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My Personal Experience with a Client

Gwen Schmidt shares My Personal Experience with a Client in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 56, Spring 2007:

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I am submitting a personal experience with a client. I tried to make it short, especially about Kenny’s projects. In his first accident, he fell 120 feet and landed on his head. It cracked like a hard-boiled egg and swelled to the width of his shoulders. He did not break any other bones, and he did not talk for 4 years. It was amazing he lived. The story follows:

In October of 2005 I started working one day a week for a brain-injured man. He had been in a terrible accident 27 years before, and it was a miracle that he even lived. His wife, sustained by her deep faith in God and her deep love for her husband, looked after him at home. Five months before I arrived on the scene, he suffered another fall and another brain bleed and became even more compromised.

Kenny loved Jin Shin Jyutsu and would hold his fingers even without prompting. It gave him something to do for himself and relieved his caregiver for a few minutes. Diaphragm was one of his projects. Indeed, his diaphragm was stuck to his lung. February 1, 2006, Kenny let go of this life and moved on. His wife told me that his last words to her before he slipped into unconsciousness were, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” And she said that even when he was at the end, he was still holding his fingers.

Which fingers was he holding? The middle finger – the bridge for the Sixth Depth and Third Depth which houses Liver Function Energy…the closest to God we can know…and the index finger – the Kidney Function Energy and the Fourth Depth, which is about movement forward to the next adventure. Way to go Kenny! And to his wife, Joyce, a love story in a way we never would have dreamt.

Addendum: Kenny loved to be the center of attention and could do very little to keep himself busy. For example, he could fold washcloths and use a paper shredder. Just the simple act of holding his fingers helped him a lot. As most Jin Shin Jyutsu people know, Diaphragm people like to be the center of attention, and this was Kenny. He was a very nice man, but he did want a lot of attention. He had to be tube fed since the previous fall. He was on oxygen, and he could walk but had to be shadowed as he was in such danger of falling over backwards. The quality of his life was seriously compromised; I think perhaps my job was to help him and his wife let go of each other. They would have been married 40 years in 2006, and his death was very difficult for both of them.

Thank you, Gwen.

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.

Jin Shin Jyutsu for Mothers, Babies and Children, Part 2

Christine Anne, of Boulder, Colorado, shares her experience at Jin Shin Jyutsu for Mothers, Babies and Children ~ A Special Topic Class with Philomena Dooley  in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 56, Spring 2007:

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Philomena taught about how the 1s and 8s help the descending and ascending flows. The 8s release stress and strains in the pelvic girdle. When checking the 8s, one side may be tighter than the other. By holding the 8s, we can help the body come into harmony. The 8s recharge the Third Depth, which is the little “s” source of life, and the Sixth Depth, the big “S” Source of Life. Feel how tight the line is on the 8 and then the 1. One 8 will be tighter than the other. Babies are so little, the 8s and 1s and calves can all be held at the same time. As Pat Meador said to me, “I get everything I can reach.”

Class was a balance of lecture in the morning and demonstration in the afternoon with children and mothers who were invited to come. Many children simply sat in their parents’ laps while being jumper cabled. This is how I teach mothers. I call it, “Jin Shin Jyutsu in the Lap.”

A key point that was presented was cradling Left and Right Safety Energy Lock 4. Jed taught in my first 5-Day class – and Philomena reiterated – the importance of applying the Reversing and Increasing 1st Depth Flow (Text 1, pg. 62) to help infants as soon as possible after birth [along with cradling the 4s]. Newborn transition from the womb to external life requires rapid dynamic changes on every level. They must receive their first breath and come into consciousness. Holes in the heart must close, and the alveoli in the lungs must open.

The Reversing and Increasing 1st Depth Flow is simply holding the baby as you would normally, with one hand holding the upper back touching the right Safety Energy Lock 9/26 area and the other holding the opposite hip and buttocks [touching the left Safety Energy Lock 2]. Then reverse to apply one hand to the left Safety Energy Lock 9/26 area and the other to the right Safety Energy Lock 2.

It is a wonder to behold an infant come into consciousness, getting very still, opening their eyes, gazing about with a look of knowing. Breath and heart rate harmonize. Babies become alert and nurse well.

Since this special topic class, I collaborated with a Lactation Consultant and have been able to teach several classes to a Mother-Baby Breast Feeding Support group. The mothers were receptive and very interested.

All of this is just the beginning. Perhaps, if, as Jin Shin Jyutsu student/practitioners, we consider and visualize the joys and wonders of applying this harmonizing Art to mothers and their babies, they will come, we will learn and the world will be richer in harmony, healing, smiles and fun.

Thank you, Christine.

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.

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Jin Shin Jyutsu for Mothers, Babies and Children, Part 1

Christine Anne, of Boulder, Colorado, shares her experience at Jin Shin Jyutsu for Mothers, Babies and Children ~ A Special Topic Class with Philomena Dooley  in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 56, Spring 2007:

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Looking back on 2006, one of my milestones was being in Boulder, Colorado, for Philomena Dooley’s special topic class, Jin Shin Jyutsu for Mothers, Babies and Children.

February 11-12, 2006, forty Jin Shin Jyutsu student/practitioners gathered in Boulder, Colorado, from north, south, east and west, including the Philippines and Belgium, to learn how Jin Shin Jyutsu is related to mothers, babies, children and creation. Thank you, Billie Watkins and Andrea Ellis for your vision and efforts that birthed this learning space that is now being seeded in all directions. Thank you, Philomena, for your presence, knowledge, wisdom, experience and willingness to share with us.

The beginning of the story is how Philomena, as a nurse and a midwife, came to know and have experience with expectant mothers, birthing and babies. She has many a story to tell. Philomena brings to Jin Shin Jyutsu an intimate knowledge of pregnancy, birthing and infant care along with a heart for mothers and babies. Hearing about “the Order of Creation” is that harmony for an infant starts prenatally, before conception and during the pregnancy with how the mother’s state of being is in harmony with the Universal Harmonizing Energy. “A mother’s contentment and sense of well-being are important for the baby’s healthful development”, says Philomena.

A quote from Mary in Philomena’s notes: “Prenatal education is the most important yet the most neglected and misunderstood phase of creation…When happy ingredients are taken out, then it is the place setting for ‘labels’.”

Studying the Order of Creation brought understanding to me of how to support expectant mothers, babies and family with gentle Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions, and Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help. This understanding is helping me to discuss Jin Shin Jyutsu with expectant mothers in a different way, letting them know that this kind of harmonizing and relaxation will also help their baby. Mothers will do for their babies what they would not do just for themselves.

Looking at the Order of Creation helps me to decide what flows to apply or Self-Help to teach. When working with pregnant women admitted for hyperemesis, uncontrolled nausea and vomiting, teaching them the Self-Help of holding their fingers is first for overall harmonizing. Next is holding the 1s and having a family member palm the calves by holding the 1s and 8s. Simple seems to work best.

To be continued…

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REMINDER: The Importance of the 5-Day Basic Seminar

Ian Harris reminds us of The Importance of the 5-Day Basic Seminar in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 56, Spring 2007:

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For many years Mary Burmeister presented a 5-day crash course in Jin Shin Jyutsu. During these five days we learned philosophy and technique. We were also made aware of the usefulness of Self-Help, upon which Jin Shin Jyutsu is based (KNOW (Help) MYSELF).

This 5-day Basic Seminar is still being presented by authorized instructors in much the same way as Mary previously had. Although this course contains the basic overview of all the material given to us by Mary, it is evident that it is difficult to assimilate all the aspects and details in such a short period. Over time, other more specific courses have evolved based on this same material. This certainly gives us an opportunity to deepen our awareness in whichever aspect we are drawn.

As Jin Shin Jyutsu is based on KNOW MYSELF, that brings an understanding of all the parts and their relationships that are contained in Myself. This we can always experience first hand through our individual Self-Help practice or through attendance of Self-Help classes, which require no attendance of a 5-day Basic Seminar.

The other classes offered have varying prerequisites of the 5-Day Basic Seminar attendance. These are not advanced classes, rather an opportunity to spend more time with different parts of Jin Shin Jyutsu and Myself. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a lifelong study as KNOWing MYSELF is life long. It is based on the whole even when we immerse ourselves in the study of the parts. It is also important to see the relationship of the parts to the whole. We can see this more clearly when we then return to the source of the parts, in this case, the 5-Day Basic Seminar.

[Note: Authorized instructors travel all over the world. Check the website for a class scheduled in your area. Partial and Full Scholarships may be available through “Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Outreach”. Contact the Scottsdale Office through http://www.jsjinc.net.]

Thank you, Ian.

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.

 

An Excerpt from the Book: How Can I Help?, Part 2

Jill Holden shares An Excerpt from the Book: How Can I Help? in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 56, Spring 2007:

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An excerpt from the book: How Can I Help? by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman – Publisher: New York – Knopf 1985, as submitted by Jill Holden

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After a moment the woman rests back upon her pillow. From time to time she raises her head to look at the strange figure above her, then sinks back once more. I cannot see their hands joined in a correspondence that is exclusive, intimate, his fingertips receiving the voice of her sick body through the rhythm and throb she offers at her wrist. All at once I am envious – not of him, not of Yeshi Dhonden for his gift of beauty and holiness, but of her. I want to be held like that, touched so, received. And I know that I, who have palpated a hundred thousand pulses, have not felt a single one.

At last Yeshi Dhonden straightens, gently places the woman’s hand upon the bed, and steps back. The interpreter produces a small wooden bowl and two sticks. Yeshi Dhonden pours a portion of the urine specimen and proceeds to whip the liquid with the two sticks. This he does for several minutes until a foam is raised. Then, bowing above the bowl, he inhales the odor three times. He sets down the bowl and turns to leave. All this while, he has not uttered a single word.

As he nears the door, the woman raises her head and calls out to him in a voice that is urgent and serene. “Thank you, doctor,” she says, and touches with her other hand the place he had held on her wrist, as though to recapture something that had visited there. Yeshi Dhonden turns back for a moment to gaze at her, then steps into the corridor. Rounds are at an end.

We are seated once more in the conference room. Yeshi Dhonden speaks now for the first time, in soft Tibetan sounds that I have never heard before. He has barely begun when the young interpreter begins to translate, the two voices continuing in tandem – a bilingual fugue, the one chasing the other. It is like the chanting of monks. He speaks of winds coursing through the body of the woman, currents that break against barriers, eddying. These vortices are in her blood, he says. The last spendings of an imperfect heart. Between the chambers of the heart, long, long before she was born, a wind had come and blown open a deep gate that must never be opened. Through it charge the full waters of her river, as the mountain stream cascades in the springtime, battering, knocking loose the land, and flooding her breath. Thus he speaks, and now he is silent.

“May we now have the diagnosis?” a professor asks.

The host of these rounds, the man who knows, answers.

“Congenital heart disease,” he says. “Interventricular septal defect, with resultant heart failure.”

A gateway in the heart, I think. That must not be opened. Through it charge the full waters that flood her breath. So! Here then is the doctor listening to the sounds of the body to which the rest of us are deaf. He is more than doctor. He is priest.

I know…I know…the doctor to the gods is pure knowledge, pure healing. The doctor to man stumbles, must often wound; his patient must die, as must he.

Now and then it happens, as I make my own rounds, that I hear the sounds of his voice, like an ancient Buddhist prayer, its meaning long since forgotten, only the music remaining. Then a jubilation possesses me, and I feel myself touched by something divine.

Thank you, Jill.

Thank you, Ram Dass.

Thank you, Paul Gorman.

Thank you, Yeshi Dhonden.

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.

An Excerpt from the Book: How Can I Help?, Part 1

Jill Holden shares An Excerpt from the Book: How Can I Help? in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 56, Spring 2007:

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An excerpt from the book: How Can I Help? by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman – Publisher: New York – Knopf 1985, as submitted by Jill Holden

On the bulletin board in the front hall of the hospital where I work, there appeared an announcement, “Yeshi Dhonden”; it read, “will make rounds at six o’clock on the morning of June 10.” The particulars were given, followed by a notation: “Yeshi Dhonden is Personal Physician to the Dalai Lama.” I am not so leathery a skeptic that I would knowingly ignore an emissary from the gods. Not only might such sangfroid be inimical to one’s earthly well-being, it could take care of eternity as well. Thus, on the morning of June 10, I join the clutch of whitecoats waiting in the small conference room adjacent to the ward selected for the rounds. The air in the room is very heavy with ill-concealed dubiety and suspicion of bamboozlement. At precisely six o’clock he materializes, a short, golden, barrelly man dressed in a sleeveless robe of saffron and maroon. His scalp is shaven, and the only visible hair is a scanty black line above each eye.

He bows in greeting while his young interpreter makes the introduction. Yeshi Dhonden, we are told, will examine a patient selected by a member of the staff. The diagnosis is unknown to Yeshi Dhonden as it is to us. The examination of the patient will take place in our presence, after which we will reconvene in the conference room, where Yeshi Dhonden will discuss the case. We are further informed that for the past two hours Yeshi Dhonden has purified himself by bathing, fasting, and prayer. I, having breakfasted well, performed only the most desultory of ablutions, and given no thought at all to my soul, glance furtively at my fellows. Suddenly we seem a soiled, uncouth lot.

The patient has been awakened early and told that she was to be examined by a foreign doctor, and had been asked to produce a fresh specimen of urine, so when we enter her room, the woman shows no surprise. She has long ago taken on that mixture of compliance and resignation that is the facies of chronic illness. This was to be but another in an endless series of tests and examinations. Yeshi Dhonden steps to the bedside while the rest stand apart, watching. For a long time he gazes at the woman, favoring no part of her body with his eyes, but seeming to fix his glance at a place just above her supine form. I, too, study her. No physical sign or obvious symptom gives a clue to the nature of her disease.

At last he takes her hand, raising it in both his own. Now he bends over the bed in a kind of crouching stance, his head drawn down into the collar of his robe. His eyes are closed as he feels for her pulse. In a moment he has found the spot, and for the next half-hour he remains thus, suspended above the patient like some exotic golden bird with folded wings, holding the pulse of the woman beneath his fingers, cradling her hand in his. All the power of the man seems to have been drawn down into this one purpose. It is palpation of the pulse raised to the state of ritual. From the foot of the bed, where I stand, it is as though he and the patient have entered a special place of isolation, of apartness, about which a vacancy hovers, and across which no violation is possible.

To be continued…

Chest-Back Expanding and Contracting Function Energy

Matthias Roth shares Chest-Back Expanding and Contracting Function Energy in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 56, Spring 2007:

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Less than poetic in sound, the cumbersome name of the Special Body Function Energy on page 47 in Text 2 seems to deliver a straightforward message: When front and back are at sixes and sevens about how much space each gets to take up, we hold a place between the sixes and sevens to return to the kind of balance where the expansion of one finds its natural limit where it would force another to contract inappropriately. The message is as essential to life as it is to the body, and we know it to be profoundly that of the Mediator.

Of course, what little we have to go by for our understanding of this flow doesn’t mention the Mediator. The two simple phrases at the bottom of the page address the Supervisors and, possibly, the Main Central Vertical. The illustration, while it shows a gathering of the energy at the pit of the stomach and it illustrates the pathways of the Supervisors, does not demonstrate the returning of the special function to the Major Vertical described in sentence 1, nor any trace of what sentence 2 discusses. There we hear of a very central circulation pattern of the function and what sounds like a return to the All Combined Energy from which it is born as page 43 had us know.

Could it be that all three Universal Harmonizing Energy is present in this function? There is definitely mediation between two actions that retain their importance only when they work together. There is supervisory action looking after both sides of the body and giving clarity to structure, a key of self-knowing. And perhaps most centrally, a relationship to my core expressing in my ability to be upright and center, pulled neither to contract my heart and chest and feeling, nor to constrict my back and to over-expose them in an only seemingly brave gesture.

But wait a minute. This is Special Body Function level! Can’t this just be a body helper, a fortunate, simple way out of tightness and deformation of the chest? Well it is, AND: there is somebody living in that chest! That somebody is constantly being helped by Fifth Depth, the fire to be decidedly MYSELF and to rise into my spiritual inheritance, which is the Fire of my core. Fifth Depth helps this “ability to be me” express in skeletal balance, and the simplicity of the application echoes the message of Fifth Depth to be no effort. Quietly hold your feet or, if you cannot, use the wisdom of Self-Help Book III and jumper cable the palm of your hand instead.

Thank you, Matthias.

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.