Leg Length Check: How do we use it in shin tai?

The leg length check that we use in shin tai is used for assessing soft tissue stress in the body and also alignment of the pelvic structure. Usually the assessment for soft tissue stress is done in prone position (face down), while the structural assessment is done in supine (face up).

The leg length check is a valuable tool to feel into the body and gather information to guide treatment

Assessing Meningal Stress

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When doing Central Channel we use the leg length check to assess soft tissue stress in the body, especially meningal stress patterns. The receiver is in prone position (except in some advanced central channel work) and the assessment of leg length discrepancy is done at the heels. While holding the feet in the leg length check position, look down at the most inferior level of the heels and determine which side, if any, is ‘short.’

Keep in mind that the leg length check is not actually a check of leg length itself; it is an indicator of soft tissue stress patterns in the body, especially the meninges. Restriction and unsymmetrical torquing of the resulting tension patterns throughout the body can cause one side to appear shorter than the other. This assessment is usually done in prone position so that the sacrum is more free floating and possible structural misalignments there are not dominating the reading.

Why do we check at the heels in this case? Compression that could be present in the joint articulations between the interior malleolus and the calcaneus bone of the heel is considered a valid part of the leg length reading and should be included in the assessment. This goes for any shin tai work that is using leg length check as an evaluation of soft tissue and meningal stress in the system. For those of you who have studied advanced central channel work, this applies when doing the check in prone or supine position. It can be of value to notice if there are compressive forces between the malleolus and heel and keep an eye on how this can change.

Assessing Structure

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We check leg length at the internal malleoli when assessing the structure, because it gives the most accurate reading of pelvic structural alignment. In this case we do not want to include the effects of compressive forces within soft tissue of the ankle bones in our evaluation, because we want the reading to be giving information primarily about the alignment of the structure, not the soft tissue system. We do this structural check in supine position so that the sacrum is stabilized; this makes meningal/soft tissue effects from everything above the sacrum less of a factor in the reading.

Central Channel Diagnostic Tools

Let’s review the evaluation tools we can use when doing central channel work. These diagnostic methods are used to gather information about the body and serve as guides to treatment:

  • Motion - observation around and in the body for movements and impressions

  • Radiation - check by scanning with hand or 3rd eye

  • Achilles Tendons - gentle palpation to assess tension and symmetry; notice the qualities in each side: tension, stiffness, asymmetry, curvature, etc. - this can give information about the stress level and stress history in the system

  • Leg Length Check - traction, dorsiflexion, eversion, adduction - all in one fluid motion

  • Critical Point/Alert Response - the critical point is a sensation, it catches our attention

These evaluations can be used on their own or all together. When the body is in pre-phase I or phase I motion, they are used in a more deliberate, systematic way in order to facilitate the more linear treatment to proceed effectively. As restrictive patterns begin to loosen and release and life force circulates and creates more motion, these assessment tools tend to be used more fluidly as they present themselves to the practitioner.

Leg Length Check Details

The Leg Length Check is an evaluation to get information about the amount and type of stresses in a receiver’s system. Usually the short leg is ‘apparent’ and not actually shorter than the other. This becomes clear as the stress patterns release and the ‘short’ leg becomes equal or longer and stays that way for longer periods of time.

A true short leg is possible, but not that common. In our experience, it is anatomically present in less than 5% of people. Working with someone with a true short leg demands more focus, as you will be adjusting your reading to see ‘equal’ differently than usual.

 
 

The leg length check takes practice and finesse to do. Do not take it for granted! It develops over time, can always be improved, and you will learn new facets of it as you gain experience. Let’s go over the 4 parts of the leg length check:

  1. Traction - just enough to take out the slack;  connect up through the meninges into the occiput; make sure not to push in after the initial tractioning (this is a common mistake, even among experienced practitioners)

  2. Dorsiflexion - flex to the easy motion barrier

  3. Eversion - do not butterfly the feet outwards

  4. Adduction - do not need to force feet all the way together, take the adduction firmly into to the easy motion barrier of the movement and then assess from there

These four parts eventually become integrated into one smooth motion. It is a good idea to break them down sometimes and do the leg length check very deliberately in order to check on your technique.

Another aspect to consider is that the quality of the leg length check changes depending on what phase of motion is happening in the body. More motion = a less deliberate, physical leg length check.

  • Phase I motion: the check is more mechanical and clinical; all 4 parts are incorporated deliberately

  • Phase II motion: the check can be done by gently doing a version of the four motions right above the heel (instead of wrapping your hands around the feet); there is less physical movement of the feet in order to do the check and it is more of a feeling

  • Phase III motion: the check is more implied and sometimes quite light and quick

In Conclusion

The leg length check is a valuable tool to feel into the body and gather information to guide treatment. We can use it to understand the type of stress and history of stress in someone’s system. We can get a clear impression of where restrictions are and how they reverberate through the body. We can be guided with precision as to the where, how and when to make contact during a treatment. We can perceive when stress patterns release and allow life force to circulate and adjust and enliven a person’s body and life. Putting some of our attention on this assessment method in order to keep developing it is worth the focus required!

The Practitioner-Client Relationship & the Phases of Motion

The Client-Practitioner Relationship

Do you ever wonder why you relate differently to each client that shows up in your treatment room? Of course, personalities (ours and theirs) play a big role, as well as circumstances, conditioning, expectations, etc. But there is another, rarely identified reason for why we vary our approach in working with each client: the phase of motion that is currently prominent in their body. In other words, the amount of life force flowing through someone’s system determines not only how we do bodywork with them, but how we relate to them. Most of the time this is done unconsciously; by doing it consciously we can interact in ways that promote effective treatments.

The 3 Phases of Motion & Treatment Approach

If you have studied Shin Tai work, you have heard about the ‘phases of motion’ or ‘phases of resonance’ that are broadly delineated as Phase I, II & III. Motion throughout the body reveals the internal life force and healing power that is flowing through someone’s system. We learn to identify specific motions that indicate restrictive forces are releasing and the life force that has been trapped is circulating more freely.

These motions can quite general, such as increased breath amplitude, or very specific, like lateral rib motion. They are broadly grouped into 3 categories, I, II & III. Identifying the dominant phase of motion at any time during a session becomes a guideline for how the practitioner applies technique.

The motion in the receiver’s body is an effective guide for how to work in order to give an effective, efficient session. For example, if there is ample motion in the thoracic/cervical spine, and ribcage, but little movement in the hip structure, the practitioner may work to mobilize and align the hip joints and sacrum so that motion/life force can distribute down through the pelvis and into the legs.

In our last article we mentioned that when there is less motion in the body, the practitioner needs to do more hands-on, physical techniques in order to introduce adjustments in the body. We are initiating change from the ‘outside - in.’ As movement increases, indicating release of compressive forces, the client’s own inner life force begins to do the ‘work’ of the treatment more. Now the practitioner gives less physical input. For example, a vertebral adjustment during Phase I motion requires more time and a deeper touch that one done during Phase II/III resonance.

Using motion in this way is quite unique in the bodywork world and one of the things that makes shin tai work so effective. Although being aware of motion in a general way is common, it is another thing to go into it with such detail and use it as a framework for how to proceed during treatment. This capacity of the practitioner to perceive motion in this way helps to amplify life force deep within the body and heightens the potential to introduce deep change. Applying this principle of identification and perception of motion to the client-practitioner relationship can increase efficiency and effectiveness in a similar way.

Motion & the Emotions

Dealing with client interactions before, during and after treatments can have quite a learning curve. Usually bodywork training focuses on theory and technique, without much education on how to relate to those who will show up in your treatment room. It can be one of the most challenging parts of doing treatments and one of the main factors in building a thriving practice. We would like to offer insight into using the phases of motion as a tool to better navigate interactions with clientele.

During pre-phase I/phase I motion, a person’s body is in a more restricted and dense state. The hara may feel like it is in separate ‘pieces,’ with some areas being tight and others very loose. The spine feels rigid with little wave motion into the head or down into the legs. When the body is in this condition, the emotional and psychological state is usually in a similar state expressed at these other levels: more separate and polarizing, rather than synthesized and functioning together.

Opinions might be strong and defensive. People and situations and the overall world view is seen in a polarized fashion with little room for open listening. Perceptions and beliefs tend to be more narrow. Because there is literally less space in the body, there is usually less ‘space’ in the emotions, beliefs and perceptions. As a practitioner, you can use this awareness to guide your choices in how to interact with the people who come to you so that you can work more effectively and enjoyably with them.

The Practitioner-Client Relationship…. or is it?

Phase I

Some clients will come to you with a list of symptoms and a litany of explanations and questions. They want a condition cured so that they can get on with their life. Perhaps they have a herniated disc in their lower back or menstrual issues or migraine headaches. The symptoms or diagnosed condition have the focus of their attention and are usually a large part of the conversation.

They relate to you like a traditional medical practitioner or doctor, wanting to be ‘fixed’ and then requesting a ‘prescription’ afterwards that will keep them well. They are in a painful place and really need assistance. They do not necessarily want to change any behaviors or lifestyle choices at this point. They see illness/pain as something that comes from outside themselves and that needs to be eradicated. There is little motion (of the type we define as Phase I-III) presently in their body. The short leg tends to stay on one side. This is a ‘Phase I’ client.

It is important to relate to this person as a client/patient as that is a framework that feels the most comfortable to them. Keep a professional attitude and firm boundaries. Make an appointment and call it a treatment. Speaking in terms of anatomy and western physiology will make more sense than going into a monologue about lung energy, the role of diet in reproductive health, or chakra balancing. Have them fill out an intake form and go over their health history briefly.

In other words, use your style of dialogue to connect with and open the door to treatment in the same way you use bodywork technique. Just like you will be using more mechanical technique, use more deliberate and focused language grounded in familiar terms. It is important that you direct or lead the dynamic in order to keep it moving. When they ask ‘When should I come back?’ give them a clear answer as to what you think will serve them best. If you say ‘Come when you think you need it’ they will most likely not make another appointment.

Phase II

People that show up in your treatment room with a degree of involvement in self-care regimens, such as exercise, meditation or whole foods cooking will most likely have understanding what bodywork can offer. They understand that it that can assist them in regaining balance and vitality and that it is a process. The mind/body/spirit connection is a familiar concept. They already have a measure of movement in their system and can move into Phase I & II motions during treatment. The short leg is sometimes switching back and forth during sessions. This is a ‘Phase II’ client.

The relationship with this person can be more of advisor-receiver. You can be more of a facilitator while they are a receptive participant. They are usually interested to hear some things about shiatsu diagnosis or nine star ki. They won’t be uncomfortable with the mention of energy and want to know more about how their body functions in ways they may not have heard before. In the same way that you apply technique with a lighter touch and less ‘input’ when there is Phase II movement in the body, you will most likely have less verbal dialogue and give less input. Listening becomes more dominant in your role, with your hands and your heart. No need to be the leader all the time here. If they ask you about the next appointment, give a general suggestion and encourage them to begin to listen to their own inner guidance as to when would be best for them to come again. Since their system is becoming more clear, they will be able to access more accurate information themselves.

Phase III

Working with someone who moves easily into Phase III resonance on a regular basis usually occurs with a client who you have been treating for a period of time, or with a fellow practitioner. At this point the relationship is becoming one of co-creators. You are collaborating on a shared venture of frequency expansion. You no longer even seem like separate people during treatment, but more like a synthesized energy field going on a journey to expand, explore and create. The short leg regular shifts back and forth and leg length check becomes implied rather than biomechanical. Little physical input is required to initiate adjustments in the system for stretches of a session. This is a ‘Phase III’ receiver.

When this person arrives for a session they often lay down without much preamble and leave afterwards without much need to talk. The atmosphere shift that occurs during treatment is affecting the way in which you relate, making verbal conversation (which is at its root more linear) less necessary or desirable. Information is exchanged at other levels much more effectively. Sometimes you may mention other consciousness fields or influences that are participating in the treatment. Alignments are occurring at higher vibrational levels, making certain experiences that used to seem extraordinary more commonplace. There is deep engagement in the process without extreme emotional responses or attachment.

The Phases are Dynamic

Of course, each person with whom we work is not always in one phase of resonance. They will expand and contract into different phases of motion as layers of compression release. This occurs within each session and also over longer periods of time. Being a bodywork practitioner necessitates a constant process of focus so that you can adjust how you relate with and treat the people who come to you. Before, during, and after sessions it is important (and enjoyable!) to bring awareness to what is happening and how to best proceed.

Identifying phases of motion both physically and emotionally/psychologically is not meant to be judgmental in a negative way. It allows us to move more clearly in how we relate to the people who come to us for bodywork and create a positive experience. It requires awareness and ongoing application. You will make ‘mistakes’ and have interactions that don’t go so well. You may realize at times that the way you handled a discussion led to a client going elsewhere. At a wider perspective, this is part of the process you are each involved in and the best thing to do is keep learning without getting down on yourself about it. As we work with others to free up life force in their bodies this will also affect and expand our life force, allowing an ongoing experience of learning and energy to unfold.


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The Role of Motion in Shin Tai Bodywork

Motion & Life Force

In Shiatsu Shin Tai bodywork, we use motion as a main indicator of life force in the body. Motion becomes both a diagnostic tool, and a guideline for what techniques to use and how best to apply them. As motion is restored, the receiver’s inner power and healing capacity is also restored. Shizuto Masunaga himself said that motion = life.

As certain specific motions are recovered through treatment, certain things can be predicted in the life sphere. These changes usually occur over time after a course of treatments. Some examples of specific motions coming back into the body and their subsequent effects are:

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  • lateral motion coming back to the ribcage = person feels less trapped in certain situations

  • pelvis lifts and tilts during breath cycle = hormonal system improves, sexuality/identity become more clear

  • shoulder blades rolling = person can see both sides of things

  • paravertebral muscle contractions = person can stand in own power and is not so easily intimidated/swayed by others’ opinions

In a more general way, the more motion in a person’s body, the more motion/energy they will have in their life, and the more capacity they will have to make changes in their habits, attitudes and behaviors. As a practitioner, it can be very interesting and fulfilling to see movement changes occurring during treatment and then hear about the changes showing up in a client’s life.

You can begin to learn the shin tai method of evaluation of motion in our online video course “The Spine.” The material in this course can be integrated with any bodywork modality.

The Effect of Stress on Motion

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When there is stress, there is compression or restriction in the body. This occurs during micro-stress events, such as being late for an appointment or having indigestion and also macro-stress events, like a divorce or an accident. The body often adapts and resolves stresses when they occur, but sometimes it does not fully resolve the restrictive impact (whether it be physical, emotional or psychological). Over time, this leads to a buildup of compressive forces in the body which restrict motion.

Most babies and young children have boundless energy. Their systems are relatively free of restrictive forces and their life force moves rather freely through their physical and energetic bodies. Because their bodies are less compressed, circulation of blood, nutrients, oxygen, etc. streams easily, along with the free flow of emotions and ideas.

 
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As we grow up we lose some of our natural movement capacities due to unresolved stresses. This leads to a smaller frequency range of vibration within and around the body. The range of physical mobility decreases, as well as the range of emotional and psychological resilience and response. Perceptions become more limited and distorted.


Space = Motion = Life Force

Unresolved stress leads to compressive forces in the body and less spaciousness. The less space there is, the less motion there is. This applies in a general way, such as breathing that is more shallow, and in specific ways, such as a vertebra having restricted mobility. More unresolved stress = more restricted motion.

We interpret present time through a filter of misinformation that the compressed system is giving. Shin Tai focuses on restoring space and thus motion to the body. As stress patterns in the tissues and meninges release with treatments, this affects the physical condition, emotions, psychology, etc. This progression is not always logical, and depends on the state of the receiver and the practitioner. Deep change becomes possible as stress matrixes that held conditionings and beliefs soften, dissolve and morph into more functional, present-time possibilities.

3 Phases of Motion/Resonance

We define 3 phases of motion or resonance in order to have a framework to operate within during treatment.

  1. Wave: there is a horizontal wave motion throughout the body with the breath cycle; stress matrixes are softening

  2. Resonance: whole body is easing more deeply; stress matrixes are releasing from compressive patterns; outer body membranes are softening

  3. Atmospheric shift: physical body and outer body synthesis; stress matrixes dissolve and previously trapped life force actively recirculates or re-enters system

Someone may move in and out of all these phases during a session. Sometimes it can be several treatments before a receiver goes deeply into Phase I. The goal is not to get right to Phase III and stay there, but instead to always be facilitating more motion in a natural, non-force manner, allowing life force to gradually flow more in the person’s body and subsequently, their life.

Below are a few of the specific micro-motions that indicate each phase. These categories are not exact; they are meant to serve as guideposts to have a general idea what phase of motion is in dominance at any time.

Pre-Phase I:  non-wave vertical breathing

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Phase I

  • wave motion

  • horizontal breathing motion

  • head tremble

  • pelvic lift - vertical motion increases

Phase II

  • shoulder blade motion

  • lateral rib expansion

  • pelvic lift and tilt 

  • turtle motion of head

  • improvement of kyphosis 

  • intermittent paravertebral contractions (not full spine)

Phase III  

  • atmosphere of room is resonating from the resonance in the receiver’s body

  • paravertebral contractions (whole spine)

  •  independent sacral movement

  • lateral/medial heel motion

It takes practice and focus (and treatments for themselves!) for a practitioner to be able to perceive these motions. During classes we go over a full range of motions for each phase, what each one looks like, how to identify it, and techniques to facilitate them. The overall intention during treatment is to release compression, introduce space, and facilitate motion in order to reestablish full integrity throughout the system.


Central Channel & Motion

The Central Channel is a circuit of life force that moves along the pathway of the spinal cord. It directly affects the functioning of the meninges, the spine, the central nervous system, the Governing Vessel meridian, the chakras, and the craniosacral fluid. In Central Channel bodywork, practitioners learn how to identify and release specific stress patterns in the fascia of the spine (meninges) one layer at a time, beginning to untangle a maze of compression that has become a part of someone’s ‘story’ or life. Release of these meningal stress patterns helps to improve a myriad of physical problems along with increasing emotional, mental and spiritual health. Like other aspects of shin tai, the 3 phases of motion are a major part of diagnosis and treatment. This work is complex, creative and penetrating; many practitioners use it in conjunction with other modalities of bodywork.

Fascia is a 3D web of soft tissue throughout the body. The meninges is a special kind of fascia wrapped around the spinal cord. Stress patterns create restriction in the fascia/meninges, and the information flowing through the system becomes inaccurate and/or incomplete. These stress patterns become layered in the body over time, and they accumulate. The effects of these patterns radiate into the body in many ways, and create a myriad of symptoms that are indirectly associated with the original stress(es).

As Central Channel treatments progress, layers of stress compression are released and life force is reintegrated into the more spacious system. This begins to reflect out into the person’s life. It can take about 9 months - 2 years for the effects of a deep clearing to show up. The goal is to assist the receiver to release stress patterns in an integrated matter so that their projection/story changes naturally and without struggle. As the body becomes more clear of compressive forces and functioning in present time, the life becomes more clear and functional within present time.


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The Light Body as a Security Application: Running in the Background

Once the discernment faculties of the developing light body become functional, it acts like a security application on a computer or cell phone. The light body application comes to the forefront of activity during higher frequency events such as journeying, meditation, healing work, etc. It then recedes and runs in the background when we return to our daily life of work, shopping, socializing, domestic maintenance, finances, and other physical tasks.

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Regulating the Outerbody Membrane

The developing energy body (also called the outerbody or bioplasm) is a semi-permeable, selective membrane. Unlike the cell membranes, which are regulated by an unconscious mechanism, the outerbody membranes are ultimately destined to be regulated consciously.

Below is a short clip about why it is important to learn conscious regulation of this membrane for those involved in self-development/healing/consciousness activities. We welcome your comments and questions below.

 
 

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Light Body Activation: A Portal to Decentralized Spiritual Growth - Part III

This is Part III of a three part article on light body activation

Decentralized Spiritual Growth

The activation is in contrast with the traditional paradigm of the master/disciple, a paradigm that may have run its course as decentralized spiritual growth and independent truth verification emerge.

In reality a master is a teacher or guide that has a more developed understanding of a subject or technique than most. As personalities, they usually radiate higher frequencies which entrain the attention of the student or disciple to his or her teachings. The student/disciple develops over time in the relationship and environment that this creates.

History repeatedly shows the consequence of institutionalized spiritual teachings and the pain, suffering and repression it can cause.

History repeatedly shows the consequence of institutionalized spiritual teachings and the pain, suffering and repression it can cause.

It’s great if one has the opportunity to study with such a master with the understanding that the knowledge and training can help develop your skills and insight. At the same time, if we rigidly hold someone as master, ultimately we make ourself dependent (a slave) and limit our ability to discover and validate information/experience on our own. The teachings can reach a point of diminishing return as they turn into obligation and dogma. History repeatedly shows the consequence of institutionalized spiritual teachings and the pain, suffering and repression it can cause.

So we can learn from, and even emulate a teacher for some time. We can model and generate our ideas from their teachings, but eventually we must integrate the essence of a teaching and go on to respectfully think for ourselves.* We need to develop the ability to recognize what is useful, healthy and real based on our own direct experience.

During light body activation training, participants learn to activate part of the nervous system called the proprioceptive system. The proprioceptive system and the awareness/information it provides is the root of the ‘inner guide.’ It is an innate intelligence that works to bring us to alignment and homeostasis. It operates structurally, chemically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. 

When developing a proprioceptive awareness, we start to receive what was previously unnoticed information and begin to process it consciously. The conscious interface with the proprioceptive system creates a new intelligence in making decisions and choosing direction. When the proprioceptive information registers at the conscious level, it enables a more dynamic and synergistic response at all levels of the life system.

* This doesn’t mean we abandon, or invalidate the teacher or their teachings. We may incorporate a significant portion of the principles and practice into our own teaching or protocol. It is important to acknowledge the value of previous trainings and influences. You may also choose to work a whole life time in the framework of a teachers work, as long as you are clear about that choice.


Independent Truth Verification

Proprioceptive awareness plays an important role in recognizing what is true; physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It ultimately leads us to resonance with the soul and becomes a compass for what the soul wants to accomplish through its human surrogate.

Truth verification is an evaluation process that enables us to determine which activities and relationships are healthy, functional and empowering. It is the ability to confirm personal insights about a wide variety of topics, and validate external information coming from associates, teachers, books, doctrine, media, politics, research, etc. 

As we open to higher states of consciousness, the individual and group can merge and function as one. An individual can vacillate between the two states, embracing one without sacrificing the other. It is similar to the particle and wave, where there are seemingly two very different entities that are, in reality, the same thing at the same time. 

We can evaluate information coming to us from inside or outside using the proprioceptive intelligence, and verify that assessment by noticing different forms of confirmation that come to us over time. This includes: other individuals or groups, scientific research, journals, simultaneous discoveries in different parts of the world, events, and synchronicity.

In this process we become like a cell or node that interacts with other nodes until we confirm the accuracy and value of a technique, concept, idea or vision. We can confirm using our inner compass and verify through multiple sources as they register from within the collective.


Running in the Background

Once the discernment faculties of the light body become functional, it acts like a security application on a computer or cell phone. The light body application comes to the forefront of activity during higher frequency events such as journeying, meditation, healing work, etc. It then recedes and runs in the background when we return to our daily physical life of work, shopping, socializing, domestic maintenance, finances, etc.


The light body acts as a security application that runs in the background during daily activities.

 
The light body monitors incoming and outgoing information, acting as a discernment mechanism while a person continues daily life activities.

The light body monitors incoming and outgoing information, acting as a discernment mechanism while a person continues daily life activities.

 

The light body alerts us when there is a manipulation or disempowerment event taking place. It sets off an alarm when a negative agreement contract is being set up and enables us to hold our power and maintain integrity.


Transformation of Entertainment

Activation of the light body transforms the experience that we call entertainment.* This may include what we think of as normal forms, such as movies, concerts, books, theatre etc.,it also expands to previously unnoticed opportunities that give us more engaging, penetrating satisfaction. These are self generated energetic events that could include interfacing with nature forces like water, plants, insects, animals or other humans. It also refers to the experience of interacting with higher consciousness entities, cellular memory, or journeying with the light body vehicle through vibrational dimensions.

Consciousness entertainment is also experienced through the sensation of healing/regeneration via chakras, kundalini forces, and going beyond the mental membrane where we connect to the soul frequencies. Elevated, sublime experiences also occur when the sexual energy is intentionally synthesized with the higher energy centers of the body. It transforms the orgasm into an energetic euphoria that takes place when the soul frequencies penetrate the bio-plasmic body into the core layer of the crown chakra. 

Whereas normal entertainment usually places us as an observer to events, performance, and stories, consciousness playground entertainment places us as the central creator, director and participant. Merging or interfacing at the bio-plasmic level with the environment, people, and entities produces an altered atmosphere of stimulation and, sensory/information exchange. It begins to replace previous stimulation producing or desire satisfying activities with dynamic enlightening experiences. 

While many forms of entertainment drain energy and resources, consciousness entertainment creates energy, is productive, and promotes regeneration.

* Entertainment: 1. The action of providing or being provided with amusement, enjoyment, or play.   2. An event, performance, or activity designed to entertain others.


Light Body Activation Training 

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A light body activation training provides practical skills and clear devices for regulating the components of the evolving human energy system. It is a guided, step-by-step progression that enables one to process and integrate the transforming perceptions of mind, body and nature. It opens new frontiers in education, relationship dynamics and real time, real life entertainment experiences. 

During the training, participants develop reliable tools for seeing, adjusting, and utilizing chakras, kundalini channels, bio-plasmic membranes and the cranial rhythm. The training reorients and stabilizes homeostasis.

Light Body Activation Part I is being held on June 8-9, 2019 in Pipersville, PA. All are welcome to attend in-person or via livestream video.


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Light Body Activation: A Portal to Decentralized Spiritual Growth - Part II

This is Part II of a three part article on light body activation

The Construction of the Light Body

The light body begins its gestation as a more simple organized energy field which functions as a bio-plasmic membrane or outerbody. In its earlier stages of development, the light body might be referred to as the outerbody, aura, bioplasmic body or consciousness field. It is a membrane that has the core qualities of the cellular membrane: semi-permeability and selective permeability.

Evolution of the membrane principle translates into the outerbody. It carries out its functions, however, in relationship to vibrations and frequencies. Unlike the cell membranes, which are regulated by an unconscious mechanism, the outerbody membranes are ultimately destined to be regulated consciously, particularly in regards to information, emotions, psychological input, and interactions with high frequency vibrations (spiritual influences).

 
Evolution of the membrane principle translates into the skin and the outerbody. The same functions are repeated in a more sophisticated way at each stage. The outerbody membranes can be regulated with consciousness.

Evolution of the membrane principle translates into the skin and the outerbody. The same functions are repeated in a more sophisticated way at each stage. The outerbody membranes can be regulated with consciousness.

 


Layers of the Light Body

The light body has many layers and components that interact to produce paradigm shifting influences on the body/mind and life system. Let’s begin with describing the following layers of the light body.

Layers of the Outerbody

Layers of the Outerbody

  1. Etheric layer: The etheric layer is a protective immune related layer close to the physical body. It extends 2-3” out from the skin surface. It is an energetic envelope that maintains physical integrity and modifies incoming frequencies if they are disruptive to homeostasis.

  2. Emotional layer: The emotional layer extends out 1/2 - 3’ from the body, depending on the activity of the person. It has a magnetic quality and is sometimes referred to as the astral body.

  3. Mental Layer: The mental layer projects out to 6’ from the physical body and has a radiatory quality. There is a vibrational membrane/skin at its periphery that contains the “personality self” and protects the evolving human from frequencies that are too intense for integration. It is like a bioplasmic or energetic placenta. During the awakening or spiritual birth, this membrane gradually becomes more permeable, allowing soul based frequencies to enter the system, which then produces involutionary events.


While all of the outerbody layers extend out from the physical body, it is lesser known that they penetrate deeply into the body, down to the cellular/molecular level.

The measurements given for each layer from the physical body are linear guidelines. In reality, as we go out into each layer, the frequencies expand, changing the meaning of distance, space and time. Each layer, as it registers in the awareness, becomes a dimension of activity for the vibrational being; this is similar to the way the earth’s atmosphere accommodates the physical body.

As in every phase of evolution, the system that is accelerating in its development emerges to accommodate life in an expanded, higher dimension. Ex.: water life of ancient ocean, air life when land emerged from the ancient ocean, vibrational life: a non physical consciousness plane.


Components of the Light Body

Chakras

Chakras are energy vortexes that distribute life force, or chi, to the physical body while influencing the emotions, consciousness and capabilities of a person. They provide information to the system that ranges from practical to abstract, scientific to metaphysical. In a more advanced state, chakras are the propulsion faculties of the light body vehicle.

 
There are 7 main chakras, which are located in the etheric body and anchored in the physical body.

There are 7 main chakras, which are located in the etheric body and anchored in the physical body.

 

Kundalini

The kundalini serve as the DNA of the evolving energy matrix and act as nuclear fuel rods for the mature light body process.

The kundalini serve as the DNA of the evolving energy matrix and act as nuclear fuel rods for the mature light body process.

The kundalini are two energy channels that weave in a double helix, vertically through the body. They serve as the DNA of the evolving energy matrix and act as nuclear fuel rods for the mature light body process. At an accelerated frequency due to synergistic activity within the system these channels give birth to a high frequency energy channel called the sushumna. The sushumna further accelerates the development of the extraordinary senses.

 

The Extraordinary Senses

The extraordinary senses are a continuation in the evolution of our senses. Whereas the physical senses enable discernment of sight, sound, texture and taste and smell, the emerging extraordinary senses detect similar phenomenon above and below the normal frequency range of physical sensory perception. The extraordinary senses are:

  • Vibrational sight or clairvoyance: Clairvoyance is the capacity to see the energy body, chakras, and kundalini. It give access to cellular memory, both past and future, and to the reading of the akashic records. It gives the ability to perceive unfolding vibrational impressions and understand how they might manifest into future events.

  • Clairsentience: Clairsentience is the ability to feel without physically touching. It gives the possibility for distance healing and is connected to the development of human sonar.

  • Clairaudience: Clairaudience is the ability to hear sub and supra audio tones. It can be called the third ear. As this sense develops, doctors and therapists will approach healing based on the harmonic relationships of the physical and biplasmic bodies.

  • Clairodorance: Clairodorance is perceiving smells above and below the normal frequency range. It is also the ability to pick up odorous qualities that are part of incoming psychic or telepathic information.

  • Discernment: Discernment is the higher sense of taste. Utilizing proprioceptive information along with intuitive impressions, it enables quality evaluation of frequencies entering our biplasm sphere. This includes information, ideas, communications, and psychic/telepathic input. It is the root of independent truth verification.

  • Telepathy & Sonar: Continuing the evolution of our communication faculties, this sense allows us to broadcast/receive nonlinear, multisensory images and impressions. When the outerbody reaches expanded levels of permeability it produces a non resistant corridor for sonar and telepathic transmissions.

The Cranial System

The human cranium is composed of 28 different bones, almost all of which are joined together by sutures (except the mandible, or jaw bone). Sutures are rigid articulations that permit small amounts of movement. The articulations of each suture can become more or less mobile depending on different stress forces in the body and the cranium.

Although the movements between the bones of the cranium are small compared to the gross movements that are obvious in many of our other joints (such as the shoulder or knee joint), they provide important functions for the whole system, both physically and energetically. Cranial motion can be amplified and balanced through bodywork touch therapies, such as shiatsu shin tai or craniosacral therapy, and also through consciousness. Releasing restrictions in the cranial system enables the recovery of trapped and unavailable life force for greater physical, emotional, and mental health.

The activation of the cranial system also enables the development of human telepathy and sonar. Most of us do not think of our skulls as radio stations, but they function in a similar way. However most of our stations are broadcasting unclear and fragmented information due to the lack of cranial mobility, and lack of conscious awareness about the process. By expanding the bioplasmic outerbody and consciously activating increased cranial motion, people can transmit and receive information more effectively and accurately.

At its root, the cranial system is physiological. As the more primitive outerbody develops into the mature light body, the cranial rhythm pulses at a greater amplitude, which facilitates the function of human sonar. The wider range of movement in the cranial system produces broadcast waves and creates space for the next version of the brain to organize. This could be called the abstract brain, which is a nonphysical energy configuration that extends from the frontal brain and appears outside the cranium.


The Evolved Cell

The mature light body takes on the configuratiions of a cell.

The mature light body takes on the configuratiions of a cell.

As the light body matures, it takes on the configuration of a cell: the physical body becomes the nucleus and the outer body appears as vibrational cytoplasm. It is an evolved cell with many of the primitive cellular functions now being regulated consciously, while also enabling movement in non physical dimensions.


 

The Challenges of Light Body Activation 

As the new light body operating system comes online, its paradigm shifting effect on the consciousness challenges our existing physiology, chemistry and emotional/mental homeostasis. It challenges our sense of who we are and what’s important. It challenges our values, choices of activity, life style, and goals. It can disrupt beliefs and cause us to question our fundamental definitions of health, happiness, truth and love. It can alter our food attractions and dietary needs. The accelerated frequencies of the light body moving though the physical/vibrational bodies can cause friction and difficulties in relationships, work interests, and time management.


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Light Body Activation: A Portal to Decentralized Spiritual Growth

This is Part I of a three part article on light body activation

Light Body Activation: A Portal to Decentralized Spiritual Growth

Light body activation is a process of noticing that there is a well-defined energy matrix extending out from our physical body. It occurs as the presence of this matrix registers within the consciousness. The realization jolts the mind/ body and triggers an acceleration of the matrix components, activities and capabilities.

Light body activation opens a port of entry to a library of information and multiple dimensions of experience. As we hone the use of the light body faculties, access is gained to an endless stream of discovery, education and quality consciousness entertainment. Awakening to the presence of one’s light body vigorously enhances personal growth, relationship dynamics, and the understanding of one’s true nature. It begins to clarify why you are here in this life, and unfolds a roadmap of what you are meant to do accordingly.

Activation provides a vehicle for healing, regeneration, and altered dimensions of experience. It offers a consciousness playground of metaphysical discovery, decentralized spiritual growth and independent truth verification capabilities. Activation raises the veil placed on our soul origin by conditioning and beliefs and; this enables a tremendous release of life stress.

The activation process also reveals a profound insight: the energy body (bio-plasm) is a semi-permeable, selective membrane. It can be regulated according to the needs and objectives of an awakening individual.

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What is the Light Body?

“The light body is the operating system of the next phase in human evolution. It exerts paradigm shifting influences on our perceptions, values, and experience.”

The light body is an energy matrix evolving from the human physiology, particularly the nervous system. It is a physio-energetic system that is currently accelerating in development due to various influences, such as the force of evolution, involution* and digital wireless technology.

The light body is composed of several layers and components which are changing at a logarithmic pace. It is similar to when the neuronet of the brain suddenly expanded two million years ago during what is called “the quantum leap.” The process is a continuation of what began as a single cell within the earth’s ancient ocean and transformed over billions of years into a multicellular consciousness being.

 
Development of the systems in evolution; the outerbody is now in a phase of rapid development.

Development of the systems in evolution; the outerbody is now in a phase of rapid development.

 

The synergy of the matrix components gradually provides expanded capabilities to the individual and realizations to group, societal interaction. The system is becoming more sophisticated in order to accommodate our consciousness vehicle as it begins to function in a multidimensional arena. This includes the physical plane, the consciousness plane and dimensions where the perception of linear time gives way to a non-time continuum.



Development of the Light Body

During the development of a fetus, we see that in the first phases the body systems are like imprints or shadows within the fetal membrane. At certain stages, there is an acceleration of growth and more of each system manifests. Finally, each system blooms into full maturity and complexity, forming an intricate network throughout the body.

This sequence of system development and complexification is similar to the development of a plant’s root system. First, the roots develop silently underground for a period of time with very little evidence of growth above ground. Then, suddenly, growth above ground will accelerate as the plant uses the nutritive sources that the now expanded roots are able to absorb.Each system helps create the conditions for another system to come into being.

Biological systems themselves develop in the same way, originally through different species, during millions of years of evolution. The digestive, circulatory, respiratory, and nervous systems all went through a process of manifestation as living beings became in need of their functions. The environment itself can be a major stimulant in this continual, albeit sporadic, outgrowth of biological creativity.

During this phase of ‘time’ (if we agree for now to explore our existence within the somewhat contrived confines of linear chronology), the light body is being called forth into rapid development and complexification so that we can survive and thrive. The development of this bioplasmic energy body is following the same path as other systems of the body.

Until recently, the light body has operated in more vague, basic patterns of energy and information. It is now quickly blooming into a mature, complex system. The development of functions in this vibrational field are presently accelerating in many people, and these functions are becoming more specific and well-defined.

* Influences of higher consciousness and celestial forces entering and synthesizing with current levels of perception, awareness and understanding.


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Is the Central Channel the same as the Chong Mai?

Question from a practitioner:

What is the difference between the Central Channel and the Chong Mai? I have heard someone say that they are completely different things and someone else say that they are the same thing. I’m confused.

The Chong Mai and Central Channel that Saul Goodman refers to are different things. There are several extraordinary vessels of energy circulation described in Chinese medicine of which the Chong Mai is one. Central channel is a term used in many different systems and refers to the central path of energy through the body.

Saul describes the central channel as a circuit of life force that moves along the pathway of the spinal cord. It directly affects the functioning of the meninges, the spine, the central nervous system, the Governing Vessel meridian (the Du Mai), the chakras, and the craniosacral fluid. So the central channel is different from the Chong Mai, even though some of the extraordinary vessels are within the central channel and central channel work will affect them. 

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shin tai central channel treatment

A component of Shin Tai work is specifically called Central Channel work. Practitioners identify and release patterns of stress along the central channel of the body using non-force contacts that release restriction in the meninges. Release of meningal stress patterns helps to improve a myriad of physical problems along with increasing emotional, mental and spiritual health.  As the Central Channel opens, all of the components along its pathway begin to function in a more synthesized way.

To really understand and work with the shin tai central channel material a practitioner needs to experience it in her/himself as well as work with it in others. Receiving central channel treatments facilitates a direct engagement with the central channel and how it affects the body/mind/spirit. Explanations and information about it, like what is presented in this article, can only approximate the truth of what the central channel is.

Don’t worry so much about specific definitions, and try not to take too much energy attempting to make other systems and interpretations make sense with each other. Directly experiencing the different parts of your own system and those with whom you work is really the only way to understand it in the way that you are wanting.


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Dealing with Diagnosis: What to do when you don't know what to do

Last year we sent out a survey about your bodywork studies & practice. It included a question asking what your biggest questions & challenges were with shiatsu. Over the next few months, we will be sharing our responses to many of your questions. Below is our response to one of the most common questions we were asked:

Question - I often get overwhelmed with diagnosis. There are so many things to consider and so many methods of diagnosis (kyo/jitsu, pulse, meridian, face, tongue, voice, structure, motion, etc.) that often I just shut down and can't figure out what to do. How do I find the most important thing to work on at each moment in a treatment? 


Response - The word diagnosis itself can be a trap. A broader way to think about it is being responsive to the receiver. Watch, listen and let yourself respond naturally to what you notice. You simply have to listen, receive and respond. What comes to you, no matter how basic, has value.

Let yourself focus on what you do notice, instead of what you don't. Don't force diagnosis, don't go chasing after information. If you find yourself struggling, go more simple and more general. This applies to both diagnosis and technique.

Use Primitive Diagnosis for a Primitive System

If you have studied shin tai work, remember that the 'diagnosis' for the central channel and Governing Vessel/Conception Vessel is more primitive because they are a more primitive level of energy in the body. We use motion as the main diagnosis for this part of the system. That might sound boring or unimportant or not very 'professional' compared to finding constrained liver chi or a racing SP pulse, but motion can give potent information regarding the condition of life force and how to enhance it. 

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Beginning a treatment by addressing this primal part of the energy system (GV/CV) will naturally have you beginning with observation of motion. If and when the treatment moves into working with more specialized aspects of the energy system, like the 5 elements or 12 meridians, you can apply the more specialized types of diagnosis that you know for guidance. Notice what you are drawn to and what comes to you rather than looking to figure out every possible type of diagnosis. For example, you may find yourself becoming very aware of a client's hip structure partway through a session. If your attention is drawn there repeatedly and then you notice that motion is quite restricted through one side of the pelvis/sacrum, you might decide to do a structural evaluation and go through the structural adjustments. Another example could be that you find a client's voice particularly distinctive and all the sudden it comes to you that their cadence is very sing-songy.... this indicates imbalance in earth energy (ST/SP). But if a type of diagnosis is not coming to you with relative ease, it is not necessary to chase after it. 



Clear Perception Requires a Clear Condition

Being able to perceive a client’s condition requires that your system is clear and balanced. The best way to set yourself up for clarity of perception during a treatment is to prepare ahead of time. It is optimal to be rested, clear, aligned and relaxed. Good quality sleep, food, self-development practices, and treatments for yourself are key factors. When you are in balance and full of vitality, your physical body is clear, your information system is giving accurate feedback, and you are in alignment with the higher vibrational aspects of your being. This enables the flow of accurate diagnosis regarding the person you are working with and how to best facilitate freedom in their system. 

In your everyday life it may not always be possible to be in optimal shape for every treatment. In that case, make sure to do at least a few minutes or even moments of relaxation, meditation, proprioceptive exercise or conscious breathing before beginning a session. Getting more aligned is a part of the treatment process; it is ok to sometimes do that at the beginning or even during a session. Otherwise you will be floundering around, kind of faking it and not really making headway in introducing more flow of life force.   



Receive Information, Don’t Look for Information

If you find yourself struggling to figure out what to do during a treatment and what level of diagnosis to focus on, the best thing to do is take a few deep, quiet breaths, relax a little more and go into listening mode. Often when a practitioner is struggling they begin to look harder for things to see/diagnosis/understand - they thrust their energy outward, searching for information. This is a natural response. However, it is more helpful at that moment to actually soften and go into a more listening and receptive mode. You want to receive information, not look for information. Let yourself relax in the unknowing for a little bit without freaking out that you don't know what to do and you have to find something. You can do something general while you are in this process, like palming down the back, a fascia release or gathering in the hara.

While you are relaxing into this listening mode, notice where your attention goes in the receiver's body. Let yourself receive what their body is communicating. There is no need to label what is 'wrong' and figure out everything that is not working well. There is only a need to listen, notice and respond in a way that enhances the flow of life force. Maybe you don’t know which meridians in the legs are kyo or jitsu but you do notice the legs look very still and empty. Do some stretches, apply pressure to stimulate chi, rock and press on the sacrum. Simple, basic techniques executed with sincere intention will have a therapeutic healing effect. If you can keep this in mind it will be easier to relax and offer touch that is truly supportive to a receiver's well-being. It may be that you naturally move into some more specialized methods of diagnosis & technique during a treatment, but this is not always the case, especially when you are doing shin tai work. 

A note of caution: Sometimes when a practitioner is struggling to find a direction during a treatment, they initiate conversation with the receiver. Sometimes this is a way to open a door to some helpful information and can lead the treatment into productive bodywork, but often it derails the session into an experience that will not initiate much change. Of course, every treatment does not need to be transformative to have value; some very powerful sessions are more integrative and soothing. But be aware of the tendency to engage in verbal dialogue when you are not sure what else to do. This serves to perpetuate the receiver's story rather than move beyond it, and prevents moving into deeper levels of experience that have inestimable value to both of you.


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Hidden Effects of the Global Energy Matrix

"What is true.... is that we are all connected.... we are all wired now." Barack Obama

The Global Energy Matrix

We are living in a world where evolving communication networks create increasing global connection. These networks interface with our bodies, creating a convergence of technology and biology, and we are being influenced in new, often times insidious ways. Our body chemistry, moods and thinking are being affected and it is often having a negative impact on our health, happiness and spiritual well being.

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Digital communication systems and media are now at the core of planetary activity on all levels. These systems produce wireless frequencies that transmit everything from written information to detailed, high resolution images. These frequencies form a digital matrix streaming through the atmosphere and around the globe in real time. Wireless frequencies create a barrage of highly charged, friction producing waves that move from source to device, as well as device to device, while penetrating and circulating through our organic human organization. This includes our cells nervous system, circulatory system, glandular system, and meridian/chakra system.*

Images, headlines, key-phrases and product branding generate and populate all levels of the now social media lifeline that acts like a bloodstream within the mass global psyche. Humans whether in possession of devices or not are constantly receiving and conducting the subliminal energetic stream of events, opinions and projections through their own information system. It deeply affects chemical, emotional, psychological homeostasis, and produces numerous symptoms that may be a new classification of health maladies.

Bottom line: Our friction based, digital information system can be destructive to all organic life forms. In the case of humans, it deteriorates physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual stability.

 

The Biology-Technology Convergence

There are two main reasons why biology and technology are progressively interfacing and synthesizing. The first reason for this interface is that our nervous system has a digital information component that operates in similar fashion to digital technology. The second reason for the interface is that our bodies also have a non-physical or 'wireless' component that is developing rapidly and functions much like our wireless technologies. The fact that our biological systems have these similarities to our communications technologies creates a situation where the systems can interface and interact.

1. The Digital Component

The brain/nervous system has a digital information component. It absorbs and processes digital information and interacts with software programing. Once a program is learned and used regularly, the system departs from conscious thinking speed and starts to interact with the program at a subliminal computer speed.

Digital organization and eye-brain coordination: Image and program storage

Consider what is happening when we watch television. We are looking at a screen that projects a non-stop stream of changing images. In reality what we are seeing are millions of colored dots, rearranging themselves in milli- seconds. The eye (retina) receives the digital information and our brain interprets the images.

Video games have even more impact to our to the digital aspect of our system because of their interactive nature. Games are composed with layers of challenge and response that increase in difficulty as one goes deeper into the game program. Playing overtime, the mind/nervous system interface with the program and the player begins to react much faster than they would with deliberate thought. The player is now 'in' the program. If you close your eyes immediately after playing a video game you will continue to see the game characters moving through your mind field in full color showing that we have internalized the digital information and programming.

 

2. The Wireless Component

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The body-mind has a non-physical or wireless energy/information system which is becoming more sophisticated. This is a system that has long been identified in Chinese acupuncture and in Ayurvedic medicine. It circulates within the physical body and extends up to five feet beyond the skin border.

The human wireless apparatus** is responsible for how we interact with nature, animals and other humans on instinctive, emotional and mental planes. It can be penetrated by, or even align with (entrainment***) various digital frequencies such as those broadcast from cell towers, digital media, and wireless devices. Our wireless apparatus picks up the information transmitted by these systems on an unconscious or subconscious level, as we are now swimming in a sea of high frequency digital energy.

The influence of interaction between digital wireless technology and the the human wireless system is determined by the quality of the information and images being transmitted and received. Although there is some positive uplifting content in the 'global feed,' the majority of the information circulating in the ever increasing volume of wireless systems is overwhelmingly negative and energy draining. Our human systems are being bombarded with a constant flow of violent distorted images, and anger, fear based dialogue that manipulates, conditions, and even alters thoughts and perception. This flow unconsciously influences how many of our perceptions, opinions and ideas are formed and then expressed, not only externally, but also within our internal mind chatter dialogue.

 

Direct Telepathic Vision

Another important layer in the information exchange is the direct exchange of frequencies from one human to another, from community to community and from group to group. This has been called the global brain; it refers to the interchange of telepathic, psychic and emotional energy throughout various strata of the planet. It is sometimes simply called osmosis. Of course, this exchange existed long before digital and wireless technology, but since these biological/bio-plasmic** counterparts to technology have also been developing, they are now playing a greater role in our evolving human experience. Therefore, these influences should also be noticed in terms of how they effect day-to-day life.

Most people reading this article live in one of the fortunate regions of the planet where life is good. We enjoy food, shelter, opportunity and a sense of purpose. But if we stop and assess the overall global condition and the degree of war, tension, displacement, grief of loss, etc. that is occurring every moment, we realize that there is a tremendous volume of heavy negative vibration entering both the natural and technological information grid. As we go along in our daily routines, not often noticing the intense level of strife existing in a high percentage of the globe, we are still receiving the emotional and psychological information of pain and suffering through our bio-plasmic wireless apparatus. We are being impacted and we are reacting even though much of the input doesn’t register consciously.

 

Development of the Outerbody System

The human wireless system can also be referred to as the outerbody.** The outerbody is an evolving system that functions as an extension and upgrade to our physical systems, particularly the nervous system. It also functions as a semi-permeable, selective membrane. 

The outerbody is currently in a logarithmic growth spurt. On one hand, this brings a new capacity and vision into our human environment. On the other hand, it causes a heightened sensitivity to the more coarse qualities of the physical world such as pollution, synthetics. emotional upset, and psychological stress. The  sophistication of the outerbody system is catalyzed by awakening consciousness along with any activity that stimulates greater awareness: healing work, yoga, meditation, positive thinking, therapy, etc. Since the development of the outerbody system is part of our natural human evolution, even people that are not directly developing awareness through specific practices are subject to the various effects of these changes.

  • To learn more about how to feel and manage your outerbody, click on the following link to download a free 30 minute guided audio: Outerbody Expansion.

 

The Effects of the Energy Matrix

Are there ever days when you wake feeling anger, fear, anxiety, and weakness? Are there times during the day when ill feelings seem to just sneak up on you? Do you wake up in the night with ominous fears, violent impulses and dark thoughts? If you do, take a moment to evaluate these states; you might notice that often times it is not coming from your immediate life circumstance. You might notice that your life is actually fine - generally prosperous, generally happy, generally healthy - with just the usual challenges that don’t match the magnitude of the negativity you are feeling, especially when compared to what others around the world are experiencing. You might notice that the composite of your life system is good and relatively balanced and seemingly not related to the negativity you are feeling.

 When this is happening it can be useful to consider that it is a product of the involuntary intake of your wireless bio-plasmic system. What is streaming into your system may be having a very powerful effect on your emotions, mind and body. You might also begin to notice when this dynamic is affecting others around you including partners, family, friends and clients.  Digital/wireless intake, and what we then subconsciously broadcast as a result of it, can be affecting our health, relationships and productivity.

 

Transform the Narrative & Images

Noticing is the first step of change

  1. Be mindful of your internal dialogue in the general flow of your daily life. Noticing when you have internal friction and aggression toward others. Notice when you are having negative dis-empowering reactions toward people that you encounter in the day-to-day life flow, like while driving, shopping or talking on the phone.

  2. Notice when teachers, speakers, media, etc. are generating fear, anger, antagonism and/or divisiveness through what appears to be routine reporting, writing, dialogue, teaching and presentations. Notice the choice of language and when they are using words that exaggerate or exacerbate the negativity.

  3. Media Fast: Take a day, 3 days, a week or even more and turn off all media devices and input. This will create a similar effect to food fasting where afterwards you are more sensitive to quality, subtleties of food you eat. After staying away from media for a period of time you will notice how much you are being affected by listening and watching. You will also notice the rough and aggressive quality of much of the information.

  4. Consider that whatever and whomever you don’t like or agree with represent a quality you have within yourself that you are projecting onto your external landscape. This is the 'Buddha nature.' You can only see in others what exists within yourself. Also, if you believe that we are all connected within a unified consciousness ('we are all one'), then what or who we don’t like must be part of ourselves. Therefore if we don’t like a tyrant, politician, a social group, a co-worker, etc. it can be useful to consider that those people are ‘acting out' a very difficult aspect of the mass consciousness of which we are a part.

Our opposition actually magnifies that to which we are opposed. Whatever we are against we eventually become. We cannot change others but we can notice what we don’t like and seek to change those qualities within ourselves. When we show compassion for even the most diabolical person or idea, we are also showing compassion to ourselves.

 

Reverse the flow

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The human information system is composed of wired and wireless components. We receive information, process it, and also broadcast through our bio-plasmic outerbody system. We can therefore create substantive high dpi digital content and broadcast it to multiple layers of our environment, including instinctive, emotional and mental planes. Over time, especially with the evolution of adaptive artificial intelligence, we will be able to input positive, empowering information back into the grid and influence the entire social and media content.

How to get started:

  1. Be aware when you are getting drawn into the fear, anger, energy draining media/social blackhole. Be detached from positions and beliefs that create the negative blackhole and its gravity

  2. Inputing back into the grid: Internally create higher frequency dialogue and full color high dpi images that reflect the reality you want to create. Realize you can broadcast these images and information using the telepathic broadcasting component of the awakened outerbody system. For more information on this topic, please click on the link to the following article: Bio-Hologenic Event Images.

  • For a guided audio on developing the ability to broadcast telepathically, please click on the following link: Telepathy I.

 

Strengthen Your Membranes

The outerbody functions as a semi-permeable, selective membrane. This rapidly developing part of our physiology can be regulated through consciousness, and it is helpful to learn new perceptual skills in order to do that. This is especially important for people who are participating in various self-development and health practices, as these usually create a more expanded outerbody system. It is also particularly important for people who tend to be 'sensitive' or 'thin-skinned' to become more aware of their outerbody - they most likely do literally have a more porous outerbody and can be more influenced by outside energies. Until we learn how to feel and purposefully manage the permeability of the outerbody, we are subject to the onslaught of negative vibrational content and its subsequent effects.


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  • To learn more about how to feel and manage your outerbody, click on the following link to download a free 30 minute guided audio: Outerbody Expansion.

  • For a more in-depth audio on activating and regulating the outerbody membrane, go to: Extraordinary Senses I


* The meridian/chakra system is a long recognized and therapeutically used energetic network. They refer to well defined energy pathways that circulate through the physical body and extend beyond the physical body. They are part of the bioplasmic/outerbody system.

** Defi nition of terms: In this article the following terms are interchangable: wireless apparatus, outerbody, bioplasmic body. All of these refer to the same energetic manifes tation of our human system. The different terms are used to emphasize certain characteristics.

*** Definition of entrainment in Merriam-Webster dictionary - 1 : to draw along with or after oneself. 

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Springtime Chi for Practitioners

Remember that the quality, results, and success of a bodywork practice is a reflection of our chi, not our advertising.

Spring Chi

Spring is generated by rising energy. It is chi that moves upward and outward, transforming from it’s internal recessive winter state.

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In nature, it is energy moving up from the roots to the branches of the trees; it moves from deep in the ground up and out into the atmosphere. It is felt on that first day near the end of winter, when we feel the cold bareness break and the smell of spring is in the air. In the human body, we feel chi move from a protective inwardness to an outward relaxed feeling - a letting go. Emotionally and mentally, we move from reflective to creative.

For many, chi can get stuck in the winter state. This creates energy deficiency, anger and frustration, as the energy is unable to change to the upward and outward direction of awakening spring chi.Recognizing the effects of this blocked or sluggish transition of the seasonal energies can be an important diagnosis with our clients and ourselves. Discomforts and complaints (whatever the symptoms are called) may be a direct result of inefficient seasonal transition.


What Makes a Practice Thrive

Remember that the quality, results, and success of a bodywork practice is a reflection of our chi, not our advertising. Clients come to spend time in the energy matrix that we create and nurture. Treatment skills are only a vehicle for transporting an atmosphere of wellbeing to the client’s system. 

 
Music transports the listener into the mental state of the composer.
— Beethoven
 

As practitioners, working with our own chi is the most effective way to expand our practice. This is not only in terms of numbers of treatments, but also the dimension of positive effects. When the practitioner develops his or her chi flow, it creates a more dynamic experience for the client and practitioner. Below are some practices that you can use to nourish your chi, particularly for this time of year in the northern temperate hemisphere. 


Some Exercises to Support Winter - Spring Chi

  • Walking on grass barefoot in the morning:

This practice transports upward rising morning/spring energy from the earth through the body. Chi is conducted via the morning dew and enters the KI #1 vortex for distribution though the system. It particularly opens the liver and gallbladder, which are the organ manifestations and core of spring energy.

 
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  • Breathing Exercise: 
  1. Begin in standing position.
  2. Breathe in deeply while stepping forward, and simultaneously raising your arms with palms up.
  3. Step back to the starting position while breathing out.
  4. Repeat a,b,c while stepping forward and back with the other foot.
  5. Repeat a,b,c,d 10- 12 times
  • Daily Skin Brush:
  1. Brush the entire skin surface with a brush, loofa or towel.
  2. For a more penetrating effect dip the brush in hot ginger water.
  3. Repeat one or two times daily. 

This practice helps to bring energy to the surface of the body. It opens the the pores and improves breathing. It helps the body clean out and discharge  deep inner stagnation.

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  • Integrating Nature Music:
  1. Go to a place where you can hear birds singing.
  2. Expand the layers of the outerbody membranes.*
  3. In this expanded state listen to sound and melodies of the bird songs. Notice the sensation of the s ound frequencies vibrating through your system.

This practice has numerous transformative effects and is also very entertaining. Interacting with the vibration of the bird song energy creates an uplifting flow of natural chi and initiates movement, positive emotion, and mental clarity.

* Please click on the following link for a free 30-minute guided audio to learn how to expand your outerbody:  Energy Body Expansion


Earth and Solar Influences

There are yearly cycles of energy expression that are similar to seasonal changes. This dynamic is expressed in the astrology system of 9 Star Ki. On this larger level of influence, we are moving from a water year to a fire year. This again is a shift from water energy and its characteristics to the most outward moving and active energy of fire.

We are presently moving from a water (1) year into a fire (9) year

We are presently moving from a water (1) year into a fire (9) year

We are presently moving from a water (1) year into a fire (9) year

Some Element Characteristics

Winter/Water - internal, reflective

Spring-Wood - outward, creative

Summer/Fire - active, social

Late Summer/Soil - gather, convergence

Autumn/Metal: retraction, shedding 

In other words, not only are we moving from water to wood energy due to the seasonal change, we are also moving from water to fire in terms of the yearly 9 Star Ki change. This could compound the tendency for people to get stuck in the demands of seasonal change. Therefore, the need for identifying and addressing the water energy shift can be even more important this year in order to maintain well being and balance with our environment.


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The Mystery of the Governing & Conception Vessel

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The Mystery of Governing & Conception Vessel

In many ways, the governing and conception vessel meridians are a mystery in shiatsu. There is no diagnostic correspondence for them in the pulse, the hara or the face. There is traditionally no specific technique for treating and balancing the governing or conception vessels' chi.

In his book Meridian Exercise, Shizuto Masunaga says that the governing and conception vessel (GV/CV) stand above the other meridians in terms of importance. He states that they regulate the 12 classic meridians along with regulating the basic life functions. Herein lies the mystery: if governing and conception vessel are so important, why is there no diagnosis or specific treatment for them?

To help solve what seems to be a huge contradiction in the teaching and practice of shiatsu, we can look at two different dimensions of these master meridians. The first dimension is how they express themselves at the primitive or cellular level of life. The second dimension is how they evolve into a specialized system of energy in the complex human organism. Then we can synthesize these perceptions to create a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Shin Tai is an evolving form of shiatsu that makes diagnosis and treatment of governing & conception vessel a priority.

 

The Primitive Dimension of GV/CV

At the primitive cellular level, motion is the equivalent to meridian. Motion supplies life force or chi to carry out the basic life functions of the cell. Motion is also the same as primitive governing and conception vessel. In other words, the most primitive dimension of GV/CV is motion.

MOTION = BASIC LIFE FUNCTION = GV/CV

 

 

The Specialized Dimension of GV/CV

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As the fetus develops, recreating biological evolution, the governing and conception vessels develop into more linear pathways (meridians). The governing vessel then flowers into the spinal column and its inner components (the meninges, the cerebral spinal fluid and the central nervous system). The conception vessel flowers into the digestive system and its core, the hara.

These two master meridians also diversify into the 12 classic meridians of acupuncture, each with a specific energetic pathway and function.

 

 

Synthesizing the Two Dimensions

Solving the mystery of governing and conception vessel diagnosis comes from the perception and synthesis of the primitive and specialized way that they express themselves in the human being. Subtle motions, which can be seen throughout the body in response to breathing, indicate how well the primitive dimension of GV/CV is circulating throughout the system. Three phases of specific motions and their significance in the healing process is a key aspect of the shiatsu shin tai training. 

Evaluating the specialized dimension of GV/CV requires a more specialized focus. For governing vessel, the flexibility of the spine and the independent springing motion of the vertebrae show the condition of its more specialized aspect. For conception vessel, the homogenous and resilient quality of the hara shows its specialized dimension.

A shiatsu practitioner can help regenerate the most essential flow of chi in the body. By developing the perception of subtle motions and learning specific technique which addresses the uniqueness of the governing and conception vessels, a practitioner can restore the power of primitive life force in the system and assist the client back to a higher experience of life. Shin Tai is an evolving form of shiatsu that makes diagnosis and treatment of governing & conception vessel a priority.


Shiatsu Shin Tai expands on traditional Shiatsu massage to create an evolutionary system of diagnosis and technique that stimulates the flow of life force in the body. There is a focus on the treatment of the two primary meridians, Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel, creating a powerful system of diagnosis, theory and technique that facilitates deep transformation. A unique synthesis of structural, fascia, meridian, and chakra technique, this therapeutic bodywork clears stress from the body, and naturally stimulates the flow of energy.  

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Hara Treatment & Shiatsu

While traveling throughout the US and Europe teaching shiatsu for many years, I began to notice the diminishing role of hara in the development of mainstream shiatsu education. I was surprised at the lack of vitality of the hara when watching students work. They were often not working from their own hara, and they were treating without penetrating application. There was also scant emphasis on personal training for hara health. In Zen Shiatsu, a branch of shiatsu created by Shizuto Masunaga, the hara became almost exclusively used for a very light touch diagnosis of other systems of the body. 

It seemed like students were not integrating what they did learn about hara treatment. Some were afraid to touch the hara and I often saw little change in receivers’ ki (energy) as a result of hara treatment. Some receivers did not want to have their hara touched at all during treatment. Hara is one of the most important aspects of healing in bodywork. Working with it promotes transformation into a state of well being, centeredness and a perspective that brings things in life into balance. Without a thorough knowledge and training in hara treatment, students were missing out on a powerful opportunity for themselves and their clients.

When I began studying shiatsu with the Japanese teachers, like Shizuto Masunaga, Michio Kushi, and Ohashi, they all emphasized that treatment revolves around the hara. They talked about how life comes from and is a reflection of the hara. Shiatsu training not only included hara technique as a central element, it also strongly focused on the development of the practitioners own hara. The education included dietary awareness, strong physical exercise and philosophy that awakened the multi-dimensional meaning of hara. It was as much a spiritual training as it was a technical vocational training.  

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Many of the Asian teachers that first presented shiatsu to the west gave very strong and vigorous treatments that were directed by a whole body view with organ, meridian and tsubo considerations in a supportive role. The goal of these treatments was to restore balance and fluidity to the ki flow and to encourage the the body/mind/spirit to discharge toxic qualities of a physical, emotional and vibrational nature. This kind of treatment came to be considered too provocative for the western appetite. Gradually this approach was westernized, modified, and distilled to meet the needs of the clients’ capacity for challenge and change.

Over time the role of hara was diminished, both in treatment application and practitioner education. People began limiting the use of hara to kyo/jitsu diagnosis. Shiatsu education became more conceptual and intellectual. It started to emphasize the development of acupuncture theory instead of developing and evolving the the most important quality of the practice - the manual, physical aspect: touch and pressure. This trend has almost overshadowed what was of utmost importance in early shiatsu and it’s origins: awakening the hara in the practice, in the condition of the practitioner, and in the life flow of the healing arts community.

Hara is a microcosm of the whole environment: our local landscape, the air we breathe, the water we drink. We can also see the hara as a microcosm of the larger physical and spiritual universe. By spiritual I am referring to the world of vibration, not beliefs or religion. In the taoist practice of chi kung, the hara is open to exchange with all the physical and vibrational forces of nature - air, ocean, geographical landscapes, mountains, trees, environmental entities.

Environments themselves have a frequency range and ‘personality.’ Often particularly powerful centers are areas where civilizations develop and grow. Cities, towns and countries flourish where there is a strong flow of ki. It is interesting to walk in a major city and feel the vibrational vortex circulating through all of the buildings, people and activities. Why does a city develop in one place and not another? There are particular characteristics that create access, movement, and resources to feed the creation of that place. There are other areas where civilizations tried to develop, but they withered and stagnated because they lacked the right energetic flow. 

 
Treating the hara is one of the most potent tools to improve a person's condition.

Treating the hara is one of the most potent tools to improve a person's condition.

 

When we touch someones hara, we can feel their personal history and their environment coming through, depending on our experience. A person’s whole story is in their hara. Working with it gives us one of the best opportunities to listen to and understand who they are. It can transform the health of their organs, emotions and life system. Treating the hara is one of the most potent tools we have as practitioners to improve a person's condition and assist them in the initiation of changes that will lead to engaging in present time with vibrant awareness and health. 

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Hara: A Path to Realization

Vision of Life ≠ LIfe

We all have ideas, dreams and projects. We have a vision of how we want our life to be. However, there is usually a disconnect between how our reality is actually playing out in real time and what our inner visions look like. Maybe there is that rare person whose total image of how they want their life to be matches their actual circumstances, but most people experience some degree of gap between their vision and their current life scheme. For many clients this is in the mix of reasons as to why they come for treatments. 

They might say ‘I have back pain’, ‘my digestion is not good’ or ‘I’m depressed.’ But as you get to know them a little better, you discover that the inability to create the experience that they desire is a strong force behind what is going on in their life that is making them unhappy. Many of the things that are bothering them physically or emotionally are actually symptoms of this disconnect. There is festering frustration and discontent with the difference between what they envision for their life and what they actually experience, and how that feels day in and day out.

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In other words, what they dream is not what they experience. Not the dream while sleeping, but the inner semi-conscious dream we have while we are awake. If there is an extreme disconnect, the inner dream becomes fantasy. The closer the dream comes to what is actually happening in the daily life, the less a person fantasizes, and the more engaged and creative the person becomes with what they are doing.

 

 

 

The Role of Hara in Manifestation

The hara plays a large role in translating our ideas, images, and dreams into physical reality. There are several aspects of hara that contribute to this activity of manifestation. First of all, it is the physical seat of our digestive system, which converts food into usable fuel for our body to function and act in the world. The hara transforms food into energy so that we can act, so that we can carry out our visions on the physical plane. The hara also holds the reproductive organs, which function to spark and create new life in manifested form.

Another factor in the hara’s function to translate dreams into reality it that it is the energetic center and physical component of the Conception Vessel meridian, an electromagnetic current which runs up the front of the body. The word conception is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as ‘the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both.’

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When the Conception Vessel meridian is flowing with strength and balance, it gives the capacity for visions to begin forming into third dimensional reality through a process of fertilization. Ideas become pregnant. They enter the phase of developing into a fully matured form. I am working from the unique premise that the hara is the most direct way to diagnose and treat the Conception Vessel and effect this capacity. It makes sense that when the Conception Vessel is flowing well, our ability to conceive is enhanced.

 

A third factor that contributes to the hara’s role in manifestation is related to the hip structure. I consider the hip structure as the bony aspect of the hara, and the hip joints as the mechanism that set the hara into motion. The hara and its motion are prominent factors in moving our intentions into the life sphere; they play an strong role in determining what unfolds there. 

 
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So to summarize, the health of the hara is related to our ability to manifest our visions because of the close relationship it has with the following aspects of the body:

  1. Digestive & reproductive systems
  2. Conception Vessel meridian
  3. Pelvic structure & hip joints

When we work with clients and treat the hara, it becomes more clear, strong and balanced. The organs begin to function better. Circulation and oxygenation of tissues is increased. The flow of the Conception Vessel meridian improves, and the mobility and alignment of the hip structure improve. The hara can now better do its job to translate images and intentions into the physical plane, and a person’s ideas about their life and their life itself begin to have a more direct correlation. 


 

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The True Nature of Shiatsu

Shiatsu books give lists of conditions and symptoms that shiatsu can cure. But in the end, does shiatsu really ‘cure’ conditions? And does viewing and practicing shiatsu from that perspective allow us to access its most powerful potential? 

If a person pursues a path that does not resonate with their true nature, their potential for creating and expressing is often greatly diminished. Shiatsu is often practiced in a way that exhibits this dynamic; instead of taking full advantage of the unique capacity of touch, it tends to be approached from a specialized and conceptual framework that is not in alignment with its true nature.

Over the past few decades, shiatsu is often used in a way that is trying to emulate the practice of acupuncture and other more western therapeutic practices in order to gain more respect with the medical community and general public. But just like when a person tries to imitate another in order to 'be better,' this method not only backfires, it misses the opportunity to utilize the unique capacity of shiatsu: to effect change at the most primitive layer of the information system. Instead of working in a specialized manner to adjust the function of the meridians and organs and systems of the body, shiatsu often has more power when it goes underneath these levels to address the core energy, or ki, of the body.

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Instead of working in a specialized manner to adjust the function of the meridians and organs and systems of the body, shiatsu has more power when it goes underneath these levels to address the core energy, or ki, of the body.

 

We are not doing surgery, acupuncture, osteopathic or chiropractic work. These are very valuable therapies that each have unique healing effects on the body. But in shiatsu, we are working with touch that is applied within specific parameters. What is the most we can accomplish with this type of bodywork? In order to access the true transformative potential of shiatsu and shin tai (a form of shiatsu that uses Governing Vessel & Conception Vessel as a primary means of evaluation and treatment), we have to understand the origin and nature of touch.

Touch and touch response is the most basic sense of the primitive cell. Touch makes the distinction between the cell and its environment through responses in the cell membrane. The membrane registers changes in chemical composition, light, vibration, and pressure. 

Touch contains the information of all the other senses. For example, particles of a substance need to ‘touch’ the olfactory receptor neurons in the nasal cavity in order for it to be detected as a smell. When a sound is made, the vibrating sound waves that are created need to touch and vibrate the ear drum in order to be heard. Touch is a factor in all of the sensory experiences, and pressure is the medium through which it is discerned. 

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Because touch is the most primal sense of the primitive cell, it is the most potent means to restore the primal life force of the body. And because touch applied with pressure is a primary characteristic of shiatsu, this type of bodywork has tremendous potential to effect change at this level of the body. Rather than try to emulate other methods of therapeutic practices (such as acupuncture) by introducing more complexity and focusing on specialized diagnosis and treatment strategies, we can instead amplify the unique transformational possibilities of our work by using it in a way that is in alignment with its true nature. By focusing on using shiatsu to restore primal life force through touch, we can unleash its greatest potential. 

 

 

If you are reading this article, you have most likely chosen to practice bodywork in some capacity. This means you have an affinity for this style of healing. Rather than study to become a doctor, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, etc., you have chosen to learn about bodywork. You are attracted to using touch as a means of listening, healing and transformation because it suits some part of your nature. In uniting your own nature with that of shiatsu lies an extraordinary opportunity for you to provide an expanding experience of freedom and creativity to those who come to you seeking health.

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The Bioplasmic Body & Proprioceptive Exercise

During a recent 'Governing Vessel & the Spine' course, we livestreamed a portion of a talk on the bioplasmic body and proprioceptive exercise. Because it was live, the video is informal and the sound quality is not great, but please enjoy the content. Make sure to turn up the volume on your device/computer as well as the video.

This material is integral to developing the sensitivity to do Shiatsu Shin Tai bodywork.

 
 

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The Digestive System and Conception Vessel

This video is an introduction to the online course 'Hara: Treatment of the Digestive & Circulatory Systems.'

Bodyworkers who can work skillfully with the digestive system offer tremendous benefits to their clients. Hara treatment is one of the most powerful ways to strengthen this area. To better understand the digestive system and its relationship to the Conception Vessel meridian, please click on the link below to watch a short video.

Working with the digestive system in a specific, therapeutic way improves digestion, strength and clarity and gives the receiver ability to develop a better blood quality. In the online video course called 'Hara: Treatment of the Digestive & Circulatory Systems' we give instruction in treating not only the organs, but the energetic factors which contribute to poor function of this area of the body. The series of techniques presented can be used as a complete protocol, or separately whenever they will be effective.

Many people today have digestive challenges, including obesity, constipation, bloating, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, colitis, leaky gut, Crohn's or Celiac Disease, diabetes, gall stones, or cancer somewhere in the digestive tract. This course provides powerful, unique tools to assist them. Some of the techniques are original to this work, while others have a long tradition of use. Being able to offer a treatment like this provides tremendous benefits to clients who often do not have access to anything other than diet and/or medications to assist them in recovering digestive strength. 

 
 

 

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Hara: the path to manifestation

Vision of Life = Life?

We all have ideas, dreams and projects. We have visions of how we want our life to be. However, there is usually a disconnect between how our reality is actually playing out in real time and what our inner visions look like. Maybe there is that rare person whose total image of how they want their life to be matches their actual circumstances, but most people experience some degree of gap between their vision and their current life scheme. For many clients this is in the mix of reasons as to why they come for treatments. 

They might say ‘I have back pain’, ‘my digestion is not good’, or ‘I’m depressed.’ But as you get to know them a little better, you discover that the inability to create the experience that they desire is a strong force behind what is going on in their life that is making them unhappy. Many of the things that are bothering them physically or emotionally are actually symptoms of this disconnect. There is festering frustration and discontent with the difference between what they envision for their life and what they actually experience, and how that feels day in and day out.

 
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In other words, what they dream is not what they experience. Not the dream while sleeping, but the inner semi-conscious dream we have while we are awake. If there is an extreme disconnect, the inner dream becomes fantasy. The closer the dream comes to what is actually happening in the daily life, the less a person fantasizes, and the more engaged and creative the person becomes with what they are doing.

 

Hara is the translator

The hara plays a large role in translating ideas, images, and dreams into physical reality. There are several aspects of hara that contribute to this activity of manifestation. First of all, it is the physical seat of our digestive system, which converts food into usable fuel for our body to function and act in the world. The hara transforms food into energy so that we can act, so that we can carry out our visions on the physical plane. It also holds the reproductive organs, which function to spark and create new life.

Another factor in the hara’s function to translate dreams into reality it that it is the energetic center and physical component of the Conception Vessel meridian, an electromagnetic current which runs up the front of the body. The word conception is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as:

  1. ‘The process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both’ or 
  2. ‘The capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols.’ 

When the Conception Vessel meridian is flowing with strength and balance, it gives the capacity for visions to begin forming into third dimensional reality through a process of fertilization. Ideas become pregnant. They enter the phase of developing into a fully matured form. The Hara is the most direct way to diagnose and treat the Conception Vessel and effect this capacity.

 

A third factor that contributes to the hara’s role in manifestation is related to the hip structure. I consider the hip structure as the boney aspect of the hara, and the hip joints as the mechanism that set the hara into motion. The hara and its motion are a large factor in moving our intentions into the life sphere and so play a role in determining what unfolds there. 

When we work with clients and treat the hara, it becomes more clear, strong and balanced. The organs begin to function better. Circulation and oxygenation of tissues is increased. The flow of the Conception Vessel meridian improves, and the hip structure gains mobility and alignment. The hara can better do its job to manifest images and intentions into the physical plane, and so people's visions about their life and their actual life itself begin to have a more direct correlation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The Spiritual Origin of Shiatsu


A Time for Spiritual Growth

Having just passed the Chinese New Year on 28 January, we have entered into the year of 1 Water according to a system of astrology called Nine Star Ki. The 1 Water Year is a good time to reconnect to the spiritual quality of the practitioner/ healer. It is a good time to develop the spiritual side of our practice by clearing our vibrational fields and expanding the non-linear, non-conceptual layers of our approach to treatments.

* Please see the footnote at the end of this article for more information on Nine Star Ki and the 1 Water Year.

 
 

True practitioners, by nature, are always seeking to grow and deepen their understanding of life force. By aligning with the particular energy of each yearly cycle, we are empowered in the journey of self development, social understanding and spiritual insight. Accelerated learning is available when we are conscious of the lessons each year provides and can realize the unique ways in which nature delivers these lessons to us.

Accelerated learning is available when we are conscious of the lessons that each year provides.

The Spiritual Growth of a Practitioner

Most practitioners these days have learned in a classroom which provides a methodical and informational way of education. Due to a global emergence of accreditation requirements and education regulations, it is possible to obtain certification by passing tests and fulfilling time requirements, but without the true inner development that was the essence of real training in former times.

Masters and teachers, particularly those rooted in the Japanese culture, traditionally delivered a more vibrational, spiritual training; an organic training that required surrender and mindfulness to the process. It was often crafted by the teacher to specifically challenge the physical, emotional and mental areas where the student needed to develop the most. The teacher monitored the student’s growth in character, their insight to life force and their awareness of life cycles.

Ultimately, the teacher was looking for the student’s understanding of the spiraling see-saw of Yin and Yang. Often the teacher may have seemed overly demanding and insensitive, however, the reality was just the opposite. The traditional teacher was actually honoring the student’s (or apprentice's) request to become a qualified practitioner. Even though some students might resent the demands of the training, in the end only those with clarity, commitment, and endurance emerged as practitioners with the teacher’s blessing and the capacity to be a true healers.

 

In the last years, the kind of training talked about above has become quite rare. Many students now want to put in the required hours and get a certificate, without the sweat and tears or personal transformation required to become a genuine healer. Often times this person doesn’t really succeed in creating a successful practice and eventually quits. They never realize that the healer's path is not only about helping others, but is also a journey into the depths of their own awareness and truth.

Absent the environment and teachers in todays world that can deliver such a training based on transformational achievement, and not just time requirements, the student/ seekers must challenge themselves to the rigors of discipline and sacrifice. They must find a way to exercise the body, mind and faculties of perception. They need to be persistent and develop the will to pick themselves up from hardship and failure. In the end, it is this honing of skills and submerging in the fire of life that forges the person who is able to do the work of healing.

And in the end, the true healer or teacher would never call his or her self by such a title....

 

The Spiritual Roots of Shiatsu

Many times over the years I have heard explanations about “what is shiatsu." Some of the definitions have been eclectic, recognizing that the ideas and techniques that create shiatsu are a compilation coming from many different backgrounds. Other definitions insist that there is a very narrow parameter to what shiatsu is, and, what it isn’t, and that it includes only certain techniques and can only be done wearing specific clothing on a particular surface.

Japanese culture has developed from a perception of vibration or energy.

To really understand Shiatsu we need to consider and reflect on the spiritual and cultural influences from which it emerged. The Japanese culture is one that has developed from a perception of vibration or energy. Japanese arts and sciences are rooted in the knowledge that energy precedes matter. All physical manifestations are seen as appearances representing an ever changing flow of energetic forces. We see this expressed throughout all levels of Japanese life. There are examples in architecture, medicine/ healing, Do-In, dancing, music. calligraphy, martial arts, flower arranging, gardening, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

The Spirit of Words

The study of Kotodama - the spirit of sound, words, and language- teaches that all manifestation first exists as vibration. Vibration becomes sound, and then manifests within various energetic and physical dimensions. Let’s take the word shiatsu for an example. On the most dense level it means finger or thumb pressure.

Shi means thumb. Tsu means pressure.

We can also look at the other ways that the vibration (or spirit) of these syllables infuses into our human experience.

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Shi also becomes fire, plasma, astral, heart, consciousness, and thumb: In human development, the thumb appeared and made the hand our most basic tool. Simultaneously, as the thumb developed man stood up. This activated consciousness due to higher frequency energy moving through an erect spine. Man is also a sentient or emotional being (astral). The heart organ is a condensation of fire in the body and plasma is the basic substance of the cell (protoplasm) and the quality of the energy body (bio-plasm). All of these appearances and connections are from the vibration of shi, stepping down from the infinite into different planes of reality.

Tsu means pressure and can also indicate “the cycling of electromagnetic energy:" The cycling of electromagnetic energy (tsu) is the primitive expression of life force. This also creates the channels of energy called meridians. Meridians are found running through the earth, all of nature and and through the human body. Different degrees of pressure contain life force or ki and give it the possibility to become a multitude of inorganic and organic forms.

Connecting the two sounds is “a” or “ah” which is a vibration of origin or genesis.

SHI - A - TSU: Shi and tsu connected by “ah” describes the conditions and uniqueness in which vibration unfolds and creates the human as a physical, emotional, and spiritual being.

Another good example of word spirit is the Japanese term for the weather - tenki - which includes the sound “ki." Nowadays, most people using this word only recognize the superficial meaning of the sound. Tenki actually means the ki (force) of heaven.

The word hara is another interesting vibration. When it stands alone, the word represents the abdomen on a physical level. On the energetic level hara is the center of life force; it is a microcosm of the physical, emotional,and mental. It is the sum total of a person's life system and the environment in which they dwell. When the sound hara is combined with other sounds in the Japanese language, it indicates a description of life quality.

 

Hara: the essence of training

In all the art forms of the Japanese culture, awareness of hara is the starting point. In martial arts, noh dancing, calligraphy, flower arranging, archery, the sword, wrestling, exercise etc., action and creation are seen as originating from the hara. Training this awareness has always been the most important part of developing any skill in Japanese culture.

Shiatsu is included in this list. Hara is the essential aspect of the practice. It is not the techniques that makes shiatsu, but rather the use of the practitioner's hara. From the hara, the practitioner can feel the life force or ki of the client and move in a way that brings the flow of energy to balance.

So there are many styles, some very different from the others, but all are called shiatsu. Some use meridians, some use a whole body concept without meridians. Some styles focus on the treatment of the hara and some are more energetic. In the end, however, what makes it shiatsu is simply the practitioner using his or her hara with the intention to balance the receiver's ki.

 
 

The spirit of Shiatsu is rooted in the vibration of the word Shiatsu, and the values of the culture from which it emerged.

While in modern terms shiatsu may mean finger pressure, this a very dense or linear way to see the word. It could be that, consciously, the person that first used the word only meant it this literal way. At the same time, because of the deep heritage of vibrational and spiritual practices in the culture that gave birth to shiatsu, I would say that subconsciously the expanded spirit of the word is implied.

This is understood within that culture, but often times lost in translation. The word and its full impact can not be separated. It is no coincidence that these were the sounds chosen to describe the practice, influence and effect of Shi-a-tsu.

In the 38 years that I have practiced shiatsu I have met various practitioners from Japan that said they were practicing shiatsu. And even though what they were doing was quite different from each other, they all agreed on several beliefs. First, the importance of Hara in the training and practice. Second, all held a reverence for life force and the spirit behind the practice. It was like respect for an elder, or the honoring of higher powers in nature and the universe.


* Nine Star Ki & the 1 Water Year

Nine Star Ki is a system of astrology that is part of the Tao tradition practiced throughout China, Tibet and Japan. It is based on a nine year cycle that reflects cycles of influence that effect our planet as it orbits through the galaxy. As Earth's orientation changes, the electromagnetic effects from all the stars and planets changes as well. These influences affect everyone individually, and it can bring more ease and strength into your life if you tap into the energy of the year. 

Starting on 28 Jan 2017 we entered the 1 Water Year. This year is characterized by:

  • Spiritual growth
  • Developing flexibility
  • Connection to primal energy (Jing)
  • Reflection and listening

The energy of this year supports spiritual growth, flexibility, listening, and connection to other dimensions of ourselves than are normally accessible. Think of the qualities of water and that will activate more insight into the qualities of the water year. The organs associated with the water year are the kidneys and bladder. In Chinese medicine the kidneys are related (among other things) to our ancestral chi. This makes it a powerful time to connect with the roots of not only our own family, but any tradition or practice. We would like to invite you to make time/space this year to focus on your spiritual growth as a practitioner, so that you can experience more depth and fulfillment in your work and your life. 


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