Monthly Archives: March 2017

I’m thinking about a simple smile…

“Service is the highest spiritual discipline.  Prayer and meditation, or knowledge of scripture cannot help you reach the goal as quickly as service can.  Service has a double effect, it extinguishes the ego and gives bliss.”

~Sri Sathya Sai Baba


“We habitually erect a barrier called blame that keeps us from communicating genuinely with others, and we fortify it with our concepts of who’s right and who’s wrong. We do that with the people who are closest to us and we do it with political systems, with all kinds of things that we don’t like about our associates or our society. It is a very common, ancient, well-perfected device for trying to feel better. Blame others. Blaming is a way to protect your heart, trying to protect what is soft and open and tender in yourself. Rather than own that pain, we scramble to find some comfortable ground.” ~Pema Chodron


Abundance is not something we acquire.

It is something we tune into.



I will never understand all the good 

that a simple smile can accomplish.

~Mother Teresa


I’m thinking about gratitude…

Dear readers,

I’m thinking about how grateful I am that you are all in my life and marveling at how we touch one another, bringing health and love and harmony.

I am asking you to send love and light wrapped in a prayer for me.

I am having surgery on my right elbow this morning and your thoughts and prayers will guide the surgeon’s hands as he releases my ulnar nerve. Those same thoughts and prayers will speed the healing (JSJ does travel over great 4-dimension distances) so that I may return to sharing Jin Shin Jyutsu in this little blog that David Burmeister has been kind enough to allow me to present to you…all over the world!

I encourage you to continue your daily Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help and suggest that this may be a good time to review some of the articles posted over the past 4 years. Jin Shin Jyutsu requires a lifetime of study.

I love you all and will return as soon as the sling comes off!

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings


I’m thinking about singing my own song…


“Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.”
— Brenda Ueland

Great forces are directing you to conform to the patterns of your society. You have DNA that has been handed down from generation to generation, coding repeated behaviour patterns into your being. You have archetypal energies setting the standards for how you behave as a man or a woman, as husband or wife, as father or mother …. You are immersed in consensual reality, whereby the world around you reflects societal understanding of how life has been and is to be.

At the same time, you have an even greater force within you inspiring you to wake up and recognize the reality of who you are. This force, the creative power underlying the entire universe, is urging you to create brand new standards of reality.

The status quo is blind to our creative power. Create a brand new world for yourself, one that meets your deepest needs, and you will help raise the quality of consciousness of the entire world.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
— Gandhi

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Worlds Within Worlds – Birthing through Jin Shin Jyutsu, Part 2

Jenny Swiecicki writes about “Worlds Within Worlds – Birthing through Jin Shin Jyutsu” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 72, Spring 2011:



Exactly two years later, by a blessed synchronicity, I was able to attend a mentoring program in Scottsdale with Muriel and five other women. This was the first time to have that amount of space to myself since Malcolm was born. As the week went on, I felt increasingly uncomfortable in my hips and lower back. I noticed this particularly at night when I got into bed and also during some of the treatments I received. As the energy in my body began to open and move, I felt once again like I was pregnant, needing extra pillows to support my hips and lower back.

On the 4th day of the class I arrived feeling out of alignment in my spine. I lay down to receive the first session of the morning. My practice partner Lisa quietly listened to my pulses and began with a right Supervisor flow…purifying and transforming the present, and bringing in pure, Divine mind.  Muriel came by and held my sacrum for a while, and then Lisa finished by giving me a lung flow. (Lung Function Energy = 2nd Depth inhaling function letting go of all sadness and renewing myself with vitality and purified Life Breath.) I talked about my labor during this session, before drifting off.

I was aware that my body was continuing to exhale the fears and doubts I experienced during my labor, the voices of “I’m not good enough”, as well as the fears of my  mother during her labor with me – she had been left alone to labor in her hospital room. I was also aware of my maternal grandmother’s heavy burdens that she carried throughout her life and to her death. There was a releasing of generation upon generation of the women in my family, a healing of ancestral patterns and patterns in the collective consciousness.

When the treatment was finished, I covered myself up head to toe with a thick, fuzzy blanket and curled on my side. This darkness felt warm and comforting. I was sleepy and also felt tears making their way up from deep inside my belly. I sobbed gently beneath the blanket in this state of healing and rebirthing.

In the midst of this I heard the soft sounds of a sister on the treatment table next to me. In my  mind I was transported to a hospital nursery; we were newborns lying side by side in our cribs. After a while I peeked my head out to greet my classmate’s sparkling newborn eyes. Muriel was there, too, resting her left hand on my left shoulder. She sat with us, a compassionate and knowing presence. I then had the distinct sensation of being small birds in a nest with our momma bird watching over us. I smiled to myself thinking that I had just been re-hatched. Within a minute of this thought Muriel told us that the past few years her mentoring program had been in June, and that each time there’d been a mother bird who had her nest in a tree outside the window. I smiled at the beauty of it all. This year, we were the baby birds inside the classroom.

When I was 18, I received a reading from a man named Julian in Olympia, Washington. He said he saw me as a midwife, but not in the traditional sense of literally birthing babies, but rather I’d assist people in birthing themselves. I am reminded of that now, almost 20 years later, as I share these stories and think about all the ways we are witness to one another’s birthing through Jin Shin Jyutsu, to the worlds within worlds of revelation, discovery, and renewal. It is truly an honor, a blessing, and a joy. Thank you, Jiro. Thank you, Mary. Thank you!!

Thank you, Jenny.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about the paradox…


“It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning.”
— P.D. Ouspensky

“All major mystical traditions have recognized that there is a paradox at the heart of the journey of return to Origin. …Put simply, this is that we are already what we seek, and that what we are looking for on the Path with such an intensity of striving and passion and discipline is already within and around us at all moments. The journey and all its different ordeals are all emanations of the One Spirit that is manifesting everything in all dimensions; every rung of the ladder we climb toward final awareness is made of the divine stuff of awareness itself; Divine Consciousness is at once creating and manifesting all things and acting in and as all things in various states of self-disguise throughout all the different levels and dimensions of the universe.”
— Andrew Harvey

“Look at you, you madman, Screaming you are thirsty And are dying in a desert when all around you there is nothing but water!”
— Kabir

“After changes upon changes, we are more or less the same.”
— Paul Simon

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Worlds Within Worlds – Birthing through Jin Shin Jyutsu, Part 1

Jenny Swiecicki writes about “Worlds Within Worlds – Birthing through Jin Shin Jyutsu” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 72, Spring 2011:


I gave birth to my son Malcolm on Wednesday, September 24, 2008. After a long walk and a Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment the previous evening, I lay down to get some rest. I’m not sure if I slept at all before a mild but regular cramping in my abdomen began just past midnight. I stayed present with these sensations and my beloved cat Riley kept vigil right next to me through the night. In the early morning our midwife arrived since my labor seemed to be off to a steady start.

As my labor became more active and the sensations more intense, I moved  into a dreamlike state, which included some extremely vivid moments. Riley followed me from our bedroom to the living room couch that became my laboring nest. From a certain point onward, my contractions were accompanied by an excruciating, bearing down pain in my sacrum. I knew intuitively this pain was connected to my maternal grandmother, who had birthed nine children herself and had suffered severe depression in her life. She left this world when my  mother was seven months pregnant with me.

(Interesting that 3rd Depth, the bridge into the manifest body, lives in the sacrum/coccyx. My grandmother’s depression may have been due to a blockage of that bridge, not being able to receive and accept this life. It’s also fascinating that babies travel through the pelvis during labor, cradled between the 6th Depth Source of Life and 3rd Depth source to come into this world.)

Hours passed in a blur of contractions with short rests in between. The pain in my lower back was soothed only temporarily by a hot shower or by hands pressing against my sacrum. It was difficult to eat and I began to feel more and more exhausted.

Once fully dilated, I’d been pushing for what seemed like an eternity with apparently little progress. I was feeling discouraged, under pressure, and did not believe that I was actually going to be able to push my baby out into the world. Mentally I was swimming in FEAR. At some point in the midst of all the pushing, I became aware of tremendous tension in my shoulders. It was as if I were “trying to” push from my shoulders. I remembered Mary’s wisdom about effortless reality and knew I needed to shift my focus. My midwife sensed this, too, and just then sent me on a “walk” into the other room, to move the energy. After a hard conversation during which I said a lot of “I can’t, I don’t care” and that ultimately ended in tears, I was ready to face my fear.

I was ready to Exhale, and with my birthing team’s support and my awareness of Mary’s teachings, I came back to myself, to my Breath, to my center. In this place, I was able to push from deep within my belly, allowing my shoulders to let go. Malcolm made his way closer and closer to this world, and then he literally came flying out to greet us with my one final push. He was born at 7:16 p.m. = 7+7 = victory, perfect life power = 14 heaven and earth coming together to nourish and sustain = 5 spirit into matter, erasing fears. How powerful that his initial gift to me was to give me this opportunity to face my self-doubt and fears, and to move into a place of TRUST and allowing. His birth was truly an initiation on many levels, leaving me with a deepened sense of awe and reverence for the power within women and for the profound magnitude, beauty, and miraculous nature of this journey of LIVING.

To be continued…

I’m thinking about duality…


“Beware of the fury of the patient man.”
— John Dryden

Our minds perceive and give relative value – positive and negative – to the different sides of a duality. We usually shun the negative.

It’s important to know that you cannot eliminate the negative by focusing exclusively on the positive. Energetically, both opposites must remain in balance. Increase one and its opposite will also increase. Try to be only positive and the negative within you will raise its ugly head.

We work with dualities by remembering that each is part of the whole. We must acknowledge and accept all aspects of life, because they all exist within us. And so, if we seek to be honest, we do so by acknowledging our potential to be dishonest. We can also bring in love and compassion when we catch ourselves acting out the negative.

Power arises out of integrating the positive and negatives within us. From the tension that exists between the two, we develop awareness and become more conscious and compassionate.

“Any fool can run towards the light. It takes a master with courage to turn and face the darkness and shine his own light there.”
— Leslie Fieger – author of the Delfin Knowledge System

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Kelly Mount was inspired to write a poem, “The Main Central” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 72, Spring 2011:


Have you ever journeyed to the garden of Eden

Matthew 16 verse 19 offers the keys to the kingdom.

Have you ever walked through the valley of the shadow of death

A primordial fire that begins and ends in the breath.

There is a divine presence in the honorific center of the  universe

It is a place where the mind, body and spirit traverse.

The wise say, “As above, so below. So below, as above.”

A gift from Creator to compassionate man of faith, hope and love.

As a spark from the sun or reflection of the moon ripple across the ocean

The Source of life energy is the expanding principle of motion.

The Main Central is a solar gateway where we access the Divine

A birth canal for the energy of the planets through the cervical spine.

What is bound in heaven shall be loosed on Earth

Uniting formless with form for our rebirth.

What is loosened on Earth shall be bound in heaven

A weaving princess that binds us as ONE, as brethren.

We are the microcosm of the macrocosm in this expansive Milky Way

The light of the heavens manifesting our vertebrae

From the sella turcica to solar plexus, umbilicus and below

Revitalizing, re-energizing and renewing our personal source energy flow.

Thank you, Kelly.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David

[Note: Sella turcica: A depression in the base of the skull where the pituitary gland is situated.]

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about straight speaking…


“Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him.”
— Virginia Satir

How do you typically communicate? Is it through words, gestures, emotions, thoughts, desires, needs, truths, direct perception or intuition? Do you focus more on the other person or on yourself? Do you typically tell, ask or listen?

For a few days, set an intention to be aware of your communication styles and skills. After you’ve spent some time talking with someone, reflect on what your underlying motives were and what level of depth you reached. Write your insights in your journal. This exercise will help you become more aware and conscious of who you are and why you do what you do.

“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversation with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”
— Thomas Moore

“You must speak straight so that your words may go as sunlight to our hearts.”
— Cochise

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I’m thinking about walking boldly…


“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”
— Orison Swett Marden

We can’t escape problems and negativity. Escaping just brings denial and suppression – we continue to carry the problem with us. Ironically, it is our lack of acceptance and resistance to the problem that creates the pain. Resistance builds up an energy wall or block that, if not discharged, gets suppressed into the body. These blocks identify places where we have not enough understanding or love.

For health, we must work through what we seek to avoid. How do we do this? We can love parts of ourselves that we don’t like. We can seek the lessons we are being invited to learn through the problem. We can examine our beliefs and seek to see different perspectives and a bigger picture. As our perspectives grow, more of life makes sense and has meaning.

“The Lord is a good psychologist: he knows the way our minds run. Turmoil can be the Lord’s way of tapping us on the shoulder and saying, ‘Don’t forget me.'”
— Eknath Easwaran

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