Jill Pasquinelli writes: “Surrender to the Unknown” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 81, Summer 2013:
Guidance: priorities of the Spirit, Soul and Body
For me this is Jin Shin Jyutsu, moving us closer to our true selves, to be in alignment with the creator, nature, myself and the universe…to be a reflection of light back to the cosmos.
Another client, Terry, came to see me for depression. This was many years ago. I still see Terry today. At the time she came to see me, her father was dying, and she was dealing with breast cancer. She loved the Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments and told me they helped her to be in her body, and she always felt uplifted after a treatment. Over the years of treating Terry, life happened as it often does. Her husband went through prostate cancer, her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her daughter got married, she retired, and they sold the family house and moved up north to the country. This is a lot of movement…all significant things, but I watched Terry handle it all and take it in stride with ease, grace and humor. I thought I would be seeing her a lot less because she now lives an hour and fifteen minutes away but it has become clear to me that Jin Shin Jyutsu is a way of life for her. She continues to come for her weekly appointment. She is growing a large beautiful garden, and has gotten into art – something she has wanted to do for a long time but didn’t feel confident. She is happy and content and has the flexibility and resilience to deal with what life hands her.
I see another person, Polly, who is living with rheumatoid arthritis. I’ve been seeing her for eleven years now. She has had many ups and downs with pain, medication and fatigue. She has had to give up things that she has cherished like yoga and her long walks. She struggles daily, and yet I know few people as fiery with life as Polly. We often laugh at the absurdity and irony of life; in fact, I think I’ve laughed harder with Polly than with anyone. Sometimes we have tears rolling down our cheeks during a session we’re laughing so much. As Polly’s disease has limited her body, her spirit, mind, and heart have opened and continue to be what I call a savage gift. I remember Mary saying, “A person’s thoughts can change, sometimes the body follows.” …But not always, as I’ve come to see. I remember one man when asked the question, “How are you doing today?” replied, “The spirit is well but the body is not so good.”
A woman called me several years ago because she had ovarian cancer. She told me that since she had started chemotherapy she wasn’t able to function at all. She couldn’t get out of bed, had no appetite and wasn’t able to work, even though she could work from home. The reason she wanted to come for Jin Shin Jyutsu was because she didn’t want her hair to fall out from the chemotherapy. I told her I wasn’t sure the Jin Shin Jyutsu could prevent the hair loss, in fact, probably not. But I was pretty sure it would help her to feel better. She paused, then decided to make an appointment for a session. After her first treatment she was able to get up out of bed and eat something. She came to see me two more times and each time felt better. Her appetite was growing, she started working part-time and had more energy. In general she was feeling much better. Before her fourth treatment she called to cancel her appointment. She told me the Jin Shin Jyutsu wasn’t working. Her hair was starting to fall out. I pointed out how much better she was doing, but she felt the Jin Shin Jyutsu had failed her. I never saw her again.
The body has it’s priorities as does the spirit, soul, mind, and heart. The route is not always direct and the journey is unknown. We always remain unfinished as we always live in an imperfect world. How perfect is that design for our growth and transformation?
As one client said, “Jin Shin Jyutsu hasn’t helped my stomach pain but all the rest of my life is better.”
Thank you, Jill.
Thank you, Mary.
Thank you, David.
Gassho, Namaste, Blessings
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