Are You Familiar with Automatic Writing?

When I was younger and first began learning about angels and spirit guides, I became quite curious about  ‘automatic writing’. I thought it was so intriguing to learn how to write from the subconscious with a guided writing from a higher power.


So what is automatic writing?

The formal name for automatic writing is psychography – the ability to produce writing from the sub-conscience through divine guidance, and spiritual or supernatural source while under a calm, trance-like state. This isn’t to be misconstrued with ‘free writing’. Spirit is invited in with an unconscious mind – a gateway to our higher selves.


How to prepare for automatic writing:

First we must clear our minds. Sit in a place free from distraction. You can use meditation to obtain this calm, or whatever method most comfortable to bring ourselves into a calmed mode to enable us to receive the messaging.

Next, call on an entity – your spirit guide or an angel to to help you channel whatever it is you are focusing on in your thoughts that you hope to write answers for. You may ask, “Who is here?”

Close your eyes, breathe deep till you feel relaxed (or meditate to get there) then think about a topic or question you hope to be given divine guidance to write about. Have a note book in front of you and pen in hand. Focus on your topic, put pen to paper, and let your hand guide the pen – almost in a similar way a Ouija board works.

What do you want to write about? Maybe it’s a problem that’s been on your mind, a recurring dream you’ve been having and wanting to make some sense of, even a story-line idea you may be wanting to write about can be your focused writing intention.


Preparing for the writing: 

You should set a timer for this exercise for anywhere from 10 minutes (recommended minimum) to a half an hour. This helps with not being distracted by wondering how long you may have been writing, because with closed eyes to keep from distraction, you won’t be checking your watches.

Closing our eyes helps to keep the focus on our intent so the mind doesn’t get caught up in what is actually being written. This prevents edits or cross-outs from diverting our train of thoughts. Remember, if your mind does drift off topic, keep writing whatever it is that comes to mind – even if it’s whatever thought came to mind that threw off your original thoughts. Our minds entered this state with a clear mind, if jungled thoughts should interrupt the stream of consciousness, then perhaps that’s what was needed to be written.

After the timer goes off, relax for a few moments. You should close the session with thanking the spirit who guided your writing. Then go ahead and read what you’ve written. What you wrote may not make immediate sense and you can highlight thoughts from the writing that may potentially lead to further writing. You may not have received what you were hoping for as this process may take you a few times to get comfortable with. The object is to keep trying this method when you feel inclined, and look back on prior writings of earlier attempts to see if you find a pattern in what your writing is trying to convey to you.


Purpose – Using automatic writing to seek guidance from the soul. The channeling helps to guide us to pull from our soul. With the mind still and empty, we can focus solely on our question or topic. This exercise helps us tap into something greater than just our ‘thinking’ mind.

When Assessing what you’ve written, and haven’t yet decided on what the message was that has come through your writing, you can feel free to do this again by asking another question, now regarding what you have previously written that previously didn’t make sense to you. How do you know you’re channeling from your soul? – If your words give you clarity and a direction to continue forward with, as opposed to vague or disjointed writing, the process is working for you.

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Have you ever written something in the quiet, wee hours of the night, looked at it later and wondered, ‘did I write that?’. If so, there’s a good chance you were writing from a higher state of consciousness.

Have you ever tried automatic writing? I’d love to hear in comments, some of your experiences.

*Sue Dreamwalker was gracious enough to add 2 links in her comment below to an older post she’d written about just one of her experiences with Automatic Writing. Please feel free to take a look at Sue’s automatic writing about Karma, back in 2013, and writing from train  of thought experience HERE

The short video below will demonstrate a concise explanation on the process of automatic writing.



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60 thoughts on “Are You Familiar with Automatic Writing?

  1. Wonderful Debby, and I have done this often.. Oh so very often.. My journals are full of ‘Did I really write that?’ questions.. haha…
    And most are in those ‘Wee small hours’ 💕 Back in my Mediumistic days, I would sit with that intention of drawing in my Spirit guides, and have received some very interesting writes that I know my small brain could not have weaved together..
    The one that stands out for me is one about a Train Journey.. Through life.. I will go see if I can find it and come back as I posted it years ago.. 😀
    Love to you dear friend, and have a lovely new week ahead ❤ 🌈💖🙏

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    1. Wow, thanks so much Sue for sharing your experience here. I know you’ve had plenty of experience with this and would be thrilled if you came back and shared a link to that post! Love and light my wonderous friend. ❤ xoox

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    2. I do automatic writing – automatically these days – and find it so much more insightful and revealing than sitting in front of a piece of paper “thinking” about what I should write. When you mention “train” here, Sue, it brought me back to a dream/while/writing experience. I was married at the time (not happily) and in the dream/writing state, saw a man on a train, a stranger, but I felt like I knew him. I sat next to him and we talked for the entire long train ride. I knew he was the man I was supposed to be with (without those words in my mind or writing), I just knew we were meant to be together. Over a year later, my husband and I separated. My bestie, who lived in another state, insisted I come see her. She surprised me by introducing me to a colleague she knew from work (visiting from another state). When the man and I locked eyes, I knew that he was the man on the train. We’ve been married now for 35 years.

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      1. Oh wow Pam, what a beautiful story, and one that those of us who ‘just Know’ those intuitive feelings, and we are all so much more than we understand.. Our energy connects even before we meet..
        There are also those whose inventions often are challenged as ideas poached, as many times inventors and authors are tapping into the Ether at the same time pulling into their reality the fabric of invention or even a story.. I have read many such incidents …
        I love my own ‘Day-Dreaming Time with pen in hand hovering over a blank page,, Some of my best poems have been written while I was half asleep in the middle of the night with a ‘Guiding Hand’ 🙂 ❤

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      2. YES! I’ve heard about how ideas are “poached” as they are floating in the Universe at the same time. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about this happening with a story she wrote (and never shared, because she had the germ of an idea but didn’t know how to continue it). Years later she read Ann Patchett’s STATE OF WONDER. It was Elizabeth’s story! The two authors connected, realizing that Ann never knew Elizabeth’s story, but they both believe in the universal sharing of creativity.

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  4. Excellent post – and a courageous one because many people (including writers, particularly those who are plotsters) think the idea of automatic writing is a bit “whoo whoo.” I teach a lot of creative writing classes to a lot of adults who are pragmatic and would scoff at the idea of automatic writing. So I don’t tell them that that’s what we do in my classes. My rules are no thinking, no crossing out, just let go and see what comes out. So many are fascinated and in love with the stories they produce, saying “WHERE DID THAT COME FROM? I do not tell them that they have been experiencing a type of automatic writing. I call it creative writing. 🙂

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    1. Hi Michelle. Yes, I know what you mean. My subconscience speaks to me when IT’S ready, lol – usually at night time where my thoughts will focus on something random and I pick up the pen to start writing about, feeling like a most guided writing session. ❤

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