Jin Shin Jyutsu Little Fingers and Big Toes

Ever hold your little fingers? You might be surprised at how good it makes you feel. So easy and effective you can do this exercise any time of the day – works while you sleep too! 

In energy speak, little fingers and big toes are great harmonisers for the whole being.

Holding Little Fingers and Big Toes helps with so many issues including: ‘heart discomforts, heart palpitations, and chest congestion. It also helps clear the vascular, nervous, muscular and skeletal energy circulatory systems. Helps clear head discomforts and bloat problems including swollen ankles.’

You can do the exercises below at any time as self help. A few minutes each day is a good place to start, or until you feel relief from symptoms.Remember that the effect of holding often is cumulative, so the more you hold, the quicker the positive effects.

Holding little finger also helps dissipate a sore throat, so at the first sign of it, hold either little finger. Quick self help hold for heart palpitations and heart discomforts: hold left little finger.

So the Exercises:
Hold LEFT LITTLE FINGER with Right Hand then, after a few minutes,
Hold the BIG TOES (hold left big toe with left hand, and hold right big toe with right hand) then, after a few minutes,
Hold RIGHT LITTLE FINGER with Left Hand then, after a few minutes
Hold the BIG TOES again (hold left big toe with left hand, and hold right big toe with right hand).

Note: if you find it difficult to hold your big toes, then you can use this variation: after holding little finger, place your hands in your groins (left hand on left groin and right hand on right groin – (‘the 15s’ they wash our hearts with laughter).

If you’d like to know more about this approach to self help or if you’d like to book a Jin Shin Jyutsu session, then contact Astrid at astrid(at)flowsforlife(dot).com – see more about Astrid here

How to Ease FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real

jin shin jyutsu holds index finger 2

In the Jin Shin Jyutsu self help classes we often talk about FEAR as False Evidence Appearing Real.

In the early days when I started teaching, one of my friends brought to life ‘False Evidence Appearing Real’ with a lovely anecdote on which I have based the following story:

Imagine you’re walking down a dark alley. You’re afraid of going forwards, but you’re even more afraid of turning back. So you keep going. At the end of the alley a light appears with a MONSTER of a shadow. Now you’re REALLY afraid. Somehow you keep going.  As you get closer, you realise that this ‘monster’ shadow was cast on the wall by a cute little puppy…False Evidence Appearing Real.

FEARS are at the basis of all disharmony. On a more philosophical level, Mary Burmeister explained that we FEAR when we believe in lack and limitation and THIS is the False Evidence Appearing Real. Because in TRUTH “through Jin Shin Jyutsu our awareness is awakened to the simple fact that all that is needed for harmony [on all levels] is within MYSELF.”

I’ve talked before about the five Attitudes that we experience: Worry, Fear, Anger, Grief and Pretense. Underlying all these attitudes is FEAR. When we believe in lack and limitations, then there is FEAR.

The (very) good news is that we can simply hold the INDEX finger (either one) to help harmonise the attitude of FEAR. If the fear is very deep then we can hold each thumb and finger in turn.

Why don’t you give it a go right now?

Sit comfortably in a quiet space. Wrap your right hand around your left index finger, and relax your hands. Close your eyes.

How long to hold for? Until you feel relief.

I find that if I hold my index (or any other) finger for about 20 minutes, I definitely feel things ‘happening’.

See the link for more self help finger holds

Fifth JSJ Global Event to Restore Balance

Image by Astrid Kauffmann
Image by Astrid Kauffmann

“We come into the world with an exhalation, to clear and empty us, so that we can receive. We never ‘take’ a breath. We ‘receive’ a breath.” – From The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister

On Wednesday, 3 June (3.6) we aim to harmonise all our individual energy functions – and as we do that, we help restore balance to the collective energy as well. The more of us there are, the more we create a rainbow of harmony across the world.

Will you join us for this fifth Global Jin Shin Jyutsu Event to Restore Balance by using the fingers and the breath?

Join us any time that is convenient for you on June 3, 2015, where ever you are in the world:

Summary of Exercise for the Fifth Global Event on June 3

1) Wrap the right hand around the left thumb. Relax the hands. 
Exhale, then inhale comfortably three times as you hold…
Then wrap the right hand around the left index finger and exhale, then inhale 3x
then do the same for the left middle finger, ring finger, little finger and left center of palm. 

2) Wrap the left hand around the right thumb. Relax the hands. 
Exhale/inhale comfortably three times as you hold…
Then wrap the left hand around the right index finger and exhale/inhale 3x
then do the same for the right middle finger, ring finger, little finger and right center of palm. 

When you finish holding all the fingers and palms you will have exhaled/inhaled 36 breaths.

Image by Pam Makie
Image by Pam Makie

THE 36 CONSCIOUS DIVINE BREATHS AND HOLDING YOUR FINGERS
as explained by Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner Pam Makie who is based in New York City:

ATTITUDES are the keys to our harmony with the universe. Each Finger, Thumb and Palm are the simple unlocking KEYS to harmonizing attitudes. Anytime you need to harmonize any attitude, lightly hold the entire corresponding finger, thumb, or palm with your opposite hand. For example if you feel worried hold your entire thumb, if you are angry hold your entire middle finger, etc. See the attitude and finger connection in the illustration.

BE THE BREATH. THE 36 CONSCIOUS DIVINE BREATHS (JIN SHIN JYUTSU)

(3+6=9. Number 9 is New Beginning.) As Mary Burmeister said: “In this Breath, I am One of a kind. There can be no competing, comparing, judging, labeling, or being judged.”

Years ago, while teaching a Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help Class, I suddenly realized if you hold each finger, thumb and palm for 3 conscious divine breaths each, it adds up to 36. A good way to keep count, and it’s also a new beginning (9)! It becomes a nice little simple but powerful “meditation” for daily use.

So combining this with some of my meditation practices this evolved:

Sit in a straight back chair such as a dining room or kitchen chair. Take off shoes, and place your feet flat on the floor. Relax. As I remember Mary Burmeister saying, “Drop your shoulders. Be the dropping of the shoulders”. Sit comfortably straight. First concentrate on your feet…see them getting bigger and more “open”, more grounded/connected to the earth. They will begin to feel expanded and warmer. Observe how it feels.

NOW FOR THE DEEP CONSCIOUS breaths. WITH AWARENESS first EXHALE FULLY. Now, keeping the awareness of you feet, INHALE (through your nose) from your solar plexus up completely filling your lungs from the bottom up. On the gentle complete inhale feel the expansion of the hips, pelvic girdle and rib cage. Keep shoulders relaxed. Then EXHALE deeply and completely through your nose. BE AWARE of your breath. BE the EXHALE. Are you exhaling and inhaling completely, are you breathing in/out from all areas of your lungs? To check your breathing at first, it may help to keep your hand on your solar plexus to feel the rise (inhale) and the fall (exhale) of that area. Think of inhaling up the back, and exhaling down the front.

Now you are aware of the basics of breathing CONSCIOUS DIVINE BREATHS.

To start the 36 breaths use your opposite hand to separately hold the thumb, index finger, middle finger, ring finger, little finger, and palm. Count 3 BREATHS while holding each. Now repeat with the other hand. Observe how you feel after.

Observe the cumulative effect from practicing this daily. As Mary Burmeister said, “Be your own Testimony”.

The Universal Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu contributed the awareness of the 36 Conscious Divine Breaths, and the attitudes connected with the fingers when we are not in optimal harmony, and to hold these fingers.

Not only are you becoming aware of your breath, you also are harmonizing any attitudes of imbalance.

This is a “complicatedly simple” but very powerful way to help yourself.

When not doing this exercise, you will find yourself breathing “better”. Also, if you are fearful you can simply hold your index finger without utilizing the entire exercise. BE YOUR OWN TESTIMONY. This is an art. You are the artist.

Thanks in advance for practising this exercise with us.

Harmonize the world one set of hands at a time, a day at a time!

Pam Makie, LMT, DIPL. ABT NCCAOM

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)