Meet Jin Shin Jyutsu
I found the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu at a time of life when I was overwhelmed with day-to-day responsibilities. I was raising my 2-yr old during the week. In the evenings and weekends, I was a full-time college professor. In my spare time, I was determined to cook all the family meals, to grow my vegetables, to take care of the house, to mow the lawn by myself. On and on went the tasks that I had committed myself to in my quest to prove my perfection. Unbeknownst to me, I was in the state of perpetual “trying-to.” The term was coined by Mary Burmeister, who brought Jin Shin Jyutsu to the United States, to describe our constant strive for superficial perfection.
In the midst of all this “trying-to,” I began to suffer from excruciating back pain. Soon, I could not sit for longer than thirty minutes at a time without falling into the grips of the pain. I went through many conventional and alternative approaches that year until one day, I discovered a book called “The Touch of Healing.” It introduced a little known Japanese healing art named Jin Shin Jyutsu, with which I was immediately intrigued. After reading the highly positive reviews on the Internet, I bought the book and began practicing the art on myself. And my life began to change!
Focus On Simplicity and Beauty
The single most striking feature of the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu for me has always been its simplicity. Jin Shin Jyutsu is not simply placing the hands and healing yourself or others in the process. There is a beautiful philosophy underlying the art – Be the Smile, Drop the Shoulders, Simply Be. You do not need to struggle, you do not need to suffer, or sacrifice, or try too much. There is an Effortless Reality behind the veil and once you tap into it, everything simply is. It is all about being: be in the now, be kind, be yourself.
The philosophy of Jin Shin Jyutsu is the most accepting and most forgiving of all that I have ever encountered. There are no warnings of dangers, no mistakes, no counter-indications. Neither are there any gurus, or experts, or prescribed protocols. You are invited to be your own authority and your own testimony to the art. You can apply it on yourself while in the hospital waiting for surgery. Or, you can enjoy it in combination with all your other medications. It complements everything. It conflicts nothing.
In the first month of experimenting with the content of “The Touch of Healing,” I was amazed by the simplicity and effectiveness of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Interestingly, the art did not make my back pain go away. It did not even alleviate it! What it did, however, was to clear up my mental blocks and bring harmony back to mind. As soon as I realized what I was doing with my life and saw what adjustments I had to make, I found my cure. Then, and only then, my back pain went away for good.
The Road Ahead
Curious about Jin Shin Jyutsu and how it can help you? You can find a practitioner in your area and get a few sessions to experience it. For a life-changing experience, try five sessions in five consecutive days. If you want to learn more about the art, take a Jin Shin Jyutsu class coordinated by the Jin Shin Jyutsu® Scottsdale Office.
My favorite thing to do with Jin Shin Jyutsu, however, is to apply it to myself as a form of self-help. Doing so does not strain your finances, nor stretches your already busy schedule. Yet, it gives you the power to help yourself. Jiro Murai, the Japanese man who rediscovered the art a hundred years ago, started with self-help, anyway. He had to experiment on himself and later on volunteers from the homeless people in one of Tokyo’s parks to discover the principles of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Unlike him, however, at the beginning of the XXI century, we have resources readily available at our hands. Two of my favorites are The Touch of Healing book, and the Health Is In Your Hands cards.