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Former Navy Doctor Tries the Spiritual Path of ‘Automatic Writing’

Dr Urvashi Tandon chances upon a new spiritual technique called ‘automatic writing’ and decides to give it a shot.

By Dr Urvashi Tandon

On a pleasant winter evening in November, I told my parents I would like to be present when they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary (theirs was a second marriage, each having lost a former spouse).

There were no plans to have a party; instead, they intended to spend the day at an ashram in south India. I decided to go along. That was my first visit to any such centre of spirituality and it changed my life.

Being a medical officer in the Indian Navy sounded so very glamorous to me as a young woman. Little did I realise what was in store. I am an anaesthesiologist by profession and I attended surgeries every single day.

Having qualified as a doctor in 1988, 30 years of seeing sickness, pain and death on a regular basis and from close quarters made me face the reality of impermanence of situations and life in general.

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Dr Urvashi Tandon with her colleagues in the Indian Navy

Observing people reacting differently to various diseases and responding differently to similar treatments made me strongly believe in the law of karma. Faced with the knowledge of inadequate means to provide complete relief to terminal patients drove me to explore alternative methods of treatment, starting with energy healing.

After long gruelling years of medical study, reading was a habit for me, and I gravitated towards books of a spiritual nature. I came across Laws of the Spirit World by Khursheed Bhavnagari. This was the first time I heard of ‘automatic writing’. Needless to say, my curiosity was aroused.

It is said that when you really want something, the law of attraction manifests it for you. I moved cities and guess what? There was an automatic-writing workshop being held very close to where I stay now. I could not miss it.

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Urvashi at Sri Ramana Ashram in Tiruvannamalai

Automatic writing is a means of channelling messages from your ‘spirit guides’ or higher self. We all have some psychic abilities – more commonly called intuition – developed to various degrees.

Automatic writing is about learning to tap into these faculties with proper guidance and taking your life forward.

How does it help? Well, imagine being able to seek guidance from your higher self when confronted with a dilemma in your day-to-day life. It could be a task to be done or a career move.

Practice makes perfect and I am certainly very glad I went for that workshop. I seek guidance on a regular basis now, and am in a much happier space.

First published in the March 2018 issue of eShe magazine. Read it for free here.

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