Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Spiritual Awareness – Automatic Writing by D.G. Kaye

Explore the spiritual side of our natures as D.G. Kaye shares her experiences and research into this element of our lives.

You can find part thirteen of the series: Meeting People for Reasons and Seasons

Welcome back to my Spiritual Awareness series. Today I’m going to talk about opening our sub-conscience and experimenting with Automatic Writing.

Are You Familiar with Automatic Writing?

When I was younger and I’d first heard of Automatic Writing from reading books about metaphysical, angels, and spirit guides, I was intrigued to learn that some people could have the ability to write from the sub-conscience, and/or guided by spirit or a higher power.

So, what is automatic writing?

The formal name for automatic writing is psychography – the ability to produce writing from the sub-conscience through divine guidance, and spiritual or supernatural source while under a calm, trance-like or alert state. This isn’t to be misconstrued with ‘free writing’. Spirit is invited in with an unconscious mind – a gateway to our higher selves.

When finished writing, you may be left with isolated words and phrases and most likely, no cohesiveness, but that’s when it’s time to reread and ponder. It may be easier if you write down a question on a piece of paper so you can focus on the question. It’s best if you can keep your eyes closed to focus on intent or question, but if you can’t, or if you peek in and out, just remember to keep writing, don’t look back on what you’ve written. No stopping the thought process. Your conscience and/or concentration may get in the way in the beginning of the process, but you must keep writing, no matter what comes out, even if totally off topic, or random and nonsensical words come out.

How to prepare for automatic writing:

First, we must decide on a medium. Most people prefer freehand writing and most automatic writing is done freehand, but if you can type as fast as you think, feel free to use the computer. Then, clear your minds. Sit in a place free from distraction and focus on your thought or question. You can use meditation to obtain this calm, or whatever method most comfortable to bring yourselves into a calmed mode to enable receiving the messaging. Focus on a topic or question you’d like to write about.

Next, call on an entity, higher power, your spirit guide, or an angel to help you channel whatever it is you are focusing on in your thoughts that you hope to write answers or stories about. You may feel free to ask, “Who is here?” You can acknowledge a higher power in spoken word or by thought. When you are seeking guidance from higher powers it’s always advised to invite them in with a pure heart to also make sure you aren’t inviting in any dark entities.

Close your eyes, breathe deep till you feel relaxed (or meditate to get there) then think about a topic or question you hope to be given divine guidance to write about. Have a notebook in front of you and pen in hand. Focus on your topic, put pen to paper, and let your hand guide the pen – almost in a similar way a Ouija board works.

What do you want to write about? Maybe it’s a problem that’s been on your mind, a recurring dream you’ve been having and wanting to make some sense of, even a story-line idea you may be wanting to write about can be your focused writing intention.

Preparing for the writing:

You should set a timer for this exercise for anywhere from 10 minutes (recommended minimum) to a half an hour. This helps with not being distracted by wondering how long you may have been writing, because with closed eyes to keep from distraction, you won’t be checking your watches.

Closing our eyes helps to keep the focus on our intent so the mind doesn’t get caught up in what is actually being written. This prevents edits or cross-outs from diverting our train of thoughts. Remember, if your mind does drift off topic, keep writing whatever it is that comes to mind – even if it’s whatever thought came to mind that threw off your original thoughts. Our minds entered this state with a clear mind, if jungled thoughts should interrupt the stream of consciousness, then perhaps that’s what was needed to be written.

After the timer goes off, relax for a few moments. You should close the session with thanking the spirit who guided your writing. Then go ahead and read what you’ve written. What you wrote may not make immediate sense and you can highlight thoughts and words from the writing that may potentially lead to further writing once you’ve spent some time analyzing what you wrote. You may not have received what you were hoping for as this process may take you a few times to get comfortable with. The object is to keep trying this method when you feel inclined, and to look back on prior writings of earlier attempts to see if you find a pattern in what your writing is trying to convey to you.


Using automatic writing to seek guidance from the soul. The channeling helps to guide us to pull from our soul – our deep sub-conscience. With the mind still and empty, we can focus solely on our question or topic. This exercise helps us tap into something greater than just our ‘thinking’ mind. Answers may come from deep in the subconscious or through messages from a higher power. By concentrating on thoughts, you are connecting with the universe, and you are exercising your intuitive and spiritual abilities. You may even feel a tingle in your hand while writing.

When assessing what you’ve written, and perhaps at first can’t quite find any cohesion about what has come through your writing, remember to revisit your writing at a later date for new perspective. Think of what you wrote as raw materials, possible subject material for future writing, or even clues to what may be lurking around in your sub-conscience. You can also do another round, then you can compare round 1 to what you wrote in round 2. You can repeat again by asking another question, asking a new question relevant to something of the last round. How do you know you’re channeling from your soul? – If your words give you clarity and a direction to continue forward with, as opposed to vague or disjointed writing, the process is working for you.

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Have you ever written something in the quiet, wee hours of the night, looked at it later and wondered, did I write that? If so, there’s a good chance you were writing from a higher state of consciousness.

Have you ever tried automatic writing? I’d love to hear in comments, some of your experiences.

The short video below will demonstrate a concise explanation on the process of automatic writing.

How to do Automatic Writing by Crystal Anne Compton. In this video Crystal goes into more detail about how to prepare for an automatic writing session.

©D.G.Kaye 2023

My thanks to Debby for another fascinating post on the spiritual side of our natures. I know she would love to hear from you.

About D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies)

D.G. Kaye is a Canadian author living in Toronto, Canada. She writes nonfiction and memoirs about her life experiences, matters of the heart, and self-help about women’s issues. Her positive outlook keeps D.G. on track, allowing her to take on life’s challenges with a dose of humor in her quest to overcome adversity.

D.G. began writing when pen and paper became the tools to express her pent-up emotions during her turbulent childhood. She began journaling about her life at a young age and continued writing about the imprints and lessons she learned through people and events she encountered. D.G. writes books to share her stories and inspiration. She advocates for kindness and for women’s empowerment. Her favorite saying is “For every kindness received, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When she’s not writing, D.G. loves to read (self-help books and stories of triumph), cook (concocting new recipes, never to come out the same way twice), shop (only if it’s a great sale), play poker (when she gets the chance), and, most of all, travel

Books by D.G. Kaye

One of the reviews for Fifteen First Times

Cheryl Oreglia 5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Tour of Life  Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2023

I might be in my sixth decade of life, but DG Kaye’s memoir, Fifteen First Times, brings me blissfully back in time as if I were reliving my youth. She includes tender moments, budding independence, and painful firsts. I felt as if I were sitting across the couch from Kaye, sipping crisp white wine and exchanging stories of our beloved but challenging past.

She draws you in with our commonalities as women, from our first love to menstruation, a hysterical shoe obsession, bad hair decisions, first apartments, and broken hearts. As I read through each story, I laughed, cried, and empathized with Kaye’s Fifteen Firsts. It is a bold, funny, and touching read about life’s endearing moments. An enchanting novel for fans of delightful memoirs. 

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – follow Debby: Goodreads – Blog: D.G. Kaye Writer – About me: D.G. Kaye – Twitter: @pokercubster Linkedin: D.G. Kaye – Facebook: D.G. Kaye – Instagram: D.G. Kaye – Pinterest: D.G. Kaye


Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share Debby’s post.. thanks Sally



55 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Spiritual Awareness – Automatic Writing by D.G. Kaye

  1. Great post. I did try this and once felt an overwhelming love that came with a written message of love. Never got that again and haven’t tried it again in years. I do worry if I don’t get love but a darker emotion so haven’t revisited. Good warning to come from pure of heart.

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  2. Not sure if it was the same but a few years ago when my son got married in Spain we stayed at a hotel in Calpe.
    My mum, was on her own a lot and I suppose she felt a bit lost.
    She would sit in the foyer of the hotel and would wait for someone to pass by and stop and talk to her.
    She took to having a notebook and pen in her hand in order to look busy.
    She just wrote… in her words… anything that came into her mind.
    She laughed and said it was gobeldygook but I think it made her feel better and often resulted in someone stopping to speak to her until any of the family came along.

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  3. I’ve done some of this related to dream work in my counseling studies, Debby. I really liked the way you describe it as getting out of our “thinking” mind. It’s amazing how cluttered and distracting and judging our thinking minds are. A favorite line: “The channeling helps to guide us to pull from our soul – our deep sub-conscience.” I think that’s true, and it speaks to the intrinsic wisdom of the soul, available to us if we just get out of our own way. Beautiful post. Thanks for hosting, Sally. ❤

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  5. Great post, Debby. Thank you. I suspect I’ve done a version of this for many years. I often move into a quiet/prayerful place and listen. As thoughts bubble up, I write. For me, the process has always been a form of prayer — communication with the divine. ❤️

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