The Vimala Alphabet, developed by Vimala Rodgers, is designed to "rewire" the neuropathways in your brain in such a way that your self-image is improved through the dropping of negative thought patterns that have become part of your subconscious mind.

Just as negative thought patterns and suppressive influences (usually brought about during childhood) create "blockages" and a negative self-image that can hold us back in life (without us even realizing this), by changing your hand writing you can reverse these aspects by retraining those aspects of your brain and freeing you from old patterns. Various contextual elements of your handwriting (word spacing, margin spacing, direction of stroke endings, size of writing, and more) as well as the way that letters are formed (each one indicating a range of factors, such as self confidence, a lack of motivation, etc.) represent a roadmap of what is going on in your subconscious mind – which is why hand writing analyst (graphotherapists) can determine personality traits through an analysis of peoples handwriting.

Should you decide to learn the Vimala Alphabet and undertake the important task of reconfiguring negative patterns in your subconscious mind, you will soon discover that it can be most rewarding, and these 10 tips will help to get you to your goals:

1. Log Your Progress

Be sure to write down the reasons why you wish to change your handwriting. Certain letters will be related to certain issues that you have and may wish to change (information on each letters meaning and personal application can be found in Vimala Rogers book, Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life). Write down how you feel about these issues and how they affect you, before you begin. In this way you can look back and check your progress as you make changes – and realizing that positive changes are happening can be a great motivator.

2. Mark Your Progress

By marking your progress on a calendar, you have a visible and tangible goal to work towards. Mark the date by which you wish to learn each new element (or elements), placing a cross on each day as you move closer. Usually, 21 days is the magic mark for sticking with a habit.

3. Use Clear, Un-ruled Paper

The point of the Vimala Alphabet is to change your neuropathways – to remove the old patterns that were shaped by society and its stifling influences. Lined paper with set margins does the work for you – it keeps things how they "should" be. By using a blank page you remove your comfort zone and challenge your brain to learn something new. Be free – let your writing run skew if it must, it's all part of your subconscious conditioning. If you're not openly aware of every element of your handwriting (free from external guidelines), you can't change it.

4. Don't Make More Than Two Letter Changes At Time

Taking on too many changes at once may become overwhelming and discouraging. Understand what each letter does for you, and pick the most important ones that align with how you would like to change or progress. Then, starting from most important to least important, start with no more than two letters and practice those exclusively, incorporating them into your existing handwriting style. As you progress you may add more or even decide to drop down to one at a time – it depends on the individual. There's a good chance that you learn your new way of writing much quicker than expected – you already have the base, it just requires some tweaking. It depends on the individual how much tweaking is required, the more difficult the change, the deeper the subconscious pattern and the bigger the reward.

5. Don't Make More Than Two Contextual Changes At A Time

Just as with tip 6, taking on too much at once can ruin your long term success. This is not a race, your existing patterns were built up over time and changing them will take time too. Detailed information on the effects of each contextual change are also contained in Rodger's book, Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life.

6. Start a Routine

Changing your handwriting requires dedication and disciple – and having a set routine will go a long way to achieving this. Pick at least 20-30 minutes each done where you will be able to practice your new handwriting without being disturbed. For some people this may require waking up earlier. One of the best methods is to practice before going to bed each night, which helps to insert the images into your subconscious mind as you go to sleep.

7. Horizontal Over Vertical

As stated before, leaving your comfort zone is the best way to rewire those neuropathways. The norm is to write on a vertical page – and the norm is exactly what we want to avoid, so turn that page to the side and go horizontal. A simple change such as this can go a long way when it comes to retraining your brain.

8. Fill Two Pages

Each time you practice – fill two pages with writing. Start with a row of the letter you have chosen in capital form, then a row in lower case form. Then write a row of words starting with the chosen letter, a row of words that contain the letter in the middle, then a row that end with the letter. Then repeat this sequence until the page is full – alternating with a different latter if you are doing more than one at a time (and remembering your contextual changes). This also gives you some leeway, as one full page will suffice on those days when you really haven't got time to do more – which will hopefully be few and far between!

9. Write Fast

To get used to these changes without thinking about them – you need to write at your usual writing speed. This won't be possible from the very beginning, but build up speed as much as possible (while still remaining accurate) – even if you make mistakes, practicing at a faster pace will get those changes into your subconscious mind at a quicker rate. Just do not sacrifice accuracy for speed – both will come in time.

10. Enjoy It

As with anything – a positive attitude is important. Relish in the fact that you are taking control of your life and making important changes that will greatly improve how you see yourself. Think of the positive results that you are aiming for and believe that they will come about. Enjoy the idea of yourself being a confident public speaker, or having a much higher self esteem, whatever your particular goals may be. This type of attitude will see them materialize at an even faster rate.

Changing your handwriting can be a challenging task, but can be well worth the effort – for many people it seems to unleash miracles in their lives. Just from changing visual markings on a page? Absolutely – for once you begin you will realise (and feel) that it is actually so much more. To get it right it will take some discipline, and getting Vimala Rodgers book, Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life, is a huge recommendation. It illustrates exactly how to form each letter (which cannot always be determined just from seeing the Vimala Alphabet) and offers plenty of information on contextual elements as well as what each letter can do for you and how to apply it personally. It may take some work and discipline, but once these changes hold fast to your subconsciousness, you will realise that the effort was well worth the reward.