sessions he asked me to focus on headaches, abdominal projects, or back pain he was experiencing. When I looked at the Lumbar Circle, it seemed to me the 1st and 3rd Depths were dis-harmonizing the 4th Depth. The challenge was to find the harmonizers. Three organ flows were very useful in unburdening the 4th Depth. The Stomach (descending 1st Depth Face Flow), Liver (ascending 3rd Depth Toe Flow) and Gall Bladder Flows (descending 3rd Depth Face Flow) seemed consistently effective in relieving the strain of headaches, digestion difficulty, and too much mental activity.  The relief also reduced his feelings of stress and cravings for high fat and sugar foods. The left Second Method of Correction (4th and 5th Depth helper), which is like a short Supervisor Flow, was also good for clearing his front and back projects and to harmonize thinking.

During the 3 months before his lab test, it was a challenge not knowing what is current triglyceride levels were. Were the flows used helping Henry’s project? I did notice his gradual weight loss and how deeply relaxed he became during sessions. We were both encouraged when he grew less interested in foods with high fat and sugar content. These changes were beneficial to his health regardless of the lab test results. I continued with my weekly sessions and kept my mind off the upcoming lab test. I did my best and let go of the outcome. As a student of Jin Shin Jyutsu I find there are so many flows to choose from during a session and it’s not always clear to me what to do. With each session I was open to receiving guidance from the Creator on how to proceed.

Henry is an exceptional case. He continues to follow disciplined diet and lifestyle habits to support his lowered triglyceride and cholesterol levels. I am grateful to have shared and learned from Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions with him.

To be continued…

Jin Shin Jyutsu and Cowboys and Buckin’ Horses

Nancyann Jardine  wrote an article for The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 48, Spring 2005, that, sadly,  is reprinted here posthumously:


Jin Shin Jyutsu and Cowboys and Buckin’ Horses

The words Smile and Fun appear many times in Self-Help Book III, “Introducing Jin Shin Jyutsu, Fun with Fingers and Toes.” Take note that the word fun appears on the cover. When I was first introduced to Jin Shin Jyutsu, during my first few sessions and attempts at self-help all I could think of was “WOW! This is fun!” Then I began to attend the seminars and thought maybe I should be more serious about this Art that is so powerful and awesome. So I tried to become more dignified and solemn until my 4th seminar with Wayne Hackett. Wayne, in his enthusiastic manner, said, “Folks, if you are going to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu, have fun doing it.” So with that, fun was OK, and I immediately went back to having fun.

Book III, page 1 contains the word FUN 2 times and SMILE 4 times and also the words joy, laughter and happiness. How lucky can you be – doing something you enjoy doing and having fun and smiling while you are doing it! So now I always have fun while practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu and encourage my clients to enjoy while receiving.

One Saturday afternoon my friend Bev called on her cell phone from the local fairgrounds. She was watching her grandson Collin perform in the district high school rodeo. Collin was entered in bareback riding, bull dogging and roping. Like most kids raised on a Montana ranch, he was riding horses when he started to walk. Now he was an enthusiastic rodeo contestant. Bev said Collin had been bucked off and had a lot of back pain and asked if I would give him a Jin Shin Jyutsu session. I suggested they take him to the hospital first. She said the rodeo medics had checked him out, and nothing was broken, and he didn’t want to go to the hospital. His dad tried to get a chiropractor to help him but none were in town for the weekend.

I told her if he was willing so was I, and to bring him over. She soon arrived with Collin. He came into the house hunched over and walking as though he had been riding “broncs” for 40 years. He very gingerly pried his boots off one at a time. It took Bev and me both to help him get up on the table.

Since this was his first session, I started with the 1 Flow, a great get acquainted flow, and as I worked through the flow, I explained what I was doing. He listened with interest and asked intelligent questions. He said, “I can’t believe I got bucked off! I’ve never been bucked off in my whole life, and got bucked off twice this week – once at practice and again at the rodeo today.” I told Collin everything happens to teach us something and asked him what he had learned. He said, “I should have hung on tighter!” I didn’t dare laugh, but I did SMILE. Collin began to relax and soon fell asleep. I continued on doing the 3rd and 2nd Method of Correction to help the back and get rid of the pain.

Toward the end of the session he woke up and asked if he would be able to ride the next day. Bareback riding started at 9 a.m. and he wanted to perform. I responded that would depend on how he felt and what his parents had to say. I suggested that he go home, have a soak in the tub and go to bed. Collin answered that he might do the tub, but he couldn’t go to bed as the rodeo dance was that night, and he planned to go. I asked if he was taking someone special. No, he said, he and his friends were just going to drive around and pick up girls. It has been a very long time since I was 17, and I had forgotten about the important things in life.

The hour was up, and his grandmother arrived to take him home. He needed a little help to get up, but was able to bend over and pull on his boots. He stood up a little straighter, pulled on his cowboy hat and was on his way to the “after rodeo social life”. While driving home he asked his grandmother if she thought I had done anything that would hurt his rodeo performance the next day. She assured him no harm was done and that it would only help.

The next day Collin’s grandfather stopped by and said, “Nancy, you did a good job on Collin. He dogged his steer and roped his calf.” His parents said no bareback riding. Needless to say he did attend the rodeo dance, and I’m sure he checked out all the pretty cowgirls.

Again, I had FUN sharing Jin Shin Jyutsu and having my memory jogged about the enthusiasm and energy of being 17 years old.

Thank you, Nancyann.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about free time…

Give yourself free time

“What is it that makes all of us end each day with the sense that we have not lived our time, but have been lived, used by what we do?”
— Jacob Needleman

How can you free up more time for yourself?

All of the great masters counsel that we need time daily for solitude. And if our journey in life is to become more aware of who we are, then surely we need some free time each day to explore our inner landscapes and uncover our passions.

What activities can you cut out of your life to give you more growing room?

“Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long, stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.”
— Anna Quindlen

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Jin Shin Jyutsu for Bowel and Bladder Incontinence

Ricki Pollycove, M.D.  (Gynecology and Women’s Health) presents an article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 48, Spring 2005, about the effect of Jin Shin Jyutsu Therapy for Bowel and Bladder Incontinence:


Witness to a Remarkable Healing and Restoration ~ Bowel and Bladder Incontinence and Jin Shin Jyutsu Therapy

Dr. Ricki Pollycove specializes in women’s health and integrative medicine at California Pacific Medical Center. She is the co-author of Mother Nurture, A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships (Penguin Books). Dr. Pollycove lectures regularly at physician conferences and has been a frequent guest on television specials. Many of our readers might like to get her wonderful book. ~ Pennie Sempell

Transcendent experiences may be mental, physical or a combination of both. This remarkable restoration of function and control happened as a result of a comprehensive form of touch therapy called Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) provided in my office setting by Pennie Sempell, an experienced practitioner of JSJ, guided imagery and massage.

In December 1999, I first met MMK as a new patient, for routine gynecologic consultation and menopause management. She was a remarkably vigorous 77 year old physician, still consulting in medico-legal matters, actively pursuing arts and cultural activities, traveling with her husband of 49 years, despite a diagnosis of Parkinson’s at age 64. Following a severe urinary tract infection some time later, her borderline urine control became inadequate. She had lost rectal sphincter control as well. This was devastating as she and her husband still enjoyed an active lifestyle. She used incontinence pads and self-administered enema every morning to keep her rectum as empty as possible.

Two pelvic floor specialists recommended a complex surgical procedure, and MMK faced the dilemma of maybe improving her sphincter control but possibly never regaining full ambulatory function, having required over 6 months of physical therapy to walk with a cane after prolonged general anesthesia for back surgery four years before. My suggestion was to try something that could do no harm – Jin Shin Jyutsu. Pennie Sempell has worked closely with my patients for many years.  Remarkable outcomes had become routine in our collaborations. MMK was skeptical but willing to try a non-Western approach.

One week after the first JSJ session MMK reported with surprise having had one normal bowel movement. After 3 weekly sessions she reported bowel continence continuously for 14 days. She was stunned by the progress. Restoration of sphincter control continued and remained adequate 30 months later, eliminating all need for incontinence pads for bowel functions. In addition, urine control significantly improved and maintained improvement, with a 50% reduction in the use of pads. MMK faithfully practiced daily JSJ self-care exercises and currently receives treatments on a once monthly (or less frequent) basis. MMK at age 82 is vigorous in all domains of her life. She also has completed a life path of self-care series of workshops with the Institute for Health and Healing that helped her memory, balance, stamina and overall positive disposition.

Thank you, Dr. Pollycove.

Thank you, Pennie.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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Note: it has been my observation and experience that the key to a successful outcome is daily self-help. In this way I help my body heal and restore itself.


I’m thinking about being open to the new…

Open to the new

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
— Alvin Toffler

How willing are you to learn something new? How open are you to new perspectives?

When we are open, we are willing to move to places we’ve never been before. We are willing to continually review our belief systems so we can test out new ideas.

Be open to seeing things:
– from another’s point of view,
– from a higher and more inclusive perspective
– with a beginner’s attitude of wonder.

“I am always in quest of being open to what the universe will bring me.”
— Jill Bolte Taylor

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