SECOND DEPTH
“Bring About the Harmonious Expression of Spirit, Mind, and Body”

Second Depth came into being so that we can have “harmonious expression of spirit, mind, and body” according to Mary Burmeister. It is about rhythm and harmony and naturally, it is related to breathing. Its organ functions are Lung and Large Intestine Function Energy.  The attitude of grief/sadness prevents the Mediator from harmonizing the second depth and the effects will show in the deep skin. The Second Depth’s main project is skin, so any skin-project can be helped through harmonizing that depth.

Harmonized Second Depth bestows common sense. To harmonize it:


The Safety Energy Locks Within 2nd Depth

Safety Energy Lock 5. Undeviating Justice; Regeneration

Mind Specialist

Location

At the inner ankle, at the knuckle. Some people like to hold a bit behind the knuckle, while others – under it. Remember, the Safety Energy Locks are round energetic spheres with a diameter approximately the size of the human palm. No need to worry exactly where the precise location of an SEL is. Just place your hand, and feel around. Wherever you feel the strongest pulsation – that is the best location.

Meaning and Function

Number 5 is the symbol of man. The apex of the pyramid with a material square for a base. It keeps us grounded and helps us stay in the center without judgment. When the storm is all around us and we are tempted to judge fearfully and act hastily, open SEL 5 helps to keep our poise and to weather any storms. SEL 5 is related to regeneration as it also helps us to “put off the old and put on the new” [SH2, p. 20]

According to Mary Burmeister, SEL 5 helps with chest congestion, digestive discomforts, back and hip tension, and hearing discomforts. [SH2, p. 20] Since SEL 5 might be difficult to reach in some circumstances, an easy alternative for self-help is to open SEL 15 or simply hold the index finger. See below for more alternatives.

We have one adjustment sequence to open simultaneously SELs 5, 6, 7, and 8. It is a subtle yet powerful sequence that is even easier as self-help than applied on someone else.

To open

  • Hold both SEL15
  • Hold  Index Finger. Index finger helps the 4-Depth attitude of FEAR which is associated with SEL5. It also maps onto the Index Finger.
  • Place RH on R15 and LH on R3, and vice versa
  • 5-6-7-8 Harmonizing Sequence [T1, p.19].  This is an all-inclusive sequence and can help in cases of many diverse and scary labels.

Further Commentary

SEL 5 is very powerful but most of the time we hold it together with other SELs, so I have never experienced its effect exclusively. Holding 5-16 is calming and soothing of painful conditions. 5-16 also helps soreness if you have done much physical work.

The sequence for 5-6-7-8 is very powerful and is considered a Good-For-Everything flow. it helps critical conditions and may alleviate side effects of invasive and taxing medical treatment for scary conditions.

Safety Energy Lock 5 helps us release our fears. If we have had a traumatic experience and we cannot let go of it, or we keep reliving it in our thoughts or keep fearing things will get even worse, we can harmonize SEL 5 to bring a release of those fears. Generally, if we need to accept a situation as it is without judging it, opening SEL 5 is a good way to go.


Safety Energy Lock 6. Balance

Mind specialist. Total balancer.

Location

On the inner side of the foot, at the arch, approximately half-way between the heel and the toes.

Meaning and Function

Not too much. Not too little. 6 is a perfect number according to the Pythagoreans. Its factors, 1, 2, and 3, add up to the number itself, 6. There is only one such number between 1 and 10, and only one more between 10 and 100 (That is 28 for the curious!). Thus, 6 is representative of the perfect balance. In 6, the triangle of Heaven meets the triangle of Earth and both interlock to form a 6-pointed star.

SEL 6 is the governor of respiratory function, while SEL 3 is the respiratory specialist. It also helps with the opposite shoulder and brings balance, discernment, and clear perception of reality.

To open

Further Commentary

Safety Energy Lock has a very close relationship with both Lung and Large Intestine Aspects of the 12-fold Body Function Energy. Pulse indication for both Lung and Large Intestine can be harmonized by simply holding and opening SEL 6. Notice, that the harmonizing sequences for both Lung and Large Intestine have 6 steps.

Holding Safety Energy Lock 6 together with the little toe of the same foot (Movement Order of Disharmony given in T2, p. 49 ) can help situations when the 1st Depth needs harmonization. I have used this sequence to stay alert during a meeting after lunch. Here is what Mary Burmeister says regarding the connection between this sequence and digestion: “[Movement Order of Disharmony] Body Function Energy created from liquids and food circulates from skin surface through muscles and into bones.” [T2, p. 48]. In that context, it is not surprising to me that holding SEL 6 and the little toe was able to help me with digestion after lunch.

Here are the two sides of the adjustment sequence known as Movement Order of Disharmony [T2, p.48]:

Right Energy: Right hand on R 6 while left hand on R little toe

Left Energy: Left hand on L 6 while right hand on L little toe.


SEL 7. Victory, Perfect Life Power

Mind Specialist

Location

At the very tip of the big toe.

Meaning and Function

The meaning of SEL 7 is Victory and Perfect Life Power. Open SEL 7 reminds us that we are perfect, just as we have been created and have always been.

There is a very strong correspondence between SEL 7 and any process in the head which is the very top of the body. Opening SEL 7, helps energy descend down the body, clears up head and any abdominal distress. JSJ students have reported holding SEL 7 helping during symptoms of seizures.

To open:

Further Commentary

Holding SELs 7 is my favorite flow when I feel an acute abdominal discomfort, usually brought on by eating specific foods. It clears up any pain within 5 minutes even though I have to hold it for at least 30-40 minutes or else the pain re-occurs. It can be a bit awkward to reach it by oneself, especially if you are in pain – so if you have someone else around, why not ask them to hold your big toes.

I also held SEL 7 for my dog (tip of his hind paws) when he showed signs of seizures and that calmed him down.

The location of SEL 7 is at the very tip of our big toe. In fact, it is not even clear whether it is on the top or the bottom part of the foot, and thus it doesn’t clearly belong to the descending or the ascending aspect. I would like to think that SEL 7 represents the gap between the exhaling and inhaling process of our bodies – the brief instant when the past is gone and the future not yet come. That is, NOW! 🙂


SEL 8. Rhythm, strength, peace

The Mind Specialist. Magic.

Location

On the outer side of the knee, at the tip of the fibula. A low SEL 8 is about a hand’s breadth down the leg (see the illustration).  Occasionally, we can shift SEL 8 towards the center back of the knee. This location is particularly useful for helping 4-Depth projects due to two of the Bladder Function Energy branches merging at the center back of the knee. Even in the visible body, that location is a major circulatory intersection.  There, the Popliteal Artery branches into the Inferior Medial and Lateral Genicular Arteries. Also there, the Popliteal Vein branches into the Inferior Medial and Lateral Genicular Vein.

Meaning and Function

At SEL 8, the Supervisory flow is along the lateral side of the body and ascending towards the pelvic area, while the Mediator is flowing from the pelvic area down towards the foot.  The energetic flow from and into the pelvic area passes through the location of SEL 8, and hence open SEL 8 is considered the most beneficial for anything related to the hip area.

Open SEL 8 also helps with the regulation of the temperature of the body. SEL 8 supports the elimination of toxicity.

To Open

  • As Self Help, hold both sides SEL 25, or both sides SEL 2. [SH2, p. 26]
  • Hold Index Finger [SH2, p. 27]
  • 5-6-7-8 Harmonizing Sequence [T1, p. 19]

Further Commentary

We use the symbol of infinity stood upright to represent the number 8. In the middle of 8 is where “above” touches “below” in the Hermetic “As Above, So Below”. The shape of 8 holds the key to our ascent or descent along the spirit-matter. The two energetic pathways Ida and Pingala of the Hindus spiral around the main channel and form multiple loops of 8.

If you are feeling too hot or too cold, holding SEL 8 can help regulate that sensation. I held my 8s once when I felt extremely cold in a large air-conditioned auditorium. Within several minutes, I felt immune to the coldness in the room. Mind you, I didn’t feel hot or warm, I just felt normal without the ambient temperature disturbing me anymore.

Holding the 8’s is also good for any pelvic/hip related projects. Because of that, I once recommended it to my 90-yr old grandmother who happily reported after several weeks of holding her 8s that, now, her shoulders felt relaxed and well. Holding the 8’s actually is recommended in T2, p. 53 as the Special Body Function 4 and it does relate to hip-imbalance that leads to one shoulder higher than the other.


SEL 9. End Of One Cycle is Beginning Of Another

Overseer.

Location

Along the back, at the bottom tip of the shoulder blade, in the area of TV8 and 9.

Meaning and Function

According to Pythagoras, 9 was the highest expression of completion. The greatest gift of SEL 9 is the attainment of discernment.

To open:

Safety Energy Lock 9 can be hard to reach on oneself. Or, if you need a quickie to open it as an alternative to the 8-step sequence (T1, p. 20), here what you can use:

  • Hold SEL 19 (elbows)
  • Hold the Thumb
  • Low 8 + 16 on the same side of the 9
  • Low 8 + 9 on the same side. According to Wayne Hackett, that was M. Burmeister most favored quickie for opening the SEL 9.
  • Hold the area of 12/4 with the opposite 21. It helps the 9 on the side of the SELs 12/4. On a side note, this is also excellent quickie to help any discomforts in the eye. In that case, it helps the eye on the side of 21.

SEL 10. Abundance.

Warehouse of abundance.

Location

Along the back, about the middle of the shoulder blade level (TV 5)

Meaning and Function

“10 came into the universe meaning air, vehicle of the outpouring of limitless Life-Power”, [SH2, p. 30]

“With the Breathing flow I look through and see any problem to know that there never was a problem” , Mary Burmeister.

How to open

There are four harmonizing sequences for SEL 10: General [T1, p. 21],  Breathing [T1, p.22], Balance [T1, p. 23], and Vision [T1, p.24].

Further Commentary

I don’t usually have problems falling asleep at night. On a rare occasion when I do have problems, however, I ask my husband to place his hand in the area of SEL 10, and that inevitably puts me to sleep within several minutes.


SEL 11. Justice. Unloading excess baggage.

Location

At the base of the neck around the area of TV 1.

Meaning and Function

SEL 11 is an important energetic intersection. All finger flows cross the side of the body at the location of Thoracic Vertebra 1 which is between the left and right SEL 11. It appears somewhat in a central place relative to all other SELs and thus provides a balance according to Mary Burmeister [SH2, p. 32].

SEL 11 helps the exhaling processes, the descending energetic pathways, and removes all kinds of burdens – from mental and emotional to toxins that burden the body.

To open

  • Hold the index finger.
  • Place a hand on the same or the opposite shoulder. At the same time, with your other hand place the thumb over the ring finger’s nail (as in Mudra No 6). [SH 2, p. 32]
  • Hold the same side SELs 11 and 25 [SH 2, p. 33]
  • Adjustment sequence for SEL 11-12 [T1, p. 25]
  • 11, 12, 4, 3 adjustment sequence is also a quickie for opening SEL 11. [T1, p. 26]

Further Commentary

When I was about to start volunteering at the hospice, I met another volunteer, an elderly lady. I had all these ideas how I was going to hold the hands and the feet/ankles for the hospice people and help them feel better. The elderly lady said: “don’t forget the shoulders, they, too, feel wonderful”. Many of us love a shoulder rub, or simply the feel of a hand on one’s shoulder.

According to Wayne Hackett, when Mary Burmeister fell ill while in Japan, Jiro Murai would visit her every day. For 15 minutes or so during each visit, he applied the 11, 12, 3, 4 flow from page 26 of T2. As we all know from her life story, Mary Burmeister fell ill mysteriously shortly after beginning her studies of Jin Shin Jyutsu. She eventually recovered completely never to be sick again. The story is detailed in The Touch of Healing.

The area of SEL 11 is frequently tense for many of us. Our life has become very stressful and naturally, our shoulders climb up and up as we carry our burdens day after day. That is what Jiro Murai addresses in his exhortation that we all “Drop the Shoulders. Be the Smile”.


SEL 12. Thy Will Be Done

Location

SEL 12 is located along the middle of the neck in the vicinity of cervical vertebra No 4.

Meaning and Function.

To open

  • Place both hands along the same side SEL 12. [SH 2, p. 34]
  • Hold the middle finger.
  • Adjustment sequence for SEL 11-12 [T1, p. 25]
  • 11, 12, 4, 3 adjustment sequence is also a quickie for opening SEL 11. [T1, p. 26]

Further Commentary

I like holding both sides SEL 12 at night when I am falling asleep. It feels as a hug to myself and there is that sense of surrender to higher power that watches over me.

One of my favorite adjustment sequences is the Bladder Function Energy self-help sequence of holding SEL 12 together with the coccyx. When my coccyx appeared twisted for a while, holding SEL 12-coccyx for 30 minutes always readjusted my tailbone to its natural alignment.

When my daughter was only a month-old baby, she picked up some bug that gave caused her eye to constantly tear. Every time I held her in my arms I adjusted my hands so that they were on her SELs 12 and 25. For young babies, that is actually a very natural position. After 2 days, the eye tearing stopped and her eyes recovered. The idea to hold the Bladder flow for her came from a story in The Touch of Healing book.


SEL 13. Love All. Fountain Of Youth

Hub of present day lifestyle.

Location

SEL 13 resides in the Bust Line and relates to the spirit in the 3-fold division.  It is located at the area of the thirds front rib, or the middle of the sternum.

Meaning and Function

SEL 13 came into existence with the meaning of LOVE. This is not the little, specific, and special love that we experience towards the people we like or are attracted to. SEL 13 refers to the Universal Love that watches over us, ensures our wellbeing, and applies to all of us without exception. It relates to the inner child of each one of us – that innocent and loveable part of us which is the only true part of ourselves.

SEL 13 helps anything in the chest. It also helps the Main Central Vertical, Small Intestine, and Umbilicus Function Energy at the same time as they all cross in the center of the front 3rd rib. [T1, p. 28]

There are only three adjustment sequences that are symmetric, that is, they have no left and right variations. They are the sequences for the Main Central, the Third Method Correction, and SEL 13.

To Open

Further Commentary

Open SEL13 helps you stay in touch with your inner child and accept love (of both yourself and others). As such, it helps to remove emotional hangups, bring about forgiveness, and dissipate addiction to destructive patterns. When surrounded by love, you transform self-destruction into creativity. Through its creative function, SEL 13 is closely related to fertility and to Kidney/Scorpio Function Energy. It is governed by SEL 4 [T1, p. 18] and numerically resonates with the 4th Depth (1+3=4).

Of the 12-fold Function Energy, eleven flow through SEL 13.  Seven of those have a particularly close relationship with SEL 13. All Finger flows go through the area of SEL 13. In addition, the Surface Function Energy (Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, and Spleen) also combine at the center of third front ribs [T2, p. 4].  Also there, In the middle of the sternum, the Mediator crosses the body twice in its circulatory pattern.

What is the relationship between SEL 13 and its harmonizing sequence and the 4th Depth?

  • Numerically, 13 reduces to 4 (1+3).
  • The 10-step harmonizing sequence begins by holding the middle of SELs 13 and 10, the sum of them adding up to 23, the only SEL residing in the 4th Depth.
  • The middle between SEL 13 is the middle of the sternum – a sensitive point for the Bladder Function Energy ( see All Combined Energy, T2,p. 43)
  • The base of the sternum, which is the 5th step in the 10-step harmonizing sequence (T1, p. 28) corresponds to the Kidney Function Energy (see All Combined Energy, T2, p. 43)

When I first started exploring Jin Shin Jyutsu, I frequently felt pulse indications in the superficial index fingers and the deep ring fingers at the same time. It was SEL 13 and in particular its shortcut/self-help/quickie of holding the index finger and then the pinky of one hand, and then the other, that helped harmonize my pulses.


SEL 14. Equilibrium, Sustenance

Beginning of Man. Nourishment; Bridge between Heaven (above) and Earth (below)

Location

Located at the bottom of the rib cage – around the tip of the last rib.

Meaning and Function

SEL 14 helps to maintain and sustain life in the body. It also helps us digest food, thoughts, and life events in general. It is closely related to Diaphragm Function Energy. It is located at the Waistline and serves as a bridge between Heaven and Earth, Above and Below.

SEL 14 helps all toe flows and it also helps the Middle Body Function Energy of Diaphragm, Umbilicus, Gall Bladder, and Liver [T2, p.4]. It helps the brain, calms the mind. It is good for mental projects or psychiatric labels.

Left SEL 14 HelpsRight SEL 14 Helps
Left Brain, EyeRight Brain, Eye
Spleen, PancreasLiver, Gall Bladder
Digest CarbsDigest proteins
Quickie: R on L14; Hold L R.F.Quickie: L on R14, Hold  R R. F.

To Open

  • Hold Ring Finger
  • 8-step Harmonizing Sequence [T1, p.29]
  • Quickie: One hand on opposite SEL 14, the other hand hold R.F.
  • Hold SEL 14
  • Hold SEL 19
  • Center 14 + Opp. SEL 19

Further Commentary

When you have eaten too much and you are feeling beyond full,  for a quick relief place a hand on the opposite SEL 14 and the other hand on the opposite 4th ring toe


Safety Energy Lock 15. Wash Our Hearts With Laughter

The Comedian

Location

In the groin area on both sides of the pubic bone.

Meaning and Function

SEL 15 brings sense of humor and helps us laugh in life. It gently reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.

It’s related to the Hipline and as such helps in the physical recovery of the body – fractures, surgeries, etc. It helps same side abdomen, hip, knee, cold foot, bloating in the knee and lower leg area. It is excellent for any heart discomforts. It generally helps all Chest flows: Lung, Heart, and Diaphragm Function Energy.

To Open

  • Hold Little Finger
  • SEL 15
  • Same side SELs 15 and 6 and/or SELs 15 and 3
  • Harmonizing sequence to open SEL 15 [T1, p. 30]

Further Commentary

SELs 15 and 3 are closely related. Before we can experience the benefits of SEL 3, we need to open SEL 15 first (see Text 1, p. 17). In fact, I have a friend who said SEL 3 never helped him with flu and colds until he began holding SEL 15 first. Now, he says that just holding SEL 15 helps and he doesn’t even need to go on to SEL 3.

Safety Energy Lock 15 is about mental balance and relates to SEL 6, the physical balance. If you need to stay emotionally and mentally balanced in a situation, make sure SEL 15 is open and harmonized.

I’ve had several interesting experiences with Safety Energy Lock 15. If you want to know more about them, here is the post I wrote some time ago.