Does it matter one little iota what shape my fingernails are? WHY, then, did I have such a strong visceral-not-even-remotely-logical reaction to a nail technician telling me that I should have square nails rather than the oval-roundish-shaped nails I have worn for years?
Wow, there was definitely something to ‘coach around’ based on the level of attachment I had to the thought I needed to have my nails shaped a certain way. Luckily a whole series of ‘Soul Coaching’ questions popped into my mind in spite of my snit:
- What ‘thought’ am I attached to that is causing me (this much) pain?
- What deep seated core-value or belief is being tested?
- ‘This’ that is happening is not real: What is ‘this’ really?
After some dramatic deep breathing and allot of fidgeting around the nail technician finally realized something wasn’t quite right. His check-in question was: “You like?”
With a pasted-on smile, I tried to explain to him, again, that “No,” I didn’t like his prescribed square nail shape . . . however his English (and his hearing) got a little worst at that point. Interesting enough, at that exact moment he recused himself to go serve another customer who had just walked into the salon, leaving me to marinate in my mental-tirade.
As a life-long metaphysical and committed ‘soulolist’ it is imperative I seek to understand whether it is possible that my fingernails are yet another window to my soul. This is what I discovered in my search:Square Nails
Square nails are very popular these days and actually draws attention to the person. Some nail professionals say the type of people who prefers this shape are more bold and daring, and usually doesn’t mind trying loud colors or nail art. Wow, so why am I being so resistant to this shape?
Metaphorically, could resistant to square nails suggest a distain for being put in a box or having your choices taken away? (Well, my soul-self is shouting “YES, that’s it!”)
Research results reveal round or oval-ish shaped nails are considered somewhat outdated (ouch!), depicting women of with traditional and conservative personalities or preferences. On an optimistic note, round-shaped nails often indicate the owner is caring and fair-minded.
Would resistance to the round shaped nails suggest a fear of being rolled over? Or would the soul-coaching question be: What have you not gotten a-round to asking or facing?
Squoval (square-oval) Nails
The squoval shaped nail is the most contemporary nail shape, combining the elegance of the oval-round nail, with the strength of the square shaped nail according to NAILS MAGIZINE. Those who gravitate to this nail shape have a sense of adventure, without going too far out on the skinny branches of fashion. The coaching question for those sporting squoval nails could be something like: Do you ever have a difficult time making up your mind? Or, do you tend to be the great compromiser in your life? Perhaps the most provocative thought is that the squaoval nail owner is a great balancer, choosing the best of both worlds, both in a nail shape, and in the shape of their heart connections.
Stiletto Pointy Nails
Ultra long, incredibly pointy nails are a one of the latest trends in nails today for those who are not shy, including Rihanna, Nicole Richie and even oldster Madonna, age 55. No doubt about it, women who choose the stiletto nails, have an air about themselves, sometimes feeling a little ‘above it all’. The real point might be that they are trying to pin-point just what it is their soul is carving, in this life time. Ohhhhh, what a great new spiritual term: Spiritual Stiletto. What would the definition be for Spiritual Stiletto, knowing the word stiletto stands for a dagger or special cutting tool?
For the newest, playful, artists and fully expressed nail the ‘edgey nail’ finds its way into the marketplace. It is a nail shape that screams: Don’t you dare ignore me . . .and don’t tell me how I will express myself. Nuf said . . .
So what did I learn?
We must keep reinventing ourselves. Just because we made a decision in another point in time does not mean that decision will always be valid.
More than ever I am committed to being a ‘soulolist’, which is defined as a person deeply involved in the study of the lessons of the soul and what their personal soul seeks for its fulfillment and illumination in this lifetime.
The late Debbie Ford posed some extraordinary soul-search questions is her bestselling book The Right Questions: Ten Essential Questions To Guide You To An Extraordinary Life. One of the questions applied to my nail attachments quest:
Am I choosing from my Divinity or am I choosing from my humanity?
The answer was recently captured for me by Melissa Corter, Soul Artist. When I look at the photo there is no doubt the most important question is not what shape my fingernails are, rather what is the shape of my soul? By focusing on my soul, when the tips of my fingertips come together to form of a mudra, the only attachment is a prayer.
Blessings ~ May we seek to shed attachments to out-of-date thoughts and continue to reinvent ourselves right down to the tip of our fingers.
KC Miller is the author of Toe Reading: Are You Walking Your Destined Path. She is working with two other ‘Soulolists’, Cheryl Speen and Nancy Newman, to release a new book entitled The Tao of Toe Reading: A Way to Understand the Soul.
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