Language of our Hands

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I’ve always known that our hand gestures, both purposeful ones and “unconscious” ones, are a language unto themselves. While in Greece (May 11-25) at Humanity’s Team annual Global Council meeting, for whatever reason, I really began noticing hands~in paintings, statues, live people, etc. In this more focused attention toward hands, I came up with what I thought was a “new” positioning of the hands for meditating. In our meetings, we practiced this positioning of the hands.

<<HT Global Council Meeting Blessing for Shalini’s Birthday

The idea of the meaning of hand positions originally came to me from the Whirling Dervishes* (a couple of weeks before leaving for Greece). In the book The Whirling Dervishes by Shems Friedlander, the positions of the hands for the dance are explained:

The dervishes extend their arms, the right palm faces up and the left down. The energy from above enters through the right palm, passes through the body which is a visible channel, and, as this grace is universal, it passes through the left palm into the earth. With extended arms, the dervish embraces God (pg 91).

I had watched a video of this dance which mesmerized me. I learned from a friend that it takes great practice and time to accomplish this dance/meditation. Since I’m not (yet) able to spin in circles without the aid of motion sickness medication, I decided to stand still and position my hands in a similar fashion. Sometimes I position my right palm up and sometimes outward; I place my left palm towards the earth and sometimes to a person. Either way, this positioning of the hands is very powerful.

Now as I walked through many ancient sites and museums in Greece, I was drawn to the many statues which no longer had their hands.


When I looked at what was left of the arms of these statues, I noticed that the positions of the hands “could” have been in a similar position as to what I have been doing in my own meditations lately. This got me to thinking and researching hand positions…there is a plethora of information on this subject, but in general I’ve found that this is not such a “new” idea.

Though the left palm of Buddha faces up, the direction of the arm is down

<<The left hand of Christ in this painting appears to be touching the earth

I have one of those minds that just wants to know….I’d love any and all thoughts on these NON exhaustive thoughts….

In any case, the one hand up and the other down to the earth, is a powerful stance ~ try it and you will see~



*Whirling Dervishes (also known as The Mevlevi Order) are a Sufi order founded in Konya (in present-day Turkey) by the followers of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian.

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