The most fundamental energetic circulation in Jin Shin Jyutsu is the Main Central Vertical Harmonizing Energy. It follows an oval shape flowing down the front and up the back of the body. Mary Burmeister calls it the “Source of Life” and it certainly serves as the source of all other energetic flows by nourishing and replenishing them. “We are as harmonious or out of rhythm as is the energy supply from this source,” says Mary Burmeister. [SH1, p. 15].
The “Main Central” connects with the rhythm of our breathing. Down the front – exhale and clear any stagnation above the waist. Up the back – inhale and clear up any stagnation below the waist…
The Main Central branches into two oval-shaped circulations that are called Major Left and Right Vertical Harmonizing Energy. They supervise the harmonious circulation on each side of the body and so are frequently referred to as the Left and Right Supervisors.
Within the energetic pathway of the Supervisors reside twenty-six pairs of min-chakras called Safety Energy Locks. Their purpose is to regulate the energetic circulation and serve as safety valves. If there is disharmony somewhere in the energetic circulation, some of them will be locked to prevent the disharmony from spreading. We feel tense and sore in the vicinity of a locked Safety Energy Lock. To open it, we place our hands gently and keep them there until we become aware of rhythmic pulsation.
The Safety Energy Locks are spherical in shape and about the size of our palm. We don’t need to “bulls-eye” them when we place our hands on them. As long as there is an overlap between our hand and a Safety Energy Lock, we will eventually be able to open it.
The third but not the least is the Mediator or the Diagonal Harmonizing Energy. Together with the Main Central and the Supervisor, it forms the inseparable Trinity. They work together and cannot be considered in isolation from each other.
Each side Mediator begins at its corresponding shoulder and follows an intricate shape. It wraps around both arms and the same-side leg and crisscrosses the body multiple times in the middle of the sternum (between SEL13) and the coccyx/pubic area.
The purpose of the Mediator is to keep the left and right side in harmony with the Main Central Vertical Harmonizing Energy (MCV). It is the principle of Moderation – not too far left and not too far right. It maintains the balance between too much and too little. It is about walking the middle path.
Even though the 26 pairs of Safety Energy Locks are born out of the Supervisor circulatory pattern, only 23 actually “live” in the Supervisory pathway along the left and right side. Safety Energy Locks 17, 18, and 19 reside within the Mediator pathway on the outer wrist, near the thumb on the palm side, and at the elbow, respectively.
The Mediator is the first energetic circulation affected by our mental attitudes. It shows as disharmonies within the Depths. Because of that, it is vitally important that we keep the Mediator in harmony. [SH1, p. 18] Harmonizing the Mediator is always appropriate, and it is helpful any time fatigue appears anywhere in the body.