Emotions and feelings are like waves of energy moving through the body and mind. A channel of energy related to an emotion runs through each finger. With strong or overwhelming feelings, energy can become blocked or repressed, resulting in pain or congestion in the body. Holding each finger while breathing deeply can bring emotional and physical release, healing and peace.
Gently wrap your opposite hand around each finger in turn. Breathe in and out slowly; as you breath in become aware of any strong feelings or emotions you are holding inside yourself. As you breathe out, let these feelings go, imagine them draining out of your finger into the earth. Breathe in a sense of harmony, strength and healing – perhaps using a verse or two of scripture to ground yourself in the love and compassion of God. A number of scripture verses are suggested for each finger/emotion. Please be led by the Spirit, use whichever resonates with you and of course add to the suggested list!
As you hold each finger in turn you might feel different sensations – a pulsing, heat or coldness; continue the gentle in and out breathe as the sensations become more balanced. It might be helpful to do these finger holds before going to sleep to help release the tension of the day and bring peace.
THUMB: tears, grief, sadness, emotional pain.
INDEX FINGER: Fear, panic, terror.
MIDDLE FINGER: anger, rage, resentment
RING FINGER: worry, anxiety, preoccupation
LITTLE FINGER: lack of self esteem, victimhood.
Finally, PLACE THE FINGER TIPS OF BOTH HANDS TOGETHER – peace, harmony, well being.
Spend a few relaxing in the peace and love of God. Thanking him for showing his love for us in the death and resurrection of his Son Jesus. Trusting him for all that is to come.
Index of abbreviations:
|Abbreviation||Book of the Bible||Old or New Testament|
|2 Cor||2nd Letter to the Corinthians||New|
|Eph||Letter to the Ephesians||New|
|Jn||Gospel according to John||New|
|Matt||Gospel according to Matthew||New|
|Rom||Letter to the Romans||New|
|2 Tim||2nd Letter to Timothy||New|
Instead of using Scripture passages you might prefer some lines from a hymn or short chant – they can also be used at the beginning – all from Singing the Faith (StF).
StF 624 – David Adam
Calm Me Lord, as you calmed the storm;
StF 648 – John L Bell
God to enfold you,
StF 780 – Taizé Community
Stay with me,
StF 776 – Taizé Community
In the Lord I'll be ever thankful,
These Finger holds have been developed by Dr Pat Cane as part of an international network of empowerment and solidarity. Capacitar International are especially committed to communities affected by violence, poverty and trauma. Capacitar's mission is to heal ourselves and heal our world by teaching simple holistic wellness practices that help people tap into the wisdom of their own body, mind and spirit. This leads to healing, wholeness and peace in the individual and in the world.
More information can be found at www.capacitar.org. The website includes a free to download Emergency Tool Kit with several more exercises to help release trauma. Pat Cane can be seen on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC7PSJSoCwI demonstrating the basic finger holds. If the link doesn't work then search for "Capacitar International – Fingerholds to manage emotions" or Tiny Little Hannah. There are other Capacitar healing practices available.
Reverend Rachel Hextall, Minister in Spirituality and Holistic Health: 04/2020