Automatic Writing as a Spiritual Practice
Defining Automatic Writing
There are many practices in use around the world that help you clear yourmind mind and find a heightened understanding of yourself. Different beliefs and ideologies have a great deal of input on how an individual can become aware of themselves. One of these methods is something that is known as Psychography.
Also known as Automatic Writing, Psychography is a form of writing that's defined by the dictionary as 'writing produced by a spiritual, occultic, or subconscious agency rather than by the conscious intention of the writer.' In other words, when someone is writing this way—when they are in the process of tapping into this process—the person in question isn't writing on a conscious level. They are acting as a conduit of something else, be it their Higher Self, some entity out in the world, or an unnamed force which has seeped into the person.
Because of the various possibilities on what is behind Spirit Writing, many circles are quick to cast it into a malicious writing by claiming it's the 'Devil's Work.' Others would say it opens the path for Possession. There are many who think it is a Gateway for darker, nefarious forces and humans are nothing more than ignorant sheep who can't do their own research. Or take precautions to ensure the above doesn't actually happen if one actually does believe that there are creatures out in the world who desire only human suffering.
Automatic Writing has its uses: it is a great meditation tool, a way to self-analyze, and also a way to connect with a 'Higher Self' or other forces which are always in a state of creation.
How Psychography Works
Before anyone can delve into the actual practice of psychography, one first needs to understand how it works. There is also the need to point out that not everyone is able to take to this skill because it requires a disciplined mind and a basic grasp of being able to release one's mind and to be, on a mental level, open.
Meditation is the best way to get into this state. Psychography requires the writer in question to relax, to clear their mind. This state is one which can be identified as a feeling of deep relaxation, one where the worries which circle in the human mind fall away and only a sense of calm resides.
The next part would be writing/typing down a question. It could be anything. It could be an insight into what's going on, on the chaos one might be struggling within their life. It could be a question about why things are the way they are. It could be about ourselves, about our friends, or asking what we should do in a difficult position.
The answer comes next, but one must remain in that calm, meditative state. At this moment, relaxation is important. Sometimes the answer doesn't come instantly. Or, perhaps, someone might be overly aware of the thoughts running in their head, just in the background, and are trying to shut those out so some 'other voice' can speak.
That's the first mistake, truly.
Once relaxed, whatever thoughts start to pop up, those thoughts are the ones that should be written down. They might be the answer. Those thoughts also might be the door which allows the mind to release itself fully, to let a higher consciousness to slip through and provide insight.
The answer one might receive might not be a direct response to the problem but a nudge to what's really going on. This type of writing is a form of self-awareness, a means of listening to the subconscious mind, to tapping into the divine spirit lurking in all things. For some, this divine presence is always speaking. Others need some other tool to unearth its insight, and psychography is a means to do that.
Meditation and Psychography
As discussed above, meditation is vital for those who wish to pursue psychography and all the benefits tied to it. Using this process as a form of meditation can also be a spiritual practice, one that has unlimited potential for those dedicated and who are willing to face aspects of themselves they may wish to not confront.
Spirit Writing delves into the subconscious mind. It is a place which is always active, a part of each individual that is functioning continuously. Our current state of consciousness continuously feeds off the subconsciousness, pulling information from the stores of information that aspect our ourselves contains. The subconscious mind houses memories, insights, beliefs, an extraordinary 'sixth sense' that will rear its head whenever it senses something dangerous, or 'not right', in our surroundings. This subconsciousness is a store of emotions, feelings, the place where our imagination and our senses and our dreams, work.
Meditation is the act of relaxing the conscious mind, the state of current awareness with our surroundings, and does so for one sole purpose: once the conscious mind relaxes, once it releases control, the subconscious mind can slink to the forefront.
When Automatic Writing comes into play, the subconscious mind has to take the driver's seat. When one reflects on themselves, such as pinpointing their faults so they can improve, the conscious mind won't pick apart all the nuances required.
The subconsciousness knows.
It understands what parts of ourselves we're ashamed of, it knows why, and, once given the freedom to act, it will point these aspects out. The subconsciousness is aware of our desires, knows why we fear what we fear because it remembers. The subconscious mind has a memory like an elephant.
The conscious mind, on the other hand, is like that of a goldfish - it remembers only the instances around it while the subconscious records, and stores, everything else.
So, really, the conscious mind is a goldfish with a Memory Card in its head.
Automatic Writing, in this aspect, is a good way to tap into the feelings and dreams and desires we have. It is a way to understand why something doesn't work. It can show us, in its own way, what path we should take by our own understanding in a world that tends to dictate what one should do based off society's Point-of-View.
By using psychography, by tapping into our subconsciousness, we are able to see our faults and our troubles. We can view it without bias. We can pinpoint, through this act of meditation and automatic writing, what we don't like about ourselves, what we do like, and pull out hoards of information we were lacking before we tried.
How Spirit Guides Can Play Into This Process
Another useful aspect of psychography taps into faith, religion, and the parts of our culture many overlooks - spirits, ghosts, and entities beyond mortal comprehension. In a world ran by instant gratification, spirituality pulses beneath the tides of a modern world and its surging waves. For those who believe in spirituality, psychography may hold an interest. It would be, indeed, a good way to seek advice and words of wisdom from spirit guides, from spirits, from God or the gods, or from a universal power which always creates.
In many parts of the world, there is a concept of 'spirit guides.'
These guides could be people. They may be people we know or people we don't know. These guides could be an animal, could be an entity, could be some unnamed thing which exists in a part of the world we can never touch. These guides could be anything, everything, or nothing at all (from our own perspective).
Using this writing to commune with these guides is a practice held in many circles. Fortune telling does the same thing - either through Oracle or Tarot Cards, runes of bone or stone, though tealeaves, or through imagery in dreams. It is much the same as any other form of spirituality one would use to contact a higher and receive insight. Like the other forms, what one would get through the act of automatic writing may not be clear. Or even answer the question asked.
The answers, however, always have meaning.
These answers may take time to think upon, to ponder, but, once reflected on, it is often with great emotion the message is revealed. Spirit guides can pinpoint a great deal through this, as they are often directly speaking (even if in vague, irritating ways that makes a person want to bash their head into a wall) to the soul they are in the process of guiding.
What Is the Truth About Psychography?
No one can say for certain whether or not this process is a means of tapping into the subconsciousness or to inhuman forces outside our ring of influence. That is a personal decision, dependent entirely upon each individual. For some, it is one or the other. For others, it is a mix of both. For a number of people, it's neither.
It is important, however, to note that for those who do make use of Automatic Writing, their works and understanding are no less valid than any other person's. Many works of faith made use of psychography. 'The Complete Conversations with God: An Unusual Dialogue' is a book written by Neale Dean Walsch that is over 700 pages of psychography and has been used as a means of enlightenment. There are plenty of people who teaching automatic writing as a means of self-exploration. Some use it as a way to connect to God or their ancestors. For these people, the experience is one which cannot be explained. The emotions behind the experiences, the sudden realizations that come through their writing, cannot be overlooked.
In the end, automatic writing is a tool. It is a tool of enlightenment, of understanding, of the subconscious mind. It is a means of bringing what isn't readily obvious to the forefront so that it can be dissected and broken apart, so something that isn't right can be fixed and understood and built upon (depending on the person).
Whether or not someone uses it is a personal choice, but, as always, automatic writing will be, first and foremost, a tool. Nothing less. Nothing more.