How is it that a hand writing analyst (or graphotherapist) can take a look at your hand writing and tell that you are easily agitated, have dependency issues, a poor self image, or struggle to express yourself verbally? Is handwriting not simply a succession of letters and words that we use to communicate? Not so – there is a reason why everyone has different handwriting, and it goes deeper than artistic or personal preference or a coincidental development of the way you put pen to paper.

When we grow up, we are taught how to write – and given the exact method to shape the symbol, which forms the base. We then each put our own "spin" on this base as we progress in life and learn to suppress certain aspects of ourselves, from emotions to behavior to even how we should think about certain things. Everyone has at some stage been mislead (whether intentionally or not) into acting in a manner that things "should" be according to society – which often leads to a negative self image. As an example, if you grow up in a household where you were never allowed to speak your mind, where your opinions were ignored or not taken seriously, each time this happened it would have come a part of you in some way – and perhaps the neuropathways in your brain would become wired to give you a self image illustrating that you cannot add value in conversation – that your opinions don't count. After a while, this may become part of you – you do not think about it, it just forms part of your behavior and belief system. How does this scenario relate to your hand writing? Your hand does not do the writing – it is your brain telling the hand what to do – and since your body is a whole, with each aspect affecting the next, the neuropathways shape letters (and other aspects of writing) in such a way that correspond to how they have been formed. This formation linking directly to your past experiences, mind set, belief system and self image.

It may be interesting to discover that your handwriting can reveal a great deal about your personality, but graphotherapy is much more than a party trick or a type of fortune telling. It can be an important tool in breaking free from the constraints of negative thought patterns and beliefs that hold you back on life – and expressing all those aspects of yourself that have been stifled and are waiting to be released. How is this? Because as much as your changing thought patters and neuropathways affected your handwriting, changing your handwriting can reverse the process and reconfigure your neuropathways to reflect the positive self image that you deserve.

To understand how your writing is a part of you and operates sub consciously – try to change an aspect of your writing (for instance, circle your "o"s in an anti-clockwise direction, or cross your "t"s at the very top, leaving no vertical line showing). Change just one or two letters and try to write as quickly as you normally do while using these completely different letters. It isn't easy – and by training yourself to make positive changes in your writing you will be changing more than the visual aspect of scribbles on a page. Once the changes become fluent and are ingrained into the sub-conscious mind – the changes in your neuropathways and self image can result in massive changes in your quality of life. Changing your handwriting takes a lot of work and discipline, and involves not only the shape of the letters, but also how they are connected, spaced, sized and placed on a page. This isn't, however, as difficult as it may sound, especially with a system like the Vimala Alphabet out there to guide you.

The Vimala Alphabet was developed by Vimala Rogers. As explained in Rogers' book, "Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life", the Vimala Alphabet is a writing system that sees handwriting not only as a communication tool, but as a character building tool. Each letter represents a certain aspect about yourself (Such as "D" reflecting who you are in the world, and "T" what you do), and these aspects are positively reaffirmed on a subconscious level each time you write.

As can be seen in Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life, the size of your writing, the slant, the pressure, the directions of stroke endings and many other aspects all play a role – it may be beneficial to read over all of these and to work on one at a time that you feel will benefit you the most. But the most important aspect of all is the letters themselves. Each letter is formed in a very specific way, with each one having a personal application relating to a specific aspect of one's life and self image. It may not be enough to simply copy the letter as you see it, it is best to form it as intended. Since it can be a daunting and overwhelming task to change your entire writing style – the way you learn the Vimala Alphabet is to choose the letters that are most applicable to the changes you would like to make in your life and to work on one at a time, gradually allowing it to become part of your subconscious mind. This requires disciple and effort, but is well worth the trouble – and you may be surprised to find that the changes occur much faster than you may have anticipated.

Changing your handwriting may not be something that you have considered doing before, and you may not even believe that it can truly help you. But have you ever considered that this is just another stifling belief that corresponds with what you have learnt up until now? If you are looking for a change, or wish to grow and develop yourself – the Vimala Alphabet may be exactly what you require. Why not try picking a letter or two that correspond with what you want to achieve, and work on making them a part of your writing style. It may just be one of the most important changes you ever make.