by Kay Packard, M.A.
Published in the Valley Voice Newspaper December 19, 2013.
Knowing what your Life Line has to say about you can help you elevate from grumble to grace during this holiday season. In hand analysis, the length, shape and quality of this line are associated with the physical body, awareness of and attention to the physical world. Your Life Line indicates your ability to get-up-and-go and your needs for rest and rejuvenation. This line is one of the three major lines in the palm. The other two major lines are the Heart and Head Lines. The Life Line is carved on the inside of the hand around the mound where the thumb connects to the palm (see figure 1).
Fig. 1 Arrows pointing to a long and curving Life Line
Let me put one myth to rest – the length of the Life Line does not predict the length of one’s life. It does show concerns about protection and preservation of the body. This is considered the line of family and tribe because we build our physical constitution within our tribe. As humans, we look to our community for support and safety. As we feel safe in our clan, our core energy system is more likely to be in balance.
The Life Line is associated with the element of the Earth and is associated with roots and productivity. If you have a long, clear and deep Life Line (Fig. 1, above), you are down to earth, with a strong sense of security and stamina for living. Conversely, if you have a short or hard-to-see Life Line (figure 2), you will feel a constant restlessness, a bit edgy, with a tendency to ‘fly’. You may be living on the surface of life, staying busy, but not really “digging in” and planting yourself.
As a master hand analyst, I read the Life Line for:
– Personal vitality
– Stability and energy management
– Physical strength and stamina; vigor and verve
– Relationship to the sense of physical safety
Long, clear and unobstructed Life Lines belong to people who are in sync with their environment and maintain stability in their physical body even under stressful situations like shopping at Costco on a Sunday afternoon. There is a natural rhythm in the routine activities of life. They dig in and live life to the fullest surrounded by the natural elements such as mountains, rivers, trees and parks.
If your Life Line is long, deep and clear you are strong in vitality and physical condition. You have a robust nature and staying power. You are tuned into your body and effectively utilize your energy system, like rock climbers, marathon runners, skiers, and yoga gurus.
During this holiday season, you may be the one to corral the family for a hike, an outdoor BBQ (even if it’s 50 degrees) or drive to Sequoia National Park. Keep in mind; this may not be everyone’s dream for a family gathering. While your stamina is high, do keep to your routine as much as possible so that you don’t become resentful.
Fig. 2 Short and scattering Life Line – Reluctant to rest
If your Life Line is short, delicate and scattered like figure 2, you have difficulty resting. Your personal anchor and grounding system has been compromised. You may be quite familiar with living in a routine of ‘flight’. You might feel like you’re constantly scrambling to get life in order; “There is not enough time to get it all done.” Core survival issues play havoc in your life and family. At worst, the sense of support from family is severely lacking which creates a shortage of trust in the tribal system. If your tribal system is at risk you will most likely question your contributions to and position in society, asking, “Do I belong here?” Doubt in one’s role in the community can cause anxiety and internal tension that, in turn, creates a deep-seated urge to create safety and to keep others safe. When this is recognized, understood and addressed that owner can successfully implement a plan for poise and stability on a regular basis.
Short and weak Life Line rescue kit: Take ample time to renew. Heed the call of restlessness and take a deep breath. Schedule time in your routine to plant your feet on the ground by taking walks or hiking. Gravitate to authentic members in your village.
In summary, if you own of a short Life Line, you can transcend grumble to grace by setting personal agreements for well-deserved rest and renewal. If you have a long, well-etched Life Line, you can bring the outdoors inside if the family doesn’t share in your zest for the environment. In either scenario, remember this is a time to relish in our tribal bonds in gratitude for the security of the root established in our community.
Kay is a Master Hand Analyst and Teacher who lives in Three Rivers, California. She offers long distance hand analysis sessions and training programs.
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