The Hand Trick

Here’s something that has helped me countless times when I can’t seem to rid my mind of something that is making me unhappy. For this to work we have to trust that whatever we give to God, he’s ready and been waiting for us to ask him to help.

We put our two hands together, making a shallow bowl, pinky to pinky, palms up. We close our eyes and visualize that God places his hands about 4″ under ours.

We put into our hands those things we simply can’t handle anymore, the ones we need help with, those that keep recycling between our ears.

After mentally placing those things into our hands, we cup our hands together, pinkies together on bottom, thumbs together on top, space in the middle to hold those things we’ve placed there.

Then we ask God, preferably out loud, for his help. We tell him about these things, how hard they are for us. How we can’t handle them alone anymore. How we need his help with them, so we can be of maximum useful service to him and our fellows.

Then we open up our hands by separating the pinkies, letting those things fall into his hands. Imagine him catching them and being relieved that we have finally asked him for help, he’s been waiting, watching us try to handle them alone, hoping we would come to him.

Then we thank God for his help. Done right, we feel a tingle up our spine, God’s way of saying “I got your back now”!

This is one of the most powerful
Exercises I’ve found to relieve me of the clutter in my life and mind. Enjoy!


Just an update that, in 2013, still using this trick quite often and it still woes for me!

4 thoughts on “The Hand Trick

  1. Love this! In the past I used visuals all the time. Got away from that. Last night I heard a visual from a young man sitting next to me in my homegroup. He talked about while drinking he had a lavender plant in his appartment, that really should of been outside. He would watch how this plant arched itself towards the light to grow. A simple thing he said, which something he just couldn’t get to stay sober. I immediately got that, but I still want to take my life back.
    Am going thru alot of past fears with my career tying to obtain my RN(I am an LPN 8 yrs). I have to test next week at a hospital 3 hours from me over the weekend. Am scared, feeling unready, unsure. Am relying on support from my husband 81yrs, he just dosen’t get it. Feeling like the hamster wheel with the relationship, just like my drinking!

    Thank you for this page. Came across some papers that I wrote down about your site.

    Elana R.


    • Often times I have expected words, behaviors and attitudes from others, including my wife, that set me up to be disappointed. Those that I love have so many wonderful things to offer me, but my sis-ease prefers to focus on what they are not bringing to the table. When I live in appreciation of their gifts and the fact that they love me (warts and all) my gratitude seeps from me, into our relationship, and into them, like the lavender plant reaching for the sun. I always set my goals high, I have great hopes for accomplishments and plans that I dream of, work for, and aspire to fulfill. And even so, I remember that above all else, living life is the most important of all. Having a relationship with the God I have created in my imagination, the friend that I choose to believe in although invisible, and knowing in my heart of hearts that my personal higher power ALWAYS wants me to be happy, joyous and free, allows me to be perfectly happy if those dreams, plans and aspirations don’t materialize. Why? Because I know that the reason why they didn’t happen was because a happier path can only be revealed if I don’t get what I think I want. In other words, I trust what happens as God’s greatest plan for me to love life the fullest. I will do my very best, try my very hardest, and trust God that the result will be the one that is the best for me, even if I don’t think so. That makes life immeasurably better, fear slips away, faith replaces it, and no matter what happens… I love my life!!!


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