From earliest time and in all cultures and religions, hand gestures to depict certain characteristics and certain qualities has been practiced and used. If you look at the statues of the many Gods and Goddess of India, you will find almost all of them holding their hands and fingers in Mudra positions. The same is true in Egyptian culture and also in many of the mystery schools where the student is initiated into a certain order using Mudras and sound. Many of the pictures and statues of Master Buddha depict the same - his hands holding certain Mudra position.
Mudras are simply hand gestures and if held in a certain way, can produce a different experience in the body, mind and soul, for mudras can create energy which can shift the consciousness held in the body and mind. Many a time, healing does not occur even after repeated visits to a healer or a doctor or healing happens for a short time only and then the sickness comes back, for the healing to occur permanently, the healing must occur on the physical level and also on the energetic level. Mudras has the capacity to shift the blocked energy and when this happens, physical healing occurs immediately.
In many of the meditation practices, there are rules and norms to be followed - that you must sit in a certain posture, keep your spine erect, cannot cross the legs etc., and in many cases, there are people who cannot simply sit and be quiet their mind no matter how hard they try. Mudras can produce the same result as in meditation in much less time.
For eg., certain mudras can produce the state of EMPTY mind in less than 10 minutes and also there are other mudras which when practiced consistently can release certain habits, patterns, understand the life purpose, find inner beauty and acceptance. So simply put, Mudras are an alternate form to achieve Altered state of consciousness in the most fastest way.
I would like to offer few mudras and I encourage you to try it out. For best results, practice these mudras for a minimum of 8 minutes. Pick one you feel drawn to and then practice it for a few days for 8 minutes daily before moving on to the next one.
In Divine Blessings,