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The Llewellyn Encyclopedia

Term: automatic writing

DEFINITIONS

Automatic Writing: A means by which a non-physical entity—classically a spirit of someone who has died—can communicate with the living. A person holds a pen or pencil on some paper in a relaxed and expectant state of mind (some believe it requires a trance state). Either the spirit moves the hand externally, or the spirit temporarily inhabits the body to do the writing to leave messages for the living. Often, the comments from the spirit are in answer to question asked by “sitters” at the séance or by the medium. Debunkers point out that this could easily be produced by fraud.Donald Michael Kraig

Automatic Writing:

A psychic strategy in which spontaneous or involuntary writing is used to bring forth information, typically from the subconscious mind or seemingly guided by spirits. A form of Channeling in which a person, sometimes in trance, writes or even keyboards messages generally believed to originate with spiritual beings, or with aspects of the subconscious mind. 

In automatic writing, the hand holding a writing pen typically rests lightly upon a sheet of blank paper and is allowed to write spontaneously. Not infrequently, meaningless scribble will precede meaningful writing that becomes the channel between consciousness and the information source during which specific messages from either the subconscious or directly from the spirit world are received through spontaneous writing and then communicated to conscious awareness.


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