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I’m thinking about what’s going on…

LIFE AS A MIRROR

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
— C.G. Jung

We get clues about our unconscious programming if we watch our reactions, responses, feelings and thoughts about other people and events. Ask yourself: How do I judge or stereotype people? What pushes my buttons? What makes me angry or fearful or sad?

The outer incidents that trigger these reactions in me simply MIRROR my own nature. If I didn’t have beliefs around the issues that upset me, where would my reactions come from? If I didn’t have some internal reference, I wouldn’t react at all.

When outer events spark a reaction, we need to look inside to explore what’s going on.

“We discover in ourselves what others hide from us and we recognize in others what we hide from ourselves.”
— Vauvenargues

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Infinite Aesthetic Powers of the Creator, Part 1

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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I don’t recall when I first heard or read the words that preface both textbooks, in the unnumbered pages in Text 1 and on page 1 in Text 2, where Mary says of Jin Shin Jyutsu: “It is not application of technique; it is demonstration of art, simply Being the channel through which flow infinite aesthetic powers of the Creator.” I do know it was after our initial encounter; I was already “drunk”, and so the words made sense to the very fiber of my being.

Being in class with Mary, I knew at core that what I was experiencing was “demonstration of art”. No “application of technique” would have retained my attention for even half a day, but the five I got so spend in her presence left me longing to return to that feeling again and again.

Of course, no genuine experience can ever be repeated. It is unique, complete unto itself. And yet, the “something” that makes it so alive is unchanging in essence, never different. That is because the part of me that recognizes it is also unchanging in essence and never different.

To me, Mary’s presence flowed with an aliveness that introduced an ease between the words that far transcended the content they conveyed. It was through this ease that the matter at hand came alive. Such flow and presence are the hallmark of a person speaking quite directly from inner experience. Mary hints at the same sort of recognition when she describes the effect of attending her first lecture with Jiro Murai (Self-Help Book 1, p. 2): “My ‘search’ ended and an art of LIVING opened up for me.”

Most often, a person who just flows with awareness considers her flowing just natural. To her, it is nothing special, just a part of the human makeup. If such a person has students, she will generally tell them very little about what makes her who she is – she herself usually does not know! So the students are left to find out for themselves – or to forego reaching that depth. The message seems to be, “Do as I do and you will obtain the results I get.” Yet when we try that and rely just on the doing, we are in for a surprise.

On the part of the teacher, the message seems logical. After all, isn’t aliveness that flows between the words the source of everyone’s aliveness? Period! In a sense this is quite true. The awareness that speaks with such flow and the awareness that recognizes it are the same. They are not separate, and neither is located in the mind. But how do we get such awareness to be present in our doing?

Awareness is not lodged in the confines of the words that are spoken, but rather the words flow playfully from the awareness. Our awareness, part of our “spiritual inheritance”, recognizes it spontaneously, and such recognition is at once magical and a gift of great depth. Something about it is profoundly familiar and natural, it is simply a part of us, and yet it is not something we can want or do. What is it, then, that does the recognizing?

The mind which packs the experience in words after the fact isn’t capable of that. It reflects the experience and tries to explain it, but the words themselves do not contain what has happened. When all that is left are words, some concept, an illustration of the experience, something has disappeared, and the aliveness of that which is between the words is gone. The mind is still there, but Spirit has “skipped town”.

To be continued…

I’m thinking about experience…

LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
— Aldous Huxley

What was your peak experience of this past week? What was your most challenging experience?

Stepping back to review your week can offer many insights. Normally we can’t see the forest for the trees. Now back away and see the whole forest. Review your week. Now write a short summary — whatever comes to mind for you. If action is required, plan how you will accomplish it in the next week.

“Ask the experienced rather than the learned.”
— Arabic proverb

“Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.”
— Franklin P. Jones

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Creative Solutions: Finger Stories

Cara Taylor writes: “Creative Solutions: Finger Stories” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 73, Summer 2011:

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My granddaughter called from her bed, “Grandma, come do a finger story.” Snuggled under the covers, her eyes lit up when I entered the bedroom. She stuck out her tiny hand. My response was to slowly more my hand (the care) down her arm (the road) passing through Safety Energy Locks 19, 17, 18 and stopping “my car” in the palm of her hand, “Ah, here we are at the houses (the fingers),” I said. “Think I will stop at thumb’s house.” At the base of the thumb, I “knock”, and shortly afterward hold her thumb in various places, incorporating many aspects of First Depth:

Thumb’s home is a beautiful yellow (color). Everything in the home is yellow – furniture, food and even people! Giggles are my granddaughter’s response. Look, there is a sweet (taste) fragrant (smell) cake in the oven. People in the house have big stomachs (projects) from eating so much cake. Sometimes they worry (attitude). Do you worry? Everyone is sitting (stress) because it is Saturday (day), so they can rest before gardening in the earth (element). This house has four rooms (the number of Safety Energy Locks in First Depth). This house address is 1G (cervical vertebrae and tone). Do you know your address? The baby’s name is Saturn (planet) because it looks like someone sat on him! He is playing with his little toes. In fact he has six of them (quickie: deep 6 and little toe). Giggles are again the response from my granddaughter. My favorite room is right in the center (direction) of the house. Lots of yellow pencils with lead (metal) that need sharpening are in this room.

At the end of the yellow house tour, I let  go of her thumb. After “knocking” at the base, I begin moving congested energy in the index finger, making up a story incorporating Fourth Depth qualities: I enter the blue house with blue people reclining (stress) by the pool (water element)…

A few years later my second granddaughter was born. The finger stories continued, but this time I found myself sitting on the floor between twin beds, a little hand from each bed stretched my way. Now at age 8 and 10 they still request finger stories. As we progress through a slightly different story each time, the giggles lead to droopy eyelids as I hold different parts of the fingers, unlocking congested energy.

Wonder why the title “Creative Solutions: Finger Stories”? After the birth of my first granddaughter, her parents requested I never do Jin Shin Jyutsu with her. I feared never being able to share the Jin Shin Jyutsu that I loved with my precious granddaughter. Mary’s words that I heard at my first workshop in the 1980s came to mind:

“Life is fun and simple. Change your focus from fear to fun. See fun in every situation.”

Reflecting on these words, the idea of doing finger stories developed. They focused my fear into fun simply. To an observer I was simply  holding fingers and making up wild stories. Prayers and flows created beautiful changes over the years. Recently her parents requested a Jin Shin Jyutsu session for her health project. As Mary says, “Thank you, God.”

Thank you, Cara.

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.

I’m thinking about love…

WHAT IS LOVE?

“When mystics use the word love, they use it very carefully — in the deeply spiritual sense, where to love is to know; to love is to act. If you really love, from the depths of your Consciousness, that love gives you a native wisdom. You perceive the needs of others intuitively and clearly, with detachment from any personal desires; and you know how to act creatively to meet those needs, dexterously surmounting any obstacle that comes in the way. Such is the immense, driving power of love.”
— Eknath Easwaran

“Therefore, when I say that ‘I love,’ it is not I who love, but in reality Love who acts through me. Love is not so much something I do as something that I am. Love is not a doing but a state of being – a relatedness, a connectedness to another mortal, an identification with her or him that simply flows within me and through me, independent of my intentions or my efforts.”
— Robert A. Johnson

“When you are aware that you are the force that is Life, anything is possible. Miracles happen all the time, because those miracles are performed by the heart. The heart is in direct communion with the human soul, and when the heart speaks, even with the resistance of the head, something inside you changes; your heart opens another heart, and true love is possible.”
— Don Miguel Ruiz

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Ethics and Compassion, Part 2

Iole Lebensztajn writes: “Ethics and Compassion” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 73, Summer 2011:

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“I can do no other than be reverent  before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.”  Albert Schweitzer, German Theologian ~ 1952 Nobel Peace Prize

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2nd Depth in disharmony shows possessiveness, greediness. I am never happy with what I have, I always want more. However, nothing in the physical realm is everlasting. It can be broken, lost, stolen, destroyed, etc. This can be the cause of a lot of suffering, conflict and dissatisfaction. I become a hard person (as is the texture of 2nd Depth), and I do not reverberate to what is around me. I am unable to empathize, which is a very important ingredient for compassion and ethics. 2nd Depth in harmony shows generosity and all kinds of voluntary help, oftentimes anonymously.

3rd Depth: anger blinds us to the point of view, feelings and rights of others. When I am angry I can only see my rights and the others’ “wrongs”. Anger tends towards rage, revenge and spite, which can cause destruction, fragmentation, exclusion and harm to others. 3rd Depth in harmony will help me be considerate of another’s perspective and diversity, be flexible, forgiving, tolerant and patient ~ all synonyms of compassionate. All these qualities will help me seek and find nonviolent solutions to conflicts. This approach to life can activate integration, inclusiveness and a sense of respect and responsibility for applying the non-harming principle. Ethical conduct is not only following a set of rules or precepts which establishes what is right or wrong, but is always aiming at the welfare of all.

4th Depth in disharmony expresses fear, the fear of not surviving. As we study in Jin Shin Jyutsu, fear is at the core of all attitudes, and I think at the core of all unethical conduct. I believe that most unethical behavior is caused by the False Evidence Appearing Real ~ that the more I take from everyone, including money, power, status, sex, information, influence, attention, etc., the safer and happier I will be. (My survival is guaranteed.) But it is quite the opposite; the more I take, misappropriating from others, the more I will lose. And then I think I need to take more from others, and so a vicious circle is born.  On the other hand, when 4th Depth is in harmony, I will “bridge” myself to the Source and I will realize that I already have all the resources I need, not only to survive, but to take delight in myself, in life. Instead of taking from others, I am able to share with others the gifts I bring in my backpack.

5th Depth: when I try to be something I am not, when I pretend to be one thing and my actions reveal something else, there is an incoherence that can cause confusion and mistrust. As mentioned before, ethics is related to fairness and honesty when my actions are in fact what they appear to be. 5th Depth in harmony helps me commit myself to authenticity and truthfulness, helping reduce the level of misunderstanding, doubt and fear in my relationships. Inner peace and serenity brought by the wisdom of the 5th Depth in balance will also improve my ability to understand and accept myself and others, thus reducing conflicts and confusion inside and around me.

I could go on and on in this topic as it unfolds into a myriad of perspectives and insights about how we act and react in our daily lives. “Do unto others”…not just words, not just a good idea, but a Golden Rule of conduct and self-observation. “Walk a mile in their shoes.” Perhaps these are the foundations of compassion, the principle of Jin. And then ethics will follow suit. Quite a challenge, isn’t IT.

Thank you, Iole.

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.

I’m thinking about taking the first step…

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

“When we take one step toward God, he takes seven steps toward us.”
— Hadith Qudsi

If our ego is to know spirit, we must make the first move. Spirit does not come down and knock on our door. It sits waiting for us to acknowledge it. We must want to change and take the initiative and persevere. The love of spirit will embrace us. But we must take the first steps.

In what areas of your life are you ready for change? What step can you take to open the door to new possibilities? It starts with you.

“Faith is not complacent; faith is action. You don’t have faith and wait. When you have faith, you move.”
— Betty Eadie

“It is not my business to think about myself. My business is to think about God. It is for God to think about me.”
— Simone Weil

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Ethics and Compassion, Part 1

Iole Lebensztajn writes: “Ethics and Compassion” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 73, Summer 2011:

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“I can do no other than be reverent  before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.”  Albert Schweitzer, German Theologian ~ 1952 Nobel Peace Prize

How immensely have we humans developed technologically. And how slow has been our spiritual progress. Maybe because the time we dedicate to our spiritual growth is much less than the time we devote to play with all our electronic gadgets. I am not referring only to the amount of time we spend praying, meditating, even jumper cabling! I am talking about how little we pay attention to the way we treat each other, to how we treat Nature. To me, this is the difference between talking about spirituality and actually practicing it. Our relationships reflect our spiritual maturity much more than our cultural background or our knowledge about all esoteric and spiritual laws and connections.

When I think about the way we treat each other, the concept of Ethics springs to mind. Looking up the definition of Ethics, I have found: to be in conformity with a code of fair and honest behavior based on high principles for proper conduct. And this made me realize that Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy beautifully defines Ethics when we remember “Jin”, the man of compassion.

In a context of compassion, ethical conduct unfolds naturally. The true ethical way to treat each other is with compassion, understanding the points of view and feelings of others. Acknowledging if I had the same life story, the same life circumstances, the same belief system, social, religious and cultural background, maybe I would behave the same way. In fact, the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, is the only necessary rule of conduct there is. All other rules and laws would be disposable if we followed the Golden Rule. Jin is the human being who recognizes that if s/he doesn’t want to be mistreated, ignored, disrespected, exposed, manipulated, deceived, exploited, s/he will not do that to anyone.

Looking at each of the attitudes, we know that when we are stuck in one or some of them, we created disharmony in our own lives. But the thing is we often end up hurting people around us because of the way we react, rooted in the five attitudes, guided many times by an “automatic pilot” that disregards ethics. On the other hand, by observing the qualities of the Depths we can find ways to bring more ethics and compassion to our daily lives. This is what I would like to consider below:

1st Depth: our boundary, the surface skin, our limits, the principle of containment. Oftentimes I need to contain myself, my desire, my needs in the pursuit of my happiness, so that I do not cause harm to others in the process. I will not attain real happiness if I am causing suffering around me. Ethical containment consists in acts which take the well-being of others into consideration. I stop worrying about myself, my difficulty, my material needs and open my awareness to how I can be more involved with what is around me, contributing to the manifestation of a better life not only for myself but also for others.

To be continued…

I’m thinking about imagination…

IMAGINE YOUR IDEAL FUTURE

“Your imagination is your preview to life’s coming attractions.”
— Albert Einstein

If you were to create an ideal future for yourself, what would it be like?

All things that now exist in form were once simply ideas in consciousness. We each hold the power to manifest different circumstances for our lives. If we wish to manifest a new reality for ourselves, we need to consistently focus our imagination on the ideals we seek to realize.

Remember to explore your ideal in terms of qualities, not people or things. What qualities do you most want in life? Freedom? Respect? Playfulness? Abundance? Whatever qualities you seek, imagine experiencing them now and be open to new ways to discover those qualities appearing in your life.

“Change is created by those whose imaginations are bigger than their circumstances”
— Unknown source

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I’m thinking about money…

HOW DO YOU THINK OF MONEY?

“Money is a highly charged subject. And most of the emotions people feel around it are negative: fear, shame, embarrassment, anger.”
— Jerrold Mundis

How do you think of money? How do you feel about money?

Many of us are afraid of money. With this fear, we avoid dealing honestly and completely with our financial situation. We only have a vague idea of how much money we earn and spend, and even how much we owe. By refusing to accept financial responsibility, we sacrifice our chances for a better life.

“Choosing wealth as a goal requires facing everything about your money bravely, honestly, with courage — which is a very, very hard thing for most of us to do. But it can be done.”
— Suze Orman

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