Place all the fingertips together.
When you would like to remember something, or want to find the red thread again, place your fingertips together, direct your eyes upward, place the tip of your tongue on your gums while inhaling, and let the tongue fall again while exhaling. Then take a deep breath—and what you wanted should immediately occur to you. Moreover, when you must concentrate on something for a longer period of time, could use some good ideas, or want to remember something that you have read, this mudra can be useful. When doing mental work, don't cross your feet. Sit with your eyes facing west. This mudra can do true wonders, and you should always keep it in the back of your mind in case of an emergency.
In terms of science, this finger position has been researched quite well; researchers have determined that it promotes the cooperation between the right and left brain hemispheres. It is also recommended today in memory training and management courses. It is said to open access to the right hemisphere, which is where the memory is stored. This mudra also improves and deepens respiration, and the brain profits from it as well. In order to recharge the brain's energy, you can practice the Maha
gandha (see page 171) or use these fragrance essences—lemon, rosemary, basil, or hyssop.
According to Kim da Silva, the Hakini Mudra builds up the energy of the lungs. To activate the energy of the large intestine, shift the finger contact by one finger so that the right index finger is on the left thumb, your right middle finger is on your left index finger, etc.
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You may also improve concentration and gather new mental powers by letting your gaze and thoughts rest on one object or a relaxing activity for a longer period of time. The following exercise also helps in this direction.
About three feet in front of you, imagine an object, such as a burning candle, a piece of fruit, or a stone. Look at the object as long as possible without blinking. Now close your eyes and try to imagine the object. Immediately let go of every rising thought not related directly to the object. Hold your concentration as long as you can.
Place both hands on your thighs. Put the thumb tip onto the root of your little finger. Slowly encircle your thumbs with the other four fingers while slowly inhaling through your nose. Hold your breath and form the sound of OM seven times in your head while hearing the vibration of the tone in your right ear.13 Then slowly exhale while drawing in the abdominal wall; open your hands again and imagine all your worries, fears, and unhappiness leaving your body.
Repeat this exercise seven to forty-nine times, but at least seven times—according to the Taoist monks.
Kim Tawm, an authority on Chinese medicine, writes: "Tradition says that this mudra chases away sadness, reduces fearful-ness, turns away misfortune and bad luck, and overcomes depressions. It is known to increase personal magnetism and enhance the intuitive and mental powers."14 This is exactly the hand position (thumb in the fist) that I automatically assumed many years ago when I went through my darkest hours, hid-
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