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February 11, 2008

A Tribute to Mary Burmeister (1918-2008)

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 of sessions. 

“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 thinking!” 

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.

Copyright (c) 2008 Barbara J. Semple. Entire contents. All rights reserved.

February 01, 2008

Adrenal and Thyroid Health May Be Supported by Healing Touch Quick Steps

Adrenal and thyroid functions are two of over one hundred thousand special body functions that can be gracefully harmonized with healing touch self-help. You may experience unburdening and uplifting support by simply adding a healing touch quick step routine to your daily life.  Here are three reasons to consider healing touch self-help.

#1: You are tapping into your body’s natural system of healing.

Mary Burmeister, the woman who brought the healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu® to the United States from Japan told me once: "Each of us is a small, exact replicated Universe of a larger universe. Only the larger Universe is smarter!”

Dr. Deepak Chopra says, “Our body is a part of the universe, and everything that happens in the universe ultimately affects the physiology of our body.”

Author Eckhart Tolle says: “No matter what your body’s appearances on the outer level, beyond the outer form is an intensely alive energy field.”

When you apply a basic healing quick step, you are instantly connected to the universal energy known as infinite life force, the creative power of the universe, that "intensely alive energy field." A unified field, a holistic system of invisible energy pathways feeds this universal life force into every one of the hundred trillion cells of your body. This is “Big Picture” life force - bigger than any physical, mental, emotional or spiritual disturbance. That translates into infinite possibilities for good health and wholeness.

 #2: You get to participate in creating your own reality of health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Five Element Theory teach us that there is a health-creating motion for your infinite life force as well as a health-destroying motion. Stress, genetics, environment, and your thoughts and feelings can cause harmful stagnation or blockages in your energy. With your fingertips accessing “zones” where tensions gather, you are actually choosing creation of health. You jumpstart your “Big Picture” healing energy to flow to a particular need, and lots more. For example, the location of the thyroid in the front center of your throat is also a major “thoroughfare” for every energy meridian in your body except the bladder meridian. So having the know-how to encourage health-creating life force flow through that area could be highly beneficial to the thyroid and parathyroid functions. 

#3: Regular energy healing self-help may motivate stresses to be released out of the mind-body system before they have a chance to settle in the tissue.

When would you want to harmonize a disturbance as quickly as possible? Well, immediately after having had a surgical procedure to bring healing energy to the area, or after any sort of injury, or as a continual unburdening if you take western medicines are good times to apply energy healing self-help.  Self-help is not intended to replace professional medical care, and energy self-healing routines can be a valuable complement to conventional medicine. 

What matters most about energy self-help is that you begin. My Healing Touch Quick Steps HOME GUIDE for example, contains 17 quick steps that can focus energy to your thyroid and parathyroid glands, and 12 that can help energize and harmonize your adrenal system effortlessly. Now you can add dynamic energy support to your adrenal and thyroid care, and your whole being.

Take care. Take great self-care!

Copyright (c) 2008 Barbara J. Semple. Entire contents. All rights reserved.