Monthly Archives: May 2017

I’m thinking about connecting…

ORDINARY CAN BE AWESOME

“Everything in life can be nourishing. Everything can bless us, but we’ve got to be there for the blessing to occur. Being present with quality is a decision we are invited to make each day.”
— MacRina Wiederkehr

Spirit is not only found in holy places, prayer and meditation, yoga and retreats. It is everywhere — in your relationships, your work, your daily chores, in nature … if you are willing to connect deeply with your environment.

Open to connect with something and you open to its essence, its purpose and meaning. There are other dimensions of reality below what we normally see and hear. Open to the mystery.

“We live in a world of theophanies. Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you from crumbs to angels, but this can happen only if you are willing to unwrap the ordinary by staying with it long enough to harvest its treasure.”
— Macrina Wiederkehr

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I’m thinking about possibilities…

OPEN TO POSSIBILITIES

“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.”
— Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

“One of the saddest lines in the world is, ‘Oh come now – be realistic.’ The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were realistic. They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and gave them horses to ride.”
— Richard Nelson Bolles

“The world would have you agree with its dismal dream of limitation. But the light would have you soar like the eagle of your sacred visions.”
— Alan Cohen

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
— Walt Disney

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I’m thinking about my vision…

DREAM!

“The most pathetic person in the world is the person who has sight, but no vision.”
— Helen Keller

What’s the big picture for your life? Always have a larger, purposeful, even spiritually ideal picture of where you are going. Your mind needs to have a clear and challenging vision to draw you ever upwards.

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and follow where they lead.”
— Louisa May Alcott

“The only limits are, as always, those of vision.”
— James Broughton

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Jin Shin Jyutsu and Astrology, Part 3

Louanne Ellis writes: “Jin Shin Jyutsu and Astrology” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 73, Summer 2011:

The Summer Solstice and the Water Signs

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The negative attributes of Pisces are self-destructive escapism, passivity, delusional thinking, lack of discrimination and indulgence. The positive attributes of Pisces are unconditional love, spiritual comprehension, experiencing Heaven on Earth, the ability to forgive, to surrender, and let go of attachments gracefully. When the Liver is harmonized we have the potential to feel and express unconditional love and experience peace on earth. The Liver purifies our blood by removing the toxins from our physical life. On an emotional level the most powerful way to cleanse emotional toxins is through love, which includes forgiveness, acceptance, and trust – the Piscean strengths.

Death is a fundamental and instinctual basis of fear. We continually experience many small natural “deaths” – changes in our lives. These deaths all contribute to emotional stress that can manifest as disharmony in the Toe Flows. The water signs all relate to death and integration as one stage of life “dissolves” to make way for a new phase. During the Cancer period of life (ages 21-28) children leave home to start their own families and independent lives. It is literally the death of our childhood. During the Scorpio time of life (ages 50-26) as a parent we are also experiencing the death of our children’s childhood, the empty nest, and also the beginning of parents dying. It is the death of our “middle age” ego dominating drives. For Women it is the onset of menopause, the “death” of fertility, which is an important example and link to understanding this stage of life. During the Piscean time of life (age 77-Exit) we are experiencing the final letting go. It is the completing of our incarnation on this plane. The end of this stage is literally the death of our physical body. Moving, getting divorced, losing a job, losing a loved one, are a few of the common examples of traumatic emotionally charged events that in general can be helped with attention to harmonizing and supporting the Toe Flows. All “deaths” are preparing for a rebirth which we experience as each Toe/Water/Emotional flow is followed by a Chest/Fire/Identity flow.

As we assist in harmonizing the fear factors then the positive expressions of all the water signs are available. In Cancer, fear exhibits as worry. In Scorpio, fear exhibits as controlling manipulative behavior. In Pisces, fear exhibits as escapism. The positive attributes of the water signs signify integration and resolution that allow us to make positive transitions into the next level of our personal spiritual evolution that are described in the Chest flows.

Concisely: Cancer is an action response (cardinal/surface) directed toward creating a physical base to support one’s emotional needs. Scorpio is mental focus (fixed/deep) approach to satisfy one’s desires for emotional security. Pisces is spiritual learning (mutable/middle) that is the foundation for emotional peace.

Thank you, Louanne.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about change…

TIME TO CHANGE?

“When coasting in our comfort zones, we don’t grow. We continue to do more of the same…. Maintaining a comfort zone can, paradoxically, lead to discomfort in the long run. If by being comfortable we avoid important life issues, internal tension accumulates…. Eventually, as both internal and external pressures for change persist, the ‘comfort zone’ ceases to serve us.”
— Eric Allenbaugh

It takes effort to change. What do you most want to change in your life? Make a list of what you can do to start the process. Try journaling, perhaps. Read books. Take a course. Find a mentor. Seek out support.

How will you commit time to make it happen? When are you going to start? Your life is passing quickly!

“Be not afraid of changing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.”
— Chinese Proverb

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Jin Shin Jyutsu and Astrology, Part 2

Louanne Ellis writes: “Jin Shin Jyutsu and Astrology” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 73, Summer 2011:

The Summer Solstice and the Water Signs

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Marianne Williamson’s perception in A Course in Miracles observes that there are two basic states: love and fear. We experience different aspects of these according to circumstances. I suggest that fear is the underlying “attitude” of all the Depths, and the astrological signs and the JIN SHIN JYUTSU teachings offer specific manifestations of the nature of fear. The First Depth exhibits worry as the fear of what to do. The Second Depth exhibits the fear of “abandonment” as the basis of grief. the Third Depth exhibits fear as anger in response to suffering. The Fourth Depth exhibits fear in response to the awareness of mortality. The Fifth Depth expresses fear as “trying to’s”, which is the natural response of the ego wanting to be recognized.

There is a harmonic suggestion of the whole in all of the signs and more significantly within any one element, i.e., the water signs. For example: in Jin Shin Jyutsu the Toe Flows are labeled as one group corresponding to the water element. Within the grouping of the Toe Flows we have the specific Spleen, Kidney, and Liver Flows. In astrology we utilize a similar approach. In any one sign we find that there are designations that include all of the signs of the same element. Therefore, in Cancer, there will be a section that is influenced by Scorpio and another by Pisces. This principle is significant in that it further delineates and offers context in which there are always subtle and interwoven influences that help to explain multifaceted relationships.

In all water signs there are tendencies to worry, the desire to rebel, take action, and transform personal reality as a result of fear. There are tendencies to become controlling and emotionally manipulative which is the disharmonized Scorpio influence, directly related to the awareness of mortality and the disharmonized Piscean expression, which is anger passively directed towards escapism.

The negative attributes of Cancer are rebelliousness, reactionary, clannishness, and moodiness. The positive attributes, which manifest naturally when fear or threat is not present, are nurturing compassion, and the ability to take care of and establish a safe home and emotionally secure environment. In Cancer we have the potential to convert rebelliousness and moodiness into active nurturing support and caring.

The negative attributes of Scorpio and its specific expressions of fear are often seen as jealousy, anger, revenge, intense withdrawal, and especially the need to control. The positive attributes of Scorpio are the ability to transform oneself through self-mastery. Transformation is what we see in the symbolism of the Phoenix that is also indicative of death and rebirth, and a symbol often related to Scorpio. When the Kidney is harmonized we have the potential to transform our emotional reality by using apparent threats as a basis of self-mastery and growth. We have the potential to sustain and forge intimate and meaningful relationships. We begin to come to terms with two challenging growth issues, our “shadow” and our physical mortality.

to be continued…

I’m thinking about my activity…

FOLLOW THROUGH AND COMPLETE

“Activity is not achievement. It is not enough to rush about beginning a lot of things and keeping busy. A well-spent life is one that rounds out what it has begun.”
— Eknath Easwaran

Intention and the words we speak are powerful. When we say we are going to do something, we set energy in motion. When we fail to act or complete our intention, we drain our energy. We lose our power.

We would be wise to choose our words carefully — to really mean what we say and to honour the commitments we have made.

“Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.”
— Joseph Joubert

“Good to begin well, better to end well.”
— English proverb

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Jin Shin Jyutsu and Astrology, Part 1

Louanne Ellis writes: “Jin Shin Jyutsu and Astrology” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 73, Summer 2011:

The Summer Solstice and the Water Signs

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Mary’s insights and teachings reveal the totality of Jin Shin Jyutsu in offering a truly holistic perspective. Each stage, phase, flow, level, contains and connects the information of the whole system. The continual circulation of energy in the body ebbs and peaks as it supports “144,000” functions. The timing and mapping of this movement is found in the descriptions of the flows in the texts. By utilizing the astrological correspondences with the 12 Organ Function Energy, we are able to expand our awareness to the comprehensive nature of Jin Shin Jyutsu. I offer this article for those who are interested in astrology and its unique perspective that can clarify and embellish the intricacies of this Art.

The solstices and the equinoxes are particularly important events for us earthlings. The continual rhythmic changes we experience as seasons are the foundation for the friction that stimulates and infuses our lives with new energetic messages.

As the earth orbits our sun in its tilted orbit, we experience the continuing fluctuations that create our seasons. We are blessed with specific conditions that help to manifest our “Garden of Eden”; we are an integral aspect of our environment: our weather, our storms, our rainbows, our earthquakes, our tidal waves, our spring showers, and ice caps – our oceans, our mountains, our deserts. Our individual “emotional weather”, our health, our spirit, our motivation and actions are all influenced and stimulated by this rhythm and the energetic messages that are created by our constant and loving relationship with our sun and our fellow planets.

The sun enters the sign of Cancer June 21, 2011, and its rays are perpendicular to the Tropic of Cancer at 23.5 degrees northern latitude, marking the “longest/lightest” day of the year in the northern hemisphere. An astrological perspective can add to our understanding of how the Toe Flows, which correspond to the water signs – Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces – influence our behaviour and life strategies.

All water Flows in disharmony are characterized by the underlying attitude of fear. When threatened, we tend to rebel (Cancer), to take control (Scorpio) and finally to escape (Pisces). As Jin shin Jyutsu practitioners we are able to utilize the Toe Flows to assist others and ourselves to help harmonize these reactions. It is not just the waste products of the physical body that are being moved by the spleen, kidney and liver, but rather the habits and accumulations of negative emotional toxins and restrictions that limit our ability to make smooth and peaceful transitions. We often resist and are afraid of change.

Cancer has a specific manner in which it exhibits the dysfunction or lack of harmony characteristic of all water afflictions. Harmonizing and supporting the spleen can help one to express a natural capacity for constructive action and nurturing. Defensiveness becomes constructive offense. Some negative expressions of Cancers are rebelliousness, moodiness, and withdrawal. We know from Jin Shin Jyutsu the attitude of the First Depth is worry. This is a specific form of fear, and possibly based in not knowing how to act/what to do. Cancer and all the water signs are feminine by nature and therefore inner directed in their expressions. However, taking actions is the natural response for Cancer due to the correspondence to ages 22-28. All the water signs tend to withdrawal and/or defensiveness in some form when threatened. In Cancer the withdrawal tends to be in one’s home, i.e., the crab shell. Astrologically, Cancer represents the home and emotional security.

To be continued…

I’m thinking about intuition…

INTUIT AND DO IT

“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”
— Nolan Bushnell

Creativity and intuition are meaningless unless you put the ideas that arise into action. We must make some effort to do things differently or to do different things, or our lives remain the same.

“People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.”
— J. Michael Straczynski

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Infinite Aesthetic Powers of the Creator, Part 2

Matthias Roth writes: “Infinite Aesthetic Powers of the Creator” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 73, Summer 2011:

On skills and “meta-skills” in Jin Shin Jyutsu

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Spirit, awareness, perception is our 13: beyond words, before words and between them. The words that remain, the concepts and descriptions that are filtered out by the mind are our 14. They at least serve the purpose of graving an image of what has been formlessly experienced, of densifying Experience into MY experience, of constructing “me” from it and thus creating at least the possibility of attempting to compare it with other experiences. This has its place and meaning in the world where I meet fellow human beings. When it is all that remains, however, when it is to be generalized and a rule derived from it, the “great dying” has begun. The doing is still the same but the results are not! What animates and enlivens the experience has gone. There is no living meaning left to sentences like those we have read above. Yet without them, without their deep meaning which our inner being can comprehend but words cannot explain, only method remains, not art.

As in the novel Animal Farm where the sentence “All animals are equal” is one day amended “but some animals are more equal than others,” so the mind suddenly “improves” a key sentence like the one that says there are no rules and regulations in “Creator’s Art through aware and understanding Human Being,” adding: “as long as you stick to the rules.”

It is true: Mary declares that our process with Jin Shin Jyutsu depends on “complying with the established procedures of the art,” but something MORE is needed. She adds: “and unencumbered communion with the Creator.”

The mind can stay faithful to the established methods of the art, and it is well advised to do so. But “unencumbered communion with the Creator” is not of its domain! The mind can learn to structure the application of the art – breathe life into it, it cannot. Nor is that its job. It deals with acquiring the skills of Jin Shin Jyutsu, which have their obvious place as long as they serve the art. It deals with everything that you can “load onto your hard drive,” so to speak: information, and even new software. For this, you can actually “do something”.

However, that which changes the aliveness of learning itself is 13’s business. We can refer to this as the meta-skills of Jin Shin Jyutsu – skills of a higher and more subtle order that frame other skills and allow us to acquire them. But careful, this, too, is a concept, and all concepts are our 14’s affair. The mind, the ego, will jump in at once if it realizes that there is “yet another level”, and will try to “do something” about this as well to engineer it in some way, and to get a handle on it.

The meta-skills of Jin Shin Jyutsu, however, depend upon the entire system’s willingness to itself be changed. The “central processing unit” itself undergoes a transformation. There can be no control over this, at best a willingness, a disposition. There is no “button” for unencumbered communion with the Creator. It happens when it does, and we give in to it happening. Or we get bogged down in the mind. If we do, we will need ever more things to hold on to, which could be ever more technique, or ever more esoteric information which is just another affair of the mind, or ever more of any variety of other things.

In the process of surrender to inner growth the Heart is both the Seeker and the Finder, at once that which embarks upon a journey and that which has eternally arrived. If “that Japanese method” is to grow through us into “Creator’s Art through aware and understanding Human Being”, we simply have no choice but to open up to the presence of the very thing within ourselves that once touched us in Mary, or some other “vessel of great aliveness”. It is our inheritance, after all. For it to be authentic, each will have to unfold it in their own way while also staying firmly grounded. How that can take place exactly is not within our control, but our total being is called upon in the process!

Thank you, Matthias.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

All issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.