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Face Reading Spike Lee

Face Reading Spike Lee, a uniquely courageous filmmaker

Face reading Spike Lee is a kind of first for this blog. Today, for the first time, I’ll profile someone whose creativity specializes in anger.

It’s a righteous anger, I get that. Until I started preparing this face reading, the following thought never occurred to me:

I don’t think I’ve ever watched a movie or TV show or listened to music whose primary purpose included expressing anger. Neither justified anger, nor stored-up anger. Not random anger, and not even the special form of  rage and resentment that gets froze into Goth.

The closest I’ve come has been to watch something that transmuted anger or resentment into laughter. Such as political satire or Saturday Night Live-style spoofing.

How about you, Blog-Buddies? Who is the angriest singer or songwriter you’ve ever loved? Have you ever left a movie — whether Spike Lee’s or someone else’s — and concluded, “Exploring that rage, unfairness, and misery… really was important for me.”

Personally, I don’t watch “entertainment” that is scary or violent. Nor do I watch it in the form of news stories.

Again, I’d love to learn your perspective on this. Not as a should, but for insight into such different ways that evolving people can life. (Commenting, do feel free, as always, to write anonymously. You need not be some kind of techno-wizard to manage that. In your first line, just write, “Call me Ishmael.” Or whatever. I’ll do the rest.)

Soon I’ll get to face reading Spike Lee. Really, I will. Only first, a question about human coping. Perhaps part of what you write in comments to come. And once again, I’ll take the lead in self-disclosure.

Why Choose Entertainment That Incites Rage?

When helping clients in personal sessions, I’ve cut many a cord of attachment to a rapist, physical abuser, etc. Likewise, I’ve kept my clients company for Soul Energy Awakening Hypnosis(R) sessions that included wars, incest, slavery, death from drug overdoses, etc.

But that wasn’t for entertainment. I was present in order to help my clients. Unlike what would have happened to me, even as a skilled empath, had I been spending time to voluntarily suffer along with them. Instead, facilitating the RES session, I was co-creating with Divine help, using skills that would be effective for making a permanent difference. (For instance, I’ve helped clients remove frozen blocks from dying in a concentration camp. However, I’ve not visited the nearby Holocaust Museum.) (And, BTW, watching a Dolly Parton Christmas Special is already going to be a 10-hankie movie for me.)

Having personal limitations? I’m guilty as charged. Beyond that, I don’t feel guilty because I’ll mute certain political figures when they’re busily sound-biting on TV. Sometimes I’ll turn off the show entirely. Reading newspapers, or listening and watching to shows on a limited basis, I follow current events just enough to stay informed as a voter. Or I’ll follow through on facts in order to pester my government reps. That’s it.

Still, I know how unadventurous my tastes run. Which is why I’m curious about you Blog-Buddies.

And now, I’m so curious about face reading Spike Lee. Because that I can do.

Back To Face Reading Spike Lee

Yes, first prize in our DIVERSITY Face Reading Contest has gone to the controversial movie director, nominated by KRISTINE.

Why Choose Face Reading Spike Lee, Of All Filmmakers?

Learning about a man who has had enough skill and control and curiosity to explore anger through beautifully realized expression in film? Now that I’m definitely curious to explore.

At that contest, concluding with this very article, KRISTINE described Spike Lee’s achievements beautifully in her nominating Comments 32-36. To summarize:

  1. Spike Lee is prominently known as an African-American writer, director, producer, and actor.
  2. He has used his talent to tell parts of the Black experience ranging across a variety of topics – often controversial topics.
  3. And his movie “Do the Right Thing,” set in a Brooklyn, NY neighborhood, exposes racial tensions among several complex characters.
  4. While his movie “Jungle Fever” provides a storyline for interracial relationships.
  5.  In addition, his movie “School Daze” highlights the experiences of students at a historically black college and their own conflicts with color. (What I, Rose, would call “internalized oppression.” Scroll down at the link provided to find the heading, “Internalized Oppression.”)
  6. Finally, his movie “Malcolm X” shares the history of a powerful civil rights leader, sharing more knowledge of the depth of who Malcolm X was and his impact on the world. There’s so much more he’s done (and on topics other than race).

KRISTINE concluded, “I am curious about him because he talks openly about race and is unapologetic about it. Fearless, it seems and his truth will absolutely be told.”
Fearless? Angry? Empowering others? Let’s explore this tremendously influential cultural leader, the great Spike Lee.

All That Said… Whew!

Prepare for Face Reading Secrets®

Face reading starts with a face, either in person or with a picture. Here is the photograph I will use for today’s face reading of Spike Lee.  Taken in 2011, this photo comes from a Wikipedia article. Scroll down to find this particular portrait.

Any time you use a photo for physiognomy purposes, it’s wise to copy it onto a blank document and then blow it up as large as you can without losing visual quality. Otherwise it will be hard for you to see some of the really fascinating details of Spike Lee’s face.

As for learning how to read faces, I can help you with that, too. For that, skip to the end of today’s article.

Face Reading Spike Lee #1: Down-Angled Eyes

How to See this Face Reading Characteristic

Start with Spike Lee’s left eye, because it is more strongly down-angled than his other eye. To find his left eye, look on the right side of the image. Because reading somebody’s face is going to require crossing over, as if looking at a person opposite you. The only faces that show right side on right belong to…

Either you, looking in the mirror. Or somebody next to you in that mirror. (Mirrors reverse. Life doesn’t.)

So imagine a dot at the inner corner of the eye; then imagine a second dot at the opposite corner. Connect them with an imaginary line and you’ll see an angle.

In the case of Spike Lee’s left eye, he’s got a VERY Down-Angled Left Eye. And also a somewhat Down-Angled Right Eye.

The Corresponding Talent, According to the System of Face Reading Secrets®

Compassion for suffering. Not running away from it, but facing it.

The Potential Challenge

Gee, could there be an emphasis on facing what’s depressing? Could there be a need to express anger as an alternative to victimhood?

And, speaking of challenges, could more privileged people — who never have suffered the particular flavor of pain that Spike Lee addresses — want to brush aside his life work because it makes them too uncomfortable?

Face Reading Spike Lee #2: Far-Set Eyes

How to See this Face Reading Characteristic

Check out the length of one of Spike Lee’s eyes. Do a mental copy and paste of that eye in between the two real ones.

You’d have room for it to fit. Plus room to spare.

The Corresponding Talent, According to the System of Face Reading Secrets®

Vision of what could be. A stronger vision than most.

The Potential Challenge

Bitterness related to reality, when it doesn’t change fast enough to keep up with that vision?

Face Reading Spike Lee #3: Innovation Patch, Right Eyebrow

How to See this Face Reading Characteristic

Cross over to see Spike Lee’s right eyebrow, which is on the left side of your screen.

Notice how the already ample eyebrow has a glossy, dense patch closest to the nose. That’s the Innovation Patch, a relatively rare item of face data.

The Corresponding Talent, According to the System of Face Reading Secrets®

Spike Lee’s mind is brilliant, even glossy — i.e., shining out like a lighthouse.

His right eyebrow is under discussion, of course. And this relates to intellectual focus for his career. While the left eyebrow (which doesn’t contain an Innovation Patch) relates to thinking about his personal life.

Choosing projects ahead of Spike Lee’s time, or that only he would envision at any time!

The Potential Challenge

Not enough time to do it all, in one man’s career, in one human life?

Face Reading Spike Lee #4: Hard Nose Tip Edge

How to See this Face Reading Characteristic

Check out the texture of the edge of Spike Lee’s nose tip. It’s hard, which is unusual.

Most nose tips and nostrils are pretty darned soft.

This characteristic is really rare. I’ve only seen it in one other person, Sen. John McCain.

The Corresponding Talent, According to the System of Face Reading Secrets®

Valuing financial security — for himself (and those with whom he identifies). And being able to probe into financial injustice in his films, showing it frame by frame.

So much fury has been accumulated inwardly over financial injustice, the texture of this part of his face has changed over time.

Note: Among the appalling injustices that Spike Lee has witnessed as an African-American is the financial injustice. As a man who personally and professionally has identified with all African-Americans, this injustice approaches the standard of torture. (A different kind of torture, prisoner-of-war-type torture, inwardly felt over years, has shaped the texture of John McCain’s nose.)

To this face reader, both men have had extraordinarily extreme inner experiences around lack of power, lack of the wherewithall to spend in order to buy one’s way out. Pressure resulting in highly specialized personal growth, and also highly unusual face data.

The Potential Challenge

Spike Lee may not be able to give financial inequality “a rest,” as others would prefer him to do?

Face Reading Spike Lee #5: Rectangular Nostril Shape

How to See this Face Reading Characteristic

This one is also highly unusual, so take a good look when you can.

Check out the shape of both of Spike Lee’s nostrils. That Nostril Shape frames the black space of each nostril, like a fleshy picture frame.

On Spike Lee, the shape is rectangular.

If you check out the shape of your own personal nostrils, it’s exceedingly unlikely that either or both would also have a rectangular shape. Not impossible but waaaaay unlikely.

The Corresponding Talent, According to the System of Face Reading Secrets®

Budgeting money in a way that where will and intellect predominate. Like so much else for this brainy, brainy man, that Rectangular Nostril Shape suggests meticulous thinking behind that particular aspect of life.

Most of us simply spend. (Spending money is what nostrils are about in Face Reading Secrets. Nose tip and nostril characteristics can reveal so much about how somebody saves and spends money.)

Rectangular Nostril Shape expresses the specialty of strong intellectual focus, backed up by determination.

So this is one more way that Spike Lee notices money more minutely than most. Who gets to spend that cash? What is it spent for? What are the patterns. How do the semiotics of consumption play out?

The Potential Challenge

Might the relentless focus of Spike Lee, the unblinking gaze, be really hard for other to take?

To put this in one more way, you’re either going to love his work or else hate it. Or else avoid it, because you simply can’t take it.

Face Reading Spike Lee #6: Hard Lip Texture

How to See this Face Reading Characteristic

Read enough faces until you can check out mouth texture without having to actually kiss the person whose face you’re reading. 😉

Imagine — yes I’ll use that word yet again — imagine that you are, at least, touching those lips with your hand, whatever…

Spike Lee’s mouth can’t really be hard as nails. But, really, have you ever noticed lips with such a severely self-compressed texture?

The Corresponding Talent, According to the System of Face Reading Secrets®

Saying the words that are hard.

The Potential Challenge

Showing ideas, as a communicator, that others are unwilling to see?

Also being ignored by other potential moviegoers (like that Rose Rosetree, who admits to having certain limitations when choosing her “entertainments”), although we give such great respect, we can’t bring ourselves to watch. No insult intended, but might that not-watching still register as an insult?

Conclusion

Researching Spike Lee’s face, even that is intense for this face reader.

I don’t plan to read his aura, or do Skilled Empath Merge — unless, improbably, he chooses to become my client for RES sessions. Then he’d get the works.

Even right there on the surface of physical face data, I find such a highly specialized mission for this amazing soul. What an amalgam of brilliance, dedication, courage, focus, meticulous execution… and commitment to show-and-tell what has gone so horribly wrong in American society.

One part of what has gone so horribly wrong.

Personally, I recognize this hideosity of American society… in my limited way. Because I’d describe myself as someone committed strongly to bringing truth and love and power and spiritual light into this world. The same could be said of Spike Lee. But there is this glaring difference between us. I’m made for joy. And so there are some ways that I cannot walk, much as I do admire.

Again, you Blog-Buddies are so cordially invited to comment on today’s post.

How to Read Faces for Character… Accurately

Speaking of joy, it really is fun to discover the full power of face reading! Yours just by going through a dedicated how-to book that teaches you systematically and in depth. You can learn the system of Face Reading Secrets®  with either:

The NEW Power of Face Reading is available in print and also as a physiognomy ebook.

Read People Deeper, available in print and also as an eBook. This contains 50 different categories, with how-to instructions for both face reading, aura reading, and body language. Browse those 50 physiognomy categories here.

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  1. 1
    Kylie says:

    Very interesting. I loved many of his early films–Do the Right Thing, Crooklyn, and Jungle Fever. I also liked Pariah, a recent film he produced.

    I found his films thoughtful and complex, though I haven’t seen his most recent films. It doesn’t surprise me that he would have a highly specialized mission.

  2. 2
    Kristine says:

    Thanks for this face reading, Rose! (The photo in the first link went to another person.)

  3. 3

    KYLIE and KRISTINE,thanks for sharing the first reactions to this face reading of Spike Lee.

    KRISTINE, regarding that Comment #2, you’re welcome. 🙂

    And I did fix the photo link right away. It’s such a great face reading picture of Spike Lee, especially if you blow it up way larger.

  4. 4
    Kristine says:

    If I may add a comment related to the summary provided for #5 above, just to clarify a bit. “Black on black” is often used in reference to crime or violence.

    The movie School Daze highlights some of the issues with color “within” the Black race/community. Issues literally related to skin color/complexion, not crime or violence.

    For me, the meaning changed slightly, so I just wanted to add a bit on what was meant from the original comment in the nomination.

  5. 5
    Kristine says:

    There’s so much available to read on a face.

    Thank you for reading his nose – I’m particularly interested in this aspect of faces now. For a man with a reported net worth of $40 million, valuing financial security would seem important.

  6. 6

    Golly, I think that’s a big change of meaning. And oddly enough, I knew better.

    It’s just that bits of understanding were compartmentalized. Nothing like a conversation to shake up the stiffness.

    I went back into the main post and fixed my mistake, KRISTINE. Thanks for gently pointing it out.

  7. 7
    Kristine says:

    The hard lip texture was interesting – the talent and the challenge “saying the words that are hard” with “Showing ideas, as a communicator, that others are unwilling to see.”

    Seems to me, Spike Lee is one who will do it anyway.

  8. 8

    KRISTINE, the better you know the one whose face is read, the sweeter it is to “Read the secrets.” (Hence the name, Face Reading Secrets(R).)

    It’s very much like aura reading or doing Skilled Empath Merge. If you’re the one doing the face reading, you put aside all you know about the person and just use your skill.

    Afterwards you connect the dots between that exercise in Deeper Perception and what, if anything, you know about the individual.

  9. 9

    Often it was a kind of leap of faith for me to do media interviews, because I’d be given photographs of people who were well known to readers of the newspaper but not at all known to me.

    Regardless, I’d use my skills.

  10. 10

    Feedback wasn’t always available to me, and in any case I relied on internal validation, rather than external validation.

    I do remember fondly, however, a set of face readings I did for the San Francisco Chronicle. It was a hotly contested mayoral election.

    My face readings weren’t buried in the paper, either, but published right on the opinion page, opposite the newspaper’s editorial. And my mailing address was given to readers who wished to comment. (This all happened before most folks used email.)

  11. 11

    Over 100 letters of thanks were delivered. Nary a complaint.

    One letter came from a guy in prison.

    Another came from a politician with personal knowledge of one candidate in particular, and some knowledge of others. Big praise for the accuracy, plus astonishment — that was the gist.

  12. 12
    Christine says:

    I can definitely relate to him with the need for financial security (although on me it’s the size of my nose tip, I don’t know about its texture).

    He definitely seems made for the work he is doing. After googling him a bit I do have to say I do like his sense of fashion with his glasses.

  13. 13

    Well, this is the day for receiving comments from Christines and Kristines!

    You’ve touched on a useful point, Christine. How does Face Reading Secrets(R) work?

    A particular part of the face, like the nose, contains many categories.

    One of those categories is the nose tip.

  14. 14

    So, as you know Christine, from your interest in face reading. Every category you might research contains many options.

    There’s Nose Tip Size, which you commented on here.

    There’s Nose Tip Texture, which I commented on, when reading Spike Lee.

    Both of these categories are about financial security. Quite separate from taste in eyewear. 😉

  15. 15
    Kristine says:

    Rose, I have such an appreciation for all of these – Face Reading, Aura Reading, Skilled Empath Merges! Regarding comment #8 – ahh, I see now “Face Reading Secrets (R)”

    I like the word “astonishment” when it comes to results from using these skills. It can be surprising, confirming, validating, among others. Plus everyone has the opportunity to learn the skills and get results for themselves.

  16. 16

    Thanks, Rose, this is fascinating.

  17. 17
    Kristine says:

    One thing that was surprising for me was the mention of anger at the beginning of this post.

    In all the Spike Lee movies I saw, I never left a movie with a feeling of anger.

  18. 18
    Kristine says:

    I never even considered the possibility that he could be angry.

    To me, it was more of he’s telling a story, a bit of history, from a unique perspective.

  19. 19
    Kristine says:

    Whenever there are black actors on screen, I’m generally curious about what the storyline is about.

    If it’s in line with my interests, I support those films.

  20. 20
    Kristine says:

    I personally can’t watch violent films, but even the definition of violent can have variety depending upon who you ask.

    There can be violence in comedies or dramas and they can have a different effect on the viewing experience for me.

  21. 21

    Oh, KRISTINE, you’re so right. With every comment in this series phrased in such a kind manner! While this well-meaning person with so much to learn feels so embarrassed.

    I sure put my whole self into this blog, with the best I’ve learned and my human blind spots sometimes thrown into the bargain. I apologize for my misunderstanding.

  22. 22

    Perhaps in the background, I heard ideas (from other “white” people?) that Spike Lee’s movies were angry.

    For sure, when I read through that list of six points, I figured that anger would be such a huge part of every single one.

  23. 23

    Because, if it were me, I’d get angry. Such as dealing with what I’ve called “internalized oppression.” (Not that I can take credit for cognizing that powerful set of concepts.)

    Here’s one example, related. As an adult, I visited with my best friend from high school, Gladys. Her family comes from India.

  24. 24

    Gladys told me how her Dad would complain that her skin was “too dark.”

    She wasn’t allowed to go swimming in the summer. Her skin color might deepen.

    When Gladys told me that, the rage I felt was absolutely primal. She told me other secrets about that childhood, things that had been kept hidden from me and the other kids, back in the day.

  25. 25

    All of which was very upsetting to hear, though I’m so glad that Gladys came out of hiding and told me.

    Still, out of all of it, what made me most furious was that attempt by her own father to shame her, my beautiful friend Gladys, skin and all.

  26. 26

    Well, again, thank you for that graceful teaching from you.

    Now, KRISTINE, you can be sure, I will be watching some Spike Lee movies.

  27. 27
    Kylie says:

    Thanks for your comments Kristine. I was puzzling myself, trying to remember anything “angry” about his films–definitely not what I remember. But like you say Rose, his films will make you angry.

    Crooklyn, in particular had so much sweetness. Here’s a quote from Ebert: “Crooklyn” is not in any way an angry film. But thinking about the difference between its world and ours can make you angry, and I think that was one of Lee’s purposes here.

  28. 28
    Kristine says:

    Rose, this was such a great learning post in so many ways. I appreciate how you can have a public dialogue and be open to differing views, even inviting them.

    There’s such great leadership evidenced in maintaining this blog and in others contributing to it. The comments help shape the content, making it even richer.

  29. 29
    Kristine says:

    Kylie, thanks for adding that quote. Seems so spot on to what has been brought up here!

  30. 30
    Lilian says:

    Internalised oppression. Man, that’s deep for the holidays.

    One thing that was interesting from my own face reading was my “soft lip texture”, which I was proud of considering how much conflict I’ve navigated in this life.

    It’s interesting, as at 14 I noticed most of my classmates became obsessed with chapstick and complained of dry lips. But I never had that problem.

  31. 31
    Lilian says:

    What I’ve learned is that my child-like innocence and genuine confusion about certain things (especially when there is a lot of power based conflict) does either motivate people or make them completely distrust me…

  32. 32
    Lilian says:

    My latest conflict is with a somewhat controlling IT team who didn’t want to let me plug in a hard drive… so I had delay my project and work over Christmas.

    You can’t make this stuff up!

  33. 33
    Lilian says:

    Honestly, working in actual science is nothing like the Big Bang Theory. Anyways..

  34. 34
    Lilian says:

    So Spike seems to come from an opposite type of place when speaking up from himself.

    For him I imagine a hardened attitude would be the norm. I guess that stops him feeling so vulnerable and genuinely confused in the moment, as he lives with a certain anger 24/7.

  35. 35
    Lilian says:

    That might be an easier life. But I don’t think so, as I tend to bounce back quite quickly and the naivety makes me fairly brave.

  36. 36
    Lilian says:

    But then, I really doubt I incarnated to shed light on systematic and ingrained discrimination and injustice and to dwell in the nuances and grey areas that that creates.

  37. 37

    LILIAN, I’m glad you incarnated just the way you did. 🙂

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