What is Hand Reading

The study of hand reading is indeed a noble art, for it is simply the study of a person’s consciousness as reflected in the form and structure of the hand. Yet it is curious that the sheer potential of such knowledge within medicine, education, vocation and self-awareness, that it is today largely derided as rubbish and not worthy of study. It is symptomatic of the attitudes of Western education that it does not want people to wake up to their inner potential. Scepticism is deliberately cultivated to dissuade people from discovering its validity.

“The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something you know nothing about – yet refuse to investigate.” Anon

Yet if the structure of the hand did not reflect our inner state, then how could we have expressed our ideas and made a mark on our external environment through our manual activities. The idea that hand reading has no validity flies in the face of everything that mankind has achieved in numerous civilizations, both living and extinct. Whether it is architectural wonders, manufactured objects, scientific developments, literary works and artistic masterpieces, few if any would have been possible if hands were not instrumental in translating ideas into actions. Even the name of our contemporary digital technology alludes to the facts that our fingers have been used for counting numbers since the earliest of times.

We live in challenging times, politically, economically, environmentally and climatically. In order to adapt to these challenges, people are going to have to draw from their inner resources if they are to survive. Current political, economic and scientific ideas, which may have served us well in the past, are going to being increasingly irrelevant as the whirlwind of change gathers momentum and generates increasing stresses upon every one. Hand reading, coming from a different perspective than conventional education, has much to offer to help this transition.

Hand reading has always been a valid tool for understanding the emotional and psychological factors that contribute, for better or worse, to a person’s health. Similarly it can help illuminate the emotional and mental conditioning from childhood that plays out in relationships, thereby providing a valuable perspective to the drama and dynamism of emotional relationships. Vocationally people are often steered into professions by their academic achievements, only to find that the work that have been led towards profoundly unsatisfying. A hand reading can give a unique alternative perspective of an individual’s talents, resources and abilities whereby greater fulfilment and performance can be achieved. For those undergoing psychoanalysis then a hand reading can provide a positive road map of the inner journey. As a client once said to me after a reading, “What you have said to me in two hours has made more sense about my life than two years of psychotherapy.” A reading can potentially make the therapy more productive in a shorter period of time saving time and expense on part of both the therapist and their client.

As Sigmund Freud is attributed as saying, “No psychoanalysis is complete without an inspection of the hand.”

The most creative aspect to hand reading is the remarkable phenomenon that the lines change in response to changes in the person’s life. Following advice to resolve the issues that emerge in the reading, when a successful resolution is achieved the lines change. Depending on how quickly the issue is resolved, then the positive change can be seen within a couple of months to a year. Taking hand prints at yearly or bi-yearly intervals is a very simple technique for monitoring inner change through a person’s life.

The true potential to hand reading lies not in foretelling the future, as in most people’s conception of palmistry, but fully explaining what is happening in the present. By fully understanding the issues in the present that are causing suffering and conflict then a person can becomes free to determine their own future.

By Dylan Warren-Davis

Dylan Warren-Davis has been involved in the study and practise of hand reading for over thirty five years, in which time he has read many thousands of people’s hands. Dylan originally became interested in hand reading through its diagnostic potential while a student of herbal medicine. His studies have included both the Chinese Buddhist and European Cheiromantical traditions. His hand readings and teaching draws from the wisdom of both traditions. Dylan is also known for the many articles he has written for magazines and journals on this subject, as well as making a number of radio appearances both in the U.K. and abroad. Dylan is a qualified Medical Herbalist and also teaches yoga, meditation and relaxation techniques. He is also skilled in astrological interpretation. Dylan has travelled widely, giving lecture tours both in the U.K. and overseas in Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Denmark. His book “The Hand Reveals” was first published by Element Books in 1990. The digital version, included free with the Cheiromancy Online Foundation Course, is now its 3rd Edition. In 1998 Dylan was invited by the Oxford University Press to contribute to their encyclopaedia 'The Oxford Companion to the Body' in the section under Palmistry.

If you would like to learn more about hand-reading then Dylan offers a 10 lesson on-demand foundational course: An Introduction to Cheiromancy.