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From the Treatment Room

Jill Pasquinelli Holden writes “From the Treatment Room” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 71, Winter 2011:

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The first contact with the client is usually a phone call…the voice, the spirit, the energy, and then the action of making the first appointment. The connection is made and so the process begins. Whether it’s a day, a few days, a week, or a month before meeting, already a relationship and movement are taking place.

Next is meeting the client. How do we greet one another? Listening to the story, observing the voice, the walk, how they lie on the table…our first impression filled with information we’ve gathered from our senses.

Listening to the pulses, feeling the rhythms, the textures, the movements under my fingers, like hearing a beautiful song…this is such an intimate experience. We’re actually touching and listening to the person’s spirit…the pulses resonating the soul. This is nothing less than body prayer, I think…the absolute perfection of it all.

I realize there is nothing to fix, no one to get better, it all is as it should be…past, present and future weaving together our wholeness. And me, what is my own capacity to stay in the present with what is unfolding, the uncertainty, the mystery, letting go of my agenda, my opinions, my preferences, reactions and judgments? What I think has no place here, there is no place for ideology but how well I can listen, allowing and including all of it, making room for everything that comes into the space.

In being human we have the privilege to lift each other to the light. It’s not an action, an intention, or a doing of any kind. It’s much bigger than that, than what we could possibly know. It’s just what is.

What greater gift could we give than being fully here, without judgment, remembering the wholeness that is at the very core of each of us? Seeing beyond the story, the circumstances, the things that happen to us in life that grow us, how we’re shaped by life through our experiences, our losses, our disappointments, our dreams…what doesn’t break us is what makes us whole.

When a young tree loses a branch, the will to live and develop drives the force to adapt and grow around the loss, enhancing its integrity and beauty. We, like the tree, have our own cracks, chips, and broken places that become a part of our wholeness, our growth and integrity. This gives rise to the beautiful unique expression that we each are, while holding all of the imperfection in which the essence of perfection remains.

And yet there are times when a treatment seems completely ordinary, nothing special at all. I might be tired, stressed, even bored or planning what I’m making for dinner, where I’m going later, making the list in my head, and I’m caught in my own mind, my own doings. This is the other part of being human…also dealing with a difficult client, setting boundaries, cancellation policies, all the rest of reality…the everyday practice of it. Sometimes I wonder if I’m making it all up. Does Jin Shin Jyutsu really do anything?

It is simply the perfection of it all…to include everything no matter how mundane or sacred.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is a privilege whether giving or receiving a treatment. And no matter what’s going on, we’re in relationship with the Divine in the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Thank you, Jill.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

All issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

I’m thinking about contentment…

THE POWER OF ACCEPTANCE

“It is permissible to take life’s blessings with both hands provided thou dost know thyself prepared in the opposite event to take them just as gladly. This applies to food and friends and kindred, to anything God gives and takes away… As long as God is satisfied do thou rest content. If he is pleased to want something else of thee, still rest content.”
— Meister Eckhart

Our life begins to change in magical ways when we open to the experience of life AS IT IS. With acceptance, we stop fighting what is happening. And this creates space, an opening for new relationships to unfold.

Explore unconditionally saying yes to the facts of life. Accept your past and where you are now. Unconditional acceptance is unconditional love and this is healing.

“Sometimes what seems like surrender isn’t surrender at all. It’s about what’s going on in our hearts. About seeing clearly the way life is and accepting it and being true to it, whatever the pain, because the pain of not being true to it is far, far greater.”
— Nicholas Evans

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JSJ Florida Canine Prison Program, Part 3

Adele and Scooter Leas write about “Jin Shin Jyutsu in Florida – Canine Prison Program” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 71, Winter 2011:

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Understanding how FEAR has limited and driven us is such a universal need. I summoned up lots of control not to sob, realizing that Jin Shin Jyutsu had just changed another life!

We shifted gears, moving into a short dog session, holding only the center thirteen/tens, allowing the animals to balance the exhale and the inhale, feeling Unconditional Love and The Limitless Outpouring of the Life Force. I asked the men to explore the quality of their touch, their ability to sense the dogs’ pulses, to use their intuitive communication skills and to play with the idea of working from the “Impersonal Self”. The outcomes were diverse and beautiful.

By the time I left that day, I knew I was wild about this work and began to look for ways to make it an ongoing program. That is where the Mary Burmeister – JSJ International Outreach and Pat Meador came in. I had read about the amazing prison programs that the Outreach foundation was sponsoring in India. I decided to see if they had any ideas about how to proceed with this program. Jeanne Marie Brennan, the foundation coordinator, was open, excited, supportive and well-informed about both JSJ and prisons. After a series of brainstorming calls and emails, Jeanne Marie informed me that the foundation would support this work. That meant I could move forward and develop a real program at the prison. At about this same time, Pat Meador turned ninety. The faculty wanted to honor her and she suggested that they make any contributions to the Outreach foundation. Because of Pat’s love of animals and her family’s work in Search and Rescue, she has requested that her birthday offering support this program.

The other unexpected boost the work received was from the warden of the prison. I requested permission to give a copy of my book, Jin Shin Jyutsu for Your Animal Companion, to interested inmates. I had been told that the books were not allowed because of the metal bindings. This forward thinking warden simply said that the men will change the bindings and each of them will receive a copy to further their studies.

With these bold green lights to continue the work, I returned to the prison today and set out plans for a ten-month intensive program. I asked the men for a commitment. This would include: two classes a month (a combination of book study and hands-on work), daily half-hour self-help/dog sessions, and monthly progress reports. these reports will consist of what they are experiencing, what makes sense, what they and the dogs like and what obstacles they encounter in this new way of “BE-ing” with dogs.

To my amazement all but seven of the eligible men registered. I am so thrilled and looking forward to seeing what happens next. I’ll keep you posted.

Thank you, Adele and Scooter.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

All issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

I’m thinking about releasing hurt…

RELIEVE THE PRESSURE COOKER

“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life.”
— Mary Manin Morrissey

Journaling is a great way to release and let go. To get things off your chest. Our minds are our own worst enemies. The same thoughts go round and round in the same old ways and keep us stuck.

If something bothers you, write about it. Get it out so you can see it from a different perspective. Let it out. Let it go.

Owning and healing your pressure cooker is an important step in claiming your power, building your esteem and making your stand.

“In truth, to attain to interior peace, one must be willing to pass through the contrary to peace. Such is the teaching of the Sages.”
— Swami Brahmanada

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JSJ Florida Canine Prison Program, Part 2

Adele and Scooter Leas write about “Jin Shin Jyutsu in Florida – Canine Prison Program” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 71, Winter 2011:

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A short time later, I found myself in a large warehouse-like space with the first of two groups of inmates I would see that day. There were about sixty men in beige scrubs with more tattoos than I had ever seen and thirty Labrador puppies between the ages of eight weeks and thirteen months. The noise and energy level was overwhelming, and while I am used to dog classes starting off more chaotically than human JSJ classes, I was pretty unsure about this. You know the percentage of men in most JSJ classes. Now I was the only female in sight. And the vast majority of dogs who come to my normal classes are older, often with arthritis and hip issues. “Keep exhaling,” I told myself.

I had the men sit, dogs at their feet, and start by focusing on their own breath, something that was completely new to many of them. Exhale down the front – let go. Inhale up the back – receive the purified, unlimited abundance of the universe. (Would they ever believe there was unlimited abundance?) Suggesting that they “Give themselves a big hug” felt like pushing it, so I asked them instead to hold their right thumbs. Mary tells us, “The THUMBS are like leaders in a parade. If the THUMB is not in rhythm, then all that follow the leader will get out of step, out of harmony. (Self-Help Book III: page 27) I asked them to bow their heads and close their eyes. One hundred twenty eyes stared back at me like I was crazy. So, I said, “O.K., I get it. You don’t close your eyes in prison, huh? Well, that’s O.K., I understand. The reason I asked you to close your eyes was to turn your focus inward instead of outward. You can do that with your eyes open.” Then slowly, quietly, we moved through holding each finger on the right hand, as I explained harmonizing the attitudes. And a miracle happened. Shoulders started dropping, some eyelids fluttered and closed. The very air in the room seemed to change, and with that the dogs all relaxed, resting quietly, some slumbering, even snoring.

I then asked the men to turn their focus to their left hands – to the past – and to reflect on which attitude many have presented the biggest challenge to them in their lives. I asked them to gently but firmly hold the corresponding finger to help harmonize that attitude of the past. There was a large man seated in front of me. Every inch of his arms and hands was covered in tattoos, and he looked very intimidating. I was spellbound as I watched him hold his left hand out and hover undecidedly between his index and middle fingers. In a few moments, he grasped his left index finger; his shoulders sank and a huge audible exhale escaped from him.

To be continued…

I’m thinking about playing it safe…

HOW ARE YOU SABOTAGING YOURSELF?

“If you play it safe in life you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow any more.”
— Shirley Hufstedler

How are you sabotaging your potential for change?

We unconsciously use defence mechanisms to shield us from situations we perceive to be scary or painful. A part of you may want to grow and change, but another part may be resisting because change always moves you into new territory in your thinking and emotions.

If you find you are getting anxious, fearful, angry, frustrated, dismissive or unmotivated, then defence mechanisms are at work. Watch for them and know them to be signs of fear that wants to hold you back. Then courageously move through them.

“I have never been contained except I made the prison.”
— Mary Evans

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JSJ Florida Canine Prison Program, Part 1

Adele and Scooter Leas write about “Jin Shin Jyutsu in Florida – Canine Prison Program” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 71, Winter 2011:

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Sitting in a seaside cafe, sipping hot tea and thrilled to be tucked in away from the teeming rain, I can reflect on my day. I have an awareness of feeling humble and thankful for things I so often take for granted. Mostly I am thankful for my ability to feel peace radiating through my body with each breath. I feel profoundly thankful for the freedom this Art has given me. I feel thankful that my passion for sharing this Art with humans and other animals has set my life on a course of a constantly changing and evolving wonder. I am also thankful for the large group of inmates who just enrolled in an intensive program of Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) self-help and canine work based on the self-help work.

Today, (September 21, 2010) was my sixth trip to Bay Correctional Facility in Panama City, Florida. They have a program where the inmates train puppies to become search and rescue dogs and bomb sniffers. This intensive program partners inmates and pups in a living and training regimen round the clock before the dogs graduate. These doggie graduates are serving throughout the U.S. and around the world. They are in airports, on trains, at natural disaster sites, working security details and serving alongside our soldiers in war zones. Prior to the inmates’ involvement, the training success with these dogs leveled out at about twenty-five percent. Now, with the dedication, unlimited time and attention of the inmates, the success rate with the dogs is up to an unprecedented eighty-five percent.

The local paper ran an article about my work with JSJ as part of the rehabilitation of the pit bulls rescued from Michael Vick’s dog fighting kennels, who now live at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. After that, I was contacted by Sharon Gavin, Canine Program Director at the prison in Florida. She said she would love to talk with me about the work, because she had a feeling it could help the dogs and inmates. She said that the biggest challenge for many of the men was to bond with another living being and to be responsible caregivers for a high energy pup. And by the way, there was unfortunately no pay. We set up a visit for the next week, after I explained that I only taught one way. The men would have to do self-help to center themselves and to understand the process a bit before I would instruct them in working with the dogs.

I went through the security clearance process, and somewhat apprehensively headed off to prison. Sharon had told me it was a “medium security prison”. I asked what that meant, and she said, “murder on down.” I then asked what “high security” meant, and she state, “premeditated murder and serial killers.” I was only somewhat reassured by this information. the two-hour drive was filled with conscious deep breaths and many repetitions of the Loving Kindness prayer.

To be continued…

Prayer for Loving Kindness

May I be filled with loving kindness. May I be well. May I be peaceful and at ease. May I be happy.

May you be filled with loving kindness. May you be well. May you be peaceful and at ease. May you be happy.

May all beings be filled with loving kindness. May all be well. May all be peaceful and at ease. May all be happy.

I’m thinking about problems…

LIFE COMES WITH PROBLEMS

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
— Fr. Alfred D’Souza

Life always brings problems. We really can’t live without them.

And so it helps to shift our perspective. We can stop trying to avoid the problems. We can stop feeling victimized by what’s happening. Instead, we can consciously work with the challenge of the moment to learn more about ourselves and the world. When we make this shift in attitude, we discover ourselves to be strong and powerful.

“Every lesson is a widening and deepening of consciousness. It is a stretching of the mind beyond its conceptual limits and a stretching of the heart beyond its emotional boundaries. It is a bringing of unconscious material into consciousness, a healing of past wounds, and a discovery of new faith and trust.”
— Paul Ferrini

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Abby

Julianne Dow  writes about “Abby” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 71, Winter 2011:

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The Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a rescue haven for abused and neglected farm animals located in Saugerties, New York. There are horses, cows, goats, rams, sheep, pigs, geese, ducks, turkeys, chickens and rabbits in residence, being treated and cared for with the hopes that they will find nurturing forever homes. Julianne Dow is a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner who shares the art with the animals on the farm, helping in their treatment.

Abby is a white horse that was rescued by the Catskill Animal Sanctuary and brought to the farm for caring and rehabilitation. Her hooves were never filed as a young horse, which led to serious leg projects. One morning at the sanctuary, I started treating Abby with a 3/15 quickie on both sides, which is for general well-being, back, hips and legs. I also gave her an 11/25 quickie on both sides which is for elbows, wrist, hooves, skeletal balance and rejuvenation. I have learned from my work with animals that they will show you what they need if you watch and listen.

As I was finishing these quickie flows on Abby, she reached her mouth around to scratch an area on her back. I then put my hand there to scratch the place for her. She began to relax and moan. I then moved my hands to feel her scapula (angel wings) from top to bottom, slowly combing and holding each area that represents each Depth, just how Jin Shin Jyutsu instructors Sara Harper and Anita Willoughby showed me (6th and 3rd on the top part of the scapula, 5th and 2nd in the middle, 4th and 1st on the bottom). As I was doing this, Abby stretched her neck forward and sideways, reaching out in all directions. She began to rock forward and backward. For a minute I thought she was going to topple over as she picked up on her rhythmic swaying. Usually horses rock slowly side to side during Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions, not forward and backward…

This was a unique experience! When she finally became still, I finished by holding her 5/16s up to her 8s on both rear legs while also hold her 15 to help with leg discomfort. I ended as I always do, squatting at her forelegs and holding her 26 and foreleg bone accumulations. This is when she rubs her muzzle in my hair every time. Abby gave me the gift of following her lead to give her what she needed.

Thank you, Julianne.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

All issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.