When I tell people that I’m a “Toe Reader” it’s almost like an old camp game:
This is a button
Oh! A button…
Except in that game, most of the people didn’t look at me questioningly or take a step backward when I repeated what I just said. MOST of the people.
I have to admit, I do enjoy seeing the amazement in the eyes of some, disbelief in others, and, most of all, curiosity in the rest. When explaining Toe Reading to someone face-to-face I usually pick up a few personality clues that show up in the toes. Does this person talk a lot? If I mention that a strong communicator is likely to have a second toe longer than the first …wait for it… and bammo, I have scored a believer as the truth that my description of the toes and the personality both fit, as evidenced by a response of something like, “Hey, that’s me!” Or the strong, firmly grounded business professional to whom I casually mention a large Big Toe means that type of personality makes a presence in a room will turn a “show me guy” into a “tell me more” maniac.
I freely admit that these “aha” moments are fun for me, though the true reward is in helping others find their own “aha” moments for personality traits that might have been causing a few missteps on the way to success.
Each of your feet is comprised of 26 bones, 33 joints, over 3,000 nerves, a network of blood vessels, more than 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. The feet are the shock absorbers of the body. They are extremely flexible and can withstand tons of pressure during normal activity and exercise. But what if there were more we could understand about our feet, and through them, ourselves?
From the ancient practices of China and India, the chakras that run throughout the main body are reflected in the feet. These chakras begin horizontally at the heel of each foot with the first or root chakra and culminate at the tip of each big toe with the seventh or crown chakra. Additionally, each toe on each foot is thought to represent the five elements: Ether (or Spirit), Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Meridians running vertically from toe to heel represent Destiny, Communication, Action, Relationship and Trust. Further, the left foot is seen as Yin or female, representing the past, internal matters, and the self or spirit. The right foot is Yang or male, representing the present, others and worldly concerns. The practice of reflexology, or the application of pressure to specific parts of the body was and still is thought to promote healing, based on the understanding of these ancient meridian and chakra systems.
As peoples have been conducting body work based on these energy centers in the feet, so too, have they been conducting foot and toe readings, for more than 5,000 years. A foot reading was cited in one of India’s oldest mythological poems, Ramayan. Ancient Egyptians are said to have employed the services of foot readers. Much like palmistry, the feet can be read, as well. If the feet are representative of the body and the spirit, it stands to reason that they can they store the energy of our past experiences in the same way as the body and the mind.
How do the Feet appear, in general?
Wide feet – You’ve got solid worker feet. You’re always on the go and can’t sit still for a minute.
Long narrow feet (Princess Feet) – You like nothing better than to be pampered.
Arches – High arches are found on people who are very independent and self-sufficient.
Low arches or flat feet mean that you are ever the practical realist.
Your Right Foot represents how you step out into the world; how you relate to the world, work and relationships. Keep in mind that relationships are not only intimate relationships, but also the relationships you have with your friends and family, co-workers, clubs and organizations, etc.
The Right Foot also represents your male energy, the present, Yang and your “outer” world. Your Left Foot represents how you relate to yourself and Spirit, however you define Spirit (God, Universe, the Divine, Source, etc.). Even if you are an atheist, your definition of Spirit is that there isn’t any! The Left Foot also represents your female energy, the past, Yin and your “inner” world.