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Jin Shin Jyutsu and Family Life, Part 1

Jill Marie Pasquinelli writes about: “Jin Shin Jyutsu and Family Life” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 78, Fall 2012:

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For eight years now I’ve had the privilege of treating a family weekly – a mother, Helen, and her two daughters, Tara and Alina. I have no doubt that the father has also been receiving Jin Shin Jyutsu simply through the movement of energy in the family. As one girl changes, each one in the family is affected. The whole system and structure moves.

The family are Buddhist and the girls have been going to a Buddhist camp several times a year. They have a maturity and understanding well beyond their years.

I began treating the girls when Tara was nine and Alina was seven. Now they are seventeen and fifteen. Tara is a senior in high school and will be going to college next year. In this article I will be focusing on Tara since she is leaving soon. I must admit I’m sorry to see her go.

The girls came to me because Tara had been diagnosed with an extreme scoliosis, and it was likely she would have to have surgery. Helen wanted to help Tara in any way she could, not just to avoid the surgery but to support her through whatever process developed. They weren’t focused on outcome as much as they were focused on the love and support she would need for her destiny.

Alina had come to me because she had allergies and eczema since she was very young. The girls shared the hour, and occasionally I would see Helen on her own. It was usually the four of us in the room unless Tara wanted to spend time with me alone so we could talk.

When Tara comes into the office, she usually comments on how happy she is to be here. She says things like, “It’s always the right time for Jin Shin Jyutsu”, or “It seems like the day before I see you I start feeling like I wish I could have a treatment, and then I remember I’m seeing you tomorrow!” or “I just see the table, and I just want to jump onto it. I can’t wait.”

In spite of her scoliosis, Tara remained strong in her physicality at school. She even participated in sports – including running. Then four years ago, the doctor said she would have to have the surgery. Her scoliosis was progressing. Her family looked at it as her karma in this life, just something she had to go through. They talked to Tara about the seriousness of the surgery, even the unlikely possibility of death.

After they decided to do the surgery, Tara came for her usual appointment. This time she had the whole hour to herself. She told me that she knew she had to do the surgery and that she accepted it. She also shared that she was nervous. She didn’t think she was going to die but was still scared. She asked me what I thought happened after a person died, and we talking a long time about what she thought would happen. Tara often asked me questions about things she was thinking about, and we had some incredible talks over the years.

To be continued…

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Watering Violets

Georgianne Ginder writes about: “Watering Violets” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 78, Fall 2012:

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Violets on Wednesday

I offered Jin Shin Jyutsu one Wednesday as I have over many years of Wednesdays to those receiving chemotherapy and other therapies at a major university teaching hospital. As I described this hands-on healing tradition, several women who were receiving chemo listened with rapt attention.

One appeared VERY eager to participate in a session. I asked if she had any pain, any problems – and she mentioned ONLY a slight bit of stress. I consulted her wrist pulses and soon inquired if she was holding any discomfort in her stomach because as I placed my hands upon her, this area was “strongly” and resoundingly speaking to that. I felt a palpable tension in her neck and gently inquired if she was experiencing a “pain in the neck”. I mentioned that sometimes we cannot “stomach” a certain situation in our lives. Our bodies handle stresses in a variety of ways.

She said that I had hit upon something. Quickly she told me that she has been forced to deal with a problem in her family. I told her I sensed something and wondered if by chance this situation concerned two people; it did. And she soon began to share a story with me.

How did I know about those two? “I know what I learn as I proceed”, I told her. (And frequently before I begin!) She matter-of-factly told me there were steps she must take to remedy the all-consuming problem. Within minutes she unburdened a painful tale that had been pressing upon her mind, her body and her spirit – and heart, stomach, neck and about everywhere else.

“If I do not get rid of the anger and upsetedness ‘in here’ [pointing to her stomach], then all the medicine in the world will do nothing to help me. I know that. Those two are more than a pain in the neck. This is just eating me up…these people…and how they are treating me. I am glad you came here today because having you just listen to what is going on tells me I know I have to make some changes. sometimes we know what we must do, but we need someone not too close to the situation to show up and help us clear things up. God sends people our way. He surely does.”

I showed her how to hold her middle finger and use her breath to deal with and eliminate anger. She vowed she would do this as she felt much stronger already. Her face and her breathing and her bearing told me just that.

I also gave her a printed sheet with a healing meditation and some self-help routines, and she spied my trademarks: “H.O.P.E., and Your Best Medicine.”

“Hope IS your best medicine and so is faith. You have got that one right.” That is what she told me.

“Violet” exhibited a stronger, happier, healthier “vibe” as we completed our session. She was sitting in her chair and smiling confidently to boot. Now the woman in the next chair wanted to have a session, too. They exchanged phone numbers as I gathered my belongings.

And so it is that places for healing open and happen…minute by minute…one breath at a time…one friend, one story, one smile at a time.

Georgianne Ginder, M Sc, CHWC. “H.O.P.E. and Your Best Medicine™,” Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner, and Health and Wellness Counselor at VCU – Medical College of Virginia.

Thank you, Georgianne.

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.

 

Late Summer

Lynne Pflueger writes about: “Late Summer” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 78, Fall 2012:

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Late Summer, the hottest part of the season, is First Depth. The Order of Transformation, also known as the Order of the Supporters, follows sequentially the order of the seasons of a year on earth. The body itself is earth, Main Central is primordial fire, Supervisor is air and Mediator is water. It is the heat of late summer that brings on the Autumn harvest or the ripening for harmony. Late Summer in the body is Stomach Function Energy and Spleen Function Energy, each one harmonizing our capacity to be both nourished and nourishing.

“First Depth worries will inhibit receiving.” – Mary Burmeister

Our Stomach Function Energy enables us to receive nourishment. We are sustained on many levels, not just by food. Friends, family, things we read, hear, see, smell, touch, and invisible fountains of energy all serve to sustain us during this life. Individuals who are unable to accept the help or comfort that they need would benefit from a Stomach Flow.

“What is the use of all this teaching, preaching, and helping others if I am not taking care of myself?” – Mary Burmeister

Spleen Function Energy, known in ancient anatomy as the Sun God, will harmonize the vital force enabling us to nourish others. It is possible to forget ourselves and give all of our precious energy away. Years ago I observed my yellow lab going through a serious illness. At one point, during a physical crisis, he withdrew and retreated into his own world to conserve his own energy for healing. He did not engage or interact with anything or anyone that did not feed his own need. Barely moving, he spent several days lying in the sun or shade out on the lawn. While it appeared to some that he was on his last legs, I saw that he was simply harmonizing, absorbing energy from the earth, conserving each precious breath to heal himself rather than frivolously spending himself on others. He did recover fully and lived quite a bit longer. At the time, I thought to myself, “It would be good if we humans were so wise.” Spleen is depleted by running around trying to BE.

“When the sun rises I go to work. When the sun goes down I take my rest. I share creation Kings can do no more.” – Ancient Chinese Saying

“The word LISTEN contains the same letters as the word SILENT.”– Alfred Brendel

 

Guru’s Story, Part 2

Christopher Lowman shares: “Guru’s Story” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 78, Fall 2012:

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Treating Cerebral Palsy with Jin Shin Jyutsu

Since he doesn’t use them, and from laying on his back all day all his life, Guru’s legs flop out to the left, his hips being somewhat torqued. We all, even his parents – to our amazement – noticed his hips starting to come to a neutral, center position. As you know, those visible signs do help us along the way because most people don’t see how putting your hands on somebody can do anything helpful.

Through the help of my hosting NGO, one of the last steps I took was connecting Guru to a hospital that specializes in the free treatment of children with severe disabilities, where he continues to receive weekly treatment. This is work I don’t think could have been as effective had it not been for the piece we resolved with Jin Shin Jyutsu. Being able to make the two-hour trip to the hospital (in Indian heat and busy streets) was a great sign of progress in this respect as well. Previously, he couldn’t tolerate being outside of his home much, as he was prone to have fits.

Though it’s very likely he will never learn to talk or walk, the doctors feel that, gradually, he will learn how to chew solid food, hold his head upright, and keep the saliva in his mouth, and other things like that – small changes, but big ones to him and his family. I learned later on that Guru’s mom had basically given up hope before I arrived, and through no design of my own, all of these wonderful changes happened that have brightened his future.

When I share Guru’s story with people like you, I like to mention something that happened toward the tail end of our treatment time, something that admittedly sounds a bit odd. I was in the middle of a session and heard a voice from within, “No longer shall you interfere with the boy’s karma.” It was clear, and I knew after that session we were finished. The sanctioned amount of change had happened.

I think this is a relevant point for us all as Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners, involved in the Art of Service. Some people for reasons we probably don’t have access to, need to walk with disability, illness, suffering, and so on. For us to get the idea that we need to fix or heal somebody, as well-intentioned as we may be, we can overlook this. And by practicing with motive, we can become the “generous thief”. Our actions appear to be for the benefit of another, but in truth we end up taking something fundamental away. In the next part to this article, we’ll come back to this point in greater detail when discussing my time with young students orphaned by the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.

This is why I appreciate our use of the term “harmony”. Jin Shin Jyutsu helps bring situations into balance, which, to me, doesn’t necessarily entail total curing. Certainly this is what I saw with Guru.

Thank you, Christopher.

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.

Guru’s Story, Part 1

Christopher Lowman shares: “Guru’s Story” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 78, Fall 2012:

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Treating Cerebral Palsy with Jin Shin Jyutsu

For the past nearly two years I have been living in poor, challenged communities in India, Kenya, and Rwanda, where I helped develop a number of small humanitarian activities that primarily benefited children.

It began in Gujarat, India, at a small leprosy community in Ahmedabad with a young boy (around age 11), Guru, who because of complications at birth, developed the brain disorder known as Cerebral Palsy (CP). He is, however, without the leprosy disease. Because a formal intervention was never introduced, it’s a case of CP as severe as it gets – Guru is unable to talk, move his body, or do anything for himself. Developmentally, he’s like an infant and will, for the rest of his life, be completely dependent on his family – especially his mom – for survival. To give you an idea, his mother is responsible for such tasks as spoon feeding Guru water, cleaning the drool from his mouth that he can’t hold in, and changing his clothes at least three times a day because of the toilet issue.

As I was going door-to-door meeting all the residents of this community I would be living in for the year, I came upon Guru, and was moved by his situation. There he was laying on the floor, very thin, hyperventilating and making a wheeze-like sound on each breath, with a fly net over his face to protect him from a swarm of flies he couldn’t swat away.

I let his family know what I do (i.e., practice Jin Shin Jyutsu), and that I was interested in coming to the home to give treatments to Guru twice per day for a few days each week. To be honest, I can’t say where I got that intensive treatment plan from, it just made sense at the time. His family without many questions, agreed.

Beginning our treatment work, what stuck out the most was Guru’s breathing difficulty, as well as a certain degree of dissociation, or being elsewhere though physically present. I assumed this was all trauma related. Having a complicated birth, then entering a body you can’t move would certainly be terrifying.

I remember using the Methods of Correction quite a bit, as well as the 10 breathing and 3 Flows. And what happened, over time, of course, was that Guru started to appear more present in his body, evidenced by his face seeming fuller, as well as by a small amount of weight gain. He started showing signs of happiness when kids who were present in the room would egg him on by being silly, or making silly noises. His breathing even calmed down.

To be continued…

A Brief Discussion of Some Relationships of Jin Shin Jyutsu to the Chakras, Part 3

Jed Schwartz presents: “A Brief Discussion of Some Relationships of Jin Shin Jyutsu to the Chakras” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 77, Summer 2012:

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At the navel is the third chakra, Manipura, which means “The City of Gems”, and is expressed as a 10-petal lotus flower with the color yellow. It is located at the solar plexus and epigastric plexus. Here is where we work on our personal control, our will, ego and our domination of the world around us. It is our Fire element and, as such, is related to the Fifth Depth energy. Both are related to the planet Mars. The sense of eyesight is related to this chakra and, being near the waist line, it has a relationship with Jin Shin Jyutsu’s understanding of vision (Third Depth).

At the heart center is the fourth chakra, Anahata, which means “unstricken”, and is expressed by the 12-petal lotus flower with the color green. Located at the cardiac plexus, the fourth chakra represents the balance between the lower and higher consciousness, our mortal common love and our love of others and humanity. It is our Air element and, as such, is related to the Second Depth energy. Both are related to the planet Venus and to the sense of touch.

At the throat area is the fifth chakra, Vishuddha, which means “pure”, and is expressed by the 16-petal lotus flower with the color blue. It is located at the carotid plexus and the pharyngeal plexus. The fifth chakra embodies our ability to express ourselves through communication and creativity. It is all the elements combined and, as such, is related to the Third Depth energy. Both are related to the planet Jupiter.

In the area between the eyebrows is the sixth chakra, Ajna, which means “authority, unlimited power”, and is expressed by a 2-petal lotus flower with the color indigo. Located at this Third Eye is the medulla plexus and the pineal plexus. The sixth chakra is the conscience and reveals the insight of the visible and invisible worlds. It is related to our higher Self and thus to the Sixth Depth energy. Both are related to the Moon and to the consciousness of our soul.

The area at the top of the head is the seventh chakra, Sahasrara, which means “empty void”, and is expressed by a thousand-petal lotus flower with the color violet, located at the top of the cranium, the cerebral plexus. The seventh chakra is our connection to the universal identity and the teacher inside. It is our Source and, as such, is related to the Seventh Depth energy. The illusion of “individual self” is dissolved in the Seventh Depth and the seventh chakra. Both express the Light.

Looking at the Lumbar Circle, we see a common relation of the movement through the Depths and chakras. The Lumbar Circle expresses the elements blending together to bring us into manifestation. Moving from Lumbar 5 upward we see the same movement as the chakras:

  • Lumbar 1 = 3rd Depth     5th Chakra
  • Lumbar 2 = 2nd Depth    4th Chakra
  • Lumbar 3 = 5th Depth     3rd Chakra
  • Lumbar 4 = 4th Depth     2nd Chakra
  • Lumbar 5 = 1st Depth     1st Chakra

The chakras are bringing the evolving human being through each level of consciousness for us to be whole and complete, starting from the gross and bringing us to the sublime.

When we move from Lumbar 5 to Lumbar 1, we experience the Earth energy rising back up to Spirit, just as the Kundalini energy – the Serpent power within us – spirals through the seven chakras back home to the Creator.

Just as with all things we may not at first see all the relationships as being in common. That is why we must continue to look deeper for the connections on other levels, one day seeing the oneness of all things.

As Mary says, “Jin Shin Jyutsu is the study of worlds within worlds.”

Thank you, Jed.

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.

A Brief Discussion of Some Relationships of Jin Shin Jyutsu to the Chakras, Part 2

Jed Schwartz presents: “A Brief Discussion of Some Relationships of Jin Shin Jyutsu to the Chakras” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 77, Summer 2012:

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The serpent Kundalini, who lies coiled three and a half times, is said to represent the three gunas. The gunas are the fundamental attributes that represent the natural evolutionary process through which the subtle becomes gross.

Relating this to Jin Shin Jyutsu we have:

  • Sattva: Essence (subtle) – relates to 13 and the bust line
  • Rajas: Activity -relates to 14 and the waist line
  • Tamas: Inertia (gross) – relates to 15 and the hip line

Once Kundalini is awakened, she is protected by the  Hindu god Shiva and his two sons. Shiva rules our pelvis, the resting home of Kundalini. His first son, Ganesha, protects her at our Root Chakra, helping us to break and dissolve all obstacles and ignorance, so that we can rise upward to our true self. Skanda, the second son of Shiva, guides the Goddess Kundalini as she rises up the spine. Within Jin Shin Jyutsu our manifested being is constantly supported by the invisible world of the Ninth, Eighth and Seventh Depths, the realm of the gods.

Shiva is the divine descending masculine energy of transformation (represented by the equilateral triangle pointing downward), and the Shakti is the divine ascending feminine energy (represented by the equilateral triangle pointing upward). Together we have creation with the star representing the union of the male and female forces.

Kundalina exists within us as three nadis (energy channels) that spiral up from the bottom of the spine to the head. The Sushumna nadi is the center channel or tube, similar to the Main Central Vertical Flow and our spinal column. The Ida nadi flows up the left side of the spine and is related to the Left Supervisor Flow. The Pingala nadi flows up the right side of the spine and relates to the Right Supervisor Flow.

The Ida and Pingala spiral and weave around the Sushumna, bringing about the movement that relates to our Mediator Flow. These two nadis cross the Sushumna, creating a vortex or wheel of energy, which is a chakra center. These centers relate to the nerve plexuses in our body physiology.

Just as we can discuss in great detail each of the Depths, so too can we talk about each of the chakras, but for this article we will introduce only a few of the relationships.

At the base of our spine is the first chakra, Muladhara, which means “foundation” and is expressed as a 4-petal lotus flower, and its color is red. It is located at the pelvic plexus between the anus and genitals, at the base of the spine. The pelvic plexus innervates the urinary bladder, prostate, ductus deferens and cranial urethra. It is supplied by the hypo-gastric and pelvic splanchnic nerves. Here is where we work on our physical security, survival and the beginning of manifesting on earth. It is our earth element, and as such it is related to our First Depth energy. Both are related to the planet Saturn and to the sense of smell.

At the lower abdomen is the second chakra, Svadhisthana, which means “dwelling place of the self”, and is expressed as a 6-petal lotus flower with the color orange. It is located at the hypo-gastric plexus, the genitals and the area of the low back and hips. The hypo-gastric plexus is a complex of nerve fibers in the pelvic area. Here is where we work on our emotional control, sexuality and the attitude of fear. It is our Water element and, as such, it is related to our Fourth Depth energy. Both are related to the planet Mercury and to the sense of taste.

To be continued…