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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