Monthly Archives: December 2017

Are you ready to re-align with the changing seasons?

How in touch are you with the rhythms of nature and our planet? 

There is a wholeness to life where all parts make sense and there is a natural flow of universal energies. There are laws about rhythms and cycles, where whole complete circles (spirals) of energies are made to support us.

Yet we approach most of life’s stimulus with the same unconscious, reactive, robotic or programmed responses. We think the world revolves around us. It is like golfing with one club only or cooking with one utensil only.

Getting in touch with nature’s rhythms gives us a deeper connection to the earth’s natural rotation around the sun. Every year at precise times the earth and sun find themselves in exactly the same places, showing us the beautiful rhythm of the cosmos. When we forget how connected we are to this natural rhythm we stay self-centered, lose perspective and miss out of the serenity that comes with it.

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy” — William Blake

The Equinox and Solstice mark the changing of the four seasons as the earth rotates around the sun. The Equinox occurs in the fall and spring and is when night and day are exactly the same length. The solstice occurs in the summer and winter, the summer solstice being the longest day of the year, and the winter solstice the shortest day.

In the northern hemisphere we are approaching the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year. The north pole hibernates in its 24 hours of darkness. To our readers in the southern hemisphere, who are now wrapped in the light of the summer solstice, please forgive the northern focus. Information on cycles applies equally to us all, just at different times.

How do you align your life with these 4 important seasonal events?

1. Spring Equinox – A time of renewal and ‘spring cleaning’ that removes any negative and slower energy accumulated over the dark winter months and prepares us for the positive growing energy of spring and summer. A time to spring forward, risk, and start new projects. It is a time of awakening and recommitting to life as spring brings in energy and warmth. It ushers in a time of awakening and recommitting to life. It is a celebration of being resurrected from the dead of winter and being born again.

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” — Henry David Thoreau

2. Summer Solstice – Summer blesses us with light, expansion, fulfillment, holidays, growth and creativity. To honour summer’s approach, you might greet the early morning with yoga sun salutations and celebrate the bright evenings by dancing around a bonfire.

“The summer solstice is a time for strength and vitality, for action and movement.” — Carole Carlton

3. Autumn Equinox – Fall marks the beginning of shorter days and longer nights. This is a time of harvest, community, celebration and thanksgiving. It is a time of completion, balance and realizing the abundance around us. As the sunlight retreats, we also retreat inside to rest, reflect on the past and future, and strengthen our spirits.

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus

4. Winter Solstice – Solstice derives from an ancient Latin word meaning ‘stop,’ or ‘to stand still.’ Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year and was a time of both anticipation and rejoicing at the Sun’s rebirth. This is a time of rejuvenation, reflection and healing. A time of integration as our consciousness expands due to the lessons we have learned. A time of anticipation of the increasing light and new experiences of a new cycle.

“In a way winter is the real spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurge of nature.” — Edna O’Brien

Take full advantage of the energies of the season by allowing time for stillness, solitude and reflection.

For winter Solstice answer these questions:

  • What needs healing or completing?
  • What lessons have you learned that you now own and can move beyond?
  • When have you booked time for stillness, reflection and review?

“Four seasons fill the measure of the year. There are four seasons in the mind of men.” — John Keats

Also with each passing year, we appreciate more and more deeply our connections with others. Please know that we hold you warmly in our hearts, and send blessings that 2018 and beyond will be rich with rewards of all kinds for you and those you cherish.

Sending you our love and best wishes,

John & Patrice Robson
Higher Awareness

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I’m thinking about my hands…

OPEN YOUR HANDS

“More than any other part of the body, our hands reveal our inner state.”
— Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Today, be aware of how you hold your hands when you’re not actively doing something with them.

With the stress of our daily lives, many of us find our hands typically clenched in fists. This is proof of the tension we hold in our bodies. And ponder this: how can we receive the abundance of life if our hands are not open to receive it?

When you become aware that your hands are closed tight, stretch your fingers and spread them wide in the shape of a starfish. Deep breathing will also help you relax into the moment.

“What is always speaking silently is the body.”
— Norman Brown

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Jin Shin Jyutsu and Family Life, Part 2

Jill Marie Pasquinelli writes about: “Jin Shin Jyutsu and Family Life” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 78, Fall 2012:

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I would share some, but mostly I asked her what she thought or felt about a situation. We talked about how it might feel after the surgery. Really, we talked about it all. I told her to hold her fingers before and after the surgery, and I showed her mother opposite fingers and toes, so we had all the bases covered. As she was leaving she said, “Thank you Jill. I always feel so much better when I come here. I’ll be okay.”

…And I knew she would be.

She went through her surgery very well, and her recovery was much easier than she imagined. It wasn’t long before she resumed her weekly sessions. Three years later Tara joined a swim team – this was in addition to her weekly ballet and yoga classes.

Through the years I watched Tara handle different situations and challenges in her life with ease and grace. When she was twelve, she learned that she was dyslexic. She started seeing a tutor and got extended time on tests which relieved her stress. All along I was giving both girls self-help, and they were diligent doing it. Last Tuesday she came for her session after she had given a talk to 400 people at her school about how it is to have a learning disability and what she had learned. She decided to do her senior project on this theme with the focus being how you can help yourself, what she learned from having this disability, and using Jin Shin Jyutsu as one of the ways to help focus and remain calm.

There have been a number of challenges in Tara’s young life, but as each event comes along she has a willing and curious approach to what comes her way. She seems to be an old soul. As she’s entering her senior year, I see her blossoming. Being the first student of the year to give a speech to the entire school, including the parents, gave her a confidence I haven’t seen in her before. She said, “I think I’m going to really enjoy college now. I’m looking forward to it.”

At the age of seventeen years, Tara has the foundation for living an authentic life. It’s been so beautiful to see how all of this has unfolded – being a witness to someone so young, and to see her moving ahead with such a strong sense of who she is and who she isn’t. Her journey is nothing less than sacred. This is truly an expression of being one’s own testimony and knowing oneself. Not once in all the years of being with this family was there any doubt or disbelief in Jin Shin Jyutsu. They accepted what came their way – what was, rather than how they wanted things to be – and it was effortless reality. Jin Shin Jyutsu has become a way of life, not something they do but something they live.

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.

I’m thinking about peace and contentment…

FINDING CONTENTMENT

“When the sun rises, I go to work. When the sun goes down, I take my rest. I dig the well from which I drink. I farm the soil which yields my food. I share creation. Kings can do no more.”
— Chinese proverb

Do you sense the peace and contentment that can come from an appreciation of one’s place in the cosmos?

How do we get there with the complexities and pressures of our current lifestyles? Perhaps it’s a matter of becoming aware of what we truly have as opposed to what our egos believe we need. If we look closely, we may find that our ego ‘needs’ are just desires.

When you find yourself longing for something, stop and ask, “What is missing from my life? Is it a need? What are the essential qualities of what I seek? How can I experience that now?”

“If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.”
— John Bunyan

“Try to be like the turtle — at ease in your own shell.”
— Bill Copeland

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Jin Shin Jyutsu and Family Life, Part 1

Jill Marie Pasquinelli writes about: “Jin Shin Jyutsu and Family Life” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 78, Fall 2012:

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For eight years now I’ve had the privilege of treating a family weekly – a mother, Helen, and her two daughters, Tara and Alina. I have no doubt that the father has also been receiving Jin Shin Jyutsu simply through the movement of energy in the family. As one girl changes, each one in the family is affected. The whole system and structure moves.

The family are Buddhist and the girls have been going to a Buddhist camp several times a year. They have a maturity and understanding well beyond their years.

I began treating the girls when Tara was nine and Alina was seven. Now they are seventeen and fifteen. Tara is a senior in high school and will be going to college next year. In this article I will be focusing on Tara since she is leaving soon. I must admit I’m sorry to see her go.

The girls came to me because Tara had been diagnosed with an extreme scoliosis, and it was likely she would have to have surgery. Helen wanted to help Tara in any way she could, not just to avoid the surgery but to support her through whatever process developed. They weren’t focused on outcome as much as they were focused on the love and support she would need for her destiny.

Alina had come to me because she had allergies and eczema since she was very young. The girls shared the hour, and occasionally I would see Helen on her own. It was usually the four of us in the room unless Tara wanted to spend time with me alone so we could talk.

When Tara comes into the office, she usually comments on how happy she is to be here. She says things like, “It’s always the right time for Jin Shin Jyutsu”, or “It seems like the day before I see you I start feeling like I wish I could have a treatment, and then I remember I’m seeing you tomorrow!” or “I just see the table, and I just want to jump onto it. I can’t wait.”

In spite of her scoliosis, Tara remained strong in her physicality at school. She even participated in sports – including running. Then four years ago, the doctor said she would have to have the surgery. Her scoliosis was progressing. Her family looked at it as her karma in this life, just something she had to go through. They talked to Tara about the seriousness of the surgery, even the unlikely possibility of death.

After they decided to do the surgery, Tara came for her usual appointment. This time she had the whole hour to herself. She told me that she knew she had to do the surgery and that she accepted it. She also shared that she was nervous. She didn’t think she was going to die but was still scared. She asked me what I thought happened after a person died, and we talking a long time about what she thought would happen. Tara often asked me questions about things she was thinking about, and we had some incredible talks over the years.

To be continued…

I’m thinking about doubt and action…

INTUIT AND DO IT

“If doubt is challenging you and you do not act, doubts will grow. Challenge the doubts with action and you will grow. Doubt and action are incompatible.”
— John Kanary

To reap the greatest benefits from intuition, we need ACTION. Be in motion. Act as if your highest expectations have already happened. Be in front of more opportunities and people. Let go of any blocks or attachments. Create mental space and physical space. Plan your work and work your plan.

Miracles rarely happen by doing nothing. Most miracles happen through other people.

What actions can you take that will move you towards your goals?

“Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.”
— Annie Besant

 

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I’m thinking about evolution…

DIRECT YOUR EVOLUTION

“Consciousness is the basis of all life and the field of all possibilities. Its nature is to expand and unfold its full potential. The impulse to evolve is thus inherent in the very nature of life.”
— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Unlike other species, human beings can monitor our own evolutionary process. Better yet, we have the awareness and power to design our evolutionary path.

As creators, we are not limited to evolving through tiny, incremental steps. With our potent imaginations, we can design and manifest dramatic, profound change. How remarkable! What an awesome responsibility. What fun!

Our challenge is to break free of our present concept of reality to create brand new dreams that will bring the ideal to life.

“There is only one thing more powerful than all the armies of the world, that is an idea whose time has come.”
— Victor Hugo

“We lie in the lap of immense intelligence.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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