Strengthening Your Practise
Not only are these malas a visual and physical feedback in the form of a reminder of your presence, your stillness and practise from the most basic point of its weight with the crystals against your skin, the healing elements from these beautiful pieces and the counting ritual of the sacred number of 108 but now I’m happy to have just four with the added impact of wearing a symbolic reminder in the form of a Mudra, that being the Gyana Mudra.
What Is A Mudra?
A mudrā (muːˈdra; “seal”, “mark”, or “gesture”) is a symbolic or ritual gesture performed by the hands, often used in practising Hinduism and Buddhism; it is a spiritual gesture that acts as an “energetic seal of authenticity”. Most mudras are performed with the hands and fingers often in combination with movements of the wrists, elbows, and shoulders; some involve the entire body. Hundreds of mudras are used in the ceremonies, dance, sculpture and painting iconography (i.e. representations of Buddha). In the yoga and spiritual practices, of Indian religions and traditions such as Dharma and Taoism, mudras have been used for thousands of years to assist in meditation and/or healing.
Definition – What does Gyan Mudra mean?
Gyan mudra, or chin mudra, often used while meditating, is one of the most important mudras that promote physical and mental health. From Sanskrit, chin (or cin) means “consciousness” and mudra means “gesture” or “seal.” Therefore, Gyan mudra may be translated to mean “gesture of consciousness” in English.
To perform Gyan mudra, bring the tips of the thumb and index fingers together and form a circle. Keep the remaining three fingers stretched and the palm facing upward.
Yogapedia explains Gyan Mudra
Gyan mudra is used while in padmasana and other meditative yoga poses. It is also used while practising certain breathing techniques including nadi shodhana pranayama and ujjayi.
Gyan mudra symbolizes the union of Self with the universe, the unification of one’s soul and the supreme Soul. The thumb symbolizes the supreme Soul, the index finger refers to the practitioner’s soul, the middle finger represents sattva (“purity” and “true wisdom”), the ring finger represents rajas (“passion” and “action”), and the little finger symbolizes tamas (“lethargy” and “darkness”). Gyan mudra is an excellent representation of the yogic philosophy of evolving from the state of ignorance to wisdom and from darkness to enlightenment. Practising this mudra helps the practitioner to eliminate negative forces and focus on attaining true knowledge.
Additional benefits of Gyan mudra include:
- Promotes proper flow of prana
- Cures indigestion
- Addresses sleeping disorders
- Improves focus
- Enhances memory power
- Relieves and prevents stress and anger
- Promotes a sense of balance
On top of this, you have a wonderful collection of crystals, these being Amethyst & Electroplated Lava Rock. I will cover a little bit on each, but there is so much more to each one and your own individual connection that is unique.
Electroplated Lava Rock
Lava Stone is a grounding stone that strengthens one’s connection to Mother Earth. It gives us strength and courage, allowing us stability through times of change. It provides guidance and understanding in situations where we may need to “bounce back”. A calming stone, it is very useful in dissipating anger.
Amethyst has healing powers to help with physical ailments, emotional issues, and in Energy Healing and Chakra balancing. Amethyst crystal therapies are primarily associated with physical ailments of the nervous system, the curing of nightmares and insomnia, and balancing the crown chakra.
This piece has 8mm beads, meaning that it can be double wrapped around the neck, housing a lovely lotus charm which would then sit at the front as well as the tassel and Mudra when not using it in practise.
These pieces are due to be on show at Bhuti/Richmond/London, however, if you wish to enquire to claim yours before it disappears from my clutches, please send me an email to Aurorafacets@gmail.com
Meanwhile wishing you many blessings, Justine xxx