My Time with Mary Burmeister...
One of my greatest teachers, Mary Burmeister, left this earth plane on January 27, 2008. Mary was the diminutive 4'11" powerhouse of a woman who brought the healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu® to the United States. I wrote this as a tribute to her.
I feel truly blessed to have had about 30 sessions with Mary. Every session was an opportunity to be with her, to ask her questions. I often wrote in my journal about my experiences with Mary after a session with her, so I’d remember what she said.
My very first Jin Shin Jyutsu session with Mary was March
29, 1994. I came to her needing big help. After she walked around the
massage table, paying attention to every little detail, smoothing out the
wrinkles in my clothes, touching the inside arches of each of my feet, she held
my wrists and listened. Then she said: “You are a very good communicator.”
In that first session I felt a lot of pain. I’d say, “That
really hurts.” Mary then said: “Good, now you know what it will be like when
it’s gone.” And of course, to my
delight, the next day’s session was less painful. After a couple of the
sessions with Mary she’d say to me: “Take it as easy as you can today. The body
is in charge and it isn’t allowing any stress.”
I remember Mary saying “Thank you God” a lot during my
sessions. (I know I needed it.) She’d ask God to “Please take away the pain,” “Please
take care for her, God,” and “Please heal this body.” And, then a short time
later, she’d say, “Thank you God.”
Here are a few other things Mary said during that first week
“Each of us is a small, exact replicated Universe of a
larger universe. Only the larger Universe is smarter!”
I asked Mary if the pain was going away forever. She said,
“Yes, you don’t need this anymore.” I
asked what I could do to make sure it wouldn’t come back. She said, “Stop
I asked her if she ever visited people in their dreams. She said, “Yes.” I told her she had visited me one night during the Colorado Springs class the year before. She said, “Oh good. When I get ‘home’ I’ll get all dressed up and come down and visit your class.”
In one particular journal entry I note that Mary was
speaking about her childhood during our session. I heard her say she was the
oldest of three sisters. She said she was a loner, didn’t have many friends.
She always wanted to stay home and study, read books. If someone wanted to eat
lunch with her (she usually ate alone), she would eat lunch with them and then
go back to being alone.
I saw Mary for sessions every six months for the first few
years and then once a year after that for a while. During a session with Mary on October 22,
1998, I was experiencing an overwhelming amount of phlegm in my sinuses. I
said, “I just wish God would take away this phlegm in my throat.” Mary said,
“Yes, I know.” She immediately cleared her own throat and in that moment, my
throat cleared. That group of sessions
seemed to be one of the most difficult for me with my breathing. Some time
after those sessions, I wrote in my journal that my lungs and respiratory
functions seemed a lot lighter than they had been in the past few years.
Another time, I asked Mary if she knew if God had a ‘Divine
Mother’ part. She said, “I don’t know. I just know God is all that is.”
I think I had my last group of sessions with Mary in October
of 1999. She was moving around much less easily, using a sturdy cane. She
doesn’t hear too well, isn’t paying much attention unless I am looking right at
her. Then she grasps my words. She says she only remembers today, this moment.
She isn’t thinking past or future. I was wearing a pair of black print pants and
a blue denim blouse, and Mary said, “I love your pants.” “I wear black pants and
blue like this on Wednesdays,” she said. I heard Mary say a number of times
that she was ready for God to bring her home anytime. I asked her things about
herself. I asked her who her favorite teachers were. She named five in this
order: “My father, Jiro Murai, Jesus Christ and Paracelsus.” [I have forgotten the
fifth teacher’s name.]
I asked Mary what she liked to eat. She said, “Anything. I eat two bites of this, two bites of that. I eat 6 to 8 bites and that is all. I am not hungry, and I do not get skinny.” I said that was probably because she is in tune with Jin Shin Jyutsu. She liked that ‘in tune’ idea. She said, “Yes, I like that.”
We discussed breatharians who receive nourishment from the
breath. I said that would make sense with Mary since the Impersonal Self is the
inhale and the exhale. Mary said, “Yes,
I just thought it was because I was working too much.”
At the end of what would be my last session with Mary, I
gave her a hug and thanked her for her Presence. I said I’ll see you next year.
She said, “I’ll think of you every day.” I playfully challenged that by saying,
“Yeah, sure.” Mary looked me straight in
the eyes and said, “Yes, I will. I will talk with God every day for you.”
Thank you, Mary, for your honesty, your sense of humor, your life and presence. Thank you for being one of my greatest teachers. I love you. Have FUN wherever you are.
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