Friday, 27 March 2015

Psychography: Automatic Writing / Trance Writing

If you have a passion for writing and a taste for the paranormal then Psychography, more commonly known as Automatic Writing, may be the subject for you! The concept of Automatic Writing has been around since the late 1800’s and is carried out by simply allowing yourself to write without consciously thinking about what you’re writing – you allow your subconscious/unconscious mind to take over, as if in a trance state.


Automatic Writing is similar to Remote Viewing in that many people believe the information is coming from an external (i.e. paranormal, supernatural, ethereal, extraterrestrial, etc) source. Automatic Writing is therefore sometimes also referred to as either Trance Writing or Spirit Writing.

In 1975, Wendy Hart from Maidenhead claimed that she had used Automatic Writing to write about a sea captain called Nicholas Moore who died in 1642.

Whilst Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in his 1918 book, The New Revelation, that automatic writing is either “the result of the writer’s subconscious or from external spirits operating through the writer”, Psychical Researcher Thomson Jay Hudson proposed the explanation that there are no spirits involved and that the results are purely a result of the subconscious mind.

Additionally, in 1998 an article published in Psychological Science proposed that automatic writing may be the result of the ideomotor effect; a psychological phenomenon which has already been proven to be the cause of the glass moving on a Ouija board when several people are taking part and which was also used to carry out table-tilting.

Théodore Flournoy coined the term Cryptomnesia to explain the automatic writing of Hélène Smith (Catherine-Élise Müller) as “romances of the subliminal imagination, derived largely from forgotten sources (for example, books read as a child).” 

So, next time you get writers block why not try a bit of automatic writing to give you some ideas?!

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