Louanne Ellis writes about: “The Spring Equinox” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 76, Spring 2012:
Leo, corresponding to the Heart Function Energy, is the high point of the individuated ego development and expression of creativity. Leo is where we identify with ourselves as the center of the “universe”. The Sun, god of our local universe, rules Leo. You may have observed that the phenomenon of “young masters of the universe” is an attitude which peaks at 28-35 years. This is the peak of belief in one’s individual abilities. From here on, life’s lessons and maturity begin to provide these beautiful idealistic youthful beings with “doubt”, or information indicating that perhaps they are not the center of the universe – darn! Aries (birth – 7 years) don’t think about it; they will “act” as if they are the center; infants get all the feedback from life they need to assume that the sun rises and sets based on their needs. The fire signs complete with Sagittarius and the realization of just how small our “Sun” is in relationship to the universe.
The attributes of Leo in disharmony are evidenced by an unnatural need for attention. Ego insecurity drives the individual to seek approval from the outside as a result of not feeling it internally. A damaged ego from childhood will result in the individual craving attention and recognition; therefore, we see the Jin Shin Jyutsu attitude of “trying to” – trying to prove the worthiness of being noticed, loved, admired, etc. In harmony, Leo, ruled by the Sun and the Heart Function Energy, will be generous, affectionate, loyal, and creative. Leos can be natural leaders, great teachers, artists, and lovers.
Sagittarius corresponds to the Diaphragm Function Energy, and the spiritual phase of the breath, which begins in the Lung, Second Depth, and the first stage of manifestation. Astrologically, Sagittarius is the culmination of spiritual development. It is the third manifestation of the fire signs (the Chest Flows). In the Diaphragm we experience aspiration, and the physio-philosophy of our spiritual nature and the support of prana, or life/spirit force transmitted through the Diaphragm and the Sixth Depth or Bridge connecting us to Source.
The common expression of the Sagittarian “signature” in disharmony is arrogance. Sagittarius corresponds to the Diaphragm Function Energy in Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Sixth Depth. It is the masculine function of the Sixth Depth and assists in the exhaling process. When emotions get stuck or frozen in the body, the diaphragm often becomes restricted or “stiff”. The inability to exhale by definition limits receiving and relaxing. The Sixth Depth does not have a corresponding emotional expression in the manner of the Depths 1-5, as presented by Mary Burmeister. This is because the Bridge contains the potential and integration for all the Depths. In Mary’s terms it would be the “inclusive” function. The Sixth Depth has a similar function as the Main Central Vertical Flow; i.e., it is an immediate source for all the individualized flows. The Diaphragm, the masculine function of the Sixth Depth, is critical in assisting the body to receive the life force of prana. It IS the “RAINBOW BRIDGE”. I do not use the term “rainbow bridge” as metaphysical jargon. It is profoundly significant and is why it has found its way into multiple expressions, songs, books, etc. The “Light – the Spark” of the Seventh Depth bridging down into the Sixth Depth as Life, has an intrinsic correspondence to the seven major chakras/the endocrine system and the seven rays of the visible color spectrum. This rainbow message is the covenant signifying that God will never withdraw His Love. The Bridge transmits the Light of the Seventh Depth through the Sixth Depth as the spectrum of Love, supporting our individualized Spirit.
The Bridge connecting our individual spirit to the collective spirit functions with/as the breath. Mary told us that 36 conscious breaths would bring our being into harmony – 36 applications of giving and receiving, exhaling and inhaling – 3 x 12 corresponds to the 12 organ flows completed in the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions – 4 x 9 corresponds to a completed cycle of the four elements: chest, finger, face, toe flows. I don’t know if 6 x 6 has a meaningful or useful correspondence. This brings to mind the brilliant songwriter and musician David Byrne, and his song “Like Humans Do” – I’m breathing in I’m breathing out. It is a bit more poetic than Mary, but there we have the wisdom of the ubiquitous message, “JUST BREATH”.
The Lung Function Energy Flow, corresponding to Aries, initiates the gift of a new incarnation, a new physical body. We take in the Breath of Life to commence this journey. The Heart Function Energy Flow, corresponding to Leo, provides us with the inspiration and dedication to creatively express our individual identity. The Diaphragm Function Energy Flow, corresponding to Sagittarius, provides us with the aspiration to expand our awareness and identity as we become aware of our spiritual nature.
Thank you, Louanne.
Thank you, Mary.
Thank you, David.
Gassho, Namaste, Blessings
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