Hand Analysis and Understanding Ourselves
Understanding ourselves is probably one of the most important things we can do in our lives.
A while ago I stumbled on Hand Analysis through Leanne Chesser‘s blog. Reading her posts sparked my curiosity.
I like to express my sincere appreciation to Leanne for taking the time to prepare this very comprehensive analysis and help to understanding myself.
Richard Unger has developed Hand Analysis, a scientific approach to analysing finger- and handprints, to provide a way to know ourselves more.
Some of the aspects a Hand Analysis covers are:
- Your Life School (the general program)
- Life Lesson (challenges)
- Life Purpose (what gives you meaning)
- Gifts (and what happens if we don’t use them)
The comments in brackets are just an example, there is so much more to all of these in the analysis.
What did the Hand Analysis do for me:
It gave me a deeper insight into myself, into the challenges I experience(d) in my life.
It felt good to read about the gifts I have, as well as having pointed out what happens when I don’t use my gifts.
One thing that came up a few times was ‘finding out what I want’, which is something I only started to consciously explore in my late fifties and it is ‘work in progress’.
When I read that I can have a tendency to ‘do whatever’ it was ouch, yes, that is true. I suppose it is my rebell teenager part who was not able/allowed to test the waters. (time to have a conversation with that part of me and reframe this).
Yes, I do want to be able to do whatever, whenever, don’t we all, to have the freedom to live life at my own terms with no restraint. Well, I do have restraints, financial ones, to name just one. According to my hands I do have the ability to ‘turn things into gold’.
The life school I am in is about the need to take action and be vulnerable through emotional exposure seems to be very fitting. This is the ‘School of Wisdom‘, sounds great, huh? Part of it is learning to move from being and observer to becoming a participant; from analyzing, being in my head to diving in. I can relate to that. I am still learning to make decisions.
The part about ‘Blocked Passions’ also helped me understand more what has been/is going on in my life. (i.e. feeling trapped by other’s needs, which is what I grew up with and continued to experience in my relationships)
One of my gifts is about expressing my individuality and creativity in the spotlight. Wouldn’t it be nice iff I would use it in combination with another gift, the ability to turn things into gold?
Writing and speaking were some of the suggestions for these expressions. Since my twenties I have wanted to write a book and have at times dreamt of holding seminars. I have done a lot of writing/mostly journaling over the years and I have also facilitated small groups.
Recently I have been writing ‘stories which want to be told’ in my morning journaling session. My intention is to share some of these on this blog.
Facing and embracing feeling vulnerable when I make my writing public seems a big challenge. My hope is that sharing my experiences may assist some one else in understanding and resolving something that is grey in grey.
The Hand Analysis, (A PDF over 29 pages) so generously provided by Leanne Chesser, has helped me to see things more clearly, turning the grey in grey hunch into black and white awareness.
The quote below as is a reminder to myself and those who may need it.
“If you don’t risk anything you risk even more.” Erica Jong
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