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Automatic Writing Without Being a Psychic?

Updated on December 8, 2016

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What Do You Think Of When You Hear Automatic Writing?

I have heard of inspirational writing, but not long ago I hear about automatic writing and thought, that sounds like something I often do when I’m writing.

Here was my theory of automatic writing before I researched it.

  • Writing without a plan
  • Having words flow to you without thinking about the next word or sentence or even idea of the piece
  • Feeling as though the words are being placed in your head and are coming out of your fingertips easily and effortlessly

I’m assuming that you would probably think that automatic writing is the same thing. Right?

Well it turns out I may have been half right. The writing that comes automatically to me when I am writing an article is usually drawn from the information I already have in my head, without thinking about it. However, automatic writing is essentially going beyond your stored information and connecting with something or someone higher.

Separating the mind from the hand.
Separating the mind from the hand. | Source

What Is Automatic Writing?

If you research it on the web, you may start to think of it as a possession. For instance, Fernando Pessoa claimed that his arm would lift into the air against his will and that he would feel as if he was owned by someone else on occasion.

Well, in a way, possession is pretty much what automatic writing is, just not in a bad sense. It is channeling your spirit guides or higher self or whatever you want to call it, and then writing down the messages that come to you.

By doing this you can:

  • Connect to your higher self and get its perspective on an issue you have been having
  • Answer questions that need a spiritual perspective
  • Work on your clairvoyant skills
  • Connect with your inner voice

Receiving Inspiration Through Writing

An illustration of automatic writing.
An illustration of automatic writing. | Source

How Automatic Writing Is Done

If you prefer pen and paper, then grab that. If you prefer typing in word or notepad, then open those up. Get ready to write or type and then let your mind go to the wayside.

This type of writing is supposed to be done without conscious thought. You can relate it to being ‘in the flow’ when you are working on a really good article, eBook, or other piece of writing. You don’t have to think too much, you just write.

Once you let go of trying to make the words appear, start writing.

Write whatever your pen or fingers want to write, without force – and try not to pass judgement on it as you write, because doing so could cause you to change or force words.

Some other tips are:

  1. Do this in a quiet, non-distracting area.
  2. Set a timer so that you don’t have to wonder how long you have been at it or wonder if you should stop.
  3. Write in a file or on paper that no one else will see. Even though you may not be aware of it, worrying about whether or not it will be seen could affect your ability to write automatically.

How Will You Know It’s Not Just You Writing?

People who do this often claim to have a sense of separation. The writing doesn’t sound like their own voice and the words are not something they would have randomly thought of on their own.

I have to admit that I have done this during meditation. I guess it could be called ‘automatic thinking’. I let the thoughts come to me, without trying to control them, and I hear some pretty unusual things.

Some people claim that automatic writing which comes from a higher self or spirit guide is short and to the point, without mixed messages. But if you enjoy writing, then this could possibly just be your own writing as well.

Some people claim they don't even know they have written anything! They look down and see that their hand has picked up a pencil or pen and has already written a sentence or two without their knowledge.

More Tips On How To Get Ready For Automatic Writing

Getting Ready To Do Some Automatic Writing!
Getting Ready To Do Some Automatic Writing! | Source

My Automatic Writing Piece

So I thought I would share with you my experience after I asked a fairly non-personal question that I wanted guidance on.



Will My Parents Enjoy Their Cruise?

My parents are going on a cruise for the first time ever this weekend, and I am so excited for them. However, my dad can be somewhat of a grumpy Gus, and I am scared that he will let that attitude get in the way of fully enjoying this cruise. I know I can’t control other people, but I would really love for him to enjoy this cruise and, maybe, come back with a shift in perspective on life. Too much to ask? Well, I know the feeling of being on a cruise and it could have a life changing affect.

So, I sat down and meditated on the question for a few seconds and then I tried to let go of my own thoughts and connect with whomever wanted to connect with me, and here is what I got.

Jello: That was the first thought that came to me and I started laughing so hard that I had to refocus and start again.

My Second Attempt

They will do the best they can. Shore excursions may be tiring for your dad. Laughter will be present. Their room will be a haven. Blissful happiness. Inspiration will ensue.

Well, that sounds pretty good to me!

I have to say that I really felt a connection to myself and someone around me while I wrote this, and even though I personally use tarot cards and try to connect with spirit guides in other ways, I think that anyone will feel a connection to something greater than themselves by engaging in automatic writing.

So give it a try and share what happened in the comments below! Alternatively, if you think automatic writing is a load of crap, then please share your opinion in the comments.


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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      That is exactly what the article was about MsDora. Letting yourself get guidance from an inspirational source.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I didn't watch the videos, but from what you have written I believe automatic writing happens. Still, I'd be careful to let myself go to a heavenly, inspirational source. Not sure if that is less automatic.

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      You really should Janet - It is quite a feeling trying to let go and just write.

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      That was interesting to read but I have never tried that. I should try this next time I have some spare time. Thank you for sharing this interesting hub.

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      @Dreamhowl - Thanks for leaving a comment. It was a really cool experience, and it has actually caused me to start meditating more because I have missed that connection.

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Yes, I think we all get our inspiration that way through one venue or another.

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      Jessica Marello 4 years ago from United States

      I myself have never tried automatic writing but it sounds interesting. I hope to get back into meditation, so maybe once I get that squared away, I'll give it a shot! I love that you shared your own experience in the hub!

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      ziyena 4 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

      My mother used to do this, but with the Holy Spirit