Automatic writing is the art of contacting spirits using a pen or pencil and paper while in an altered, or meditative, state of consciousness. People wishing to perform this art hold a writing tool over a blank piece of paper, slow and clear their minds, and allow themselves to become a channel for communications from other entities or from their own Higher Self.
This writing is call "automatic" because that is how it feels. You focus your energy on the entity with whom you are communicating and they do the writing for you, leaving you unaware of what it been written until the section is over.
Similar to "trance-channeling" however is relatively young when compared to ancient systems like tarot cards. This divinatory art did not become widely popular until the mid-nineteenth century when the Spiritualist movement began to gain momentum. However, “Automatic Writing” became less reputable as more frauds and con artist were attracting to the profit potential of this medium.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle author of Sherlock Holmes mysteries was a champion on this art. He and his wife often used automatic writing to communicate with their son who died in action during WWI.
• The Fox Sisters Kate (1838–92), Leah (1814–90) and Margaret (or Maggie) (1836–93)
• More into our century is the famous medium George Anderson.
Back in May 21, 2008, I had the opportunity to interview Charles Fillius, medium, cartonist and authour of "On A Wing And A Prayer". In which talks about automatic writing and how he branched off from that, into doing spirit drawings.
To listen to this interview click Interviewing Charles Fillius
To learn this art, takes a lot of patience and practice. You need to quiet your mind and while holding the pen or pencil over the paper, do not force it, let it flow freely. At the begining you will have scribbles that does not make any sense but with practice and time, you can them aventure to make questions. Giving 15 minutes of practice at day, will pay off in the long run, just keep practicing. Greatest inventions came from automatic writing...believe it or not!