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  • Writer's pictureBeth Molaro

The Mystical Bridge

"I am seeking for the bridge

which leans from the visible to the invisible through reality."

~Max Beckmann

When I first read in Mary Burmeister's Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Book that Master Jiro Murai dedicated his study and rediscovery of the ancient healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu to the Imperial Shrine at Ise Jingu, I needed to know more about Ise Jingu!

Ise Grand Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the goddess Amaterasu-omikami (the Radiating Princess or Sun Goddess), located in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture, Japan.

In my research, I found this image of the Uji Bridge, which crosses the Isuzu River and leads to the entrance of the Imperial Shrine. I learned that the Uji Bridge further serves to connect the sacred land with the human world.

This image indeed has a magical, mystical feel to it and leads me to think about the bridge as a metaphor of healing, wellness and balance. Because of the nature of earth's geography-hills, mountains, rivers, etc-there could be no road of any type without bridges. Bridges, both the literal and figurative ones, connect us to everything and allow us to reach something of importance on the other side.

The purpose of a bridge is connect and make it possible for existing paths to continue and join. A bridge has no judgment as it simply exists to connect anyone who chooses to make use of it, no matter who they are or where are ultimately going.

Right within our bodies exist many bridges or means of connection that help us to live and function effectively. Our bodies are made up of a multitude of communication pathways and bridges that connect all of the layers of our being-body, mind and spirit. Mary Burmeister said, “The study of Jin Shin Jyutsu is to remember who we truly are; spiritual beings having a physical experience.” Jin Shin Jytusu concerns forces that we can’t see, but that are powerful and ever-present on an energetic level. This experience of the mystical allows us to receive the harmonizing gifts that come through the gentle touch of Jin Shin Jyutsu on the energy flow patterns in the body.

Jin Shin Jyutsu considers harmony to be our original state. It becomes the bridge on our journey to get our egos and attitudes out of the way so that we can reconnect with Source and find clarity and balance in our total being. The Main Central Flow especially helps us to connect to these mystical forces by bridging us back to the ancestral river of creative life force energy that creates our physical experience. By working with The Main Central Flow daily, we find ourselves remembering that harmony is our birthright.

"Know that Self alone that is one without a second,

on which are strung heaven, the earth and the inter-space,

the mind and the vital forces together with all the other organs;

and give up all other talks.

This is the bridge leading to immortality."

~Mundaka Upanishad

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