Jin Shin Jyutsu® Self Help: Attitudes

The thumb and the fingers form the foundation of Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help.

Just by holding the thumb and the fingers every day one at a time for a few minutes, is a good way to regenerate all our 144,000 energy functions.

Moreover, the effects over time are cumulative, so the more you hold your fingers, the quicker you’ll notice the benefit.

Each thumb and finger is related to an emotion or as we call them in Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ATTITUDE. There are five atttitudes that form the basis, the starting point as it were, of every dis-ease and disharmony:

Worry, Fear (that’s the biggest one at the moment!), Anger, Grief and Pretense (trying to, or ‘efforting’ – the one to hold for the Heart).  The hold for Depression and Fatigue is the center of the palm.

Simply hold a finger for a few minutes, or when you’re watching television, waiting for a bus or whatever, to harmonise each attitude. As I always tell people whom I introduce to this Art: ‘You need never be bored again!’

See the links to these older posts for the finger holds:

Self Help for Worry (and insomnia)

Self Help for Anxiety (and Fear and Panic)

Self Help for Anger (and High or Low Blood Pressure)

Self Help for Grief (and breathing)

Self Help for Heart (and discomforts)

Self Help for Depression (and Fatigue)

This Art is Ours to Use

No matter where I am, or where I travel to, I always see people in a perfect Jin Shin Jyutsu self help hold. They are helping themselves, but they don’t even know it!

Recently, I sat next to a gentleman on a (short) flight. He was at least 6 foot tall, the flight was full and he had to cram himself into a seat next to the window. However, he had a very calm energy about him, and he did not fidget. Then I saw that he was holding his thumb! So I also held my thumb, to help us both!

Isn’t it comforting to know that helping MYSELF is as simple as holding a thumb or a finger? When I first started working with this Art, I was disbelieving. I said to myself: ‘It can’t be that simple. I will start with something much more complicated so I get REALLY good results.’

The interesting thing is that some of my most powerful results have come from spending a few minutes just holding a finger!

I encourage you to choose one of your thumbs or fingers (or let IT choose you!!) – to close your eyes and hold it for a few minutes in a quiet space. The last time I suggested this to a friend, she was amazed to discover that a whole HOUR had gone by – after which she felt like new….

But don’t take my word for it. As Mary always used to say: ‘Be your own testimony.’

JSJ Relationship Fingers, Energy Sites and Attitudes

Even if we’ve never heard of the ancient art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, we most often naturally place our hands unconsciously on our body when we need help in a certain area. Isn’t it therefore great to consciously KNOW where to put our hands to HELP MYSELF?

This is a quick summary of the relationship between the fingers, the corresponding key energy site and attitude:

Finger / Energy Site (there is a left and right side)/(SEL) /Attitude (Emotion)

Thumb/Forehead above the eyebrows/ 20/WORRY

Index/ Just below the collarbone /22/FEAR

Middle/Third rib down on the chest/ 13/ANGER

Ring/Last rib before the abdomen/14/GRIEF

Little/Groin either side of pubic bone /15 /TRYING TO

For a full Jin Shin Jyutsu Self help session you could spend a whole hour holding these five energy sites placing the left hand on the left side, and the right hand on the right side (it means spending about 10 minutes on each energy site).  A great way to start or end the day!

Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help: Harmonising Attitudes

There are five Attitudes: Worry, Fear, Anger, Grief and Pretense.  Each finger corresponds to an attitude, so you can harmonise Worry by holding the Thumb, Fear by holding the Index Finger, Anger by holding the Middle Finger, Grief by Holding the Ring Finger and Pretense by holding the Little Finger.

You don’t hold your thumb or finger so that the attitude ‘goes away’ – rather, you hold it so that you allow that feeling to harmonise and so that you can observe that attitude and gain more clarity. Attitudes in themselves are not bad – we are, after all human beings and part of our make up is to experience all these emotions, or attitudes.

The ‘problem’ arises when we get STUCK in the behaviours that go along with these attitudes.

The prime attitude is FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) – out of FEAR come all the others. Anger, for instance is about wanting something to happen in a certain way, our way. And if that doesn’t happen then I get ‘angry’. Sadness or grief has to do with losing something that I cherished – but if that grief goes on for 20 years then I have got stuck in that grief.  Attitudes are not right or wrong – but they can be changed so they don’t control our every day behaviour.

So hold your thumb and fingers whenever your hands are idle. You’ll be harmonising attitudes, moving the energy and revitalising your whole being. What could be easier?

And the effect is cumulative, so the more you hold, the more you ‘clean’ and the more you harmonise.

Q&A: How Long Do I Hold My Fingers For?

Question: Hello i am a user of Jinshin holds i would like to know how long one should hold the fingers and how many times in day. thanks for your reply to my query

Answer: The more you hold your fingers the more of a cumulative ‘cleaning’ and regenerative effect there is. Hold your thumb or fingers whenever your hands are free – while watching a movie, while waiting for a bus etc. For instance, you will definitely notice the effects of holding a finger or one of your thumbs for an hour if you close your eyes and sit or lie quietly…. I like to do this with the thumb – it becomes quite a powerful meditation.

Or you could hold each finger for five minutes each – that’s 50 minutes – what you could do is put on a chill out cd and change the finger when the track changes, then you don’t have to watch the clock. If you feel particularly relaxed or fall asleep, don’t worry! It just means that your body is going through a deep harmonisation – there are no ‘shoulds’ – Just go with the flow!

Jin Shin Jyutsu: Self Help for ANXIETY, DEPRESSION and More…

Worry, Anxiety, Panic, Depression, Anger, Grief and other emotions are draining and exhausting. You can help ease these uncomfortable feelings YOURSELF by holding your thumb, or another finger. The effect is cumulative, so the more you hold a finger the more you will notice the effects.

Have a look at the links to these older posts:

Self Help for Worry (and insomnia)

Self Help for Anxiety (and Fear and Panic)

Self Help for Depression (and Fatigue)

Self Help for Anger (and High or Low Blood Pressure)

Self Help for Grief

Self Help for Heart (attack)

I’ve experienced many horrible things in my life, and some of them actually happened…’ – Mark Twain

Jin Shin Jyutsu and The Present

If you REGRET the PAST (mind) and if you WORRY about the FUTURE (mind) then you miss the great GIFT of the NOW (BEING) which is why it is called THE PRESENT.

When you feel you are not in the present moment, when you feel overwhelmed, not grounded, up in the clouds or just not enjoying life (‘I HATE THIS!’) – HOLD YOUR THUMB. All you need to do is grab one of your thumbs with the opposite hand – hold and relax.


See an older post for more information and the photo.
Happy Holding!

Jin Shin Jyutsu Thumb Hold

Holding all the fingers also has huge benefits –
see this older post:
Jin Shin Jyutsu Fingers

Q&A: Jin Shin Jyutsu for Dysthymia

Question: Hi Astrid – I would like to make a question and don´t know how to do without coming to the ‘comment’ area. I had a diagnostic that told I have dysthymia. I would like to know what flows are more effective for that. Thank you, LM

Answer: Dear LM, thanks for your email and I hope this answer helps you. Keep working on it and let me know how you get on. Take care, Astrid

What is Dysthymia?
For those who don’t know, and I was one of them because I confess I had never heard of this ‘label’, Dysthymic Disorder is a chronic condition characterized by depressive symptoms that occur for most of the day, more days than not, for at least 2 years.
While depressed, a person experiences at least two of the following symptoms:
Either overeating or lack of appetite.
Sleeping too much or having difficulty sleeping.
Fatigue, lack of energy.
Poor self-esteem.
Difficulty with concentration or decision making.
Feeling hopeless

How can Jin Shin Jyutsu help?
Looking at the variety of symptoms, it is important that you help re-harmonise the WHOLE system. The most powerful way, and the easiest as well, is to work with the Self help Main Central Function – the Source of Life. Not once a day, but TWICE a day whenever possible. Also, you need to harmonise the Supervisors and especially the Mediator. In fact, I feel that Mediator is hugely important for you, so do this exercise as often as possible. It’ll keep your energies up. And don’t forget to hold your fingers as well whenever possible!

Below are links to all the exercises mentioned above and others for you to ‘play’ with:
Trinity exercises
Hold Center Palm for Fatigue and Depression
Hold Your Fingers