Posted by: Zane Maser | December 16, 2012

CUPPED HANDS OF LOVE

As the season of the Christ Mass Festival approaches, a lovely and unusually powerful symbol for the spirit of this time is that of the hands cupped in openness and receptivity.1 For me, this is also a perfect emblem of the purified Master soul. It is an image that bears the hallmark of the three cornerstones of universal brotherhood: simplicity, humility, and selflessness. In all spiritual work and prayer, when we sit quietly in body and mind, we temporarily suspend and let go our little outer self and busy life. We are inwardly preparing ourselves with the simple gesture of cupping our hands in our lap, in a relaxed way with the left hand gently resting in the right hand. This signifies we are emptied of the daily concerns of earth and ego and duly ready before the Divine Presence for the inflow of Spirit. In this way, we strive towards being a willing channel for the healing Light to have its effect in the physical realm.

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I wonder how many of us ever stop long enough to realize the extent to which we use our hands in normal everyday life. Use of our fingers and hands seems a given, and we may tend to take their many abilities for granted. But any sort of injury to a finger or a hand affects us more than we imagine when we have to cope with even this minor inconvenience, let alone something major happening to one or both of these vital appendages. My husband has arthritis in several of his fingers on both hands. The effect of this impairment is far-reaching, and neither of us would have imagined its magnitude. In spite of the pain, it never stops him for long!

Consider, too, the infinite number of ways we can use our hands for constructive or negative results. We reach out with our hand to steady the first rubbery, tottering steps of the child eager to walk. We give a soothing shoulder or foot massage to our spouse who comes home from an especially trying day at work. We take our favorite wooden spoon and stir the large pot of bubbling vegetable soup on the stove, having chopped the ingredients with the use of our hands and prepared with love this hot, nourishing meal for our family. Our fingers dance across the keys at our computer as we type a supportive email note to our friend in another country who is about to have back surgery.

And yet we are constantly bombarded in the daily press with the sober, diverse, and destructive ingenuity with which some people choose to use their hands! Free will presents us with choices along the whole creative gamut of how we, individually and collectively, through the simple and astounding use of our hands, create today’s course and thus design the future.

The thought that a look or gesture of our hands can say a thousand words is also particularly relevant. Astoundingly, ninety percent of all communication actually happens on a subtle or non-verbal level. Sixty percent of this is conveyed with our hands! This is a wake-up call for us to be aware consciously of what tasks we are committing our hands to and the countless ways we communicate with them without uttering a word.

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Much of what we do in life with our hands is service, in one way or another. There are a myriad of ways we use our hands in the White Eagle work, to give a specific example. The gift of tender love and warmth comes through our hands each time we do a contact healing for an individual who has requested it. In our human and animal healing services, we sit with our hands cradled in one another, much like the cup of the heart. When we enter the Temple at St. John’s in Texas or place of sanctuary in our own home, many of us place our right hand over our heart either physically or mentally, depending on circumstances. In the global, Brotherhood work, our hands are clasped together during parts of the service, the right hand giving so that the left may receive, round the Circle in a flow of unbroken Love. And during tranquil moments of the day, there are those who, in our minds or actually, place our hands together at the heart in prayer with the fingers pointing upwards or interlaced or gently resting in our laps.

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As we approach the Winter Solstice (on December 21) and the Festival of the rebirth of the Christ Son in the hearts of all people, let us imagine that we are kneeling before the inner altar of Christ in that heavenly place. In simplicity of heart, in sincerity and humility, our hands are cupped. There is only the quiet beat of our hearts and the eternal rhythm of our breath. We are waiting for God. We are waiting on God. The spiritual teacher, White Eagle, says that for some of us we might have to wait a lifetime, but in trust and in silence, we must wait.

In this moment of grace, see the outreached, cupped hands of someone you love before you, whether of one in spirit or a cherished one in physical life. Feel your fingers and hands touch in a gesture of warmth and connection. Your heart leaps for joy as you unite in your shared love. Take all the time you need to soak in this soft touch of communion and perhaps of reunion. Always, this link of heart is available—as near and dear as breathing—when we open our selves to give and receive love through the blessing of our hands. This is indeed one of the priceless treasures of life.

Today, be aware especially of how you use your hands. Think of all the ways they can be of service to those in your immediate environment and to others you contact today. How can you actively share the goodness and gift of your hands? During this day, really notice your hands and thank them for ALL the countless ways they serve you—and Life. Give them an extra dose of love and gratitude before you go to sleep tonight. Then dream sweetly!

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Related Posts for Christmas:

• Making a Dream List

• Saving Precious Energy

• Awakening Your Dreams For 2012

• Winter Solstice (the Winter Solstice is one of the annual, spiritual
    Festivals of Light)

• Spiritual Lighting at the Solstice

• Soften the Heart

• Families in Spirit

• Dove of Peace

• Season of Divine Mother

• In Remembrance Of Our Beautiful Zoe


Endnote:

1. This article appeared in the Drumbeat, Journal of the White Eagle Lodge (Canada), August 2002, Volume 10, No. 3, page 4.


Text © by Zane Maser, 2012. Photos from WikiCommons. The third photo of the man is a Rembrandt painting. All rights reserved worldwide.

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