Automatic Writing Definition

Automatic Writing: After entering a mild trance state, some people are able to receive information in written form. Some channels use this ability to write books (such as Neale Donald Walsch in his Conversations With God books). Others use this form of channeling to obtain specific information for themselves and their clients.

Automatic writing is essentially writing that is done in an altered state of consciousness usually attributed to communication with spirits of the dead or higher spiritual beings. By some automatic writing is believed to be the actual spirit taking hold of the writing utensil and creating its own manuscript while others believe the medium is writing unconsciously and thereby communicating inner feelings and thoughts from their own subconscious state of mind.

Other forms of automatic writing go beyond mere messages and include drawing, painting, and even creating music allegedly inspired by the supernatural. For example, in some cases, mediums or individuals with very little or no artistic training will suddenly feel compelled to paint or draw in distinctive, professional styles. Supposably these individuals fell guided by a spirit in their creation of their art, as if another hand is guiding their own. In some cases, the paintings created are recognizable in the style of a famous artist from years before the individuals time.

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