Many people are familiar with the seven main chakras that stretch from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. However, there are five more chakras called etheric chakras that float outside the body. Together, these chakras form the 12 main chakras of the body. Many believe that chakra energy can be focused and controlled to promote calm, healing and even be focused into creating energetic changes in the physical world. The last use is expanded in the popular anime series "Naruto Shippuden." Naruto, a young martial artist, learns 12 hand seals that help guide and direct the energy of the chakras to help him fight and perform other tasks. Each hand seal corresponds to Chinese zodiac animal as well as a chakra.
Perform the Ne or Rat hand seal by curling down the last two fingers of your left hand and folding your thumb against them. Wrap the fingers of your right hand around the first two fingers of your left. This corresponds to the root chakra in your tailbone.
Create the Ushi or Ox hand seal by holding your left hand with the palm parallel to the floor and the fingers slightly spread. Bend the ring and middle fingers of your right hand down 90 degrees. Lace the fingers of both hands together so your right pinky is between your left pinky and middle finger. This corresponds to your sacral chakra in your groin.
Make the Tora or Tiger hand seal by lacing the ring and pinky fingers of both hands together with the pinky of your left hand on the outside and the first and middle fingers of both hands press together and upright. This corresponds to the navel chakra in your abdomen.
Produce the U or Rabbit hand seal by folding down the first three fingers of your left hand with your palm parallel to the floor. Wrap the last three fingers of your right hand around the bent fingers of the left with your right pointer finger parallel to your pinky and your right thumb on top of your left ring finger. This corresponds to your solar plexus chakra and your heart chakra.
Perform the Tatsu or Dragon hand seal by bending in the first three fingers of both hands. Lace your knuckles together with your left pointer finger on top and your right thumb over the left. Press the tips of your pinkies together so they stick straight out. This corresponds to your throat chakra.
Create the Mi or Snake hand seal by lacing your fingers together as if in prayer with your right pinky on the outside. This corresponds to your third eye chakra in the middle of your forehead.
Make the Uma or Horse hand seal by bending in the last three fingers of each hand. Lace your knuckles together so your right pinky is on the bottom and your pointer fingers form a triangle. Tuck in your thumbs. This corresponds to your crown chakra on the top of your head.
Produce the Hitsuji or Ram hand seal by curling the fingers of your left hand into a fist with your thumb sticking up above your first finger. Bend the last two fingers of your right hand over the last two fingers of your left. Stick your right middle and pointer straight up with your pointer leaning against your left thumb. This corresponds to the feminine chakra about 6 inches below your feet.
Perform the Saru or Monkey hand seal by holding your left hand with your palm parallel to the floor. Slip your right thumb between your left pinky and ring finger so that your palms touch. This corresponds to your masculine chakra about 6 inches above your head.
Create the Tori or Bird hand seal by curling down the first and ring finger of each hand. Steeple your middle and pinky fingers together with your left ring finger pressed to the outside of the right. This corresponds to the protection chakra in your dominant hand.
Make the Inu or Dog hand seal by curling your left hand into a fist and placing the palm of your right over it. This corresponds to the clarity chakra in your nondominant hand.
Produce the I or Boar hand seal by curling the fingers of both hands into a fist and turning them so your wrists are exposed. Press your palms and knuckles together. This corresponds to your auric chakra about 12 inches below your feet.
Perform each hand seal and focus on its corresponding chakra. Imagine each chakra as a glowing pulse of light that connects to the movements of your hands. Focus the energy into your hands so that you can feel it pulse.
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