How to Prevent or Heal Painful Cracks at the Tips of Your Fingers
There is a mental cause behind every physical affliction, and it is the root cause of that problem. If you can heal the mental cause, the physical symptom will disappear. This is true for cancer or for a hangnail. It is good to pay attention to small things like hang nails or cracks in one's finger tips, because, left unattended they can lead to larger and larger problems--as the mental core issue attracts more and more associated negative beliefs. These beliefs literally start as a a small snow ball and can grow into an avalanche if they are allowed to remain in the consciousness.
So today I am addressing the issue of cracks in the finger tips around the nails, which I get occasionally and have found to be a stubborn issue for me. They keep coming back as I continue to shy away from the permanent solution in my mind, that is calling me.
I have traced the issue to a fear of making art or being creative in a free and playful, child-like way. That is to say, free form expression in 2-D or 3-D formats. Art is very important in my life--and I suspect it is important for many people. As children we all love playing with paint on paper--or walls. We love drawing. We love sculpting in sand, mud, clay, Playdough --anything at all.
When we did that we moved into closer connection with the Divine Creator at the center of our being. We are all Divine in our core self. However, as we "grow-up" in this culture, at least, we move further and further away from our Sacred Essence, Our Entity Self or our Higher Self.
Instead of allowing us to remain in and to nurture our right brain hemisphere activities, school, family, church community and society all push us to shift over to using the left brain hemisphere more and more exclusively. Women succumb to this less than men do. But in our Western Culture, almost all of us grow up to be left brain dominant.
This is harmful to us. It lessens our happiness and our intelligence. When we come in we are "trailing clouds of glory" as Wordsworth put it. But as we "grow-up" (a misnomer) instead of building on those clouds of glory, we eschew them! We cut them off in our children, our pupils and ourselves.
Making art is a wonderful way to keep the right brain alive active and growing in power. It does not mean we have to leave off with educating the left brain. It simply means that we would do better to enhance and educate both --but with an emphasis on the RIGHT. The right brain is the tool through which w access the part of our mind that creates happiness. It connects us with our Child Self and our Divine Self. It connects us to wisdom and information far beyond anything that can be conveyed through the left hemisphere--inculuding computers and the internet!
To be happy human beings we need to nurture our FREE FORM CREATIVITY.
When we do this not only are our emotions healed, but our bodies as well.
When we use our hands to make art, or our bodies to free form dance, we are connecting with our Divine Self and our energy really begins to flow, through our hands and through our bodies.
When we are not using our hands in this way the energy begins to slow down and a slide towards necrosis. Literally, life begins to ebb away from our fingers. As it does this it leaves dead calloused tissue behind it which shrinks and dries--and then cracks. These cracks expose raw unprotected tissue underneath in the dermis. Here is the definition of the dermis from infoplease.com :
- in the winter, keep a humidifier going, or a place a pan of water on the stove and set it to simmer. Moisture in the air is good not only for the fingers but the lungs and immune system as well.
- use rubber gloves for washing dishes
- after your shower, while your hands are sift, cut off the dead calloused skin around the tips f the fingers with some sharp nippers.
- then have some crushed or ground up ASPIRIN ( I buy the big cheapie bottle for this) in a little take-out sauce cup in the bathroom. Wet your hands and then rub the tiny sharp bits vigorously all over your hands, paying special attention to the finger tips. The aspirin will not only exfoliate the dead skin, but the acetylsalicylic acid in it (originally from willow trees) will soften the callouses very nicely.
- then follow up with a good rinse and dry and an application of an excellent hand cream. I like to make my own out of aloe vera gel, Heal-All Salve, liquid vitamin E (empty a few capsules), and some good oil--like olive or walnut oil. Rub it in well. And each time you wash your hands, apply more of this salve, especially to the tips of your fingers.
- wear gloves or mittens out of doors.
Peace and Bl;essings,
PS you can use the above process in combination with the one below and really do a bang up job on yourself!