The medium was a psychic of the Corliss type, an automatist who delivered his “spirit messages” by word of mouth.
To the student of automatisms, of course, all this irresistibly suggests the automatist's own subliminal handiwork.
I do not, of course, mean that they all of them bring messages from sources external to the automatist's own mind.
But as we go further we can no longer limit the problem in this way,—to the activities of the automatist's subliminal self.
This refers to the cases where the automatist has provably never seen the deceased person's handwriting.
His manifestations may differ very considerably from the automatist's normal personality.
After a time the control gives way, and the automatist's spirit returns.
The automatist, awaking, may or may not remember his experiences in the spiritual world during the trance.
There is in such a case no apparent communication between the discarnate mind and the mind of the automatist.
automatism au·tom·a·tism (ô-tŏm'ə-tĭz'əm)
The involuntary functioning of an organ or other body structure that is not under conscious control, such as the beating of the heart or the dilation of the pupil of the eye.
The reflexive action of a body part.
An act performed without intent or conscious exercise of the will, often without realization of its occurrence, as for certain types of epilepsy.
A condition in which one is consciously or unconsciously, but involuntarily, compelled to the performance of certain acts. Also called telergy.