Monthly Archives: March 2018

Jin Shin Jyutsu in Psychiatric Care: A Case History, Part 1

Eika Bingden writes about: “Jin Shin Jyutsu in Psychiatric Care: A Case History” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 76, Spring 2012:

Renate Kanigowski was a physiotherapist in the regional hospital for psychiatry in the town of Wehnen near Oldenburg, Germany. As part of her professional training, she got to know physio-acupuncture-therapy; however, working with this method did not feel appropriate to her. In a book about Schüssler-Salts she was given the hint that you can remove physical blockages with Jin Sin Jyutsu. In February 2001 she found out more about Jin Shin Jyutsu in a public lecture by Dr. Markus Dongowski and received a reference to the book The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister.

Immediately she started to hold particular Jin Shin Jyutsu sequences on her patients and gained firsthand experience. The self-help courses expanded her understanding of the healing art and made her curious about the 5-Day Basic Seminars, which she had attended annually since 2006. Gradually she employed the (re-)gained knowledge about the connection between body, mind and soul, especially in cases where all conventional methods did not work. Many a success in treatments quickly got around to the practicing doctors and psychologists, and more prescriptions were given for Jin Shin Jyutsu . Sometimes she gave 5-6 treatments a day. The head of the physiotherapy ward had to restrict the weekly amount of Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments so that Renate could also do a certain amount of classical physiotherapy treatments. In the meantime she had established two patient self-help groups with whom she met once a week and carried out simple self-help exercises. When she gave up her job at the end of 2009 due to a changed personal situation, there occurred a vacuum for some time.

In the beginning of 2011, owing  to a private contact between the business administration of the hospital and Dr. Markus Dongowski, Jin Shin Jyutsu was reintroduced to the renamed Karl-Jaspers-Clinic.

It was arranged to introduce Jin Shin Jyutsu during working hours as part of further internal training for interested nurses as well as employees in physiotherapy. Basic knowledge was to be acquired, putting the nursing crew in a position to have firsthand experience with the application of Jin Shin Jyutsu in the psychiatric field for self-help as well as for nursing intervention on various wards.

We decided to provide an overall view on the basis of Mary Burmeister’s Self-Help books, 1, 2 and 3 for the participants, allowing them to experience Jin Shin Jyutsu in a simple way:

  • for oneself
  • for patients by offering self-help tips to them
  • as nursing intervention

Fourteen interested people registered for the skill enhancement.

The hospital together with the Rafael Publishing Company as well as the German Association for Mary Burmeister, Jin Shin Jyutsu, provided three introductory books by Mary Burmeister to the participants free of charge.

The four Wednesday afternoons were organized in a way starting with an explanation of the physio-philosophical background and was followed by practical experience of Jin Shin Jyutsu. What was studied in the three books varied during the four afternoons.

To be continued…

 

 

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I’m thinking about my sense of smell…

REDISCOVER YOUR SENSE OF SMELL

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.”
— Helen Keller

Many of us are so wrapped up in our thinking and activity that we have lost touch with our senses. Sensing brings us fully into the moment. Only when we are aware and conscious can we receive the gifts of experience our senses continually bring us.

Today, set an intention to be aware of smells. Focus on your nose and awaken to its sensitivity. As you smell more consciously, let go of your judgment of the aromas. Don’t label them good or bad; simply experience them for their individual qualities. Also note when smells revive old memories.

“When you start using senses you’ve neglected, your reward is to see the world with completely fresh eyes.”
— Barbara Sher

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Edmonton, AB, Canada T5K 0K6

The Spring Equinox, Part 2

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”.

To recap:

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

All issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m thinking about time…

THEN AND NOW

“Time is not a line, but a series of now points.”
— Taisen Deshimaru

We understand time as a continuum. Our memories link the moments of the past and our imaginations draw on the patterns of our memories to project the future.

If we leave the movies of the mind behind, time can only be experienced now — moment by precious moment. Open in awareness to what is happening right now. Appreciate all that is. Immerse yourself in the joy and wonder of every now and life will be a gift.

“The responsibility for both present and future is in our own hands. If we live right today, then tomorrow has to be right.”
— Eknath Easwaran

Copyright © 1999 – 2018 Higher Awareness Inc.
Edmonton, AB, Canada T5K 0K6

The Spring Equinox, Part 1

Louanne Ellis writes about: “The Spring Equinox” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 76, Spring 2012:

The Spring Equinox marks the birth of a new year for the Northern Hemisphere. The sun’s rays are perpendicular to the equator, creating equal light and dark for the planet. The Sun enters the sign of Aries initiating its annual passage through the astrological signs in what we call the Order of 12 Organ Manifesting Functions, from Mary’s “Answer Sheer.”

A New Birth/Identity and the expanding of consciousness follow each water sign (the Toe Flows) phase. The water signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces represent different “death” aspects of our lives. Out of each “death” we emerge to develop the next phase of our growth and identity, represented by the fire signs, commencing in the Chest Flows with birth represented by the Lung Function Energy.

The Three Chest Flows – Lung, Heart, and Diaphragm – correspond to the fires signs in astrology: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. These signs reveal through natural progression the growth of our identity and consciousness in the three distinct phases of our lives: youth, middle, and elder ages. The subtle and significant words associated with these ages illuminate the specific nature of three different qualities and functions of the Breath as represented in the Spiritual Fire of the Chest Flows.

Aries corresponds to Birth, the Lung Function Energy, and the physical aspect of our spiritual identity, remembering that “matter is the lowest form of Spirit, and Spirit is the highest form of matter.” The physical body is supported by RESPIRATION, the keyword describing this particular function of the breath.

Leo initiates midlife and corresponds to Heart Function Energy. The keyword describing the function of the breath sustaining our Spirit on a mental level is INSPIRATION. It nurtures our individual creativity and the peak of our ego development. Mary taught us that 80% of our “breath” goes to the brain.

Sagittarius initiates elder age and corresponds to the Diaphragm Function Energy. The awareness of our spiritual identity expands through this learning phase of exploring higher consciousness. The keyword describing the function of the breath supporting our spiritual identity is ASPIRATION.

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Aries, corresponding to the Lung Function Energy, is the first fire sign and represents our physical body and instinctual nature. The corresponding time of life is birth to seven years. The lung literally provides us with the breath that enlivens our being. We come into this life as a spiritual being. We come into the present incarnation as a result of selecting the “refresh” mode for experience on the physical plane to continue our individual spiritual evolution. When the lung is in harmony we experience the natural spontaneity of youthful exuberance as we discover who we are, the development of ego consciousness. We are instinctively driven to act, to explore, to discover “Who am I?” – as a result of interaction with the unlimited potential of this new unfolding opportunity – the “refresh’ button in action.

The attributes of Aries, when out of balance or out of phase, are evidenced by the time of life that Aries rules, birth to seven years. As infants and children, Aries expect the world to revolve around them, which it literally does in their infancy. They can be self-serving, selfish, hardheaded, and often will act without thinking – hyper-independent and “thoughtless.” Their positive attributes are also independence, bravery, and adventurous pioneering natures. They are instinctively intelligent and spontaneous. They are natural warriors and explorers. The connection to the lung will manifest in disharmony when an individual is experiencing fear of life, as an overlay to the subconscious sense of loss and disconnect. This could be seen as asthma, bronchitis, or any lung ailment. When the lungs are strong, a person is supported with the physical energy to engage in life spontaneously and fearlessly.

To be continued…