Your penmanship might be able to help you solve all that ails you – mounting credit card bills, that obnoxious colleague, the snoopy neighbour, the irritable partner, the irreverent child, the uncompromising mother-in-law and of course, the bad boss – that make your stomach churn and cause a heartburn.
Write to de-stress
With stress becoming an inevitable part of urban lifestyle, an increasing number of people are taking to alternative forms of therapy to seek relief and reprieve from day-to-day pressures.
Dr Parag Khatri, a dentist, started dabbling in this science since his school days. But it was only during his college years did he start looking at it as more than just a mere hobby.
The Andheri-based doctor, who presently is the director of World School of Grapho Education and Therapy says a graphotherapy exercise is a powerful tool.
“People are now more aware of the science and how it can help them in removing obstacles in their lives and overcome stress. By studying a person’s handwriting, we can understand his personality traits. We identify the problem areas and then recommend certain writing exercises for a period of 30 days. If you sincerely do them, you will definitely see the change in you,” Khatri says.
How a graphotherapy exercise works
“Graphotherapy is a means of making conscious alterations in your handwriting in order to effect desired subconscious changes within yourself. This is a reversal of the normal writing process. It involves giving a reverse suggestion to your brain that will induce a permanent change in the individual. If there are multiple problems, we suggest multiple exercises that are concerned with changing the formation of just one letter at a time,” explains Dr Khatri.
The only thing one needs to keep in mind is that the prescribed handwriting changes need to be practised for about 30 days for their positive effects to manifest.
The pen goes ‘cyber’
When Vishwas, the founder of this website, decided to go beyond his weekly newspaper column Write Choice and started his own graphology website last year, he was surprised at the response he got in cyberspace.
In a few months’ time Vishwas’s blog was flooded with comments from people from all walks of life asking for tips to improve their handwriting (and, in turn, their lives) to inquisitive college students who wanted to take up graphology courses.
Vishwas, who started in 2008 years ago ‘when people still associated graphology and signature analysis with occult’, now sees many people coming to him to find a way to control their anger and boost their confidence.
According to Vishwas, you can boost your confidence by introducing a few simple changes in your signature. (Learn how to change your signature to make it more powerful.)
A small stroke goes a long way
For many, the simple art of writing, or a graphotherapy exercise, has made a whole lot of difference. Some care exercised in the i’s are dotted can ensure a good concentration. A slight alteration in the size of handwriting before studying, can help those whose mind fly away very between the lines.
One Vikram Shah comments on Vishwas’s website:
Can you guess that improving handwriting can be so powerful that one can get a national award for his improved performance? I like and love my own handwriting. I have become patient and less aggressive, say my wife and children. They ask me how I changed so much over a small period of time. I got the Bhariya Udyog Ratna award recently for outstanding performances and innovative thinking.”
Figure-8 graphotherapy exercise and stress management
There is a special graphotherapy exercise which helps one deal with stress and relax. It’s called Figure 8 exercise. There is a theory behind the effectiveness of the graphotherapy exercise. It says:
- The psyche is made of three parts: the id, ego and superego.
- The id is reflected by the lower zone of small letters. The lower zone represents your unconscious needs (physical, material and sexual).
- The ego is reflected by the middle zone letters such as a, c, e, i, m, n etc. Middle zone indicates our daily life.
- The superego is seen in upper zone strokes such as b, d, and h.
While doing the exercise it has be ensured that proportions of the loops in figure 8 are equal. This ensures a balance between physical (lower zone), mental (upper zone) and emotional (middle) world. When there is a balance, we are at peace with ourselves.
You can do this exercise anytime you’re feeling stressed out and need to calm down.
Usually, this exercise should be done about 15 minutes a day. Even as you are doing the exercise, notice the changes you feel in yourself. You are supposed to do this exercise for 21 days.
If you do this graphotherapy exercise regularly without giving any break, you will definitely feel a big change in yourself. Moreover, you will feel relaxed.