“Switching on the Ability”
By T. Stokes
a child, growing up in the 1950’s in East London, I lived in a haunted
house. It was a scary old place, 200 years old, and had once been used
as a butcher shop and slaughterhouse, and the feel of death still
whole place, Alone in my bed at night, my room came alive with visitors
my parents and siblings could not see. I had many eerie encounters in
that house, strong visions of past happenings. My mother was afraid of
my abilities and her fears scared me.
my father returned from World War II, I was born in the baby boom soon
after, and sent to attend a Roman Catholic orphanage school. It was a
for a seven year old boy, but it’s also where my innate inner wisdom,
began to bear fruit and then, emerged in a magical moment.
day, we were lined up for lunch. The nuns barked out orders as if we
were in the army. “Forward, march! Stand at ease!” We stood at strict
attention as the boy at the head of the queue turned and raised his
hand to ensure silence for the head nun. My mind’s eye was instantly
drawn in and transported to a place where vision upon vision were
transposed onto his hand. I watched in awe as his life unfurled with a
quick flash of pictures and swirling colours. I felt a surge of emotion
and joy as I saw him with a white flower in his buttonhole. The movie
blipped forward to when he was older, heavier, with small children. I
felt his humour, love, anxiety, worry, deep grief and pride...all the
emotions of his life revealed to me in mere seconds.
I was stunned. I stood with my bony knees quaking.
was both confused and upset by what I saw. The strange thing is, this
lad who had switched me on was named Hobbs, which in medieval English
meant small devil or sprite. Exactly what my mother thought of my
was my turning point. These children, who used to ignore me, would now
line up on the playground to have me read their hands. I could
visualize future careers, self image, family... all worries would be
exposed to me. Suddenly, I, a scrawny, malnourished, unloved and ugly
child, when switched on, was the playground celebrity.
superstar status did not sit well with the nuns. The head nun overheard
me saying to be kind to trees as they were live creatures too, she
pulled me by me ear into her office, locked the door and smugly
demanded me to read her palm. I was terrorized by these black cloaked
creatures, who shrieked curses at us, but I saw her life in her palm
and through a shaky voice told her she had been in a bad relationship
with a violent man
who left her when the baby was born dead. She had
come to the convent to find peace and solace.
was momentarily dumb struck, her trembling hands thrust into her mouth
as her eyes bulged at me. When she regained her composure, she promptly
thrashed me with a stick. The beating did not stop my innate gift.
have been reading palms for the last fifty years, hand prints sent to
me from all over the world. One of my most intriguing memories is when
I read hands to raise money for children at a special school in Essex
county in England some 25 years ago. I do not remember
but I never forget a hand. Among the people lined up for a reading, was
an old school colleague, now as she told me, a popular actress.
took my card and I promised to read for a few of her friends. One
evening, she picked me up in a sleek, posh car and as we were driven
out in the wilds of Essex,
she asked if she could blindfold me. I was surprised
complied. The blindfold was removed as we arrived at a luxurious estate
with landscaped grounds. As we entered, I noticed that the oak panelled
hall was almost as big as my whole house!
people inside were a mix of royalty, the rich and famous. Some I
recognised and many I did not. One fancy woman introduced herself,
wagging a diamond on her finger as big as my eyeball. I could never
such wealth and ostentation in my wildest dreams.
As the evening continued, I met a beautiful young woman with a shy smile and read her palm. The evening
ended and I was again blindfolded for my journey
I have been asked many times what I said to the shy lady that was to
become Princess Diana, but the confidentiality of the psychic is no
different to the promise of the priest and the psychiatrist, for a good
psychic is a good deal of both. I will only say her hand showed she
suffered from anxiety and worried
others thought of her. But it also showed a feminine sensitivity which
she viewed as a detriment. I thought it was a lovely feature.
have never spoken at length of Diana’s readings, although at my talks I
do show some famous hand-prints if they are relevant.One day I may even
publish her hand-print.
is often associated with gypsies and other charlatans, and this is
unfortunate. As a skilled reader, I can reach into a soul and enumerate
the difficulties seen, and offer advice. Most of my job is counselling.
Your current rung on the ladder of life on which you stand, is the most
important even though many just want to view their future.
The hand contains many secrets, some from long ago.
Secrets you Hold in your Hand
1. Effects of past karma
2. Childhood joys and traumas.
3. Emotional patterns that burden you.
5. Your career destination
6. Intellectual landscape
7. Soul purpose
8. Emotional motivation
9. Compatibility and relationship
10. General future trends
Stokes is a popular palmist who lives in central England. He is
available for palm readings by post or email, contact him at
email@example.com. He also does spirit and psychic lectures, and has
performed numerous healings and exorcisms around the UK.
NOTE: Following my contact with Ted Stokes, I expressed some doubt
about palmistry being a spiritual activity and asked some questions.
Here is his reply:
Hi Jim, Thank you for allowing me to speak. If I can help people to see things from a broader spectrum, I will be happy.
Question One asks if palmistry is a spiritual science. It is considered both an art and a science, it is a mirror
the soul, the emotions, the health, in fact all that pertains to the
person in all facets. The soul type, because there are types, and the
assessment of the chakras, are part of any reading, and how they affect
For many years I have been at the forefront here in Britain of a
movement against psychic fraud, both personal, postal and telephone. It
is an uphill battle.
fact with a member of parliament I drew up the present guidelines, to
try and change the law. I have also lobbied for certification and a
code of ethics for all readers, and spiritual advisors.
30 years ago i gave a demonstration at my spiritual centre of how a
fraud works, many insisted it must be genuine, and would not accept it
as fraud. There are rules to follow if you want a genuine reading,
these must be understood (email me for this ).
At my spirit lectures I always recommend further reading. Two such
books are by Allen Kardec, “The Spirits Book” and “The Mediums Book.”
Always raise your thoughts to the highest. Some spiritual people deny
the lower realms, but I believe in knowing what can go wrong, as it has
often been me to put things right afterwards.
is vital to know the signs to watch for. This is actually more
controversial than palm reading and my articles in the periodials,
“Voice and View,” ”Psychic
News” and psychic world” have alerted people to what can happen, many do not want to know, some deny any lower spirits exist.
Unfortunately palmistry is all things to all men, from the gypsies to
the party hustler, A good place to start to know what palmistry is is
to read carl Jung and
Spear’s studies on “psycho-chirology” which is the mind and hand
linkage, Charlotte Wolfes’ book, “The Human Hand” is also very good.
) I can remember making certain decisions before birth about my life to
be. Bear in mind that insurance companies can tell by examining the
what diseases you will develop but when, they can even tell the
approximate length of life pretty closely. This data has been seized on
by the British C.B.I ( Confederation of British Industry ) to know who
to employ and who not to. Some lines do change and some do not.
is a valuable tool in counseling and advice, but one man’s path is not
another’s, we need to tailor advice to hand, You mention free will ...
no simplistic answers here, our parentage, schooling, religious
and experience will all influence us against free will, Carl Jung said:
“Any degree of learning will narrow horizons” e.g the more we know the
less we know, the deeper the education the less free one is to arrive
at an opinion. It could be said the opionion makes the decision. not
you. (look up
Yes, guidance is always there for us from spirit. I do feel strongly
that we need our own contact with spirit, and not through sectarian
priests or authority figures. I have always tried to teach people to
look inside themselves for answers, not from outside.
my work at the alternatives clinic I have said that just as an athlete
can train his body, so we can train our mind and spirit to achieve
you say “surely we are making the future daily with our free will “
Where was this free will when we develop heart disease or cancer, or
when loved ones are struck down with depression, alcoholism crime and
such like, or when we are thrown out of work,
me and what I see, some things are laid down and some are not, that is
where palmistry can help, but remember what a palmist does not say can
be more important than what they do, bacause tact, care and diplomacy
talk achieves little, why don’t I put my ability where my mouth is ?
Send me anonymous handprints, and I will give you the life. Let me know
if we can do this
Very best wishes T.Stokes
EDITOR’S NOTE: If a reader would like to submit handprints to Ted, send them to me. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.