The Vocational Experiement

Today it was reported in the Huffington Post that the Periodic Table has four brand new elements. One of the discovering team leaders reported that the recognition of one of the elements took “nearly a decade of painstaking work.” To scientists these discoveries are “of greater value than winning an Olympic gold medal.” Discovering the new elements happened when smashing lighter nuclei together and witnessing the result (“analyzing the radioactive decay which existed for a tiny fraction of a second afterwards”).

Kosuke Morita, the leader of the Riken team, smiles as he points to a board displaying the new atomic element 113.  Photo credit KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Being a bit of a scientific geek myself, I’m wildly fascinated with this discovery – where it will lead, the resulting inventions, and the textbooks that are now out of date. I’m also deeply curious as to what drives these team members to dedicate their time, exhaustless-energy and passion to identifying an unrecognizable (to the human eye) element? Perhaps individual’s motivations are for prestige, being part of something immensely historical, working with really smart people, or simply it’s just a job.

My main interest lies in the discovery of the underlying drive toward ideal vocation. Spending days in the ideal vocation implies entertaining a certain consciousness. I liken consciousness to a life-movie playing day-in and day-out. It’s your movie of life – call it what you will. Have you given your life-movie a title? If you did, what would it be?

My aim is to assist people in discovering and living on their natural path where effort is unnecessary. There is a deep sense of well-being and tranquil silence when you find your right work. Your right work is true service – selfless service. True service doesn’t depend on conditional results such as a specific outcome that includes a thank you or a paycheck. True service doesn’t depend on having adequate equipment to get the job done or having a certain level of intelligence. True service happens when the human will and one’s true love combine as in “smashing together lighter nuclei?”

Think of a time when you were in your element, as you were doing a task, a job or a project. This was a space you came into where there was no time and no thought. You were in the flow. Now inquire, who were you in that space and [no] time?

For me when I experience that flow of the natural path I feel a sense of perfect peace. Does this mean I’m not doing anything? Yes and no. I am still moving and taking action, yes. And I also inquire into “who” is doing the doing?

In a conversation with my friend, Anne she reminded me that when we define aspects of the “flow” then it loses part of it’s essence. There is an indescribable force, energy, awareness that is dimensionless, that is tuned into when the human will and the silence of the heart merge together. My not doing occurs as the integration of will + heart happens.

The team of scientists who discovered the four new elements may have come together in perfect peace as they merged their human will with their true love. Perhaps this is where science and spirituality unite.

The Path by Packard Photography
Photo credit: Ruijie Packard

While on your path at Life-University consider yourself as a scientist, undertaking intentional experiments to explore and discover unchartered territories. Simply being curious could ease the painstaking in your earthly-adventure.


See article in Huffington Post



Five Additional Variables for Vocational Hand Analysis – Part III

Five additional variables to look for in the hands when doing a vocational analysis are:

1. The Finger Zones are essential features because the size, length, width and girth give a striking clue as to additional emphasis regarding the owner’s ideal niche. Typically, one of the 12 finger zones, or sections, is most eye-catching. The most noticeable finger section directs me to inquire with the owner about his or her skill or desire in the related area. Below are high-level descriptions related to each of the finger zones.

Index/Jupiter Middle/Saturn Ring/Apollo Pinkie/Mercury
Upper Zone Visionary Wisdom Studies Mental arts Brainstorming
Middle Zone Ambition Security Design Negotiations
Lower Zone Territory Foundations Display Sex energy

As you know, desires are not always pursued for a variety of reasons. And skills are not always developed. However, the most-visible zone must be considered if the owner wishes to find fulfillment.

2.  Thumbs are one of the most important considerations when determining if working for others or the self would be favorable. As an example, Oprah’s thumbs span widely from her palm. This large area between her hand and the tip of her thumb shows desire for a wide range of influence. The wider the angle between hand and thumb tip, the bigger the territory the owner must have to manage. Likewise, the closer the thumb rests to the hand, the less responsibilities he or she wishes to administer. He or she would do better, and most likely prefer, to be employed for someone else, leaving work at the same time each day.

3.  The length and quality of the Fate Line (vertical line climbing from the bottom of the hand up toward the middle finger) reveals drive toward values, which in turn equate to money. A long, noticeable vertical line rising toward the middle finger shows a person with their foot on the gas and hands on the steering wheel with a clear plan, direction and determination.

4.  The Life Line shows the level of vitality available to the owner. Deep, long and curving Life Lines indicate stamina, recuperation skills and physical balance. Life Lines that are short or frayed show a scattering of energy; the anchor typically keeping a buoyant ship in place is untethered.

5.  A variety of other markings in the hands would also be considered. There are too many to mention here.

Keep in mind, no one indicator in the hand will uncover the vocational solution. The ingredients must be artistically combined to expose the inner masterpiece waiting to shine.

To summarize, the first component in the hand to assess for vocational selection is the hand. So far we considered the following variables (shape, lines and markings):

– Hand Shape archetype

– Dominant finger

– Strongest Mount

– Heart Lines

– Gift Markings

– Finger Zones

– Thumbs

– Fate Lines

– Life Lines

– Other Markings

In Part IV we’ll consider the soul’s curriculum encoded in the fingerprints


Kay Packard

After traveling to India in May 2010, where Kay was deeply inspired, she founded the American Academy of Hand Analysis (AAHA). She has been practicing hand analysis since 2003 and teaching workshops and classes since 2005 . Her life’s work for more than two decades has been devoted to studying, practicing and inspiring exploration, deep discovery and prosperity. She is the author of Your Life Is In Your Hands; Practical Palm Reading for Purposeful Living.

How to Find Your Right Vocation Part II

When we live on our natural path effort is unnecessary. Think of a river as it naturally flows over rocks and around bends. The river is not working- yet there is a tremendous force of nature at work – carving deep canyons into mountains.

This is my objective – to help you find your powerful flow so you can be free of effort – and it’s literally designed in the palms of your hands.

When properly understood and interpreted, the hands clearly identify the potential skills, attributes, talents, strengths and preferences of an individual, as well as the potential weaknesses and blocks to overcome. A skillful hand reading and coaching with a professional can greatly change the direction and perception for possible career options. While your hand reader will offer insightful guidance, it is entirely up to you to choose what is best and right for you. The concrete and unique information in the hands can remove the guess-work as to what is the best vocation. One’s natural path for “right” work is literally etched in the palms and fingerprints. Your hand reader is the translator of that information to you, as the client.

Key components:

1) The hand (shape, lines and specific markings)

2) The fingerprints (life path, purpose and lesson)

As a scientific hand analyst I use the following checklist to begin my vocational assessment using the first component – the hand. I focus on the right hand first because it is typically considered the dominant hand.

–   Hand Shape archetypal combinations reveal temperament and preferences. One is motivated toward what is important to him or her. As an example, productivity and reliability is important to the Earth handed person while impressions and relationships are important to the water handed person.

–  Dominant fingers act as antennas transmitting and receiving potencies and areas of interest. For example, a person with a straight, tall and upright middle (Saturn) finger will place value in organization, structure, discipline and responsibility.

Now, if you blend an Earth hand with a dominant middle finger the owner will feel best in work with organizational structures providing productive and reliable outcomes – as in road construction. Rules and simplicity will be important. Conversely, the Water hand blended with a dominant middle finger will find the owner attracted to discipline and order in relationships. You may find him or her rehearsing lines for an upcoming stage performance, molding to the impression of the character he or she will play. 

–  The fullest Mount on the palm will show an excess reservoir of energy for use. For example, if the fullest Mount is around the ball of the Thumb (Venus zone), then the owner will be inclined to socialize, play and indulge in luxury.

–  The Heart Line provides clues as to the non-negotiable emotional requirements of the owner. A long curving up to the index finger Heart Line type will want to connect with people. Conversely, a short, straight Heart Line would rather work alone and complete projects and tasks.

–  Gift Markings pinpoint unique signatures to embody and shine into the world. Associated obstacles accompany each gift marking to help point the way to it’s advanced path.

The above are a few considerations your vocational hand analysis session will include to build a theme for your life’s most fulfilling work.

Part 3 will include five additional variables to consider in the hand when selecting a vocation.

How To Find Your Right Vocation So You Can Live Your Best Life Part I

Finding True North

Have you found your “right” work, yet? If so, was it an easy road to discover your ideal vocation? Or did you have to drag yourself to work you didn’t like on your path to get to your ‘just right’ work? Or are you asking yourself, “What else could I be doing rather than ‘this’? Or do you just feel flat out – stuck?

Clients see me when they feel empty and unfulfilled, which is exactly how I felt before deciding to leave my corporate career of 23 years in 2009. By outer world standards I had the optimal career and a killer salary!  I was truly happy for many early-years at Hughes Aircraft Company. During the later-years I was proud to say, “I work for the Boeing Company.” However, the tasks I did didn’t thrill my Inner satisfaction meter.

People typically ask me for guidance when they are

·      Looking for something new, but are just not sure what it is

·      Preparing to leave an old job or way of life

·      Looking for validation that they are currently on the right path

·      Feeling under utilized at work and want more responsibility and a promotion

·      Preparing to retire and wondering what to “do” next

·      Hesitating to quite a job they hate when they are within 5 years of retirement


This is when hand analysis and coaching pair together for optimal results because people can move through change with clarity and conviction. I believe people truly want to step into a bigger aspect of themselves.

Everyone seeks fulfillment and each person has a unique formula for fulfillment.

When have you felt fulfilled and how did you know you were?  For me I have feel deep inner peace, centeredness and a sense of equanimity. 

Traveling through the Trees
Where is your path taking you?

Synonyms for “fulfillment” include:

·      Contentment

·      Satisfaction

·      Serenity

·      Happiness

·      Self-Realization

·      Success

On a scale from 1-10, 10 being happiest, 1 being hopeless, where would you rate yourself right now?

After my mom died in 2005 my life took a drastic turn toward optimal living. All the sudden life became very, very precious to me. She always encouraged me to not only work, but to do work I loved.  

Look for following articles how to use the concrete map in the hands to pinpoint a person’s purposeful vocation using God-given gifts and talents for harmonious employment. It is literally inscribed in the hands. I’m excited and honored to share this with you so that you can live your very best life for the rest of your life!


Life Line Compromised and What to Do About it

When the Life Line is Compromised and What to Do About It

The Life Line is a major line that is carved on the inside of the hand around the Mount of Venus at the base of the Thumb. The length, shape, and quality of the Life Line are associated with the state of the physical body, and with awareness of and attention to the physical world. Let me put one myth to rest: the length of the Life Line does not predict the length of one’s life. It does, however, show concerns about protection and preservation of the body. The Life Line is also called the Line of Earth. It is considered the line of family and tribe because we build our physical constitutions within our tribes. As humans, we look to our communities for support and safety. If we feel safe in our clans, our core energy systems are more likely to be in balance.

The Life Line is read for personal vitality, stability and energy management, physical strength and stamina, and relationship to the sense of physical safety. Someone with a long, clear, and deep Life Line is down to earth, with a strong sense of security and stamina for living. Conversely, someone with a short or weak Life Line will feel constantly restless, a bit edgy, and will have a tendency to “fly.” Such a person may be living on the surface of life, staying busy but not really “digging in.”

Rt Compromised Life Line

Fig. 1 Short and weak Life Line

Short, Weak, or Broken Life Line

If your Life Line is short, delicate, or scattered, you have difficulty resting. Your personal anchor and grounding system has been compromised. Because you’re accustomed to living in a routine of “flight,” you may not recognize these patterns as you read about them for the first time. For example, your work or family life may involve your driving from one place to another and another. You might feel as though you’re constantly scrambling to get your life in order. You may think, “There’s not enough time to get it all done!” Core survival issues such as paying the rent, not losing your job, and having enough food, remain strong considerations in your life and family. At worst, a sense of support from family is severely lacking, which creates a lack of trust in the tribal system. If your tribal system is at risk, you are more likely to doubt your role and value in society, asking, “Do I belong here?” Doubt of one’s role in the community can cause anxiety and internal tension that, in turn, produce a strong urge to create safety for oneself and others. When this is recognized and more clearly understood, one can begin to implement change, increasing stability instead of insecurity. If you have this type of Life Line, create and implement a plan for poise, routine, and balance on a regular basis.

Left Compromised Life Line

Fig. 2 Two separate and overlapping Life Lines

A significant interruption is clearly shown in the Life Line, which is composed of two separate and overlapping segments. The inside, upper segment is frayed and scattered. A secondary Life Line, toward the center of the palm, continues toward the wrist.

One client with a short Life Line told me how survival issues show up for him. He explained,

Before I know it, I’m rationalizing starting the day earlier and earlier and ending later and later. I’m working fourteen-hour days as an average. There is a constant and never-ending continuation of tasks leading to my insanity.

When I asked what has helped him, he said,

I’ve learned to see my big jobs as smaller jobs. I break large chunks of responsibility and work into smaller chunks. I can breathe easier as I settle down with bite-sized jobs.

Breaking tasks into manageable portions is a healthy strategy for addressing the overwhelming frenzy that can gradually consume a person with a short Life Line. In this spirit, here my friend William Sullivan wisely said, “When looking at building many a mile of fence, it’s best to take it one post at a time.”

A person with a weak (short, broken, frayed, or unclear) Life Line constantly seeks stability because of a sense of being out of balance. A sense of urgency arises from the thought that there is not enough time to live fully. There is an impulse to live a high-quality life before it’s too late.

When the owner of a weak Life Line becomes aware of this challenge and makes a determined effort to overcome it through grounding activities, she can set her anchor and feel more stable. Examples of grounding activities include walking, yoga, working regular hours, getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, looking out the window to watch nature in action, and simply breathing. Creating a sacred garden on the patio or painting the walls in earth colors will bring the sense of balance and harmony to a fidgety nervous system.

One is in harmony when one is consistently in sync with and closely linked to one’s environment. A short or weak Life Line is a warning to focus on relaxing into the realization of sufficiency: “There is enough time,” “I have enough information,” “I am safe,” “I am sufficient,”  “I am okay.”

Key Words: Restlessness, reluctance to rest, uprootedness, scattered, insistence, burnout

Weak Life Line Positive: You’re on heightened alert, attentive to getting many things accomplished, with opportunities to rebuild.

Weak Life Line Negative: You’re susceptible to burn out when you do too much (too much is defined by you, not the world); feeling out of balance and depleted.

Mantra: With ease, I equalize work, play and rest. I breathe in the nature of life.

Kay Packard, M.A. and Master Hand Analyst, is the author of Your Life Is In Your Hands: Practical Palm Reading for Purposeful Living. Portions of this article are from her book. Visit

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Bully Buster

Do you have the markings of a bully buster? Look at the Inner Mars zone in the palms of your hands.  One of many key words for this zone is stamina.

Mars Zone


When looking at your Mars zone, either hand, do you see any of the following markings:

– Fullness/puffiness
– Star (6 pointed asterisk)
– Whorl
– The start of your Head Line
– Grills

Mars Star

 Mars star in left hand (above)

Mars Whorl

Whorl in the Mars zone (above)

AAHA Debater Head Line w Mars

 Head Line starts inside and below the start of the Life Line (above)

Grill in Mars

Grill/ladder effect in the Mars zone (above)

Standing up for the underdog brings fulfillment to the owner with a well marked Mars zone. Mars is the archetype for the warrior and he (or she) needs a cause, something to stand for, to protect. A star shows the gift of bravery. The whorl indicates a life purpose where his or her exceptional courage is exercised. With the Head Line starting inside the Life Line, the owner will do well to advocate for those who are unable to stand up for themselves – such as mistreated animals, foster children, or battered women – to name a few. However, if this hero-type doesn’t have an appropriate cause for all this energy, he or she just may end up feeling cowardly, or the opposite – rageful. Just like the Lion in “Wizard of Oz,” owners of one or more of the markings above must have a bold and fearless course of action to devote their enthusiasm toward.

The Money Line in Your Hands

When people ask me, “Do you see money in my hands?” I look for various indicators; one being the Fate Line. The Fate Line is also called the Saturn Line. This vertical line rising to the middle finger shows the urge to accomplish tasks through effort. Don’t you agree, to make money effort is exerted in some way, toward some aim?

In Figure 1 (below) a long, straight vertical line starts at the base of the palm and rises all the way to the top of the palm, ending under the middle finger. There are a few little breaks along the way, but overall, this indicates an organized person, with systems in place to complete tasks with perfect outcomes. The outcomes may not actually turn out perfectly, but intentions are set.

Fate Line
Fig. 1: Saturn Line

On the positive side, this person fulfills commitments and is driven by a thirst for knowledge. On the negative side, this person may take on too much responsibility and feel overly responsible for the well-being of others. When I see a vertical line in the hand like Figure 1 I say, “When you know what you want and you set your mind to something, there is no stopping you!” 

Flowing on Purpose – Vertical Lines in Your Hands

THE VERTICAL LINES of the hands reveal an urge for expression of life force related to the fingers under which they lie. Each of the four lines is named according to the finger toward which it rises: Jupiter (index), Saturn (middle), Apollo (ring), and Mercury (pinkie). The lines may be short or long. There may be two or more lines beneath a single finger, or there may be none at all.

A vertical line represents the flow of sustenance and supporting strength, with the characteristics of the finger it supports, like the root of a plant.  For example, a Jupiter Line extends the force of the Jupiter finger in the form of inspiration. The Saturn Line shows the owner’s yearning for effort and responsibility.  The Apollo Line spotlights the creative urge, and the Mercury Line depicts the curiosity of a seeker.

Vertical Lines in the Hand
Vertical Lines in the Hand

When analyzing vertical lines, consider the length, quality, and quantity. Clear, deep, and long lines carry more force than short faint lines.  If there are multiple vertical lines under one finger, each carries extra force of that kind.  Having extra lines isn’t always better; rather, it indicates more opportunity for expression of that type of energy.

Think of these lines as electrical wiring, allowing currents of energy to flow and support the attributes of the associated fingers. The longer the vertical lines, the more energy they carry. The presence of several parallel vertical lines indicates extra energy that may appear as having too many choices to make related to the particular line. The condition of the finger itself is also significant here. The stronger and straighter the finger, above the vertical line, the better and more positively the associated characteristics will be expressed. At least, there is a potential for greater expression.

Stay tuned to learn more about the Saturn Line, AKA the Fate Line, the Career Line, and the Money Line. You can design success strategies in your life by interpreting your Line of Effort.

Guide for Lost Souls

Following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Your Life Is In Your Hands.

Guide for Lost Souls

The owner of a long head Line that curves deep into the palm considers ideas, thoughts, and activities that are influenced by deep meaning in life. People with this type of Head Line have felt the trap that Persephone felt after Hades kidnapped her to make her his wife. Held against her will, Persephone was trapped in the dark, dismal, gloomy underworld. If you have this deeply curving head Line, you most likely understand the feeling of depression. It doesn’t mean you are depressed but you know what it means to be depressed. Like Persephone, you have experienced despair associated with “your life not being your own.” You are sensitive and responsive to your environment, including the feelings of all beings. As Persephone matured she opened her heart to Hades and to the other lost souls ensnared in the underworld. Likewise, as you mature you develop a deep compassion for others that can develop into life work as a guide for people who have been led astray or trapped. A deeply curving head Line represents a potential path to mature into the Queen of the Underworld, handling hidden and all-consuming emotion, where reason has no place. Persephone also knew that she would return to the bright world above in spring each year. You have a genius for understanding others who enter into their own world of deep and unpredictable waters.

AAHA Guide for Lost Souls

Long, curving Head Line, toward the wrist

After describing the implication of this type of head Line to one client, she confirmed the analysis saying, “Oh, yes, that’s me.” Unexpectedly, I dive into a very dark place. I’m used to it now, so I have a mini fridge in my room with ice cream in it. I comfort myself on my favorite fluffy bedspread with DVDs next to my TV. I do know I’ll eventually resurface to everyday life.” Persephone did resurface out of the darkness, after choosing to do so, and realized her power in the decision and in her journey.

Key Words: Despair, grief, powerlessness, empathy, resurrection

Guide for Lost Souls Positive: I am able to be fully and completely present with deep sadness, maintain compassion, and steer others to their inner light.

Guide for Lost Souls Negative: Immobile, I remain a victim of kidnapping by hopelessness, believing I have no way out.

Mantra: I willingly open myself to deep emotion and am appropriately available to myself and other lost souls ready to “come back to life,” again, feeling joy.

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What Makes an Exceptional Teacher?

Kay Packard
Kay Packard

What Makes an Exceptional Teacher?

When looking for a teacher in the professional healing arts, and specifically hand analysis, there are many aspects to take into consideration.  High quality teachers have an extensive knowledge of the subject matter, curriculum and standards, a caring attitude, and a love of learning; experience facilitating groups of individuals and expectations, a desire to make a difference in the lives of students, and those lives who the student will touch.

– Exceptional teachers set high expectations for all students while meeting each student where she is emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.

– Exceptional teachers have clear, written-out objectives for each class and/or program. With integrity, they follow through with commitments. Students do better when they have a clear idea what to expect and receive what is expected.

– Exceptional teachers are prepared and organized. They are in their classrooms (and tele-calls) early and ready to teach. They offer homework assignments and hands-on practice plans to build subject knowledge.

– Exceptional teachers help students see differently. Effective teachers use intuition, scientific facts (reliable and repeatable data) while also asking “why” questions. Students learn better when they are challenged to look at all sides of the subject matter and are given plenty of time to ask and answer questions.

– Exceptional teachers communicate effectively, engage all students and treat each student with dignity and respect.

– Exceptional teachers form strong heart-centered relationships with their students and show that they care. They are warm, enthusiastic, considerate and caring. Students feel supported when their teachers are available to them during and outside of scheduled class time.

– Exceptional teachers are masters of their subject and spend time continuing to gain knowledge in their field of expertise. They present the material with enthusiasm and instill hunger in their students to study and practice.

– Exceptional teachers help students build confidence through praise, appropriate correction, and individualized guidance.

– Exceptional teachers pursue and exhibit life experience to support their curriculum and overall teaching objectives.

– Exceptional teachers give the student cause to be both fulfilled and delighted about the learning institution or academy where they are or have been taught.

– Exceptional teachers gratefully acknowledge their sources of content and pay homage to their revered teachers and mentors.

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