Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Terry Matthews shares a little story about Shaking Hands for Peace with the Harmony that Lies Beneath in “The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter”, issue Number 64, Spring 2009:


Shaking Hands for Peace with the Harmony that Lies Beneath 

Neil Young said, “Only love can break your heart.” Seemingly a contradiction, yet most of us do experience life in terms of dualities –  love and heartbreak, health and sickness, etc. When experiencing the challenging side of life, most want a speedy return to the less challenging side. Instead of, “What is the harmony underlying this situation?”, the thought is usually, “How can I fix this situation?”  However, when a season of grieving is over, a broken heart can become a more open heart. In this sense, it is revealed that nature is moving toward a third step, namely greater harmony.

So, when painful experiences are perceived as nature’s energies seeking harmony, it makes sense to look for natural ways to facilitate this movement. Certainly, this is a principle of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. For example, a client visits you with severe migraines. You place the fingertips of both your hands near their wrists. You listen to the pulses on the radial artery to learn how to harmonize the underlying energetic pathways. You compassionately place your hands which energetically are an extension of your heart) on certain areas of the person’s body, and sooner or later, their energy pathways naturally begin to harmonize.

As an energetic effect, this is really no different than shaking the hands of our so-called “enemy”. Although physically making these kinds of heart connections doesn’t necessarily instantly remove the disharmony, the harmony that lies beneath can be peacefully aroused.

Waltz anyone?

Thank you, Terry.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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