One of the most memorable scenes in the movie, The Hunger Games was when the heroine, Katniss Everdeen, after draping wildflowers over the dead body of her friend, Rue, turns toward the ubiquitous camera and gives the viewing audience the three-fingered salute. That one gesture is like a spark that ignites a rebellion that is quickly put out but will smolder and break out into a conflagration in the sequel, coming out this November.
That scene illustrated the power of a gesture to unify, inspire, and galvanize millions of people into action. This power can be used for good or evil. In Nazi Germany, Hitler utilized the Sieg Heil salute, arm thrusted out with palm facing down, to control the German people and cause them to commit unspeakable atrocities. The great magus, Franz Bardon, who was tortured, imprisoned, and narrowly escaped execution by the Nazis, knew about the power of that gesture and wrote about it in one of his books on Hermetic magic. This salute he claimed, was a magic ritual used to form volts or electromagnetic charges that influence the thinking and feeling of people. He wrote, “Volt magic dynamizes words for suggestion; the receiver will carry out all the orders contained in the message.”
During the darkest days of the war, across the English Channel, Winston Churchill, used the powerful gesture of the V salute to rally the people to fight on to the victory.
Other powerful hand gestures include the raised fist salute to signify resistance to oppression, the thumbs up and high five gesture to communicate approval and encouragement, and the finger to express disdain. These all are accompanied by strong emotion.
But the most common hand gesture, the raising of the palm in greeting or parting, is usually given with very little thought or emotion. The Bulgarian master Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov wrote in A New Earth that “We are in the habit of raising our hand to salute each other several times a day. This is a deeply significant and efficacious gesture, but only if you are fully conscious of what you are doing, and if your eyes and your hands are brimming over with love that you project for the benefit of the whole world. Our salute should be potent, harmonious and alive – a true communion.”
In the East, one sees statues of buddhas with their hands forming intricate gestures called mudras. These are used for subtle internal effects on chakras and consciousness. Gautama Buddha used the bhumisparsha or earth-touching mudra to dispel Mara, the demon of illusion and gain enlightenment. But it had far-reaching effects that were, as Omraam said “for the benefit of the whole world.” Gautama said through the messenger David C. Lewis on April 28, 2010, “I come extending currents of heart-mindfulness on this Wesak morn. And these waves of light are flowing across the earth to gently touch the hearts and minds of many. Did you know, blessed ones, that the earth-touching mudra that I gave was made very gently? For the earth respects those who respect her. And all elemental life felt the frequency of my love’s determination to be a point of centeredness within the cosmic All to safeguard life, to bestow a new radiance of life to all mankind, and to be a nexus for illumination’s fire that would in time quicken many to their own enlightened state of being whereby fully awake they, too, could subdue Mara and rise above all karmic differences into the state of liberation that is Buddhic indifference.”
Such mudras are not limited to Eastern religions. The mudra of joining your hands together in prayer is symbolic of connection – between your heart and mind, higher self and lower self, God and your soul. When you join your hands together like this, you might notice a shift take place in your consciousness, making you more receptive to connecting and communing with a higher power. The full-body mudra of arms raised in a Y formation, palms facing out, that was used by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, and is still used by Hindus, Native American, and sungazers when they pray to the sun, is a very powerful mudra that acts like an antenna to channel the sun’s ethereal radiance into the solar plexus.
Master Omraam said that our fingers and hands are antennas that both receive and transmit. We can cup our hands to put our mind in a receptive mode when praying for inspiration. We can spread our hands out to project love, peace, and healing to whoever requires it. The hands contain chakras associated with psychic powers. Our hands may be the most powerful parts of our bodies and can be used for tremendous good, beyond just their physical abilities of writing, massaging, building, painting, sewing, etc. Become more aware of your gestures and consciously use mudras to reconnect, to bless, and to heal.