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January 2015 Newsletter – Musubi

January 12, 2015

12th January 2015

To Shin Sen members and friends

I hope this finds you well as we move into 2015 and towards the Chinese New Year – the year of the Sheep. The sheep symbolizes harmony and calmness – and whilst the planet may have further to go to achieve this, on a personal level, the energy of this year supports the creation of balance.

Musubi is a word we use at Shin Sen to describe the process of ever-deepening harmony. It can also mean rice ball, through the balance of wet and dry aspects so that the rice ball stays harmoniously together and gives birth to taste and inner harmony.

Musubi then is the art of balancing yin and yang which gives birth to the spirallic energy of Ki. In Ki Shiatsu when we harmonise through the positive pressure of our hands and other techniques, a positive harmonising energy is produced through the person’s whole body. In the Macrobiotic approach to cooking and eating when we harmonise the yin and yang of food, our internal systems respond with new energy, vitality and clarity. In Ki energy cultivation we explore with mind and body – yin and yang states of being and then the centered/unified state, in ever deepening ways.

This is another meaning of Musubi. That when we achieve one level of balance there comes a time to go to a new level, otherwise stagnation results. An ancient name for this is – “tightening the bow string” like retuning the guitar or violin strings otherwise the strings lose their tone and can’t produce their beautiful note. Musubi is this – to create the right tone in ourself so we can produce inspiration to realize our dreams.

At this point I’d like to mention the recommencement of the trainings and courses at Shin Sen and invite you to develop yourself in the ways of harmony by joining any you may be attracted to. Please see starting dates at the bottom of the page.

In closing I’d like to mention another meaning of Musubi. That is the creation of magnetic force. As we develop ourself in ways of Ki and the centered approach our magnetic field thickens and creates a contained force that attracts what we need and desire – this is the meaning of “having good luck”.

Just as certain choices and actions disperse this field of attraction and we attract certain consequences that we may not enjoy or seemingly desire.

However through re-clarification and choosing higher quality sources of support we can again return ourselves to a state of musubi – where the path we love and enjoy opens up smoothly and effortlessly and we attract all that we need to live our biggest (Macro) life (Bios) full of flow, harmony and effectiveness (Aiki).

Wish you happiness and success

Ken McLean

Sensei of Shin Sen Dojo

Macrobiotic Holistic Health Counseling Course – Diploma Training

2015 courses start on Tuesday January 27th
Tuesday Evenings between 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Ki Shiatsu Therapy Training Course – Diploma Training

2015 courses start on Saturday January 31st
Saturday Afternoons between 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Ki Energy Cultivation

2015 courses start on Wednesday January 28th and Saturday January 31st
Wednesday at 6.30am-7.30am
Saturday at 9.00am-10.15am

Bokken and Jo Training (Aiki Sword and Staff) Course

2015 courses start on Monday 2nd February
Monday at 6.30am-7.30am

See for posters and more details

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