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.’
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.
During periods of stress, I sometimes find it hard to fall asleep. My mind starts WORRYING about lots of things. So when I have to get up in the morning, my mind feels fuzzy, my body feels heavy and I just have no enthusiasm for the day ahead.
Luckily, when I can’t sleep because I’m WORRYING, I simply hold my THUMB.
If you suffer from insomnia, hold your left or right THUMB for a few minutes. Do it whenever you have your hands free during the day, and when you lie in bed at night.
Apart from INSOMNIA, holding the THUMB also helps the following:
* Headaches (especially the base of the thumb)
* Stress and nerves
* Skin surface
* Stomach and spleen energy
* When have to SIT a lot
Note: Sitting overloads the stomach & spleen energy. Results in bloating and heaviness in the abdominal area
Also helps to:
* Ground and calm
Note: especially for MOTHERS who give, give, give and need to receive a bit of nurturing themselves!
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!
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.
Jin Shin Jyutsu Thumb Hold
Holding all the fingers also has huge benefits –
see this older post: Jin Shin Jyutsu Fingers
Happy New Year! On many levels, 2008 has been a very challenging year for a lot of us. So wonderful then, that the Ancient Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu can help us move the energy so that we can get ‘unstuck’ and open up to receive the abundance that life offers. It’s ALL about harmonising the breath to let go of the old and let in the new.
Mary Burmeister explains in Self Help Book 2 that the KEYS are found in the 26 Safety Energy Locks (SELs) on the body; 26 energy sites on the body each with a specific function. At the moment, the two SELs that I am working on every day are SEL 1 and SEL 10. First I ‘move the energy’ with SEL 1 then I ‘receive the abundance’ with SEL 10.
Mary calls Safety Energy Lock 1 ‘The Prime Mover‘. It is found on the inside (medial side) of the knees. It connects extreme heights with extreme depths and harmonises us from head to toe because it helps the descending energy (which moves down the front) and the ascending energy (which moves up the back). If you want to change your life, hold SEL 1 every day for an hour.
Mary calls Safety Energy Lock 10 ‘The Warehouse of Abundance‘. It is found between the spine and the shoulderblade, half way down the shoulderblade. It releases an ‘outpouring of limitless life energy’ when unlocked. The easiest way to open up SEL 10 is to hold the upper arms (high 19s). Cross your arms and hold your upper arms – this also opens SEL 9 which is found below SEL 10.
Insomnia. Not being able to sleep. There might be several reasons for this. Sometimes if I go to bed hungry, I can’t sleep. Most often, I can’t sleep when my mind is full of THOUGHTS. The simplest way to combat insomnia is to hold your thumb.
See this older post: Hold your Thumb for Worry
Someone says to me: ‘I can’t sleep, my mind is full of thoughts and worry.’ I say: ‘Hold your thumb.’ She holds her thumb and she is able to sleep. She says to me: ‘It was amazing! I held my thumb and the next thing I knew it was morning!’ So simple.
Someone says to me: ‘I have a long haul flight tomorrow and I know I’m going to be jet lagged for days and my body rhythms are going to be all over the place’. I say: ‘Hold your thumb (and the rest of your fingers, but mainly the thumb) throughout the flight. It’ll keep the energy moving and your bio rhythms won’t get so upset.’ Next thing I know, I get an email from my friend and he says: ‘How amazing! I hardly suffered from jet lag and I bounced back nearly effortlessly.’ There’s that word again – simple, effortless reality.