Other Voices: Alphabetician: ‘B-R-E-A-T-H-E into your writing’
Last week I received five calls, four e-mails and six articles that had been torn from The Union – insistent gestures from friends, clients and students – all of the same article titled “Penmanship,” a word that might send chills down your spine and cause your face to grimace.
At least I hope it does. The comment from each of these friends was, “Vimala! Write an article!” This response is intended to honor those requests.
First off: I am neither a graphologist, nor do I teach “penmanship.” I am a handwriting expert, more specifically an alphabetician, whose passion in life is to guide people from the age of 3 to 103 in adopting writing patterns that bring out the very best in themselves and support them in making a difference in the world doing what they love. How?
To discover the truth of any of the following, don’t believe anything I say, but rather pick up your pen and adopt one or two handwriting changes to experience the power of this technology. Only then will you know that “It works every time!” -the comment of a well-known client.
Handwriting is not dead, although “penmanship” was long ago laid to rest, for which we can give thanks. If you assume that handwriting is merely a collection of letter shapes moving across the page to create words – sometimes legible and sometimes otherwise – that is an incomplete description, much like defining a dog as an animal with four legs and fur but nothing more.
So what is handwriting?
Briefly, the mind and hand are intimately connected; the pen moves as the mind dictates – specifically, the subconscious mind where all our memories are stored – memories that continue to shape our belief system which in turn shape our self-image. In other words, your writing patterns are a graphic image of who you see yourself to be. Not who you are, but who your interpretation of past memories has shaped into what we call your self-image.
I’ll quote from my book, “Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life.” Eons ago when I was a freshman in college, I memorized all of Aristotle’s syllogisms and came up with a modified version of my own.
“Since each stroke of the pen reaffirms a thinking habit, and each thinking habit shapes our self-image, and self-image is the lens through which we see life, and this lens determines our behavior, if an alphabet were designed that exhibited only the noblest traits, world peace might be a possibility.”
I had no idea the years of research it would take, how many obstacles I would encounter, how exciting my discoveries would be, or how I would manifest what I continued to learn, but the dream held fast and wouldn’t let go. The Vimala Alphabet is my vision expressed. Both the shape and order of the letters are important.
You may have such a vision – one that may seem outrageous to others, but it’s yours. Don’t let it fade. Enlivening your vision for a better world is important right now. Right now. Look around. The world needs its visionaries to come alive and express themselves. Here is one simple, affordable and practical way to bring that part of you alive, to remove limiting thought habits and replace them with those that support your dreams. Using the Vimala Alphabet for the next 40 days, do the following consistently:
1) Design your autograph to be clear; do not draw through it or encircle it.
2) Don’t print.
3) B-R-E-A-T-H-E into your writing; don’t let it squeeze up.
4) Do not put a loop in your lowercase ‘d’ stem. Make it tall, dignified and retrace it.
5) If your vision seems unattainable, begin this minute to stretch your lowercase ‘t’ stem tall, and cross it on top. On top? you ask. If you choose to do so, you’ll be in the company of Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Mohandas Gandhi, Susan B. Anthony, Barbara Jordan, Abraham Lincoln, Werner Heisenberg, and a host of other visionaries.
6) Because these are new habits you are establishing, you will have to do the most difficult thing of all: Slow Down – keeping in mind the words of e.e. cummings: “Nobody beautiful ever hurries.”
That is what handwriting is all about. Don’t believe me. Pick up your pen and find out for yourself!
Vimala Rodgers lives in Nevada City.
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