I often get the question about how people can connect to their own inner wisdom. Automatic writing is a great tool that can be developed that allows for communication with our higher selves and our guides. This mode of communication is particularly valuable to people who already use writing, in some capacity, in their daily lives. While automatic writing can be used to channel all types of beings, as this is an introductory article, we will keep to communication to your higher self and your spirit guides.

Here’s how you do it.

Step 1: Grounding

The first part of the process is to find a quiet spot where you can be left undisturbed for a chunk of time. This is a private space where you can feel safe, calm and centered. Once that has been found you can begin grounding.  Grounding is a very important part of channeling even if it is your intention to simply access the wisdom of your higher self. Grounding accomplishes two specific things – it brings your awareness and attention to the present moment, and it also establishes a connection between the known and unknown realms.

Sitting at a desk with your feet in firm contact with the floor, begin by taking a few deep cleansing breaths. Draw the breath deep into the belly and exhale slowly and completely through the mouth. Do this with the intention to release any stress and negativity on the out breath. Let anything that is ready to be released, flow out and away through the exhalation. After you feel that this has been accomplished, simply find your own rhythm and pace to your breath. At this time, I want you to focus only on the out breath. Drawing a breath into the body, then imagine the breath moving down through the body, out the soles of the feet and deep into the earth. After about 5-10 breaths of focusing the out breath through the soles of the feet, imagine drawing the earth’s energy up into the body on the inhalation and then breathing out into the earth on the exhalation. Breathe with the earth until you feel a sense of equilibrium between the inhalation and the exhalation. Earth breathing is a good practice for grounding at any time, not just for automatic writing.

Step 2: Setting Intention

In this calm and grounded space, it is time to set your intention and create your boundaries. This is very important. Keep your intention positive, in the present moment and say it out loud.  State that you would like to receive guidance from your higher self/spirit guides and/or guardian angels on a specific matter. Here’s an example of my intentional statement:

“It is my intention to receive guidance from my highest self/spirit guides. I ask that I receive guidance in alignment with divine light, divine love and divine will, in my highest good and the highest good of all. I ask that I receive the guidance with clarity, honesty, and integrity and I ask that only beings of the highest light and intention assist me here today. I ask this all with a humble and gracious heart. Amen, it is done and so it is. Thank-you”.

You may also wish to visualize a blue egg around yourself as you request the guidance and protection from your spirit helpers. While I  believe that everything is a part of Source, there are still energies that one does not want to attract into their space. Never try automatic writing under the influence of drugs or alcohol as anytime that you cross the boundaries between spirit and matter; you can open yourself up to disresonant energies. 

Step 3: Writing: Being Your Own Sacred Scribe

After you have done all the prep work you are cleared to begin writing. You may have tried stream of consciousness writing in English class and this is very similar. If you are a proficient typer you can try this on a computer or you can do it with a pen and paper, which is my preference. Either way, allow your hands to relax, take a few conscious breaths and ask something. Pose a question and then let the words flow out of you. Don’t worry at first if your words are coming from your conscious mind, or if they don’t seem to make sense. Just relax and don’t over think it. Try not to stop yourself to correct misspellings or grammatical errors, as this will take you out of the flow.  Let it come out exactly as it does. Like everything, this takes some practice, so don’t be surprised if it takes awhile to get the hang of it. If you are writing by hand, you may even notice a shift in the writing style when you do make a connection. You may also notice that the writing will shift from a first person to third person point of view as you learn to communicate with your guides. 

The more you practice this writing the more you can tune into the guidance you are looking for, but remember it may show up in mysterious and symbolic ways.  It is not the working of your conscious mind and it doesn’t have to be linear and logical. Any time you bring in any resistance and that could be in the form of doubt, frustration over a typo or you start thinking about, “What if someone reads this?” This will take you out of the flow of energy and intelligence that you tapped into. After you are done the process, if you wish, you can then go in with your logical mind and decipher the meaning or fix typos. 

Step 4: Closing and Giving Thanks

After you have written to a sense of completion (you will understand this as you connect more fully and notice the subtle shifts in your awareness when you move into the flow consciousness), always remember to close your session.  Please do this even if you feel you have only accessed your higher self.  In the beginning, you may not be able to tell the difference and you might have accessed other benevolent spirits and angels that provided you with guidance. A good way to do this is to say thank-you for the guidance and that you wish to gratefully and graciously close the connection.

As long as you take the time to ground, and get clear on your intention, this can be an invaluable tool to help guide you when you need it. It is not something to be feared, but rather explored with integrity and open-mindedness.  It will help you build your intuition, maybe even to the point that you no longer need to use it. It is a wonderful stepping-stone to the bridging of spirit and matter.

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