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Thus mechanisms occurring in the abnormal are found also in the normal. Both this observer and others have thus explained the acts of everyday life, many of which seem purposeless, accidental, and without reason unless carefully studied. The mechanism which produces disturbances in the thoughts and actions of normal people is identical with the mechanism which causes the disturbances in the insane and in abnormal mental dissociation. Automatic acts may be caused by an unconscious, suppressed complex.

In spite of the part played by crystal gazing in necromancy and Eastern mysticism, nothing can be reproduced as a crystal vision which has not already been a part of personal experience, although this experience may have been dissociated. In the production of these visions the subject gazes into a crystal globe and at the same time attempts to keep the mind a blank and free from external stimuli. The state of abstraction thus produced in crystal gazing “taps” the AUTOMATIC WRITING 43 subconscious experiences in the same manner that they are tapped through automatic writing.

The crystal visions in this patient were revivals of past experiences. Some of these experiences the patient remembered; others could only be recalled in hypnosis. For instance, in one of the hypnotic states for which there was no memory on awakening, the emotional reaction was one of hatred and disgust. When a crystal vision of the same experience was produced, the emotional reaction was the same. It seems that whatever device was used for synthesis, either hypnosis or crystal gazing, the reproduced memories were associated with certain emotions.

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