Op Ed: Automatic Writing and Spirit Guides and Therapy, Oh My!


by Eden Pearl

Maybe I’m a bit late to the trend, but I’ve developed an interest in automatic writing.  It seems I do it quite a bit, but I didn’t know that was what it was.  Automatic writing is a method of writing in which one’s “higher” or unconscious thoughts flow through your hand and out your pen; basically, you write stuff without thinking about it.  A popular theory is that these things written while in this state of catharsis are ones being channeled from an upper being, such as a lesser god or a spirit guide.  I’m not too involved with the goings of the occult, so I investigate by talking to the big guy: Google.  I get this answer, “Spirit guides are incorporeal beings that are assigned to us before we are born that help nudge and guide us through life.”  Well, alright!  I am definitely up for having a few of those myself!  Or is that disrespectful?  Are they the ones “having” me? Anyways! If these higher beings, spirit guides, are in our lives with the intent of helping us through, by all means, they should lead the way!  In theory, if you or an acquaintance is having trouble connecting with their spirit guides (a person may have multiple), one of the paths to confrontation may be automatic writing.  Now, how does one go about such a task?  I don’t have the answer, but I can say this: while I may not be one to confer with a higher spirit, I do know that automatic writing(or something similar) has been used for just about a hundred years as a way to release tension, purge repressed thoughts, etc.  It seems to me that this, whether you do it with the intent of channeling a being or not, is a model of what a cathartic experience should be.  You are literally bringing your mind to a state of tranquility, and then pushing out any thoughts that might be hanging around up there.  It seems…   Quite therapeutic.

Regardless of whether you believe in the mysticality of automatic writing or not, it may be a useful tool in unveiling whatever is really on your mind.






Article written by Eden Pearl, published on February 10th, 2017

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