By Vedic Palmist-Astrologer Guylaine Vallée

Excerpt from The Happy Palmist: My Joyful Adventure in Vedic Palmistry


On the morning of my appointment, I woke up with more excitement and enthusiasm than I had felt in months. Could this be the day I finally discover what I’ve been searching for?

I wore my most colorful clothes from Paris, including my electric blue leather pants that went so well with my bleached, pixie haircut. My outfit’s pièce de résistance was a transparent plastic purse with a huge plastic fish inside—a one-of-a-kind Paris original!

The Palmistry Center was across town in the Montreal neighborhood of Westmount and during the long ride on the Number 24 bus I thought of questions to ask the palmist, all of which I forgot the moment I arrived at 351 Victoria Avenue and saw the sign: The Birla Center for Hast Jyotish.

When I opened the door, an alarm chimed with the sound of songbirds, whose sweet singing followed me up the stairs into the reception area, fragrant with the soothing aroma of burning incense. I felt as though I had just climbed up to heaven.

A woman with long, black hair named Lydia met me in the lobby and led me to a sink, where she used a little rubber paint roller to coat my hands with black ink. She then pressed each of my palms onto a sheet of blank, white paper. And there they were: my handprints. I had no way of knowing that I was looking at my two new best friends—friends that held the secrets of my past, the path to my future and the key to unlock them both. When I saw my prints for the first time, I was shocked at how crooked my fingers were and how big my hands looked. I felt a little exposed, knowing that my hands—and all they might reveal about me—would soon be scrutinized by the eyes of an expert.

Back from Paris

This is it, the moment of truth.

I washed the ink from my hands and sat down to wait for my reading. A few minutes later, Ghanshyam walked into the room. I was struck by how dignified he looked in his beige Nehru suit—and a pair of golden slippers! I was amazed someone could be confident and comfortable to wear slippers to work. He had a thin, black moustache and penetrating brown eyes that lit up like birthday candles as he welcomed me with a warm smile.

Oh my! He looks even more beautiful than before, I thought, feeling a powerful surge of déjà vu. Guylaine, don’t be silly! This is the first time you’ve ever seen him!

“Hello, hello, helloooo! It is so nice to meet you!” Ghanshyam said in a sweet, lilting East Indian accent. He took my hands in his and shook them with such genuine affection—it felt like a reunion with a long lost friend. He radiated with an honest-to-goodness kindness that put me instantly at ease.

“Please, come with me, my dear.”

I followed him into his office, which was dominated by an armoire filled with books about palmistry and astrology, many of them worn by age and use, bearing titles in languages I did not recognize. A large portrait of an Indian man wearing an orange robe hung above Ghanshyam’s desk. The man’s face was serene and his eyes were half-shut in a trance-like state. His arms were raised with open palms, as though he were bestowing a blessing upon me while I took my seat.

A translator joined us for the session, as Ghanshyam spoke no French and the extent of my English was “How are you today?” She informed me that Ghanshyam practiced Vedic palmistry, a form of traditional Indian palmistry that originated in the ancient Hindu scriptures known as the Vedas.

Ghanshyam placed the paper with my handprints on the desk, next to my astrological chart, which he had drawn up before my arrival. I had been unaware that astrology was related to palmistry, but I learned they are twin sciences and that hast jyotish is a phrase combining two Sanskrit words—hast, meaning hand, and jyotish, meaning light. So hast jyotish described the light from our planets being reflected in our hands.

After studying my chart and making all sorts of notes and scribbles on my prints with various colored pens, Ghanshyam looked up at me. His brown eyes shone with such intensity I felt he was staring into my soul.

“Let’s begin, shall we?” His voice had the tone of a compassionate doctor who had examined a patient’s X-rays and had both good and bad news to deliver.

“You are on a mission to find God and you have been on this quest for a long time,” he said, “but you haven’t made a spiritual connection. You’re miserable because you are stuck in one place and have no direction, which has made you feel lost and alone. You can’t decide what to do, and that has left you without any meaning or purpose in your life. Does that sound right to you?”

I was too overwhelmed to speak. He knew exactly what I had been feeling for the past decade—as if he had known me my entire life. I nodded.

He looked down at my prints and began pointing to various lines with his pen . . .


Part II: Continued next month.


Guylaine Vallée is the author of The Happy Palmist: My Joyful Adventure in Vedic Palmistry, co-authored with Steve Erwin, award-winning journalist and author of The New York Times best-selling memoir Left to Tell.

Guylaine is the coach of the 90-Day Challenge programs.

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By Vedic Palmist-Astrologer Guylaine Vallée

(Excerpted from The 90-Day Heart Line Challenge)

Understanding the five states of the heart, described by Sri Yukteswar in his book, The Holy Science, has helped so many of my clients find love, and has helped me so greatly in my own life, that I have dedicated a chapter to exploring them in The 90-Day Heart Line Challenge. I really believe this will give you a deeper insight into the evolution of the heart, will inspire you as much as it has inspired me, and will help us immeasurably in our quest to expand our heart and create a love-filled life!

As we enter the Pure State of the Heart, our connection to the spirit of pure love within us deepens and our defense mechanisms, blockages, and sense of separation from others melt away. The personal needs and desires that have distanced us from our heart will simply evaporate, allowing our heart center to fully open.

Sri Yukteswarji refers to the pure state as the Clean State of the Heart, for we have cleansed our heart of all that has held us back from the complete expression of unconditional love. In this state, we feel a complete union with God, the universe and every other human heart. We understand with absolute certainty that we are all connected—we are not an individual wave in the sea, but an integral part of the vast ocean of humanity, and that humanity is an integral part of the infinite Cosmos.

We realize what Vedic philosophy has always asserted, and what quantum physics has only recently discovered—that all matter is an illusion. The only thing in our lives that is eternal is the energy of which we are comprised, which continually changes from one form to another, and carries our consciousness beyond space and time.   In essence, reality is not what we see, but a great endless oneness of being through which all life is interwoven.

As Joni Mitchell sang in the 1960s, We are stardust . . .  we are billion-year-old carbon. So, within this carbon-based human body, our consciousness—our soul—is boundless, infinite and eternal. We embrace this truth in the Pure State of the Heart, where we experience a perfect, loving communion with all other souls.

Of course, the Pure State of the Heart is one not easily achieved by us mere mortals. Loving perfectly is a process—it is a journey we are on throughout our lifetime, and likely, throughout many lifetimes. But it is the only journey that really matters.

One individual who exemplifies this journey is Sister Margaret, who was a client of Ghanshyam’s several years ago. Ghanshyam wrote about this remarkable woman in an article, and I think the story speaks for itself:


Sister Margaret’s Purity of Heart

I met Sister Margaret two decades ago at a conference she helped organize promoting forgiveness and reconciliation to achieve peace and harmony between people and nations. A vibrant woman in her late seventies, she believed forgiveness bestowed a double blessing, benefiting both the forgiver and forgiven—and she was living proof of the effectiveness of that philosophy.

When World War II broke out, Sister Margaret was a young Catholic nun working in rural Japan. She was arrested by Japanese soldiers and spent four years in a brutal internment camp. She suffered great deprivation and witnessed many atrocities, but never allowed her heart to be hardened by bitterness or hatred. After the war, she stayed on in Japan to care for orphans, treat the wounded and help rebuild the country. Before returning to North America, she spent years travelling throughout Asia bringing aid and comfort to the poorest of the poor.

When our paths crossed, she was in the midst of performing an act of personal reconciliation and forgiveness. She’d invited former Japanese soldiers—her onetime enemies and captors—to attend her peace conference, and she embraced each and every one of them with kindness and warmth. When I asked her why she did it, she replied: “Ghanshyam, we all struggle with darkness, but we are also all children of God, touched by Divine light. It is our job to let that light shine from us and help it shine in others. If we make that our mission in life, we’ll all be better people, and this world will be a much better place.”

Sister Margaret’s altruism and spiritual wisdom moved me deeply; when I studied her hands, I wasn’t surprised to find a three-pronged heart line, which is pretty rare. It indicates we can be known for our loving, compassionate disposition with tremendous spiritual insight used for the welfare of humanity. Especially when all three branches are of equal length, this origin denotes talent, success and possibly even name and fame.

Additionally, Sister Margaret had a beautiful Girdle of Venus hovering above her heart line. The Girdle of Venus has been described as a smile permanently stamped on our hearts. It makes us an inspiration to others.

Ideally, the Girdle forms a gentle arc in the upper region of the palm linking Jupiter, Saturn, Sun and Mercury, the four sattwa mounts that reflect our noble intentions. The Girdle’s close proximity to the heart line reflects a deep capacity for empathy. It also reveals a powerful creative urge that compels us to express the beauty and love within our soul. Many artists, humanitarians and those devoted to serving others possess a Girdle of Venus.

Sister Margaret lived into her nineties and never stopped working to create international and interpersonal peace, harmony, understanding and forgiveness. Her handprint, with its remarkable Girdle of Venus, is a lasting testament to a beautiful life, well lived.

In Sister Margaret’s words, we are all “touched by Divine light. It is our job to let that light shine from us and help it shine in others.” To develop a Pure State of Heart, we must light up our lives with love.

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Guylaine shares about her journey becoming a Vedic Palmist, studying under Ghanshyam Singh Birla. She chats about helping her clients find their best path throughout life, and even potentially changing their destiny through right action.

Read the interview here:

Guylaine is the author of The Happy Palmist (, which delightfully recounts her life journey from an autobiographical perspective.

By Vedic Palmist-Astrologer Guylaine Vallée

(Excerpt from The 90-Day Heart Line Challenge)

The Five States of the Heart

In his masterpiece, The Holy Science, Sri Yukteswar tells us that, as we evolve toward the expression of perfect love, we must progress through “Five States of the Heart.” Successfully passing through each state brings us a step closer to our goal of perfect love, a step closer to clearing the clouds from our heart, and a step closer to the power of the Infinite within us. This month, we discover the fourth state: The Devoted State of the Heart.


The Devoted State of the Heart

The fourth state of the heart, the devoted state, is all about oneness, about achieving unity between our heart, head and soul. We reach this state by maintaining our detachment to external circumstances; by being steadfast in our quest for a more spiritual awareness and expansive expression of love; and by connecting our heart and our intuition—establishing a deep sense of unity with everything and everyone.

In the Devoted State of the Heart, we no longer feel torn between following what others want us to do, what we think we should do, and what our soul is intuitively telling us is the right thing to do. External circumstances will no longer confuse or drive us; we are freed from the dual nature of life and, in all things, act from a singular motivation, which is love.


My client Mona is a good example of someone striving toward the Devoted State of the Heart. A highly skilled physiotherapist, Mona was universally loved by her patients for her devotion, gentle manner, care and kindness. She was also a devoted wife and mother, had many good friends who relied on her advice and understanding, and, despite her hectic schedule, always made time to volunteer at a number of charitable organizations. All of these wonderful aspects of her personality are recorded in her ideal heart line, which has equal, upward-curving branches originating on her Mount of Jupiter.

Although constantly giving to others, Mona’s biggest concern was not giving enough of herself and letting other people down. Her long heart line naturally made her set high standards for herself, particularly in how she treated and related to those around her. Those high, idealistic expectations caused her pain whenever she thought she’d disappointed someone or felt disappointed in herself. It didn’t have to be a major event or glaring transgression. Just detecting a trace of disappointment in her husband’s voice when she called home to say her client was in distress and she’d be late for dinner would deeply disturb her. Not because her husband was unreasonable, but because she held herself to such lofty standards, she could not bear the thought of hurting him in any way, or of having him think she was being inconsiderate.

I told Mona that being so hard on herself could end up making her feel miserable. She had to accept she was doing her best, and to trust that her good intentions and motivations were what mattered most.

Even with a beautiful, long heart line like Mona’s, which expresses profoundly deep-rooted, loving convictions, we need the support of an equally balanced head line, otherwise there will be imbalance between our thoughts and feelings. In Mona’s case, her head line is too straight and unbending, leading her to put too many idealistic demands on herself and others. Her inflexibility was causing her destiny line to stop at the head line, a sure sign she was overthinking how she expressed her love, and creating problems where none existed. I encouraged her to “let go and let God”—to be more yielding to what her heart was telling her and not be dictated to by circumstance or expectation. Doing this would allow her destiny line to push past her head line and beyond her heart line, enabling her to be less hard on herself or disappointed with others when they failed to live up to her high expectations.

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We are currently experiencing a rare Shoola Yoga, where all the planets are situated in only three signs affecting three houses related to specific areas of your life. This accentuates those areas, making things very intense for us. This yoga with its concentration on three houses corresponds to the three-prong trident, or tri-shoola, Lord Shiva uses to ward off negative energy threatening to disrupt the harmony of our body, mind and heart.

Consequently, this yoga is considered auspicious if we approach it with reverence and respect. During this period, prayers and devotion will be rewarded with good fortune. As we mentioned, the energy of the Shoola Yoga is so powerful because all planetary energy is being concentrated in just three houses. If we can channel this energy calmly and purposefully, we will achieve a great deal of success. However, if we fail to direct this intense energy constructively it can overwhelm us.

If we are able to remain focused, flexible, and patient and adapt to the surge of concentrated cosmic energy, we can achieve miracles and move mountains.

What makes this Shoola Yoga so special is that it coincides with Maha Shivaratri, the ‘Great Night’ of Shiva, the Lord of yoga, meditation and transformation.

This year, Maha Shivaratri falls on Thursday, March 11th.

It is said that during Maha Shivaratri we gain many blessings by reciting the name of Lord Shiva: Aum Namah Shivaya, by chanting the Shiva mantra, Maha Mrityunjaya. Also, we invite you to experience a Maha Shivaratri fire ceremony with Ghanshyam on our YouTube Channel.

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The Cosmos is sending out a Valentine’s Day message for lovers everywhere this year—on February 14th you will win over more hearts by practicing patience and kindness than by handing out flowers and chocolates.

Why? Because on Valentine’s Day, five planets will be in Capricorn, intensifying an already stressed situation. Furthermore, Saturn in Capricorn is squared by Uranus, which adds even a greater strain to an already taxing time. What this planetary traffic jam tells us is that there is conflict between our wish for peace and order and our desire to break free of restrictions.

Fortunately, the Moon is in the compassionate sign of Pisces, which can soften our hearts to express our love and gratitude to all those close to us on this special Day.

It is important to remember that true love—which St. Valentine’s Day symbolizes and celebrates—is based on a selfless love that arises from compassion. So please, be especially patient, gentle and kind with your Valentine (and everyone else) on February 14th and throughout the year.

We encourage you to connect with the boundless love radiating within your soul and allow the tenderness of an open heart to guide you in all your interactions with others. The feelings of warmth and goodwill generated by a kind action or gentle word will last far longer than a single day and will return to you many fold.

Of course, chocolates and flowers are always appreciated!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Let Your Love Shine with Our Two-For-One February Special!

To promote and celebrate lasting love everywhere, we are offering a Valentine’s special for family, friends and lovers throughout the month of February!

When you sign up with a loved one for our Self-Paced 90-Day Heart Line Challenge this month you will receive a receive a 20 % discount on enrollment. What better way to learn about love than with a loved one at your side, be it your spouse, child, teenager, parent or lover. It is the perfect Valentine’s gift to present to yourself or that special someone!

The Heart Line Challenge is designed to connect you with your heart and help you develop deeper feelings of love, compassion and kindness. Taking the program with someone you care for makes it all the more powerful. Whether you are looking to bring the romance back into your relationship, deepen loving family ties or simply become a more loving person, the Heart Line Challenge is for you. And because it is self-paced, you can do it whenever you have the time or are in the mood. What better activity for a date night than learning how to love the person you’re with more deeply? Don’t leave your heart waiting—this special offer expires at the end of February.


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By Ghanshyam Singh Birla, Vedic Palmist-Astrologer

Given the year we’ve just come through, I was a bit anxious when drawing up the astrological chart for 2021. Nevertheless, I am delighted to report that, despite a couple of striking similarities, last year’s chart and this year’s chart are extremely different—and 2021 is filled with greater promise and hope.

Let’s start with the similarities. Both charts have Virgo rising with the lord of Virgo, Mercury, sitting in the 4th house of home, related to our security, our Mom, our homeland, our planet Mother Earth and where our heart feels most comforted. Another similarity between the 2020 and 2021 charts is the fact that both the Sun and Mercury are in Sagittarius in the 4th house.

What makes the chart of 2021 so different from 2020 is that last year the 4th house not only had the Sun and Mercury in it, but Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and Ketu as well. These six planets crammed into the 4th house formed a cluster of planets that emit enormous energy known as a stellium. The energy radiating from 2020’s intense stellium spread across the entire chart, disrupting every facet of life in every corner of the globe—our home lives, our relationships with family and friends, our finances, work and careers, our creativity and our physical and mental health. Even our social structures and institutions were disrupted, from shopping, education and entertainment to healthcare, politics and policing. Indeed, the intensity exerted on the 4th house of home in the 2020 chart helped turn our world upside down, forced us to redefine our sense of normal and to seek entirely new ways of feeling comfortable, safe and peaceful.

Thankfully, with only the Sun and Mercury in the 4th house this year, we know that, in the 2021 chart, the house of home will not suffer the same kind of relentless stress and uncertainty inflicted upon it by last year’s stellium. So, because the 4th house is not as bombarded this year, we can hopefully look forward to taking a collective sigh of relief.

However, one important key to realizing happiness in the 4th house is our approach to the 12th house. Because, you see, the Sun in the 4th house relates to its sign Leo occupying the 12th house, which, in astrology, is known as the house of loss or enlightenment. It was the same last year.

The 12th house is responsible to make us stretch our boundaries, to not remain limited. It relates to everything beyond what we are familiar with, everything that seems foreign—different cultures, different languages, different nationalities, the global community, the galaxy—we have the choice to find a common ground and embrace our differences or resist one another and remain isolated, angry or fearful. We have the chance to heal or annihilate our planet, Mother Earth.

The 12th house is the last stop in our chart. Losing our body can be the most foreign experience of all. So, how to embrace the 12th house to experience enlightenment opposed to loss in order to realize happiness in the 4th house? The more we are open to discovering about ourselves, for example our unseen soul nature, we will have a better time in the 4th house. Feeling centered within ourselves, we will feel more relaxed, peaceful and flexible to go along with life's ups and downs.

Qualities of the 12th house include broad-mindedness, inclusiveness, illumination, intuition—all of which are powerful tools we can use to break down mental boundaries that keep us isolated and unaware of the bigger picture. Developing these qualities will open us to empathy and enable us to connect to others in a heartfelt and truly meaningful manner. When we achieve this, our 4th house of home will be a calm, cozy and inviting place that radiates love.

The best feature of the 2021 chart is the location of the Moon, which is in its own sign of Cancer, showing the potential for our emotions to be governed by true and genuine feelings. Moreover, in the constellation of Pushya, it instills within us a protective instinct to want to nurture and support others. And what is really great, the Moon is in the 11th house of wishes fulfilled! When we open our hearts to others, we can reap the greatest benefits from the 11th house,  the house of friends, neighbours, colleagues and the community. It is the house of gains, meaning the realization of our hopes and dreams.

This is in stark contrast to the location of the Moon in last year’s chart, which was in the 6th house of health and enmity in the Saturn-ruled sign of Aquarius in a very difficult nakshatra known as Purvabadrapada. Indeed, according to famed astrologer Prash Trivedi, the Purvabadrapada nakshatra is “where the world loses its mind”, which it certainly did in 2020. The Moon was also conjunct the nebulous planet Neptune in the same difficult nakshatra (where Neptune remains until 2024), which added even greater confusion to the nature of things, for example the origin of the coronavirus and "fake news" in the media.

Further positive Moon tidings in 2021 include Jupiter in the 5th house of love, aspecting the Moon in the 11th house of gains. This tells us that by embracing a sense of goodwill for others, we will enjoy the benefits of the 11th house, which include bonds of friendship.

But this year there is one big caution: the gentle and kind emotional Moon, offering so much promise in the 11th house, is being aspected by the very powerful, warlike planet Mars in Aries, which can be very forceful and, at times, aggressive. Whenever there is a connection between these two planets, Mars and Moon, our blood can easily boil. Small things can set us off, creating emotional outbursts. So, instead of benefiting from the house of gains, keeping in mind the welfare of others, we create chaos, disrupting the peace so everyone feels bad. So, how do we control our Mars?

Mars is in its own sign of Aries in the 8th house of transformation. When Mars is situated there, we have the motivation, strength and energy to completely transform our life if we choose to look inward and explore our inner self. However, if we are not rooted in our deeper self-awareness, the ego can easily be triggered and we can feel self-righteous to use our energy and strength to disrupt instead of uplifting and unifying. A better comprehension of our true nature will make the aspect to the Moon in Cancer inspiring, constructive and fruitful.

Other positive planetary positions include Rahu in the 9th house, which will lift our spirits, rouse our higher consciousness and encourage us to seek out a greater purpose; and Saturn in Capricorn, where it is both at home and in its dignity, which will help us gain insight about our inner self and use our knowledge, gifts and expertise to express ourselves more capably in the world.

However, the benefic planet Jupiter is debilitated in the sign Capricorn, relinquishing its optimistic, hopeful and expansive characteristics to the cautionary, disciplined and hard-working sign ruled by Saturn. Additionally, Jupiter is conjunct Saturn in Capricorn. In this case, we may have to confront our own inhibitions and self-restrictions, as well as the restrictions placed upon us by circumstances, making us want to break free. However, as astrologer Robert Hand suggests, “we can choose to grow within the structure of restriction, using that very structure to enlarge our life.” So instead of feeling confined, restless and impatient with circumstances, we can use the restrictive feeling of Saturn and Jupiter joined together in the 5th house to deepen our feelings of love, persevere in the face of any challenges, and employ the hard work and discipline necessary to express our creativity and complete any outstanding projects.

So, let’s do our best to create a healthier, calmer and more caring world by developing goodwill toward our neighbours, remembering to include them in our prayers unreservedly as we pray for ourselves. If we keep our heart charged with love, we will find peace and create happiness throughout the year to come.

The formula for happiness in 2021 is simple yet profound: Love your neighbour as yourself and you will be fine.

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By Vedic Palmist-Astrologer Guylaine Vallée

Excerpt from The 90-Day Heart Line Challenge: Open Your Heart to Love, Joy and Happiness

In his masterpiece, The Holy Science, Sri Yukteswar tells us that, as we evolve toward the expression of perfect love, we must progress through “Five States of the Heart.” Successfully passing through each state brings us a step closer to our goal of perfect love, a step closer to clearing the clouds from our heart, and a step closer to the power of the Infinite within us. Last month, we examined the first state of the heart, the Dark Heart. This month, we discover the second state of the heart: The Propelled State of the Heart.


The Propelled State of the Heart

We enter the Propelled State of the Heart when our experience of the world leaves us feeling empty, when we grow dissatisfied with the shallow pleasures of the senses, the hollow rewards of material pursuits—when the after-effects of rampant emotion, uncontrolled passion and possessiveness have dragged us into a state of desperation and despair. It is then that our heart begins to yearn for greater meaning—a deeper truth that propels us toward a higher form of love. This seeking of love and truth stretches our heart and lengthens our heart line.

In the Propelled State of the Heart, we are more open and receptive to wisdom, creating a magnetism that will draw wise teachers, inspiring guides and supportive friends into our lives. In essence, we are sending out a sincere request to the universe to enlighten us, and the universe will never ignore such a request. It doesn’t matter how jaded we are or how set in our ways we have become, once our heart propels us to search for truth, we will not be deterred from finding it, and will be ready if it finds us first. An enlightened sage once said, “a saint is a sinner who doesn’t give up.” So, don’t worry about any past missteps—we learn from our mistakes; it is often the flaws and faults in our character that bring us to the most profound revelations, and the deepest desire to do good in the world.

This was the case with my client Bruno.


Bruno’s Propelled Heart

When Bruno first came to see me, he was working as the disciplinary “enforcer” at a reform school for emotionally troubled and violently aggressive teenaged boys.

His job requirements did not extend much beyond being physically intimidating and verbally domineering. It was not an intellectually stimulating or spiritually uplifting occupation. Despite being unhappy with his position, he kept with it for many years; it paid the bills and fulfilled his basic needs. Although he was in a rut, it was a comfortable rut, which made him willing to settle for less, and to be less than he could be.

Bruno was holding himself back from life and from love, which is reflected in the very short heart line in his “before” handprints. However, there were spiritual markings on his sattwa Mount of Jupiter, which told me he was not only capable of much more, but that he was ready (at least subconsciously) to be propelled forward into a more meaningful existence. I suggested that he might find his life more rewarding if he changed direction by, for example, counseling the boys in his charge rather than simply controlling them.

I encouraged him to focus on a more empathic and philosophic approach, which would extend his heart line and bring him greater personal fulfillment and happiness. Bruno, however, was a curmudgeon and gruffly brushed aside my suggestion. But sometimes the universe knows what we want and need more than we do ourselves, and the universe intervened on Bruno’s behalf.

Not long after our initial consultation, Bruno’s leg was broken during a scuffle with one of the boys at the reform school. During his convalescence, he remembered my suggestion; he started broadening his horizons and seeking a deeper meaning to life by reading Vedic philosophy.

When he returned to see me a year later, he was excited to see enormous improvement across his entire palm—most notably, he had a much longer heart line. By looking at the encircled areas on both his handprints, you can see that his heart line grew an extension towards his Jupiter finger. Also, on the Mount of Jupiter, you’ll see the development of a Ring of Solomon, a sign of wisdom, which (as the name suggests) reflects an ability to understand, relate to, and empathize with other people. It’s not uncommon to find a Ring of Solomon in the palm of someone working in a helping profession.

Bruno confided to me that following his injury he consciously decided to lengthen his heart line. He visualized its growth each day and, through the regular practice of gratitude and kindness, witnessed his personality undergo a remarkable transformation. For the first time in his life he was actually happy, and for the first time, other people found him approachable and caring. His desire for truth had propelled him to extend his heart line, which increased his magnetism and helped Bruno to create a more meaningful and loving life.


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Excerpt from The 90-Day Heart Line Challenge: Open Your Heart to Love, Joy and Happiness

By Vedic Palmist-Astrologer Guylaine Vallée


The Five States of the Heart

In his masterpiece, The Holy Science, Sri Yukteswar tells us that, as we evolve toward the expression of perfect love, we must progress through “Five States of the Heart.” Successfully passing through each state brings us a step closer to our goal of perfect love, a step closer to clearing the clouds from our heart, and a step closer to the power of the Infinite within us. Sri Yukteswar writes: ‘If we are able to cultivate this powerful ruling force of love implanted in our heart, we will be free of the unhappiness from the pain and pleasure cycles that are a part of life.’

Understanding the steps described by Sri Yukteswar, these five states of the heart, has helped so many of my clients find love, and has helped me so greatly in my own life, that I’m dedicating this week’s Challenge to exploring them. I really believe this will give you a deeper insight into the evolution of the heart, will inspire you as much as it has inspired me, and will help us immeasurably in our quest to expand our heart and create a love-filled life!

The first state of the heart Sri Yukteswar tells us about is the Dark State:


The Dark State of the Heart

When we are in the Dark State of the Heart, we are oblivious to our soul’s intuitive instinct to embrace and express love. We identify with, and become overwhelmed by, the external events that surround us. There are many traps through which the Dark State of the Heart can ensnare our consciousness: Ignorance, heartache, negative attitudes and emotions, bad habits, substance abuse or psychological and emotional trauma, to name a few. Birla clients Lyn and Roy were both plunged into this darkness through the pain of a shared personal tragedy.


Lyn And Roy: The Dark Heart

Lyn and Roy were a married couple who took a road trip with their young son. At one point, Roy became drowsy and asked Lyn, a less experienced driver, to take over behind the wheel. Not long afterwards they had a head-on collision in which their son was killed.

Neither Roy nor Lyn could forgive themselves for their boy’s death. Guilt pulled them both into a downward spiral of depression and emotional isolation. Despite having two other children, they could not open their hearts to express love. Years passed but their hearts did not heal; their love was consumed by guilt, anger and grief. Roy eventually retreated entirely into himself, quit his job and passed his days numbed by sedatives and antidepressants. Lyn continued to function, but her heart remained a stranger to herself and those around her.

Eventually a family friend convinced Lyn to have a consultation with Ghanshyam. Her “before” handprints reflect her persistent sadness, stress and anxiety, which can be seen in the network of fine interference lines streaking the middle and bottom areas of her palm. But fortunately, in her after prints, Lyn developed a star on her Mount of Jupiter, which is a sign of strong, intuitive soul wisdom. After several consultations, Lyn realized (and came to accept) that she could no longer let personal tragedy cloud her heart and, for the sake of her husband and surviving children if not for herself, she must stop allowing guilt and suffering to dominate her life.


This spiritual insight allowed Lyn to break free of the Dark State of the Heart and seek therapy to confront her grief. Her understanding of the need to move forward in love is reflected in the balance between her heart and head lines forming a healthy quadrangle which, as we’ve learned, is “The Landing Strip of The Angels”. Her healthy quadrangle gave Lyn the openness to accept and receive help from others. Her valiant spirit, which refused to let her quit on life or love, is illustrated in her “after” handprints through the extension of her heart line and her two vertical destiny lines, reflecting her determination to transcend even the most difficult obstacles and struggles.

Roy was less receptive to helpful counsel. His inability to support his family, either emotionally or materially, is confirmed by the imbalance between his short head line and long heart line. He lacks a healthy quadrangle; his “Landing Strip of the Angels” is further blocked by a branch of the heart line, which is being dragged down toward the head line and clouding his love with negative thoughts. He continued to allow his own guilt, and his anger at Lyn—whom he blamed for the accident—to close off his heart and keep it in the dark state. However, we remain hopeful he would eventually come around and, by opening his heart through forgiveness, would heal and be free to love.

The energy of our thoughts, feelings and actions directly impacts the lines in our hand. The way we direct that energy determines the direction our lines take—and the heart line is no exception. If we focus on positive emotions like love, acceptance and forgiveness, our heart line will extend to our Jupiter mount in a positive upward curve, which opens our quadrangle and invites angels and blessings into our life. If we are obsessed over negative thoughts and project negative emotions, our heart line can be pulled downward toward the head line, closing off our quadrangle and denying us the benefits of those wonderful quadrangle blessings.

A great deal of this, of course, depends on how we respond to the events in our life. If we allow negative situations to defeat our spirits, our heart line will evolve in a negative, downward direction; if we remain steadfast in our expression of love in the face of adversity, our heart will evolve in a positive, upward direction.

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By Vedic Palmist, Ghanshyam Singh Birla


In Vedic palmistry, the head line is often referred to as “the king of the hand” because it rules the way we think, the way we behave and the way we perceive the world around us. With its innate powers of logic and deduction, the head line reflects our intellectual ability to make rational decisions—to determine what is safe and unsafe, to discern right from wrong, and to weigh the consequences of our actions. In short, the head line helps us decide what is in our best interest and what will promote overall wellbeing and happiness in our lives and the lives of those we love.

Even more importantly, the head line is a doorway to our psyche, a doorway through which we can access the inner workings of our mind. And understanding how our mind functions—what makes us tick—is essential in maintaining a healthy outlook, healthy behaviors and a healthy sense of self. Indeed, the way we think determines how we act and how we view ourselves and the people in our lives. Thinking shapes our perception, and our perception shapes our world.

The head line is one of the three major lines of the hand and runs across the middle of the palm. It is flanked on either side by the hand’s other major lines—the life line, which is just below it, and the heart line just above. This central location endows the head line with a critical role in unifying the three principal aspects of our being. Not only does it form a bridge between the life line (reflecting our physical body) and the heart line (reflecting our loving nature), but it acts as a linchpin connecting all three major lines. Hence, a well-formed head line brings the heart line and life line into alignment, ensuring a balanced, harmonious relationship between body, mind and soul.

As I mentioned in last month’s article, Thinking Your Way to Happiness, a strong and balanced head line is a vital component of a healthy and happy life. If the head line is broken, disrupted by interference lines, too short, misshapen, travels in a detrimental direction or is out of alignment with the heart or life lines, our thinking will be adversely affected. The way we view ourselves, our relationships and our world will be askew. Making matters worse, faults and fractures in the head line allow the negative, self-defeating voices we’ve accumulated since childhood seep into the forefront of our mind. These dark voices undermine our confidence, hamper our success, jeopardize our happiness and, over time, can cut groves into our physical brain where negative thinking can take root and lead to harmful actions.

Fortunately, we can correct faults in the head line and repair any damage that negative thinking has inflicted on our lives. But this is not always easy to do—changing our head line requires us to change the way we think, which is something that is simpler said than done. Dislodging deeply engrained negative thought patterns and changing long-established bad habits and behaviors is, to say the least, a challenging task. Modern brain imaging has revealed that nearly 100,000 thoughts race through our mind each day—that’s roughly 50 thoughts a minute. With all that noisy traffic roaring around our brain, it’s little wonder we have so much difficulty knowing our own mind, and so much trouble communicating or being intimate with those we love.

Even more alarming is the fact that neuroscience has determined 80 percent of our thoughts are either partially or entirely negative in nature. That means our poor brain is contending with 80,000 negative thoughts every day of our lives! Sadly, each negative thought acts as a brick that, when stacked one atop another, can quickly create a towering and seemingly insurmountable wall that separates us from our higher selves, from our potential, from our feelings, and from our family, friends and lovers.

The good news is that by making our head line our best friend we will gain the mental strength and clarity to tear that wall down brick by brick, negative thought by negative thought. And when that wall is gone, our mind will be calm and peaceful, our vision will be crystal clear and we will be standing face to face with our true self.

To achieve this, we must replace our negative thoughts with positive ones, which will positively reshape our head line and make it as close to perfect as possible. So, what does a perfect head line look like? Well, as you can see in the illustration, an ideal head line will be deep and unmarred by interference lines. It will originate on or near the intersection of the Mount of Jupiter and Mars negative, and then travel across Rahu before gently curving downward toward its termination point on the mounts of Mars positive and Luna. This is the ideal head line; it denotes calm, clear, rational and objective thinking and reflects sound judgement, a positive mental outlook and a state of mind that remains peaceful no matter how unsettled or disturbing external circumstances may become.

Now, take a moment to look at both of your hands and compare the head line in each palm to the ideal head line in our diagram. Pay special attention to the head line in the hand you use to write—that’s called your dominant hand. If you are right-handed, your right hand is your dominant hand; if you are left-handed, your left hand is dominant. There is a major difference between the two.

The non-dominant hand reflects our past habits and thought patterns, which tells us a lot about why we think the way we do. But it is the dominant hand that reveals what’s happening in our life right now and reveals the direction our life is taking—the dominant head line reflects the thinking that determines our present and future happiness.  When we are consciously working on improving our mental outlook by making our thoughts more positive, we are most likely to see changes appear in our dominant head line.

Indeed, with a concentrated effort, we will see significant improvement in our dominant head line in as little as 90 days; the line may become stronger, deeper, and less fragmented and lines of interference may begin to fade away. These changes are a reflection of an increasingly positive mental attitude. It may be sublet at first but, if we remain diligent in our efforts to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, our shifting mindset will become increasingly apparent and have a profoundly affirmative and lasting impact on the way we think, feel and live.

Don’t worry if your head line doesn’t match up to this ideal image in the illustration. The ideal head line is merely a target to strive for as we move toward a healthier mind. Adopting a more positive mindset is a journey on which we should focus to make steady progress, not racing to perfection. Please remember that any improvement in the head line reflects positive changes that are occurring in both our mind and our heart. These changes will manifest in an expanded consciousness that connects us to our soul and thus makes us more accepting, understanding and compassionate toward others. Our thoughts will be clear and focused, we will enjoy greater peace of mind, find that our relationships are much less turbulent and far more loving, and that our outlook on life is not only happier and more optimistic, but joyful as well.

Indeed, the head line plays such a vital role in our lives that I have designed a webinar series dedicated to helping everyone bring out the very best in their own head line. The series is fun, informative and affordable for all. It begins September 9th and will run for 12 weeks. I warmly invite all of you to join me.

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