Monthly Archives: June 2017

I’m thinking of quiet reflection…

REVIEW YOUR LIFE

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
— James Levin

Take a few minutes today to reflect on what has happened recently and to put the last week in perspective. What made an impact on you this last week? What do you want to set as a goal for next week?

Reflection helps us step back from the details of our lives and see the bigger picture with fresh eyes. It’s worth a few moments of your time. Review your week and come up with at least one conclusion, insight or learning and write it in your journal.

“Just because we increase the speed of information doesn’t mean we can increase the speed of decisions. Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our culture.”
— Dale Dauten

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Sharing Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jeannette Northern writes: “Sharing Jin Shin Jyutsu” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:

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I walked up three flights of stairs on a cool gray Sunday morning in Oakland to work my shift at Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic. Three ladies to share my understanding of this Art arrive one after the other. Bless them all for the pleasure they bring my way…a reciprocal relationship of giving and receiving. And I am continually amazed at the lack of resistance I experience to sharing myself in is way.

It is touching to read through their charts before I meet them…no one I remember from my past visits. In this moment, I can hardly recall their names, but each face, each interaction is still here with me. One had breast cancer in her right breast, another metastatic melanoma, the last with breast cancer in her left breast…all in different phases of their cancer projects…the last one more serious. Chemo has taken all her hair. Before she lies down, she asks me sweetly if it’s okay to remove her wig. “Of course,” I say. She takes off her wig, laying it in the chair where her jacket and bag already sit and climbs carefully onto the table, resting the back of her bare head on the pillow.

It touches me to see these three ladies lie down to receive. This hour of time we each share is a rest for them…for me too, as I touch their bodies with my hands…an eternal, timeless space… My hands, an extension of Self, become alive in a new way, a way that words fail to describe. So, I sit in silence, and share this Self with them.

As my hands touch this body, there is a remembrance of harmony…harmony born out of the transformation of space and time…harmony that’s eternally present where thoughts stop and rest is received…spiraling, spinning, transforming  like the giggling laughter of a child at play…pure FUN – Fulfillment, Understanding, No-thingness.

In the lobby, I see an old friend. She’s lived with cancer for the past eight years, and she’s an inspiration to me. Tipping and bowing her head to one side she says, “I don’t get to see you, today.” I say with a smile and a nod, “I know,” and then we hug. Her hair, white as silvery moonlight, unlike her usual highlights of purple, turquoise or red…her eyes bright and full of mercurial life…the kind that knows play and joy from the gift of experiencing ourselves… somehow, she and I, WE, know we’ll see each other again.

Leaving, I walk out the door and down the same three flights of stairs…a lightness in my being as I step outside onto the sidewalk. Bright sunshine greets me on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. I wonder for a moment where my feet will take me and say “thank you”. How lucky I AM to know and share the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Thank you, Jeannette.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about trust…

OPEN TO TRUST

“When I grip the wheel too tight, I find I lose control.”
— Steve Rapson

WE SEEK TO CONTROL OUR LIVES WHEN WE DO NOT TRUST, WHEN WE DO NOT LOVE. Our ego, perceiving itself to be vulnerable and insecure, uses control in an effort to protect itself.

At the root of our need to control, we find FEAR. It may be fear of the unknown. Fear of not coping. Fear of loss. Or possibly even fear of looking stupid. And as our efforts to control other people and events invariably fail, our fear increases.

Trust, on the other hand, is a quality of the soul. While control is a tool of the mind, TRUST AND FAITH ARE ASPECTS OF THE HEART. Trust comes with the deep knowing that we are spiritual beings in physical bodies. When we trust enough in life to give up our need to control, we can relax and open to the flow of energy in our lives. This brings peace of mind.

“The only real security in life lies in relishing life’s insecurity.”
— M. Scott Peck

“Do not abandon trust when your ego thinks things should be different than they are.”
— Wayne Dyer

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I’m thinking about movement…

COMMUNICATING WITHOUT WORDS

“The gesture is the thing truly expressive of the individual – as we think so will we act.”
— Martha Graham

Every movement and non-movement we make is a form of communication.

How do you communicate fear, withdrawal, avoidance, shutting down, disagreeing, and an uncaring attitude?

If you aren’t sure, others can probably tell you. Begin to pay attention to what your eyes and arms and facial expressions communicate. Our body language speaks louder than our words.

“An avoidance of true communication is tantamount to a relinquishment of my self-being; if I withdraw from it I am betraying not only the other but myself.”
— Karl Jaspers

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I’m thinking about time…

WHAT’S IMPORTANT?

“Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what’s urgent, learn to focus on what is really important.”
— Stephen Covey

Time management is all about making decisions. At each step of the way, we want to choose activities that best support what we want to do with our lives. To do this, we need to be clear about our short and long-term goals.

Here’s a general question to ask yourself often: “Is this the best use of my time in terms of meeting my goals?” Sometimes, of course, we don’t have any choice. But ask yourself honestly, “Could I take more control if I really wanted to?” Often, we play the victim because we don’t want to make the effort to change our behaviour.

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.'”
— Lao-Tzu

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Our Experience with Nocardioform Placentitis, Part 2

Kelly Mount shares: “Our Experience with Nocardioform Placentitis” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:

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Unfortunately, when I went back again, the baby was sectioned off in the stall because he was too feisty. They needed him to relax to receive his intravenous fluids and supplements. So again I held the first step of the Spleen Flow on my mare and visualized the colt receiving the love and energy of this flow. Finally, after three weeks (and still two weeks from his actual due date), he has been able to move to a farm where he will continue receiving around-the-clock care at an aftercare facility. He should stay there for up to a month, maybe. He is doing well but they are still watching his lung development and the development of his growth plates. this time he was so active bucking and running around the stall, I couldn’t get my hands on him at all! I am looking forward to the day he can return home to my trainer’s farm, and our journey with Jin Shin Jyutsu can continue!

April 13, 2011: Our colt turned 8 weeks old today and is doing remarkably well! Last week at 7 weeks old he made his first trip outside to see the sunshine since he was born. Our mare and colt have been given their aftercare at a very prestigious thoroughbred farm in Lexington called Overbrook Farm. It was made famous by the racehorse and once leading sire, Stormcat, who is now retired and living out the rest of his days on a beautiful 2500 acre spread right in the heart of the Bluegrass.

Quentin (whom I call “Super Nanny”) and her husband Mark Naylor have been caring for my mare and colt and have done a remarkable job. In the farm’s hay day Mark was the yearling manager, and now he and his wife lease one of the many barns to provide their services in foaling mares and extensive care in cases like ours. I am very grateful to them for their expertise and care. All of the colt’s current blood work and radiographs are coming back in good order.

We did have an episode not long after they reached Overbrook where my mare colicked. I think once she realized her baby was going to be o.k., she needed to release the stress and anxiety she had endured in the process. Early one morning Quentin heard my mare lie down in the stall. She knew to have Dr. Friend come over immediately because something was wrong (as she almost never lies down). I am so pleased to report that everyone is alive and well, and I know that both mare and foal are looking forward to returning home so that they can bond without human intervention and live a  normal life in greener pastures.

The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory released a report saying the following: This year (2011) there is an increase in nocardioform placentitis. This is a unique form of bacterial placentitis affecting late gestation mares, causing abortion, stillbirth, or foals born alive but compromised. This form of placentitis was first diagnosed in central Kentucky in the 1980s. As of the end of February this year, there were already 126 documented cases.

We have known many other horse breeders who have suffered losses attributed to this naturally occurring phenomenon. After all of this, we still feel like one of the lucky ones. It is rumored that cases have reached 200, and the foaling season is not yet over.

September 16, 2011: The colt AKA Jiffy is doing very well. After bringing him home, he and his mother were turned out with another mare and filly of ours. The other mare allowed him to nurse, too. Lorraine (the other mare) has to wear a catch rope attached to her halter because she is very hard to catch. Jiffy would lead Lorraine and her filly around by the rope. He’s quite a hoot!

We call him Jiffy after the connection to Overbrook Farm and Jiff peanut butter but his registered name will be Super Scandal. His Mother’s registered name is CH Harlem’s Town Scandal AKA Wild Woman. Mother and son are enjoying their time in the pasture just getting to be horses

Thank you, Kelly.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about limits…

THE PAST IN THE PRESENT

“If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.”
— Louise Hay

Pick one aspect of your life, e.g. your health, your competence, your prosperity or relationships, and think back to when you were a child. What messages about this subject did you hear from adults at that time that are still playing on your subconscious tape recorder? Messages like: “Men can’t be trusted.” “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” “You’re not smart enough to succeed in business.”

How is your world reflecting your beliefs back to you, today?

“There are no limitations to the self except those you believe in.”
— Seth

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Our Experience with Nocardioform Placentitis, Part 1

Kelly Mount shares: “Our Experience with Nocardioform Placentitis” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:

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March 20, 2011: We had a colt born five weeks early this year. Evidently there is some sort of bacteria infecting the placenta that is causing the mares to bag and foal early. They really don’t know why, but they are attributing it to the dry summer and wet cold winter. A few years ago there was a similar phenomenon attributed to cherry trees, but, again, they don’t really know. Thankfully due to the quick actions of his caretakers, a handful of vets and, of course, Jin Shin Jyutsu, he is still alive today!

Upon discovering the early birth of the colt out in the field, they assumed he would not be alive. At five weeks early, the lungs as well as the bones are still developing. He was unable to stand up but able to lift his little head. They loaded him onto a flat bed truck and transported him up to the barn. My trainer, Nelson Green, sat on the back of an ATV in the stall next to the mare holding him up so he could nurse for the first six hours of his life. Dr. Friend came out to their farm, which is located outside of Lexington, KY, and got him stable enough to move to the neonatal unit at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. There Dr. Barr and her wonderful team of assistants tended to him day and night every two hours around-the-clock, caring for him for the last three weeks. Radiographs proved that he did have bones that were forming, and they would help get him up from his baby bed every two hours to nurse for the first week of his life until he could stand on his own.

They had another young filly come into the clinic at the same prematurity who did not have formed bones and did not make it. There have been hundreds of casualties already in Kentucky and we were one of the first to witness this phenomenon of premature births.

Since the hospital is about an hour away from where we live, it was a couple of days before I was able to make it over to see him. On my first visit when our colt was about 5 days old, I was able to get my hands on him and imprint him with my touch. Respectfully, I treated my mare holding the first step of the 13 Flow, sending my love and energy to the colt. I was then able to come back at around 10 days, and he was standing and nursing on his own! However he was showing signs of colic because he was drinking too much of his mother’s rich milk, and they had to put a muzzle on him and allow him to nurse every two hours. This time I utilized the 13 Flow again on my mare, and I utilized the Reversing and Increasing of First Depth, the Stomach Flow and the Supervisor Flow on the colt. About two days later he colicked and nearly died. Once again his dedicated team kept him alive. They thought at first he might be lactose intolerant, but they discovered as little as he was that reaching up to nurse was creating too many air bubbles and too much gas, thus causing the colic. I did speak to Adele Leas, and she really thought I should use the Spleen Flow to assist the body in absorption of the nutrients. She also suggested the right 14 with the left 1.

To be continued…

I’m thinking about higher perspectives…

BIG MIND, LITTLE MIND

“It is the mind that makes one wise or ignorant, bound or emancipated.”
— Sri Ramakrishna

Zen distinguishes big mind from small mind. Big mind identifies with its process, is impersonal and participates universally. Big mind is unlimited possibilities, deeper understanding, forgiveness, acceptance, insight, connectedness, attention.

Small mind is self centred and focuses only on itself. It is compulsive, limited, reactive and mechanical. Small mind feeds on itself — fear reacts to fear, judgment reacts to judgment, anger sparks more anger.

Always seek higher perspectives and you will in time find freedom.

“If a pickpocket meets a Holy Man, he will see only his pockets.”
— Hari Dass

“Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open.”
— Lord Thomas Dewar

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In Communion, Part 2

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

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Paula seemed relieved to hear this and quickly agreed that she knew she was in shock, that this was the first layer, and the she felt numb and hadn’t been able to cry.

I was using the Breathing Flow, which I find to be very soothing and relaxing for someone in a deep grief process, or any situation that can take your breath away.

After a while Paula said, “You’re making me feel sad. I haven’t been able to feel this.” I just nodded and said that it wasn’t me making her feel sad but her own feelings arising and bubbling up to the surface. As I was giving her the Mediator Flow, she started describing how the flow was moving in her body, tracing the feeling up her arm, across her chest, and continuing to follow it through her own body. I was amazed as she continued to trace the pathways that I had spent so many hours studying, so simply and effortlessly, watching and witnessing that as some of the numbness was lifting she increasingly became more aware of the sensations in her body. She was inhabiting and claiming herself. She was, after all, alive.

This led me to thinking about the innate knowledge that we have, the deep inner knowing. Watching Paula as she tracked the deep inner movement of her life in her being, her husband Frank, who went from one day doing surgery to the next day being in the acute state of the dying process…Wow, how could this be?

It’s hard to wrap my head around it. It seems like performing surgery was such an intrinsic part of his being; he was the artist. It wasn’t just technique.

Then I found myself thinking about Mary, who could no longer teach Jin Shin Jyutsu classes after her accident, though her hands held this deep knowing which went beyond the tangible, the mind, the years of studying and training, beyond words and actions to become something much deeper…a wisdom without thought that comes from simply being present where past, present, and future meld together…maybe a part of the privilege of being human.

Thank you, Jill.

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.