Last week’s mudra was inspired by a dream; oddly, a dream also led me to this week’s mudra. The circumstances of this entry, however, are quite different from last week’s. This time, my dream evoked a powerful feeling of shock—no image other than a flash of white, and no “storyline” whatsoever. Upon waking, I felt unmoored and restless, as if I should be doing something, but what?
A few hours passed, during which I did a kundalini kriya, had breakfast, did some reading, stretched and moved a bit more, thought about my plans for the day… and also tried to open myself to an intuitive starting point for today’s post. Intuition, however, does not function on demand: My attempt to summon it likely sent it into hiding.
So, I returned to the basics: deep breaths while holding my hands in my lap, palms up; then tapping of the Third Eye, and up and over the crown of the head to the base of the neck; finishing with small head circles. And then I realized…
I spontaneously had placed my hands in what is known as Hakini Mudra. I often find myself with my hands in this position; it is fairly common, and many people who also unconsciously place their hands this have no idea that they have created a mudra for mental acuity.
Hakini rules the Sixth Chakra, which is associated with the Third, or Spiritual, Eye. When all the fingertips are placed together (index to index, second to second, etc.), the left and right brain work together. Hakini Mudra therefore stimulates the flow of ideas; it is also useful when you are trying to remember a word or clarify a concept. Note that although the fingertips are touching, the palms and base of the hands are separated: i like to think of this space as the womb that allows thoughts to generate.
Special note: The symmetry of this gesture points to an important element of mental mudras: To allow the hemispheres of the brain to cooperate with one another, it is best that the body not be crossed anywhere. If seated on the floor, sit on your heels, rather than cross-legged; if in a chair, make sure the feet are fully on the floor and parallel to each other. If lying down, do not cross your ankles.
With regard to yesterday’s post about the use of contralateral movement to balance the mind, this idea of symmetry may seem confusing. The cross-lateral technique is used to bring the brain and body to a balanced state; the symmetric detail specifically relates to the generation of mental activity. Think of creating a level field on which your thoughts can play.