About the Lake Between the Hills Analysis
Handwriting analysis can be so accurate, it's almost frightening. But it is able to show only our natural inclinations, strengths, and challenges--not the astonishing things God is able to accomplish when he shines through our weaknesses. I find it interesting to use handwriting analysis as a filter to show the contrast between Richard's natural human personality and what he let God do with his servant's heart, which is usually most apparent in the videos of his performances. Yes, Jason Boyett, his handwriting suggests he did dislike the limelight. But his sense of responsibility to use his gifts was greater than his retiring nature.
You can probably detect that this analysis was done by someone who knew Richard pretty well. For instance, someone who knew Richard's favorite poet at the time, and his interest in the Grail legends. The analyst is me--I began studying handwriting analysis as a child. The upshot of this particular analysis is--Richard's major means of revealing his personal feelings was through his songs. They were perhaps the only outlet he had for his deepest emotions. If you wanted to know how or what Richard was feeling, you let him take you to the nearest piano. The heart he showed in his songs was the true one: he was no hypocrite, no superficial manipulator of emotions just because he could. The things he couldn't say to your face were the things he would sing. He was nineteen years old when he wrote this sample, and younger when he wrote the song. His search for the love of God had begun in earnest long before he ever heard of Brennan Manning.
Of course, an analysis is only as good as the analyst. I submitted this sample and analysis to a professional, Sandra Fisher, and her remarks follow:
"I found your analysis of the situation very detailed and insightful. How very complex it is. And what a very complex man he must have been."
Produced by an expert who knew nothing about Richard initially other than his profession, a portion of Sandra Fisher's analysis is posted here. I selected Sandra Fisher because she is versed in both European and American versions of graphology, lives on another continent, and she had no preconceptions about Rich Mullins. I contacted her back in 2011 when I'd completed a late phase of writing Singing from Silence, to celebrate a major milestone in readying the book for publication. I was curious to see what a professional would say about his handwriting, which had always intrigued me. My confidence in her ability proved to be well- placed. Her remarks were so on-target, I was instantly able to email her a selection of anecdotes from Singing from Silence which confirmed her detailed analysis. We went on to exchange some interesting correspondence, and eventually I purchased a course from Sandra.
I'm planning to post the complete analysis of Richard Mullins' handwriting provided by Sandra Fisher in the appendix of Let The Mountains Sing.
Pamela Richards, 2014