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Written by Sarah Kirton | Updated On June 06, 2023

The Palms of our Hands, the True Windows to our Souls

The Palms of our Hands, the True Windows to our Souls

We chat with Guylaine Vallée, a Vedic Palmistry Consultant, Teacher & Media Personality and a master of the ancient science of Hast Jyotish (Vedic palmistry). Guylaine forms part of the team of the Cheneville, Quebec based Birla Vedic Center, dedicated to helping individuals experience the wisdom of the Vedas to transform their lives with vedic palmistry and astrology.

What is Vedic Palmistry exactly?

Vedic palmistry originates with The Vedas, the religious texts which inform the religion of Hinduism, and have existed for over 5000 years. Our approach is preventative. People are unaware that the lines of their hands can change and that they themselves are able to change them. 

This is why Vedic Palmistry is preventative. We are not doctors, but we can see how any situation can affect our lines, and therefore have repercussions on our health and emotions. If we can change our attitude towards a given situation, we can prevent illness and stress. However, we first have to find out what the cause is and then we have to be able to release it. 

Can you tell us a little about the Birla College of Vedic Palmistry and its Founder, Ghanshyam Singh Birla.

Ghanshyam arrived in Canada from India in the early 70s and we are so grateful for this. When he arrived, his little suitcase was filled with such a big vision in his heart. He wanted vedic palmistry to be in everyone’s home, everywhere. This is why we created a school.

I am so very proud of our school. We offer eighteen courses, in French and English, that we keep revamping because we never stop learning and adding new philosophies. We have also created three challenges which I will explain more in detail a little later. 

Not everybody wants to be a palmist, but everybody can benefit from vedic palmistry. I like to compare our school to a reputable restaurant. You can choose to take the whole menu or you can choose to do small little tastings here and there. 

We have students from all over the world, and now, of course, online learning plays a huge role. 

Our biggest desire would be for vedic palmistry to be accepted in schools. Can you imagine the good we could do? Children would learn about themselves and become better people, they would have a better understanding of the philosophy of life.

Would you describe palmistry as a science?

We do a lot of research, observation and experiments on and around this subject. We have over one hundred thousand imprints. We have an incredibly rich database of information. It is fascinating when someone comes back and we look back at the older imprints and see how the lines have changed. In this respect, vedic palmistry can be quantified as a science. 

Are the palms of our hands the windows to our souls?

I would say absolutely! When Ghanshyam first read my palm, he read my soul and my heart. I was completely taken aback at how much he saw. I almost fell off my chair. He just dived straight into my soul. It really does reflect your real nature. 

Can shifting from one mental state of being to another really have an influence on the physical aspect of our lines?

This is why we do imprints because if you are not paying close attention, you may not notice that your lines have changed. To answer the question though, yes! 100%.

The three major lines are harder to change, the life, heart and head lines. These are more on a subconscious level. However, the smaller lines can grow and change. When you start observing them, and working towards them, you will see lots of change. If you look at someone who has improved their health and lifestyle, their life line will start to look stronger, and may become a little rounder. 

The color and the consistency of the hand are very noticeable and offer basic information. For example, If a person is very stressed, certain areas on the palm can be red in color. 

The hand is a book of your life, your soul, your habits, your conduct, of where we are from and where we are going. When we start being aware of this power that we have, the sky really has no limits. 

You had out-of-body experiences at quite an early age? Can you explain to our readers?

One of my brothers was very depressed and I think I must have shared his depression. I was heavy and dark and I was looking for light and happiness. I knew there was more out there. 

I found myself leaving my body and I could see myself from above. I didn’t like what I saw in myself and I knew I had to change. The difficulty was finding a teacher and the right guidance.

These out-of-body experiences were what originally opened a door for me. I met Ghanshyam when I was 24 and that is when vedic palmistry became (a part of) my life forever. 

I was also very lucky to meet my Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda.

Do you think your early childhood influenced your career path?

I think I was six or seven when my teacher asked me what I wanted to do. The only thing that came to mind was that I wanted to be ‘a good person’. Everybody laughed, including my teacher, as this was not considered to be a vocation. I put it on the back burner until I discovered vedic palmistry much later, and then it all came flooding back to me.

Is there a correlation between palmistry and astrology? 

Yes very much so. Palmistry comes from astrology. We call astrology ‘Jyotish’ which means “The Light”. ‘Hast’ is the hand, “the ocean of signs and symbols”. The two are intimately related. Furthermore, all areas of the hand, the fingers and the palm, are assigned to the nine planets and the meanings of these areas reflect the karakatwa, or innate meanings, of the planets. The lines of our hands travel over the planets (or mounts). 

When we do a consultation, we use both tools. We do vedic astrology (Jyotish) to see the potential of that person, but then we use the hand to show how to use that potential.. 

How does it feel knowing that you have undoubtedly helped thousands to change their lives for the better over the last thirty years?

I feel so privileged. Life can be very hard and I have always found that maintaining a purpose in one’s own life plays an important role in ‘surviving’. Helping others find and maintain purpose is also a great privilege for me. It helped me to become a better person. Helping people understand their problems is already 50% of the work done. 

What does it mean when there are breaks in the major and minor lines of our hands?

A break is an interruption or a blockage of energy. It shows difficulties or challenges that a person is facing. You need to understand the cause of this difficulty. It is equally important to see if there is a good line coming out of the break, and what the person can learn from this. There are lessons to be learnt from every obstacle. 

Destiny lies in our own hands so we never discourage people. We want to give power to the people. Often, obstacles can be blessings in disguise. 

What does India represent for you and palmistry in general?

I love India. I went there in 1996 with the team. We met Mother Teresa and I was lucky enough for her to show me her  hands, although she said: “What do you want with these ‘old hands’”. So beautiful. She seemed so light and ethereal, as though she wasn’t of this world, but was here to make it a better place by helping and serving others. 

I love everything about India; books, philosophies, the food… Vedic palmistry, of course, originates in India.

Please tell our readers about your book The Happy Palmist: My Joyful Adventure in Vedic Palmistry

I worked with New York Times best-selling author, Steve Erwin (Left to Tell), my co-author.

I was really privileged to meet and work with him. It is my auto-biography and describes my journey from childhood to the Vedic Palmist, teacher and healer that I am today. 

We also created at the Birla Vedic Centre the three challenges which are the continuation of my book. I made reference to them earlier in the interview.  They are 90-day programs because it takes 90 days to change your lines and to change a habit. 

We offer a 90-day Head line challenge, 90-day Heart line challenge, and 90-day Life line challenge and these three challenges are available for everybody. All information can be found on our website

You can also download one of our recommended palm reading apps to try a reading for yourself.

About the author
Sarah is a keen and passionate advocate of the spiritual and healing components within the mystical realm of the world we live in. She resides in Cape Town, South Africa, where she enjoys spending time in the outdoors, kite surfing, and playing guitar.