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Now Know Myself

February 10, 2011

Jiro Murai

The name Jin Shin Jyutsu means “The Art of the Creator through the person of compassion.”  The healing art that those words represent is based upon our own natural, innate ability to harmonize ourselves. For thousands of years, ancient peoples used this awareness to heal both themselves and others. But with successive generations this awareness grew dimmer until it was all but forgotten. In the early part of the twentieth century, a Japanese sage named Jiro Murai recovered Jin Shin Jyutsu – out of necessity.

Jiro Murai was born in Taiseimura (currently Kaga City), in Ishikawa Prefecture, in 1886. He was the second son born to his parents. Jiro’s father, like his father and so many of his ancestors, was a medical doctor. Since Japanese custom expected that the eldest son would follow in the profession of his father, Jiro was free to choose his own path. He started out as a breeder of silkworms, but he had a reckless nature and overindulged in food and drink – even to the point of entering eating contests, in which he was awarded cash prizes for consuming huge quantities. By the time he was 26, he was seriously ill. A succession of doctors treated him, but his condition only worsened until he was pronounced incurable and given up for terminally ill. As a last request, he asked his family to carry him on a stretcher to their mountain cabin and to leave him there alone for seven days. He asked that they return for him on the eighth day.

The Awakening

There in the cabin Murai fasted, meditated, and practiced various finger postures. During this time he passed in and out of consciousness. His physical body grew colder. But on the seventh day he felt as if he had been lifted out of a deep freeze and thrown into a blazing furnace. When the intense heat subsided, he experienced a tremendous calm and inner peace. To his great surprise, he was healed. He dropped to his knees, gave thanks, and pledged his life to the study of healing.

Muse: Ya, all very interesting, but how do you say that ginseng shit-tzu..?

Jiro: Ah-ha!! No, no, no, grasshopper…shih-tzu, that little white dog…Toto. Other movie…other wizard….say……jin shin jit-soo….then click your heels together three times…….

Silk Worm Silver Earrings

Further Reading:

The website of Jin Shin Jyutsu Inc.

Caragius Healing Arts – Spiritual Intuitive & Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner

Moving Towards Peace

King Institute Inc. – revolving, evolving Jin Shin Jyutsu, deep in the heart of Texas.

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