Let Your Subconscious Take Over
Psychological practitioners often describe automatic writing as messages from your subconscious giving insight into hidden thoughts. Metaphysical or psychic practitioners maintain that automatic writing is a way of conveying information between the material world and the spirit world. Leonora Piper was perhaps the most respected medium to perform automatic writing.
Born in the late 1800s, Leonora was a skilled medium and psychic. It’s said her talent converted the founder of the Pragmatic society—a group of scholars who put credence only in what could be physically —to a member of the America Society for Psychical Research. No investigator found anything suspicious in her conduct right up to her death in the 1950s.
Late in life, Leonora found herself producing automatic writing that dumbfounded believers and investigators alike. She, and other psychics throughout the years, have connected people with spirit guides and lost loved ones by way of automatic writing. William Butler Yeats’ wife is said to have produced lots of automatic writing, often in a hand that did not resemble her own writing.
Here’s how that all works. The writer sits at a table with pencil or pen and paper, closes her eyes, and enters a trance or a meditative state. Once the mind is clear and centered, the medium, or writer, relaxes and allows the pen to write freely and without his input. Perhaps no writing will appear. The writer may convey a small amount of writing or copious amounts. The writing won’t always make sense, but sometimes, astonishingly, messages are undeniable.
If you want to develop the skill of automatic writing, practice. Set aside time as often as you can and follow the process as I described it. Some say it’s acceptable to edit the writing produced. Some say it must stand as written.
There are plenty of skeptics to argue over the reality of psychic talent, and there are plenty of pseudo-psychics who try to trick people. But Professor William James, a contemporary of Leonora’s, said, “To upset the conclusion that all crows are black, there is no need to seek demonstration that no crows are black; it is sufficient to produce one white crow; a single one is sufficient.”
He called Leonora the White Crow.