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In Control of Our Destiny

Or, Duh? Who else but me could be in control of my destiny?

Have you noticed that the more we grasp at things and forcefully try to influence events, the more we feel out of control? But it can also go the other way – as soon as we cease this grasping and bending of outcomes, we discover that we are in total control of our destiny. The Sanskrit term for this is Aparigraha. It is one of the Crown Jewels of the advanced yogi. 

While we may or may not be an advanced yogi, nothing stops us from getting a helping hand through the practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu. (pun intended 🙂 ) Here are two of my favorite combinations with their corresponding affirmations.

“I assume control of my destiny and begin to see the miracles that unfold around me.”

I place my left hand on the left side of the small of the back, while I place my right hand on the outside of the right knee. Keeping our hands in this position for several minutes can help us feel empowered and uplifted.

“Be still and know that I am in control of my destiny.”

And here is my second favorite. I reach with my left hand this time to the right side of the small of the back, while I place my right hand at the right sit bone (or just sit on my right hand). In Jin Shin Jyutsu, the locations belong to the Safety Energy Locks 23 and 25. For the left side, I reach out with my right hand to the left side of the small of the back, while I place the left hand at the left sit bone (or just sit on it).

The small of the back is an important location and it is known as the location of Safety Energy Lock 23 in the Jin Shin Jyutsu circles. Placing our hands in that location can help us take control in both the metaphorical and literal sense. I was once able to clear up caffeine-induced jitters by placing both hands on the small of my back – left on the left side and right on the right. You can read about that story here.


If you wish to learn more about the healing practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu, you can visit my site Travelers Guide to Healing. I also have a self-paced class In Movement With Jin Shin Jyutsu available on Udemy. And! I am almost done with a second self-paced class, The Interplay of Elements, that I hope to complete by March.

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