Interview with Guylaine Vallée at the Launch of her Book, The Happy Palmist

Q : You are a Vedic palmist. What is Vedic palmistry, Guylaine?
It’s a form of traditional Indian palmistry that originated in the ancient Hindu scriptures known as the Vedas. Written in Sanskrit, the Vedas constitute the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. Palmistry originated thousands of years ago as part of the ancient Vedic science of Samudrik Shastra, which translates from Sanskrit as “Ocean of Knowledge”, and that knowledge was available to us in the lines and signs of the hand.

Q : What is the biggest misconception about palmistry?
That our lines are carved in stone! People don’t realize the immense change the lines can have as we change our thoughts and behavior patterns. Palmistry is not about prediction; it is about transformation and growth. Our palms show us what we need to change in our life to find happiness. When we make those changes, the lines on our hands will change. Our hands reveal the unlimited possibilities of our soul nature.

Q : Tell us how astrology and palmistry are related?
Like most people, I was unaware that astrology is related to palmistry. However, during my first consultation with Ghanshyam Singh Birla, I learned they are twin sciences originating together in the Vedas and having the same root, Jyot, meaning light. Jyotish refers to astrology, the study of the influence of the light of the planets on our lives. Vedic palmistry is known as hast jyotishhast, meaning “hand”. As such, palmistry is the study of the reflected light of planetary influences, as revealed through the features of our hands. In India, it is commonly understood that astrology and palmistry are interconnected.

Q : How does astrology come into play during a palm reading?
Clients provide the date, time and location of their birth, so I can draw up their astrological chart before their reading. The astrological chart provides an understanding of the client’s strengths and weaknesses and the lines on their hand reveal whether they are living up to their potential, as seen in the chart. By taking their handprints at six-month intervals, I can monitor their progress by the changes that are seen in the lines of their hands.

Q : What was your life like before you became a Vedic palmist?
I had a glamorous job in Paris as a TV and film editor, but I felt spiritually bankrupt, lost and lonely. All the trappings of success left me cold. I needed a big change. So, at the age of 24, I moved back to Canada—to Montreal—and heard about Ghanshyam Singh Birla. His name resonated with me. It was a “click”, a gut feeling. Now I’m in the business of inspiring souls and helping people achieve their dreams.

Q : How did your family react?
It was like when I decided to leave home for Paris and my parents were concerned. But I ended up getting a high-paying job in Paris and managing just fine—so they figured I’d be okay at the Palmistry Center, even if they didn’t really understand what a palmist did. My brothers and sister had long considered me a free spirit and weren’t surprised when they heard the news. A little over a year after I’d started working as a palmist, my parents noticed such a profound change in me they wanted to meet Ghanshyam and have a palm reading themselves.

Q : Are you discouraged by naysayers?
Not at all. I welcome everyone to try it—especially the skeptics. Palmistry has been an accepted and deeply respected part of Hindu culture for so many thousands of years, it is represented by its own goddess. Her name is Mother Panchanguli, panch means five and anguli means fingers. Just like acupuncture, yoga and other healing arts, palmistry earns respect because of its effectiveness. North America is finally ready to open its mind and heart to the possibilities of Vedic palmistry.

Q : Why now?
Because of the mainstreaming of the wellness movement, and non-Western medicine. People are more willing to try things from other cultures. Plus, the Internet has made it a smaller planet. Wayne Dyer, the world-renowned author and international icon of self-transformation, was a great motivational force for me. He held a deep respect for Vedic philosophy. Twelve years ago, when I had the honor of taking his handprints, it was his hope that they would help others understand that studying our hands can help us transform our lives for the better, grow deeper in spirituality and find happiness within. He said: “If my prints can help one other person, then share them with the world!”

Q : Why did you feel compelled to write this book?
To explain my journey—one from loneliness to joy. True happiness is within reach, for us all, and I wanted to describe how palmistry utterly changed my life and gave it meaning so that many others can be aware of how they can benefit as well, finding the same joy and happiness.