The Art of Getting to Know (Help) Myself
Jin Shin Jyutsu originated in Japan. The Art in its present form was developed by Jiro Murai, based on ancient principles of naturally harmonising the mind, body, and spirit.
Murai was born in 1886. The majority of his family were medical doctors, however Murai chose to enter the sericulture (silk production) industry. By the age of 26, Murai’s health was in a critical state due to overindulgence of food and alcohol. His father and elder brother aided in his treatment, yet the diagnosis was terminal. Murai requested his family take him into the mountains to meditate in solitude.
Over the next six days, he fasted and practiced finger gestures called Mudras. During this time he felt his body become colder and colder, drifting in and out of consciousness. On day seven of this intense meditation and period of recovery, he felt a ‘fire’ rush throughout his body, after which, he started to feel the unimpeded flow of energy in his body again. This was the start of his journey in understanding the Mudra and the long-term study of the fingers and hands in helping to harmonise and balance the body’s energy system.
Murai began his research into the alleviation of pain and disease, utilising his work locating the Safety Energy Locks (SEL) and Organ Function Energy Pathways (OFE) within the body. His body was highly sensitive and was able to feel, understand and draw the pathways from this experience. Murai drew and redrew the pathway movement he experienced, until he was satisfied with the refinement process, resulting in the final SEL locations and presentation of the 12 OFE Pathways. This research marked the beginning of what would be a lifetime of dedication to the development and refinement of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.
"You don’t have to go out there and try and help the multitude, just be where you are, be prepared, be the Light, be ready when someone comes to you that cannot be helped anywhere else in the world, or by anyone else in the world. Then be ready."
– words from Jiro Murai,
recalled by Mary Burmeister
Mary Burmeister was born Mary Mariko Iino on October 21st 1918 in Seattle, Washington. She first met Jiro Murai when her family moved back to Japan at the end of World War II. She was working as a translator at the time she was invited to join Murai’s private lecture series.
On attending his first lecture, Burmeister recalls how she was filled with a sense of humility and awe of that moment, as she realised that she had ‘found’ what she had been searching for. Listening to his words she was fascinated and very touched. He spoke about a knowledge that was deeply rooted in her soul. Murai asked her – “Would you like to study with me to take a ‘gift’ from Japan back to America?” (p2, Burmeister, Book 1 1985). Not yet knowing the impact their meeting and that question would have on her life, she accepted.
Burmeister went on to study with Murai for about seven years, as did her father Uhachi Iino. She returned to the US in 1953, and from there continued corresponding with her father and their teacher until Murai’s death in 1960. Burmeister learned Jin Shin Jyutsu in a language and understanding where the major circulation flows were all named after Gods and Goddesses well known in Japanese culture. She persisted tirelessly in studying and translating the material into a form that would be comprehensible to people unfamiliar with Japanese cultural expressions and concepts.
“The truth is that within each one of us lies the power to cast all misery aside and to know complete peace and oneness, to BE that beautiful creation of perfect harmony, to truly know and help myself.”
– Mary Burmeister
Mary’s departure from Japan in 1953 opened up a much sought after place for a young student, Haruki Kato. He was introduced to Jin Shin Jyutsu by Burmeister’s father.
Kato studied with Murai until his passing. He then continued his own study and teaching of the Art, opening his own clinic in Japan and published a Japanese language Jin Shin Jyutsu textbook in 1993. He also authored two practitioner textbooks in English. Sadaki Kato, Haruki’s only son, is teaching from his father’s texts today as a faculty member of Jin Shin Jyutsu Inc.
Haruki Kato (left) during his time as
Jiro Murai's student
Burmeister started teaching the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1965. She authored two textbooks for practitioners and three self-help books. As she continued to practice and teach across the United States, the Art spread to countries in Europe, South America, Australia and NZ and Asia.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is now has a presence in over 40 countries thanks to a dedicated team of instructors and thousands of practitioners and students. Classes are held worldwide with options for students at all levels of study.
In addition to private clinics, a number of hospitals in the US are now integrating Jin Shin Jyutsu practices. The Markey Cancer Center in Kentucky uses the Art’s application for pain and nausea relief following chemotherapy or anaesthesia, as well as mental/emotional stress reduction. Morristown Hospital in New Jersey has been offering the Art for many years in both their cardiac care and ER unit.
This dynamic and integrative Art is continuing to harmonise lives all over the world.