In InnerDialogue there are over two thousand or more mudras, as well as body and
other challenges to the somatosensory and somatomotor cortex.
These simple and complex hand mudras (also known as hand modes) are the main stay of the InnerDialogue process, acting as a protolanguage and giving us feedback, through allowing a story to emerge as we use mudra after mudra to elicit the subtext or hidden dialogue that lies underneath any state. They create a backdrop, a sentence, phrase, paragraph or chapter in someones life portraying the depth, origin, etiology of a situation, eliciting resources, finding old patterns and forgotten secrets, or simply pointing the way to emergence as a human being.
In many cultural – religious, spiritual and philosophical traditions, we are seen as an expression of a Divine Creator and the Universe, an authentic microcosm, so hands can well be said to be a miniature microcosm representing the physical being as a whole. There are several million nerve cells on each fingertip. The brain has more sets of nervous pathways leading to the hands than to any other part of the body.
The brain thinks about all sorts of things, receiving additional input, which shapes its thoughts from the lower parts of the self; old memories, feelings, sensations and other factors may remain a persistent noise in the system. These elements within the body are mediated through the sensory nerve tracts and the sympathetic nervous system up to the midbrain. The connection from this primitive part of our neurology to the sensory cortex provides a further link to every tissue and cell in the body. Most of the time we do not 'see' this for the body makes constant re-arrangement of its shape, posture, tone, reflexes, etc. so that the internal gestures are not portrayed externally or visibly to the outside world.
When a mudra is a placed into the hands, it bypasses to the higher neocortical pathways, allowing precise access to the subconscious and cellular memory. It can either mirror the shape of the present neuronal activity (i.e. the "current" thought), or it can initiate new activity (i.e. a "different" thought). It engages the somatosensory and somatomotor cortex. These cortical areas of the brain are constantly sending information down into our musculoskeletal system as a response to stimuli received. The afferent or incoming information is relayed from the body tissues through the sensory nerves, and via all the other receptors that 'listen' to the tone, position, spatial arrangement, motility, and movement, of all the structures and tissues of the body.
In basic form, human thoughts are the summation of a "flurry" of neuronal activity that occupies "space" or consciousness and has a particular "shape". Mudras act as keys to unlock deeper patterns, deeper processes in both the brain and body so that the person unveils to a greater world of understanding and experience.
Hand Mudras can access:
- The subconscious and cellular memory
- The somatosensory and somatomotor cortex
- The physical, emotional or chemical systems
- The unseen environmental, energetic or psychic elements
- Health factors such as pain, dis-ease. allergies, addictions, etc.
- Plus much more…