Transform Your Life Through Handwriting
by Vimala Rodgers

Sounds True, 2009. ISBN 978-1-591-79715-9.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Moore
Posted on 06/14/2010

Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration; Nonfiction: Creative Life

Vimala Rodgers has developed alphabetical patterns based on "sacred technology of the ages" and shares them in Transform Your Life Through Handwriting: a kit with two CDs, a guidebook, a blank journal and 26 cards. Simply put, the author guides readers and listeners to adopt handwriting patterns that bring their hidden talents, abilities, and dreams to life.

"Writing patterns are a graphic image of how your subconscious mind interprets the world and your place in it. As you adopt new letter shapes, you are telling your mind how to think—for perhaps the first time in your life," says Rodgers.

With an interest in handwriting from early childhood, Rodgers has studied Latin, Sanskrit, history, philosophy, and psychology while holding a vision of a career for herself that involves "the transformational power of the letters." "Each stroke of the pen makes a statement—not about who you are, but about who you say you are, i.e., your self-image," she writes.

I've just pulled a card from the Transform Your Life Through Handwriting deck, in my left hand, as Vimala Rodgers suggests on her CD, and asked: "What attitude do I need to bring into my life today?" The letter card I chose is U for open-mindedness. The back of the card reads: "I listen to others as though I know nothing."

The guidebook offers me more information on the "soul quality" of the letter U. If I find it difficult to listen "to what others share, without offering contradictory feedback," I ought to start practicing this letter today. The letter U is part of the alphabetical family Rodgers calls the Family of Learning and Evaluating.

Each letter of the alphabet is described in the guidebook with an element, gender, gemstone, animal and guardian protector. On the CDs, Rodgers describes the letters in the order of their alphabetical families, beginning with the Family of Communication; Family of Learning and Evaluating; Family of Honoring and Expressing; Family of Insight, Family of Applied Creativity, Family of Status and Vision, Family of Trusting and Inner Authority; and ending with Grandfather which is the letter Z.

Besides choosing a letter of the day, Rodgers advises practicing a letter for 40 days, the formation of which she describes in the guidebook and on the CDs. I love Rodgers' voice as it's so down-to-earth and practical. She sounds very comfortable and well-versed in this vision she is sharing with the world.

I've chosen to work with the letter of my first name for 40 days: M. the letter M is "the matriarch of the Family of Honoring and Expressing." All this practicing is done with a pen on unlined paper in the landscape direction as "the portrait direction is common; your dreams are not".

I'm finding the practice meditative and spiritual. While practicing a page of letters, I also get to declare my intent, review the aspects of a particular letter and fill a page with how I see "the aspects of this letter impacting [my] life in an uplifting way."

Rodgers says she loves to work with doubters. She gives an example of a male client who was a skeptic but tried the writing system anyway. After the first 40 days he quit smoking. In the second 40 days he went on retreat to Hawaii and in the third, he stopped drinking. Skeptic or not, it sure seems worth a try. As Rodgers says if you follow her practices: "Now watch your life unfold." Vimala Rodgers has done it and inspires others to express their gifts in the world, to "make a difference doing what you love."

Vimala Rogers is an educator, handwriting expert, and motivational speaker, as well as the director of The Institute of Integral Handwriting Studies in Sacramento, California. Her previous books include Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life (Simon and Schuster, 2000) and The Vimala System: Character Building Through Simplified Handwriting (2004), a teacher's manual available from The Institute of Integral Handwriting Studies.

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