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: theJala-darshanopanishad, the Yoga-cudamany-upanishad , the Yoga-shikhopanishad, theGorakshashtaka, the Siddha-siddhanta-paddhati, the Shandilyopanishad and the Shat-cakra-nirupa
Finger Meditations a.k.a. Mudras
by Gertrud Hirschi Meditation, as I understand and practice it, has become an indispensable aid in my life. I use it at any time, and everywhere, for everything. As a result, I bring clarity, light, and lightness into my life. I recharge my inner batteries and solve my problems, make decisions, get advice and comfort, refine my character traits, mobilize my immune forces, develop visions for the future -and seek my connection with the Divine. We can use meditation for everything, which includes dissolving anything that bothers, burdens, or annoys us, as well as achieving inner and outer wealth -- and naturally also for achieving our spiritual goals. Let's make full use of these possibilities! Hindu healing practitioners already discovered long ago that too much or too little of an element (earth, water, air, fire, and ether) causes the body to become imbalanced or even seriously ill. We can restore the harmony within us through the corresponding images. Just as every element can have a positive influence on us, it can also destroy us. The individual elements naturally influence each other. Every element has special needs that can be easily satisfied in a balanced and calm dynamic state. But how often are we stressed, rest and exercise too little, eat too much, or let ourselves be plagued by worries? All of this throws us off balance. When the body is no longer capable of attaining harmony, we are out of balance and we become susceptible to disease. The following meditations can be done during the sleepless hours of a long night or an illness. It demands nothing more of the body than lovingly embracing one finger with the fingers of the other hand.
Meditation l: Thumb Energy
The fire element, the lung meridian, and Mars (the planet and/or ancient god of war) are associated with the thumb. The fire of the thumb nourishes the energy of the other fingers and absorbs excess energy. It thereby restores equilibrium. When we think about the incineration of garbage, we sense that destruction through fire can also have a power that creates order. Even in nature, when during the course of the decades a monoculture of the
This energy goes to our innermost core and back to the cosmos from there. Habits can be changed as soon as we become aware of them. How much closeness can we stand? The air element represents the mind -. The metabolism in the individual cells can only properly function with adequate oxygen. direct the rays of light toward the respective part of the body. This finger includes both closeness and expansiveness. Fire is dependent upon air since it dies without oxygen. the fever. dark clouds of smoke (things that make you ill. and inspiration. the forest fire once again creates the preconditions for a larger variety of new plants.strongest has been created. Focus on a part of the body that is weak or ill.) escape from the illuminated body part. Exercise Either sit or lie down. etc.the power of thought. and letting go again. the large intestine. Now encircle your right thumb with the four fingers of your left hand and place your left thumb along the inner edge of your right hand. working through (digesting). Exercise . If we do the following meditation several days in a row. and indicates the eternal change of things -.accepting life with all its facets. The planetary power of Jupiter is also associated with this finger. we will notice that there is a certain habit in our thoughts. Calmly keep holding onto your thumb for a while and feel the flowing warmth. kills entire cultures of bacteria. as the yogis have discovered. Now imagine that a light is burning in the lower center of your body (at the height of the navel). and the deep meridian of the stomach are associated with this finger. purposeful look into the future in this finger. the ability to reflect. We can also draw on our innermost being (intuition) and receive from the cosmos (inspiration). We can actually strengthen every part of the body or every organ by visualizing and/or breathing light and warmth into it. Meditation 2: Index Finger Energy The heart chakra. Thoughts are as invisible as the air and yet. and for the entire design of our life. they are the cause of all the actions that we take or refrain from taking. for our health and for every mood. of everything that we reject and attract. Here we also find the "sure" instinct. we should consider their quality more frequently. but changes always require a certain amount of time. If we continuously replace harmful thoughts with useful ones. the same also applies to our cell respiration. Since our thoughts are so important. having "a good nose". Close your eyes. pain. The overheating within our bodies. Then concentrate solely on the light that slowly fills. There is also a clear. Then encircle your left thumb and also hold this for a while. and heals this part of the body. Every time you exhale. illuminates. we can also change the circumstances of life accordingly. First let large.
Drive. they move away from you. Close your eyes. The spectrum of the middle-finger energy ranges from an active life to spheres far into the world beyond. or future-oriented way? Keep holding onto your finger for a while and feel the flowing warmth. Make full use of your inclinations and talents as you master all the obstacles placed in your path. "God helps those who help themselves. Extensively imagine the constant contact with the divine forces that help you and show you the way.Sit or lie down. critical. Now encircle your right index finger with the four fingers of your left hand. in order to progress on our spiritual path. the gateway of purity. the ears of grain move toward you. When you inhale. When you exhale. risk." Exercise Sit or lie down. and towers over the others. Saturn. we must first fulfill our duties on Earth. It is the longest finger. Imagine yourself doing what you like to do most. and the joy of taking action are their qualities. The yellow ears indicate transience. You are successful at what you do and mentally envision what your success looks like. and enjoy your activities. You also see how the space gets smaller when you inhale." We are held accountable for our lives at the gates of Heaven. We also find this symbolism in the throat chakra. and sometimes you see the individual ears of grain. This is indicated by its inherent meridians: the circulation meridian and the deep meridian of the gallbladder. is located toward the edge of our solar system and is also called the "keeper of the threshold. Its energy radiates far into infinity. Both help us seize and master the challenges of life. Sometimes you see the entire field. Meditation 3: Middle Finger Energy Hindus call this finger the heavenly finger and classify it with the throat chakra. After a while. Close your eyes. which is classified with it. However. Now encircle your right middle finger with the four fingers of your left hand. Now observe the thoughts that come and go. look into the expanse of the blue clouded sky and then inwardly to the safety of your own heart. How do you think most of the time? In a positive. and think about your thoughts for a while. the great dying that is already contained in the seed of a new beginning. negative. and larger when you exhale. Take a look at it. activity. confident. The left thumb extends to the middle of your right hand. You are sitting in front of a field and observe the swaying ears of grain. . It could be briefly summarized with the following saying. What you do enriches the world (your family. memory-dominated. brooding (turning over worries). which only opens when the student is pure in spirit and in heart. individual human beings. fearful. or the entire world). letting the thumb extend to the middle of your right hand. Then encircle your left index finger and also hold this for a while. It could also be considered the stairway to Heaven.
These hand positions also have an excellent effect on tension in the neck. we want to give ourselves completely to life. At the same time. and bears fruit. it sprouts roots deep into the earth.If your occupation does not satisfy you and if you have no leisure activities or interests that suit you. big plants. This meridian rules all protective functions in the body and is responsible for body temperature. and know this has its purpose. and vision for the future. and the power to be assertive. If it works in an optimal manner. At the same time. serenity. which the middle finger symbolizes. we also do not know why this is. and strives upward. and the root chakra. Meditation 4: Ring Finger Energy The ring finger is associated with Apollo. This force gives stamina. And. which in turn regulates cell function. mountains. and islands.as deserts. Meditation 5: Little Finger Energy . hope. The Chinese have classified this finger with the deep meridian of the liver. with the right thumb extending to the middle of your left hand. Like the tree. Then encircle your left middle finger and hold it for a while. much green. also ask for the initiative. With every breath. The power of the liver gives a person patience.little plants. Imagine bare earth and crushed rock in all its forms -. Only the constant growth counts. Slowly let the vegetation be created -. request help from the divine powers -enter into a close. The tree blooms anew every year. to actually tackle the matter at hand. You wait patiently and watch how the plant develops into its full size. is penetrating. above all. Then encircle your right ring finger and hold it for the same amount of time. which rules the pelvic floor. our inner development also continues. staying power. What happens when masses of earth begin to move? When the earth dries out? When the earth is completely exposed to the sun? Now imagine fertile earth. We decisively influence whether it is joyful or sorrowful. As the tree changes every year. Keep holding your finger for a while and feel the flowing warmth. something moves inside until the seed bursts and a shoot stretches in the direction of the light. It becomes a tree that grows very slowly. Like the tree. Keep holding your finger in silence for a while and feel the warmth flowing into you. Close your eyes. which is also the precondition for a well-functioning immune system. to press your inner wisdom until you receive an answer. even if we will probably never be able to completely fathom the great mystery. The "triple warmer" also begins in the tip of the ring finger. Now encircle your left ring finger with the four fingers of your right hand. Exercise Sit or lie down. the sun god. then it is time to ask within. Now focus on one single seed resting deep within the earth. trusting partnership with them. it gives the ability to maintain our equilibrium in stressful situations. The force that dominates this finger provides stability. Time has no significance.
The same applies to your feelings. Continue holding your little finger for a while and feel the flowing warmth. heavy. warm heart for fellow human beings. is associated with the little finger. if necessary. you are sitting by the sea and observing the waves -. dark and dirty.) It also contains the ability to communicate. Imagine entire scenes in which this person is cheerful and smiling happily. water. Be aware that you only receive as much love as you can unconditionally give. or streetcar -. and roll back out and disappear. fulfilling relationships not only warm the heart. in turn. This doesn't even have to mean great deeds. train. strong heart energy gives us the ability to be happy. and earth are entirely enough. plants. Now encircle your left little finger with the four fingers of your right hand. Our mood. and also to your relationships with others. It gives us sublime feelings and improves our mood. he Secret Powers of Mudras Mudras are gestures made with the hands to emote feelings. Since the Chinese healing practitioners found the heart meridian to be in this finger. can be compared with the waves on the surface of a lake. In your mind's eye. but also nourish and strengthen it. But the most important thing is: don't expect anything at all for the time being. Exercise Sit or lie down. Close your eyes. If you have no one close to you. The time will come when your heart will overflow with joy. This classification of sexuality corresponds with Hatha Yoga. Imagine someone (someone specific or in general) happy and encourage him or her. which is always the sum of present feelings. or shallow. this confirms the yogis' thesis relating the water element to it (water symbolizes the realm of the emotions). is a complex word formed from the Sanskrit root word mud which means . air. Mudras are hand face or body gestures that have a direct curative effect both. The word mudra if analysed. as well as partnership in particular. moods. They are rhythmically harmonious or vehement. Joyful. A friendly. then do this little exercise perhaps while riding the bus. Radiate your goodwill and your love unconditionally. on mind as well as body. Then encircle your right little finger and hold it for the same amount of time. sexuality is associated with the ring finger. the water is clear and clean. Giving and receiving love is also subject to this law. It deals with interpersonal relationships in general.in relation to a stranger. Believe in this individual's abilities and good heart. animals. I guarantee that you will experience wonders if you keep this up for several days or weeks.they come toward you. (In Buddhism.The second chakra. And. with your right thumb extending to the middle of your left hand. which is the energetic center of sexuality. Just have some patience until the seeds sprout. In the science of yogasana and pranayama specialized mudras are used to bring mind balance and balance of the cosmic elements within the being of the human body.
man communicated through sign language and barely expended energy through sound and speech. Presently. We often hear terms such as science of mudras . An imbalance in each of these elements in the body leads to disease. the head cavity. A mudra would therefore mean the deliverance of a characteristic impression of happiness or joy. Therefore the two meanings conjoined together as mudra. These seals were also called mudras. Mudras are alluded to being very potent and efficacious in delivering their effects and yet we find that we know very little about this science. The practice of mudras are potent enough to alter the physical . we refer to the practice of mudras as a science as we exploit the use of these practices in conjunction with yogasana and pranayama. certain specific hand and body postures are required. healing through mudras rampantly used on yoga websites. connect to the higher guides as also dispel ailments of the physical body. the practice of certain mudras has also come into the forefront. Mudras work closely on balancing the five body elements. The other usage of the word mudra was seal . fire. An imbalance in the cosmic elements or energy leads to disease. Upasana Shastra. mental as well as moral thinking of an individual. Any excess or deficiency of any of the cosmic elements causes imbalance and disorder in the body and mind. the human body is composed of atoms of the cosmic elements viz. . books and literature related to yogasana and pranayama. disorders and ailments. the human body is able to automatically purge any accumulated imbalance from its being. would translate to that which delivers joy. Just like most yogasanas have their benefits in enhancing the physical health of the body. earth.these are the mudras ! Since both yogasana as well as pranayama have gained so much momentum in this past decade. Nritya Shastra and Art of Sculpture. fire. Along with the practice of certain asanas and vital breath control routines in pranayama. They are used to bring about emotional culturing. They are said to purge the negativities of both. Originally. Through prolonged and persistent practice mudras can bring about a miraculous change and improvement in our body system.the hasta mudras or hand postures. the thorax. the abdominal and the pelvic cavity. the head/face postures used in nritya shastra.the pancha mahabootas or five vital elements of the body. ether. the physical as well as the astral body of the human-being. It is believed that the science of mudras became shrouded when words and language became powerful tools of expression. detailed descriptions of Mudras are found in Tantra Shastra. According to the yogis of India.that which gives joy and dru which relates to the source. As the communication through sign language proliferated the knowledge of mudras grew further. Today. the body postures or yoga mudras and the body locks or bandhas. water. ether and space. Hasta Mudras are gestures performed with the palms of the hand. Seals used as currency in ancient times bore the symbolic impression of a certain dynasty or rule. These five vital elements of the body are air. earth and water. These imbalances are what we refer to as disease. Nature has made and created the human body in such a manner that through the spaces in the body. similarly mudras too have a healing effect. Mudras are categorized under four main classes.
The tip of the ring finger is the center for the earth element.Nature provides the human body with switches to control the elemental composition of the body. Our five fingers represent the elements of the cosmos. The tip of the middle finger is the center for the sky element. The tip of the Thumb represents the center of the fire element The tip of the index finger is the center for the air element. We can effectively combine and balance the five elements of our body by forming different positions with our finger tip pressure. The placement of each finger pattern. alters the effect of each cosmic element within our being. With the help of our fingers we can make gestures or patterns to balance the imbalanced cosmic elements of the body. If we utilize them in a proper way. These switches are the mudras known to the ancient seers of India. we can achieve positive state of mind and health . the tip of the little finger is the center for the water element . We can therefore influence energies from these elements of the universe to balance the body. These finger positions. mudras or switches instantly alter the elemental composition and remove energy blockages in the human microcosm. And finally. They developed a study based on using these switches to eliminate any mind or body related disease by the manipulation of the cosmic elements within the body. It is within our own body that nature has endowed us with the power to control the cosmic elements. This is the science of mudras.
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