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The Laying-on-of-Hands Affects the Energy Flows of the Body
Introduction – The Body has an Unseen Energetic Field
Unseen energetic flows circulate around and through the body providing energy needed by our internal organs. In 1994, the National Institutes of Health established the term ‘biofield’, calling it an ensemble or matrix of different energies that extend outward from the body. The biofield is comprised of many energies associated with the life process itself. Although subtle these flows are critical and measurable. The physical body needs nutrients. But it also needs continuous energetic flow. Research concerning the body’s electric and other energetic properties is not scarce. Useful and convincing research is found in books like The Body Electric and Cross Currents by Robert Becker, MD, Biologically Closed Electric Circuits by Bjorn Nordenstrom, MD, and The Fields of Life by Harold S. Burr. These references point out that electric current traverses living things in specific channels, AND that incomplete or interrupted or distortion in those flows lead to disease, AND that completed and balanced currents reverse disease. (Electric currents give rise to electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic fields induce electric currents on conductors and these are inseparable.)
It is also important to know that human tissue is like a liquid crystal whose functioning depends on its composition as well as the energetic fields in which it resides. Ever present stress imbalances us and yet there is a simple way to restore balance to ourselves or others by something as simple and accessible as our own hands.
Can we access and improve distorted/stagnated/interrupted energy flows?
Enter the ancient art of Jin Shin Jyutsu translated ‘The Creator’s Art through
Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) is the ancient art of the laying-on-of-hands which happens to accomplish the connection or completion of these energetic flows (internal and external communication) around the body by a process explained as ‘jumper cabling’ – i.e. placing the two hands on specific places on the body in specific sequences (called ‘flows’) in order to unlock energy stagnation about the body. For a video representation showing some of these flows follow the instructions in the caption. Under stress or trauma situations these ‘safety energy locks or ‘factors’’ (SELs), like little circuit breakers, become dysfunctional. The flows upstream and downstream of these SELs becomes impaired as does the function of the organs and tissues enervated or supplied by these energetic flows. When these flows are interrupted or impaired, the SELs become sore to palpation. According to Jin Shin Jyutsu, pain is due to energy stagnation.
A short descriptive video by a practitioner is given here.
The practitioner simply touches the body in a specific sequence with the open hand or holds the fingers or toes. Often people report feeling twitching or warmth or shock-like feelings in certain areas of the body or along the skin surface (not related to where the hands are actually touching the body). These sensations often indicate a re-opening of the energetic flow to/through that area. Often these flows are restagnated by stress but some resonance devices can help hold the SELs open.
These laying-on-of-hands sequences can be done on yourself to open up blocked energy flows. The points to hold are shown in the SEL diagram below.
General Self-Help Applications/Exercises
1. Laying hands on yourself – Simple Finger/Hand Holds
There are many self-help ‘holds’ or ‘sequences’ that a person can do on themselves. (There are self-help classes given by those trained in JSJ and the self-help books can be purchased from the JSJ website.) The simplest of the self-help ‘holds’ are the hand holds. And the simplest of the hand holds consists of sequentially holding each of the fingers.
This can be done most anywhere but doing it while peacefully reclining allows you to sense how your body responds to each. Begin by comfortably holding your thumb with your other hand until you feel it pulsing. Note what you feel and hear (like abdominal gurgling or warm water sensations on the skin). Then sequence through all the fingers of both hands that way. You will notice that the time it takes for a pulsation to develop varies with each finger. The longer it takes for this pulsation to develop indicates a greater degree of blockage in the energetic flows servicing that set of organs (see below). In fact, many people (even children) find themselves unconsciously holding a certain finger or set of fingers while their hands are resting in their lap. It is also likely that babies suck certain fingers for the same reasons.
Each of the fingers represents a set of organs/functional grouping:
|Thumb||Stomach/Spleen/Lymph/WBCs||Worry vs Security|
|Index finger||Kidney/Bladder/Brain/Bones/Teeth||Fear/suspicion vs Trust|
|Middle finger||Liver/RBCs/Gall Bladder/Nerves||Anger/resentment vs Compassion|
|Ring finger||Large Intestine/Lung/Sinus||Grief/loss vs Letting go|
|Little finger||Heart/Blood Vessels/Endocrines/Sm Intestine||Effort/“trying to” vs Just BE-ing|
Distortions in any of your fingers may indicate which unbalancing emotion you are prone to and the organs of your body affected thereby.
2. Laying hands on yourself –Aiding proper circulation of the energy flows.
As energy circulates the body in its densing down to form matter (aka our tissue), the proper direction of the flow is mostly down the front and up the back. These directional flows can become ‘intermingled’ and stagnated or attenuated or even reversed. The result is lowered function and often pain. This self-help is nice to do at night or while reading or viewing TV, movies, etc.
Place your right hand on your left shoulder near to the neck and palpate for hardness or tenderness. Your fingers will wrap around to your back and almost touch your spine around T1. This is SEL 11 in the diagram. Then place your left hand under your left sit bone (SEL 25). Hold these points until they synchronously pulse. Then move your left hand to the crease where your left leg is attached to your torso in the front (SEL 15). Hold these points until they synchronously pulse. Then repeat this sequence on the other side of the body beginning with your left hand on your right shoulder.
3. Laying hands on yourself – The Main Central Vertical Harmonizing Energy Sequence
This sequence opens, strengthens, and balances the main energy flow – or the major faucets of energy into the energy circulation. It helps headaches, digestion, spine projects, hip projects, sinuses, emotional and mental stress, fatigue and insomnia, etc.
Lay in a comfortable position on your back. You may prop pillows under your arms/legs during the sequence to hold arms comfortably in position in order to completely relax during each step. Hold each of the locations indicated in each step below a minimum of three to five minutes or until a synchronous pulsation can be felt in the finger pads of both hands.
Right hand finger pads
Left hand finger pads
|1||Top center of the head||Middle of the forehead|
|2||(same)||Tip of the nose|
|3||(same)||Center of sternum (breastbone)|
|4||(same)||Just below the sternum (on the stomach)|
|6||Base of the spine (coccyx)||Pubic bone|
Although, many feel the results the first time through this sequence, it is good to commit to doing this flow for 7-14 days.
Both the finger holds and this sequence can be done anytime but people find it most convenient to do at night.
Our ability to continue life depends on 2 things: what goes in our mouth and what goes in our nostrils. We were made from the dust of the earth (material things) but also the ‘breath of life’, or non-material things breathed into us. Much emphasis is put on the food we eat but some of us are barely surviving on the amount of breath we release/take in. (In fact, the benefits of muscle exercise may not be in the muscular movement for some, but rather the increased volume of air that we breathe during our workout.) The 36 breaths is a nice relaxing exercise that feeds your energetic flows.
Although the following exercise seems very simple on the surface, it is actually very difficult to do especially at the beginning.
1. Sit comfortably and wrap the fingers of one hand around one finger on the other hand. The thumb is a good place to begin. The finger chart above may be helpful in determining which finger would be beneficial to hold in your case.
2. BE present. Be where you are, not on tomorrow’s worries or yesterday’s problems, just quiet yourself and BE, right there and know God is everything we need always present here with us all the time but especially right now..Just ‘BE’ (That’s the hard part.)
3. Put your attention inside behind your sternum where the breath goes into your lungs, and count your exhales. They do not have to be deep or fast. Just pay attention to your normal breathing and count your exhales.
4. You must count 36 consecutive exhales without interruption by the cares of this world (which you cannot control anyway). As the cares come, exhale them and let them go.
During this time you may feel pulses come up where your hands are touching, but don’t let your attention depart from your breath – for 36 exhales.
©Pat Block ND 2007 Revised 2011
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