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I’m thinking about life and death…

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the Life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. ~ Henry David Thoreau


“There was a time when our power in the face of Death was very limited. And for that reason, men and women dedicated themselves to listening to its voice and in doing so, became wiser in the art of living. Today, our power has increased, Death was declared the enemy to be defeated and we have been invaded with the omnipotent power to be rid of its touch. This has deafened us to the lessons it can teach. And now, the more power we have over it (uselessly, since all we can do is delay it…), the more foolish we risk becoming in the art of living.” ~ Rubem Alves, “The Doctor” (Brazilian theologian, philosopher, educator, writer, and psychoanalyst.)



In Communion, Part 1

Jill Pasquinelli writes: “In Communion” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:


I’ve been treating Paula for about twelve years now. She originally came to see me because she was dealing with breast cancer. As her health improved, she continued with a real commitment to the transformation that began with her initial experience with cancer. It has been incredible to see her evolution in becoming more and more herself.

Recently Paula called me and left word on my voicemail that her husband, Frank, who was a prominent surgeon, had been diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma and it had metastasized to his lungs and his brain. They were going for a second opinion but wanted to know if there was anything she could do to alleviate the pain and bloating that he was experiencing. I gave her opposite fingers and toes, Special Body Function 3, and the Special Bloat flow from the Now Know Myself seminar materials.

A few days later she called again to tell me that Frank never made it for the second opinion. The doctors said he had at most a few weeks to live and keeping him comfortable was the most important thing, palliative care, something Frank had been so familiar with from his work with his own patients. And now here he was, one day delivering babies and performing surgery, and the very next day in bed, fast approaching the end of his life. He never returned to work, it accelerated at such a fast pace that there was no time for even a second opinion or any kind of treatment other than a few days of radiation to reduce the swelling in his brain. It was clear that it wasn’t about building, repairing, protecting, or even extending life. Instead the focus was on going with the flow, helping this to be as smooth a transition as possible, surrendering and listening to where life was taking him as he was struggling to let go of everything he knew. Paula called me often and I would give her simple Jin Shin Jyutsu flows for what was arising.

Frank left this world in under four weeks.

After a few weeks Paula came for an appointment. As she came in, she seemed tired and numb. I asked her how she was doing and she replied, “Because it’s you asking, I know you’ll understand when I say in the moment I’m fine. But when I start to look at anything bigger I’m a mess. I’m overwhelmed by the details, anything to do with the future; then I feel anxious and start to panic. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

We were quiet for a while. I finally just said, “It’s a good thing you don’t have to do anything right now. You probably really don’t have to do anything for the next year. It seems like some time to be with what is, what arises, might be the only thing that makes sense now. It has al happened so fast, I imagine you’re in shock.”

To be continued…


I’m thinking about my mirror…


“Our inability to see beauty doesn’t suggest in the slightest that beauty is not there. Rather, it suggests that we are not looking carefully enough or with broad enough perspective to see the beauty.”
— Rabbi Harold Kushner

Who are you? You can gaze at your reflection in a mirror but you’re not likely to see your true likeness. You are beautiful, unique, perfect. Do you see that?

The world needs you to see how whole and complete you are — now. Can you begin to own your divinity? The world needs you to know who you really are so you can be the mirror for others.

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.”
— John Muir

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I’m thinking about fear and love…


“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
— Lao Tzu

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.

We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.

“It matters not Who you love, Where you love, Why you love, When you love, Or how you love, It matters only that you love.”
— John Lennon

“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?”
— Frank Scully

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I’m thinking about the ocean…


“He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.”
— Meister Eckhart

We are the ocean — vast, deep, powerful and rich. Nourishing and nurturing. Dive down into the dark stillness of being. Sense the rising and falling of surface thoughts and emotions, sometimes gentle, sometimes violent. Always shifting. Always in motion. Draw back and watch the waves of your life at play. Know you are the unfathomable depths — surface agitations can’t disturb you. Know that you are bigger than the little things that aggravate you.

“The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not grasp.”
— John Berry

“It’s best not to get too excited or too depressed by the ups and downs of life.”
— Dalai Lama

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Musings from the Treatment Room

Jill Marie Pasquinelli shares: “Musings from the Treatment Room” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 73, Summer 2011:


Emma arrives at the door for her 8 a.m. appointment. Before she lies down on the table she shares something with me about how she’s been doing since her last treatment, so there’s a sense of a continuum like a thread weaving her experiences into a beautiful tapestry in which her life is unfolding.

She tells me that she realizes that her Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment starts before her appointment. Things are set in motion; she started feeling it last night in her awareness, her feelings, and her dreams. She’s able to access all parts of herself, her past, the present, and an inkling or glimpse of a movement towards wholeness in the future.

We’re silent during the treatment. I experience a deep sense of rest in myself, just being, and witnessing the different qualities of movement beneath my fingers as I apply Jin Shin Jyutsu. I don’t want to name it, describe it, analyze it. I just want to be in the experience. It’s as though we are both riding in a sea of spaciousness, allowing things to arise and dissolve.

At the end of the treatment Emma says, “I just wanted to stay in the space after exhaling for a long time before the next inhale. I knew you would be okay with it, and it wouldn’t freak you out.”

I realized we were both in the same place, hanging in a suspended limbo, a space I call the little death. No wonder it was so peaceful. It was as if we were both lifted and being carried into some embryonic experience, floating, and having a sense of some deep reassurance, nurturance, and connection to something greater – like being held.

I watch Emma’s journey and see that her whiplash is unraveling along with her whole life. She tells me that she is experiencing herself going back to being an infant, not being held by her mother but now feeling completely held in her experience with Jin Shin Jyutsu.

I said with Jin Shin Jyutsu it’s like spiraling through different layers, the body holding memories of the past and future, the energy of Generation and Regeneration weaving it all together and working us into the present. Emma loved the image of spiraling as oppose to “breaking open”.

“It’s a more gentle unfolding process. This work is just allowing me to be. My whole family is pushing me right now, telling me that I’ve spent enough time exploring the world of spirit, and now it’s time to be in the practical world. But Jin Shin Jyutsu is giving me the gift of my world, my life.”

I think how many of us have felt like we’ve come home when we discover Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Thank you, Jill.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about silence…


“Growth takes place in a person by working at a deep inner level in a sustained atmosphere of silence.”
— Dr. Ira Progoff

How can we hear our wise voice of intuition if we are always thinking, talking and distracted by outer events?

If we take time daily to experience physical stillness and to direct our attention inside, we can begin to find the peace, love, will and wisdom that exist as our essence.

“Only when one is connected to one’s own core is one connected to others… And, for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be refound through solitude.”
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery. It’s the place of reflection and contemplation, and it’s the place where we can connect with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way.”
— Angeles Arrien

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I’m thinking about limits…


“If you’re proactive, you don’t have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.”
— Stephen Covey

Connect with the edge, the unknown, of your experience. Allow this pull towards unexplored territory to take you to new dimensions of yourself. Allow life to touch you in new ways. For this is how we truly live life. Become more alive as you grow through your consciousness barriers. Ask questions that seek answers beyond yourself. The depth of life is revealed as you go further into it.

“Nothing is lost upon a man who is bent upon growth; nothing wasted on one who is always preparing for – life by keeping eyes, mind and heart open to nature, men, books, experience – and what he gathers serves him at unexpected moments in unforeseen ways.”
— Hamilton Wright Mabie

“Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts.”
–Benjamin Disraeli

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Turkey Day! Hands-on with Henrietta

Julianne Dow writes: “Turkey Day! Hands-on with Henrietta” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 73, Summer 2011:


It was a typical cold winter morning in the Catskill Animal Sanctuary barn. There are three turkeys, two chickens, a goat and a sheep that freely roam the barn. They are called the “underfoots”, as they get “under your feet” to say “hello” when you walk through. The turkeys greeted me with their usual trilling serenade and sauntering walk. (They are overweight from the industry’s attempt to make them bigger for our dinner tables.)

Henrietta is relatively new to the threesome. She, unlike the other turkeys, has her original sharp beak and claws intact. She looks at me keenly with her blue eye as if sizing me up, moving closer and closer. I trill back to her and extend my hands holding them wide. I sing “Shanti” to her. (Turkeys love to be sung to.) She moves closer and shuffles her large white feathery body in between my hands. My hands gently hold her 10 and 13. Her eyes begin to close, and she slowly sinks downward, yet not all the way. She becomes quiet, and so do the other turkeys as they come closer to watch. I slowly move my hands to give her a Right Stomach Flow for weight loss, using the R3 as my anchor (21=2+1=3) since birds are generally not keen on having their 21 touched. She allows it all, even the left High 1 and Low 8. For the middle toe, I just put my hand at the central intersecting point of Henrietta’s front three toes. (They have four toes total.) All is quiet in the barn when she is done. I look forward to connecting with her and her fine feathery friends again soon.

[A tip from Julianne Dow: When jumper cabling birds, be sure to remove all shiny jewelry. They love to peck at shiny objects.]

Thank you, Julianne.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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