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What is The Meaning Of Automatic Writing?

What is The Meaning Of Automatic Writing?
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What is The Meaning Of Automatic Writing?

Automatic Writing Definition

Automatic writing is the belief that a person can write subconsciously.  It is believed that spirits write through your hands.  The person has no idea what they are writing at the time that their hand is moving.  They may read what they wrote afterwards and have no idea where the information came from. It did not come from their own intent.

Automatic Handwriting Stories

Story #1

When I was 12 years old, an idea came into my mind to just start writing about anything that came mind.  I never heard of automatic writing.  I felt that it would be okay to just start writing down whatever thought came into my mind. Without thinking, I just wrote. 

Amazingly, I started to receive spiritual messages that came straight from the Holy Bible. At that point in my life, I never read the Bible.  I did read some passages from it, but not enough for me to start quoting scripture. I realized that there was force writing through me that I had no direct knowledge of.

I started to do some research.  This was in the year 1986 and the internet had not been invented yet.  I turned to my local bookstores and started to find books that had been written on automatic writing. I found that other people experienced the same phenomena as I did.

It opened my eyes to the possibility of our minds being connected to a higher source that we often cannot see. Perhaps it was a spirit writing through me. I had no idea that this was already a phenomenon in the world that I lived in.

I had to experience and learn more about automatic writing. I felt that I was led to this and had to find out why.

Over the next several weeks, I began to time myself writing. I would take around an hour and just allow my hand to move freely across the paper.  In one hour, I had written about 30 pages non-stop. I had no idea what I was writing because my thoughts weren’t thinking about anything that I was about to write.  Shockingly, I had a mini book in my hands.

The next day, I decided to allow my hand to write for 60 minutes.  Shockingly, I had 60 pages written.  Yes, that is 60 pages of content written with no knowledge of what I was writing about.

I realized that it was a spirit that was writing through me and not myself. I slowly realized that I was using channeling along with automatic writing.  I saw this as being my own miracle. I became a believer in spirituality that day and realized that there is something a lot bigger watching over us then what we may have thought.

I know inside of my heart that automatic writing is something that a lot of people question. Some people wonder if it comes from evil spirits or heavenly form.  I believe that it can come from either. I think that you must test where the words are coming from. If it sounds “holy”, then the source is most likely bad. If it is “unholy”, then the source is bad.

Over the years, I have written many books using automatic writing. Most of these books are spiritual in nature. I like the fact that I can channel my energy into something that is a mystery to me. I also am amazed that inside of my brain, there are thoughts that I had no idea existed. I hold information that I have no idea where it came from.

Story #2

Jamie was a high school friend of mine. He was the kind of guy that enjoyed writing, art, music and sports. He was more of an outdoors type of guy but loved his alone time as well.  I told him about automatic handwriting when I was in the 11th grade. He became curious about it and said that he would give it a try.

As he sat in class, he began to write down what was coming to him in his loose-leaf booklet.  Suddenly, he started to write about cars.  He didn’t know anything about cars, but he did want a car.  However, he was receiving specific details about different cars that he had no knowledge of.

I asked him to please time himself for around 10 minutes to see if he could write without stopping.  He did do it and had around 3 pages of solid information.  When I read it, it made complete sense?  I asked him about what he wrote, and he said, “I have no idea what I just wrote.”  I couldn’t believe it. It was actual details about Ford Mustangs.  I was impressed.

I asked him to meet me after class because I wanted to experiment at my house writing for around an hour. He agreed and said that he was up for the experiment.

After school, we sat in my kitchen and he began to write for an hour. I watched him closely and he kept on writing for an hour straight.  He was writing words and sentences with a whole lot of meaning.  His mindset was more into writing whatever came to mind.

He became a believer also in understanding that some type of spiritual entity was writing though him. Jamie was not a spiritual person and had never even gone to church.  He became to believe in spirituality that day as well.

What I Realized About Automatic Writing

I realized that if we focus our mind on any one thing and have no other distractions, we can do automatic writing.  If you think about it, automatic writing is something that makes complete sense to us. We all need to focus on something that makes us feel more complete.

Writing anything down on paper is hard.  However, when we allow our minds to stay focused on something for long, miracles begin to happen.

How to Do Automatic Writing

  1. Find a comfortable place to write in.
  2. Make sure that you are using a table or other hard surface to put your paper on.
  3. Have a good pen because you will be writing a lot.
  4. Set your timer for 10 minutes.
  5. Do not stop writing for a solid 10 minutes.
  6. Don’t think as you are writing.
  7. Only write whatever comes to you.
  8. At the end, look at what you wrote and see if it makes sense.
  9. Keep on increasing your automatic writing time and see how long you can write without stopping.
  10. The more that you do this process, the more of a clear understanding you will have about automatic writing.

Is Automatic Writing Psychic?

The belief in spiritualism is that a spirit is used to communicate messages to the medium that they are wanting to work with.  It is believed that spirits are speaking through the hands of those that can-do automatic writing.

The author Robert Desnos believed that he had a gift for automatic writing and claimed to have used it in his poetry.  However, a researcher by the name of Thomson Jay Hudson didn’t see any kind of spirituality being used in this process.

You don’t have to be fully awake to do automatic writing. You can in fact be in a trance.  The poet Fernando Pessoa claimed that he was able to use automatic writing and thought of it to be spiritual as well. 

A medium by the name of Pierre L. O. A. Keeler claimed to be receiving spiritual messages from Abraham Lincoln.  If you are curious to see what he wrote, you can check it out at the Lily Dale Museum in Lily Dale New York.

Many scientists have examined automatic writing in detail and have found that it has no significance in spirituality. It is often assumed that its just thoughts that a person has while they are writing.

However, during seances, a medium is often called upon to receive spiritual messages from the dead. The medium has never met the person in question that they are calling up from the dead.

However, they are receiving messages from them. You might say that the spirits do speak to the medium because the mediums often give such specific details that there is no other way that they could have known this information. Mediums are often called to “cold read” for people on the spot.  No planning is involved and yet the psychic medium can pull information out of thin air.

Is There a Danger in Automatic Writing?

Yes, there is always a danger that is involve in automatic writing. For starters, if your automatic writing is telling you to harm yourself or other people, it is dangerous. You should discontinue automatic writing and consult with a pastor or other spiritual person to find out why this may be happening.

Shockingly, we live in a world where good and evil both exist.  We may not always see that something bad is trying to harm us. Remember, the devil often comes in “sheep’s clothing”.

What Spiritualism in Automatic Writing?

Spiritualism came to the United States in the 20th centuries. Names like Edgar Cayce started to appear in newspapers and magazines.  Top psychics and mediums began to come out and say that they can connect with the dead-on mass levels.  It was the beginning of a new spiritual awakening.

Today, spiritualism is in automatic writing. When someone connects with a spiritual entity, they connect with the supernatural.

What Is Automatic Spiritual Writing?

There are many ways to connect with your higher self, inner being, God, the universe, or whichever other terms you use to describe the fulfilled outer self that gives life an extraordinary meaning.

Automatic spiritual writing is one of these ways. Practiced for years, different people have several thoughts concerning the practice. Some say it is not real while others have enjoyed a spiritual awakening from this type of spiritual writing. Whichever side you might fall, this article looks to give a clearer insight into automatic writing.

What Is the Definition and History of Automatic Writing?

Also known as Psychography, automatic writing is writing achieved through an individual content writer by a subconscious or spiritual agency. In other words, when someone is practicing this kind of writing, their mind is usually taken over by a higher power.

Thus, the thoughts put down are not consciously produced by the writer. It is said to be a way that the universe or God uses to talk through a person. It does not have to be all fancy and creative, but rather intuitive.

As much as the mind is usually fighting to keep away, the process generally is light and effortless. Further research proves that the thoughts are not your own but bits of what an individual receives from a spiritual agent.

Automatic writing can be traced back to the 16th century with records of Enochian language that is said to have been dictated to Edward Keller and John Dee by Enochian angels. Additional testimonies of automatic writing include and not limited to the works of Charles Dickens who wrote the incomplete book and Mystery of Edwin Drood and Hippolyte Taine.

Today, this practice is commonly done by people who consider themselves spiritual and seek to do so, which is a bit different from the past; some cases of automatic writing were not voluntary. Some do it while at a trance, while others do it when awake. On the other hand, others are unaware of what is going on in real life — for example, the case of many bible and prophetic writers.

How to go about Automatic Writing

There is no one way of practicing Psychography, especially for those who do it out of self-will. However, there are a few steps that are found in almost all processes. These steps include:

How To Find a Comfortable and Quiet Place

The first thing to do is to prepare your environment for automatic spiritual writing. You need a serene atmosphere: away from distractions. Consider somewhere that either people do not know about or a place where they cannot find you easily. This might be a place you have gone to before or a whole new place. Whichever the case, as long as it is quiet and comfortable, it works. You can put your phone on silent, switch it off or not carry it at all.

How to Get Writing Materials

In the early days, such writings were done on scrolls. Today, you can either use a pen and paper or a laptop to type on. The only thing you need to pay attention to is serenity and lack of distractions. A pen and paper, in this case, would work best since there is no much room to be swayed to use the internet or visit social media pages.

What Is Meditation?

After you are all set, the environment and your materials are right; you can now invite the spirit world by meditating. If you have done Yoga meditations before, this could work.

Also, you can think about emptying the mind off self and meditate on spiritual matters. Some people use calm meditation instrumentals, while others sit in silence. You should go with whichever helps you clear your mind and take your thoughts off self.

How to Find a Question

At this point, you are playing the role of a seeker so you should make sure that you put down your questions in the most specific manner. Avoid writing down questions you have answers for or issues that need yes or no kinds of responses.

Remember that this is not a time to test spirits as doing so will corrupt the authenticity of the process. Again, it does not have to be one question. They could be two or three. The idea is to make an opening for a connection with the spirit world.

How to Get the Answer

After your questions are clearly outlined, you now need to concentrate on them one at a time. The spirit world is wiser as opposed to the human world, and so you have to allow time for you to receive that which you seek.

You can go back to meditating in the meantime as you wait for answers to be delivered. Have the confidence that you are in alignment with the spirits and that answers will come. Avoid panic and fear as these two are opposite of Love, which is the foundation that helps you connect with your inner man.

How To Release Yourself

As you go back to meditating and then looking through your questions again, answers will start flowing in. This is when you begin writing whichever words you receive. Do not pause to try and make sense out of what you are writing.

Do not even worry about grammar and punctuations. Just keep writing until you feel like you do not have anything else to write. Expect to receive answers in a kind, gentle, and loving way as this is the tone of the spirit even when the message is a rebuke.

After you have written all that you have received, keep the book or laptop aside for an hour or two before you got through the writing. You could practice this as often as you wish to perfect yourself.

Telling the Difference between Conscious and Unconscious Writing

Many creative writing classes teach almost a similar approach to writing. However, when it comes to automatic writing, it is never about you and what you know but rather what the spirit wants to communicate to and through you. This is the main difference between the two.

For some people, one might experience some uncontrollable physical expressions such as hissing, handshaking, and even tears depending on the kind of message one is receiving. This never happens when one is writing consciously. Others can maintain a calm and comfortable posture through the process, yet the mind is conscious mind is far from the physical world.

The tone and structure of the two writing are sometimes different. One can be poetic during a creative wring process as so during automatic writing. However, once the two pieces are read out, you will be able to tell the difference from the depth of the message and the intensity of tone. Automatic writing usually talks about mysteries either never heard or if heard, better explained.


What a person believes in plays a significant role in how and why the person chooses to seek automatic writing. In many cases, it is a matter of religion, cultural beliefs, and faith.

Whether one believes in Psychography or not, the product of the practice is as valid as other people’s opinion. Having practiced for centuries shows that there is a lot of substantial evidence in its validity.

The most important thing to understand is that automatic writing is only one of the tools used to tap into an inner self. It is taught as one of the ways that one can explore themselves and find a purpose or sense of eternal existence. In the end, it is a guide to peace and wholeness.