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(Kuji~Kiri can be found here)
The nine finger "cuts" that give the Ninja their power. Although believed to be a Ninja secret the Kuji~In was also used by the Samurai. Where it came from no one is sure but it does have similarities to Hindu and Tibetan Mundras. The Kuji~In is more a way of concentrating the mind than weaving magic with ones hands despite many Sensei and movie companies attempts to prove otherwise.
I leave it to the student to decide what is meant by "power" but it has been proven to me time and time again that as a student progresses so does his level of thinking.STRENGTH of mind and body KYO . It is suggested that once you are comfortable with the finger positions that you take each cut one at a time and contemplate the meaning of that particular cut.MASTERY OF TIME AND SPACE ZAI . Each cut represents one of the Nine levels of power.HEALING of self and others KAI . There are several different versions of these finger symbols that are used by the Ninja and Samurai. It should be stressed that it is more important to get the mind correct than it is to have the exact finger positions. For instance the meaning of RIN for one student may mean being very strong and capable of executive decisions while for another it may be as simple as being physically well and having a positive attitude.PREMONITION of danger JIN .KNOWING THE THOUGHTS OF OTHERS RETSU .ENLIGHTENMENT When you practice the cuts you may wish to concentrate on one at a time or you may feel able to string all nine together. The meaning will be different for each student. I will hint at this during the description of each cut.HARMONY with the universe SHA . .Below you will find a series of pictures showing the hand and finger positions for the "popularised" version of the Ninja Kuji~In.DIRECTION OF ENERGY TOH .CONTROL of the elements of nature ZEN . I have chosen only to show the basic form as I believe the secret forms should only be passed on to ones highest ranked students. The Nine Levels Are :RIN .
Thumbs extended. I leave it to the reader to decide which is the better explanation.As usual. Others interlocked TOH HARMONY WITH THE UNIVERSE This can work on many levels from learning to live in peace with mankind and the animal kingdom to being at one with yourself. RIN STRENGTH OF MIND AND BODY At first this may appear to be physical strength and mental intellect but maybe we can think of this as being physically well and having a positive outlook. middle fingers curled over index fingers. others interlocked . It is a good idea to use the breathing exercise mentioned on the meditation page when you practice the Kuji~in as without the correct breathing you will not realise your full potential. others interlocked KYO DIRECTION OF ENERGY To begin this may seem to refer to directing your energies into work but later it could be that you see it as a way of directing your internal energy to increase your inner power. Index fingers and thumbs extended. Last two fingers extended to form a V (tips touching). Middle fingers extended.
but could you watch one die?"Index fingers and thumbs extended. When your are adept at this power you can hide your thoughts and feelings from others. Index finger of left hand pointing up with the fingers of the right hand curling round it.SHA HEALING OF SELF AND OTHERS The ability to heel is more powerful than the ability to kill. .Have you ever noticed how the day has passed quickly for others but has taken an age for you? Everybody has the ability to control their own "time" With this power one could use it to easily defeat an opponent. The thumb of the right hand should be pressed against the outside edge of the nail on the index finger of the left hand)..A word to those that would use their powers to harm others "It is easy to kill a man..When you sense your inner power you will no longer succumb to viruses and other ailments. others interlocked KAI PREMONITION OF DANGER If this cut is fully achieved you may find that you can feel the emotions of others (even at a distance) which can aid in knowing how others will react in a given situation. All fingers interlocked inwards RETSU MASTERY OF SPACE AND TIME Think of this. All fingers interlocked JIN KNOWING THOUGHTS OF OTHERS I believe that this cut increases your ability to "feel" the thoughts of others.
Thumb tips touching . Index fingers and thumbs touching ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT Know yourself before you ask "Who are you?" Right hand covering Left hand. Fingers outspread. palms out.ZAI CONTROL OF THE ELEMENTS OF NATURE Can one truly control nature? Maybe the real answer is that a Ninja understands nature and works with it.