If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Each of us has a role to perform on this stage of life; our hands reveal the plot. Whether we’re performing our destined role or not, our hands reveal our purpose. Palmistry is a lens through which we can observe ourselves and others from the outside in. In my role as five-minute fortuneteller at special events, I often read whole groups of people who have made major life choices that work externally but not internally. Many people are doing what they think they should or are supposed to be doing. I’ve met engineers who’d be happier psychologists, lawyers who’d be more fulfilled as writers, doctors barely aware of other potentials, and countless individuals from all walks of life who for one reason or another haven’t valued their natural gifts or experienced their innate talents and abilities enough.
For five years in a row, I examined hands of incoming students at freshman orientation for the Asian Studies department at Columbia University. Cultural paradigms influenced many Asian American students who told me their families never encouraged their creativity and talents. For practical or social reasons, their natural gifts were not a priority. I advised and encouraged these young adults to nourish their latent talents by choosing satisfying and fulfilling interests and hobbies.
One of the comments I often hear is “My hands are the way they are because of what I do” referring to hand size and shape, and whether they are hard or soft, rough or smooth, or callused. That’s not true.Your hands reflect what you were designed to do. Character, motivations, abilities, and talents can be seen in the size, shape, and proportions of hands. There are four basic archetypes: Intuitive, Practical, Thinking, and Feeling. One of these four types dominates our personal psyche. Finger lengths and proportions, tips, knots, and nails, reveal how we relate to others and manifest our potentials in the world around us. Texture, color, flexibility and elasticity of skin, and consistency of hands reveal how we adapt to change. Our lines and gestures provide more detailed information about our life choices and circumstances. The arts and crafts of interpretation and counseling are learned over time with study and practice.