Sunday, September 12, 2010

VOICES FROM THE VOID BY HESTER TRAVERS SMITH


SIX YEARS' EXPERIENCE IN AUTOMATIC
COMMUNICATIONS







The experimental study of automatism which this book
presents will therefore, be of great interest and value to
the student  of abnormal psychology. As the author
states, at the outset of her investigations she held the
view that the phenomena obtained were merely due to
the emergence of that part of the personality of the sitters
below the limen or threshold of consciousness. Our
conscious waking self speaks through the voluntary
action of our muscles, whereas our subconscious or
subliminal self reveals itself through the involuntary or
automatic action of our muscles. Hence in automatic
writing, or spelling messages through the so-called
"ouija board," the simplest explanation is that which Mrs.
Travers Smith at first adopted, that automatism was merely a
method of studying ourselves: a method by which the hidden
part of our personality came to the surface, so that incidents
we had forgotten, or impressions made upon us which were too
feeble to excite consciousness, were unexpectedly revealed.
















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