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WALTRAUD RIEGGER-KRAUSE in CONVERSATION
What is Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ)? Is JSJ a technique?
JSJ is an ancient Eastern healing art that was rediscovered by Jiro Murai in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century, and subsequently brought to the West by his student Mary Burmeister. JSJ is an art of living that combines the understanding of our spiritual inheritance with the understanding of how we can work on our energy fields to harmonize our existence on all levels: spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. Today, JSJ is taught and practiced all over the world.
Could you give an example of how we sometimes practice or apply JSJ without knowing it? Are we all JSJ-naturals?
To me JSJ is a built-in form of wisdom that we possess, which means that we automatically touch areas on our body to help ourselves. For example, we touch our forehead when we want to remember a name, children suck their thumb to harmonize their worries and calm themselves, while at the same time helping their digestion.
Could you briefly explain what ‘Safety Energy Locks’ are, and why touching them with our hands is called ‘jumper cabling’ or giving yourself or another a flow’?
There is an energy field that permeates or engulfs our spirit, mind and body. SELs are places or openings in this energy field through which we can access the energy and harmonize it. This energy field is connected to the ever-present universal energy. By touching the SELs we train our awareness on them, thus allowing them to ‘awaken’ and start recharging with universal energy — like a battery. Giving a ‘flow’ means touching a sequence of SELs, thereby recharging and harmonizing body, mind and spirit.
How does JSJ address body, mind and spirit?
WRK: Since there is a vital life energy field that permeates all dimensions of our being, in touching the body we touch spirit and mind as well.
As a naturopath you are familiar with many different forms of therapy. What – in your experience – makes JSJ stand out in comparison to other healing arts?
To me JSJ goes very deep because it touches on all dimensions of our being. Someone comes to me with a backache, for instance, and after a few sessions they tell me that they feel less angry or that their sleep-related problems are gone. JSJ brings about subtle changes on all levels of our being. It is holistic. What makes JSJ stand out is that it offers a system of self-help sequences that anybody anywhere can apply to help themselves.
How did you get involved in JSJ? Could you talk a little bit about your personal journey?
Like so many others, my path to JSJ was not a direct one. It was on a trip to the US in 1985, during a workshop at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, that my teacher, Janet Oliver, talked to me about JSJ. I immediately knew that I wanted to meet Mary Burmeister, who had brought JSJ to the US from Japan. Being in Mary’s class was overwhelming for me. I didn’t understand much at first because my English wasn’t good at the time, but my heart understood that this was to be my path. I knew I had to come back and study this art. And I did. Together with my spiritual practice, which I started the same year, JSJ changed my life.
What, in your opinion, are the greatest benefits of practicing or applying JSJ?
My hands are always with me, and I can help myself and others whenever needed.
Could you tell us about one or two extraordinary experiences with JSJ that amazed even as experienced a practitioner as yourself?
Of course there are many stories I could relate. Here is one that happened to me last summer: I was on the road, teaching a class. Somehow I got a splinter in my right middle finger. I started holding it with my left hand. But because I was teaching, I didn’t have or didn’t take sufficient time to hold it frequently and long enough. So, every day it was hurting more and more, and it started to get red and inflamed. The night after the last day of class, I woke up because my finger was hurting badly and was swollen, pounding and red. It felt and looked like blood poisoning. I began holding it until I fell asleep again. The next morning it was already better. Then the class organizer and his wife also put their hands on my finger. The left hand first, then the right hand on top of it, as if to create a force field for pulling something out. The swelling went down. During the entire journey home, I was holding my finger whenever I thought of it. The next morning pus had accumulated around the splinter, and it opened up and came out. I have also witnessed many instances in which JSJ helped people suffering emotional pain and trauma.
Why did you decide to write Health Is In Your Hands: Jin Shin Jyutsu – Practicing the Art of Self-Healing. What can this book and card set do for us?
I wanted to share this wonderful art and present it in an easy-to-understand, yet profound fashion, thus helping to spread Mary Burmeister’s message to the world at large.
If someone could only learn one flow for daily use, which one would you recommend?
I would recommend the Main Central Vertical Harmonizing Energy Flow because it is our main connection to the universal battery. It gives us vitality and harmonizes our mind and emotions as well as the entire endocrine system.
JSJ uses touch, and yet it is very different from Reiki. JSJ works with energy pathways, and yet they don’t always align with acupuncture meridians, nor do the Safety Energy Locks necessarily correspond to acupuncture points. Could you speak to the ways in which JSJ is different from Reiki and acupuncture?
Unfortunately, I cannot speak to JSJ’s the difference from Reiki as I’ve never studied the latter. But I can speak to its difference from acupuncture. JSJ works mainly with the energy that Mary Burmeister called ‘Trinity Energy’. And while it also works with the energy that acupuncture calls ‘meridians’, it does so through the prism of the much more subtle so-called ‘Trinity Flows’. Acupuncture stimulates and sedates, whereas JSJ harmonizes our entire being. Also, self-help is an important part of JSJ, whereas it is not really part of acupuncture.
For some time now, JSJ has been recognized among traditional Western medical practitioners for its effectiveness and easy applicability, and it is now used effectively in hospitals. There are also many nurses who integrate JSJ into their daily routine. Could you speak to this development and to JSJ’s benefits in a hospital setting?
In harmonizing the energy field through JSJ, the body is able to recover much more quickly. JSJ helps to restore life energy and stimulates our self-healing abilities. Thus, after surgery it can support physical healing and help to center the patient emotionally, which makes for fewer medical complications. More and more doctors and nurses have begun seeing and appreciating this.
What is your experience using JSJ with children, and would you recommend it as a skill that parents and children in particular would greatly benefit from?
JSJ works very well with children. Because they tend to be much more in synch and in touch with their bodies than adults, they are very open to harmonizing life energy.