On Buying a Car

Lynne Pflueger shares a little story about a session she had with Mary Burmeister in “The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter”, issue Number 62, Fall 2008:


“Jin Shin Jyutsu is truly the knowing of a simple way of life.” ~ Mary Burmeister

In 1978 I received my first Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment from Marian Campbell, a doctor’s wife in San Francisco. She told me all about her wonderful teacher in Arizona. Seeing how interested I was, she encouraged me to take a class. I met Mary  at my first class in August of 1979 and travelled to Arizona for a week of treatments in January of 1980.

Some of her greatest teachings came to me during sessions. We had many so called ‘idle’ conversations about our families, our sons, and all the trivialities relating to everyday life. One precious pearl of wisdom was imparted to me during a conversation about buying a car. For the first time in my life I was on my own without parents or husband to provide for me. I needed a new car. A friend was selling Acura Legends, the kind of car I had been used to driving, not necessarily suited to my newfound economic status. Nevertheless, I picked one out, denied myself the leather seats (which I really wanted), and immediately called two people who would tell me I was being foolish to buy a car, much less this one.

First, the dealer called to say they had sold the models with cloth seats… Would I possibly consider leather? Next, I was approved for a car loan, something rare in 1986 for a single woman. I felt somewhat anxious and doubtful, wondering if I should allow myself to indulge in such abundance. Then, before closing the deal, I went to Arizona to receive a week of sessions with Mary and Pat.

I told Mary about the car, explaining the leather seats, the car loan already in place, and that all I had to do was to sign the papers and drive my new car home. I went on to say that I probably shouldn’t buy it, and probably wouldn’t have the means to pay for such a nice car anyway. We had one of our ‘idle’ conversations about everyday life. As memory serves me, she said, “…well if you want to drive around in an old car that is beginning to break down, if you don’t want a reliable car, or really don’t care about the security of a new car…”

Her dynamic punch line has stayed with me all these years, coming to me in countless life situations, saving me from myself:

“How can you not afford that which you have already been given?” 

Thank you, Lynne.

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.


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