Judy Andry writes about: “MARY” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 75, Winter 2012:
Jin Shin Jyutsu arrived in my life in the summer of 1984, thanks to the hands of Charles de la Vergne. Mary’s sisters, Helen and Alice, friends of Charles, visited New Orleans for the Worlds Fair over the Labor Day Weekend that summer, and Charles introduced us. As a thank you for having dinner at our home, they sent me Mary’s first Self-Help book.
After two and a half months of almost daily JSJ self-help my life was so significantly changed – body, mind and spirit – I talked my friend Mary Jane Phelan into going with me to Scottsdale for a week of sessions with Helen and Alice. It was a “watershed event” for both of us. It was impossible to even consider seeing Mary, she had standing appointments and a long waiting list in case of cancellations.
Halfway through our week with Helen and Alice, they announced they had a surprise for us. They had arranged a “top secret” session for each of us with Mary! We were sworn to secrecy, because they knew how furious folks on the waiting list would be if they found out someone was sneaked in ahead of them.
So my first meeting with Mary was a “through the back door” encounter. She was at that time kneeling on the floor treating people lying on very low pallets. I cannot imagine how she did that all day long – and into the night. As she zeroed in on my right 11 and my right 5, and I grimaced, she gently opined, “That’s not ME hurting you, that’s YOU hurting you.” Words seared into my memory!
The last time I saw Mary was in 1990 when she was giving a 5-day class in Santa Rosa. On the final day I was going to have to leave early in the afternoon in order to catch a bus that would get me to the airport in San Francisco in time to catch the flight back to New Orleans.
By this time I had attended many 5-day classes and felt like I knew Mary – and that she actually knew or at least recognized me – though I still approached her with total awe and some trepidation. So, on that last afternoon I found myself on the far left side of a large room filled with about 200 people, with Mary in front on a stage, and the exit door on the far right. To leave early meant I would have to walk in between Mary and her audience while she was in the middle of a lesson. I was mortified.
Finally I had no choice but to make my move to leave. Hot with embarrassment, I began the long walk across the auditorium. As I walked,Mary stopped her lecture and began walking herself, toward the steps on the right end of the stage, arriving there just as I reached that place. I looked at her wide-eyed as she extended both arms, inviting me into them for a giant and lingering hug. I was both flabbergasted and transported. She said a gentle and happy good-bye, and I floated out of the room. Whatever it was, something transpired that touched me deeply. To this day I have no memory of the trip home beyond getting on that bus in Santa Rosa. I was simply transported by her loving gesture. What a gift she gave to me.
Who could have known that would be Mary’s last class…
Thank you, Judy.
Thank you, Mary.
Thank you, David.
Gassho, Namaste, Blessings
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