Mudras and Chakra Meditation
A mudra is a bodily posture, typically a hand gesture, with symbolic meaning. Each mudra corresponds with an energy center. With their powerful symbolism and connection to our electromagnetic field, mudras are a useful tool in the opening up of the chakras.
There are many benefits of the mudras. To the untrained meditation practitioner, mudras are often dismissed as inconsequential. In fact, the mudras have the power to harmonize all seven of our auric bodies—etheric (lower physical), emotional (lower emotional), mental (lower mental), astral, etheric (higher physical), celestial (emotional), and causal (mental). These auric bodies correspond with our chakras, from the base to the crown chakra.
Buddha statues are famous for their depiction of Mudras. Mudras are a foundational practice in Buddhist meditation. They are often used together with yoga, chanting and meditation. Most of us regularly use the basic O mudra during meditation or a yoga class, forming the Guyan Mudra while sitting in lotus position.
The following examples demonstrate how mudras stimulate our auric bodies, serving as a means to act as an interface to integrate our physical, mental and spiritual bodies.
Awakening of latent energy. Integrating the mind and body through the stimulation of brain cells and the energy centers of the chakras
Helping to maintain presence in meditation by holding a physical posture.
Following are the top 10 mudras and the chakras they correspond with, where applicable:
With the palm facing the sky, touch the tip of the forefinger to the tip of the thumb. Receptivity.
Active Guyan Mudra
Bend first joint of index finger under thumb. Knowledge.
Touch the tip of the middle finger to the tip of the thumb. Patience.
Touch the tip of the ring finger to the tip of the thumb. Energy. Intuition.
Touch the tip of the little finger to the tip of the thumb. Communication. Intuition.
Palms facing up, cup hands together and interlock the fingers. Sexuality. Glandular balance.
Clasp hands together and extend and join the inside of the forefingers. Remaining fingers and thumbs are interlocked. Focus energy.
Palms together in prayer position. Balancing energy.
With palms facing each other, and right palm facing the body, hook fingers together. Thumbs rest on outside of baby fingers. Concentration.
For men, rest right hand in left palm, and join the tips of the thumbs. For women, reverse hand position.
There are a number of special chakra meditations that use mudras.
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