By Ellen Goldberg and Dorian Bergen
Since the beginning of time people have looked at their hands. Even in prehistoric times people likely knew that each hand was unique as evidenced by the many hand shapes that accompany the sacred pictures of animals and people on cave walls. It is as though the artists used their handprints as signatures or magical talismans.
Thousands of years of observation and tabulating results have given us Palmistry as a science. A science that is also a mystical gift, as it is a picture in our identity and answers the age honored question: Who are you?
The laws of palmistry hold true for all the hands in the world. It does not matter what culture you come from, if you know how to read palms, you can have a deep understanding both yourself and of people from all over the world. Palmistry is a universal language.
Many philosophers and mystics believe that life is a school where we are learning lessons every day. Your hand is a guide in the school of life. The indications written in the hand are not considered a fixed fate. There is no fate set in stone. The hand is analogous to a report card from the school of life, written by your Inner Self. This report reflects how you are doing in many areas of your life. It tells what inner resources you have to work with, where you seem to be heading and where you need improvement.
Hands Can Change
One of the most fascinating things about Palmistry is that the hand is capable of change. Palmistry demonstrates that there is no fixed fate and that we all play an essential part in creating our lives. We do this either consciously or unconsciously, however consciously is better. Many of the great spiritual masters have said that it is our thinking that is the most powerful influence on the course of our life.
“With our thoughts we make our world,” said Buddha
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall he be,” said Jesus
Nothing is more powerful than our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”
The hand is like a mirror and as you change it changes also, reflecting those changes back to you. Knowing how to read your own palm allows you to see the progress you are making.
People with a spiritual inclination have referred to the palm as “God’s Road Map.” Purely practical people have called it “A Map of the Brain.” Either way you chose to see it, the palm is filled with valuable insights.
The Hand/Mind Connection
“The hand is man’s outside brain.”
It is important to remember that there are two parts to the mind: the Conscious and the Subconscious mind. They are always working simultaneously. The Conscious mind is our every day, waking mind. It is the part of the mind we use for learning, reading, thinking, gathering information, organizing and prioritizing our daily tasks.
The Subconscious mind is our inner mind and exerts a sometimes subtle and always powerful influence. It is the source of our imagination and dreams. All habitual actions are influenced by the subconscious, the things we do without having to think about them. It is the part of the mind that is awake even when we are sleeping. It runs the automatic functions of the body such as breathing, circulation and metabolism. Old memories are stored here especially the ones we don’t think about much or remember consciously. The Subconscious is the seat of intuition. The changes in the hand come from the Subconscious Mind.
A neurologist could tell you that there are more nerves between the hand and the brain than in any other part of the nervous system. Every thought we have affects the nervous system as each thought has a chemistry that accompanies it. Happy thoughts make us feel good while anxious or fearful thoughts make us feel distressed. The mind is as fast as lightening. For example, the “fight or flight response” comes as result of the adrenaline that is instantly secreted when fear is present.
Repeated thought patterns leave their mark on the hand. If you want to change the hand, the change must be authentic. You cannot fool the subconscious. The Inner Mind knows when a change is real. We have the power to change our life by changing our patterns of thought. It may take many repetitions of thinking a new way until it becomes ingrained. Once the new habits have become part of you, the hand will reflect these changes rapidly.
This essay has been excerpted from: The Art and Science of Hand Reading by Ellen Goldberg and Dorian Bergen.
Ellen Goldberg, MA, a psychotherapist and mystic, is the author of The Art and Science of Hand Reading. Founder of the School of Oracles, she has been working within the Hermetic tradition for 40 years and has been an Open Center faculty member since 1986.
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