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Beulah Amsterdam of Davis, California has written a poem for us in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 50, Fall 2005:



Pink tulip fingernails rise

in the nursing home bed

where her hip grows stronger.

Black socks shroud

Gangrenous toes and foot.

Bunny refuses amputation.

She’d rather die.

After her husband died

her precancerous right breast was sacrificed.

Her left breast was carved, radiated,

uterus removed, left eye lost to glaucoma,

left index finger amputated.

Bunny’s toes, fingers, ankles, knees,

hip, pubis, coccyx, groin are jumpercabled

till the comedians laugh

and Bunny jokes about her antiquity.

The Chinese surgeon is astounded

by the pale pink sunrise

from ancient black toes.


When Mary Olander and I returned from our first Jin Shin Jyutsu class, a friend told me his 84-year-old step-mother, who was recovering from hip surgery in a nursing home, now had gangrene in her foot. Mary and I were inspired by Wayne Hackett’s ebullient optimism to immediately use our jumper cables, and we each treated Bunny an hour a day. We did a lot of 5-6-7-8, 15, 1 and Main Central. The surgeon was astounded two weeks later when he saw Bunny’s pink foot. Pat Meador recently informed me that when Mary Burmeister treated someone with a similar condition, the gangrene was gone in 2 days. We don’t know how soon Bunny recovered from the gangrene because we did not take off her sock to look.

Thank you, Beulah.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about loving me…


“If you had a friend who talked to you like you sometimes talk to yourself, would you continue to hang around with that person?”
— Rob Bremer

Thanks to the power of our inner critics, most of us have a very poor opinion of ourselves. Yet self- contempt merely keeps us miserable and stuck in our mediocrity.

If we were to make only one change to transform the quality of our lives, we might try sending a little love our own way.

“A critic is a legless man who teaches running.”
— Channing Pollock

“Unkind criticism is never part of a meaningful critique of you. Its purpose is not to teach or to help, its purpose is to punish.”
— Barbara Sher

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
— Buddha

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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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