According to ancient records, knowledge about harmonizing ourselves and others was well known among old cultures for thousands of years. For many centuries the keys to the treasures of Jin Shin Jyutsu were passed from generation to generation by verbal teachings. Gradually these keys began to fade until the true concept of this Art was virtually lost. The rediscovery of these ancient treasures came about by Master Jiro Murai in the early 1900’s.
Jiro Murai was born in 1886 in Taishoomura (Karga City) into a family of long-lined medical professionals. As a young man he studied silkworm breeding at the university, lived an excessive lifestyle and looked for extreme experiences. At the age of 26 he became very ill which became a turning point in his life. Doomed to die, he wanted the solitude of the mountains.There he meditated, fasted, practiced the mudras of familiar Buddha statues and went through different stages of consciousness.On the 7th day he felt a great heat rising in him and a burning fire went through his body. Suddenly he was in a state of peace. Full of awe and gratitude he vowed to dedicate the rest of his life to the exploration of the mysteries of his healing.
Jiro Murai’s research consisted of the study of old writings (like the Yellow Emperor) as well as gathering his own experiences. Over 12 times he went in the mountains for 3 weeks of meditating, fasting and practicing mudras. Through meditation he focused his attention inward and became aware of hidden forces which are present in all humans. During this process he witnessed the movement of certain energy flows through his body. Jiro Murai took notes and discovered, while later on studying the old scriptures, that the flows he had experienced were similar to the already known meridians, yet extended beyond that knowledge. His scientific mind led him to do research by dissecting human bodies and cowheads. Furthermore he studied the influence of nutrition on the human energy system. Jiro Murai worked with many people to test his theories and watch the results. He soon became well respected for his ability to help people with all kinds of illnesses. Both high ranking members of Japanese society like the Imperial Family as well as homeless people and those known as untouchables asked for his help.
Jiro Murai got permission to do his research in the imperial archives and in the Ise shrine, the highest temple in Shintoisme.There he found the Kojiki (Record of Ancient Things),written in 712 A.D. One night after a long meditation, Jiro Murai started writing. The interpretation of the Kojiki concerning the energetic and physical human body came to him in mysterious ways.
Jiro Murai started giving lectures 34 years after his initial discovery of Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1912. His teaching career extended over the last 14 years of his life. His most important students were Mary Burmeister (see own site) and Haruki Kato who lived in Japan and his son Sadaki Kato is in turn student of his father and now member of the authorized Jin Shin Jyutsu teaching faculty.