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The Fall Equinox and the Face Flows, Part 3

Louanne Ellis writes about: “The Fall Equinox and the Face Flows” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:

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The Bladder Flow combined with the Kidney Flow is the Fourth Depth representing our water/emotional nature. When the Bladder Function Energy is out of order it affects our emotional nature through faulty brain “chemistry”. The corresponding attitude is fear. When we get emotionally unstable and mentally confused and/or disabled it is almost impossible to be in positive functioning relationships. The resulting attitude of fear is amplified and reflected in the originating fear in the opposite sign Aries, as a result of separation anxiety. During the Libra phase at midlife, corresponding to the Bladder function, we would fear for losing our social relationships, partners, friends, etc. As we age, there can also be the fear of losing one’s mind, our memory, and our rationality. Dementia, senility, Alzheimer’s, are all mental “diseases” that begin in the “head” and show up most prevalently during the Aquarian phase, 71-77 years, that corresponds to the Gall Bladder. These problems reflect the dramatic nature of not being able to be in relationship as a result of disharmonious brain functions.

The Bladder Flow in harmony supports the ability to create positive relationships based upon good communication skills, mental clarity, and balanced (Libra) emotions (Fourth Depth).

Aquarius, 71-77 years, astrologically is the developmental phase of establishing mental security by being with people that have common ideas, values and activities. Here we often see “senior citizens” participating in a lifestyle that is group oriented, consistent with their desire for commonality.

Aquarius relates to the “higher” functions of the brain, the ability to download and connect on multiplanes or universes in order to access information. It is the individual “brain” connected to the spiritual/collective intelligence. The Aquarian mindset potentially gives us humanitarians, inventors, free spirits, iconoclasts, etc. who are by definition ahead of their time. Aquarians are mentally oriented and problem solvers as a result of their abilities to expand their perception and their ability to connect to the collective “mind”.  They are agents of the future; in youth, rebellious and headstrong, finding themselves uncomfortable with the mainstream. Frustration is the attitude that best describes the specific type of anger that we see in Aquarius, corresponding to the Gall Bladder Function Energy and Third Depth.

The nature of frustration is understandable on an age related basis. At 71-77 years we can have progressive ideas and a keen ability to see reality without the bias of a younger ego-driven personality. It is frustrating to not have the physical energy and influence to assert one’s objective and clear vision gained by a lifetime of experience. It is a classic dilemma of the wisdom of the “grandfather” being discounted by the up and coming youth. It is a contrast of gained knowledge in conflict with the technological progress and current culture.

By supporting the Gall Bladder Function Energy, we can help to harmonize the predictable frustration that these individuals experience. The Gall Bladder along with the Stomach and Bladder all support different aspects of brain functions. The Stomach has the most direct connection to the physical functioning. We see with learning impaired individuals a direct link to coordination and fine motor skills. The Bladder, through chemistry and hormones, directly affects emotional states. The Gall Bladder is related more to the higher consciousness of perceptual understanding that helps to place adversity in a spiritual or philosophical context, neutralizing attitudinal extremes that provoke anger. Relationships are a fundamentally important aspect of our lives. The harmonious functioning of the Face Flows directly affect our ability to enjoy and connect with people on all levels through good communication (Gemini), diplomatic (Libra) and perceptual (Aquarius) abilities.

Thank you, Louanne.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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The Fall Equinox and the Face Flows, Part 2

Louanne Ellis writes about: “The Fall Equinox and the Face Flows” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:

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The first phase of “formal” mental development during youth is the Gemini phase that corresponds to the Stomach, First Depth. This period, ages 15-21 years, represents our individual mental body and the initial skill sets for learning and communication established in youth.

The second phase is the Libra period, ages 42-49 years, that corresponds to the Bladder and Fourth Depth. It is the middle age and intellectual phase representing the ability to be cooperative and in social relationships supported by our ability to communicate with others.

The third and final phase is the Aquarian phase, ages 71-77, that corresponds to the Third Depth – Gall Bladder Function Energy, representing the senior stage and spiritual intellectual development. At this time we experience our objectivity and clarity devoted to finding solutions that can help to bring personal peace as well as assistance in our communities. It is the spiritual connection with our individual intellectual potential that stimulates innovative thinking directed toward the betterment of mankind.

The Face Flows as they correspond to the air signs in astrology are the support and development system for our intellect and the corresponding ability to communicate. They are the cornerstones of our ability to relate based on the ability to communicate.

The attitude associated with the Stomach function and the First Depth is worry. The evolutionary function of Gemini is the development of an independent mind and communication skills. When the Stomach Flow is out of harmony we have a brain that may not be functioning well. I remember Mary saying that it could result in insanity, a dramatic and acute representation. In less extreme examples we see learning disabilities and memory functions being compromised. A healthy Stomach function and Gemini individuals will be witty, curious, great communicators and enthusiastic readers and writers.

When the Gemini phase (15-21 years) completes its phase, we are recognized by our culture as adults. The individual is legally mature enough to be independently responsible. This can precipitate fear and/or anxiety about what to do, making the right decisions. Worry seems to be a mentally dominated attitude that corresponds well with this phase of life. Leaving the nest and a secure environment can be fearful, and at this age action is the theme, and more accurately, reaction.

Depending on the emotional and mental security established in childhood there might not be much attitude, a tribute to good parenting, good genetics and circumstances. Generally speaking, worry is a “mental” condition that is often related to not knowing what to do, or having the strength to do it. It is an action problem, which is key at this developmental phase of life.

The Libra period, ages 43-49 years, is the highlight of this Fall equinox article. This is the significant transition where we switch from a masculine orientation to the feminine. It is the beginning stage of ego “deconstruction” bringing the individual into balance, as he gives up self-interest as a life strategy. Libra is the sign that signifies partnership, balance, cooperation, diplomacy, beauty and justice. These qualities are the prerequisites for being in relationship. Here we find lawyers, counselors, and all types of partnerships, marriage, friendships and business.

To be continued…

The Fall Equinox and the Face Flows, Part 1

Louanne Ellis writes about: “The Fall Equinox and the Face Flows” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:

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The first day of Fall begins on September 21st, when the sun’s rays are perpendicular to the equator, creating a day of equal light and dark for all of earth. The sun “sets” annually on this day for the northern hemisphere signifying the same message energetically that we experience as sunset at the end of each day. Light symbolizing the active masculine aspect of our day is giving over to the “dark”, the feminine energy of merging and interior focusing. We literally find ourselves spending more time “inside” as the days get shorter and the light diminishes. The sun’s light will continue to wane as its strength moves south, until the winter solstice when it starts to build again, returning to rise like dawn above the equator at the spring equinox.

Sunset corresponds to midlife, the full moon and the astrological sign Libra. It is a powerful significant benchmark in human development worthy of the term “midlife crisis”. The first day of Fall marks the completion of the first half of the natural year, and midlife on the human life scale. Birth, initiates the first half of life and the masculine energetic phase supporting the development of ego consciousness and individuation. It is characterized by exteriorization – activity and physical growth. During this period the sunlight symbolizing the individualized ego is “growing”. It will peak at the first Saturn return, 29-2 years, in the Sun’s rulership sigh, Leo. This is the high point of individuated ego consciousness.

Sunset, corresponding to Fall and Libra, symbolically initiates the second half of the day, year or life (depending on the scale of observation). This half of life is dominated by the interiorizing, merging and relationship orientation of the feminine that supports the process of ego “deconstruction”. Simply, we see that the “light-daytime” corresponds to masculine exteriorizing energy, and at sunset we make the transition to “darkness-night” that corresponds to the interiorizing, merging feminine phase. It is interesting that the night is when we join the super-conscious, the unconscious, and our spirit world in dreams and night travel, night school, etc. We merge temporarily with the collective until dawn, the birth of another day, when we are consciously reconnected with our physical body and our individualized ego experience. Understanding the nature of “nightlife” offers great insight into the nature of the feminine and its meaningful developmental function during the second half of our lives that begins at “sunset”.

The Face Flows – The Air Element

All the Face Flows correspond to the air signs that relate to the development and functions of the intellect and communication. They originate in the “head”, a curiously natural phenomenon. The three Face Flows are: Stomach, a Surface Flow corresponding to Gemini; the Bladder, a Deep Flow, corresponding to Libra; and the Gall Bladder, a Middle Flow corresponding to Aquarius. Our intellectual abilities, brain functions, communication skills and relationship potential are all supported by the Face Flows.

To be continued…

 

Sharing Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jeannette Northern writes: “Sharing Jin Shin Jyutsu” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:

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I walked up three flights of stairs on a cool gray Sunday morning in Oakland to work my shift at Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic. Three ladies to share my understanding of this Art arrive one after the other. Bless them all for the pleasure they bring my way…a reciprocal relationship of giving and receiving. And I am continually amazed at the lack of resistance I experience to sharing myself in is way.

It is touching to read through their charts before I meet them…no one I remember from my past visits. In this moment, I can hardly recall their names, but each face, each interaction is still here with me. One had breast cancer in her right breast, another metastatic melanoma, the last with breast cancer in her left breast…all in different phases of their cancer projects…the last one more serious. Chemo has taken all her hair. Before she lies down, she asks me sweetly if it’s okay to remove her wig. “Of course,” I say. She takes off her wig, laying it in the chair where her jacket and bag already sit and climbs carefully onto the table, resting the back of her bare head on the pillow.

It touches me to see these three ladies lie down to receive. This hour of time we each share is a rest for them…for me too, as I touch their bodies with my hands…an eternal, timeless space… My hands, an extension of Self, become alive in a new way, a way that words fail to describe. So, I sit in silence, and share this Self with them.

As my hands touch this body, there is a remembrance of harmony…harmony born out of the transformation of space and time…harmony that’s eternally present where thoughts stop and rest is received…spiraling, spinning, transforming  like the giggling laughter of a child at play…pure FUN – Fulfillment, Understanding, No-thingness.

In the lobby, I see an old friend. She’s lived with cancer for the past eight years, and she’s an inspiration to me. Tipping and bowing her head to one side she says, “I don’t get to see you, today.” I say with a smile and a nod, “I know,” and then we hug. Her hair, white as silvery moonlight, unlike her usual highlights of purple, turquoise or red…her eyes bright and full of mercurial life…the kind that knows play and joy from the gift of experiencing ourselves… somehow, she and I, WE, know we’ll see each other again.

Leaving, I walk out the door and down the same three flights of stairs…a lightness in my being as I step outside onto the sidewalk. Bright sunshine greets me on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. I wonder for a moment where my feet will take me and say “thank you”. How lucky I AM to know and share the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Thank you, Jeannette.

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 trust…

OPEN TO TRUST

“When I grip the wheel too tight, I find I lose control.”
— Steve Rapson

WE SEEK TO CONTROL OUR LIVES WHEN WE DO NOT TRUST, WHEN WE DO NOT LOVE. Our ego, perceiving itself to be vulnerable and insecure, uses control in an effort to protect itself.

At the root of our need to control, we find FEAR. It may be fear of the unknown. Fear of not coping. Fear of loss. Or possibly even fear of looking stupid. And as our efforts to control other people and events invariably fail, our fear increases.

Trust, on the other hand, is a quality of the soul. While control is a tool of the mind, TRUST AND FAITH ARE ASPECTS OF THE HEART. Trust comes with the deep knowing that we are spiritual beings in physical bodies. When we trust enough in life to give up our need to control, we can relax and open to the flow of energy in our lives. This brings peace of mind.

“The only real security in life lies in relishing life’s insecurity.”
— M. Scott Peck

“Do not abandon trust when your ego thinks things should be different than they are.”
— Wayne Dyer

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In Communion, Part 2

Jill Pasquinelli writes: “In Communion” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:

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Paula seemed relieved to hear this and quickly agreed that she knew she was in shock, that this was the first layer, and the she felt numb and hadn’t been able to cry.

I was using the Breathing Flow, which I find to be very soothing and relaxing for someone in a deep grief process, or any situation that can take your breath away.

After a while Paula said, “You’re making me feel sad. I haven’t been able to feel this.” I just nodded and said that it wasn’t me making her feel sad but her own feelings arising and bubbling up to the surface. As I was giving her the Mediator Flow, she started describing how the flow was moving in her body, tracing the feeling up her arm, across her chest, and continuing to follow it through her own body. I was amazed as she continued to trace the pathways that I had spent so many hours studying, so simply and effortlessly, watching and witnessing that as some of the numbness was lifting she increasingly became more aware of the sensations in her body. She was inhabiting and claiming herself. She was, after all, alive.

This led me to thinking about the innate knowledge that we have, the deep inner knowing. Watching Paula as she tracked the deep inner movement of her life in her being, her husband Frank, who went from one day doing surgery to the next day being in the acute state of the dying process…Wow, how could this be?

It’s hard to wrap my head around it. It seems like performing surgery was such an intrinsic part of his being; he was the artist. It wasn’t just technique.

Then I found myself thinking about Mary, who could no longer teach Jin Shin Jyutsu classes after her accident, though her hands held this deep knowing which went beyond the tangible, the mind, the years of studying and training, beyond words and actions to become something much deeper…a wisdom without thought that comes from simply being present where past, present, and future meld together…maybe a part of the privilege of being human.

Thank you, Jill.

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.

 

 

 

In Communion, Part 1

Jill Pasquinelli writes: “In Communion” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 74, Fall 2011:

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I’ve been treating Paula for about twelve years now. She originally came to see me because she was dealing with breast cancer. As her health improved, she continued with a real commitment to the transformation that began with her initial experience with cancer. It has been incredible to see her evolution in becoming more and more herself.

Recently Paula called me and left word on my voicemail that her husband, Frank, who was a prominent surgeon, had been diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma and it had metastasized to his lungs and his brain. They were going for a second opinion but wanted to know if there was anything she could do to alleviate the pain and bloating that he was experiencing. I gave her opposite fingers and toes, Special Body Function 3, and the Special Bloat flow from the Now Know Myself seminar materials.

A few days later she called again to tell me that Frank never made it for the second opinion. The doctors said he had at most a few weeks to live and keeping him comfortable was the most important thing, palliative care, something Frank had been so familiar with from his work with his own patients. And now here he was, one day delivering babies and performing surgery, and the very next day in bed, fast approaching the end of his life. He never returned to work, it accelerated at such a fast pace that there was no time for even a second opinion or any kind of treatment other than a few days of radiation to reduce the swelling in his brain. It was clear that it wasn’t about building, repairing, protecting, or even extending life. Instead the focus was on going with the flow, helping this to be as smooth a transition as possible, surrendering and listening to where life was taking him as he was struggling to let go of everything he knew. Paula called me often and I would give her simple Jin Shin Jyutsu flows for what was arising.

Frank left this world in under four weeks.

After a few weeks Paula came for an appointment. As she came in, she seemed tired and numb. I asked her how she was doing and she replied, “Because it’s you asking, I know you’ll understand when I say in the moment I’m fine. But when I start to look at anything bigger I’m a mess. I’m overwhelmed by the details, anything to do with the future; then I feel anxious and start to panic. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

We were quiet for a while. I finally just said, “It’s a good thing you don’t have to do anything right now. You probably really don’t have to do anything for the next year. It seems like some time to be with what is, what arises, might be the only thing that makes sense now. It has al happened so fast, I imagine you’re in shock.”

To be continued…