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The Fall Equinox and the Face Flows, Part 2

Louanne Ellis writes about: “The Fall Equinox and the Face Flows” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:



The first phase of “formal” mental development during youth is the Gemini phase that corresponds to the Stomach, First Depth. This period, ages 15-21 years, represents our individual mental body and the initial skill sets for learning and communication established in youth.

The second phase is the Libra period, ages 42-49 years, that corresponds to the Bladder and Fourth Depth. It is the middle age and intellectual phase representing the ability to be cooperative and in social relationships supported by our ability to communicate with others.

The third and final phase is the Aquarian phase, ages 71-77, that corresponds to the Third Depth – Gall Bladder Function Energy, representing the senior stage and spiritual intellectual development. At this time we experience our objectivity and clarity devoted to finding solutions that can help to bring personal peace as well as assistance in our communities. It is the spiritual connection with our individual intellectual potential that stimulates innovative thinking directed toward the betterment of mankind.

The Face Flows as they correspond to the air signs in astrology are the support and development system for our intellect and the corresponding ability to communicate. They are the cornerstones of our ability to relate based on the ability to communicate.

The attitude associated with the Stomach function and the First Depth is worry. The evolutionary function of Gemini is the development of an independent mind and communication skills. When the Stomach Flow is out of harmony we have a brain that may not be functioning well. I remember Mary saying that it could result in insanity, a dramatic and acute representation. In less extreme examples we see learning disabilities and memory functions being compromised. A healthy Stomach function and Gemini individuals will be witty, curious, great communicators and enthusiastic readers and writers.

When the Gemini phase (15-21 years) completes its phase, we are recognized by our culture as adults. The individual is legally mature enough to be independently responsible. This can precipitate fear and/or anxiety about what to do, making the right decisions. Worry seems to be a mentally dominated attitude that corresponds well with this phase of life. Leaving the nest and a secure environment can be fearful, and at this age action is the theme, and more accurately, reaction.

Depending on the emotional and mental security established in childhood there might not be much attitude, a tribute to good parenting, good genetics and circumstances. Generally speaking, worry is a “mental” condition that is often related to not knowing what to do, or having the strength to do it. It is an action problem, which is key at this developmental phase of life.

The Libra period, ages 43-49 years, is the highlight of this Fall equinox article. This is the significant transition where we switch from a masculine orientation to the feminine. It is the beginning stage of ego “deconstruction” bringing the individual into balance, as he gives up self-interest as a life strategy. Libra is the sign that signifies partnership, balance, cooperation, diplomacy, beauty and justice. These qualities are the prerequisites for being in relationship. Here we find lawyers, counselors, and all types of partnerships, marriage, friendships and business.

To be continued…

I’m thinking about tension…


“You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.”
— James G. Bilkey

We need tension in our lives. It’s the force of personal evolution — it sparks creativity and higher consciousness. If we’re not comfortable with a situation, we try to improve it, right?

Tension arises through our experience of opposites. These opposites fight each other as each one struggles for dominance. Tension is transformed when two opposite dimensions of reality are brought together in balance and in wholeness.

Know that tension is an integral part of growth. Instead of avoiding or resisting tension when it arises, identify the opposing forces at play. Make space for each of them to be there together and the tension will transform.

We encounter tensions between positives and negatives, mind and body, self and environment, self and others, and personality and soul – the dualities in our lives.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
— Neale Donald Walsch

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The Fall Equinox and the Face Flows, Part 1

Louanne Ellis writes about: “The Fall Equinox and the Face Flows” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:


The first day of Fall begins on September 21st, when the sun’s rays are perpendicular to the equator, creating a day of equal light and dark for all of earth. The sun “sets” annually on this day for the northern hemisphere signifying the same message energetically that we experience as sunset at the end of each day. Light symbolizing the active masculine aspect of our day is giving over to the “dark”, the feminine energy of merging and interior focusing. We literally find ourselves spending more time “inside” as the days get shorter and the light diminishes. The sun’s light will continue to wane as its strength moves south, until the winter solstice when it starts to build again, returning to rise like dawn above the equator at the spring equinox.

Sunset corresponds to midlife, the full moon and the astrological sign Libra. It is a powerful significant benchmark in human development worthy of the term “midlife crisis”. The first day of Fall marks the completion of the first half of the natural year, and midlife on the human life scale. Birth, initiates the first half of life and the masculine energetic phase supporting the development of ego consciousness and individuation. It is characterized by exteriorization – activity and physical growth. During this period the sunlight symbolizing the individualized ego is “growing”. It will peak at the first Saturn return, 29-2 years, in the Sun’s rulership sigh, Leo. This is the high point of individuated ego consciousness.

Sunset, corresponding to Fall and Libra, symbolically initiates the second half of the day, year or life (depending on the scale of observation). This half of life is dominated by the interiorizing, merging and relationship orientation of the feminine that supports the process of ego “deconstruction”. Simply, we see that the “light-daytime” corresponds to masculine exteriorizing energy, and at sunset we make the transition to “darkness-night” that corresponds to the interiorizing, merging feminine phase. It is interesting that the night is when we join the super-conscious, the unconscious, and our spirit world in dreams and night travel, night school, etc. We merge temporarily with the collective until dawn, the birth of another day, when we are consciously reconnected with our physical body and our individualized ego experience. Understanding the nature of “nightlife” offers great insight into the nature of the feminine and its meaningful developmental function during the second half of our lives that begins at “sunset”.

The Face Flows – The Air Element

All the Face Flows correspond to the air signs that relate to the development and functions of the intellect and communication. They originate in the “head”, a curiously natural phenomenon. The three Face Flows are: Stomach, a Surface Flow corresponding to Gemini; the Bladder, a Deep Flow, corresponding to Libra; and the Gall Bladder, a Middle Flow corresponding to Aquarius. Our intellectual abilities, brain functions, communication skills and relationship potential are all supported by the Face Flows.

To be continued…


I’m thinking of quiet reflection…


“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:


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…


“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…


“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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