Offer your hands to science

offer your hands to scienceWhy preserve your hand prints for future generations?

There are literally thousands of different schools of thought about what palm creases and dermatoglyphics (fingerprints) mean and many of these theories haven’t yet been translated into English. The range of perspective is vast. Some people try to predict the future, others take a more modern approach and attempt to realign personality traits with a deeper calling. Some people think these lines mean nothing at all. I think they are influenced by the electromagnetic field in and around our body and leave clues about the wiring of our brains. They seem to reveal an intricate electric circuit that can be influenced by thought and emotion. This is backed up by the known fact that the lines on a person’s hands change instantly if the person is subjected to electroshock treatment. But what is really needed is solid research, involving large groups of people from all walks of life over multiple generations.

After attending a family constellations workshop last year I spent months digging up all my ancestors, tracking their lives and trying to understand how the past still impacts on the present. I wanted to know who my ancestors were, what they believed, what troubled them, what traumas or wars were they involved in and in what way their voices are still alive within us. I wished to see more photographs and read their journals. Also I really wished someone in those days had made their hand prints. Because, as far as I can see, hands say more about a person and what’s really going on in the inside than any portrait could possibly capture.

This is just one of the reasons why we need to preserve them for future generations. Another reason is science. We need to research more fully how a person’s trials and tribulations show up in their and the following generations’ hands and fingerprints. The science can’t be done until the data is collected.

And this is why I’m writing to you. You can help make sure that your children and even great great great grandchildren do have your hand prints on file. Even if we don’t yet fully know or agree what each line means, or even if you think lines don’t mean anything at all, you can still start saving your family’s hand prints privately for future generations.

You can go one step further if you wish, and have your prints and life story preserved over time in database to help scientists track family patterns. This will be a massive, searchable data base of hand prints and fingerprints that are also linked to solid facts about the person’s life. Life events, career, hobbies, personality traits, preferences, health issues, family history could then be cross referenced against hand markers and fingerprint patterns.

This is the beginning of a long term project that will continue beyond our lives. Think if it as sweetening the soil for future generations.

You can participate on many levels.

Here are some of the ways you can start contributing:

1. Make your hand prints and your family’s prints and preserve them. Put the originals in your will

This first step is already a huge gift to the future but if you want to go even further, here are a few more steps:

2. Add your hand prints to research programs by loading digital copies of the hand prints onto our new research platform.

3. Answer a questionnaire and keep a journal where you consistently track your repetitive thoughts.

5. You could also help fund this project. If you are interested in doing so please contact me.

A hundred years ago few people had photographic records of themselves, let alone their grandparents or great grandparents. Let’s not make the same mistake with handprints.

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