Category Archives: The Pulses

Pulses or the Nature of Listening, Part 1

Issue Number 40, Spring 2003, of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter contains an article submitted by Matthias Roth.

Pulses or the Nature of Listening

“In Jin Shin Jyutsu (Physio-Philosophy) there is no diagnosing, no healing or curing,” Mary says in the well-known interview with the Yoga Journal. How difficult it is for most of us to hold the Art in that open space shows in how many refer to Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy as a “healing art”, or “healing art from ancient tradition” ~ an expression which is not just different from Mary’s but in direct contradiction to hers.

Similarly, when we approach pulse listening, it is extremely tempting to think it will smuggle diagnosis back into Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy through the back door. Not so! Let’s look into the nature of what happens when I tune into a person’s rhythm and vibration, the “non-secret secrets of the Universe” as Mary puts it. No “taking” pulses ~ just listen, then leave them with their “owner”. The essence of Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy expresses in this subtle difference; Creator’s Art is not an interference in the other person’s life, their body or their flow, or their awareness, but a listening so careful and so skilled that it gives resonance to what is whole within. Read that sentence again,then again.”

To be continued…

Thank you, Matthias.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings.

The Pulses, Part 4

Issue Number 40, Spring 2003, of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter contains an article submitted by Susan Schwartz that I find most helpful.

Pulse, The Rhythm of Life

“I am also reminded of an occasion when Mary and many of her senior students listened to the pulses of the same person, and everyone heard something different at their level of awareness. My daughter, who had taken one five-day seminar when she was fifteen ~ now she’s 21 ~ doesn’t practice listening to pulses. When she gives me a session, she chooses her approach to helping the body harmonize even when she isn’t sure, and I always feel better. She uses her shorthand approach with focus on 13, 14 and 15 flows or 10, 9, and 2 flows or 4, 12 and 11 flows, always knowing she can use the Main Central or Mediator. She doesn’t like toes, so she chooses not to include the 5, 6, 7, 8 flow and she finds the Supervisory flow too long. What a gift not to be so concerned if she hears the pulses correctly or if she has an in-depth handle on them. Sometimes too much attention makes a person fixate on something before it is time for it to unfold, and what we want and desire becomes elusive.

Relax. Exhale. Let the symphony unfold before us and lead us to harmony of the rhythms of the universe. With ease and grace, without effort or worry, the body receives the wonderful jumper cable of the Creator.

Thank you, Susan.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings.

The Pulses, Part 3

Issue Number 40, Spring 2003, of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter contains an article submitted by Susan Schwartz that I find most helpful.

Pulse, The Rhythm of Life

“So exhale, and simply listen. We get distracted by the hustle and bustle of the world and are unable to hear the sweet harmonious melody of oneness. I know the feeling of having all my thoughts go round and round in my head, trying to figure out what I hear and what I don’t hear, what it means, and if I have it right. It is this distraction that blocks my ability to hear and appreciate the pulses without judgment. All pulses are beautiful because they speak to us and give us the door to harmony.

Presently, as I sit home caring for my dying uncle, I just place my hands on Jin Shin Jyutsu Safety Energy Locks, and he is comforted. I don’t hesitate to use my hands even though I do not always have the opportunity to listen to his pulses.

Jiro Murai, in proper Japanese fashion, would bow in greeting a person, and would scan the body as he bowed, gleaning information of how the energy of the Creator is moving. The confirmation of harmony or disharmony is then reflected in the individual’s body. I really believe that Jiro Murai may not have always used pulse listening as his only tool. After spending time with Kato Sensei, I have seen how effective he is in utilizing Jin Shin Jyutsu body reading (changes in conformation) without listening to pulses. I realize that the pulses are a tool to unlock the mysteries of the body, the more mysterious aspects of our nature. When we are ready to use more information, more will be made available to us. In the meantime I pave the way, creating the space for me to grow and learn by listening.”

To be continued…

Thank you, Susan.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings.

The Pulses, Part 2

Issue Number 40, Spring 2003, of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter contains an article submitted by Susan Schwartz that I find most helpful.

Pulse, The Rhythm of Life

“In preparing for this article I became aware of how the word PULSE has been incorporated into our daily language. “The pulse of the family.” At business meetings people say “I need to get a pulse on this.”

No matter how it’s used, pulse is the rhythm of life. Definitions range from the beating of the heart to vibration, oscillation, or regularly repeated motion, as that of a medium in the transmission of light or sound. Regardless of what definition comes to your mind, the notion of all life as pulsating is inescapable.

Whenever I aim to clarify an idea, I find analogy to be a useful tool. Look at the auditory experience. When listening to an orchestra, an educated listener may be aware of the peculiarity of the sound when one instrument is not with the others. If it is out of rhythm, if it hits the wrong note, if it is off key, it will stand out to that experienced ear. A music listener may notice whether an instrument is speaking or if it is silent. One does not have to be an experienced, educated musicologist to love and appreciate the totality of the performance. To use this analogy in understanding pulse in relation to Jin Shin Jyutsu practice, the listener might be aware of which instrument is calling for attention or not participating. Or, in Jin Shin Jyutsu terms, which finger pulse is speaking on the superficial or the deep level. ”

“With experience and awareness, the pulse of the Individualized Organ Function Energy will speak to us. Then there is another “notch” to the allover textures of the depths. All of these pulses provide us with information about how to utilize our Jin Shin Jyutsu flow patterns to help restore and maintain well being. The pulses are tools to help us keep in touch with the harmony of the oneness of life and give us the ability to be a part of that.”

To be continued…

Thank you, Susan.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings.

The Pulses

I had been studying and practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu for 8 years and was discouraged because I never “heard” body pulses. I was able to “hear” the 12 “Individualized” Body Function Energy pulses, but could never “hear” the body pulses as I practiced self-help or was giving a session to a client.

I could “feel” warmth or cold and would re-position my hands as I followed the suggested flow and cold became warm…sometimes hot! Ah, move along now!

I could sometimes identify the feel of flows: solid, fluffy, evaporation, gummy, solidifying, rocks & rods, gurgles, fluff with tone ~ but only in the wrist pulses. When it came to body pulses, only cold, warm and an occasional “zzzzzz” between my palms. I was very discouraged and asked fellow students, teachers, my mentor ~ they would listen and tell me not to worry about it, that I would eventually learn to “listen”.

Then a fellow student suggested I try “listening” to tree pulses. We went to a lovely spot I call the “secret garden” and I was drawn to an old, tall, vibrant tree. I put my hand on one side of the trunk of this obviously healthy tree and placed the other hand just below the joint of a branch. I closed my eyes and forced myself to relax and breathe and then ~ I felt it! Well, not really “felt”. I “heard” it but with the sense of touch…hard to explain.

Then we walked to another tree who was clearly unwell and I again placed my hands on this tree. I heard-felt-sensed the difference in the pulse.

Later I realized that I had been “hearing” body pulses all along, but had mistaken them for the pulses in my own fingers!

A large part of my growing awareness and understanding comes as I practice this Art. A former EMT, I floundered in technique for years.

How happy that Jin Shin Jyutsu helps even with limited awareness and understanding….must have a lot to do with intention!

I want to devote a few posts to reviewing pulses. Can it be that I am the only one who experienced this inability to “listen”? Naw! There must be another out there and these posts might help. For the rest of my readers, they may simply be amused and smile…which is also a happy thing!

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings.