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I’m thinking about dancing…


“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it’s lovely to be silly at the right moment.”
— Horace

Today, we invite you to do the Take-Your-Time Tango. In his book ‘Games for the Soul,’ Drew Leder challenges us to dance through our days with the graceful, slow elegance of a tango dancer.

“Slow down a notch,” Leder counsels. “Do whatever you do in a calm and leisurely fashion. … As much as possible, don’t be driven by inner fear, external deadlines, or rushed companions to stumble through a speeded-up dance. Act as if you have all the time in the world. Come to think of it, you do: No one else has any more hours.”

So stand (or sit) tall. Raise your chin as you gather your full concentration, dignity and self-confidence to glide smoothly and beautifully through the day.

“We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life.”
— Martha Graham

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Anita Willoughby writes: “A RAY OF LIGHT – The Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 76, Spring 2012:


The power of music to transform the soul, to alter our mood, to raise our spirits, to open our hearts cannot be disputed. Music massages the soul and connects to the 8th Depth, the depth of magic, of creation energy, of movement and sound. In other words music changes our movement, enables us to move in a different fashion. Music, sound and movement are all ways to express the inexpressible. Maybe this is what the ancients meant by the nectar of the gods or the elixir of life, the chemical secretions of the Endocrine System which are awakened by the vibration of sound.

Let us continue by defining “endocrine”. Even the definition of words leads us to a deeper understanding of this system. Endo and crinis are Greek words which mean “inside, within” and “to secrete”, respectively. Krinein also means “to separate, to distinguish”.”Endocrine” as an adjective means “secreting internally”. To my mind from Mary’s illustration of the MCVUHE/Endrocrine System, the endocrine glands are mediating sound/tone and light/color from the outside directly into the body, through chemical secretions released into the bloodstream. So the Main Central/Endocrine System is the connecting link to the SOURCE of all SOURCES, 8th Depth, through the light of 7th Depth into 6th Depth, our individual source, and the Endocrine System is the communication system from the outside to the inside of the body.

The endocrine glands are our energetic physicians. They have been called the “guardians of our health”. The endocrine glands store energy and regulate the distribution of energy to the whole body. The endocrine glands bridge and connect the organs and the nervous system and the nervous system and the fluids/water. They release chemicals or secretions directly into the bloodstream thereby affecting every cell in our body. These chemical messengers are called hormones. “Hormone” comes from a Greek word meaning impetus, impulse, to spur on, to urge on, in plain terms, “Get moving!” So our glands, through these hormones or chemical messengers, get life moving and promote all of our growth and development. They work together to balance and organize the whole body. They help in metabolizing our food, help in our sexual and reproductive functions and profoundly affect our moods. The Endocrine System governs the mystery of puberty, menopause and andropause. These hormones are so powerful that only a tiny amount can affect every cell in our body and cause profound changes. Hormones are the catalyst for life-promoting changes in our chemical make-up. They works slowly but powerfully. Although all cells have hormones, the major hormone producing glands are the pineal, mammillary, pituitary, thyroid, thymus, adrenals, pancreas and ovaries/testes. Our self-help Main Central jumper cables the area of each of these major endocrine glands.

When we look at the word “person” and examine its roots, we see that per is a prefix which means “by” or “through”, and son comes from the word “sonar”, which has to do with sound wave frequency. First comes sound then light at a higher frequency. In Spanish the word sonar means “to dream”. So a person is expressed through sound, or through dream. Then we add an “a” to the word, and we have “persona”, which means we have put a mask over the sound or the dream to present to the world.

Ever since I was a child, I knew that music and movement had the power to transform my mood. One of my favorite activities was to turn on the stereo and dance. That delight/passion followed me all the way through college and into my early adulthood, when I danced and performed. Now through the power of chanting/mudra I have come to a deeper understanding of the power of the vibration of the word. What are these endocrine glands doing? Are they the alchemical process, which transforms music and light through their secretions to send messages to the whole body through the bloodstream? Is this why music is such a powerful instrument for transformation? It changes our mood and affects the hormones or chemical messages which are released into our bloodstream. The hormones carry these musical notes, these feelings, to every cell in our body.

Yes, yes, yes, it is true – all those things we say about the MCVUHE. It is true, and the truth is simple. We just may not believe it the first time around, or for that matter for the first 20 years. It appears that learning and understanding happen on many layers and filter through our subconscious to our consciousness and to our kinesthetic experiential understanding, where we know something not just intellectually, not just in words, but we know it in the core of our being. We know in every cell of our body. That is the study and the learning I am interested in and that, as it turns out, has a lot to do with Endocrine System/Endocrine Glands and the Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy.

My simple handwritten notes under the Main Central Flow on page 37, Text 1 – “helps everything, helps the Endocrine System and the glands, helps the 12 organ flows, and the 72,000 SBFE both left and right and the 72 trillion cells” are now resonating with a deep and profound truth.

Thank you, Anita.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about magic…


“…for magic to happen in your life, you must believe in magic.”
— Grandmother, quoted by Lynn Andrews

“Most of the time, we fall in love but can’t remain there. The world then calls the state we were in a delusion or infatuation … But we merely lacked, or someone else lacked, the emotional skills to hold on to the magic when the morning came. …In truth, we can go to the moon and retain its magic for a lifetime.”
— Marianne Williamson

“We think, sometimes, there’s not a dragon left. Not one brave knight, not a single princess gliding through secret forests … What a pleasure to be wrong. Princesses, knights, enchantments and dragons, mystery and adventure … not only are they here-and-now, they’re all that ever lived on earth! Masters of reality still meet us in dreams to tell us that we’ve never lost the shield we need against dragons, that blue-fire voltage arcs through us now to change our world as we wish. Intuition whispers true: We’re not dust, we’re magic!”
— Richard Bach

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Anita Willoughby writes: “A RAY OF LIGHT – The Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 76, Spring 2012:


You would think those simple and profound statements would have made me sit up and pay attention. Well, of course, they did but only for a moment and then on to the next page, and yes, “what does this flow help”, as if the MCVUHE wasn’t a show-stopper, a crowd pleaser, and couldn’t I have spent a little time delving into this Source of our Being, the Capital “B” Breath of Life, this higher fire element, this Will to Be, this Desire to Be. Okay, so it has taken me years to come full circle and start to pay attention to the simple power and meaning of the Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy. Often we can absorb only so much at one time, and maybe I wasn’t ready for the deeper impact of this energy.

It was years later in my Jin Shin Jyutsu study, learning and teaching, that I knew I had to study the MCVUHE in relation to the Endocrine System. In fact every special topic class I come up with seems to be about the MCVUHE and one of its many facets. I had always been intrigued by Mary’s drawing of the Endocrine System and was particularly attracted to a quote from Joachim-Ernest Berendt, “Before we make music, music makes us.” Knowing that the best way to learn something is to teach it, I began a series of special topic classes on the Main Central and the Endocrine System, Before We Make Music, which sent me on the journey into understanding the vital importance of the Endocrine System and the endocrine glands to the overall health of our beings – mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.

It was with the deepening of this awareness of the power of the MCVUHE, the “magic wand” which connects heaven to earth, our head to our tail that this Ray of God, this “magic wand” – this lightning rod, this lighthouse, this ray or beam of light – is profoundly relevant to the alchemical process of turning sound and light into matter. If the 8th Depth is movement/sound/music and the 7th Depth is Light, then is it through the Endocrine System that the vibrations of sound and light are transmuted?

What is this “alchemical process” which transforms sound and light into matter? And how is the Endocrine System involved? To begin with, let’s look at the word “alchemy”. Alchemy comes from an Arabic phrase “al-kimia”. “Kimia” comes from the root word “khem” which refers to the black fertile soil of the Nile delta as differentiated from the surrounding desert and is one of the roots from which the word “chemical” ultimately derives. Esoterically the word refers to the dark mystery of the birth of matter from which all life emanates. Alchemy is the process of transformation of nature, of all the rhythmic growth processes of nature. It is in the dark fertile soil of the delta where growth can happen, not in the desert. Alchemy happens on all levels. We in the Western world are often focused on the physical level, but alchemy starts on the energetic level, turning sound and light into matter, then on the material level turning base metals into gold and seeds into plants, into trees and into fruits, eggs into animals. Alchemy is one of the fundamental laws of life, laws of nature. Life is a process of transforming; life is a process of chemicals interacting and transmuting from one element to another. From the creation of the cosmos to the transformation of our souls into matter, we are in a process of transforming sound and light into matter. Through the chemicals of the endocrine glands, human beings are a part of that process.

To be continued…


I’m thinking about happiness…


“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.”
— Agnes Repplier

Are you happy?

Don’t answer too quickly. Sit with this question for a long time and you’ll be introduced to brand new dimensions of who you are and of what matters in your life.

“Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.”
— Leo C. Rosten

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Anita Willoughby writes: “A RAY OF LIGHT – The Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 76, Spring 2012:


In ancient times and when we camp, we construct tents made of hide or fabric supported by poles to shield our bodies and protect us from the elements. In the forests, there are leafy upper branches which form a canopy supported by the trunks of trees to give cover to the life below. And on the level of space or heaven, we have poles of light, beams of light supporting and suspending the canopy of the sky above us separating heaven from earth. We have a heaven as our roof and sunbeams as our support beams. [No wonder they are called beams!] Is the structure of the energetic world columns of sunlight? is the Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy (MCVUHE), which eventually manifests as our spine, an expression of one of those sunbeams? Is the Main Central the support beam, the tree trunk of our body? Is our MCVUHE a “mini” ray of light, a “mini” expression of one of those sunbeams? Our spine supports us from head to tail and separates “HEAVEN, the HEAD” from “EARTH…the pelvic girdle”. (A & Q TEXT Know Myself by Mary Burmeister) So maybe, just maybe, the residence of an individual ray of the sun is in our spine and this is why those Buddha Rays resonate in our psyches. We are the microcosm of the macrocosm.

Let us take a moment and look at the MCVUHE which is mentioned in Text 1 on page 3 as the first movement of the Trinity flow, “…our cosmic source – the First Commandment.” Then again on page 37, where there are 10 steps for abundance to jumper cable the MCVUHE, our Source of Life, our Battery of Life. Pages 38, 39 and 40 reveal the relationship between the Main Central/Spine and the fingers, and then in turn that relationship to the organs, the nervous system and the muscular system. The MCVUHE appears again on page 57 under the guise of the Third Method of Correction. Then in Text 2, page 41, 7th Depth LIGHT the 17th “INDIVIDUALIZED” BODY FUNCTION ENERGY, entitled “ANTERIOR-POSTERIOR VERTICAL HARMONY ENERGY” (Eternal Life Energy) opens our MCVUHE to the light to help us heal disharmonies in the spine, the chest, abdomen, back and hip areas. The subsequent pages 42 and 43, entitled “ALL COMBINED ENERGY – TIMING” reveal where the sixteen body function energy flows connect to the MCVUHE and ultimately to the Light of 7th Depth for nourishment. And then there is the special illustration of the Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy/Endocrine System and its relationship to music and primordial tones.

In the beginning [yes, everything has an “in the beginning”] of my study of Jin Shin Jyutsu, I was often in a rush to know what projects each flow helped. “Yes, and what else does that flow help?” In my rush to know more and more, I found myself skipping over the deep and profound simplicity of this Art. I have scribbled in my notes on the Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy, “helps everything, helps the Endocrine System and the glands, helps the 12 organ flows and the 72,000 Special Body Function Energy (SBFE) both left and right and the 72 trillion cells.” (But on that one I always asked, “Who was counting?”) And, of course, wasn’t one of the first things we learned about the MCVUHE to “never leave home without it, to do the self-help Main Central before we get out of bed every morning.”

To be continued…

I’m thinking about openness…


“All the people we call ‘geniuses’ are men and women who somehow escaped having to put that curious, wondering child in themselves to sleep.”
— Barbara Sher

How willing are you to learn something new?
How open are you to new perspectives?

Only when we’re open can we really hear what’s being said or really see what’s happening or really experience the moment.

Openness demands that we be willing to move to places we’ve never been before. It asks us to continually challenge the foundations of our belief systems so we can test out new ideas. And to do that, we need to accept insecurity.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
— Alvin Toffler

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Anita Willoughby writes: “A RAY OF LIGHT – The Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 76, Spring 2012:


Prelude: For the past few moments, I have been gazing at the sky overlooking Beesley Point in southern New Jersey, waiting for my client. It is early morning. I am down here giving a Jin Shin Jyutsu intensive to a longtime practitioner. The sky is filled with clouds with those beautiful streaks of light beaming down from the sun – the only visible remnant of the sun on this grey, cloud-covered day. I am in a moment of reverie, remembering other moments in time and space when those rays were revealed so brilliantly and clearly. Suddenly my client walked in and intuitively knowing my reverie, announced, “My son calls those God Rays.”

What a perfect name for the shower of rays descending from a single spot in the sky. I am reminded of our Jin Shin Jyutsu creation story and my reverie continues. Here I am sitting, looking over the bay to Ocean City, experiencing in real life cinematography the existence, the transformation of the rays of light of the Seventh Depth “showering down around us”. Seventh Depth rays of light are streaming down from the sun, filtering through the vast cover of the clouds. Light can only be seen if there is something that interrupts its movement. Clouds serve that purpose. A cloud is a visible mass of liquid droplets, a cloud is frozen crystals made of water and various chemicals, suspended in the atmosphere. No wonder I have always been mesmerized by the sky, the clouds and those rays, which my client just informed me her son calls “God Rays”! What a perfect name. When there are clouds in the sky, we can see rays of light streaming through in long direct lines, connecting heaven to earth in a veritable canopy, enveloping our earth.

A “Google® search” revealed that mankind has been fascinated with these rays through the ages and has come up with many names for this striking visual expression of light. These rays, or sunbeams, have also been called Rays of Buddha, Buddha Fingers, Jacob’s Ladder, Stairways to Heaven, Gateways to Heaven, Fingers of God, Jesus Rays, Beams of Jesus, Ropes of Maui [from Maori tradition where these rays were the ropes with which Maui, a Prometheus prototype, restrained the movement of the sun so there would be longer days for man to complete his daily chores]. Even the computer graphics industry has given them the name “volumetric lighting”. Sailors have named them “backstays of the sun” which is a nautical term for rods which support the mast of a sailing ship. “Crepuscular rays”, as they are more commonly called, mean “relating to twilight” in Latin. These rays are seen in the early morning or late afternoon hours during the transitional times between darkness and light, times when the veil between worlds is thin. Obviously these rays of light have captured the imagination of mankind throughout the ages and from many different walks of life. These rays of light, visible during the twilight hours and under the right conditions, resonate deeply in the human psyche. What is it about these rays that captivates us?

To be continued…

I’m thinking about reality…


“… no matter what our difficulties may be, we recognize that there is a deep untroubled stream flowing below all surface troubles and that we are of one substance with that stream. The soul knows no difficulties.”
— James Thornton

Masters teach that we can experience two completely different states of reality at the same time — from the personality and from the soul.

Author Pema Chödron talks about being hungry, cold and tired but at that same time deeply content. Ram Dass speaks of how the emotional heart can be breaking while we recognize that all is unfolding perfectly.

Allowing our soul to be present with the discomforts of the personality shifts our experience of the discomforts.

“True self simply refers to the aspect of our being that is completely aware of its expanded nature no matter what we may be experiencing in our lives.”
— Martia Nelson

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My Dolphin Adventure

Linda Chrystal writes: “My Dolphin Adventure” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 75, Winter 2012:


October 1, 2011: I indulged my longtime affinity with dolphins today as I drove to Clearwater, Florida, to personally visit Winter…the star of the movie, Dolphin Tale. She was only about three months old when rescued and now lives her life in the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Hospital. Even thought the movie took liberties and added new characters to the story, it is inspired by Winter’s true adventure of how she lost her tail by becoming entangled in a rope which was supporting a crab strap, in December six years ago…hence her name, Winter.

She has different exercises and therapies to help keep her spine aligned by periodically wearing a prosthetic tail. It is the only tail of its kind in the world, and the gel they developed for her tender skin, Winter’s Gel, is now used for humans. She has quite a following, inspiring many amputees and children with life challenges. Of course that is all in the movie.

Thankfully the Aquarium had extended hours until 7 p.m., so I could arrive well before closing. There was Winter…seemingly very happy in her tank, playing around with her rubber raft, a blue divers mask at the bottom of her tank, and with her surrogate dolphin mom, Panama.

Winter’s “mom”, Panama, is partially deaf, affecting her sonar, so she cannot feed herself in the wild. She, too, lives permanently in the Aquarium. Panama is about 30 years old. (One docent told me that dolphins can live up to 50 years old in this type of safe environment, as opposed to their average life span of 25 years in the wild.)

Winter had finished her public auditions for the day and was just resting in her enclosure. I was happy to see her in real life (after seeing the movie twice) and give her some loving energy. As everyone else, I would have loved to touch her, but she is kept well out of human reach.

Early on, I felt that my day was now complete, yet as thrilling as this was for me, I soon fell in love with a new baby dolphin named Hope. She is less than a year old and was rescued from the wild while attempting to nurse from her mother who had just died from a severe infection. Being hand-raised by humans, she will not have the survival skills needed to return to the wild.

Hope was swimming in the outdoor pool and deck area that was built for the movie set and which was donated to the Aquarium. Thankfully for Hope, the movie had wrapped only moments before Hope was rescued in December 2010…exactly five years and one day from Winter’s arrival…so she had an amazing new habitat ready and waiting for her.

Luckily for me, the director had built a lower level viewing window from which the underwater scenes were filmed. I went downstairs and found this private window and gently placed my Jin Shin Jyutsu hands (jumper cables) on the glass. Hope swam right over to me. She obviously felt the energy and pressed herself as tightly as possible up to the glass. With only a thin piece of glass separating us, she ran the full length of her body, first one side then the other, as cozily next to me as she could get. Hope even dove deeper and came straight up against the glass with her belly fully exposed to me so I could give her a good belly rub of energy. Many times she connected directly with me, eye-to-eye, as she rolled around, flattening herself to the glass that was between my hands.

This kept up for a good ten minutes until she was called away to show some of her new skills and learned behaviors to the last crowd of people arriving in the stands. I gave her a loving goodbye and tickled her tail with energy, which she waggled to me before she swam away to meet her topside trainer.

There are no words to describe the amazing sense of connection I felt with Hope. She made me want to immediately volunteer to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu (Energy Medicine) at the Aquarium. I did inquire, and no one had ever heard of doing anything of the sort. Dolphins, being so super-sensitive, would love daily Jin Shin Jyutsu. Since they didn’t hire me on the spot, I guess my best bet is to return to Treasure Island where a pod of wild dolphins recently swam within a car’s length of me. I’ll just keep sending the love.

Thank you, Linda.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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