One really cool tool that is often overlooked is that of automatic writing. It has had two distinct purposes, one as a part of the Freudian psychotherapeutic process, in which case it is used to learn about the subconscious and what is going on in there. Of course it has a metaphysical method to it that is far more fascinating, because if anything, the individual is invited to get their mind out of the way.
In this sense, automatic writing is simply the channeling of a message through the pen to paper, or in many cases from fingertips into a computer keyboard. There are many ways to develop this skill, which seem to differ from one individual to the next. That can be unendingly helpful as it may take time and patience for someone who is new to it to feel like they are getting the hang of it.
Some swear by writing with the non-dominant hand to make this happen. For instance, a right-handed person would try to write with their left hand. Anyone who has trouble with this is certainly not alone. Clumsily scrawling out illegible words may do anything but help to move the brain out of the way. And, if the logical brain is in the way, chances are no messages worthy of receiving will come through, except say to remember to buy milk next time you’re at the grocery store. The illegible chicken scratch actually has another name, called asemic writing, and is practiced as a form of art.
The Surrealists were closely associated with the practice of automatic writing, as they seemed to have mastered it early on in the late 1800s and 1900s. So, it definitely has a history dating back more than 150 years. Now, others who have mastered automatic writing in more recent decades say patience and persistence is the greatest guide for getting automatic writing to happen.
In one practice, the individual is taught to utilize a repeating phrase, which they jot continuously onto the page or computer screen. Eventually, for those who have success with it, the message starts to change to one that the automatic writer or channel has really no clue about, because their consciousness moves aside. And astoundingly what happens is that at first the repeating phrase sometimes seems a little broken up by a little blip here and there. Then, it becomes a full message that may include wisdom beyond the individual’s consciousness.
Along the same lines as the repeating phrase, those who prefer to draw or doodle may find their way through this oft-thought right-brained activity. Again, the idea is to get the logical part of ourselves out of the way. When the inner artist shows up, he or she can relax the brain so that something more can happen. In other instances, individuals have had a good deal of success diverting their attention and actually looking away as they doodle away.