Healing by Mudras is an ancient practice with spiritual seekers in eastern cultures like India and China. The saints and yogis in the ancient times used Mudras to empower them spiritually, to maintain their mind and body balance and to be physically healthy.
Mudras are about hand-body, hand-ﬁngers positioning. The human hand and its ﬁve ﬁngers are representations of various things. The ﬁve ﬁngers represent ﬁve elements namely ﬁre, earth, water, wind and space. From yet another perspective the ﬁngers also represent different emotions, various body systems, body parts or body organs. Fingers and Mounds on the hand represent planets and characteristics of an individualʼs personality. The hands and ﬁngers, thus, are an important areas for receiving treatment in various ancient techniques such as Accupressure and Accupuncture.
Healing by Mudras is one of the techniques which uses mind and body consciousness. Different schools of thoughts have various versions of ﬁngerʼs representing a particular element or part of the body. One must avoid confusion and should adhere to any particular version that they may want to choose. The beauty of this healing technique is that no matter how many different versions one may come across , the technique is still effective. This is because Mind plays a vital role in any healing process. The ʻMiraclesʼ do occur and You yourself are the creator of any miracle. To achieve these miracles , one has to go into his own private space, into his own energy system and consciousness. As you go into your SELF, you can feel the ﬂood of healing energy ﬂowing through your being. This will only happen when your mind is focussed on the ﬁnal goal that you want to achieve. The clarity about your goal is the ﬁrst step in achieving that goal and it is of immense importance that you must be very clear what you want to achieve. It is no doubt a long and a very subtle process and must be done with persistance and patience. All inner journeys are much more profound, more signiﬁcant and certainly more lasting than anything external. You must have Faith when you work with soul and your persistance will pay. You yourself will create miraculous results.
Since there are numerous mudras, one must keep the notes ready and practice the relevant mudras as and when required. Certain mudras can be practiced as daily routine to keep mind and body healthy and spirits high.
Body heals and maintains itself and it is in ʻYOUR HANDʼ!
HOW TO PRACTICE MUDRAS— SOME GENERAL TIPS
Adopt the following procedure as far as possible to achieve results.
1. Have Faith and be positive that you are getting well and getting healed completely.
2. Have a holistic approach. Be free of any doubt.
3. Wash your hands and placing them in front of your navel, rub them together against each other. This will charge your hands.
4. Draw the holy symbols of any faith that you follow, such as Om, Shalom, Ekomkaar, 786 or Bismillah. ( Reiki practitioners can use and draw symbol 1, 2, 1 on both hands before starting. You may use any other healing symbols of your choice).
5. The touch between the ﬁngers or hands should be soft, just touching, do not put any pressure. You might feel the ﬂow of energy at that touch point, a feeling of warmth, a throbbing sensation.
6. The hand and body should be relaxed completely and you must start visualising that your body is being healed and your body is being completely relieved of any discomfort or pain.
7. Do not exert too much or over do it. In case you feel discomfort , discontinue immediately.
8. Practice in a pleasant mood and with positive thoughts.
9. Try to practice the mudras daily preferably at the same time. The most appropriate and convenient time can be just before going to bed and as soon as you get up in the morning.
10. As a general rule, practicing Mudras for about 15 minutes three times a day is advisable.
11. Certain mudras can be practiced while walking provided one is relaxed and can concentrate while walking..
12. Discontinue the practice on complete healing. However Holistic, Spiritual and Cleansing Maintenance can be done on a daily basis.
13. Breathing patterns for every mudra has been speciﬁed and these should be adhered to. However as a general rule, the breathing should be relaxed before commencing any mudra and for this take three long breaths, deep inhalation and extended exhalation. This
will calm the body and the mind.
14. There is no harm if you exceed the time limit as speciﬁed for a particular mudra, but it is advisable to comply with the time limit.
15. Some individuals may get the results very soon, but they must still practice the mudra for a few days to completely relieve themselves of the ailment.
16. In certain cases, however, the effect is slow and the body recovers only after a prolonged practice. In such cases regularity, persistance and patience is necessary.
17. Always have an Attitude of Gratitude which means that you must thank yourself and the Universal system that heals you. The body has been designed divinely to heal, maintain and sustain itself. A perfect proof of this is that a fractured bone gets joined by itself, the orthopedic only aligns it by plaster or screws.
18. Recite or Chant any Mantra that you are comfortable with or whatever is mentioned in the Mudra instructions.
19. Pray to the Universal Source of Energy, or God and enjoy the Universal phenomenon.
MUDRAS FOR SPIRITUALITY
BHOOMI SPARSH MUDRA
For:Enlightenment of spirit
How to do:Sit comfortably with legs folded and straight back. Left hand must point down to earth and the fingers must touch the ground. Right hand palm should open like a flower and point upwards with fingers relaxed. Breathe slowly and concentrate at the root chakra.
Time: 5 minutes twice a day.
NANA AND CHIN MUDRA
For: Concentration and clarity of thoughts. Helps to remove confusion and cluttered state of mind.
How to do:
Jnana: a) Tip of the thumb touching the tip of the index finger pointing upwards with both hands. Put the hands on the thighs in sitting position. This position signifies ʻreceptiveʼ attitude.
b) Tip of the index finger touching the 1st joint of the thumb pointing upwards. This position signifies ʻgivingʼ attitude.
Chin: a) Tip of the thumb touching the tip of the index finger pointing downwards with both hands. Rest the arms on the thighs and hands on the knees.
b) Tip of the index finger touching the first joint of the thumb pointing downwards.
Time: Whenever required for whatever period of time.
SMILING BUDHA MUDRA
|For: Getting rid of negative emotions like worry, depression, impatience, anger, fear, bad habits, negative thoughts. To enhance positive thought processes.How to do: Sit comfortably. In both hands bend the little finger and ring finger, press them with the thumb into the palm. Keep the index finger and middle finger relaxed and extended. Elbows at 30 degrees to the body with both arms parallel and palms facing forward. Open the hands while inhaling and close the hands while exhaling. Concentrate on the 3rd eye chakra (between the eyebrows) and chant Saa (Infinity), Taa (life), Naa (death).Time: For 10 minutes twice a day.|
|For:To attain peace and tranquility of mind.How to do: Sit with straight back. Connect thumbs with the index fingerʼs tips of both the hands. Thumb being the crown chakra(gateway to divine
will). Index finger is the ego(navel chakra). Connect yourself to the divine universe, make your positive affirmation and chant “OM”(aum). While inhaling chant “I am one with the universe”, while exhaling chant “ The universe and I are one”.
Time: Enjoy this mudra as long as you can.
|For: Nerves relaxation. Removal of clutter from physical and metaphysical spaces.
How to do: This mudra uses both hands. It is done in three rounds.
a) In first round touch the tip of the thumb one after the other with tips of the index finger, middle finger, ring finger and little finger. Chant mantra( given below) while inhaling and while exhaling extend the fingers and thumb out.
b) In second round, repeat the process with each fingerʼs nail touching the tip of the thumb.
c) In third round, repeat the process each finger pressed fully under the thumb.
Mantra to be chanted are,
Index finger: Saa
Middle finger: Taa
Ring finger: Naa
Little finger: Maa
Time: 30 minutes every day.
|For:Activation of heart chakra. Removal of loneliness and despair.How to do:To be done with both the hands. All fingers vertically extended and relaxed like a flower. Both thumbs to be in touch and both little fingers to be in touch with each other. The lower edges of both the palms also touching each other. Take four deep breaths while fingers are open and spread out. Close the fingers, join the nails with each other making the hand look like a bud. Further, lift your wrists, open your palms while maintaining contact at the finger nails slowly move the hands down and changing the contact from the front of your hands to the back of your hands. Relax for a while. Repeat the process starting with lotus flower position.Time: Repeat the process 7 times.|
|For:Submission and humbly receiving from divine energy. A classical receptive posture in meditation.How to do:Both hands on the lap, palms facing upwards. Left handʼs back on the palm of the right hand. Thumbs touching each other. Fingers joined together, hands in relaxed position. Back straight and body relaxed as if in meditation. Slow and relaxed breathing.Time: As long as desired.|