As above, so below. As within, so without. Such principles tell us the world around us expresses who we are within, collectively.
Over the ages, we have developed various techniques to read the patterns of the world to gain insight and perspective of our less conscious inner dynamics.
The cycles of time, for example, are seen in the planetary patterns around our home. Some read the bumps on the head for insight. Or the numbers of our life. Or the lines on our hands.
However, in the latter case, the lines on the hands change. What doesn’t change is our fingerprints. They’re formed in the 4th month of our gestation. Researchers and scientists have found correlations between fingerprint patterns and some medical conditions. This study is called Dermatoglyphs.
Vedic science has also studied our fingerprints and classified them into 108 types. The nadi leaf system uses this to group leaf readings by type based on the style of thumbprint. They also correlate this type with your birth time as they can find your bundle that way.
They then seek your leaf within those bundles, within your soul type. A couple of leaves before mine described many quite similar features in others lives. This surprised me.
About a decade ago, a friend brought Richard Unger, a prominent researcher and fingerprint reader to town. It surprised me how much information he could draw from looking at my fingertips and hands.
There are 4 basic fingerprint styles (whorl, loop, tented arch, & arch) along with a few variations. The pattern of these types across your fingertips marks your purpose (teacher, leader, artist, etc.) and primary life lesson.
Recently, I finally read Richard’s book Life Prints. It reviews his system and how to read your own prints. It was fascinating to get the background but I’d have to say his personal reading brought out nuances and a more integrated perspective. You can find your purpose and lesson in the book though.
I found the system an interesting overview that was quite accurate, although I’d have to say a good jyotish or nadi leaf reading provides a great deal more background and trends.
Richard describes it as helping people live a life on purpose. At the time of my reading, it clarified I was on the right path even though it had arisen spontaneously and without planning (how life works).
Richard formed the International Institute of Hand Analysis in the ’80’s to support research and training, if you’re interested in more.