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A Poem by Susie Plettner

Susie Plettner submits her poem, written on October 19, 2004, to share with us in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 46, Fall 2004:


Rain hits adobe tiled roof, breaks into humming and falls in an unbroken line towards the wild anise below.

I found the experienced breath in my hands. The shapes and sounds of eternity held within the open palm, I am fluent in the language of touch.

May I reach to wash your heart with laughter and heal the chaos within? We become still when we receive eternity.

A community of lullabies awakes within the body. Tree branches reach toward heaven as our roots kneel down to kiss the earth.

Leaves let go to caress the wind. We close our eyes to release the sweet summer smile of the mind.

When tears fall one thousand wishes scatter. I exhale and listen to the push of my breath pull me into this moment. The Healer is we and we are the Healer.

As we brew and drink from the tea of inquiry, we surrender our personal consciousness to the direction of universal mind and remember this:

We belong to the universe and we are strong enough for peace.


Thank you, Susie.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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My First Jin Shin Jyutsu Experiences

Ingrid Dammalage-Kirst shares “My First Jin Shin Jyutsu Experiences” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 46, Fall 2004:


A friend in Heidelberg told me about a self-help class she took from Birgitta Meinhardt and about The Touch of Healing. My curiosity was aroused from listening to her Jin Shin Jyutsu experience. Two days later in Berlin while visiting with a cousin during dinner, a familiar and unbearable toothache developed. I had periodic gum inflammations and nine months earlier had lost 4 teeth within one week. I really did not want this to happen again. So after our dinner I purchased a copy of The Touch of Healing in a bookstore near the restaurant. I glimpsed through the book and discovered, “for toothache hold your opposite index finger.” I decided, if it should be as easy as this, then I would spend a little longer on it, and I held my index finger for 3 hours, while reading the book.

I was fascinated and made a first deep sigh when I read that the energy Jin Shin Jyutsu is working with is open to us all. This confirmed something I KNEW before, and I felt at home and in the right place with this information and the way it came to me. Needless to say, when I woke up the next morning, all evidence of my toothache had gone. Not only did it never come back, my dentist started to wonder why my gums were holding my teeth tighter again.

Two months later, I participated in my first 5-day class, held by Matthias, and a second class with him 6 weeks later.

Only a few days after my second class, an aunt of mine called me in panic, because she was diagnosed with fungus in the gullet, cancer in the thyroid, and 3 big gastric ulcers, which the doctors suspected were cancerous. Although I had practiced self-help every day since my first experience and had participated in two 5-day classes, I felt like a complete beginner with Jin Shin Jyutsu. Now life presented me the challenge to go a step further and practice Jin Shin Jyutsu on my aunt. I spent a week of holidays with her before she had to go to the hospital.

Shortly after my arrival, she was stung by a bee. In previous experiences, her body had shown some heavy allergic reactions to bee stings. I removed the stinger, had her sit down and hold her index finger, and I put my hands on her calves for about an hour. While talking to her, she calmed down a little, and she could not believe that there was no swelling or other adverse effect.

For the next 5 days she received two sessions per day. Once a day I gave her a Spleen Flow, and I chose the second flow from listening to her pulses.

The morning after I returned home, she went to the hospital, and at noon she called me. In the first check-up, the doctors could not find any fungus, and there was such improvement from the gastric ulcers that they assured her that cancer was no longer a suspicion. So she only had surgery on the thyroid.

For me it was like magic, and I knew I had not been doing anything but faithfully putting my hands on in certain sequences. My journey with Jin Shin Jyutsu started with these two outstanding experiences and it still goes on.

Thank you, Ingrid.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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The Weaving Princess Supports the Spirit to Manifest Limitless Life Power

Cristina Minamisawa shares her understanding of how “The Weaving Princess Supports the Spirit to Manifest Limitless Life Power” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 46, Fall 2004:


During the years I have been studying and practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu, I never really asked myself what was the meaning of the note on page 18, Text 1: how the 4 affects 13 and 10, the 12 affects 14 and 9, and 11 affects 15 and 2. But a time comes to all of us when we take a step forward, and an answer becomes a question.

Pondering the relationships of 4, 13 and 10, some ideas came up that I would like to share, and I am open to more insights if anyone feels inspired by the same issue.

4 is our window that lets air (breath) and Light (consciousness) enter our being. Different from the door, the function of a window is allowing us to receive the sunlight and air whenever it is opened. The landscape becomes part of our inner environment through the glass.

It is the Weaving Princess weaving our entire physical body, sending the correct amount of energy as needed to each part of our body. It is an ascending energy lock, living in the 4th Depth area in the head. It represents the four elements from which all physical matter is formed.

13 – Love Thy Enemy – is also a 4 (1+3) on another level. Because it is a 1 and 3, it also represents unity and movement of the trinity – the Main Central and Left and Right Supervisors. It is the Spirit, the Child, located in the area where the Bladder Flow (4th Depth) connects to the Main Central Flow. Here the lungs (the breath), the heart and the thymus live. For many traditions, the heart is where our embodied Spirit exists. The thymus influences the immune system and protects us against infections and diseases. So both Safety Energy Locks help us to unload our mental/emotional stress (bust line stress) that separates us from others and the world through breath and awareness. If our window (Safety Energy Lock 4) is dirty, we can hardly see our surroundings. and when we look through the dirt to the outside, all we will see is reality distorted by the dirt, leading us to interpret and respond to a distorted vision. So, if 4s are harmonious, they help the 13s to fulfill their nature.

The 4 and 13 have the breath (lungs) and consciousness (the Light) in common. They both relate to the 4th Depth. It is interesting to notice that one of the functions of the 4th Depth is to bridge the manifested body into the 6th Depth, purifying it in its way back into the energy level. In this relationship we see both the coming down of energy to become matter (Safety Energy Lock 4) and the return into the energy state (4th Depth).

The central 4 (in the circulation of the Main Central) is the location where part of the Left and Right Supervisor crosses to the opposite side; we can see here the commonality of the 13 and 4 in their relationship to the Trinity.

10 is “air, vehicle of the outpouring of limitless Life-Power,” vitality, our abundant warehouse, breath. Being the window, the 4 helps the 10 to fully be who it is meant to be by letting in abundant air.

The fifth thoracic vertebra lives in the 10 area, where the Heart Function Energy crosses the spine. When the 10 is happy with the help of a harmonized 4, our heart can BE, and Spirit can pour abundant life energy through us into the world.

Both 10 and 4 are ascending Safety Energy Locks helping us to purify ourselves in our way back to Spirit. 10 carries the quality of the 1 – the prime mover, the beginning, unity – and the 0 – the oval. So, as 10 purifies our previous experience, it moves us into a new cycle of consciousness (the 4s).

10 is a number living in the 2nd Depth, and in the Lumbar Circle, 2nd Depth supports the 4th Depth. If the 4th Depth is disharmonized, it can burden the 2nd Depth. Therefore, the 4s – located in the 4th Depth area of the head – maintain the unobstructed flow of the 2nd Depth.

Contemplating the richness of these relationships brings up in me profound gratitude for the simplicity of Jin Shin Jyutsu – one Safety Energy Lock and such a universe of meanings and interrelatedness!

Thank you, Cristina.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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Energy Flow and the Five Attitudes, A Physio-Philosophical Pantomime

Erik Punaks, of Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, shares his November, 2000 pantomime Energy Flow and the Five Attitudes, A Physio-Philosophical Pantomime in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter, 2005:


In the land of Joy and Levity,

The Country of Longevity,

The populace have all lost heart

For they’ve forgot the Cosmic Art.

Their health and happiness and youth

Decline without eternal truth.

Horrendous Labels stalk the lands.

Huge Attitudes with dire demands.

In every corner of chaos reigns,

Disharmony and fears and pain.

The government’s in disarray,

Erratic, fierce or gone away.

The Supervisor walks in dreams,

Main Central Office empty seems.

The elements just won’t relate

With no-one there to Mediate.

All’s in a state of grim convulse

No-one’s finger’s on the pulse.

Our gentle heroine, called Flow,

Is stuck, has nowhere she can go,

Afraid she’ll scatter or reverse

Her energy gets quickly worse.

A vicious gang of Attitudes

Have captured her with awful moods.

She wriggles, writhes, lies on the ground

Safety Energy Locks all bound.

Her depths are truly in despair,

No Mediator anywhere.

But rescue come in form distinct

Before her energy’s extinct –

A German with some wondrous skills

Derived from ancient texts not pills.

“I’ll save you, Flow, for I am able.

Behold my wondrous jumper cable!”

He feels her pulse, cries “Fears begone!”

You’ll know him well,

He’s called Hans Onn!

An hour of calculated touch,

Flow blushes, “Thank you, oh so much!”

The Attitudes just disappear –

No Anger, Sadness, Worry, Fear.

She’s so relieved she starts to cry

“Just hold your finger, dear, don’t Try!”

Now here’s the ending that you seek:

Flow’s having Hans Onn every week!

(Pantomime’s an ancient genre

Full of sly double entendre!)

Between these times, she helps herself –

Our Flow’s no longer on the shelf!

By holding fingers, look what’s done,

Our Flow is once more loads of FUN!

Her Problems have transmuted now

To Projects which she likes somehow!

There’s balance, harmony and peace,

All truly welcome the release

Of joy and geniality,

Of Effortless Reality.


Thank you, Erik.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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Triglycerides & Cholesterol Meet Jin Shin Jyutsu

Corliss Chan, of San Rafael, California, shares “Triglycerides & Cholesterol Meet Jin Shin Jyutsu” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter, 2005:


In March 2004 a man I’ll call Henry asked me to look for ways to reduce his triglyceride level, which exceeded 450. He was also looking for help with weight loss and in lowering elevated blood pressure. Triglycerides are a sugar related blood fat that travels with cholesterol. High triglyceride levels cause blood cells to stick together, impairing circulation and are implicated in causes of heart attack or stroke. The total amount of triglycerides is important in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart projects. His doctor said the ideal triglyceride level is under 200. 400 and above is too high and considered dangerous to health. For more than a year Henry’s doctor had already tried several prescription drugs and time-released niacin, but they were discontinued because of the side effects he experienced. He wanted to avoid the use of prescription drugs if possible. His doctor was very concerned about the elevated triglyceride level and said she would wait three months while he explored Jin Shin Jyutsu, diet modifications, and increased exercise before trying another prescription drug. She said reducing sugar intake was key in lowering triglycerides.

Henry is a 51-year old attorney who has a full law practice and a personal life with many family responsibilities. After an exhausting workday he often ate a big dinner, which included carbohydrates and high fat foods. His daily sugar intake usually included 3-4 cans of Coke. Like many busy people, the sugar and caffeine helped him manage fatigue and headaches. Cokes acted as a coffee substitute, which provided an artificial energy boost. He had tried many times to reduce his sugar intake. Stressful times were when he found himself reaching for Cokes plus other high fat and sugar snack foods. It seemed to me if he could manage his cravings, especially for Coke, a significant amount of his sugar intake would be eliminated.

Henry’s other health projects have included low back pain (4th Depth), bladder infection (4th Depth), hearing difficulty (4th Depth), high liver enzymes (3rd Depth), and digestion difficulty (1st Depth). So many signs kept indicating the 4th Depth and the 23, 25 Flow, especially for harmonizing this project. 23 is the only Safety Energy Lock in the 4th Depth. When I looked at the Lumbar Circle for harmonizing projects, I saw that 1st and 3rd Depths disharmonize the 4th.

According to Self-Help Book II, page 57, “23 came into the Universe meaning proper circulation maintenance.” In my 5-day class notes I read about the 23, 25 Flow. “Craving is a circulation pattern out of harmony. 23, 25 Flow harmonizes addictions including alcohol, drugs, sugar, and eating. 23 is good for appetite imbalance and stabilizing sugar levels in the body. 23 helps you control your destiny.” 25 is a 5th Depth Safety Energy Lock (fire), which energizes 4th Depth (water). “25 removes fatigue and toxins form the body. It helps our circulation, purifies blood and cholesterol while quietly rejuvenating.” A class handout from Jed Schwartz showed that 23, 25 Flow helps all the toe flows (Kidney-4th Depth, Liver-3rd Depth and Spleen-1st Depth). Susan Brooks wrote about the 4th Depth in The Main Central (Summer 2004) issue #45, pages 1 and 14: “Some aspects of the body ruled by Fourth Depth include reproduction, digestion, muscles, vascular harmony, glands, body chemistry, blood chemistry and blood sugar.”

Henry was highly motivated to change. He looked to his diet and changed to eating foods with high fiber, low fat and sugar content wherever possible. He allowed himself to have some Coke, sugar, and fat in his diet, but much less than before. By keeping a list of the foods eaten he stayed within or below the daily calorie range set by his doctor. Daily exercise time increased to 1 hour. Almost every week for three months he received a 23, 25 Flow. In that flow sequence is a Safety Energy Lock 5, which helps Kidney energy to ascend from the toes. It helps us with fear when we let go of the old and something new is coming. Safety Energy Lock 9 helps us make change, aids digestion, and opens our waist. 1st and 3rd Depth Flows were helpful with harmonizing mental and emotional stress. With the help of weekly Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions Henry said he became less interested in eating sugar and fat.

We were so happy with the blood test results. In three months his triglycerides declined from 450 to 171 (down 62%) and total cholesterol went from 235 to 182 (down 22%). He had also lost 25 pounds (11%). During this same period of time his blood pressure declined to a level where his doctor stopped his high blood pressure medication. We were surprised and also not surprised by the results.

You can read the rest of this testimony in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter,  issue Number 47, Winter, 2005, available at

Thank you, Corliss.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings


Practically Speaking

Mary Easton, of Bozeman, Montana, reflects on “The life that is unexamined is not worth living” (~Plato), and shares her thoughts with us in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter, 2005:


How lucky we are that Jiro Murai dedicated his life to the study of Jin Shin Jyutsu! Without his drive for the pursuit of knowledge, we might have only been handed down the finger postures that he used in his terminal condition. Instead, that became the beginning of a continually evolving study. The accomplishments of his research were made possible by a rare combination of high intellect and great sensitivity to self-awareness.

As practitioners of this Art, there exists a delicate balance between intellectual understanding (what to do) and simply being present in the moment and receptive to the Source of life (how to apply). Applying jumper cables and “getting your mind out of the way” will “allow the Universe to open up to me”. However, in this modern age, life has become very busy and fast paced. With so much to think about, quieting the mind often requires skill. We must intentionally quiet down.

I’d like to address this concept of self-awareness and its applications, as this is still relevant in our own study of Jin Shin Jyutsu today. Self-awareness allows us to know what we are doing. While paying attention to myself and others, these are some observations I have made:

Presence ~ When you are giving a session, where is your attention? Some people like to be chatty, while others are quiet. Either way, it seems most important to remain “in your hands” and attentive to what you’re doing. Mary would talk while demonstrating in class, but she would also become very quiet and focused on what was happening between herself and the student. You could see how involved she was whether she talked or not. As I receive Jin Shin Jyutsu, I can feel the flow of a session more clearly when I’m quiet and present. I don’t want to be planning dinner or solving world problems.

Focus ~ I used to think that during a Jin Shin Jyutsu session invisible “energy” was moving within the body. This energy was inside, but separate from our physical manifestation. Now I realize that what is affected is the physical body itself. That’s why a “full” 9 or a “rod” along the 10 area can be felt to soften as you hold. “The 12 organ flows are actual body fluids (Tai Eki) which circulate throughout the body in distinct pathways.” (See Betsie Haar – Spring 2004 Main Central.) My intention and focus during a session includes the awareness that changes in the physical body are taking place.

Quality of Touch ~ What kind of pressure do you use when making contact with someone during a session? Light or deep pressure is a matter of personal preference. Mary didn’t get the nickname “Iron Fingers” for nothing. However, her assistant, Pat Meador, has a velvety light touch and can melt me down as fast as anyone. Quality and clarity of touch is important. The common denominator seems to be a combination of presence and focus. You can more deeply affect/assist someone if you’re clear about what you’re looking for in your touch. One part is deciding how you’ve come to find the location of, say, the 9. Is it a spot of puffiness or knotty tension? Another part involves the touch itself.

Do you use a lot of pressure simply because you think it’s the only way to make a good connection? Try this experiment. Sit comfortably. Place your right forearm in you lap. Rest your left hand on top of your right forearm and curl the fingertips downward, anywhere over the arm is OK. Over clothing is fine. Bring your attention into one fingertip, or two if you prefer. feel for the skin beneath your fingers. Use light pressure. Notice the texture. Without changing the pressure, sense the muscle underneath the skin. Bring your awareness deeper. You may move the fingers very slightly across the skin if that’s helpful to sense the muscle without adding downward pressure. Now, bring your attention even deeper to feel the bone beneath the muscle. As your attention goes deeper into the body, your focus does the same. Try this on your 21s, 22s, high 19s. If you intend to reach deeper physically, you will, whether you use pressure or not.

We learn Jin Shin Jyutsu from study and application. Both are equally important. Knowing what it feels like from the inside helps immensely when treating others. After a week of 10 sessions, when I come back to my private practice, my sessions seem to improve as well. Embodying what Jin shin Jyutsu has to offer allows me to direct my focus more clearly. I can feel the intensity of change in my body, emotions and spirituality. Jin Shin Jyutsu is not mysterious, but physically present. Study. Work on yourself. Receive work from others. Find out what IT IS.

Thank you, Mary Easton.

Thank you, Mary Burmeister.

Thank you, David Burmeister.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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Quietly Rejuvenating

Elizabeth Newell tells us about Quietly Rejuvenating in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter, 2005:


My two-year old child sits cradled in my lap. She is healing from a virus. She rests quietly in my arms, so different from her usual exuberant, exploring self. I watch the sleepiness settle in. I notice that I am holding her with one of my hands on her 25 and the other hand on her back over her 9, 10 and 3. I exhale and watch her drift into sleep.

I long to just sit with my child and at the same time, I feel pulled to tend to the seemingly endless list of things that must be done.

Just be. Be the change you want to see in the world.

Just be. Does it mean let go?

Be the change. Does it mean action?

As I hold my child, I hold in mind my life which feels like a precariously steep path – to mother, to provide financially for my family, to care for a home, to contribute to my community. Not an unusual path for a parent; however, I wonder how I can create a more balanced, harmonious path for myself and for other families.

I sit, and let go of Doing and Trying To.

Being with a child and Jin Shin Jyutsu,

I simply look at what is here:

Sunlight and shadow in the garden on a clear October morning,

A peaceful child,

A peace-filled moment.

I think of the wisdom in the saying,

“Just be with what is.”

Wanting, by placing attention on it, to call it forth into my life,

I sit, with hands where they naturally fit.

Trusting life, holding wild and precious life,

I wonder about the relationship between 25 and 9,

Between mother and child.

I think about the longing to be held.

How many times in our lives are we simply held by another so we can quietly rejuvenate? When giving Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions, I have felt the longing of the client to be held. More than once, while using the Kidney Flow with my hands on the coccyx and 12, I have felt like I am holding the child inside the adult receiving the session. How important is it to be held as a child? How healing is a mother’s warmth, heartbeat and hands? My questions out of curiosity and a desire for understanding – not necessarily answers in form of words.

I think of the woman in the grocery store who stopped and talked to my daughter, connected with her, and shared a story of her grandchildren with me. She parted saying, “Enjoy her.” There was ease and grace in her interaction with us. I wonder if it is easier to connect as adults if we have been held close as children.

My daughter wakes from her nap. We go for a walk. Opportunities appear to attend to other-than-mother work. As the day unfolds, I experience many blessings, like receiving the heart-warming sight of my neighbor’s one-year old taking his first “walk” down the sidewalk. A librarian finds a poem I was looking for (I knew only one line of the poem), and prints it out and hands it to me. I receive a project from a new client. I receive a phone call offering financial support for another project. I share my gratitude for my unexpected blessings with a friend who replies that I listened to my heart and responded. My life feels quietly rejuvenated.

Thank you, Elizabeth.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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