Divination

WOTC Extra – Reading The Wax Drippings from Your Wax Divination

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Reading The Wax Drippings from Your Wax Divination 

Spirals

The most common, because of the way the wax rotates on the surface of the water, spirals represent reincarnation, the universe, the world, or perhaps a particular life. It could be you need to evolve beyond it, or that it is something from a previous life. Perhaps, depending on the nature of the question, the problem (or its solution) is in the home. This is an excellent example of how interpretation must be a personal thing; no one else can tell you exactly how these symbols relate to you. Usually, the first meaning that comes into your mind is the correct one.

Circles

Circles represent eternity and fertility, and both of these attributes can be interpreted according to the question asked. Fertility would perhaps represent a new activity, financial security, or even a new baby on the way! It may also signify the successful completion of a project. Eternity may mean just that— it will be a long time before something is completed or comes to pass. Circles also represent religion and spirituality, and thus can be seen in this context during interpretation.

Broken Lines

If the wax drops form into lines but they aren’t connected, it represents a scattering of forces, or a lack of focus in your life, business, or other pursuits. It can also signify forces working against you, but don’t take this too literally—such forces may well be within your own being. This isn’t a positive pattern to find, for it is a sign that changes must be made to bring order into your life.

Dots

Unconnected wax drops are sometimes the only thing you can get. As stated before, this sometimes signifies lack of attention on the divination, but it can also mean that the problem is too complex for an answer at this time. If you try wax divination several times with only dots coming up each time , you’re either asking the wrong questions or, if you haven’t asked one, you shouldn’t be seeking a glimpse into the future at this time— at least not through wax and water. It’s probably best to let the candles and water rest , and to attempt a different method— perhaps one mentioned elsewhere in this book.

 

Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic (pp. 106-107).

Cunningham, Scott

 

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Let’s Talk Witch – Candle Drip Divination

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Candle Drip Divination

For this you will need a number of long tapers (eight inches or longer) of the four basic elemental colors— green, yellow, red, and blue. One of these is necessary for every reading. You will also need a large, round or square vessel filled with cold water. This can be of any material, but pottery or glass are best, for they can withstand heat. Plastic is not recommended.

Put the candles, a book of matches, and the vessel of water on a table or other flat surface. You are now ready to begin wax divination.

If you have a particular question you want answered, use the color candle related to your question, through the symbolism of the elements. If the question doesn’t seem to be related to any of the elements, use a white candle.

If you have no question but are simply desiring a glimpse into your own future, use a yellow candle, for this is the color of divination in general.

Light the candle and hold it upright over the water for a moment, thinking about your question or simply calming your mind.

When the candle is fully flaming and has begun melting the wax, tilt it and hold steadily about an inch over the water’s surface.

The wax will begin dripping onto the water.

If the tiny drips (which harden into small droplets of wax, smooth on the top but round on the bottom) do not merge and create a pattern, you aren’t concentrating on the question. Sweep everything else from your mind.

The wax drops will form a pattern on the surface of the water.

If you have trouble achieving this, begin moving the candle slowly, allowing the drops to touch one another and so form a line on the water. If this is done for a few minutes, a definite shape will appear on the water.

When this happens, quench the candle’s flame with your fingers or a candle snuffer and set aside. Look at the shape . What does it look like? Pick it up carefully so as not to break it and turn it over. Does it look the same, or different? Study its thickness to see if it says anything to you symbolically.

Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic (pp. 106-107).
Cunningham, Scott
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Ouija: The Spirits and the Positive Side of the Talking Board

Ouija: The Spirits and the Positive Side of the Talking Board

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Author Karen A. Dahlman explains the many positive benefits of using the Ouija to contact “spirit friends”

FOR MANY YEARS now, the Ouija board and similar other forms of divination or alleged spirit communication have been branded with negativity. They are portals, some warn, through which dark entities can emerge. They are dangerous tools to be feared and avoided. Are they really? Or can they also bring positive experiences?

Karen A. Dahlman explains in her book The Spirits of Ouija: Four Decades of Communication that the board can help the user develop empowerment and spiritual growth through contact with spirits from the “great beyond.”

In this interview, Karen reveals how to properly use the Ouija for positive results, the mistakes to avoid, and her own remarkable experiences.

Q: You have a very positive attitude toward the Ouija board, which is very different from the prevailing view that it is a dangerous tool. Why do you think the Ouija has such a negative reputation with many people?

Karen: Unfortunately, its reputation has been built upon many years of misunderstandings and fears of the unknown. When society’s two main prevailing schools of thought, one being science and the other being religion, explain to the populace that the Ouija board is either quackery or demonic, people follow and regurgitate these views. They often just espouse these views without ever being open to the possibility that some other influence – an influence unseen, unmeasured, and possibly benevolent – could be making contact through this device.

Look, both views want to systematically control their domain. For the most part, science controls its domain through rationale and linear thinking. When some event falls outside of science’s ability to measure and fit it into a neat package, its occurrence is attributed to quackery or a simplistic process, such as ideomotor movements. On the other hand, religious groups often control their realm by means of their doctrine, telling their members that the only way to salvation is through their dictated process. Anything outside of this must be attributed to false prophets, negative influences, and the devil.

People want to fit in and they fear going against the grain. So, they hold tight to their supplied beliefs. People want structure, order, and control. They fear the unknown. Often they attack many rogues in an accusingly angry and mockingly manner because deep down they are scared about the thought of leaving the sanctity of their box of beliefs and how that open thought just might shake up their worlds. And Hollywood wisely capitalized upon this!

Q: Have you ever had a negative experience with the Ouija?

Karen: I have had a few experiences with Ouija that could be constituted as “negative,” and that term I would use loosely. The experiences were negative in that the communication turned into communication by cussing or into manifestations of touching my physical body. This happened two times during my history of using the board.

I have found that when earthbound spirits come through, they are still attached to their personalities and will behave like their past life personality. I have also learned that I do not have to engage with such negative, cursing, or abusive contacts. Just put the board away. I no longer have such experiences because I have established a portal of positive and benevolent communication after much time spent within this realm. It’s true, practice makes perfect and, in this case, positive.

Another way I work with this type of negativity is based on my training/work as a psychotherapist. The “bad” behavior is a way to be tough and protect the personality from more pain. So, when I feel that the spirit or ghost is reaching out in pain through their negative demeanor and words, I will work with the spirit to hear their pain. This work definitely requires training in order to not get caught up or stuck in their negative behavior and communication, yet know how to deflect, yet hear and work with these stuck emotions of the personality.

I do not recommend others to do this type of work without preparation in how to work with transference and displacement with the personality of a spirit. (This work is even harder to do on the unseen than it is on the physical people within our realm!) When approaching a negative energy, many people get stuck and wrapped up in the negative behavior exhibited: words, poltergeist activities, including manifestations and apparitions. The unprepared paranormal hunter or unwarranted contactee results are too often deemed as being “evil” since the releasement work is not understood.

I must mention that I spent a decade working with dissociative identity disorders as a trained, licensed psychotherapist. I worked with the various personalities within a living person in much the same manner I continue to work with the personalities of the spirits and earthbound ghosts.

Q: What is the worst mistake a Ouija user can make?

Karen: There are warnings to adhere when using the board and working with this type of communication. This tool, this device, truly works, and contact with varying consciousnesses can be reached. The concern and warnings I have for others is the ease at which we are able to make contact that I have seen others become obsessed with it. I am discussing obsession to the point of relying on the communication from the board to dictate their next decision or choice within their life. This is a huge mistake to make. This is not the way to use this tool.

Only use this tool for self-growth where the spirits ask you questions to help you probe deeper into your life where you make the decisions and not where you engage with earthbound spirits that attempt to control or play around with your quandaries.

Q: Who or what are you contacting through the Ouija? Ghosts? Angels? Other-dimensional beings?

Karen: I am contacting and communicating with all that you mentioned and beyond. The level of consciousness that we are able to contact via this tool is unfathomable. Not only do I speak with deceased loved ones, but also continually speak with stuck spirits (ghosts), angels, higher selves, inter-dimensional beings (ethereal beings who have never been incarnated in physical form) and animals. I speak with animals that are both dead and alive.

Q: Some researchers suspect that the Ouija merely taps the subconscious. What convinces you that you are contacting genuine entities rather than your own subconscious?

Karen: There is no way I can ever prove this one way or the other! I will say this, though, that I believe that my energy on a subatomic and quantum level is not separated from the energy with which I am in communication. This means that my so-called “subconscious mind” and the energy of it are vibrating at a frequency that is able to match the frequency of the entities in which I am communicating. Truly, we are not separate energies in the frequency of our vibration. We humans in the corporeal form only envision it this way.

We have been taught that we are separate from each other. I have learned from using this tool, the Ouija Board, that we are not separate from the energies and, for that matter, from each other. We are all connected at the universal source that I like to call “the matrix of all.” So, given this understanding, I am contacting myself and the energies of the spirits through a “blending” of our energies that is fully connected and not separate at this level of communication.

I feel that ultimately I am not disconnected at an energetic level from anything. Yet, to adhere to the popular belief that humans are separate individuals, I will answer this question under this domineering belief. What I have learned from the entities, spirits, guides, angels, etc. with whom I am communicating, provides specifics that my rational and separate mind would not know or to that which I have been privy. I receive specifics via the board’s communication that I could not have known as well as having ever heard, picked up or learned from another by typical means of communication.

Q: Despite your positive view toward the Ouija, you still emphasize that it is not a toy. Is there a proper and improper way to use the Ouija? What is your method?

Karen: Yes, there is a “proper” way to work with the board or any tool that brings you in contact with the unseen forces. When traversing other dimensions, it’s important to respect the environment in which you are entering and from which you are receiving messages. I fully cover this in my book, The Spirits of Ouija, within chapter four. It’s so important that the space in which the session will occur is prepared physically.

It is also just as important that the board operators are prepared physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. This means that we must be of sound mind and body. We must be emotionally and physically available and open, and not feeling tired or worn out from the day’s events. We must set up a specific space in which we can have an uninterrupted and private time to work the board. It’s always recommended to open this space with the burning of a candle or incense, and when we are complete with the session to also blow out the candle and incense as a reminder that we are leaving this space. So, you enter this space and exit this space with reverence and in ritual.

Once you have set the space, it’s important to enter into this work from a relaxed space. I recommend a breathing exercise and prayer that can assist with this, as shared within my book. The entire idea is to set the stage for respectful communication from and for both parties. This is no different that you would do for a friend. Respect breeds and garners respect. Treat this communication as you would as you are getting to know a new friend because, in fact, that is what you are doing.

Q: Can one person use the Ouija by her- or himself, or does it always have to be two people?

Karen: I only recommend that two people do the board together. Technically, it works best with two people. Coherent and intelligent messages come through more freely and easily when the planchette’s subtle movements are allowed and more readily trusted when two operate the board. I feel that the two operators’ energies come together, creating a circuit-like dynamic (portal), which the spirits utilize in order to communicate.

Spiritually, I feel that an overzealous person, one who is prone to becoming obsessed with this type of communication and who is not use to doing this type of work, could find himself traversing within negative and possibly scary earth-bound spirit communication. Having another person there doing the work together helps maintain a force of checks and balances. This means that the two can be more objective about the messages coming through and can stay grounded together as they explore the meaning of the messages from both of their viewpoints.

A single person can learn to use this tool alone, not unlike automatic writing with a pen or the automatic writer, which looks like a planchette with a writing utensil attached to it. However, unless someone has been working with this tool in a dyad manner (with two people) over many, many years and has a solid spiritual practice in place that teaches this person to be grounded, centered and trusting of their own inner truths, then maybe he can learn to use this tool by himself. Still, I don’t recommend it for any beginner nor for many advance users of the board!

Q: One of the tests that skeptics have proposed for the legitimacy of the Ouija is to use it blindfolded. You have done this with success, haven’t you?

Karen: Yes, I have entertained the infamous blindfolded experiment. When we did this experiment, I thought we were just going to show my naysayer college friends how this tool could work. Little did I know that the message would be as profound and as succinct as it became when we donned the blindfolds. It has etched itself into my memory from those many, many years ago. We did it to prove to the nonbelievers that our communication with the spirit realm was real and worked.

The message that came through while we could not see what the planchette was spelling was one of a heartfelt message. This message changed my view and work with this tool forever. It was so profound, not only to the recipient, as her recently passed sister came through and offered words of comfort and solace, but to the rest of the participants in the room. We were forever changed as an untimely death was offered closure and reassurance of love from beyond.

Q: What are the best conditions for using the Ouija?

Karen: The best conditions in which to use the Ouija board or any other talking board is when, number one, your countenance is in a great space and you welcome the messages. Then we need to be aware of what is going on atmospherically and planetarily when we engage within a session. We can only set a space of receptivity and positivity, but we can’t control the atmospheric or planetary effects.

Q: What has been the overall effect of using the Ouija board on your life?

Karen: Extremely positive! Working with this tool in the manner in which I use it that is shared within my latest book, The Spirits of Ouija, I am able to affect great change for the better within myself and within the participants. All of the following have been developed and grown through this work: intuition, clarity on life’s issues, making profound changes, unleashing creativity, writing books, finding closure on deaths and endings, increasing awareness of other consciousness, developing patience and persistence, understanding that we are never alone and, most important, knowing my center and how to align within my inner truths.

The board work has augmented my own spiritual practices and endeavors. I believe that the board doesn’t do this to me or others; instead, it’s the work we are willing to do on ourselves while using the board that allows us to skyrocket ahead with the internal growth and experiences I have mentioned above.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to experiment with the Ouija?

Karen: I only suggest that someone works with the board if this person takes this tool seriously, meaning that they come to the board with a sense of reverence and respect to the energies with whom they will ultimately come into contact. Although this energy, these spirits, are unseen, they still exist and require a stable frequency on our side in which to help them make contact and communicate back to us.

I recommend that the person is not imbibing on mind-altering substances before or during the session. I suggest the person approach the communication with respect by requesting the interaction, being courteous, treating the energy as one would want to be treated, and then thanking the energy for attempting the communication.

Most important, the communication requires much patience, practice, and perseverance in order to open the channels of communication, gain the trust, and receive the messages. The best way to allow this communication is to have your own internal spiritual practice where the individual is learning to hear and trust their own inner wisdom and messages.

Having a practice of staying centered during this spirit communication promotes great depth to the communication and allows the board operators to filter through the information and discern what is “truth” for them. Just because the messages come from an unseen source does not mean it’s always accurate. This is no different than receiving a Tarot, psychic, or intuitive reading. You must filter through the information, be open to the messages, yet know your own internal path so you only rely on your internal voice and wisdom.

Karen A. Dahlman is the author of The Spirits of Ouija: Four Decades of Communication and The Spirit of Creativity: Embodying Your Soul’s Passion, available at her website: Creative Visions Publications.

 

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How to Use a Ouija Board

How to Use a Ouija Board

Ouija Board Etiquette (Do’s and Don’ts)

By , About.com

If you are thinking about trying to communicate with the spirits using a Ouija board is a fairly easy way to begin your exploration.

Some people are really nervous about using a Ouija or talking board for spiritual communications. There is a concern that using a Ouija board could possibly be an invitation for dark forces to enter into the room. The use of Ouija or any other mediumship aid does warrant caution. Really, think about it. Do you leave your front door unlocked at all times? Or is there a neon sign out in your front lawn flashing 24/7 beckoning every stranger who walks past your street to step inside your home? Of course not!

When you wish to communicate with the spirit world via the Ouija or another channel (automatic writing, visualizations, thought, etc.) it is best to be specific about “who” you are wishing to receive communications from. If you didn’t like to hang around with Uncle Jimmy when he was living, then you’re not likely going to be thrilled hearing from him beyond the grave either. Intention is key!

How to Use a Ouija Board:

I’ve listed below a few do’s and don’ts for using the Ouija Board – Ouija Etiquette if you will…

Ouija Board Do’s

  • Do darken the room and entice the spirits to visit by lighting some candles.
  • Do avoid possible distractions by turning off the television, cell phones, etc.
  • Do balance the board upon your knees if possible.
  • Do warm up the board by moving the planchette in circles or figure eight pattern.
  • Do be specific about who you wish to communicate with (Aunt Mary, personal spirit guide, Ascended Master, etc.)
  • Do be cordial to your spirit guests, although it is okay to ask them to leave if they are rude guests (using foul language, taunting you or your seance guests, etc.)
  • Do write down the messages letter by letter. Spirits often misspell, use slang, or will even txt speak.
  • Do have fun!

Ouija Board Don’ts

  • Do not use the Ouija board by yourself, it is best to get a buddy to assist you.
  • Do not confuse the spirit with questions from too many people, assign one person in the room to ask questions.
  • Do not ask questions you don’t want to know the answer to such as “When am I going to die?” You’re not going to get a serious answer to these types of questions.
  • Do not ask questions you already know the answer to like “What is my middle name?” It’s a seance, not a pop quiz!
  • Do not allow the invited spirit guest to control the session, you want answers, not a lecture.
  • Do not accept all communications as fact, discern all information given. Only accept what feels accurate in your gut.
  • Do not be upset if your seance is a bust, sometimes spirits don’t feel like talking.

 

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The Ouija Board: Is It Really Evil?

The Ouija Board: Is It Really Evil?

Why don’t ghost hunting groups use it to contact ghosts?

By , About.com

MENTION THE USE of a Ouija board to a paranormal research group these days and you’ll get a lot of head shaking and statements about “opening portals” and “demonic entities”. Mention it to religious fundamentalists and you’ll practically see them shudder and back away on shaky legs, as if the board was created by Satan himself as a means of enslaving human souls.

How did the Ouija board and similar “talking boards” get this reputation? Is it deserved? How is it different than other methods of spirit communication?

EVIL? SAYS WHO?

The talking board has been around for well over 100 years. Its most popular incarnation today is the Ouija board, marketed by Hasbro. There have been many editions over the years and several imitators, but the concept is always the same: a board on which are printed letters and numbers; a planchette or pointer that spells out answers to questions when the users place their fingertips on it.

Marketed as a toy, the Ouija has been a best-seller for decades. When I was a kid, it was seen as a harmless, if mysterious and somewhat spooky diversion. It was especially used around the Halloween season when thoughts turn to ghosts and the unknown. We never took it very seriously, however. If it did spell out answers, each user suspected the other of making the pointer do it… or maybe – just maybe – it was moved by g-g-g-ghosts! But we never had the notion that it was controlled by demons.

This seems to be a relatively new idea. Where did this literal demonization of the Ouija board come from? I can’t say with 100 percent certainty, but I think this idea came from (or at least was popularized by) The Exorcist, both the book and the movie. In this work of fiction, pre-teen Regan tells her mother she’s been using the Ouija board by herself, conversing with someone named Captain Howdy. Shortly thereafter, she becomes possessed by the Devil.

Subsequent movies such as Witchboard, The Craft, and others further promoted the idea that the Ouija was a conduit to dark forces. Previous to these Hollywood productions, the Ouija was not generally regarded in this way. But the idea was also latched onto by many Christian fundamentalists, who tend to consider just about anything they don’t agree with as the work of Satan.

Then many paranormal researchers also came around to this way of thinking, but I’ve never come across any convincing evidence that would lead to this position. Yes, we’ve all heard the horror stories from people who claim to have serious negative experiences with the board. But how many of them can be verified? And how many of the tales are the products of active, highly suggestive, and eager-for-drama teenage imaginations? Yet the majority of paranormal investigators today will advise you not to use a Ouija board, taking the same stance as books such as Stoker Hunt’s Ouija: The Most Dangerous Game.

DEMONS OR THE SUBCONSCIOUS?

For the sake of argument, however, let’s say that at least some of these tales of terror are true. Some of them might be. Should we blame the board? Or should we blame the people using the board? In other words, where is this negativity really coming from? Is it coming from a demon, who I guess we have to assume is sitting around with nothing better to do, waiting for teenagers to sit down at a Ouija board to scare the crap out of them with a selection of supernatural antics? Or is it more likely that any effects – supernatural or not – arise out of the energized subconscious of the users?

If you read related articles of mine on this subject, you’ll know that I do not buy in to the notions of demons and possession. These are ancient superstitions – completely made up – for which there is no reasonable evidence. The idea of the Devil was created by humans to help humans explain to ourselves the evil that humans do. The sad truth is, however, that we create our own evil in the world. We’re responsible for it, not some discarnate demon. We create it, just as we create good in the world.

And what of the supernatural aspects? Just as it is now commonly accepted among most paranormal researchers that poltergeist activity – objects moved telekinetically, bangs on walls, and the rest of it – is created by the subconscious of a person or persons, so too can any extraordinary manifestations in a Ouija session be credited to the subconscious. Why is it often so negative? Because that is often the expectation of the users involved. Intention creates reality.

We cannot blame the Ouija board. In fact, if you press the paranormal researcher who warns against evils of the Ouija with the question: How can a device made of pressed cardboard and plastic possibly be evil? They will relent and say, “Well, it’s not really the board itself, it’s the people and the act of using it….”

Exactly. It’s not the board, it’s not a hoard of demons lying in wait… it’s the energy of the people involved.

And back to those tales of the Ouija for a moment. The stories about good and positive experiences with the board are not as widely publicized. (People want to read scary Ouija stories.) Many people have actually received useful information from the board. On one of the rare occasions that I have used a Ouija (although I have several in my house – without any ill effects, I might add), I asked it for some lottery numbers. I tried those numbers, and although I did not win the jackpot, I did win $40 – the most I’ve ever won with a lottery ticket. I hasten to add here that I tried getting more winning numbers from the Ouija without any success. So was my one win due to the Ouija or just a coincidence?

GHOST HUNTING TOOLS

Now let’s return to the Ouija as it relates to ghost hunting, which is how I originally began to think about this article.

Can the “mystifying oracle” really be used to communicate with ghosts? I don’t know. As I said, I suspect that the board’s effects are most likely generated by the users’ subconscious. But again, for the sake of argument, let’s say that the talking board can communicate with the spirit world, as many spirit mediums of the late 19th and early 20th century believed it could. Why, then, isn’t it used as a tool for possible spirit communication by today’s ghost hunting groups?

We actually answered that question earlier: They’re afraid of it. They’ve been told that the Ouija can open a portal to negative forces – a portal that once open is difficult to close and can lead to dire consequences. If this is so, then I once again have to ask: What makes the Ouija – this thing of cardboard and plastic – so special in this regard?

Why aren’t all the other tools that ghost hunters use to communicate with the spirit world also considered portals? What about dowsing rods? What about those ghost boxes? What about cameras and camcorders? What about all those voice recorders they use to capture EVP? After all, they’re not just spelling out words, they’re capturing actual voices! Why wouldn’t those pesky demons-in-wait also jump at the chance to use those tools as a means of entering our dimension to work their nefarious misdeeds? Do they have a special affinity for the Ouija board? Do they have a contract with Hasbro?

(Suffice it to say, the religious fundamentalist would almost certainly agree that all of those ghost hunting tools are potential portals for Satan!)

POSITIVE SPIN

Now, I’m not promoting the use of the Ouija board in ghost hunting. I’m not promoting anything. I just don’t see the logic in discriminating against it when many of the other tools used are trying to do the same thing.

But maybe it’s too late to use it. Maybe the Ouija has such a bad reputation as an instrument of evil that it might be difficult to use it without people freaking out. Maybe it is now too difficult to get a good intention going for it.

Perhaps that’s why a few clever manufacturers have come out with talking boards with a positive spin. Guiding Light Products offers the Guiding Light Angel Board (“not a Ouija but an Angel Board, talk with Angels and Spirit Guides”), Light of Change has the Angel Light Communication Board, and Doreen Virtue gives us the Angel Guidance Board.

Wow! Finally! Now I can try to get those winning lottery numbers without worrying about demons crawling under my rug. I’ll have angels – the good guys – guiding me instead!

But wait… What if it’s all a trick? What if Satan has contracts with these manufacturers, too, and he’s just using this angel angle as a ruse to mess with our heads and possess us? Doh! Gosh darn that trickster Satan!

If I want someone to mess with my head, I’ll use Stonerware’s Weed-Ja, the marijuana-themed talking board. Talk about making contact with other worlds, man….

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How to Practice Automatic Writing

How to Practice Automatic Writing

By , About.com

Automatic writing is an old form of divination in which messages seem to come out of nowhere through your hand and onto paper. Some who have attempted this form of mediumship have written lengthy messages, songs — even complete novels.
Difficulty: Hard
Time Required: 15 minutes to an hour

Here’s How:

  1. Find a quiet spot without distractions.
  2. Sit at a table or desk where you’ll be comfortable, with paper and pen (or pencil).
  3. Take a few moments to clear your mind.
  4. Touch the pen or pencil to the paper.
  5. Try not to consciously write anything.
  6. While keeping your mind as clear as possible, let your hand write whatever comes across.
  7. Avoid looking at the paper; you might even keep your eyes closed.
  8. Give it time to happen (nothing might happen for quite a while).
  9. When it seems to be done, if and when automatic writing does occur, look over what your hand has produced carefully. The writing may appear to be nonsense or just scribbling, but try to decipher it as best as possible.
  10. In addition to letters and numbers, look for pictures or symbols in the writing as well.
  11. Keep trying. Nothing might happen your first few attempts.
  12. If you start to achieve success, you can try asking questions to see if you can receive responses.

Tips:

  1. There is no guarantee that automatic writing will work for you, but don’t give up if it doesn’t work the first few times. Give it a chance.
  2. Be aware of psychological dangers. Some messages that come across might be disturbing. If you’re at all not able to handle this possibility, don’t attempt automatic writing.

What You Need

  • pencil or pen
  • paper
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Automatic Writing: Communication from the Spirits?

AUTOMATIC WRITING

Communication from the Spirits?

Since the early days of Spiritualism, automatic writing has been accepted as a way for trance mediums, and sometimes ordinary people, to receive communications from the spirit world. Man has always longed to communicate with the spirits and thanks to the founding of the Spiritualist movement, he now had a method of doing so. The original communications, like those of the Fox Sisters in Hydesville, were little more than knocks and raps that spelled out long and elaborate methods. Most became frustrated by such slow methods of communication and began looking for something faster — and much more direct. Not long after, the art of “automatic writing” was born.

 

Automatic writing is essentially writing that is done in an altered state of consciousness that is attributed to spirits of the dead. It is believed by some that the spirits literally manipulate the writing utensil in the hands of the medium to communicate, as the writer is often unaware of what is being written and often even scrawls out text in handwriting that is markedly different than his own. Others believe that perhaps the spirits may also communicate by forming messages in the mind of the medium, which reproduce on the page. Most likely though, the medium is writing unconsciously and messages are formed from material in the subconscious mind or from a secondary personality that is gifted with extrasensory perception. One of America’s most famous mediums, Leonora Piper, thought that perhaps her uncanny abilities came from such a personality, which manifested in automatic writing later in her career.

 

Through automatic writing, mediums have claimed to produce messages from famous persons in history, deceased authors and even classical music composers. In the 1850’s, John Worth Edmonds, a judge on the New York Supreme Court, became interested in Spiritualism after the death of his wife. After a séance with the Fox Sisters, he became intrigued with the movement and publicly acknowledged his support of it, despite the potential damage to his legal career. He became most interested in spirit communications and began encouraging a medium friend, Dr. George T. Baxter, to try and contact famous and literary figures who had passed over. In no time, Edmonds and his small circle of Spiritualists were receiving discourses from Francis Bacon and Emanuel Swedenborg, or as the Swedish seer insisted on spelling his name when communicating with the judge — “Sweedonborg”.

 

The material produced by these sessions sounded nothing like the earthly work done by either man and were described as being pompous, artificial, slightly condescending in tone and often sounded as though the entire personality of the author had been eliminated. As William James stated: “One curious thing about trance utterances is their generic similarity in different individuals … It seems exactly as if one author composed more than half of the trance utterances, no matter by whom they are uttered.”

 

Despite the fact that the judge’s communications were on the questionable side, his work inspired others to communicate with other famous deceased persons, from Benjamin Franklin to even Christ himself. Literary spirits dictated new works, books, novels and thousands of lines of poetry. Pens were common tools but some mediums used slates and even typewriters to keep up with the fast flow of material. Perhaps the most famous example of spirit dictation was the case of Pearl Curran, a St. Louis housewife who managed to get into contact with an entity named Patience Worth. The two collaborated for years and turned out entire novels and thousands of poems, all filled with material that the uneducated Curran could have known nothing about. Click Here to Read More about Pearl Curran & Patience Worth

 

Some documented incidents of automatic writing include other aspects of the supernatural. In the early 1900’s, famed society belle Marguerite Du Pont Lee began claiming that she was taking eerie spirit photographs at the direction of messages that she received through automatic writing. Lee, the daughter of the Delaware Du Pont’s, was of impeccable lineage, spotless reputation and apparent good sensibilities. After her friend, Episcopal minister Kemper Bocock died in 1904, Lee began having episodes of automatic writing that she credited as coming from Bocock. The writings told her to take up photography and she did, usually placing a portrait of herself or Bocock in a chair and taking pictures of it. Some of the resulting photos showed inexplicable blobs of light and spectral faces, some blurry and others distinct. Some of them looked like the dead minister.

 

About that same time, Lee started having her photograph taken by William M. Keeler, an alleged spirit photography expert. With Keeler’s assistance, Bocock’s appearances increased dramatically and soon there were photos of him dancing, preaching and more. Concerned, Lee contacted James H, Hyslop, a philosopher and psychical investigator in 1919. He stated that he did not believe that there was any fraud involved with Lee’s photos, but with Keeler he could not be certain. Hyslop passed away in 1920 and Walter F. Prince began looking into the case. By this time, the Keeler photographs numbered over 4,000 and Prince had little doubt that devious methods were at work.

 

Although deferential to Lee, Prince clearly regarded Keeler as a fraud and noted that in all of the Bocock photographs, the minister’s head appeared facing about one-third off center, right or left, or almost in profile, right or left. The two poses were amazingly like the only two existing photographs of Bocock while he was alive. Prince also observed that the static Bocock head was often at odds with the alarmingly movable Bocock body — which appeared variously as fat, thin, tall, short, long-necked or no-necked. The photos, Prince believed, were obviously faked.

 

Unfortunately though, because of the obvious trickery involved with Keeler’s photos, we will never know what became of the photos taken by Lee — which may have portrayed real phenomena!

 

Other forms of automatic writing go beyond mere messages and include drawing and painting and even music that is allegedly inspired by the dead. In some cases, mediums or individuals with little or no artistic training will suddenly feel compelled to paint or draw in distinctive, professional styles. They fell guided by a spirit, as if another hand is guiding their own. In some cases, the paintings are recognizable in the style of a famous artist.

 

In England, medium Rosemary Brown became renowned for musical compositions that she claimed were dictated to her by famous composers. Her mediumistic abilities manifested in childhood and at age 7, in 1924, she received communications from late composer Franz Liszt who told her than when she grew up, he would return and bring her music. In 1952, Rosemary married Charles Phillip Brown, a freelance journalist with chronic health problems. He died young and left Rosemary to care for their two children in 1961. A few years later, in 1964, she suffered several broken ribs in an accident and was forced to convalesce at home. To pass the time, she sat down at the piano, even though she had not played in more than 12 years, and suddenly became aware of the spirit of Franz Liszt beside her, guiding her hands over the piano keys.

 

When he returned again, Liszt introduced Brown to a number of famous composers who wished to dictate to her, including Bach, Brahms, Chopin, DeBussy, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Schubert and others. Word of her mediumship led to public performances and she had given more than 400 of them by the late 1980’s. Some critics say that she does exhibit the styles of the various dead masters while others contend that she is merely drawing on subliminal knowledge to mimic their styles. Who knows?

 

 

Source: Troy Taylor

Haunted Mansion

 

 

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Automatic Writing

Automatic Writing

 

Automatic writing is the process, or product, of writing material that does not come from the conscious thoughts of the writer. The writer’s hand forms the message, and the person is unaware of what will be written. It is sometimes done in a trance state. Other times the writer is aware (not in a trance) of their surroundings, but the actions of their writing hand.

Therapy – Automatic writing is used as a tool in Freudian psychology and in related “self knowledge” studies, where it is seen as a means of gaining insight into the mind of the automatic writer through their subconscious word choices.It was primarily used by Pierre Janet in France, and later by Morton Prince and by Anita Muhl in the United States.

Religion – Automatic writing is used in Spiritualism and the New Age movement as a form of channeling. One of the best-known automatic writers was Helene Smith, an early 20th century psychic who felt that her automatic writing was the attempt of Martians to communicate with Earth. She claimed she could translate their Martian language into French.

The ideas of Helene Smith influenced the Surrealist movement. Andre Breton, leader of the Surrealist movement, pioneered its use within the movement and produced several important pieces of automatic writing, most famously, Soluble Fish. The Surrealists dubbed her “The Muse of Automatic Writing”; in the Surrealist deck of cards, Smith is the “Genius of Knowledge.” Automatic writing became a part of the Surrealist’s repertoire of games, and it soon developed into a number of other Surrealist games and tools that greatly influenced the movement, such as automatic drawing, automatic palimpsest, and a variety of marker-word games. Free writing later gained popularity with writers and poets, both as a means of stimulating creative thought and as a technique for overcoming writer’s block.

Skeptics point out that automatic writing claimed to be of supernatural origins is a parlor game that has little more effect than to spark creativity in the minds of the participants. They claim, as with other paranormal phenomena, that the subconscious of those performing the writing is the only thing influencing their actions and that there is no solid evidence that any messages are coming from anywhere other than the minds of the person holding the pencil. This is referred to as the ideomotor effect.

As there is no scientific evidence supporting the use of automatic writing in therapy, its usage to release repressed memories is suspect as well. While unconscious ideas are expressed in automatic writing, skeptics point out that it is unlikely that they are any more profound than the writer’s conscious thoughts. Skeptics argue that there is no evidence that the “true self” lies in the unconscious any more than it does in normal consciousness.

Doodling is a form of automatic writing as it is generally not consciously focused writing. Many people doodle spirals which are associated with Sacred Geometry.

We attempt automatic writing for several reasons. First – to get information about our personal life. Second – to confirm something from some who exists on the other side or has deceased.

The answers can be surprising … but always be cautious as with any tool of divination chosen – such as the ouija board.

If you have emotional problems – you may not like the messages that come through. Your consciousess – being in lower frequency due to emotional problems will attract a lower frequency entity.

If you like drama – and consider your life to be in drama – don’t channel.

When attempting automatic writing you may use a writing implement, computer, or any other means of communicating through the written word. Many people prefer the computer as they can type quickly without filtering the information coming through. When reread – even a typo can mean something.

To divert the focus of the writer – shifting from left brain logical thinking – to right brain intuitive thinking – take a pencil in hand, place it against a piece of paper as if about to write something. Then turn your attention to something else, such as watching television, reading a book, or talking with someone. For many people, their hand will write coherent material.

Much of this goes to ‘control’ and have much you are willing to give to a non-physical entity.

The amount of time spent on automatic writing can vary with the person and the session.

Words, sentences or whole paragraphs may appear. Often, the writing is illegible – the text appearing jumbled – without proper grammar or punctuation – mostly run-on sentences.

Messages can be written in a language – or hand writing style – not recognized by the writer and signed by someone unknown.

A picture or symbol may be written.

Some automatic writers know who is giving the messages while others do not. If the energies feel comfortable to you then you will soon learn who the entity is and why he/she is writing with you.

If you feel the least bit uncomfortable with the entity or the information received STOP!

 

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