Jessica was my first client when I was starting out as a professional palmist nearly 30 years ago. She was also my biggest challenge.
At the time, Jessica was approaching her 40th birthday and trapped in a dangerous downward spiral of depression, alcoholism, self-loathing and a disintegrating, unhappy marriage.
The first thing she said to me bordered on suicidal. “If the next 40 years of my life are going to be like the first 40, I don’t see the point of going on.”
Her handprints reflected her bleak outlook and despairing attitude.
“Jessica, the lines in your hands are so faint they are almost non-existent. You are living life on the surface, surviving mechanically—and you are barely doing that. You need to develop your lines by looking deep within yourself and making a spiritual connection, something that will give your life purpose and meaning. If you don’t—life will not get better for you, it will only become more painful and difficult to bear. Please, let me help you!”
Jessica looked at me blankly from across the desk: “I came here to have my palm read and my future told,” she said, “not for another lecture. You sound like my parents.”
She left my office and didn’t return. But I couldn’t get her out of my mind. A few weeks later I called her to set up another appointment. Unfortunately, her phone had been disconnected and I had no other way of contacting her.
The years went by and I had the great privilege of helping thousands of clients in my practice—but I always remembered Jessica, my first client, and wondered how she was. In my mind she was “the one who got away” and I wished I could have made a difference in her life.
Then, a few weeks ago, my phone rang—it was Jessica.
“I don’t know if you remember me, Guylaine, but I saw you 30 years ago . . . next week I’ll be celebrating my 70th birthday and, if you’re not booked up, I’d love to make an appointment to see you.”
I was speechless, and delighted—I felt as though a silent and often repeated prayer had at long last been answered. When she walked into my office I barely recognized her . . . despite the passage of three decades, she looked younger and more vibrant than she had during our first meeting all those years ago.
“Your look wonderful, Jessica!” I said, welcoming her with a hug.
“I feel wonderful, Guylaine . . . and I owe it all to you.”
As our first consultation had gone so poorly, I was confused. Jessica laughed at my expression and told me to sit down so she could fill me in on all that had transpired.
“I was angry with you after our consultation, not because of what you said, but because of how right you were about me,” she began. Jessica told me that, within days of our first meeting, her husband had finally had enough of her drinking and depression and left her. She immediately began a relationship with another man—who was kind and wealthy but, like her, also suffered from severe alcoholism.
“We got married and travelled all over the world, but honestly I couldn’t tell you where we lived or what we did—15 years passed me by in an alcoholic haze,” she said.
“Then something happened to me while we were on a luxury cruise in the Mediterranean. Instead of enjoying the sea air, I was vomiting over the rail of the yacht. I was so tired of my life, I thought of throwing myself into the water. But as I looked into the waves, I noticed my hands . . . and I remembered what you said to me—that if I didn’t develop my lines by making a spiritual connection my life would never get better. I don’t know why your voice came to me at that moment, but it did. You planted a seed in my mind—and it saved my life. I had a moment of clarity—I knew I either had to get busy living or get busy dying. I quit drinking that night and joined AA the next week. My husband refused to stop drinking, but I knew in order to support my resolve, I had to move on. Sadly, I heard a few years ago that he drank himself to death.
Through AA, Jessica learned to be of service to others, and by helping those in need she found a path to her own spiritual awakening. She found a part-time job and moved back in with her parents—to whom she had caused great pain and anxiety for many years—and cared for them during their old age. She also began volunteering at a drop-in center for the homeless and at a suicide prevention hotline. Caring became her purpose; embracing that purpose opened her to life and she stopped merely surviving and began to thrive.
Her handprints spoke volumes about her amazing spiritual journey. When we compared the prints taken 30 years earlier with her new prints, we saw the growth of many positive lines. She now had a destiny line beginning at her Moon, showing her deep-rooted desire to nurture others; a square on Jupiter, revealing her new-found love of humanity and an ability to share her wisdom; and a strong Girdle of Venus, denoting her gift of inspiring others with her own love and passion for life. Most impressive was her Love of Truth line—a clear indication of her spiritual quest and burning desire to find and share God’s universal love. Finally, her Sun line reflects her deep belief and satisfaction in her life’s work, infusing her with magnetism and the ability to attract positive people and circumstances into her life.
“I won’t lie to you Guylaine,” Jessica said. “Making these changes was painful, but the rewards are immeasurable—I am living a full life that is beyond my wildest dreams. Thank you for helping me find my way.”
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