Monthly Archives: April 2017

I’m thinking about freedom…


“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.”
— Sigmund Freud

In his book Nobody’s Victim, Christopher J. McCullough explains, “In order to live your freedom, you must first accept reality. ‘These are the choices, and given those choices, which do I choose?’ Whether the option you select is pleasant or painful does not alter the fact that, given reality, this is your preference.

“To live your freedom, it is helpful to stop and ask yourself, ‘Why am I doing this?’ and then notice whether, given the options, you are choosing what you really want, or whether you want to choose something else…. Sometimes the exercise of freedom involves naming your poison — all choices may lead to outcomes that are in some way painful. But the real pain is that of feeling powerless — denying your freedom.”

“Freedom is man’s capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves.”
— Dr. Rollo May

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I’m thinking about breathing…


“The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.”
— Milarepa

In our busy schedules, we can often complain that we don’t have time to meditate. But if we are sincere in our desire to go inside, we can create our own moments of stillness in the midst of our activity.

Stopped at a traffic light? Do some deep breathing. Waiting in line at the bank or grocery store? Repeat an uplifting word such as ‘love’ or ‘peace.’ Riding the bus to and from work? Value these times as an opportunity to close your eyes and go within or to say a little prayer.

“Wherever you go in the midst of movement and activity, carry your stillness within you. Then the chaotic movement around you will never overshadow your access to the reservoir of creativity, the field of pure potentiality.”
— Deepak Chopra

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I’m thinking about priorities…


“Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to do what they want to do.”
— Kathleen Winsor

When we clearly set an intention, our conscious and subconscious minds mobilize to help us meet that intention. At the start of each day, thoroughly review what commitments you have made to others for the day, and decide what commitment(s) you will make for yourself.

What can you do today that will move you one step closer to your personal goals? Own your power to choose to meet your own needs. After all, we are much better able to help others when our own needs are met. And at the end of the day, when you’ve honoured your commitment to yourself, acknowledge your success.

“If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.”
— Lee Iacocca

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More on Grandchildren

Donna Wallace writes: “More on Grandchildren” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 72, Spring 2011:


My daughter called on a Tuesday evening to say that they were at the emergency room, and my 10-year-old grandson had a ruptured appendix. He was about to undergo an emergency appendectomy. I asked her if she wanted me to come over, and she said, “No. the roads are snow-packed and icy, and I don’t want you driving over the pass.” I told her I would keep them all in my prayers and call her in the morning. When I called she said the operation had gone well and that Jude looked very small lying in the bed with IV tubes and catheter. This young child had never had a shot before (no immunizations) and had been born in the comfort of his home with a midwife attending.

When I took my first Jin Shin Jyutsu 5-day class in Denver in 2006, I remember my instructor saying, “Jin Shin Jyutsu can do no harm, only to not do Jin Shin Jyutsu if you have the opportunity.” Jude had had Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions before and trusted it. I knew I needed to drive the 100 miles to my daughter and grandson. As I left Helena, the sun came through the clouds. I often have conversations with Ameratsu, the Goddess of the Sun and Plains of Heaven. And today it was, “Thank you for a successful operation, and please provide me a safe trip.

I drove straight to the hospital and surprised my daughter and grandson. Jude looked very frail and anxious. When I asked him if he would like  a little Jin Shin Jyutsu, he said, “Yes, Grandma.” Holding Safety Energy Locks 11/15, 5/16 and 6 and little toe was what I applied and only for a short while. Seeing the tension relax from his face was a great gift to me.

That evening I left my daughter and son-in-law with Jude and took his 5-year-old sister back to their home. We had a cup of tea, and I read her a couple of stories before bedtime. She then said, “I don’t think I can go to sleep with Jude in the hospital.” I said, “How about if Grandma does Jin Shin Jyutsu on your fingers? We’ll see if that helps.” I knew that her mother jumper cabled Lily’s fingers every night before bed. I started with the thumb, and my the time I got to her index finger, she was sound asleep. I finished the fingers and noticed her ring finger was pulsing the loudest.

The doctor had told my daughter, Heidi, that Jude would be in the hospital 3-7 days. He went home in 2 1/2. We believe that simply jumper cabling twice a day aided his recovery.

When we got him home at noon on Friday and settled, his cat crawled up onto his lap. Then the tears came, and Jude said, “I really missed Solo.”

Thank you, Donna.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about stardust and spirit…


“The interchangeability of matter and spirit means the starlit magic of the outermost life of our universe becomes the soul-light magic of the innermost life of our self. The energy of the stars becomes us. We become the energy of the stars. Stardust and spirit unite and we begin: One with the universe. Whole and holy.”
— Dennis J. Kucinich

Ponder the spectre of yourself as one human being in the over six billion people on Earth. See Earth as one tiny planet in a galaxy of billions of stars, and that galaxy as just one of billions of galaxies in our expanding universe. We are so minute as to be nonexistent. And yet, we have the power to visualize, to imagine the entirety of the cosmos.

In your journal, write about the paradox of being both microscopic and immense.

“I think we would be able to live in this world more peaceably if our spirituality were to come from looking not just into infinity but very closely at the world around us — and appreciating its depth and divinity.”
— Thomas Moore

“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”
— Harry Emerson Fosdick

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African Reflections through the Lens of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Part 2

Adele Leas writes: “African Reflections through the Lens of Jin Shin Jyutsu” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 72, Spring 2011:



In order to view animals in the wild, one must be patient and silent. Over time I became aware that the animals seemed to appear and come closer when the energy we were radiating was that of deep, connected peace. I have a new understanding of Safety Energy Lock 4 and one’s ability to Assume the Pace of Nature. We arrived just at the end of the spring monsoons, and the bush was so lush that parts looked more like Ireland than the pictures I had always seen of South Africa. I had the rare opportunity to observe a lone elephant doing what appeared to be a solo ballet at the watering hole. As I watched, I was filled with the awareness of being and breathing with the elephant and the whole forest. I felt the land exhale!

Blaine and I also had the life changing opportunity to share “hands-on time” with a semi-habituated 5-ton bull elephant, Rambo. We also got to feed his mate, Rachel, with their nine-month-old son Jabulani close by. (Jabulani is “Happiness” in Zulu.) Rachel and Rambo were infants when the rest of their herd was culled as a form of population control. Somehow the babes escaped and, in their confusion, turned to their family’s killers for help. These hunters did not have the heart to kill them and so they matured into full-grown adults in the wild but without a real herd. They choose to come visit people each day for a brief while and act as wonderful teachers and ambassadors, displaying their great intelligence, sensitivity, sense of humor and compassion.

Blaine and I both loved our time with the elephants, but sensed different things. Here again was a wonderful lesson… What we perceive of a situation is based largely on our past experiences and frame of reference. We each took away different impressions of this opportunity. The feel of Rambo’s musculature overawed Blaine, and I was absolutely rocked by the feel of his pulses throbbing not only in my hands but through my entire body and down my legs into the earth. Universal Life Force indeed! And yet, if something is not done soon to slow the human population growth and the paving and development of lands, it is predicted that these walking miracles will become extinct within the next hundred years.

We had the magnificent opportunity to observe wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, warthogs (who move very much like my old dog, Scooter); white and very rare black rhinos, elephants and a lion…all in their natural habitat. Surely we are meant to be a part of the picture, finding our place among this majesty. Being awakened at sunrise by thousands of birds filled my heart with joy and gratitude, and I could not help noticing how different our “modern man’s lifestyle” rhythms are. I did not share actual hands-on sessions with them. Instead I rode in the land rover and held fingers. I also did lots of 25s, “lazy man’s exercise”, as one does not get to walk where the lions are in charge.

I also had the opportunity to share sessions with a number of Thonga and Zulu people in the villages where we stayed and visited. I was thrilled that there seemed to be an innate understanding and acceptance of the work whenever I offered it, even though none of these folks had ever actually heard of Jin Shin Jyutsu before. Doesn’t Mary tell us it is “our spiritual inheritance?” It was very clear to me that not having formally studied did not keep these people from a profound understanding of the energy and interconnectedness of life. It was truly unique to share outside sessions at dawn with the sounds of the birds and hippos moving down to the water’s edge from their beds along the banks. There is a real lack of good medical care available to many indigenous peoples in KwaZulu-Natal, and AIDS is at an epidemic level. I am pleased to say I have a few new friends who are practicing Main Central and holding fingers every day now.

The whole experience was a chance to live in FUN (Fulfillment, Understanding, No-thing), and I see every day differently now because of insights gained from the trip. It is our hope to return next year, offering some JSJ self-help classes, and to assist Digs to pen a book sharing the lessons that seven decades in the bush have taught him which he believes could not only guide modern man but help maintain “A Space for Elephants”.

Thank you, Adele.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about unity and wholeness…


“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”
— Albert Einstein

To grow in consciousness, we expand our perspectives on life. So how do we do that? The more we work with the universal — the concept of unity and wholeness, the more everything makes sense. Parts have meaning when they are understood to be parts of a bigger picture.

Consciousness is all about relationships — especially how the lower relates to the higher and how the darkness can exist within the light. Hold and experience contradictions like anger with love. Let opposites coexist in you without choosing one over the other.

“Higher consciousness, enLIGHTenment, comes from meaningful experiences and lessons passed with the understanding that there truly is only one law – the Law of Love. When one leads a life expressing this belief, the mind and heart begin to open to new realities, and other dimensional truths become known.”
— Dr. Norma Milanovich & Dr. Shirley McCune

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African Reflections through the Lens of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Part 1

Adele Leas writes: “African Reflections through the Lens of Jin Shin Jyutsu” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 72, Spring 2011:


I could not have known by the looks of the email in my box what kind of adventure it held for me. Every few days I get emails from animal lovers with questions about sore backs or itchy skin or separation anxiety. This one was titled “Zoë is sick” with a brief explanation about Zoë not drinking or urinating normally. There were several unanswered questions in my mind…like what species was Zoë and did her person know JSJ? But because of the Universal Energy that is at the center of this Art, I simply wrote back a very general description of the Self-Help Bladder Flow, using body locations instead of Safety Energy Lock numbers in case her “mom”, Melanie, did not know the Art. A Joyful note arrived the next day; subject…”Zoë is better!” The note said that the kitty had really enjoyed the session, rested deeply and awoke happier and more animated. A picture of a small, sweet, elderly cat was attached.

Melanie had indeed taken several JSJ classes and had a good understanding of the Art but simply felt unsure about working with other species. We corresponded several more times and Zoë enjoyed all the attention. One of Mel’s messages was sent from her husband’s email and had his website address on the bottom: I had to go look. It was then I found out I had been corresponding with a student from South Africa.

The website posted their mission statement:

“Space For Elephants Foundation as a national organization endeavors to create more space through a network of corridors throughout the country to give back to the elephants their SPACE and to create a sound economic base to the people living along those corridors. Elephants need to be included in the economic equation to become an asset to the people of Africa. We will incorporate the people and wildlife in a vast network of conservation and economic partnership, protecting our natural and cultural heritage for our future.”

I wrote back immediately saying how in awe of elephants I have always been. The response came back, “Come visit.” Due to an entire series of miracles and the help of many wonderful people, my partner Blaine and I departed for a 21-day trip to the northeast province of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, in mid October 2010. The tour books called this “the most African of all parts of South Africa.”

Melanie’s husband, Digs Pascoe, is one of the world’s foremost experts on elephants and rhinos. They had offered to take us with them on his monthly rounds of the various reserves and the Thanda Elephant Research Center. Since Blaine is a gifted massage therapist of 33 years, we offered massages and sessions in trade. The lessons of this trip were very different from those I usually experience when I travel teaching JSJ and how to share it with domesticated animals. While the wild lands and animals surrounding us were much more exotic than I am used to, some of the deepest realizations were about my Self.

To be continued…

Wanda Lofstrand writes: “Jin Shin Jyutsu – A Halloween Story” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 72, Spring 2011:


I never dreamed that Halloween could change my life forever. October 31, 2009, will always be memorable for me, as I had the privilege of attending a Jin Shin Jyutsu workshop for dogs, offered by Robin McKay in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. I had no idea what the course was about, but if it involved me and my dogs, I thought it would be fun. Being a nurse, of very scientific mind, I had never paid much heed to energy medicine. Well…was I in for a life-changing experience! I have embraced Jin Shin Jyutsu with all my being, and have taken every opportunity to practice, share and learn about this amazing Art.

Petunia, my Standard Schnauzer partner at the workshop, is also in love with Jin Shin Jyutsu. She welcomes any hands-on experience, and is quickly transported into the calming world of harmony. So, it seemed fitting that we would regularly perform calming fertility holds as she came into season, and as we were preparing her to be bred by artificial insemination. As luck should have it, ultrasound confirmed that we were expecting eleven puppies – well over the normal litter size of five to seven pups! I continued to utilize fertility holds and the Kidney Function Energy Flow to nourish the pregnancy.

I put a call in to my mentors to ask what flows I could utilize during labor and delivery. I was truly honored when Adele Leas took the time to contact me long distance to offer suggestions. Unfortunately, we were unable to put them to test, as Petunia required a C-section because the presenting puppy was occluding the birth canal, with no room to reposition himself. We were blessed with eleven active, healthy pups!

I continue to hold Petunia’s Safety Energy Locks 17 and 19 to enhance milk production. To date, the puppies are thriving with supplemental bottle-feeding twice daily. While I bottle-feed each pup, I hold one of their tiny paws, and they often settle as they nurse on the bottle. It is truly amazing how quickly they harmonize…a true testimonial that we are born without baggage! One of the puppies developed an accumulation of debris under his sealed eyelid, and I utilized Safety Energy Lock 3 to trigger the body’s natural antibiotic and to boost his immune system. I also applied warm tea bag compresses and utilized the right over left hand position to help extract the accumulated fluid. All the TLC measures paid off.

I am grateful for the introduction of Jin Shin Jyutsu into my life, and am appreciative of the support from the Jin Shin Jyutsu community. I will continue to practice on Petunia, the pups, and myself as we continue on this journey together. Perhaps it is coincidence, but the puppies will be going to their new forever home this Halloween, the first anniversary of my introduction to Jin Shin Jyutsu!! [October 2010]

Thank you, Wanda.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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