According to a Jewish proverb, there is an angel encouraging every one of us, including each blade of grass, to do what we came here to do.
“Grow. Grow,” they whisper to us.
I love this quote and yesterday I tried my hand at copying the picture it paints in my head. (Maybe, just maybe, my Friday Apples are starting to bear fruit on the other days of the week.)
According to Vimala Rodgers, each letter of the alphabet also has its own accompanying angel. She says that by inscribing the letters in the manner she has developed, people can draw the qualities of those Guardian Protectors into their lives.
When I first saw this set (guidebook, blank journal, 2 CD’s, 26 cards) advertised in the Sounds True magazine, it seemed to glow more brightly than anything else around it. Every time I leafed through the magazine it jumped out at me, so I put it on my Christmas list and was delighted to unwrap it Christmas morning.
Within a few days I had embarked on my first 40 day handwriting cycle (which, by the way, ended just yesterday). In one of the appendices at the back of the Guidebook, Vimala lists all 26 letters and the qualities they will bring into your life when you write them in a self-affirming manner. For example, “If you would like to begin listening–truly listening–to others instead of interrupting, inscribe the letter U” and “If you would like to function from Spirit at all times, practice inscribing the letter L.” I chose to work on the letter P. Today, I started my new 40 day cycle with a focus on the letter A.
I love stories of transformation and the CD’s in this set (as well as the book mentioned below) are filled with interesting tales of people who have effected amazing changes in their lives just by following Vimala’s writing “prescriptions.” I particularly enjoy the stories of the sceptics who do the writing as a last-ditch effort to improve their situations or even to prove Vimala wrong and end up discovering the amazing power of this deceptively simple tool.
I have a friend who teaches mantra meditation. She, too, suggests choosing a mantra and repeating it a certain number of times per day in a 40 day cycle. I attended some of her workshops and am convinced of the power of that work, but I found it very difficult to commit to repeating the unfamiliar sanskrit phrases every day. I am a writer. I love putting pen to paper, so writing my letters is a much more enjoyable and meaningful meditation practice for me.
Not to mention that it’s fascinating.
Here are some of the tidbits I have found the most intriguing:
The letter O is the letter of sensitive truth-telling. Vimala says, “. . . this is speech that heals, never harms. It is important to distinguish between speaking the truth and sharing cold facts. Sensitive speaking honors the listener, conveys the truth, and never judges, for it speaks to the Indwelling Spirit of the listener.”
And how do we best inscribe this letter to achieve this goal? By writing it in a clockwise direction, beginning and ending at he top, clean and clear with no inner clutter of any kind, no hooks or flourishes or inner loops. And definitely do not encircle it.
This was a big change for me. It meant I had to lift the pen every time this letter showed up in a word. But this forced pause helped to remind me of the pause I need to take before opening my mouth to speak, a very important moment when I can ask myself, “will these words help or harm?”
The letter T also intrigued me.
“In school most of us were taught to cross the stem midway down,” Vimala says, “which represents mediocrity, or ‘just be like everyone else and above all, don’t step out of that box!” She suggests placing the crossbar on top of the stem. “Placing a vigorously drawn crossbar on top of the t stem releases blockages that have prevented your inner vision from coming to life.”
I have been gleefully crossing my t’s on top ever since I read that.
I haven’t taken the next step however.
“Once your vision begins to emerge–and it will–incorporate the lower case “dancing t” to add alphabetical velocity to your intentions . . . This letter is not for the faint of heart–only for those who are determined to manifest their vision no matter what it takes.”
Apparently, I’m still a little faint of heart.
Writing on lined paper reflects “stay in the box and play it safe” thinking so always write on unlined paper.
“Writing with a pencil is wishy washy. It says, ‘Well, maybe . . .’ It can be erased. A pen says, ‘Yes!’ It is indelible and declarative.”
People who print instead of write are erecting a fence that separates them from others. People who block print (print only in uppercase letters) have turned that fence into a wall. The majority of printers are men and it’s usually because they have experienced a betrayal of some kind between the ages of 11 and 14 which has caused them to build walls of protection that help them to hide the talents they may be afraid to express.
See? Fascinating! And these are only the tip of the iceberg.
I have also read another of her books that was published eleven years ago (the kit above was published in 2009). She begins it by leading you through an exercise to see what your present handwriting is saying about you (and creating in your life) before you embark on the adventure of changing it (and therefore changing your life).
Here’s the back cover. (It will get bigger if you click on it.)
I would suggest reading this one first if you’d like to study your current writing style in depth before deciding which changes you would like to make. Plus it contains even more interesting tidbits and stories about the letters.
I’d be happy to lend you my book!
But you don’t have to wait until you have time to pop in to borrow it from me. You don’t even have to go to the library. Or the bookstore. You can start learning more about Vimala’s Alphabet by checking out her website right now, right here.