Monthly Archives: December 2016

I’m thinking about listening…

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART

“To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling. Logic can tell you superficially where a path might lead to, but it cannot judge whether your heart will be in it.”
— Jean Shinoda Bolen

“When you have compassion and surrender to your own heart, you are surrendering to the hidden power in your heart, God. You are surrendering to love, because God is Love, the cohesive force of the universe that connects us all. Surrender is not just a religious concept; it’s a power tool for listening to the voice of your spirit and following its directions. When you surrender your head to your heart, you allow your heart to give you a wider, higher intelligence perspective. Remember the phrase, ‘The real teacher is within you.’ Very simply, that teacher is to be found in the common sense of your own heart.”
— Sara Paddison

“Surrender is faith that the power of love can accomplish anything… even when you can not foresee the outcome.”
— Deepak Chopra

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We have different kinds of fear, have we not? (Part 2)

Scottsdale presents an Extract from 5th Public Talk, Ojai, California 1953, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Vol. VII, p. 314-315 © 1992 KFA. in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 59, Winter 2008:

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We have different kinds of fear, have we not?

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Because the mind itself is the product of fear, whatever the mind does to put away fear only increases it further. So, can one just be aware of one’s fear without being occupied with it, without judging or trying to alter it? To be aware of fear without condemnation does not mean accepting it, taking it to your heart. To be aware of fear without choice is just to look at it, to know there is fear and to see the truth of it. And, seeing the truth of fear dissolves fear. The mind cannot dissolve fear by any action of its own; in the face of fear it must be very quiet; it must know and not act. Please listen to this. One must know that one is afraid, be fully conscious of it without any reaction, without any desire to alter it. The alteration, the transformation, cannot be brought about by the mind; it comes into being only with the perception of truth, and the mind cannot perceive what is true if it is concerned with fear, if it condemns or desires to be rid of it. Any action of the mind with regard to fear only increases fear or helps the mind to run away from it. There is freedom from fear only when the mind, being fully aware of its own fears is not active towards them. Then quite a different state comes into being which the mind cannot possibly conceive or invent.

That is why it is so important to understand the process of the mind not according to some philosopher, analyst, or religious teacher, but as it is actually going on in yourself from moment to moment in all your relationships – when you are quiet, when you are walking, when you are listening to somebody, when you are turning on the radio, reading a book, or talking at table. To be fully aware of oneself without choice is to keep the mind astonishingly alert, and in that awareness there is self-knowledge, the beginning of wisdom. The mind that struggles against fear, that analyzes fear, will never resolve fear, but when there is passive awareness of fear, a different state comes into being in which fear does not exist.

Note: “We [Jin Shin Jyutsu Inc.] refer readers to http://www.jkrishnamurti.org for further readings, audio and video on-line.”

Thank you, Mary.

Thank  you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about being in the moment…

VALUING THE MOMENT

“… the only time you ever have in which to learn anything or see anything or feel anything, or express any feeling or emotion, or respond to an event, or grow, or heal, is this moment, because this is the only moment any of us ever gets. You’re only here now; you’re only alive in this moment.”
— Jon Kabat-Zinn

Many people regularly squander their time. They live under the assumption that they’ll live forever. As a result, they don’t value the present as a precious opportunity that will never come again.

Others continually race against time, trying to cram too many activities into each hour, and suffering stress in the process.

In our view, we are more effective and most happy when we balance being and doing. We continually ask ourselves what’s most important to get done. And we’re learning to BE — fully present — when we do. We also regularly give ourselves permission to relax.

Make today really matter. It’s all you’ll ever have.

“Very few of us know how much we can put into life if we use it properly, wisely, and economically. Let us economize our time — lifetimes ebb away before we wake up, and that is why we do not realize the value of the immortal time God has given us.”
— Paramahansa Yogananda

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I’m thinking about being…

BE, DO AND HAVE

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you love to do, in order to have what you want.”
— Margaret Young

The formula for success is Be, Do, Have. If we seek abundance, we must be abundant in spirit. We can begin to cultivate spiritual wealth by opening our hearts in gratitude.

Start a gratitude journal today. Each evening, write down at least 5 things for which you are grateful. This simple tool will help you open your eyes to the abundance of your world right now.

“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.”
— Estonian proverb

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We have different kinds of fear, have we not? (Part 1)

Scottsdale presents an Extract from 5th Public Talk, Ojai, California 1953, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Vol. VII, p. 314-315 © 1992 KFA. in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 59, Winter 2008:

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We have different kinds of fear, have we not?

Fear exists at different levels of our being: there is the fear of the past, fear of the future, and fear of the present, which is the very anxiety of living. Now, what is fear? Is it not of the mind, of thought? I think of the future, of old age, of poverty, of disease, of death, and of that picture I am afraid. Thought projects a picture which awakens anxiety in the mind, so thought creates its own fear, does it not? I have done something foolish and I don’t want my attention called to it, I want to avoid it, I am afraid of the consequences. It is again a thought process, is it not? I want to recapture the happiness of youth; or perhaps I saw something yesterday in the mountain sunlight which has now escaped me, and I want to experience that beauty again; or I want to be loved. I want to fulfill, I want to achieve, I want to become somebody; so there is anxiety, there is fear. Thought is desire, memory, and its responses to all this bring about fear, do they not? Being afraid of tomorrow, of death, of the unknown, we begin to invent theories that we shall be reborn, that we shall be made perfect through evolution, and in these theories the mind takes shelter. Because we are everlastingly seeking security, we build churches around our hopes, our beliefs and dogmas, for which we are prepared to fight, and all this is still the process of thinking, is it not? And, if we cannot resolve our fear, our psychological block we turn for help to somebody else.

As long as I am thinking in terms of achieving, fulfilling, or not becoming, of dying, I am always caught in fear, am I not? The process of thinking as we know it, with its self-enclosing desire to be successful, not to be lonely, empty – that very process is the seat of fear. And, can the mind which is occupied with itself, which is the product of its own fears, ever resolve fear?

Suppose one is afraid, and one knows the various causes that have brought about fear. Can that same mind, which has produced fear, put aside fear by its own effort? As long as the mind is occupied with fear, with how to get rid of it, with what to do and what not to do in order to surmount it, can it ever be free from fear? Surely, the mind can be free from fear only when it is not occupied with fear, which does not mean running away from fear or trying [to] ignore it. First, one must be fully aware that one is afraid. Most of us are not fully aware, we are only vaguely aware of fear and, if we do come face to face with it, we are horrified; we run away from it and throw ourselves into various activities which only lead to further mischief.

To be continued…

My Awareness of Jin Shin Jyutsu

I’ve noticed that recently many more readers have viewed this site and I think it is timely to share once more about my love for Jin Shin Jyutsu.

I am certified in other modalities but prefer Jin Shin Jyutsu for a couple of reasons: integrity and intent.

What I see as the main difference between these Arts is that my primary function as a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner is to teach my clients self-help. I try to follow the example of my predecessors: Master Murai, Haruki Kato, Mary Burmeister, along with the 25 authorized teachers of the Art.

I wondered why there are only 25 teachers. Yes, I am a certified Self-Help teacher, and there are many of us, but why is it so limited as far as teaching the Art itself? I believe it is to maintain the integrity and intent of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

I’ve only been studying 12 years, and as Mary often said, it is a lifelong study. The more I study the more I realize I know nothing and isn’t it wonderful?

A couple of important points: Mary says that a client should only see the practitioner 3 times for a new project and 6 times for a chronic project. Of course there are exceptions, especially for people new to the Art, but as a general rule, when I was practicing, the client would call for an appointment, I would ask about the project and at the first session I would give the client specific, daily self-help flows for that project. The client would return the following week for a scheduled session. If the client had been doing daily self-help, they were already much improved and might not even need a 3rd session.

Mary always says to practice self-help daily for 7 days and you will begin to experience the healing. I find this to be true. Of course, I’ve had clients who do not want to bother with self-help and choose to pay me for sessions over and over and over and over. Regardless of how I encourage them, they keep coming back needlessly. My middle-aged client with a rare form of blood cancer is another exception. He required many weekly sessions over the course of the first year and he performed self-help daily. His project was a large, scary label. But within two years he was in remission!

Secondly, Haruki Kato suggests that we view disharmonies from three perspectives. He chose to use acupuncture-moxibustion and Chinese herbology for the internal organ system, the body-balancing method (Master Kamei, dec. 1976) for the movement system and Jin Shin Jyutsu for the circulation system. In addition to homeopathic evaluation leading to diet change, my body prefers to use these three methods to maintain harmony: daily Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help, weekly acupuncture and weekly massage therapy. If you know me personally, you know that I have suffered many illnesses, injuries, surgeries and taken many medications over the years. Since discovering the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu and continually studying, at 70 years old, I am active, engaged in many volunteer activities and prescription medicine-free! Let me hasten to add that when I overdo because I think I’m 25, and my body “complains”, I take advantage of Western Medicine without hesitation, always continuing with my three chosen methods of alternative care. We are blessed with Western Medicine as it helps our bodies to heal themselves more quickly (the body always heals itself), and Jin Shin Jyutsu supports that medical care and helps treatments to be even more effective while helping the body release any toxic aspects of that treatment.

Our wonderful 25 teachers sacrifice to travel all over the world to teach this Art so that we may learn to Now Know ourselves, help ourselves and help our family, friends and animal companions.

My greatest joy was when I taught Self-Help classes (I’m retired now) to later see those students taking the 5-Day classes as they pursued their path of discovery of the truth.

Jin Shin Jyutsu has opened my mind and awareness to quantum physics, numerology, other cultures, history, astronomy, astrology, biology, physiology and so much more. It is about relationships between all these as I formulate my reason to BE: “The purpose of life is to learn, and within that purpose, to love and serve.”

Thank you, Master Jiro Murai.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, Haruki Kato.

Thank you to all of the instructors of this Art.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings.