A friend of mine has asked me recently: “How to use automatic writing?” I realised I had not used this idea on this blog. Today you will learn how to use the skill of automatic writing in your life.
What Is Automatic Writing
Automatic writing or psychography is a claimed psychic ability allowing a person to produce written words without consciously writing. The words purportedly arise from a subconscious, spiritual or supernatural source. Scientists and skeptics consider automatic writing to be the result of the ideomotor effect and even proponents of automatic writing admit it has been the source of innumerable cases of self-delusion. Automatic writing is not the same thing as free writing.Wikipedia
Automatic writing can be used as an exercise to help you increase your creativity or improve your writing, but it can also be used as an exercise in channeling more subconscious thoughts or communicating with other entities. Whatever your use for automatic writing, it can be a great exercise to transfer what’s in your head to the page without inhibitions.WikiHow
How To Master Automatic Writing
There are nine steps that you use to write automatically. Some of them require openness and focus. You also need to find the undisturbed place to practise automatic writing.
1. Choose a Medium
There are at least two ways you can practise automatic writing: using a computer or a pen/pencil and paper. This is completely based on your personal preference. However, I would say that that pen and paper is the only good way to use automatic writing, because when you involve all your senses and activate your subconscious mind, even if typing is faster.
2. Choose a Question or Topic To Write About
Automatic writing can be very therapeutic. Let’s say that you want to get rid of negative thoughts or emotions. You can pick up a thought or emotion then.
Sometimes people use automatic writing to improve their creativity, or to help themselves get started on a writing assignment. Then it is a good idea to have a prompt of something.
Solving a problem or seeking answers to the most absorbing questions can be another use of automatic writing. Write your question at the top and then brainstorm or describe the solution, without evaluation.
3. Set a Timespan And a Routine
10 minutes should be a good starting point. However, in my opinion, writing as long as you need is a better idea as then you make the most of this technique. I can assure you, sometimes you will write five pages of a notebook and sometimes only one. Go with your flow.
Moreover, choose a particular time of the day to write regularly. Make it a part of a ritual in your life. Mornings, just after getting up, are the best times because your mind is fresh then. So you can prepare the topic before going to bed and then when you get up you can write about it.
4. Optionally Close Your Eyes
One of the ways of automatic writing is to close your eyes while you write. Some say that it prevents you from thinking about something you previously wrote, or from correcting something you have written.
However, I only partially agree with this argument. You CAN and sometimes have to look to what you have just written, especially when you lost the flow. Let’s take Nathaniel Branden’s sentence completion program as an example.
On the contrary, I agree with WikyHow that you are not allowed to cross or correct anything you have just written during an automatic writing session unless you deliberately cross out negative words, thoughts and beliefs to get rid of them. In all other cases, you can cross what you have written later during e.g. analysing your brainstorm.
5. Listen To Hypnotic Music
You can choose standard relaxing music like the ocean waves or the flute. However, I would go even further, experimenting with your brain waves. For example, theta waves are very efficient to dissolve mental resistance while writing. Here is an example.
6. Start Writing
Take a deep breath and start writing your first word or draw a doodle. Go with the flow, do not censor yourself, just write. I usually have my theta waves on and then complete some sentences. For example:
- I am creating a wonderful day.
- I am creating love, happiness, health and abundance.
- I am creating my inner strength.
- I have the strength to create a wonderful life.
- I have the strength to overcome obstacles in my life.
- I have the strength to handle challenges.
- I can handle negative emotions.
- I can handle negative thoughts.
- I can handle…
While writing pay absolutely no attention to grammar, spelling or style, just anything that you would normally be worried about when writing. Your only task is to write with a flow.
After you have completed a round of writing, stop your writing, and give yourself a break for a few minutes. I usually do two rounds of writing. The first is positive, I CREATE things and build up my inner strength. The second round is negative, where I GET SHOT OF or TRANSFORM all negativity – emotions, thoughts, beliefs. During a day, some people might make me angry or a thought lower my mood. Then the next day in the morning I release and let all these things go.
8. Read What You Have Written
Sometimes it may be beneficial, e.g. if you want to further release negativity, for example during radical forgiveness technique. However, your writings may be very private and in many cases, it is undesirable for them to have been eavesdropped. You need to choose if and when to read your writing aloud.
9. Shred/Burn It Or Keep It
In the aforementioned radical forgiveness technique, your first two letters are full of negativity. Firstly, the wrongdoer should not learn about your letter, secondly, shredding or burning the piece of paper will destroy this negativity figuratively.
In all other cases, it is better to keep your writings for a while. Firstly, you can refer to them next time to continue the plot or to find an idea when you are losing your flow. Secondly, it gives you autorefraction, you can see how your writing has evolved. I use traditional A5 copy books, but some people prefer A4. The choice is yours.
However, if automatic writing is your long-term activity, use copybooks or diaries rather than reporter’s notebooks. The last one is better when you intend to sherd/burn what you have just written.
In the case of creative automotive writing, one session will not be enough. Then, before you start again, take a short break and prepare for the next session.
Highlight All That Is Interesting Then Continue Writing
You can do it while reading your writing aloud or later, scanning it. Use a highlighter of a bright colour so that new ideas will be seen easily. Then you can start another round of automatic writing.
In a Nutshell
Today you have learnt how to practise automatic writing as the self-development tool. It can help you to find a solution to your problems, release negativity and create positivity. Use it as often as possible. Good luck.