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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