The Mystical Power of Mudras


What are mudras?

Mudras are an ancient sys­tem of manip­u­lat­ing the ener­gy cur­rents of the body through the posi­tion­ing of the hands and fin­gers. For instance, one might place the thumb and index fin­gers of both hands togeth­er in med­i­ta­tion as a way of improv­ing con­cen­tra­tion and mem­o­ry skills. The word mudra means “seal,” “ges­ture,” or “mark.” There are thou­sands upon thou­sands of dif­fer­ent ways to manip­u­late the hands, fin­gers, and thumb. For the math­e­mat­i­cal nerds among us, if we were to take into con­sid­er­a­tion the var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions of mudras pos­si­ble with the ten hand dig­its, the num­ber is ten fac­to­r­i­al (10 x 9 x 8 x 7 x 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2x 1) or 3,628,800 poten­tial ges­tures. No doubt, some eso­teric yogis under­stand at least sev­er­al mil­lion of them! As a mys­ti­cal prac­tice, there is end­less poten­tial for increas­ing one’s spir­i­tu­al pow­ers.

What do mudras do?

Mudras are ways of con­trol­ling ener­getic human forces. It is the basis of acupunc­ture, Qigong, Heal­ing Touch, pranaya­ma, Rei­ki, and the like. The human ener­getic field is a vast mys­tery which involves our observ­able phys­i­cal ener­gies as well as the sub­tle forces known to mys­tics.

Sci­en­tists say that the human body pro­duces about 100 watts of ener­gy. That’s a sig­nif­i­cant amount of pow­er. (Did you know that ama­teur radio oper­a­tors rou­tine­ly talk to peo­ple around the world using broad­cast trans­mit­ters of less than 100 watts?) We too, can trans­mit ener­gies to oth­ers across the globe – such as phys­i­cal and dis­tance heal­ing. Those who learn to mas­ter the bod­ies ener­gy cur­rents can do seem­ing­ly mirac­u­lous things.

One uses the ener­gy for cleans­ing, heal­ing, pro­tec­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, astral trav­el, and many oth­er mys­ti­cal prac­tices. The ancient yogis referred to these pow­ers as Sid­dhis. We would think of them as extra­or­di­nary.  Some of these include lev­i­ta­tion, mind read­ing, clair­voy­ance, psy­choki­ne­sis, the abil­i­ty to dis­ap­pear from human sight, and the like.  We encour­age you to con­duct your own web search and learn more about these super­pow­ers.

Mudras Simplified

Obvi­ous­ly, we can­not talk about all of the 3.6 mil­lion mudras! What we can do is sim­pli­fy the dis­cus­sion by giv­ing you some fun­da­men­tal knowl­edge and encour­ag­ing you to exper­i­ment with this tremen­dous pow­er. An easy way to stream­line this mys­ti­cal prac­tice is to think of each of the fin­gers as belong­ing to one of the five ele­men­tal forces of space, earth, fire, air, and water.

  1. Thumb — Space or cos­mic ener­gy
  2. Point­er Fin­ger — Air or the fac­ul­ties of mind and think­ing.
  3. Mid­dle Fin­ger — Fire or ener­getic forces of body and nature.
  4. Ring Fin­ger — Water or the emo­tion­al ener­gies.
  5. Lit­tle Fin­ger — Earth or ener­gies relat­ed to the body, world­ly goods, and mat­ter.

*We should point out that dif­fer­ent sys­tems of yoga will assign var­i­ous dif­fer­ent mean­ings to each of the fin­gers. Don’t let the dis­agree­ments keep you from try­ing this prac­tice. In your own expe­ri­ence, you may well find a per­son­al sys­tem that works dif­fer­ent­ly than those on the inter­net. For those who know how to use a pen­du­lum, you might con­sult its guid­ance in these mat­ters.

Just know­ing these five things is enough to get start­ed in your mys­ti­cal prac­tice of using mudras. For instance, when you need men­tal clar­i­ty and the abil­i­ty to focus, con­sid­er hold­ing your thumb and point­er fin­gers togeth­er. In your med­i­ta­tion, choose to posi­tion your hands in a par­tic­u­lar mudra as you med­i­tate upon your cho­sen sub­ject.

Mudra Chart

The small chart cre­at­ed below could include as many as one-hun­dred columns if we so wished. It demon­strates how one might asso­ciate a mudra with some desired out­come – such as increas­ing chakra ener­gy, health improve­ment, or under­stand­ing mes­sages from the Tarot.

Ele­men­tal Fin­gerChakraHealthTarot
Earth — Lit­tle Fin­gerRoot (pas­sion and cre­ativ­i­ty)Stom­ach, spleen, mouth, mus­clesPen­ta­cles (earth­ly and mate­r­i­al goods)
Fire — Mid­dle Fin­gerSolar Plexus, Throat (body ener­gies and speak­ing)Small intestines, heart, blood ves­selsWands (phys­i­cal and cre­ative ener­gies)
Water — Ring Fin­gerSacral (sex­u­al ener­gies and emo­tions)Blad­der, kid­neys, ears, bonesCups (emo­tion­al and psy­chic ener­gies)
Air — Point­er Fin­gerHeart (com­pas­sion)Res­pi­ra­tion, bloodSwords (men­tal skills, focus, and clar­i­ty)

Mudras are Powerful

Mys­tics have long under­stood the impor­tance of man­ag­ing their phys­i­cal ener­gies as well as their men­tal fre­quen­cies. In many ways, med­ical sci­ence is just now acknowl­edg­ing this impor­tant aspect of human health and well-being. The abil­i­ty to con­trol one’s ener­getic forces is a dis­ci­pline in and of itself. It is cer­tain­ly a wor­thy study for all mys­tics.

It takes time to build mudras into your prac­tice and for them to become sec­ond nature. Like tak­ing a deep cleans­ing breath, mudras have the pow­er to repro­gram our phys­i­cal forms. As we become more skilled in their use, our body and its ener­gy forces respond more quick­ly to our spir­i­tu­al needs.

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