Monthly Archives: January 2018

I’m thinking about parallel realities…


“Money cannot fill an empty soul.”
— Julia Cameron & Mark Bryan

Where in your life are you experiencing lack?

Are you experiencing a lack of self esteem? Of humour? Of energy? Of love? Of money and abundance? Whatever you believe you are missing, it is there to be claimed.

The first step starts with shifting your perspective. See the glass as half full rather than half empty. Focus on accepting and appreciating what you DO have, and more will be attracted to you.

“Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend… when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present — love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure — the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth.”
— Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Jin Shin Jyutsu, the First Hundred Years, Part 1

“A Speech by David Burmeister Given in Many Locations”  –  from The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 79, Winter 2013:

Dear Friends,

It’s good to be here with all of you to share in this special occasion, 100 years since Jiro Murai’s first experience of Jin Shin Jyutsu in his family’s cabin located in the mountains of Western Japan. At the young age of 26, Jiro Murai was on the verge of dying from a disease that was described by his doctors as incurable. Not wishing to die in a hospital where he would be constantly examined and where his wish to be left alone would not be respected, or even at his home surrounded by family and friends hovering over him, Jiro asked to be taken to his family’s cabin where he could spend his few remaining days in solitude and tranquility. Since Jiro was not able to make this trip on his own, he asked friends to carry him up to the cabin and leave him there for 7 days, after which they could return to retrieve his body.

This decision, to be left alone during what everyone thought were the final days of his life, gave Jiro Murai the opportunity to practice sitting Zen, breathing, meditation and holding some of the many Mudras he had observed on the statues of the Buddhas found throughout the islands of Japan. During the first six days, Jiro experienced his body becoming colder and colder, and each day he wondered if this would be his last. Then on the seventh day, Jiro’s body became so hot, that he later described it feeling like steam was surging through his body. Eventually, he cooled back down, and to his amazement, knew that he was completely healed, as though he had never been sick at all. As you can imagine, his friends and family were equally surprised to see him walking down from the mountains on his own, looking strong, healthy and vital.

Not only did Jiro Murai’s decision to be left to die alone enable him to restore his health, it also gracefully led him to his life’s work. It was during this time that Jiro first experienced the keys to unlock the secrets that would allow him to understand and develop what would become the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. What began as Jiro’s final request became the beginning of a lifelong journey and the beginning of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Of course Jiro Murai was as surprised as anyone that he was alive and well, but he felt certain that the reason he survived and thrived was because of the things he had practiced as he approached death. It had been many days and perhaps weeks since he had eaten and then retreated to the mountains. Jiro contemplated the great sages of the past. He remembered the Buddha and how he had fasted and meditated before he attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. He thought of how Jesus went into the desert for 40 days without food and returned in communion with the Creator. Jiro believed that the answers he was looking for, the reasons for his own healing, could be found by repeating the same process of fasting and meditating while practicing the Mudras.

During the next several years Jiro Murai conducted a number of 3-week fasts enabling him to purify and quiet his body so that he was able to experience the many energy pathways. Eventually he could illustrate these pathways in great detail. Jiro Murai repeated these 3-week fasts a total of 12 times during the course of his life until he was able to clearly identify the precise pathways of the Jin Shin Jyutsu flow patterns. Through his experience of extreme fasting and holding the Mudras in meditation, Jiro Murai theorized that other people in ancient times had also learned about the energy pathways using the same methods. He knew that similar illustrations dated back nearly 5,000 years, as found in the The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine and believed that this knowledge could have been gleaned from many cultures throughout the centuries.

To be continued…

I’m thinking about magical things…


“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”
— Eden Phillpotts

What if you were to pretend that you were healthy, wealthy and wise? What if you were to decide to be happy, no matter what else was happening?

Take the power of ‘what if…’ seriously, and you will grasp the power to create a world of your own design. Everything, EVERYTHING begins in the imagination. Put it to work constructively for you.

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.”
— William James

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
— Lewis Carroll

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I’m thinking about quiet reflection…


“Reflection is one of the most underused yet powerful tools for success.”
— Richard Carlson

Regularly, take time to reflect on what has been happening in your life. Step back to work ON your life instead of IN it. See yourself as the C.E.O. of your own personal company, or as the captain of your own ship. Are you navigating the waves as well as you might?

Stepping back helps us see a bigger, more inclusive picture. Small events make more sense in the bigger scheme of things.

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
— James Levin

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I’m thinking about financial planning…


“Paying off your debts and saving money is less stressful than spending the rest of your life with your back against a financial wall.”
— Ron Hiebert

How are you choosing to spend your money?

Do you have a spending plan? A spending plan feels quite different from a budget. With budgets, we can feel victimized. They can heighten our poverty consciousness.

With a spending plan, you look at how much you earn and then decide how you WANT to spend the money. With a spending plan, you claim your power to decide, to manage, to make your finances work. You can choose to spend your money differently so your life works more smoothly.

“True financial freedom is not only having money, but having power over that money as well.”
— Suze Orman

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I’m thinking about needing help…


“Asking for help doesn’t mean that we are weak or incompetent. It usually indicates an advanced level of honesty and intelligence.”
— Anne Wilson Schaef

The path of healing begins with awareness that things can be different. We must be willing to open to the potential, the possibility for change.

We also need to acknowledge that we are not in this experience alone, without support. The divine power of love is here for us, if we are willing to open to receive it. Sincerely ask for help and loving support will manifest in both mundane and magical ways.

“The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he has an abscess on his knee or in his soul.”
— Rona Barrett

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I’m thinking about success…


“He who has achieved success has worked well, laughed often and loved much.”
— Elbert Hubbard

“Too often, people focus only on results. But getting results without learning something or without having fun are incomplete. So is having fun without getting the results, or having fun without learning something new to help and empower you in the future. Accomplishment is all three: the result, personal growth and having fun.”
— Peter L. Hirsch

“There are many aspects to success; material wealth is only one component. …But success also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological stability, a sense of well-being, and peace of mind.”
— Deepak Chopra

“You don’t have to stay up nights to succeed; you have to stay awake days.”
— Source Unknown

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I’m thinking about soul…


“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”
— Joseph F. Newton

We experience soul when we really connect with life — when we stop and consciously experience what is happening.

We lose soul with:

  • resistance – to anyone or anything
  • superficiality – we avoid depth of experience
  • control – we try to control the relationship
  • selfishness – we remain self-centered.

Each of these attitudes fosters separation rather than connection. Once again, soul lives in relating.

Take time to become aware of, and perhaps journal on how you relate to other people and things in your life.

“We have to decide for ourselves what’s nourishing to our souls, and do those things over others.”
— Thomas Moore

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I’m thinking about my motives…


“Our deepest need is for the joy that comes with loving and being loved, with knowing we are of genuine use to others.”
— Eknath Easwaran

Are you more self-conscious or other-conscious?

Watch your motives for the day. Are they generally about you (your own desires and needs) or are they about others and their needs? There are no right and wrong answers here.

We must guard, though, that we aren’t using service to others as a means to get our own ego needs met. If we are, we would be wise to meet our own needs first so our interactions with others are not primarily self- serving.

“We are able to be of service to those who suffer only to the extent that we have been able to transform fear in our own lives.”
— Robert Sardello

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