JANUARY 8, 2013
The Discerning Catholic’s Guide to unhealthy devotions
Automatic Writing – Another Form of Channeling
Another technique that allows people to communicate with the netherworld comes from a practice called automatic writing. According to one ghost investigation website, automatic writing occurs “in an altered state of consciousness that is attributed to spirits of the dead. It is believed by some that the spirits literally manipulate the writing utensil in the hands of the medium to communicate, as the writer is often unaware of what is being written and often even scrawls out text in handwriting that is markedly different than his own.”1
According to this website, “Other forms of automatic writing go beyond mere messages and include drawing and painting and even music that is allegedly inspired by the dead. In some cases, mediums or individuals with little or no artistic training will suddenly feel compelled to paint or draw in distinctive, professional styles. They feel guided by a spirit, as if another hand is guiding their own.”2
Another ghost investigation website offers the following advice to help people enter a trance so that they can begin channeling their own messages: Either go through a body relaxation, or use a trigger to put yourself into a trance-like state. Ask your guides, masters, or whoever you wish to communicate with, to join you. Have them sign in and then sign out when the session is through. This will give you an indication of who you are communicating with. When you feel them around you, you’ll feel your protection intensify. Allow your eyes to open slightly while holding your pen or pencil with a very limp wrist. At the end of the session, thank whomever you have communicated with for sharing their information with you.3
As dangerous as this practice sounds, there are many well-known Catholics who have been using this technique to deliver messages to the faithful. A good example of this comes from the life of Vassula Ryden the author of True Life in God. When the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith condemned her work, Vassula responded by saying, “Why the Lord chose this special form of writing down the messages to which He even seizes my hand? I really do not know. The Lord just told me when I asked him why: ‘Because I like it in this way’.”4
Another example of a well-known author who has been channeling messages from the spirit realm comes from the life of Maria Valtorta.
After making suffering vows to an entity called “Divine Justice”, Maria found herself crippled and unable to leave her bed. During this time she wrote more than 15,000 pages from spiritual entities that were later compiled into the five-volume series entitled The Poem of the Man-God. Even though the Holy Office examined The Poem of the Man-God and condemned it, recommending that it be placed on the Index of Forbidden Books, it continues to be promoted at false apparition sites throughout the world.5
Although it is true that God wants to commune with all of his beloved children, he will never violate anyone’s free will by taking control of the individual’s hand to write messages. When this type of phenomena occurs, it is a good indicator that the medium has opened the door to the demonic.
Vassula Ryden – True Life in God
Starting at a very young age, Vassula Ryden experienced terrifying nightmares, which she attributed to Satan. Between the ages of ten and twelve, she had mystic experiences, including what she describes as a spiritual marriage to Jesus.
During her teenage years, she saw on several occasions the souls of dead people surrounding her, and afterwards, she became indifferent to religious matters.1
Towards the end of November 1985, while living in Bangladesh, Vassula claims that an invisible being contacted her and identified itself as her “guardian angel”. The entity manifested itself by moving Vassula’s hand without her being able to control it, forming words and drawings.
By this means, Vassula started to receive “messages” for about four to six hours per day.
Three months later, Vassula experienced a brief encounter with another being who identified himself as “God the Father.” The “guardian angel” then submitted her to a purification week, which was followed by another visit from an entity who identified himself as “Jesus”. This entity also used the guided dictation of messages to communicate, calling the messages True Life in God. Other entities have also intervened, including the Blessed Mother, Michael the Archangel, and Saint Padre Pio.2
The main themes of these messages are the “abomination of desolation” in the Catholic Church, Christian unity, adhesion to Pope John Paul II, the closeness of a time of purification, and the importance of making the messages known in order to end the division among Christian denominations.
The writings, which consist of several hundred pages, have been translated and published in 40 languages and promoted throughout the world. Vassula maintains that the method in which she receives the messages is not channeling or a New Age practice known as “automatic writing”, but that the messages are actually coming from heavenly sources.
In 1995, the Roman Catholic Church issued warnings against the writings by publishing a Notification from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in which several negative elements and theological errors were pointed out.4
In January 2007, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith addressed an internal communication to all the Presidents of the Bishops’ conferences around the world reconfirming the negative doctrinal judgment of the 1995 Notification regarding Mrs. Ryden’s writings and advised the faithful not to participate in True Life in God messages, writings, or prayer groups.5
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s document reads as follows:
Other Warnings about Vassula Ryden’s Messages
1. Bishop Maurice E. Piat, Diocese of Port-Louis, Ile Maurice—In a letter dated April 5, 2002, the Bishop warns the faithful against Mrs. Ryden’s messages. He affirms that they can make one subject to serious deviations to their piousness and to their personal relationship with God. He therefore asks that Mrs. Ryden’s ideas not be spread in the diocese, whether by the selling of her books or the organization of meetings near churches or inside church properties.
2. Archbishop of Kandy, Sri Lanka—Informed of a planned meeting of Vassula in his Diocese, the Archbishop took action by distributing the 1995 Notification in all his parishes and forbidding priests from attending the meetings.
3. The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong—A few days before Vassula Ryden’s visit to Hong Kong, the Diocese issued a negative declaration regarding this visit by advising the faithful not to attend her meetings.
This statement was published in two of the Diocese’s newspapers.
4. The Catholic Church in Scotland—A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland has warned people against going to Vassula’s September 11th meeting in Edinburgh. Mentioning the 1995 Notification, he said Vassula “certainly did not” operate with the approval of the Church and that “the advice to Catholics is not to attend her gatherings due to the suspect nature of her alleged revelations, which contain doctrinal errors.”
Consecration vows are spiritually binding agreements
Since the dawn of creation, Satan has been alluring humanity into making spiritual binding agreements with his vast army of fallen angels for the purpose of acquiring as many souls as possible.
The simplest form of an agreement with evil comes from a person’s own sin. When a man sins, he is saying no to God’s will and yes to some kind of evil desire. Another type of agreement is when a man makes a direct vow with the spiritual realm, like when selling his soul (or his children’s souls) in exchange for receiving some kind of benefit.
A good example of the way Satan desires to make spiritually binding agreements with humanity comes from Sacred Scripture: After Jesus fasted forty days and nights in the wilderness, the devil showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. The devil said to Jesus, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”2
Although Jesus did not accept the devil’s offer, it has not prevented Satan from making the same offer to countless other victims throughout the centuries. A good example of this fact comes from well-documented cases in which rock & roll bands have made spiritually binding agreements with the devil.
In several situations, the musicians spent many years trying to achieve popularity and prosperity without any success. Then after the members of the band found a high-level witch to broker an agreement with Satan to sell their souls into his possession and power, the band became an overnight success.
Because most Catholics would never consider selling their souls to Satan or any other unknown entity’s possession and power, the devil and his vast army of deceptive spirits need to find a more subtle approach. Although it is true messages from heaven, it is also true that demonic spirits can appear to humanity with their own messages. It is for this reason the Catholic Church conducts serious investigations to make sure messages from apparition sites are coming from God.
There have been many false Marian apparition sites over the past century that have been condemned by the Catholic Church. The entities that have been appearing at these condemned sites have been making requests of their followers by saying, “Consecrate yourselves to me. Sell your souls into my possession and power. It is only in your Mother’s arms that my children will be safe!”
Because the Catholic Church has investigated and determined that these sites are under demonic influence, when Catholics sell their souls into these entities’ possession and power, they are actually making spiritually binding agreement with fallen angels.
Once a demonic entity has been granted the legal rights to enter a person’s life, all kinds of disastrous results will occur, including attacks on that person’s health, accidents, and separation from the Church’s guidance.
When demonic entities have been given the right to access a person’s family linage, (through Freemasonry vows or when parents consecrate their children’s souls to the Immaculata), disastrous results can occur in the form of addictions, divorce, criminal activity, health problems, and financial hardships for their children.
Some examples of false apparition sites (that have been condemned by the Catholic Church) in which spiritual entities have been making requests for their followers to sell their souls into their possession and power are as follows:
Vassula Ryden True Life in God
On January 25, 2007, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a negative decree condemning Vassula Ryden’s True Life in God messages, writings, and prayer groups.
According to Vassula Ryden’s website, one day a spiritual entity manifested itself by moving Vassula’s hand without her being able to control it, forming words and drawings. By this means, Vassula started to receive “messages” for about four to six hours a day.3
On April 9, 1998, this entity gave Vassula a message saying, “You are, My Vassula, consecrated to Me, and you have signed your consecration to Me with your own blood.” To help explain the meaning of this message to her followers, Vassula stated, “I had pricked my finger and signed then with my own blood the consecration to become the Slave of our Blessed Mother.”4
Automatic Writing: Another Form of Channeling
1. The Haunted Museum, The Historic and Haunted Guide to the Supernatural, article on Automatic Writing:
5. Maria Valtorta, The Poem of the Man-God (Isola del Liri, Italy: Centro Editoriale Valtortiano, 1986). For more information on
Vassula Ryden: True Life in God
1. Vassula Ryden, Mon Ange Daniel – Les débuts de La Vraie Vie en Dieu (Hauteville, Suisse: Editions du Parvis, 2001).
5. “The Catholic Church’s position regarding Vassula Ryden’s ‘True Life in God’ messages”:
6. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Letter to the Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishop Presidents of Bishop Conferences” (January 25, 2007).
The numbering of the “Notes” above does not seem to match the Indices.
An article, tiled “True Life in God – Vassula Ryden” with matching indices and notes may be accessed at
VASSULA RYDEN-PROBLEMS WITH ROME BUT WELCOME IN INDIA
VASSULA RYDEN-A CDF NOTIFICATION BISHOPS WARNINGS AND THEOLOGICAL CRITIQUES
VASSULA RYDEN-THE EUCHARIST AND INTERCOMMUNION ONE DATE AND PAN-CHRISTIAN ECUMENISM
VASSULA RYDEN-EXCOMMUNICATED OR NOT-A LAW SUIT
VASSULA RYDEN-THE REASONS FOR THE CHURCH’S NEGATIVE REACTION
VASSULA RYDEN-FR FRANCOIS MARIE DERMINE
VASSULA RYDEN-FR MITCH PACWA
VASSULA RYDEN-FR PETER JOSEPH
VASSULA RYDEN-FR BRIAN HARRISON
VASSULA RYDEN-MARIA LAURA PIO
VASSULA RYDEN-MARK WATERINCKX
VASSULA RYDEN-CARDINAL BASIL HUME
VASSULA RYDEN-A CRITIQUE-DIALOGUE CENTRE INTERNATIONAL
VASSULA RYDEN’S JESUS-INGERLISE PROVSTGAARD
VASSULA RYDEN-RICHARD SALBATO
VASSULA RYDEN-JOE NICKELL
VASSULA RYDEN-CONSTANCE CUMBEY
VASSULA RYDEN-RONALD L CONTE
VASSULA RYDEN-AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN
VASSULA RYDEN-LAURENCE ENGLAND
VASSULA RYDEN-LAURETTE ELSBERRY
VASSULA RYDEN-RICHARD CHONAK
VASSULA RYDEN-TERRY NELSON
VASSULA RYDEN-CATHOLIC ANSWERS
VASSULA RYDEN-CATHOLIC DOORS
VASSULA RYDEN-BENEDICT TANG
VASSULA RYDEN-BRO IGNATIUS MARY
VASSULA RYDEN-INTERNATIONAL MARIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE
VASSULA RYDEN-INVESTIGATE VASSULA
VASSULA RYDEN-SUSAN BRINKMANN
VASSULA RYDEN-TE DEUM
VASSULA RYDEN-DANIEL KLIMEK
VASSULA RYDEN-TONY-ALLEN CUCOLO
VASSULA RYDEN-ASK A CATHOLIC
VASSULA RYDEN-ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY
VASSULA RYDEN-SEMPER FI
CDF, OCTOBER 6, 1995
VASSULA RYDEN-THE TLIG APOLOGISTS
Categories: False Mystics