I've heard from people that it says in Kabbalah that one shouldn't walk with one's hands behind one's back. Does anyone know the source?
The Lubavitcher Rebbe (here - 3rd par.) quoting the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe )(here - 2nd col., 2nd par.), tells a story of the Alter Rebbe (the Baal Hatanya) in which he (the Previous Rebbe) mentions that the Alter Rebbe didn't hold his hands behind his back al pi kabbalah. This wasn't even referring to folding one's hands, let alone walking.
The Alter Rebbe was warming his hands by the stove in the back of the room while looking and listening to a conversation in the front. Nevertheless, the Rebbe says, he was careful not to put his hands behind his back, but at his sides. Since the Alter Rebbe lived 1745 - 1812, this story took place before the Ben Ish Chai was born (1833).
An anonymous comment here says that in another one of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's seforim (perhaps here, can't find an online copy) there is a footnote by the place where the Rebbe mentions that not putting one's hands behind one's back is kabalistic: " (ראה שער רוה"ק דרוש א' הב' (קרוב לסופו". Despite spending some time looking through that sefer, I was unable to find the source, although I didn't fully understand the above footnote, so perhaps I was looking in all the wrong places.
Significantly, this predates the Ben Ish Chai, is an example of a prominent personality being careful about this, and would also seem to debunk R. Aviner's assertion that it is superstitious.
http://www.dailyhalacha.com/displayRead.asp?readID=2188&txtSearch=arizal It is brought down in Ben Ish Hai, but other Aharonim discuss it at length.
I've heard in the name of the Bostoner Rebbe zt'l that that posture indicates arrogance.
This article records the concept in the name of Ben Ish Chai. He's probably not the earliest source, though.
R. Aviner says that such an idea is pure superstition. (in one of his text teshuvot which I get in emails, so I can't link to it)
I heard in the name of maran ahida, after I asked to a cabalistic rav he confirmed and explaned me why.
I believe you may ask any sepharadic cabalist rabbi.
see also ben ish hai second year parashat pinehas, last saif. I believe he brings others sources there too