Monthly Archives: November 2017

I’m thinking about time for myself…


“What is it that makes all of us end each day with the sense that we have not lived our time, but have been lived, used by what we do?”
— Jacob Needleman

How can you free up more time for yourself?

All of the great masters counsel that we need time daily for solitude. And if we want our journey in life to be meaningful, then surely we need some free time each day to explore our inner landscapes and uncover our passions. What activities can you cut out of your life to give you more growing room?

“Why has time disappeared in our culture? How is it that after decades of inventions and new technologies devoted to saving time and labor, the result is that there is no time left? We are a time-poor society; we are temporally impoverished. And there is no issue, no aspect of human life, that exceeds this in importance. The destruction of time is literally the destruction of life.”
— Jacob Needleman

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Late Summer

Lynne Pflueger writes about: “Late Summer” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 78, Fall 2012:


Late Summer, the hottest part of the season, is First Depth. The Order of Transformation, also known as the Order of the Supporters, follows sequentially the order of the seasons of a year on earth. The body itself is earth, Main Central is primordial fire, Supervisor is air and Mediator is water. It is the heat of late summer that brings on the Autumn harvest or the ripening for harmony. Late Summer in the body is Stomach Function Energy and Spleen Function Energy, each one harmonizing our capacity to be both nourished and nourishing.

“First Depth worries will inhibit receiving.” – Mary Burmeister

Our Stomach Function Energy enables us to receive nourishment. We are sustained on many levels, not just by food. Friends, family, things we read, hear, see, smell, touch, and invisible fountains of energy all serve to sustain us during this life. Individuals who are unable to accept the help or comfort that they need would benefit from a Stomach Flow.

“What is the use of all this teaching, preaching, and helping others if I am not taking care of myself?” – Mary Burmeister

Spleen Function Energy, known in ancient anatomy as the Sun God, will harmonize the vital force enabling us to nourish others. It is possible to forget ourselves and give all of our precious energy away. Years ago I observed my yellow lab going through a serious illness. At one point, during a physical crisis, he withdrew and retreated into his own world to conserve his own energy for healing. He did not engage or interact with anything or anyone that did not feed his own need. Barely moving, he spent several days lying in the sun or shade out on the lawn. While it appeared to some that he was on his last legs, I saw that he was simply harmonizing, absorbing energy from the earth, conserving each precious breath to heal himself rather than frivolously spending himself on others. He did recover fully and lived quite a bit longer. At the time, I thought to myself, “It would be good if we humans were so wise.” Spleen is depleted by running around trying to BE.

“When the sun rises I go to work. When the sun goes down I take my rest. I share creation Kings can do no more.” – Ancient Chinese Saying

“The word LISTEN contains the same letters as the word SILENT.”– Alfred Brendel


I’m thinking about living in harmony…


“Peace comes not from the absence of conflict, but from the ability to cope with it.”
— Unknown Source

Angeles Arrien says that life will be simple if we follow the four-fold way counselled by indigenous peoples:

  1. Show up, being present with all four mental, emotional, physical and spiritual intelligences.
  2. Pay attention to what has heart and meaning.
  3. Tell the truth without blame or judgment.
  4. Be open to outcome, not attached to outcome.

“Peace is not won by those who fiercely guard their differences, but by those who with open minds and hearts seek out connections.”
— Katherine Paterson

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Guru’s Story, Part 2

Christopher Lowman shares: “Guru’s Story” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 78, Fall 2012:


Treating Cerebral Palsy with Jin Shin Jyutsu

Since he doesn’t use them, and from laying on his back all day all his life, Guru’s legs flop out to the left, his hips being somewhat torqued. We all, even his parents – to our amazement – noticed his hips starting to come to a neutral, center position. As you know, those visible signs do help us along the way because most people don’t see how putting your hands on somebody can do anything helpful.

Through the help of my hosting NGO, one of the last steps I took was connecting Guru to a hospital that specializes in the free treatment of children with severe disabilities, where he continues to receive weekly treatment. This is work I don’t think could have been as effective had it not been for the piece we resolved with Jin Shin Jyutsu. Being able to make the two-hour trip to the hospital (in Indian heat and busy streets) was a great sign of progress in this respect as well. Previously, he couldn’t tolerate being outside of his home much, as he was prone to have fits.

Though it’s very likely he will never learn to talk or walk, the doctors feel that, gradually, he will learn how to chew solid food, hold his head upright, and keep the saliva in his mouth, and other things like that – small changes, but big ones to him and his family. I learned later on that Guru’s mom had basically given up hope before I arrived, and through no design of my own, all of these wonderful changes happened that have brightened his future.

When I share Guru’s story with people like you, I like to mention something that happened toward the tail end of our treatment time, something that admittedly sounds a bit odd. I was in the middle of a session and heard a voice from within, “No longer shall you interfere with the boy’s karma.” It was clear, and I knew after that session we were finished. The sanctioned amount of change had happened.

I think this is a relevant point for us all as Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners, involved in the Art of Service. Some people for reasons we probably don’t have access to, need to walk with disability, illness, suffering, and so on. For us to get the idea that we need to fix or heal somebody, as well-intentioned as we may be, we can overlook this. And by practicing with motive, we can become the “generous thief”. Our actions appear to be for the benefit of another, but in truth we end up taking something fundamental away. In the next part to this article, we’ll come back to this point in greater detail when discussing my time with young students orphaned by the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.

This is why I appreciate our use of the term “harmony”. Jin Shin Jyutsu helps bring situations into balance, which, to me, doesn’t necessarily entail total curing. Certainly this is what I saw with Guru.

Thank you, Christopher.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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I’m thinking about power…


“There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.”
— Cyrus H. Curtis

How do you relate to people in authority? Depending on your character and upbringing, you may react defensively or meekly to those you perceive to hold more power than you do.

Hierarchical power dissolves in the presence of authentic power. Your true personal power has nothing to do with status. It is determined by how attuned you are to all aspects of yourself and to the needs of others.

In any exchange with a person ‘in power,’ focus your attention on meeting your mutual needs and the relationship will be both equitable and fruitful.

“Compassion, caring, teaching, loving, and sharing your gifts, talents, and abilities are the gateways to power.”
— Jamie Sams

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I’m thinking about anger…


“Anger is that powerful internal force that blows out the light of reason.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

How does anger typically surface in your life?

We usually get angry at someone, don’t we? We judge that someone has done something wrong and we want them to be punished.

In truth, the actions of others are never to blame. It’s our thinking – our blaming and judgment – that causes the anger. And we blame and judge because we have a need that has not been met.

In his book ‘Nonviolent Communication,’ Marshall B. Rosenberg advises that rather than blame others, we are better served by directing our energy towards meeting our own needs.

He offers a simple tool for change. Instead of saying, ‘I am angry because they …’ we can say, ‘I am angry because I am needing ….’

“At the core of all anger is a need that is not being fulfilled.”
— Marshall B. Rosenberg

“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”
— Marcus Aurelius

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Guru’s Story, Part 1

Christopher Lowman shares: “Guru’s Story” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 78, Fall 2012:


Treating Cerebral Palsy with Jin Shin Jyutsu

For the past nearly two years I have been living in poor, challenged communities in India, Kenya, and Rwanda, where I helped develop a number of small humanitarian activities that primarily benefited children.

It began in Gujarat, India, at a small leprosy community in Ahmedabad with a young boy (around age 11), Guru, who because of complications at birth, developed the brain disorder known as Cerebral Palsy (CP). He is, however, without the leprosy disease. Because a formal intervention was never introduced, it’s a case of CP as severe as it gets – Guru is unable to talk, move his body, or do anything for himself. Developmentally, he’s like an infant and will, for the rest of his life, be completely dependent on his family – especially his mom – for survival. To give you an idea, his mother is responsible for such tasks as spoon feeding Guru water, cleaning the drool from his mouth that he can’t hold in, and changing his clothes at least three times a day because of the toilet issue.

As I was going door-to-door meeting all the residents of this community I would be living in for the year, I came upon Guru, and was moved by his situation. There he was laying on the floor, very thin, hyperventilating and making a wheeze-like sound on each breath, with a fly net over his face to protect him from a swarm of flies he couldn’t swat away.

I let his family know what I do (i.e., practice Jin Shin Jyutsu), and that I was interested in coming to the home to give treatments to Guru twice per day for a few days each week. To be honest, I can’t say where I got that intensive treatment plan from, it just made sense at the time. His family without many questions, agreed.

Beginning our treatment work, what stuck out the most was Guru’s breathing difficulty, as well as a certain degree of dissociation, or being elsewhere though physically present. I assumed this was all trauma related. Having a complicated birth, then entering a body you can’t move would certainly be terrifying.

I remember using the Methods of Correction quite a bit, as well as the 10 breathing and 3 Flows. And what happened, over time, of course, was that Guru started to appear more present in his body, evidenced by his face seeming fuller, as well as by a small amount of weight gain. He started showing signs of happiness when kids who were present in the room would egg him on by being silly, or making silly noises. His breathing even calmed down.

To be continued…

A Poem

A Poem – By Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 Submitted by Margareth Umeoka Serra
to The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, Number 78, Fall 2012

 The most beautiful day: today
The easiest thing: equivocate
The greatest obstacle: fear
The gravest error: give up, to despair
The root of all evil: egoism
The most beautiful distraction: work
The worst defeat: discouragement
The best teachers: children
The first necessity: to communicate
The greatest happiness: to be useful to others
The biggest mystery: death
The worst flaw: bad temper
The most dangerous thing: a lie
The most wretched feeling: the grudge
The most beautiful gift: forgiveness
The most indispensable: home
The quickest way: the correct one
The most gratifying sensation: inner peace
The most powerful weapon: the smile
The best remedy: optimism
The Greatest satisfaction: the duty done
The most powerful force: faith
The most needed beings: the parents
The most beautiful of all: love

I’m thinking about my will…


“It is important not to ‘need’ what you are calling to you but rather to have a certain detachment about it. Let it be all right if it doesn’t come, or if it comes in a different form than what you expect. After you have asked for something, surrender to whatever comes as being appropriate.”
— Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

“Acceptance says, True, this is my situation at the moment. I’ll look unblinkingly at the reality of it. But I’ll also open my hands to accept willingly whatever a loving Father sends me.”
— Catherine Marshall

“This business of hozho. The way I understand it … I’ll use an example. Terrible drought, crops dead, sheep dying. Spring dried out. No water. The Hopi, or the Christian, maybe the Moslem, they pray for rain. The Navajo has the proper ceremony done to restore himself to harmony with the drought. You see what I mean. The system is designed to recognize what’s beyond human power to change, and then to change the human’s attitude to be content with the inevitable.”
— in ‘Sacred Clowns’ by Tony Hillerman

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I’m thinking about an attitude adjustment…


“It is our basic right to be a happy person, happy family, and eventually a happy world. That should be our goal.”
— Dalai Lama

Little adjustments to our attitude and approach each day can create a major difference in our appreciation of life. On the surface, nothing changes. At the same time, absolutely everything does.

Use your awareness or your imagination to bring happiness to this moment. Find something to appreciate. Do this as often as you remember to do so, and your world will transform.

” … we can no longer afford to throw away even one ‘unimportant’ day by not noticing the wonder of it all. We have to be willing to discover and then appreciate the authentic moments of happiness available to all of us every day.”
— Sarah Ban Breathnach

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