"My destiny is in my own hands." Mary Burmeister
According to the ancient art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, you can harmonize your emotions and nourish your body by holding each of your fingers in sequence. This is a subtle yet powerful self-help approach I've personally used to great effect for several years.
Each finger is associated with an attitude that can imbalance a corresponding function and organ system via the subtle energy channels that invisibly course through your body.
- Thumb: The thumb is associated with worry, the skin surface, and the spleen and stomach organs. When this system is in balance there is an ability to give and receive nourishment.
- Index Finger: The index finger is associate d with fear, the muscular system, the kidney and bladder organs. We find freedom from fear and discover joy when this system is in balance.
- Middle Finger: The middle finger is associated with anger, the blood essence, and the liver and gall bladder organs. When this system is in balance, our capacity for compassion is enhanced.
- Ring Finger: The ring finger is associated with sadness and grief, the deep skin, and the lungs and large intestine organs. When this system is in balance there is an ability to receive and let go.
- Little Finger: The little finger is associated with "trying-to" (pretense), the skeletal system, and the heart and small intestine organs. Judging, comparing, labeling and asking "why" imbalances this system. When this system is in balance, we move beyond the "trying-to" attitude and feel trust and receptivity to the inspiration of the universe.
Harmonize Your Emotions and Balance Your Body by Holding Your Fingers
Then wrap one hand around the thumb of your other hand as shown in the illustration. Once you feel a pulse or two minutes has passed, reverse and enclose the opposite thumb with your other hand. Gradually, work your way through all five fingers. See diagrams for each finger.
During the exercise, keep your attention lightly placed on the finger you are holding while allowing thoughts and emotions to pass by like clouds in the sky. Or, you can enhance the effect of holding each finger by coordinating it with the breath. Exhale slowly and count each set of exhalations and inhalation up to 36 times per thumb.
The entire process will take 10-15 minutes.
If you are short on time or troubled by a particular emotion or imbalance, you can hold just that one finger until you feel a sense of balance returning.
A practice as simple as holding a finger can be one of the most powerful ways to pacifying your emotions and balance your organ functions. Try it out for two weeks and see if it makes a difference in your sense of well-being.
If you would like to learn more about the system of Jin Shin Jyutsu, I recommend The Touch of Healing, Energizing Body, Mind and Spirit with the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu by Alice Burmeister. It's been my personal bible for self-help treatment.
Jin Shin Jyutsu Treatment in Cancer Therapy
In this inspiring video, you will see how patients at the Markey Cancer Center who received Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments as an adjunct to their cancer therapy experienced reduced levels of nausea, pain, stress, and anxiety. You will hear traditional medical doctors extolling the virtues of Jin Shin Jyutsu as an effective complementary treatment. Please pass the link along if you know someone with cancer.
Do you have a self-help protocol?I would love to hear any thoughts you would like to share.
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