, or mediumistic automatism, is the practice of talking to spirits through your own hand - literally. You pick up a pen and start writing on a piece of paper and pay no attention to what you're writing. Words and complete sentences sometimes appear.
Subconcious mind or spirit communication?
Skeptics refer to this along the lines of the subconcious mind speaking the usual mumbo-jumbo about our suppressed feelings. There's always a chance that this is our own sub-concious mind or, better yet in my opinion, our higher self talking, but those who have tried it usually accredit the writing to spirits.
I tried automatic writing 2 or 3 times back in 1995 but never got it to work. I think part of it was the fact that so many times the messages sound evil that I really didn't want the writing to work. With all the times I was able to get the Ouija Board to work, starting a whole new method of speaking with the dead didn't concern me too much. I hate to say it, but I'm speaking of something that I have no physical experience with. But hey, we can't all do everything, right?
How to perform automatic writing
Anyway, from what I've read (groan), in order to do automatic writing, you should relax and sit with a pen comfortably resting on a piece of paper. I've read that automatic writing can be done with a keyboard and a computer, but I don't like the idea of mixing new age technology with new age ideas - it just doesn't seem right. Ok, now that you have your letter ready to write, just start writing and let your hand flow. For some people it might be easier to print and others might prefer cursive writing but that's for you to experiment with.
As you write, pay no attention to the paper. You can watch TV or talk to a friend or just stare out the window - just make sure you're not thinking about what's being written. Some people even go into a trance-like state but I think this is more of a true medium channeling and not possible for some people. Automatic writing can also work better if you're a little bit tired so you might have a better chance doing it later at night when you're bound to get easily scared.
If you'd like, start asking questions in the same way you'd ask a Ouija Board and see what comes out of it. If you're lucky, the spirit talking through your hand will be helpful and a good-natured one. There's always a good chance you'll have an ill-spirited spirit doing the writing so be prepared to see something you might not want to read. Just remember they're on the other side and they can't really do anything. If the spirit you're channeling is threatening or you don't feel comfortable in any way, stop writing and try another time if you'd like. My guardian spirit, Diane, was threatening the first time I talked to her through the Ouija Board, but she told me later she was just trying to scare me away from using it - and have a little fun. They're still human and have a wierd sense of humour at times.
Don't be afraid until you try it and see for yourself what's going to happen. If you're already spiritually and emotionally fit, there's a good chance you'll be speaking to a higher spirit with good intentions. A well-meaning spirit is a very good one to be in contact with. Many books have been written by channeled spirits through automatic writing. The Osirian Scripts
by H.C. Randall-Stevens (El Eros) were written this way. The spirit who is apparently Osiris even gives dozens of sketches on Egyptian subjects.
Automatic writing may or may not be right for you, but there's only one way to find out - try it and see!
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