Automatic Writing

This page contributed by Tony Harrington.

Automatic Writing, also called “Spirit Writing” is yet another means in a long list of means by which the living attempt to communicate with the dead.

Prior to the advent of the voice recorder on which we capture EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena), technology deficient humans had to capture the voice of the dead in a more primitive manner. They could use a Ouija board to spell out messages from those who have crossed over or they could practice the mysterious art of Spirit Writing.

Spirit writing, the act inviting a spirit to use one’s own hand to scrawl out messages from the other side, is a form of divination akin to the use of Ouija boards and using dowsing rods. The theory is that the spirits of the dead can use the energy in the human body to move objects such as rods, a planchette, or a pencil in the hand of the living host.

We have to look at this concept with a jaundiced eye just as we do with the aforementioned forms of divination. Because a human host is required for these items to work, the method of collecting messages from the other side is already flawed and suspect. There is simply no way to prove that the messages received through divination are indeed those of the spirit world or simply culled from subconscious muscle movements of the person holding the pencil.

What is certain is that a lot of credence was given to this form of communication with several prominent historical figures lending credibility to the act of Spirit Writing. Among them, poet William Butler Yeats and his wife Georgie Hyde-Lees were known to often been in communication with the dead via this method while much later in 1975, a woman named Wendy Hart from Maidenhead, UK made headlines when she claimed to be in communication with a sea Captain named Nicholas Moore who died in 1642.

The method by which one can communicate with the dead using Spirit writing varies depending on which articles on the topic you read. The general means of communication are as follows:

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1) Seat yourself in a comfortable environment, a comfortable chair at a table should suffice.

2) Keep a stack of paper handy in the event your spirit is talkative.

3) Grip the pencil or pen lightly in the hand. Many practitioners of Spirit Writing suggest using your non-dominant hand. (If you are right-handed normally, use your left hand to hold the pen/pencil)

4) Gently place the tip of the writing implement onto the blank sheet of paper. Do not apply pressure.

5) Announce that you are opening yourself up to the spirit world and invite clean spirits only to use your hand to communicate.

6) Close your eyes and relax and if contact is made your hand will start moving the pencil across the paper.

Messages may be hard to read or impossible at first. As you practice communication the messages will become clearer and easier to understand.

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I have personally tried this method of communication to no avail, so it may not be for everyone, or it may be a load of rubbish. As with any paranormal event, science has created a countering viewpoint. The very act of Spirit Writing (and divination as a whole) could be nothing more than ideomotor effect, defined as a psychological phenomenon wherein a subject makes motions unconsciously. (Wikipedia)

Automatic Writing was often used as part of a seance conducted by early psychics/mediums in the investigations of alleged haunted locations. The act has since fallen out of favor in lieu of more technologically advanced methods of spiritual communications including instrumental trans-communication.

2 thoughts on “Automatic Writing

  1. kimbra holbrook

    I AM AN AUTOMATIC DRAWER, FOR LACK OF ANY OTHER WORDS TO USE FOR IT. I DO NOT WRITE WORDS, I DRAW PICTURES. FIRST OF ALL, LET ME ASSURE YOU, IT IS NOT RUBBISH. ITS VERY REAL, AND VERY STRANGE.I HAVE SPENT ENDLESS HOURS ONLINE TRYING TO FIND A REASONABLE EXPLANATION FOR IT. BUT AS FAR AS I CAN TELL, ABSOLUTELY NOONE, CAN GIVE A GOOD THEORY ON THE SUBJECT. AND IVE CONCLUDED, THAT ABSOLUTELY NOONE, KNOWS ANYTHING MORE ABOUT IT THAN I DO. EVERYBODY HAS A DIFFERENT IDEA COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN THE NEXT.IVE READ ALL THAT STUFF ABOUT SUBCONSCIENCE AND BLAH BLAH BLAH. ALL A BUNCH OF CRAP.AND BECAUSE I AM AN AUTOMATIC DRAWER, THERES A FEW THINGS I DO KNOW FOR SURE, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME. I CANNOT DRAW.I DO NOT ALLOW ANYTHING OR ANY ENERGY WHAT SO EVER TO ENTER MY BODY OR TAKE OVER. AND AT NO POINT IS THIS HAPPENING.IM THE ONLY ONE IN CONTROL. IM THE ONLY ENERGY INHABITING MY BODY I WONT STAND FOR IT ANY OTHER WAY.AND SINCE THE DRAWINGS ALL DIFFER FROM BEAUTIFUL PORTRAITS TO CRAZY ASS CARTOONS, TO SPACE ALIENS, TO DOWN RIGHT DARK AND GRIM, I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE IS MORE THAN ONE ENERGY CREATING THE DRAWINGS.THERES MORE LIKE 4 OR 5.THIS IM POSITIVE OF.ALSO CONFIRMING TO ME THAT ITS NOT COMING FROM INSIDE ME IS THE FACT, THE ENERGIES CANT FIGURATIVELY “SEE” THE PHYSICAL DRAWINGS. BECAUSE THEY DONT KNOW WHERE THE EDGE OF THE PAPER IS. THEY WILL GO COMPLETELY OFF AND DRAW ON THE TABLE.THESE ARE JUST A FEW THINGS I KNOW TO BE A FACT THROUGH MY OWN EXPERIENCE WITH IT.BUT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, ITS VERY REAL AND ONE OF THE STRANGEST THINGS IVE EVER ENCOUNTERED IN A STRANGE WORLD WITH STRANGE PHENOMENAS.AND SO FAR, IVE FAILED TO FIND REASONABLE EXPLANATION IN ALL THE YEARS IVE BEEN TRYING TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT.

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  2. Sarah Howard

    Hi I want to comment on this I used to use the Ouija but stopped I always talked to my grandfather/papa I guess and o stopped for I found presence bad after but now since my a uncle passed away 4 years ago I started out of blu just writing to him to see how he was and we love him and then out of blue my hand started to move and talked to him as well it worked with my papa..I still till this day talk to them mostly my uncle but he always tells me he loves me.I always feel a presence around me and feel like someone is here. Is this normal or should I stop…pleaseemail me back when can so I known
    Thank I them both and others in family that have passed away and I just want to know if this is safe. I believe in all paranormal activity good and bad…sometimes at night I can’t sleep for I feel good and bad presence is this normal as well ?
    Sincerely Sarah Howars

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