Writing For The Ungifted
by Bob Olson, OfSpirit.com Editor
If you're the type who
can't predict tomorrow's date with a calendar in your hand, have never had
a dream visitation from a deceased loved one, or wouldn't recognize a sign
from spirit if it knocked you over, Spirit Writing might be for you.
Similar to Automatic Writing, but without the "automatic,"
Spirit Writing is a method of communicating with spirits through writing
(with a pen, keyboard, crayon or any writing tool you prefer).
like to begin by telling you the story of how I began Spirit Writing
myself, explain some of the lessons I learned along the way, and then I
will teach you how to do this yourself in 7 simple steps.
began my spiritual journey about five years ago as a stubborn cynical
skeptic. In January of 1999, I stumbled upon a gifted psychic medium who
basically blew my mind and turned my world upside down. The reading I had
was so powerful that it convinced me to write my next book about
mediumship. Of course, having been a skeptic all my life, I needed to do a
lot of research and investigation before I was ready to begin writing. I
didnít complete the book until five years later.
met some extremely gifted spiritual practitioners during my five year
research, I have realized that I might be the most ungifted person in the
world. Iím sure that it doesnít help that my tendency is toward
skepticism until I can prove to myself that something is legitimate. Yet,
this has been a concern of mine since I believe strongly that no one
should become dependent upon another person for his or her spiritual
connection. Hence, my search for a method that I could use to link with
spirit on my own.
finally found that method when I learned about a technique called
Automatic Writing. In its most basic form, Automatic Writing involves
sitting down with a pen and paper, or at your computer keyboard, and
letting your hands and fingers begin writing messages from spirit
automatically. This technique is directed toward those gifted few who are
able to link with spirit so powerfully that spirit literally takes control
of their hands and fingers and writes or types out these messages. As you
might expect, I gave it a shot without any success; that is, my hands and
fingers didnít even twitch.
of automatic writing insist that persistence is the key to success; so I
continued trying it fairly regularly. Nothing happened. I read that it
helps to meditate with some relaxing music first; so I tried that too.
Again, nothing. Then I learned that it can help to ask a question first
and wait for an answer; so I asked a question and waited. Still, my hands
seemed frozen in time.
was beginning to give up, but someone told me that I should begin writing
imaginary answers to my question as a way to get my hands moving. Then, if
a connection with spirit takes place, the spirit can just take over the
writing. So, one day, I decided to simply type the first thing that came
into my mind so that I would have something to write. So, after typing out
my question, I typed the first thoughts that popped into my head.
an answer to my question was right there at the forefront of my mind the
second I asked the question. So I typed it into my computer. Then I typed
out another question as if I were having a conversation with myself. And,
once again, an answer popped into my head; so I typed it. What I realized
was that I was typing frantically, faster than I could process the
information. In other words, I was typing so fast that I didnít have
time to consciously think about and judge the answers I was writing.
Instead, I was purely having fun with it. I wasnít worrying about typos
or mistakes; I just typed like a maniac.
Iíve always been the eternal skeptic, I felt a little disappointed when
the voice I was hearing in my head was my own. And this made me doubt that
what I was writing was coming from spirit. Yet I continued until I had a
couple pages written just to see how it all came out. When I was done, I
read what I had written. Cowabunga! This didnít read like anything I had
ever written before. In fact, it was too full of wisdom to be something I
would ever write. It was slow and melodic in rhythm and tone. As you can
see, my writing isnít like that at all. So this got my attention and I
continued to practice Spirit Writing two or three times a week.
day, I was working with a psychic medium I was working with for my book on
mediumship, and I told her about my automatic writing, that is, without
the automatic part. This is when I began calling it Spirit Writing, since
my hands and fingers were not typing automatically. The medium immediately
told me that my uncle was in the room claiming to be the one who was
coming through in these writings. Now this uncle had never come through in
a reading before so the medium knew nothing about him. I was skeptical, as
always, so I tested the medium. I said, ďIf this is really my uncle,
youíre going to have to prove it to me. There is something about my
uncle that identifies him specifically, something you could never guess.
If you can tell me what that is, Iíll believe that itís him coming
through in my Spirit Writing.Ē
enough, the medium guessed that my uncle had a tattoo on his foot. So I
was given the evidence that I needed that indicated to me that my Spirit
Writing was truly coming from spirit, not just from my own mind.
the ungifted, especially people like me who spent most of their life as a
skeptic, trusting that your Spirit Writing is really coming from spirit is
the hardest part. Since our hands and fingers are not moving on their own,
developing this trust is even harder than learning how to do it. It takes
practice, testing and a whole lot of faith. But eventually you realize
that there is no way that you could be writing this stuff. For me, I
realized that there is too much wisdom coming through in these writings.
If I had this incredible insight inside of me, I wouldnít need to be
here are the 7 Simple Steps for Spirit Writing:
Sit down with a pen and paper, or at your computer. You can also
use a crayon, marker or a piece of chalk if you wantówhatever writing
tool you enjoy most.
Write down a question that you would like answered. It can be about
a relationship, your career, or healthówherever you need some guidance.
Some people like to begin with a prayer of intent and protection.
Pray to your Source or spirit guides that only ďadvanced, higher-energy
beings who are in the light and love of GodĒ come through in your Spirit
Relax and/or meditate for ten or fifteen minutes. Listen to a
meditation CD or audiotape, if you have one. What I like about using music
to relax is that I use the same music all the time, so my mind knows that
Iím going to be Spirit Writing the second I turn it on, which
immediately sends me into the right state of mind. If you listen to your
music with headphones, it also helps to block out distractions.
When you are ready, ask your question. You can read it out loud or
silently to yourself.
Now begin typing the very first thoughts that come into your mind.
Do not hesitate. Do not judge or consciously think about what answer you
are getting. Just try to write or type as fast as you can to record the
answer. And donít worry about typing mistakes, misspellings or any
errors; just keep writing. Also, it doesnít matter if you do this with
your eyes open or closed. Thatís a personal preference. Try it both ways
and see what you prefer. And, finally, donít expect it to be someone
elseís voice in your head. The thoughts are ďinspiredĒ by spirit,
not spoken in the spiritís voice.
If you are having trouble when you try Spirit Writing for the first
time, just make up an answer. Write what you think a higher being might
say to you if they were giving you advice on your question. You might be
surprised to recognize that what you are making up is actually inspired
are some further tips to help you:
Answers from spirit will always be loving in nature, never having a
tone of being hurtful, vengeful or negative. This doesnít mean you will
always like the advice being given, but the advice will be for good, not
Donít ask for choices. Spirit wonít make decisions for you.
Instead, ask for advice and guidance. This means avoiding yes or no
questions. Since we all have freewill, spirit can only lead us toward the
best choice, not tell us what choice to make.
Donít test your guides or loved ones in spirit by asking details
of which you already know the answer. Spirit Writing is a sacred
experience and should be treated as such.
To get over your skepticism or lacking trust in the process, a
third-party practitioner such as a medium, psychic or meditation teacher
might be able to help you at the beginning, like when the medium told me
my uncle was coming through in my Spirit Writing. But the point of this
exercise is to learn how to communicate with spirit on your own, without
having to rely on a third-party practitioner, so donít become dependent
upon someone else for your Spirit Writing.
Donít think that you need to know who is coming through in your
Spirit Writing. Itís the advice and guidance that matters, not always
who is giving it. Sometimes, it might even be more than one spirit. So
donít get caught up in the ďwho,Ē because itís the guidance that
matters. Some people like to think that the messages coming through are
from their ďHigher Self.Ē As long as you say your prayer of intent and
protection, only advanced, higher-energy beings will be coming through.
In my experience, Spirit Writing is a personal experience. While
you might be able to connect with your friendís spirits after you get
good at this, I believe it is better to teach your friend how to do this
on their own, rather than have them rely upon you for all their spirit
Some people like to begin Spirit Writing for a set period of time,
ten or twenty minutes. If this fits your personality, or if you only have
a limited amount of time to do it, set an alarm so that you arenít
looking at the clock or worrying about the time.
Think ahead to avoid interruptions. Ask people not to interrupt you
for twenty minutes. Use the bathroom if necessary. Unplug the phone.
Anticipate noises and potential interruptions that will disrupt your
Spirit Writing, and do your best to avoid them.
Try to do your Spirit Writing at the same time each day. Not only
will your mind be better prepared, but your loved ones in spirit and
spirit guides will know that every day at ten oíclock is when youíll
be doing this.
After a Spirit Writing session, donít read what youíve written
immediately. If you can, put it aside for a few hours, or even a day,
before reading it. And have someone else read it to you so you can more
easily recognize that it doesnít sound like your voice or writing,
provided you donít mind that person reading your private messages. You
will be amazed at how different your Spirit Writing reads in comparison to
your normal voice and writing style.
with everything, practice makes perfect. The key here is to keep doing
this regularly for at least 30 days. If it isnít for you after a month,
then maybe it isnít for you. However, I havenít taught this to one
person who hasnít experienced incredible results. And, with practice, it
just keeps getting better.
This article resulted from a chat seminar
Bob Olson was invited to do on James Van Praagh's website. For more
information about James Van Praagh's chat seminars, visit www.VanPraagh.com
articles by Bob Olson, visit www.ofspirit.com/bobolson.htm