Bruno, Giordano – On Magic - Healing with the thumb
Type of Spiritual Experience
Maybe this is where the masonic handshake comes from
A description of the experience
On Magic – Giordano Bruno
It is very probable that all illnesses are due to evil demons, which are expelled and replaced by their opposites with chants, prayers, meditations and ecstacies of the soul. And it cannot be denied that, in some people, there are dominating spirits who have the power to dispel certain types of illnesses. They say that Cyrus and other Persian kings could cure diseases of the spleen with the touch of their thumb. And it is well-known and clearly established that the same is true of the Kings of France, who cured disorders of the lymph glands with the touch of a thumb.