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How To Learn Automatic Writing The Right Way

Automatic writing is a form of channeled, or intuitive writing, in which you can learn to tap into a higher level of inspiration that stems from beyond your conscious mind.

While many people think that this process is reserved for psychics, akashic records practitioners, and other mediums, it’s actually a simple process that anyone can learn.

In this post I’ll cover the basics of how you can learn automatic writing quickly and easily.

For more information, you can also check out our beginner’s guide to automatic writing.

What Is Intuitive Writing?

Firstly, let me briefly outline exactly what automatic writing is.

Intuitive, or automatic writing, is a process of channeling information from beyond the conscious mind. Some people believe this is a connection with God, spirit guides, or a Higher Self, while others believe it is a source of deep creative inspiration arising from the subconscious mind.

Regardless of “who” you believe you are connecting to, the basic idea is that by training your conscious mind to ‘step back’ (by quieting the mind and observing yourself) you allow creative inspiration to flow.

When you become adept at this process, you can use it to find guidance and inspired answers to any question that you may ask. By stepping back from your conscious mind, you stop incessant, ego-based chatter that – more often than not – limits your ideas and creativity.

Read more about how to use automatic writing to channel your spirit guides.

Is Automatic Writing Safe?


Some people have fears around this process simply because they do not understand what they are trying to do. If you believe that you are connecting to a consciousness that is beyond your mind, then some people may think that there’s the possibility of negative entities entering your mind, or posessing you.

Fortunately, these fears are unwarranted. Intuitive writing practices are perfectly safe. You will only be able to connect to your subconscious to the extent that you are relaxed and allowing, and you can choose to come out of the process at any time if it becomes uncomfortable.

You do not enter a deep trance, or cede control of your mind to anyone. Done correctly, you retain your conscious awareness throughout the process, meaning your are always in control, should you wish for your mind to step back in and take over.

Learn How To Do Automatic Writing

Now that we’ve gone over what automatic writing is, it’s time to get down to how you can learn to do it.

As I said before, I believe that anyone can learn how to use intuitive writing, in just a few simple steps.

Step 1: Start a Meditation Habit

Firstly, before you even pick up a pen, it helps if you already have a meditation routine in place. Meditation is a widely recognized way to start quieting your mind, and helping you to tap into your own inner energy.

Since this is exactly the process used to channel your Inner Being while writing, it is an essential first step.

I cover this topic in detail elsewhere on the site, so you can click here to learn more about getting started with meditation, or sign up for our introduction to meditation here.

Step 2: Practice Conscious Observation

Once you’ve started to get the hang of meditation, the next step is to bring the same level of awareness and consciousness into your waking life.

Too often, people “leave meditation on the mat,” so to speak, setting aside time for their meditation practice, but then continuing with the rest of their day as if nothing else had changed.

A better, more conscious approach, is to practice observing your mind throughout the day. There are many ways to do this, but I explain one of my favorite observation techniques in this video.

Step 3: Start Your Journaling Process

Lastly, it’s time to finally pick up your pen and start writing. Get a journal ready, and, before you begin, you may want to spend a few minutes meditating and calming your mind.

Especially when you are new to the practice, meditating immediately before beginning to write can be a very helpful strategy. As you gradually become more comfortable with the technique, you’ll find that getting into the intuitive writing mode will start to feel more and more natural.

Ask a Specific Question

Before you begin to write, come up with a single, specific question you want answered. This could be a problem you need to find a solution to, or wanting guidance on a decision you have to make.

In my experience, the more specific the question is, the more easily the answers will flow.

Before you write a word, think of this question, and take a few seconds to close your eyes and breathe, centering your mind on the issue at hand.

Then, open your eyes, and start writing.

Let The Words Flow

As you begin to write, at first, you probably will not yet be in an intuitive state of mind. Especially as you are new to the process, your logical mind will want to remain in control.

For this reason, I like to begin by writing down the question I want to focus on. As you write down the question, you will notice thoughts begin to pop into your head.

Do not question these thoughts, or try to think about them or analyze them in any way. Just write them down in stream of conscious fashion, as they occur to you.

Often, the first few thoughts you think will be your conscious mind’s response. These are the ideas you’ve probable already had, and have mulled over. That’s ok. Just keep writing, becoming more detailed about them if you please, following your own train of thought.

At some point (which could be a while for new practitioners, or just a few words for experienced channelers), your subconscious mind will take over. Do not worry about pinpointing exactly when this happens.

Simple notice that, as you write, you will begin to gain a sense of clarity and ease with your words. With practice, it will become more and more obvious when you are channeling and when you are writing from your conscious mind.

Gradually, you may begin to feel that “you” are not writing at all, and yet the words continue to flow. This will almost always be accompanied by a warm, positive sensation, and a feeling of support, well-being, peace, and clarity.

Congratulations! Because when you achieve that state, you have truly tapped into the energy of your higher self.

If you’re still struggling with this process. Try this meditation to increase intuition and inner awareness.

Kyle Greenfield

Kyle Greenfield is the Founder and CEO of The Joy Within, where our mission is to help you win the fight against stress and negativity by harnessing the power of your natural, inner joy. Kyle has been teaching on meditation, mindfulness, and how to eliminate negative thoughts since 2016. He currently resides in London. You can follow Kyle on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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