Lynne Pflueger writes an article about WINTER in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 51, Winter 2006:


“The Winter Solstice is the birth of the Light.” ~ Manly P. Hall

Winter is Fourth Depth, the water element. Looking at the Order of Creation on page 3 in Text 2, Fourth Depth bridges from the form into the formless. The formless is represented by the Sixth Depth, our Big Breath of Life, enabling us to unload (exhale) that which is no longer necessary to our evolution and well-being, and to receive (inhale) in abundance all that will nourish and nurture us in body, mind and spirit. Our water element is purification, transformation, and transmutation of body, mind and spirit. On the Main Central level, Fourth Depth is located on the center sternum between Safety Energy Locks 13 and 14. Next, moving down the center front of the body is Sixth Depth, located between the navel and pubic bone. In the Order of Transformation, Fourth Depth flows into Sixth Depth at the same time unburdening Second Depth. On the Safety Energy Lock level, Fourth Depth is located on the waistline (Safety Energy Lock 23) which clears the way for heaven to descend to earth and earth to rise to heaven.

At this time, water is flowing in California. I live in the San Francisco Bay area in Marin County. We are presently experiencing torrential rains, some of which correspond with high tides. Many have been overwhelmed by flooding, losing homes and/or businesses. Emotional overwhelm is one indication that the Fourth Depth needs help. A little warmth from the fire element (Fifth Depth) will help reduce the amount of water. Today the sun is out and everyone is relieved.

Observing nature provides me with interesting insight into the elements as they affect the body, mind and spirit. Everyday stories about life and the power of nature teach me about the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. With flooding on my mind, a story that happened in 1982 floated into conscious memory as it has for many people here. We had a major flood that year. In 1978 I came into Jin Shin Jyutsu with a knee injury. Prior to that time I was a full-time Mom, attending art classes part-time. Focusing on my art, I was toying with the idea of making that my life’s work after my mothering years. While raising my three boys, I spent any spare time painting. There was an old carriage house in the back of the house on the back street that I used as my art studio. Over time I accumulated many large paintings, most of which were 4 ft. x 6 ft. When I stumbled into Jin Shin Jyutsu, my focus changed from painting to practicing my new art form. So the question arose, “What am I going to do with all these paintings?” I would never have given myself permission to just get rid of  them, which is what I really wanted to do. Nor did I want to scatter my focus by spending time trying to sell them, something I had done prior to the knee injury. January of 1982 brought the solution through the force of water. One morning I looked out the kitchen window and saw a car floating down the back street. By the time the flood waters had receded, the carriage house had been swept clean of all past accumulations…no more paintings!..a Fourth Depth miracle. The water element has the same effect on us. Bladder Function Energy is detoxifying, helping us to dispose of all past, present and future accumulations.

“That which is not mine will simply disappear.” ~ Mary Burmeister

Another life story is about too little water. During the years that I traveled and taught frequently, the job of watering my garden was turned over to house sitters. Although conscientious and responsible, they did not know my garden as I know it, and when I would return, certain areas of the yard had received too little water. Many of the plants were surviving, some only barely, but not thriving. As soon as I was able to increase the amount of water, the ailing plants went from surviving to thriving. The implications of the water element’s effect on the body were not lost on me. Part of my garden is on an automatic sprinkling system. Plants that received water daily continued to thrive. Those that received inadequate amounts of water merely survived. Thriving is Kidney Function Energy.

At a memorial service a few years ago, my ears perked up when I heard the pastor say that water is the vehicle of rebirth.

Thank you, Lynne.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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