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What is automatic writing?

Have you ever had a burst of creativity and did not know where it seemed to come from? You may have experienced  a psychic lesson —  the phenomenon of automatic writing. Automatic writing, sometimes referred to as spiritual writing, is the act of being a channel or conduit for writing that comes from a spiritual source.  Another word for it is psychography, and when the act of automatic writing takes places, it is without the conscious knowledge of the writer about  what is being written.

Automatic  writing can help you out in a number of ways. It can provide insight into a problem that you have. It can provide insight into problems or challenges that your loved ones may be facing. It can be more general in nature and provide guidance or wisdom that all people could benefit from. It can provide information or lessons in the form of a story or some other type of creative fiction. Automatic writing can occur spontaneously or you can develop a routine or ritual that invites the spiritual world to communicate with you through automatic writing.
Automatic writing is also considered to be a psychic ability. A number of writers have taken on the subject of automatic writing.  Hyppolyte Taine was one author who wrote about spiritual writing in the third edition of his De Intelligence in 1878. One of the world’s most famous detectives dealt with automatic writing in a case titled New Revelation. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote that writing occurs by a person’s subconscious or by external spirits. Since Doyle was a spiritualist, it stands to reason that Sherlock Holmes was also.

How to get psychic answers through automatic writing

To make automatic writing work for you, beginning with William Fletcher Barrett’s explanation is a good place to start. To begin receiving automatic messages begin by loosely holding a pencil to a sheet of paper, or by using a planchette, (ouija board) to spell out the messages. These writings can occur in either a trance or in a state of mindful awareness.

The one item that all instances of automatic writing have in common is that the writer, or messenger, has no knowledge of what they have written down. You won’t consciously  plan out what is to appear on the paper. Once a medium for receiving the messages has been chosen, clearing the mind and focusing on a question is the nest step. Some users of automatic writing have a specific spiritual entity in mind when asking their question; others leave their question open to any entity who answers.

The use of psychic ability for automatic writing has produced many works of literature, the most famous being the books in the Bible dictated by the hand of God. Other works of writing believed to have been completed via external spirits include Helen Schueman’s “A Course in Miracles,” and Neale Donald Walsch’s “Conversations With God.” While many continue to believe that all works of literature are only the works of the author without any external guidance, none can deny the importance that automatic writing has had on the literary world whether the spirits contributed or not.