Chapter 1 Part 2

The Life Map

"The soul contains in itself the event that shall presently befall it. The event is only the actualizing of its thought." Emerson

Lines show details of the life.

Events that strongly impress themselves on the brain causes the lines to appear, disappear, break, or change in certain parts of the hand as those events have produced good or bad results for the subject.

By observing thousands of results, we can know:

  • where in the hand these various emotions or influences appear
  • what kind of lines indicate their good or bad effect

Lines are seen in the hands of newborn babes as well as of adults.

  • They often make their appearance where the skin has formerly been smooth.
  • In many cases, strong lines fade and disappear, leaving a smooth surface of skin that shows no sign that any line has ever been there.

Lines increase in depth and grow in length, often clearly cutting their way across the hand.

  • They also vanish entirely, beginning at the end and gradually diminishing until the whole line has disappeared.

These changes follow profound impressions made on the mind of a subject.

Many believe that:

  • every detail in the human anatomy has a specific purpose
  • nothing was created without a reason.

Thus, we are either forced to declare that:

  • the lines in the hand are an exception to all the rest
    • the Creator did a useless thing when these lines were put in the hand, or
  • the lines are there for a purpose.

There is a natural course through life that every subject would follow if nothing took place to change it, and no effort was made to improve. In other words, we believe that there is a general outline of the course and limitations of the life of each subject, which exists at the beginning of that life.

This general course is what the subject would naturally do through life, be-cause of the combination of type qualities which he possesses. This natural life plan comprises those things which the possession of these type qualities would naturally lead him to do, the kind of health his type qualities would cause him to have, and the result is stamped upon him by the lines in his hand, which thus form a map of his natural life’s course.

If no change takes place in his mental or physical attitude, and no accidents occur, this course will be followed. Thus the lines in the hand are the writing placed there by Him who created the subject, and when the key to their meaning is used, it enables us to interpret the life map and to judge what the natural course of that life will be.

Many earnest thinkers, having followed the study of the hand through Chirognomy, have halted when the lines were reached, and, while admitting that lines do enable us to read the events in a life, and being forced to acknowledge from what has been seen of actual cases that the future is often outlined, they pause for the explanation as to how this is accomplished. There are now two well established facts, which when brought into combination explain these functions of lines in the hand.

First, it has been positively proven that lines change in unison with changes in the mental attitude of a subject, when these changes are great enough to alter his temperament and characteristics. It is also proven that the lines respond to changes in health and constitution, that they indicate mental strength, and reveal details in the life, when certain events have produced a powerful impression on the mind of a subject.

Therefore we may say that:

  • the lines in a hand are the direct reflex of the subject’s mind
  • his mind produces, controls, or alters them.

This explains the accuracy of lines in outlining past events.

  • It is the accuracy of lines in outlining future events which has been difficult to explain.

Recent experiments by scientists have demonstrated that the human being is possessed of a double consciousness or mind.

  1. One part operates in our material existence
  • This is the worldly mind, which has limitations
  • It makes us conscious only of those things which we can see or handle
  • It is conscious only of things which have happened, or are happening before our very eyes.
  • This side of our consciousness cannot pierce the veil of the future, or rise above our material existence.
  • It only knows the things of to-day, which soon become the things of yesterday.
  1. The other part operates on the plane of our spiritual existence
  • It gives us spiritual consciousness of things which we cannot see, touch, nor fully explain.
  • This second mind rarely manifests itself in an objective way. This is why it was not sooner discovered.
  • Our inner consciousness, or spiritual mind, has no such limitations as has the objective worldly mind.
  • It knows not only what has happened, but what will happen.
  • It is not confined within the prison of our earthly body
  • It can rise above earth, and peer into the future.

The mind produces, controls, or alters the lines in the hand.

  • These lines are subject to the influence both of the worldly or objective mind, but also of the subjective or spiritual mind.

The worldly or objective mind has dominion of the past and present. The spiritual or subjective mind has dominion of the future. Therefore, our past, present, and future are in the possession of the Two minds

Through their influence, this past, present, and future is stamped on us through the lines in the hand which reflect the mind.

The accuracy of this hypothesis rests on 2 statements:

  1. Mind produces, controls, or changes the lines in the hand

  2. There are two minds, the worldly or objective and the spiritual or subjective, with the functions ascribed to them.

This explains how can the lines in the hand presage the future.

Palmists have watched the new lines form or change, and old ones disappear, in perfect accord with the established rules of line reading.

During the past 5 years, I have made a special study of this subject. I have many recorded cases where these changes have occurred.

It would be impossible, owing to their length, to present individual cases in this work, but the fact that lines are thus formed and changed is so well known to thousands of students of the hand, that I do not believe this point will be gainsaid by anyone.

As to the correctness of our second basis, that the dual mind exists and operates as has been stated, I refer to the many scientific works now in existence on this subject, which have fully proven the fact.

Many of the greatest scientists and scholars of the day and age have recorded the results of their investigations in such clear and concise form, that no room is left for doubt that the mind is dual in its nature, that it operates in illimitable space, is unhampered by material surroundings, and that it has in many cases looked into the future.

No one will claim that the map of any life may not be altered.

Our life plan may be changed by many circumstances. These may be the influence of other people, accident, strong desire to change backed by determination, or perhaps failing health.

Thus when these changes do or are to occur, new lines appear, and cross, obliterate, weaken, or strengthen, as the case may be, the Main lines, which are the original map of the life, and strong lines fade and disappear as the mind changes upon the matters these lines indicate. There has been a popular teaching that in paralysis the lines in the hand disappear, and the obliteration of lines occurring when this death of nerve force takes place has been cited to prove that lines are formed and controlled by the brain.

The lines do not disappear with all paralytics.

The course of the life in some cases goes on uninterrupted by the paralysis, though impeded by it, for though the body may often be helpless the mind may remain keen. In such cases the lines only become dulled and dimmed, but not obliterated. When the brain softens, as in paresis, the lines do fade and vanish, in the same proportion as the mind is destroyed, for as mind disappears there is nothing that will sustain vitality in the lines and preserve them as they were. Thus though there may be a brain, it will not control the lines unless it has a mind behind it, and though motion of the body may be lost by paralysis, the mind may still be bright and in operation, in which case the lines will be retained.

In the hands of insane whose lunacy comes from a lack of mental balance but not from cellular brain destruction, we find strong lines. In this case mind is present, but in an unbalanced condition, for the possession of mind does not always mean mental balance. In every case where mind is obliterated, the lines in the hand disappear. The Main lines indicate what the natural course of the life is, new lines just beginning to form show emotions and ideas just starting within the subject. Man is an enigma; you do not know the workings of his mind as you talk to him, often he does not fully understand them himself. If you looked at his brain you could not learn his thoughts. Patient students are, and have been, giving years of life to the search for a key with which they can unlock the secrets of the human mind.

They have been working from many different directions, but the objective point has always been the same. One key is the Hand, the servant of the brain, plainly in sight; and with this key you can unlock the secret chambers of any mind. And, while I do not say that there are no other keys, I do say that this is the most reliable of which I know, for while men may be dissemblers, they cannot change the expression of the hand as they can the face.

By the hand is revealed the man as he is, not as he may pretend to be, and you can learn from it his mental attributes and their probable outcome. One thing you must never forget. You cannot find the same events marked in every hand. And if your subjects are closely examined, it will be found that they are not all profoundly impressed by the same things. Therefore never claim you can read a certain series of events before examining your client’s hands.

Only the matters which are hereditary or are natural tendencies with him, or those things which have developed in him, and have created a profound impression upon his mind, will be shown in his hand. Manifestly, as all subjects are not impressed alike, and not knowing in advance what has most forced itself upon any mind, you cannot, until you have examined the hand itself, tell what it is possible to read from it. So the claim of any palmist that he will tell everyone who consults him all about love, marriage, wealth, or any certain set of events, is based either upon his ignorance or his dishonesty. Every hand tells only its own story, and it is impossible to tell what that story is until you have looked into the hand.

There amateur tends to be too daring and attempts too much in the beginniug.

The best method to pursue is to confine your work at first to the Main lines, and gradually as you find your skill increasing begin to use chance lines and combinations. By proceeding cautiously, confidence in the science and in yourself will be gained, and your proficiency rapidly increased.

Every palmist finds his investigations leading him into channels corresponding to his trend of mind. Some will see every hand from its business side, some from its artistic, others from its scientific or health sides, and in this way palmists become specialists in certain directions.

As their numbers increase this will be more marked, and it will add much to the value of the practice, just as it has done in medicine. My advice is, to note the trend of your greatest interest, and equip yourself for this specialty. In the beginning be satisfied to locate two or three prominent events in the life of a subject, and increase that number as skill increases, and the life map becomes easier for you to read.


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