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Jin Shin Jyutsu®

Don’t Raise the Bar

Monday, January 19, 2015
Written by:
Christy Johnson, Ph.D.
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Sometimes raising the bar motivates greater achievement, such as in athletic or even academic competitions.  It might also bring higher sales or allow you to incrementally overcome a fear of speaking.  In spiritual development, however, raising the bar can impede soul evolution.  Dis-ease can occur when you increase your expectations of yourself and/or your life.  Yes, as Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better,” but knowing better includes accepting your inevitable stumbles.

Impatience may surface along with spiritual gifts and awakenings.  After connecting to divine energy, you might want to skip the hard parts (who doesn’t?) and head right to the goodies, the peace and ease promised by enlightenment.  Patience accepts the present.

Judgment of self or others may also assert itself when the spiritual bar gets raised.  You may wonder why you can’t master what you understand intellectually.  Answer: when your awareness stays with you moment to moment, even during triggering ones.  Or perhaps you wonder why others seem stunted, apparently not interested in progressing spiritually.  Answer: each person owns on their personal journey and awakens on their own timescale.  Releasing the urge to  evaluate your progress, your life, and other people represents another evolutionary leap.

In Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) Japanese acupressure, raising the bar relates to the JSJ attitude of fear.  Harmonize fear with the Organ Function Energy Bladder and Kidney, Safety Energy Lock 23, and/or your index finger as self-helps for thirty-six out-breaths and in-breaths or until it feels complete.

What alternatives to raising the spiritual bar would you suggest?  Whatever measure each of us chooses to embrace or sidestep, may we all view our humanness as part of the landscape, neither magnified nor diminished.


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