Having a photograph taken for a face reading feels a bit like getting a new passport shot. It’s not the flattering kind of image you’d choose for yourself. No soft filters, and the photographer is closer than I’d normally permit. But then a face reading is looking for a different kind of face value.
I’ve been flat out working then driving to reach the centre and I chatter on arrival as if wound up like a coil. But the spring in my step is missing.
The reading will look at the differences between my elastic feminine side, my intuitive, right brain soul expression on the left side of the body versus the left brain, analytical, mental, personality, right male side. Whether my mind or heart is the stronger influence.
At first glance there doesn’t seem much to face reading. But it interests me because the face is the autobiography of life, and this makes me look at others, and myself, with fresh eyes.
Face reading is one of the components of psychosomatic therapy. Hermann Müller the author of Face To Face with Facts, Personality Potential, says that, “The systematic exploration of this language of the human body releases cellular memory and imbalances in the body tissue. This gives you a very positive awareness of ‘the shape you are in’”.
I’ve already got a sense of the shape that I am in and I don’t like it. I am told to take a nice deep breath and relax and not to tilt my head to my left, something I often do in photos.
A moment later on the laptop I see why. There are three photographs. Two seem odd. In one image my face is thinner. I prefer that. The middle one is a normal photo. It shows me, tired, make-up hastily applied. But in the other image my neck is like a rugby player. The vain and feminine me hates this. “The one on the right is terrible,” I say.
The image I don’t like is actually two left sides of my face together and the other is two right sides together. The left side of the face is the emotional side, the right brain, feminine, and home of the creative and emotional self, and the soul, the yin that is responsive and caring. The right side of the face is inhabited by the mental, analytical, personality, the left brain, the yang, male side of action and doing. My emotional side, the photo I thought was terrible, appears wider because I present that part of me to support who I am. It reveals that I have a tendency to feel stuck in my emotions and fly off creatively through my mind.
But apparently it’s not all bad news. I am told that I get a good feel of things so that shows in my left side, which is “a powerhouse of energy, emotionally and physically.”
My mind and intellect are less important to me which surprises me, I’ve relied on my feelings yet the right side of my face shows a really high intellect, which is indicated by the height of my forehead.
I really like what I’m told next. That when I go into my mind, I can go off with freedom and creativity, but it’s like a penthouse suite and I can just keep going and going, higher and higher because there’s a lot of resources there mentally. Who wouldn’t like that?
All my energy gets drawn up and it’s a bit like flying in a hot air balloon, says the therapist. And I smile again because a day earlier I’d imagined myself on a balloon flight. It’s like pulling up all the strings and wanting to get away from everyone. This part I already knew. I have to be careful when I want to get away like that, for people are easily offended if you don’t want them near.
I am completely different on the emotional side. It’s as if I am sitting in a spa and all the emotions are bubbling to the surface and I am trying to figure how to get out.
There’s a clear line in my face, a line of energy that runs down the centre, from my forehead to the top of my lip. This shows a good expression of my mental capacity flowing into my emotional creativity. But there’s a little cheeky sparkle and a smile in the emotional side.
You like to stand up for your ideals, the therapist says. But I balance all those ideals and aspirations on a pointed base, so it’s a bit of a wobbly set, she adds. For a moment I feel wobbly about that, but I also hear a penny drop.
All of the body parts correspond to face parts. The mental zone is from the eyebrows to the hairline and the emotional part is from the eyebrows down to straight across the base of the nose, with the physical zone from the base of the nose to the bottom of the chin.
The strength and balance in my emotional and creative side is clear whereas in the mental side I am like an upside down Q1. This is a reference to a landmark Gold Coast tower with a fine spike at the top. It’s a powerful visual.
If you think of your mind as a well-known architectural site, which building would it be? Are the foundations strong or teetering?
Even though I am good at what I do, physically I don’t feel it due to this sensitive foundation, says the therapist. “Emotionally you have a lot of strength and you’ve got a lot of capacity there as long as you stay centred.”
The shape of each face indicates personality and distinguishing characteristics. My oval face shape reveals my easygoing nature with a lot of width to my mind, like a panorama. And I’ve got some conditioning from family but it’s now becoming less colourful. When I was young and my hair was very dark, family issues played more on my mind, like little stories that go around in my temples.
For two years I’ve recorded and had interviews transcribed for my work, although I rarely listen to them again. I’d had trouble keeping up with notes, and storing information in my head. And I never knew why. Secretly I worried if I was losing my mind, but the main thing I was forgetting was how much I was actually achieving.
The reading reveals that I’ve got a good long-term memory, but my past is so full there’s no room to put any new stuff. And hanging on to my many creative thoughts can be a challenge.
It is suggested I keep recording through voice or writing, as this reduces the frustration later when I try and find a particular thought that’s ‘disappeared’.
I never knew I’ve got “great eyebrows, good action eyebrows”. When the body is drawn on the face, in the Autobiography of Life, the eyebrows are the arms. Mine show that when I make a choice about what I want, I accumulate the knowledge that I need and get it done. However, sometimes I can get a little bit distracted as the creative energy dissipates.
‘It’s the need’ to do things always driving me that’s probably making me tired rather than my enthusiasm keeping me buoyant. But the loss of enthusiasm can also be to do with my heart as my heart shown in my eyes can get depleted of energy whereas my mental drive can stay there much longer.
One of my eyes is angled which says I tend to look down on myself emotionally, and don’t give myself the same compassion I give others. My eyes are dark, which says I feel deeply, both pain and passion. Perhaps knowing this will be enough to make me kinder to myself.
My ears are different shapes too. One is a lovely smooth shape, while the left one turns backwards just slightly so that I can hear as much as I can. My intuitive side is good at picking up knowing when to listen but it’s surreptitious because my hair is sitting over the top of it, so it doesn’t look like I am listening. I recall sitting in restaurants, hearing strangers chatting and learning their secrets. Surreptitiously.
My whole left side just wants to get a feel of things, says the therapist. I have the ability to understand and know what people want but I need to let the information go more quickly.
Ninety percent of who you are, are experiences. The body feels and the mind thinks, but feels nothing. I am asked if I smoke. I don’t. Did I grow up with smokers? I did. I’ve got quite a tight holding pattern around my nose that’s been there for a long time and relates to my diaphragm and the way I breathe.
“It’s like you’re not worth taking in enough to really live, you take just enough breath in to survive,” I’m told.
Oh my! That’s enough to spark a sharp intake of breath. And it makes me think about the way I am breathing right now. How are you breathing?
But then there’s my nose. Mine points up, and to compound this I hold it up which shows again how I am always aspiring to the next level. Never being satisfied with where I am or what I’ve done adds pressure. So I need to point my face forward, not point my nose up. If I look up too high I may lose sight of myself, not to mention the neck tension it creates.
It’s been confronting to see myself in this way. But it’s meant to be. Few people look at themselves in an analytical way and say, okay, yes that is me, what am I really doing to myself. It’s not about beauty or attractiveness. It’s about just viewing yourself and asking, what am I doing, how am I living in this home of mine.
Since the reading, I’ve not cured everything but I’m paying better attention to my home (my body), and letting go of stuff kept too long. I’m even plumping up a cushion or two, and allowing myself just to be.
Take home points on face reading
Helpful hints: follow these to ease neck tension, relieve headaches and just be
~ Hold your head upright as it’s designed to be balanced this way (like Atlas in Greek mythology depicted supporting the globe)
~ Pull your chin in: it lengthens your neck and takes the kinks out
~ Ensure your line of vision of your eyes is straightforward and soften your gaze. Looking down can make you feel down and looking up can be too idealistic or out of touch with the present moment
~ Relax your jaw and soften your mouth and lips. Tension in this physical facial zone is caused from an overactive and driven mind. Excessive tension here reduces creativity, sensual energy, desire to nurture and can limit one’s ability to taste the pleasures of life
~ In addition, watch your self talk, speak nicely to yourself, be encouraging and use soothing language
~ Breathe slowly and deeply, feel your words
Marian Edmunds is a writer and freelance journalist, who worked at the Financial Times for many years focusing on world news and the global travel industry. She is currently writing a fiction novel.
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