A writing medium is able to go into a trance
and allow their hand to be taken over by a spirit person,
sometimes writing at a supernormal speed, in languages unknown
to the medium about subjects totally outside their knowledge.
This is called "automatic writing" or "psychography".
Sometimes the writing is exceptionally small and sometimes
it can only be read in a mirror but usually it comes through
complete without the need for editing.
While much so-called automatic writing comes from the unconscious
mind of the writer and provides no evidence of being "supernormal,"
there are some cases which are taken seriously
by investigators. These involve people
who are already genuine mediums who can produce evidence
that they are communicating with a known spirit.
William Stainton Moses (1839–92)
was an Anglican clergyman. On March 30, 1873, spirit messages
started coming through Moses’ hand by means of “automatic
writing.” This method was adopted, Moses was informed,
for convenience purposes and so that he could preserve a
connected body of teaching. Those teachings were compiled
in two books, Spirit
Teachings, published by Moses in 1883, and More
collected and published after his death in 1892. Both books
are regarded as Spiritualism's greatest classic containing
the religious, philosophical and ethical implications of
Spiritualism, as viewed by the spirit world. The communicators,
by their logic, compelled their medium to abandon, stage
by stage, his orthodox religious beliefs. They gave clear
evidence of their high purpose and furnished him with irrefutable
proofs of Survival.
Stainton Moses wrote that sometimes when he was receiving
"automatic writing" he would find himself outside
" standing in spirit near to my body, which was seated
holding the pen before the table on which this book was
placed. I looked at it and the arrangements of the room
with great interest. I saw that my body was there, and that
I was joined to it by a thin line of light. Everything material
in the room looked shadowy, and everything spiritual seemed
solid and real." He claimed that in this state he could
see the spirits who were influencing his writing and that
the pen moved " by directing on to the pen a ray which
looked like blue light." Read
"In 1919 the Academia de Estudos Psychicos "Cesar
Lombroso" was founded. Mirabelli submitted himself
for experiments in trance speaking, automatic writing and
physical phenomena. The report was published in 1926. It
speaks of 392 sittings in broad daylight or in a room illuminated
by powerful electric light, in 349 cases in the rooms of
the Academy, attended by 555 people and the summary is as
'The committee carried out with the first
group (medical speaking) 189 positive experiments; with
the second group (automatic writing) 85 positive and 8 negative;
with the third group (physical phenomena) 63 positive and
47 negative experiments. The medium spoke 26 languages including
7 dialects, wrote in 28 languages, among them 3 dead languages,
namely Latin, Chaldaic and Hieroglyphics. Of the 63 physical
experiments 40 were made in daylight, 23 in bright artificial
Many of the people who were writing through
Mirabelli were well known international figures. Johan Huss
impressed Mirabelli to write a treatise of 9 pages on the
independence of Czechoslovakia in 20 minutes, Camille Flammarion
inspired him to write about the inhabited planets, 14 pages
in 19 minutes in French, Muri Ka Ksi delivered five pages
in 12 minutes on the Russo-Japanese war in Japanese, Moses
wrote in Hebrew on slandering, Harun el Raschid made him
write 15 pages in Syrian and an untranslatable writing of
three pages came in hieroglyphics in 32 minutes."
Geraldine Cummins-The Willett Scripts
After her death in 1956 at the age of 81,
Mrs. Coombe-Tennant, a well-known English medium began to
communicate through another medium, Geraldine Cummins. She
used the pen-name Mrs. Willett and transmitted a long and
detailed book of personal memories which was published under
the title Swan on a Black Sea. The book contains
a huge amount of personal details about her own life and
about her relationships with her children; but the medium
had never met her or her children. Many afterlife investigators,
including Colin Wilson, consider them to be:
"The most convincing proof of the reality
of life after death ever set down on paper (Wilson 1987:183).:
Stella Horrocks- writing medium
This incredible medium receives complete books from great
writers who are lining up to dictate one more work.
Born in Brazil, Chico Xavier had very poor
eye-sight and only a very basic primary education. However
he was a natural medium from the earliest age being able
to see and hear the spirit of his mother who had died when
he was only five. This brought him into conflict with his
family and the Catholic Church.
He came in contact with some Spiritist mediums who helped
to heal his sister and taught him about mediumship. Once
he understood his gift he began to sit with a pencil in
his hand and his eyes closed.
He would then write pages of hand written books,
always without a mistake, on highly spiritual subjects.
Here are some examples of his books in English.
In this method he produced more than 100,000 pages of spirit
writing which was published in 412 books, including some
in foreign languages in which he was not fluent. In one
case he was able to produce a message from a person who
died that was accepted by the judge in a court case.
He refused to take any money himself for his books which
were very popular. Instead he donated the copyright of all
these works to be used by Spiritist charities to help the
needy. Each day, poor people queued outside his home in
Uberaba to receive free food and for the opportunity to
speak a few words with him. He was regarded by many as a
saint and celebrities were among regular visitors to his
home seeking advice from him or the spirits who communicated
Here's s brief video about him
Here's a trailer for the Brazilian movie
made in 2010 about Chico to celebrate the 100 years anniversary
of his birth.
The Cross Correspondences
Considered by many the greatest evidence for life
after death these were messages from the afterlife signed
by the great psychic researchers. Transmitted by automatic
writing through various mediums they were like a jig-saw-
only making sense when they were fitted together. In all,
more than three thousand scripts were transmitted over thirty
years. Some of them were more than forty typed pages long.
Together they fill 24 volumes and 12,000 pages.