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Jin Shin Jyutsu

  Dr. Martha's Journey From Japanese Dance to Jin       Shin Jyutsu and Beyond

  In 1982, I was dancing with a Japanese dance company,   Sachiyo Ito Dance Company and Musicians, in New           York City.  The company performed ancient national           treasure dances of Japan and danced to the beautiful       uplifting music of the Taiko drum, Koto, and conch shell.

Dancing with the company, I had many transcendent spiritual experiences, especially when dancing with the fan. At the time I was very aware of Zen tradition and in my perpetual meditation dance state found that I could help myself and my fellow dancers by moving the energy blockages I saw around their bodies with my hands. You see, as a dancer (since age 7) and choreographer I had been trained – at least indirectly due to the nature of the art form- to perceive energy in and around the body through all five senses as well as kinesthetically. It was a very intuitive time for me but I did not have the grounding I needed to feel and be safe in the world. New York was quite a troubled city at that time so it was quite painful to be so aware and sensitive. Today I recognize the state that I was in at the time as a “negative psychic state” (Bendit & Bendit, 1958). In short, the intuition of the person in a negative psychic state is not grounded in attainment and is not connected with the mental body.  While I clearly had a gift and people asked me to share it with them and others, I was not comfortable doing any more than to help my friends and family. I remember asking God to help me to help others and find a way to develop my skill and my comfort in doing so. Then in 1983, I met a healer, Mrs. Ruth Bolton on a trip to Southern California who had been with the Edgar Cayce Foundation for many years. When I told her about what I had been doing in New York with my hands she showed me a book of the flows used in the science and art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, a Japanese healing tradition. It was then that I realized that I did have a gift or at least the memory of a healing gift. I said to Ruth, “My goodness, it’s in the physical. I can study the flows!” Ruth took me on as a private student. We worked together until I went to nursing school in 1984. She was a warm and powerful healer. I have learned so much about myself, self-help and energy healing in providing Jin Shin to people for the past 28 years. It is truly a gentle and yet powerful healing science and art – one of the few that works at the level of the etheric sheath or blueprint for the body.

What is Jin Shin Jyutsu?

Jin Shin Jyutsu means “The Art of the Creator through the Person of Compassion” (Burmeister & Monte, 1997). Jin Shin Jyutsu dates back to the most ancient Japanese text, the Kojiki (AD. 712), which Jiro Murai rediscovered in Japan in the early l900s. After healing himself of a life-threatening illness, he devoted the remainder of his life to studying this ancient art. His student, Mary Burmeister, brought the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu to the United States in the 1950s. Through her practice, writings and teachings, she has shared the art with thousands of people worldwide. Mary describes the essence of Jin Shin as a way to help one’s self. She wrote:

Through Jin Shin Jyutsu our awareness is awakened to the simple fact that all is needed for harmony and balance within the universe-physically, emotionally, and spiritually-is within myself. Through this awareness, the feeling of complete peace, serenity, security, the oneness within is evident. No person, situation, or thing can take these away from me. (Cited in Burmeister & Monte, 1997, p. 17)