…all effort and exertion put forth by man from the fullness of his heart is worship, if it is prompted by the highest motives... This is worship: to serve mankind and to minister to the needs of the people.

'Abdu'l-Baha

By Susan | Hand Analysis

Jan 30

Whorl Fingerprint

If you have four, or more, whorls in your fingerprint chart you are in the School of Service. That means part of  your Soul Agenda is:

To explore the meaning of and develop the attributes required to give and receive joyful, selfless acts of service. 

Hand Analysts describe the School of Service as the most paradoxical of the four Life Schools. Why? Because, Master Hand Analyst Ronelle Coburn explains, that to develop a true Service consciousness “you must be ‘self-ish’ (appropriately self-oriented) in order to become selfless.” [1]

Richard Unger, Founder of the International Institute of Hand Analysis, points out that to develop a service consciousness it is necessary to:

"experience all aspects of yourself that are not aligned with service. Your self-absorbed side (and its cost) becomes apparent, as does the inclination to misinterpret obligation for service. " [2]

What is Service Anyway?

The Merriam-Webster on Line Dictionary defines Service as: a : the occupation or function of serving <in active service> b : employment as a servant <entered his service>

Dictionary.com defines Service as: an act of helpful activity; help; aid: to do someone a service.

However , I define Service as : A Way of Giving and Receiving that:

  • Respects the innate nobility of both the giver and receiver
  • Honors the value and empowers both the giver and receiver
  • Develops the gifts and potential in both the giver and receiver

Two Important Questions

It can be tricky to perceive whether act of giving or receiving is Service or not.  I always share these two questions with clients in the School of Service.

  • At this moment in time, what is the act of Service I am capable of giving, that the other person is capable of receiving? 
  • At this moment in time, what is the act of Service I am capable of receiving, that the other person is capable of giving? [4]

 Other questions helpful questions are:

  • Is it good for me?
  • Is it good for you?
  • Do I want to do it?

Too Much Too Little in the School of Service

Too Little

  • Extreme Self Indulgence
  • I Don't Know What Service Means
  • Giving to Get
  • Serves to be Noticed
  • Superior Attitude

Too Much

  • Serving Disguised as Control
  • Does not Respect the Spiritual Value of the Giver or Receiver
  • Feel Guilty if You Say No
  • Jump in Without Being Asked
  • Cannot Receive from Others 

Just Right

  • Comfortable with Giving Acts of Service
  • Comfortable with Receiving Acts of Service
  • Can Say Yes or No When Asked to Do Something
  • Joyfully Serves Self as Well as Others

Cultural Considerations

In the United States we are steeped in a culture that is materialistic and individualist. We are brought up on the myth of the rugged individual, the person who beats the odds and pulls "themselves up by their bootstraps”. So how might cultural conditioning influence how we understand the quality of service? David Langness, in his article Noble Service to the Common Good explains:

Some see service as unskilled, undignified and even demeaning. The word “servant” can seem like a relic of a past age, where the dictionary definition meant “a person who is employed by another for menial offices, or for other labor, and is subject to his command.” “Service industry” jobs pay low wages and have little prestige in many societies. In general, modern cultures tend to assign little value to service to others...

In your heart of hearts, how do you view Service? As always I welcome questions or comments!

Link to Article: Noble Service to the Common Good by David Langness​


Hello! My name is Susan and my passion is to support you to Discover and Cultivate your Life Purpose. A powerful, modality I use is Hand Analysis; an innovative, thoroughly researched, non- predictive system of decoding what your hands reveal about you. I received my Certification from the International Institute of Hand Analysis in 2012.

[1] Coburn, Ronelle,. Destiny At Your Fingertips. Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications. 2008. Print

[2] Unger, Richard. LifePrints:  Deciphering Your Life Purpose from Your Fingerprints. Berkeley:Crossing Press.2007. Print

[3]  Iverson, Diane, Phyllis Ring and Ronald Tomanio. With Thine Own Eyes, Why Imitate the Past When We can Investigate Reality?: Oxford: George Ronald. 2014, Print

[4]  Iverson, Diane, Phyllis Ring and Ronald Tomanio. With Thine Own Eyes, Why Imitate the Past When We can Investigate Reality?: Oxford: George Ronald. 2014, Print