Jenny Swiecicki tells us all about Puffy in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 59, Winter 2008:
Nine is the end of a cycle and the seed of a new beginning; it’s about letting go, allowing change and transformation through the movement of the breath. Nine is also the positive number for 2nd Depth, meaning that when 2nd Depth is in harmony, it vibrates at a 9. The role of the 2nd Depth is to bring total harmony to body, mind and spirit. In dying, Puffy gave me an example of harmonious 9s, becoming breath, being the change and being Trust.
Eleven is the positive number for the 7th Depth, which is the universal Light that is infinitely available to us. The quality of unconditional love and light present at Puffy’s death was nothing other than divine, the 7th Depth Light. Elevens also help us to let go of excess baggage and unnecessary burdens, so we can create space for divine will at the 12s. Although she’d been through a lot in this life, Puffy didn’t hold on to any story about those things; she was able to leave it all behind and be present in the divine.
Seven represents perfect life power, and is the positive number for the 5th Depth. Fifth Depth in harmony allows us to arise into our spiritual inheritance. In living, Puffy brought joy to everyone who knew her, a gift to all of our 5th Depths. I am happy for her that she’s moved on into the cosmic light that is her inheritance. She also taught me that the perfect life power of the 7s does not end with death; it continues living in a beautiful, universal way.
When I add up the date, 9/11/2007, it comes to a 2, which is life force, wisdom for all creatures. Puffy was one of my greatest teachers, deeply embodying much of the philosophy and wisdom of Jin Shin Jyutsu. I am profoundly changed and blessed by knowing her, and having shared this last part of her life and death. I believe that all four-leggeds have much to teach us humans, if only we are able to humble ourselves and really listen.
Although I miss and grieve her, I too feel the seed of a new beginning inside myself coming alive. It was no surprise that two days after she died, I “accidentally” cut both my ring fingers! (…one while working in the garden, and the other while cooking.) So I am holding them and exhaling. I would like to learn to live life more and let go of trying to live, or of being afraid to live.
A line from a song I learned during a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh comes to mind as I close this story: “Birth and death are only doors through which we cross, sacred thresholds on our journey, birth and death are a hide and seek game.” Thank you, Puffy, for playing with me in this game of life, and for teaching me to live fully and to BE the Joy! Your precious spirit will always be remembered and continues to live in innumerable ways.
Thank you, Jenny.
Thank you, Mary.
Thank you, David.
Gassho, Namaste, Blessings
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