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