Why can’t Jin Shin Jyutsu heal everything?

OpeningI have a good friend who often asks me why I still have problems if I practice Jin Shin Jyutsu all the time. Sometimes good friends keep you on your toes by asking the tough questions. ūüôā

The truth for me is that Jin Shin Jyutsu has nothing to do with “healing,” per se. It is all about LOVING WHAT IS. Mary says, “BE IT IS, IS.” She likes to use acronyms and koans in her writing so that you will look more deeply each time you encounter the texts (that is my interpretation, at least)… BE Infinite Truth, Infinite Self, Impersonal Self. She doesn’t say, “Heal everything, and never have any problems.” The “goal,” as it were, is a spiritual one, not a physical or mental/emotional one.

What brings most people to Jin Shin Jyutsu is healing. We want to heal ourselves and one another, because we suffer and want to feel more whole. That makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?

However, once we start walking down the path of NOW KNOW MYSELF, we realize that we are already whole, and Jin Shin Jyutsu simply wakes us up to that fact, as all spiritual paths are designed to do. Jin Shin Jyutsu’s way in is through the body, but you can enter¬†this path from any number of directions. I happen to love Jin Shin Jyutsu’s way, because it is grounded in the body. But I could have chosen chanting, skydiving, mandala painting, centering prayer, etc…..

The point is that Spirit is Spirit. We meet Spirit in infinitely¬†creative and diverse ways as human beings. We don’t have to follow one or another path, because just as there are many languages on the face of the earth, there are many ways to heal our sense of separation from Source, which is the beginning of suffering.

Why doesn’t Jin Shin Jyutsu heal everything that ails me? Who knows, maybe it will one day. I don’t practice it for that purpose, though. I practice it to bring me closer to my core essence, which is Spirit. When I’m closer to that Essence, and I remember who I really am (Divine), then I feel happy, healthy, and whole, which has innumerable positive effects on body, mind, and spirit. Health and healing come from remembering I am not separate from my Origins in Spirit. The rest unfolds from there.

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Limitless Life Power

DragonflyIn my last post, I talked about having an illness that was difficult to overcome….I am still working with this project! It has been an interesting ride.

I can’t say that I know what’s going on, or why certain issues related to the original illness have not totally resolved. However, I can say that since I got sick in the middle of March, I have been working on my Lung/ 10/ 13 energy non-stop, every day. 1-Flow and Umbilicus have also been supportive and balancing.

It seems like I’m opening up Bustline flows (10, 13, Lung) in order to be able to receive Spirit and let Spirit move back out into the world after I metabolize it. 10-Flow has been described in many beautiful ways (SEL 10 is located at the inside of the middle of the shoulder blade):

~Limitless life power
~Abundant warehouse
~Matter going back to Spirit
~Balancing masculine and feminine

As I’m working on my bustline area, grief comes up around ways I’ve abandoned myself and been unable to stand for myself over the years. It’s interesting that this strengthening happens through the spiritual area of the body (bustline is Spirit, waistline is the human nature, and hipline is the physical nature).

I’m continuing to struggle with some dizziness and head congestion, but I’m light-years beyond where I was when I first got this, because I was really scared when it first hit me! ¬†Seemed like my body became dislocated from my mind somehow…That’s the only way I can describe it.

I keep hearing about people getting sick in unusual, long-lasting ways that don’t respond to antibiotics and other traditional medical interventions. I wonder if some of these projects are gifts to help up see more clearly in some way. I hope so! I will keep responding to my body in whatever way it’s requesting….Seems like I need the Big Breath of Life right now!!

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Saving Flows

It is amazing how I can post in this blog, practice Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help every day, organize classes, etc., but then when I get REALLY sick, I forget that I need to step up the JSJ treatments to get better!!

Two weeks ago, I caught some sort of bug that turned out to be bacterial (because antibiotics helped it immediately when I finally decided to go to the doctor). However, the antibiotics only helped partially, and after a few days, the symptoms (dizziness, major head congestion, sinusitis, and fatigue) returned. I felt very disappointed, because this bug was bumming me out BIG-time.

I realized that what I really needed was an energetic shift. Concurrent with this illness, I was going through some major emotional changes and shifts and doing a lot of grieving over past relationships. I needed support for mind, body, and spirit, not just body.

So I contacted Brant Keany, LMT, Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner in Nashville and co-organizer for Nashville JSJ classes. He gave me sessions two nights in a row.

The morning after the second session, I woke up in huge throes of grief that I didn’t even know existed. It was amazing and surprising and very healing.

After I let go deeply in this way, I began to feel better in a substantial way, but it was bigger than just my body feeling better. My body, mind, and spirit also felt better, more balanced, and whole. I felt so grateful to Brant for being there for me during this time, because I had begun to feel hopeless about getting better.

I asked him to give me Third and First Methods of Correction on the first night (I’m really bossy about which flows I want to receive ;)). On the second night, he gave me a 20,21,22 flow followed by a 16,17,18,19 flow.

Something about the combination of these flows healed me – I suspect that the first night was about “emergency” energetic resetting, and the second night was about releasing all of that grief out of the thought realm and allowing it to descend into the body realm, where it could be felt and released.

I feel SO much better now, and I feel so incredibly grateful about the shift that took place during these sessions. FusciaLilies

A doctor might not believe me that Jin Shin Jyutsu made the difference, but it did. I was
beginning to get worse again on the antibiotics, and nothing substantial was really shifting.

Thank you, Brant, and thank you, Mary and Jiro for bringing this beautiful gift of healing into the world!!

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SEL 1 – The Prime Mover

Safety Energy Lock 1, loRowOfTurtlescated on the inside of the knee, is about “connecting the extreme
height with the extreme depth.” (Self-Help Text II). For me, 1 is often about bringing thoughts out of the mental sphere alone and allowing my body to integrate them. The 1-Flow is three steps (easiest when lying on your side): Hold the left low back, at the top of the left hip crest (SEL 2), with right hand, and it stays there throughout the flow. The left hand holds the left inner knee (SEL 1), then the left inner heel (SEL 5), then left tip of big toe (SEL 7). Hold each pair of SEL’s until a rhythmic pulsation is felt. Reverse for right side.¬†

As the “Prime Mover,” this flow helps to move us out of ruts and stuck places in body/mind/spirit. It clears the head, chest, and abdomen and is a good flow for babies. It helps us to focus when we feel scattered. I like to fall asleep with my arms crossed and holding my inner knees (lying on my side) – this hold is also a good “quickie” for SEL 1 any time.

SEL 1 connects the toes with the head and the head with the toes, creating a “Cosmic Egg” of energy surrounding us (just like Main Central energy does before the Supervisors are born at the knee). The 1-Flow, like Stomach Flow, is one of my main grounding flows, opening up the pathways to Earth connection and moving me out of anxiety and fear. In combination with other flows, such as 10-Flow, I find that it helps me to consolidate the information generated and restored by the other flows. It’s truly miraculous at times!

Mary often reminded students of the spiritual principle of “As above, so below; as below, as above.” We are whole, and we are a mirror of the Divine. 1-Flow can help to connect us with the Highest Heights so that we don’t forget our earthly nature is just a reflection of what Created it.

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Digesting thoughts, food, experiences

Held Stomach Flow (anterior descending energy in Self-Help Book I) helps me so much when I begin to feel ungrounded and uncertain of who I am.

Yesterday, there were some wild energies flying around Nashville (in my perception). I found it a bit overwhelming and got totally off balance.

This morning, I was still pretty wobbly and practicing JSJ as I usually do, and Stomach Flow came into my awareness. I practiced it on the left side, and it was like all the “craziness” traveled out of my body and down into the Earth. What a relief! ¬†I still had more balancing to do later (through writing and processing what I experienced yesterday), but until I used Stomach Flow to feel the ground of my being, I was flying around very nervous and anxious.

Stomach Flow anchors on Safety Energy Lock 21, just below the cheekbone. This SEL helps us to “escape from mental bondage” and experience “profound security” (Self-Help Text II). The flow itself helps us to communicate, to be understood, and to understand. It is a 1st Depth/ Earth flow.

A shortcut for this flow is to hold the right cheekbone with the left fingers and just below the right collarbone with the right fingers. For left side, hold left cheekbone with the right fingers and just below the left collarbone with left fingers. This step can help with headaches and sinus congestion, as well as digesting food, thoughts, and experiences.

As we integrate what is happening in our lives rather than spinning off in panic and anxiety (which are related to the 1st Depth), we come back down to Earth and feel safe again – held, connected, loved.

The organ of the 1st Depth is our skin surface, the body’s largest organ, which is our first point of contact with the outside world.

Anxiety can be related to needing to feel held rather than threatened by the outside world and the people who take care of us as children (1st Depth is in charge of our development between birth and age 15). Feeling safe in our bodies and with those who love us is critical to healthy development.

Stomach Flow helps us to ground into life and experience the sweetness of our own existence (and it helps curb cravings for sweets!) The taste of the 1st Depth is sweetness…..


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SEL 12 – “Human dependence on cosmic life”


Lately, my right SEL 12 (on the back/side of the neck) has been incredibly stiff and sore, to the point where I’m taking aspirin and wondering if I might need physical therapy.

Since Mary told us that tension in the right 12 means you’re in “the mental institution,” and in the left 12 means that you’re in “the penitentiary,” I don’t feel too happy about having tension in either one of my 12’s!!!

However, I can take this tension as the signal that it is. Mental/emotional stress shows up in the right 12 as a sign that we need to surrender “my will” to “Thy will,” and let go of stubbornness related to cosmic life being my one and only Source.

SEL 12 is congested by “willfulness,” “over-doing,” and by being “afraid to be.” Or, as Mary puts it in Self-Help book II, “’12’ came into the universe meaning…submission of personal consciousness to the direction of Universal Mind.” I don’t like the word “submission,” for obvious reasons. And I don’t like being called “stubborn,” because it tends to be true. ūüėČ

There is only one way to make peace with cosmic will, and that is to surrender to it. But like a teenager individuating from her parents, it’s been important to me to rebel a little bit (or a lot) in my lifetime in order to find MY will and MY voice.

As I hold the back of my neck, or hold my middle finger (the harmonizer for SEL 12), I can feel tension in that area melting away, and surrender begins to make more sense. I can also hold the right side of my neck with my left hand and my coccyx with my right hand, which is the first step of the Bladder flow. Bladder flow is in the 4th Depth, whose attitude is fear.

Letting go of fear is central to surrendering to cosmic will and accepting “Not my will but Thy will” be done. ¬†I don’t like surrendering, because it feels scary and dangerous sometimes. But I like to think of it as laying back in a warm ocean. As I’m held, I feel safe, and there is no more fear. I can feel supported and loved by the cosmos, and I don’t have to rebel any more to know who I am, because I AM this ocean, and it is me.

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Umbilicus Flow, “The Road to the Sky”

UmbilicusFlowI love Umbilicus Flow. In the classes I’ve taken, it’s been called many things:

~The Road to the Sky (Mayan)
~The Moon
~The Earth Flow
~The Furnace
~The Breath Essence

It is most active between birth and age 3. It protects and nourishes all organs, and it takes love and makes it into usable energy for the body. Isn’t that amazing?? ¬†It also balances day and night and releases the base of the spine.

As a 6th Depth Flow, Umbilicus is about our relationship to Spirit, and in fact, it helps to harmonize all of our relationships. It helps with emotional projects and inhibition, as it allows the body’s energy to ascend and clean out blockages to “self-mothering.”

It’s very easy to practice this flow on yourself (see image above)…Here’s how to read it:

~Safety Energy Lock 11 is at the shoulder, where the neck and shoulder meet.
~Safety Energy Lock 12 is on the back of the neck, on the ropy muscle that lines either side of the spine, halfway down the neck from the base of the skull.
~Safety Energy Lock 20 is at the forehead, above the eyebrow.

“L” and “R” refer to which hand is holding the Safety Energy Lock. For example, for the right flow, the left hand stays on the right 11 while the right hand holds left 12, then left 20, then right 12.

You can practice both sides of the flow, or just one, whichever feels right to you. Hold each pair of Safety Energy Locks until you feel a gentle, rhythmic pulsation, or for 2-3 minutes each.

This flow always helps me to remember to mother myself, because it is so nurturing. I feel happier, warmer, and more loving after completing this flow for the millionth time :), because it’s something I’m constantly working on and need help with. It never fails me when it is asking for my help, and I respond.


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Spring is almost here…

IshaWaterfallI always forget how hard this time of year can be on the body. We are transitioning out of the slow-moving, hibernating energy of Winter and into the powerful, growth-directed, action-oriented energy of Spring, and we are waking up the 3rd Depth of the body: Liver and Gall Bladder Function Energies. For me, sleep patterns become disrupted, and I feel a constant need to eat heavy or carb-rich foods to keep me going through the period of transformation.

My Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help practice has shifted out of a 2nd Depth focus (which supports the 4th Depth – Winter) and into a 3rd Depth focus, which helps me to work on Blood Essence and having enough power to stir the latent 4th Depth energies into a period of growth and abundance.

The 3rd Depth encompasses the season of Spring, the color green, the sour taste, the attitudes of anger and frustration, the gall bladder and liver energies, and the Blood Essence, which carries information throughout the body. 3rd Depth is about expansion and life force, rooting us into the Earth and allowing us to manifest and embody energies from the invisible realms. For a wonderful, in-depth explanation of the 3rd Depth, see Jill Holden’s article series on the Jin Shin Jyutsu IS New Jersey website.

3rd Depth also rules the eyes (literally) and perception in all senses of the word. It helps us to see clearly and broadly everything that is happening in our world. For me, I’m perceiving how exhausted I have become over the past few weeks of fighting with 3rd Depth energy coming into my body! Realizing that unless I let some things go, I will burn out completely and not have enough power and force to deal with upcoming challenges and adventures.

So I’m “weeding out” certain activities from my life that no longer support my fullness of growth and expansion, and I’m focusing on exactly which seeds I want to plant this Spring. It’s very important to focus our powers of intention on what we are planting right now so that the harvest later this year will be what we want it to be.

Rest, recovery, rejuvenation, and lots of JSJ self-help are important right now! If you need help getting started with self-help, please contact me, and I’d be glad to point you in the right direction.

Happy Spring, and may you plant everything you need to blossom into your own, unique, beautiful harvest later in the coming months!





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Safety Energy Lock 13 – Fertility

besohappyWaking up on Valentine’s Day, I decided to Google this holiday to find out its true origins. ¬†Here is what I read:

“The holiday’s roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day¬†circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day.” (infoplease.com)

Mary Burmeister has shared with us that Safety Energy Lock (SEL) 13, located on the chest at the bustline, came into the world meaning ‚ÄúLove thine enemies.”

Jin Shin Jyutsu instructor Jed Schwartz offers, “Thirteen also represents the Goddess, the Mother aspect. It is the symbol of women and denotes the soul and her reflection of God. In the ancient religion of the Goddess, a year was composed of 13 lunar months. With the advent of a patriarchal society, the 13-month lunar calendar was dropped for what is now a solar calendar and 13 was given the aura of bad luck.” (JSJ newsletter #46)

Fertility can refer to creativity, abundance, generosity, forgiveness, and self-love. Working with Safety Energy Lock 13 can help to melt away the blocks in our hearts so that we can give and receive love abundantly.

The quickest, easiest way to harmonize 13 is to hold the index finger (melting fear), followed by holding the little finger (melting pretense and cover-up). After holding these two fingers for a short time this morning, the internal tension I was holding seemed to dissolve, leaving me relaxed, present, and open to the day.

Holding Safety Energy Lock “high” 19 can also facilitate opening 13 (see diagram belowto find high 19, hold SEL 19 at the elbow, the slide your hand up until your thumb reaches your armpit). When holding a finger or SEL, simply hold gently until you feel a gentle pulsation, or for 1-5 minutes. You will feel tension begin to melt away.

As JSJ instructor Susan M. Brooks shares, “When we want to access that place of inner strength from within and remember our connection with Source, with our origin in spirit, simply place our fingers on our 13s, breathe, and remember, out of No-Thing we each came to be” (JSJ newsletter #44).

SEL 13 helps us to radiate our inner light and be the true essence of our Spirit. Love and abundance can be the only result!




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Self-regulation Miracles

I’m a psychotherapist. And I’ve been a psychotherapy client for many years.

Therapists are always teaching people about self-regulation skills, in so many different ways: breathing techniques, changing thoughts, grounding skills, guided imagery, journaling, confiding in someone, etc.

There are so many ways to calm down!  And we all need a toolbox of ways to calm down, yes?

Jin Shin Jyutsu is one of my most important self-regulation tools. As I’ve written here before, it brings me to my spiritual center, the core of self-regulation and calm. Every morning, when I wake up in a panic (for a number of reasons), I use JSJ to come back to my spiritual core and calm down and feel ready to face the day with a positive, hopeful attitude.

Every single morning, I practice JSJ, feel a thousand times better, and say, “Thank you, God.” Because I really mean that: Thank you for this miraculous gift of self-regulation.

This morning, I practiced a 1-Flow (the Prime Mover), right and left Lung Flows (letting go of grief and sadness), a 10-Flow (Love), and Umbilicus Flow (connection to Divine Mother). Wow, I cannot even describe to you the transformation that occurred in me as I practiced these flows.  SUCH a miracle.

Thank you, God, for this gift of Jin Shin Jyutsu. I don’t know what I would do without it.


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