Monthly Archives: December 2017

I’m thinking about peace and 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:


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…


“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…


“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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I’m thinking about inspiration and intuition…


“To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling.”
— Jean Shinoda Bolen

What ideas are teasing you these days?

Are you aware of any little gems floating around your consciousness these days? Charged little thoughts that beckon you to pay attention to them? Inspiration and intuition often bring powerful new ideas to us very subtly, very quietly. When you become aware of being teased by an idea, follow it!

“Get your ideas on paper and study them. Do not let them go to waste!”
— Les Brown

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Watering Violets

Georgianne Ginder writes about: “Watering Violets” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 78, Fall 2012:


Violets on Wednesday

I offered Jin Shin Jyutsu one Wednesday as I have over many years of Wednesdays to those receiving chemotherapy and other therapies at a major university teaching hospital. As I described this hands-on healing tradition, several women who were receiving chemo listened with rapt attention.

One appeared VERY eager to participate in a session. I asked if she had any pain, any problems – and she mentioned ONLY a slight bit of stress. I consulted her wrist pulses and soon inquired if she was holding any discomfort in her stomach because as I placed my hands upon her, this area was “strongly” and resoundingly speaking to that. I felt a palpable tension in her neck and gently inquired if she was experiencing a “pain in the neck”. I mentioned that sometimes we cannot “stomach” a certain situation in our lives. Our bodies handle stresses in a variety of ways.

She said that I had hit upon something. Quickly she told me that she has been forced to deal with a problem in her family. I told her I sensed something and wondered if by chance this situation concerned two people; it did. And she soon began to share a story with me.

How did I know about those two? “I know what I learn as I proceed”, I told her. (And frequently before I begin!) She matter-of-factly told me there were steps she must take to remedy the all-consuming problem. Within minutes she unburdened a painful tale that had been pressing upon her mind, her body and her spirit – and heart, stomach, neck and about everywhere else.

“If I do not get rid of the anger and upsetedness ‘in here’ [pointing to her stomach], then all the medicine in the world will do nothing to help me. I know that. Those two are more than a pain in the neck. This is just eating me up…these people…and how they are treating me. I am glad you came here today because having you just listen to what is going on tells me I know I have to make some changes. sometimes we know what we must do, but we need someone not too close to the situation to show up and help us clear things up. God sends people our way. He surely does.”

I showed her how to hold her middle finger and use her breath to deal with and eliminate anger. She vowed she would do this as she felt much stronger already. Her face and her breathing and her bearing told me just that.

I also gave her a printed sheet with a healing meditation and some self-help routines, and she spied my trademarks: “H.O.P.E., and Your Best Medicine.”

“Hope IS your best medicine and so is faith. You have got that one right.” That is what she told me.

“Violet” exhibited a stronger, happier, healthier “vibe” as we completed our session. She was sitting in her chair and smiling confidently to boot. Now the woman in the next chair wanted to have a session, too. They exchanged phone numbers as I gathered my belongings.

And so it is that places for healing open and happen…minute by minute…one breath at a time…one friend, one story, one smile at a time.

Georgianne Ginder, M Sc, CHWC. “H.O.P.E. and Your Best Medicine™,” Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner, and Health and Wellness Counselor at VCU – Medical College of Virginia.

Thank you, Georgianne.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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