(The Sorcerer’s Crossing by Taisha Abelar)
She brought her left palm to her forehead and stroked it in a circular fashion. Then she moved her hand over the top of her head and down the back of her neck, after which she flicked her wrists and fingers in the air. She repeated this stroking and flicking sequence several more times.
“This circular stroking prevents wrinkles from forming on your forehead,” she said. “It may appear like a facial massage to you, but it isn’t. These are sorcery passes, movements of the hand that are designed to gather energy for a specific purpose.” “The purpose of these sorcery passes is to keep one looking youthful by preventing wrinkles from forming,” she said. “The purpose has been decided beforehand, not by me or by you, but by power itself.” “Power is where energy gathers.”
Then she vigorously rubbed each thumb on the palm of the opposite hand and placed them on the bridge of her nose. She moved them outward with light, even strokes over her eyebrows to the temples.
“This pass will keep furrows from developing between your eyebrows,” she explained.
After quickly rubbing together her index fingers, like two sticks starting a fire, she brought them vertically to each side of her nose and gently moved them sideways over her cheeks several times.
“That’s to clear the sinus cavities,” she said.
She briskly rubbed her palms together, and with long, firm strokes, she slid them up each cheek to her temples. She repeated this movement six or seven times, always using slow, even, upward strokes.
“That’s to keep the cheeks from sagging,” she said.
She placed the inner edge of her hand, with her thumb folded over her palm, above her upper lip and rubbed back and forth with a vigorous sawlike motion.
She explained that the spot where the nose and upper lip join, when briskly rubbed, stimulated energy to flow in mild, even bursts. But if greater bursts of energy were needed, they could be obtained by pricking the point at the center of the upper gum, underneath the upper lip and below the nose septum. “If you get drowsy rub this point briskly and it will temporarily revive you,” she said.
Lastly, she moved her index fingers sideways under her chin, again using a quick back-and-forth sawlike motion.
She explained that stimulating the point under the chin produces a clam alertness. She added that we can also activate this point by resting the chin on a low table while sitting on the floor or by lying on the stomach with the hands in fists, one on top of the other, under the chin.
“This group of sorcery passes I’ve shown you, “Clara continued, “must be practiced daily until they cease to be massage-like movements and become what they really are: sorcery passes. Watch me!” she ordered.
I saw her repeat the movements she had shown me, except that this time she was making her fingers and hands dance. Her hands seemed to penetrate deeply into the skin on her face; at other times, they passed over it lightly as if gliding on the skin’s surface, moving so rapidly that they seemed to disappear. Watching her exquisite movements kept me mesmerized.
“This way of stroking was never in your inventory,” she laughed when she had finished. “This is sorcery. It requires an intent different from the intent of the daily world. With all the tension that rises in the face, we certainly need a different intent if we are going to relax the muscles and tone the centers located there.”
Clara said that all our emotions leave traces on our face, more than any other part of our body. Therefore we have to release accumulated stress using the sorcery passes and their accompanying intent.