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Jin Shin Jyutsu in the Clinic: Larger than Life, Part 1

Melinda Buckwalter  of Commington, Massachusetts, writes “Jin Shin Jyutsu in the Clinic: Larger than Life” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 44, Spring, 2004:


I encountered Jin Shin Jyutsu and knew right away that I wanted to study and practice it. Later I went to massage school because my state had rules about touching professionally. Mainly massage school gave me a forum to discuss issues regarding bodywork, from how to make clients comfortable on a table to how to take care of myself. My first job was working in a physical therapy office. These were wonderful therapists who incorporated craniosacral therapy, process acupressure and applied kinesiology into their practice of physical therapy. They were jealous of my massage license!

They felt that their field had been taken over by protocols imposed by the insurance companies. Doctors were required to write specific prescriptions for the patients in order to be treated by the physical therapists. The physical therapists were not allowed to treat anything else even if it was clearly affecting the prescribed area. They were given strict time limits under which to treat: 15 to 20 minutes for 10 to 12 visits. The physical therapists longed for the freedom of the massage license. Massage therapists are expected to work the whole body even if just the back is sore, or even if there is nothing wrong – simply for relaxation and as often as the client wants.

Now, however, massage therapists are looking for acceptance by the medical profession, which includes being covered by insurance companies. Prescriptions by doctors of specific areas to be exclusively worked and all the accompanying encumbrances that limit the physical therapy professional come along with that recognition.

Massage therapy as a holistic practice is being reduced to a medical massage practice (maybe it should be called an insurance massage practice) that can be quantified, coded and fit into the clinical setting. In giving up the freedom of a more expansive definition of their profession for a more clinical one, massage therapists are voluntarily limiting what was of therapeutic value in massage in the first place – that agenda-less space for the body to acknowledge its condition. Massage therapists who hope to retain a holistic practice are raising awareness in the profession by speaking out about what we win and lose by fitting into the medical model as defined by the insurance companies. Is there a way to gain acceptance without throwing the baby out with the bathwater?

Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners experience a similar situation when we work in clinical settings with therapists of other modalities or even when we are just setting ourselves up in a “practice”; an office with clients, a schedule and receipt of money for sessions. To distinguish themselves, many healing modalities are invested in defining their scope of practice, a term the state uses to license and regulate what hands-on professionals are allowed to do. What do we gain or lose when we as Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners fit into this dynamic?

One of the things that I love about Jin Shin Jyutsu is that shell shock that you experience after your first seminar or indeed any seminar. I knew I had run into something that was bigger than myself, so much bigger that I was in a state of awe and confusion. I couldn’t get Jin Shin Jyutsu to fit into any pattern that I had previously encountered in my schooling or living experience. I have since realized this sense of shock and surprise especially in people who were Mary’s students. They took the brunt of this shock for us and have in their own ways made the material easier to digest as they pass Jin Shin Jyutsu on to us, but there is a potency to their initial exposure to Jin Shin Jyutsu that is in some ways still very raw. I have the good fortune of being a friend of Margery Johnston who attended some of Mary’s early classes. That sense of shock and surprise is still very alive in her these many years later. Although I think she has been successful at taming her initial confusion, I am glad that that early shock of encounter still lives in her. It is a reminder that Jin Shin Jyutsu is something more wonderful, awesome and magical than we can imagine.

To be continued…

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Jin Shin Jyutsu: Getting to Know the Name, Part 2

Christopher Lowman  writes “Jin Shin Jyutsu: Getting to Know the Name” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 43, Winter 2004:



What is Art? Art, too, has many definitions that are difficult to agree upon. I believe, though, its essence has to do with the creative power (endowed equally to all things) that flows naturally, simply from within and which purposes to create a sense of “beauty”.

So, the “Creator’s Art” when looked at this way is a limitless power that is found everywhere, endowed equally to all and which flows from within, creating beauty.

Looking at the last part of the name ~ “Knowing and Compassionate Man” ~ we see that it is for US!

This to me shows us just how special and unique Jin Shin Jyutsu is. It also indicates the profound level and power that we are working with. It is the beauty producing power of The Creator for you and me. What a gift!

From here I would like to re-emphasize a teaching that I feel is being lost as Jin Shin Jyutsu continues to expand. Jin Shin Jyutsu is not a “healing”, “fixing”, “alternative”, “curing”, “restoring”, “good for aches and pains”, “relaxing”, etc. art. Not because it’s not, but because it’s MORE than that, so much more that ~ it just IS. I find it fun to keep this in mind when practicing because many people come to me with, “My head hurts”, “I have this or that medical label”, “I’m so upset”, etc. I just say, “This could help that”, all the while thinking to myself that Jin Shin Jyutsu isn’t about any of those things in particular, but because of its all-inclusive nature, it actually is.

This satisfied me for a while but then the question arose, “WHY would the Creator give us this art/creative power?”

Mary gives us the answer in Self-Help Book 1 (and in many other places) where she writes, “Jin Shin Jyutsu IS” followed by “Getting to Know (Help) Myself”.

I view this statement as another aspect of the name (she almost always couples them) similar to the second part of a book title, e.g., The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King. They are directly linked. Make no mistake about it.

My interpretation of this is that Mary is telling us that the primary, creative intention (the “why”) of Jin Shin Jyutsu is to help us get to know ourselves.

I said earlier that art has a notion of beauty built into it. What could possibly be more beautiful than knowing ourselves as we truly are? It is the place from where all true art, health, security, fulfillment, beauty, love, bliss, happiness, longevity, benevolence, etc. is born ~ is it not? It is also the place where all the trouble starts as well. Thus the insight, “All my miseries are caused by I am ignorant of myself”, makes all the more sense.

The following comes from Book 1 of Neal Donald Walsch’s, Conversations with God: “My purpose in creating you, My spiritual offspring, was for Me to know Myself as The Creator (God). I have no way to do that save through you. Thus it can be said (and has been many, many times) that My purpose for you is for you to know yourself as Me.” This startled me given all that I had gathered thus far about the meaning of Jin Shin Jyutsu. This offering explains that the primary purpose of our life on Earth is for us to know ourselves as who we really are, i.e. as the Creator.

To me there is no question that Jin Shin Jyutsu, Getting to Know (Help) Myself, is in perfect harmony with this intention, and I find it extraordinary that this has been derived from just getting to know the name. For me, Jin Shin Jyutsu is and always will be the infinite beauty producing power of the Creator given to us to fulfill His one goal ~ for us to know ourselves as Him.

Small wonder why I would hesitate in the past to tell people what I do or why some people can only say, “Jin Shin”. “Jin Shin Jyutsu” carries such a powerful force with it that it is practically unspeakable.

Thank you, Chris.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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Jin Shin Jyutsu: Getting to Know the Name, Part 1

Christopher Lowman  writes “Jin Shin Jyutsu: Getting to Know the Name” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 43, Winter 2004:


Recently I have been studying in preparation to teach my first self-help class. I decided to start my studies where most instructors start teaching in class ~ by looking at the name, Jin Shin Jyutsu. I’ve been looking at this name pretty closely now for a couple of months, and what I’ve found in its meaning, I think, is very powerful. To be honest, I never was a big fan of the name and always hesitated to mention it when people would ask, “Well, what do you do?” I thought it to be such a mouthful, and I feared the inevitable, “Jin Shin … what?” Now, however, after careful study I can say that I am beginning to understand the truly awesome power and meaning that the name conveys and am happy to be able to share what I have discovered with you.

We’ve all been told that Master Murai originally named Jin Shin Jyutsu the “Art of Happiness” observing that those who he worked with seemed to live more joyful and happy lives. Then, as his awareness deepened, he renamed it the “Art of Longevity” noticing that it promoted increased length and overall quality of life. As his awareness continued to grow, he renamed it the “Art of Benevolence” seeing that it inspired people to help and share with others what had been shared with them. Finally, he rested with “Jin Shin Jyutsu” or the “Art of the Creator for the Man of Knowing and Compassion”. That’s a big leap from the other names, but what pray does it mean?

When Master Murai arrived at Jin Shin Jyutsu, I believe he witnessed through all his years and years of study and practice that it helped people in every way imaginable: spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, etc. He realized that its power to help was limitless (found everywhere), and any name like the “Art of Happiness” or the “Art of Benevolence” wouldn’t do because those names (or any like them) set a limit on its nature by saying that it is THIS and not THAT. This is why we say that Jin Shin Jyutsu “IS”.

To me the genius of this name has to do with the fact that it names something which essentially cannot be named (given it limitless nature). Furthermore, I believe Jin Shin Jyutsu gives us insight into our reason for existence and tells us how it assists in that!

Let’s look at the phrase the “Art of the Creator for the Knowing and Compassionate Man” in stages.

“The Art of the Creator” or as Mary says in Text 1, “Creator’s Art”. Jin Shin Jyutsu is the “Creator’s Art”.

Who or What is the Creator? There are many definitions, but to me, simply speaking, the Creator (or God, if you will) is the Everything, that is, All Things Seen and Unseen, including you and me (though many of us do not think of ourselves as such). In the Bible it is said, “I Am the Alpha and the Omega.’ The Creator is This, That, and Everything In Between: the absolute purest definition of That Which Has No Limit ~ That Which IS.

To be continued…

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An Experience of Know Myself IT IS

Siew Kuan Lee  of Freemont, California, shares “An Experience of Know Myself IT IS” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 43, Winter 2004:


A few months back when I was going through overwhelming life changes, I constantly applied self-help to myself, or just simply held my fingers to sleep at night. Sometimes, after holding the fingers one after another, I could feel all the dirt, dust, greasy grime unloading from within, and I was left with a feeling of connectedness. However, there were times when I was so overwhelmed emotionally that nothing I did could bring me to that place of openness and connectedness.

One night, I woke up at about 3:00 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep. I turned on the light and reached out to my Self-Help Book 2 lying on the nightstand. As I flipped through the pages, the Safety Energy Lock 3 on page 17 caught my eyes.

It read, “3 came into the universe meaning understanding, ‘door’, defense against problems and discomforts.” The words penetrated me like light shining in a dark room. I couldn’t help as the tears rolled down from my eyes. All of a sudden, I started to get why my 3’s were always tight. I wasn’t having enough understanding of myself. Three is the breath and door of life. Three, being the trinity, represents the Mediator Flow and gives birth to relationships – the relationship I have with myself, with people around me and with the world. I started to realize what a fool I was, always wanting reality to be different and always dictating how people and things should be. I was so confused and with False Evidence Appearing Real, I lost myself and constantly looked for happiness outside myself.

On page 8, Mary says, “Self-knowledge is the KEY to be free from all miseries.” On page 18, “Self-change starts with self-study.” On page 24, “Reality is simple. Have no preferences.” On page 26, “I alone impose LIMITATIONS upon MYSELF. I alone am RESPONSIBLE for my BEING.”

As I read the pages on each Safety Energy Lock, each statement anchored me deeper into reality, and a sense of peace overcame me. Without my stories about how I think people and things should be, there were no worries, fears, anger, sadness or try to’s. At that moment, I was one without ATTITUDES…Know Myself IT IS.

Thank you, Siew.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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Philomena Dooley Answers “A Question”

Philomena Dooley answers “ A Question” about the Supervisor and Mediator Flows in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 43, Winter 2004:


A student who was introduced to the Touch of Healing [by Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte, published by Bantam Books, ISBN 978-0-533-37784-2] noticed that the self-help for the “Supervisor” flow was 11/15, 11/25. (See page 50.)

Once reading or studying Self-Help Book 1, she noticed that on pages 18 and 19 the self-help for the “Supervisor” was the self-help for the “Mediator” flow, fig. 3 and 4. The question asked of me was, “Why?”

When we look at Self-Help Book 1 (page 19, fig. 3 and 4) we see that this is indeed the self-help for the Diagonal “Mediator” Harmonizing Energy. So how can this be the self-help for the “Supervisor” flow? I believe it is all in Safety Energy Locks 1 and 3.

The “Supervisor” Harmonizing Energy is born from within the Main Central Vertical Flow at Safety Energy Lock 1, descending and ascending the center of the left and right side of the body. At the level of Safety Energy Lock 3, the Diagonal “Mediator” Harmonizing Energy is born. The following is the flow of the “Mediator”.

LEFT “MEDIATOR” CIRCULATION PATTERN…Starts at the LEFT 3, ascends the back of the left arm, goes over the little finger, descends the front of the left arm, goes diagonally across the front of the left shoulder to the LEFT 22 and LEFT 13, crosses the sternum into the RIGHT 14 area, goes around the body to the RIGHT 23 and down through the coccyx, descending the back of the left leg to the LEFT 8, down into the LEFT 16, and under the sole of the left foot to the left ring toe.

Then it crosses the top of the foot to the LEFT 5, ascends the inside of the left leg to the LEFT 1, goes up the inside of the thigh to the LEFT 15, then across the floor of the pelvis. It emerges into the RIGHT 2 area, ascends the back to the RIGHT 9/10/3, goes over the back of the right shoulder, ascends the back of the right arm and goes over the right thumb.

Then it goes down the palm of the right hand, down the front of the right arm, diagonally crosses the front of the right shoulder to the RIGHT 22 and RIGHT 13, crosses the sternum to the LEFT 14, goes around the body to the LEFT 23, descends to the LEFT 2 and into the coccyx. It crosses the floor of the pelvis and descends the right thigh to the RIGHT 1, where it becomes one with the Right Descending “Supervisor” Circulation Pattern. The Right “Mediator’ flow pattern is simply opposite to that of the left. Both left and right “Mediator” flow patterns traverse the body from left to right, right to left, descending and ascending to see to it that the left and right “Supervisor” is in harmony with the Main Central Vertical Harmonizing Energy.

Note: Page 18, Self-Help Book 1 – “This is the ‘Mediator’. Therefore this energy is the cause for disharmony in the body. It is of vital importance to keep this energy functioning properly for the total supply of energy to the whole man.” – Mary Burmeister

So Safety Energy Lock 3 is the beginning of “Mediator” and Safety Energy Lock 1 is the beginning of “Supervisor” and end of “Mediator”.

The position with thumb over ring fingernail is to keep the thoracic cavity open to harmonize the descending and ascending, the exhale and the inhale.

Thank you, Philomena.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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Jin Shin Jyutsu: A Story About One

Trudy Roughgarden of Sunnyvale, CA writes “Jin Shin Jyutsu: A Story About One” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 42, Fall 2003:


My youngest sister, Holly, has MS. She was diagnosed about 3 years ago. We get to visit each other about twice a year. She loves her Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions with me.

Her main symptom to a casual observer is a stiff-legged gait. She also experiences fatigue and spasms in the diaphragm area. Usually after one or two sessions, the diaphragm spasms stop. After about 3 days her gait shows more fluidity. When I touch her body, I feel fullness and hardness in the 14 area and two long rods that run between her 2’s and her 9’s.

When she walks, she shifts her weight from side to side onto stiff legs. After working with her 1 and 2 Flows, her torso starts to soften. As the 2’s release, her back softens, and she is able to swing her legs more forward, and her gait gains fluidity.

Other flows that she especially enjoys are the 3rd Method of Correction, which helps the 14’s and the whole nervous system; the Mediator, which helps the diagonal relationships; and the Gall Bladder Flow, which helps to open the lumbar area. Of course, the list of possibilities is endless, and I always wish I could work on her all year round.

My last visit with Holly was at the home of my parents. We had both just arrived and were sharing a bedroom. She was already tired, so I suggested that she lie in bed, and I would work with her, and it was okay if she just fell asleep. I began with the usual 1 Flow, to invite movement into the body. The difference this time was the strength of the internal message to stay with that flow for the full hour, almost as if I didn’t dare move so that she could! I did spend an hour or more on those 3 simple steps. Holly fell fast asleep after about 20 minutes.

After that flow, I decided to go to bed. Since I was still awake, I started to read. All was quiet for about an hour when suddenly I heard Holly shout out very loudly, while still sound asleep, “COME ON EVERYBODY, LET’S GO. WE’VE GOT TO GET MOVING. LET’S GO!” I smiled a big smile, lay back and didn’t even mind lying awake for half the night. After that night, I will never underestimate the power of ONE.

Thank you, Mary, for this great gift of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Thank you, Trudy.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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A Letter from Birgitta and Aino Meinhardt

Birgittta and Aino Meinhardt write a letter to their Jin Shin Jyutsu friends in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 42, Fall 2003:


Dear Jin Shin Jyutsu friends,

In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 13, we are given seven parables of the Heavenly Kingdom. One of them is: “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

“KNOW MYSELF IT IS”, is the phrase Mary repeats again and again in the second Self-Help Book.

The SELF in us, our SELF, is often described as light in us. We are dealing with the task of tending, keeping and developing this light. The light in us, our SELF, is our connection to the spiritual world. We cannot force the growth of our consciousness, our connection to spirit, but we can prepare the ground for planting the mustard seed so it will grow and bring the harvest.

With the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a spiritual impulse came into the world, so we will relate not only with matter anymore, but we will connect ourselves with spirit. On a path such as this, the power of Christ is with us. In Jin Shin Jyutsu this connection is the Jumper Cable energy (JC is the initials of Jesus Christ.)

Until the time of Jesus Christ, spirituality was a gift from above, Inspiration.

The new thought is that we are able to acquire all wisdom ourselves through awareness and understanding, so we will come to the same results as the ancient wisdom. This is the path from simple belief to knowledge. Mary says, “I am my own testimony.” To paraphrase…I don’t just believe, I experience and live the connection myself, to come to a deep inner belief.

We speak about miracles if lack and disorder are replaced through abundance and order. The miracle is just to learn to see the coherence. This is a long process of ripening, of Discrimination. Discrimination is connected to Safety Energy Lock 6. 6 is also the number of unconditional love.

From Matthew, Chapter 13, verses 14-15:

You shall indeed hear but never understand. And you shall indeed see but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed lest they should perceive with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn to me to heal them.

Mary Burmeister writes in her 3rd Self-Help Book, page 2: “The INDEX FINGERS, when not in harmony, are the source for all LACKS. Lack…begins to cause FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). One is only able to “look” and “hear” instead of really able to SEE and LISTEN… Therefore, let us continue to LISTEN and SEE, and not be trapped by reactions to actions and past experiences. Know Myself BE IT (Infinite Truth), IS (Infinite Self), IS (Impersonal, no attitude, Self).”

We are deeply thankful for the path we walk together with you and for all the wonderful presents we receive through Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy. We wish you a blessed and peaceful Christmastime, and best wishes for the New Year.

Birgitta and Aino

Thank you, Birgitta and Aino.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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