Verrall, Margaret - Automatic writing
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Evidence of Personal Survival from Cross Correspondences – H F Saltmarsh
In a paper on her automatic writing, published in Proceedings, S.P.R., Vol. XX, October, 1906, she says:
'Whether I write in light or dark, I do not look at the paper. I perceive a word or two, but never understand whether it makes sense with what goes before. Under these circumstances, it will be seen that though I am aware at the moment of writing what language my hand is using, when the script is finished I often cannot say, till I read it, what language has been used, as the recollection of the words passes away with extreme rapidity.
'I have tried more than once to reproduce from memory what has just been written, but I have never been able to give more than a word or two and I have no impression as to the general sense, if there has been any.
'I usually write when I am alone, and I prefer not to have a bright light; it is desirable also to write at a time of day or under circumstances when I am not likely to be interrupted. But none of these conditions is essential.
'It is quite common for me to write in a railway-carriage with other travellers present.
'My left hand writes automatically as well as my right; I should say that I normally can write with both hands, and use the left when the right is incapacitated by writer's cramp.
'I am sometimes exceedingly sleepy during the production of the writing, and more than once I have momentarily lost consciousness of my surroundings.