Not only does this technique work for writing, but it supposedly works when drawing pictures, as well. It is said that anything you draw while in a state of 'automatic meditation,' represents that which you most long for. But I'm not sure I agree with that assessment, considering all I end up drawing are pictures of erect penises and cabbage rolls, and I am not a fan of cabbage rolls.
I don't know how many people have attempted to convince me (yes I do, but I'm not telling), that automatic writing is not some spooky bit of magic, but simply a result of the ideomotor effect. However, since I have never heard of this "ideomotor" thingy before, and refuse to look it up, on the grounds it may change my firmly held belief, I am just going to assume the people telling me this are out to trick me because of some nefarious reason.
I know there are many people reading this who are thinking, "Wow, this sounds amazing, but my fingers were recently gnawed off by an angry mole rat, and I've not yet learned to hold a pencil in my stubs."
Well, have no fear, there is a way for you to participate in the joys of writing pointless gibberish no one will be interested in reading (kinda like this blog).
Automatic writing can also be performed on a keyboard of any kind, making your iPad, laptop, or smart phone, a conduit to the many spiritual entities just waiting to say "Hi," from the other side.
All you need do is duct tape a pencil to your forehead, or shove a chopstick up your nose (I suppose you could also hold it in your mouth, but where's the fun in that), close your eyes, and start pecking away, like a vulture on road kill.
The spirits will soon be transferring their wisdom through your chopstick and onto your keyboard, which can later be print off and thrown in the garbage.
I've found the keyboard method works even better than the archaic pencil technique. In fact, I was so impressed with the results I was getting on my laptop, I decided to write a book on the subject, so that others could experience my joy. Not only that, but I wrote the entire book using nothing but automatic writing and a mascara wand, stuffed in my ear.
It was called, "Wp/y5^ 0_|":hg ZtTtBs8!@" and only sold four copies, all of which I bought myself, but I still consider it the greatest successes of my life, even more so than my three children.
In the interest of honesty, I should point out that nothing the spirits ever communicated to me was the least bit useful. I once spent three days in a 'writing trance,' where I filled hundreds of squares of toilet paper, only to find I had written out the cleaning instructions for a Belgian-style waffle iron. I think the spirit wanted me to eat waffles, or maybe get a job as a waffle maker, I don't know, but you should expect this kind of useless slobber to drip from your pen, when communicating with the other side.
But, just because the information you receive is as ridiculous as a clear toilet, I still highly recommend you give it a try. However, before you jump face first into the realm of automatic writing, let me just offer a few bits of advice to help make your experience more enjoyable.
First, playing with spirits can be a dangerous endeavour. Evil entities are always on the look out for someone with a keyboard or pencil they can manipulate into writing rude comments about black Ghostbusters. If, after your first soiree with the spirits, you find your subconscious has only produced racial epithets, or impolite terms for people with facial tattoos, you are probably being manipulated by an evil spirit or Trump supporter. In either case, I suggest you walk away from automatic writing, and find yourself a new hobby, like beetle fighting or javelin catching.
One of the questions I get asked the most (other than, "who are you, and why are you in my living room?"), is "do I keep my hand still on the paper until the spirits flow through me? Or do I just start moving my hand and see what happens?" The answer to this question, is a resounding, maybe.
It is also best you not tell friends or family what you are up to. There is no quicker way to get disinvited to thanksgiving dinner, than telling people you are talking to ghosts with a toothbrush up your nose.
My final suggestion is, have fun with it. Most spirits are just bored dead people who are tired of floating down hallways and knocking over picture frames. They are simply looking for some conversation with someone other than Jesus, who is a nice guy, but lets face it, there is only so many times you can hear him brag about walking on water, or declare his love for you, before you want to kick him in his perfect teeth.