chapter  3
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Write about what you don’t know you know: automatic writing

If the previous chapter was premised on the idea that you should write aboutwhat you know, this chapter is concerned with the possibility that you may know more than you think you know.

The discipline of keeping journals is a discipline in being observant and in recording what you have observed, and in both these respects it’s a discipline in being wide awake, in being consciously aware. The practice of ‘automatic writing’, on the other hand, is a technique by which you might reveal to yourself what is going on in the back of your mind, the stuff you aren’t consciously aware of, the stuff of your unconscious – the stuff, in a sense, that you don’t know you know.