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Face reading, or physiognomy, is the ancient art of reading faces for character. At this blog, we use my adaptation for the 21st century, Face Reading Secrets (TM). It is based on the premise that “God don’t make no junk.” It involves no fortunetelling. Besides the accuracy (which I have been told is considerable), the very act of using this system can open up the heart of compassion within anyone.
For many people, face reading is also the first step in using Deeper Perception. Body language, though interesting, stays right at the surface. Ever notice this? Someone looks happy or sad or friendly. Big deal! It could all be a show. Granted, there are more technically elegant ways to explore body language and expression, but all of it lies on the surface compared to what you can learn with Deeper Perception.
With face reading, a person starts to point awareness beneath that surface, finding patterns with an extra-high value for accuracy. Many students of Deeper Perception start with Face Reading Secrets (R), then go on to my systems of Aura Reading Through All Your Senses(R) and Empath Empowerment(R). Here are some FAQs, just for fun.
HOW ALL SYSTEMS OF PHYSIOGNOMY WORK
Q. So what do you actually do, reading faces?
A. First, you look at a facial feature. Within that feature, you can find different categories. Noses, for instance, contain 15 different categories, from length to thrust to shape in profile.
After you choose a category, you notice what is physically there. Only count what is easy to see. The more obviously an item of face data shows physically, the more the meaning will apply inwardly. The ancient rule for this, dating from the Chinese system of siang mien, is VERY = VERY.
After you see an item of face data, you interpret it according to the system that you happen to be using. You can make up your own system, of course. Formal systems of physiognomy have (ideally) been tested. Using them can keep you from doing the face reader’s version of reinventing the wheel.
A DISTINCTIVE SYSTEM
Q. What sets your system apart?
A. Face Reading Secrets (TM) is designed to open a physiognomist’s heart of compassion, as well as to be a highly practical, accurate system.
Each item of face data is connected with a talent (a.k.a. gift of the soul) plus a challenge. (a.k.a. life lesson). My system was the first to do this with every item of face data. Previous systems, like siang mien, were all about winner vs. loser, with most people winding up as “the loser.” When I researched the literature, I didn’t like how often an author would interpret a face trait as “all good” or “all bad.” This was one reason I became interested in developing a distinctive system.
If you read a physiognomy book and every item is interpreted with both a talent and a challenge, that author has probably been influenced by Face Reading Secrets (TM). This is one of the reasons I have been called “The mother of American physiognomy.” My system is taught in a number of ways, from book form to inexpensive reports to Intensives to a mentoring program to a second opinion about cosmetic surgery to exploration of your soul’s journey to a view of your life potential right now. Details to all these and more are available here. (The wildest of these is the special type of session for adult identical twins.)
Q. Do other physiognomists use your system?
A. Many respect it, and I was especially honored when Dr. Narayan Singh Khalsa wrote the introduction to The Power of Face Reading.
Sometimes other authors acknowledge my work and sometimes they don’t. Authors can borrow from a system, paraphrasing language, without outright copyright infringement. For example, I spoke with Mac Fulfer, author of Amazing Face Reading, after I saw how many of his interpretations were similar to those in my first book, I Can Read Your Face. Yet somehow I was not listed in the “Acknowledgements” section.
Mr. Fulfer explained that “I don’t take face reading seriously, the way you do. It has just been a hobby for me.”
When I asked, point blank, why he didn’t credit me in his book, he said, “The day I wrote that part of my book, I had lent [your book] to somebody so it wasn’t in the house.” He promised that when he reprinted his book, he would acknowledge my work.
Bottom line: When you read a book on physiognomy, it is always interesting to consider the source.
MORE MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCES
Q. Any other differences between your system and others?
A. Some systems of physiognomy involve fortunetelling. Face Reading Secrets (TM) does not involve predictions of any kind.
Many systems are based on the notion of race. My system is about the individual.
Some systems are deterministic, e.g., Personology, a well researched but highly deterministic system, that alleges the role of genetics in determining who a person is.
Other systems are diagnostic, e.g., tied to Chinese Herbal Medicine or acupuncture. If I did these types of physical healing, my system would include this, but my specialties are emotional and spiritual healing.
Q. What about cataloging changes based on age? Do faces change over time in meaningful ways?
A. I have had the strange honor of publishing the first book on this topic, using photographs for comparison. The ancients could have done a great job with this, but their cameras were lousy. Other contemporary systems either ignore these changes or attribute change to “what happens” with age. In Wrinkles Are God’s Makeup, I gathered photographic evidence that no physical change is due solely to age and that, instead, changes have meaning. Depending on the use of free will over time, faces change accordingly.
Q. How seriously must I take the art of face reading?
A. As if any system could ban humor, or demand serious consideration! I takes face reading very seriously, but can’t help writing about it with humor. This is one of the biggest differences between my books (all of them, actually) in contrast to books by other physiognomists.
Q. How do you tell right from left in a photo?
A. This isn’t about the right and left sides of a page, because the only time right and left equate to sides in that way is when a person looks in a mirror. Mirrors reverse our images. So, unless you are looking in the mirror, “Go flippo.” Imagine that you are shaking hands with the person in a photograph; instantly you will switch across to the corresponding side.
Q. How can you read angles on a face, like eye angles or mouth angles.
A. Choose one side of the face at a time, e.g., the left eye, the right side of a mouth. And, of course, choose only one feature to read at a time. Don’t do half of an eye along with half of a mouth!
To find angles, connect the dots. But first you must have the dots to connect, so imagine a dot at one end of the face part. Imagine a dot at the opposite end of the face part. Then connect these dots with an imaginary line. This will give you an angle, whether up, down, or sideways.
Once you see that angle, interpret the meaning. Of course, I use the system of Face Reading Secrets (TM). Whatever system you use, I beg you, do not do what many untrained sort-of face readers do and assume that down = bad or sad.
Q. Your system involves “life lessons.” What are they?
A. Here at Earth School (a technical term, right?), each of us starts out with zero awareness of personal talent. Over time, we may discover those talents. Then the next assignment involves how to use them. Face Reading Secrets (TM) is useful for this kind of self-awareness.
At Earth School, we are also invited to evolve beyond our limitations and problems. Face reading alone doesn’t show how far a person has progressed with this.
Q. How can you tell if someone has learned one of these life lessons?
A. If you’re the one whose face is being read, personal challenges are no big mystery. Think about them. Either already know which problems you’ve overcome or else you can introspect for a short time and find out.
Thinking more deeply about yourself—this is one of the consequences of using any form of deeper perception—face reading, aura reading, skills for empaths. As a teacher, I have found that the inquiry itself positions consciousness at a higher level than much introspection.
(Surely I am not alone at having those horrid 2-a.m. worry sessions that appear to be “thinking about self” but really are a kind of Inner Crockpot, where one stews at length at a very, very slow boil. By contrast, Deeper Perception will position you to consider significant truths.)
Q. What about assessing the ongoing challenges when you read a face that is not your own?
A. With a public figure, documented actions can provide feedback. With anyone, the best way I know to investigate is to go on to read that person’s aura.