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I Want to Hold Your Hand

Literally and figuratively…

My husband and I love to hold hands - even after 30+ years. It got me thinking about the emotional and energetic impact of that. Both from a Jin Shin Jyutsu perspective and a human one too.

Jiro Murai, who resuscitated the art a little over a 100 years ago, said that in order to harmonize our total being we should work this way;

‘…First the breath, then the fingers, then the flows’ – Jiro Murai

The Breath…in the early stages of new love we catch our breath when we think of seeing ‘the one’ walking up the street toward us. Over time and as the connection grows deeper, we begin to exhale in a pervasive, meaningful way when we’re together. We begin to let go. We feel safe, and our breath becomes soft, full and open. We begin to trust.

It’s then that we take their hand… and this is where it gets interesting.

Each time we hold each other’s hand, we share something personal. Aside from the obvious emotional connection (which is no small thing) there’s an energetic exchange that happens between us, and it’s far more powerful than we realize.

Eventually, it’s not just between us; it’s between us and Source.

Our hands are like a hologram of our entire energetic system. They cover everything.

When we hold someone’s hand, we’re sharing all our being with all of theirs. When the palms of our hands touch, we’re connecting on a larger, macro level to our divine source.

It represents the essence of love on a personal level, but it’s also a connection on a universal grand scale.  

Now that’s intimate.

Look at this very complete and thorough graphic of the hand from a JSJ perspective, created by fellow practitioner Deborah Engisch-Platt. It shows how complete the hands really are. 

JSJ is like having a deep meditation. It gets people out of their heads and back into their bodies. And that means huge relief on all levels. We’re doing the important work of balancing what’s out of whack, getting it all back into harmony.

Studies show that sounds or pictures from Nature help us heal significantly more quickly. When we get back into Nature’s rhythm it helps us recharge in fundamental ways.

Jin Shin Jyutsu puts us smack-dab back into nature’s rhythm.  It reboots our overactive, tortured brains. We arise refreshed, relaxed and ready to jump into the ongoing cycles of ‘what’s next’.

Each time you hold someone’s hand you’ll know that you’re doing more than simply making a gesture of affection or love. You’re doing their mind, body and soul good. Yours too. 

And sometimes, when you’ve been married as long as I have, it’s kind of romantic too.


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