Judy Amato has a gift. Through automatic writing, also called psychography, she says she can help a person see the events of their past, give them clarity about a current challenge—and even see into their future.
Are you skeptical? Judy was at first, too. But this ability, which she tells us she has had for much of her life, helps her access information and share it through writing down the ideas that come to her—without consciously thinking of them.
“I am not exactly sure where the words arise from, but I believe it’s another realm,” Amato told us from her home in New Jersey.
Scroll down for our Q&A with Amato, on the art and science of automatic writing—and how she deals with skeptics.
Be Inkandescent: Tell us about your ability, and when you first realized that you were an automatic writer.
Judy Amato: I have always known that I have an intuitive gift. When I was a young child I was very introverted, and I coped by studying people. It was as if I could “read” them, and sometimes I’d tell them what I was seeing. They often confirmed that I was correct in assessing a situation or forecasting something that eventually happened.
As I got older, I started to mistrust my intuition. I was well into my 20s before I became introspective and began exploring it. Eventually I had the maturity to embrace the idea, and in recent years I’ve developed my ability more fully.
Be Inkandescent: How does it work?
Judy Amato: The tool I am most able to access is the ability to produce written words without consciously thinking about them as I write. So someone asks a question about a problem they are having, a past experience, or something about their future, and I start writing. As the words form on the page, so does the information that they seem to need. Perhaps it comes from my subconscious, or maybe it’s spiritual, or perhaps the information comes from a supernatural source. Either way, I’ve been able to connect with loved ones who have passed, and access other information that doesn’t seem possible through ordinary experiences.
Be Inkandescent: What does this experience feel like to you?
Judy Amato: I do not actually hear words, or people talking to me as I write. I would describe it more like a static wave or vibration passing through me—sort of like an electrical current. I put a pen to paper and my hand just moves freely, and messages come through in what almost seems like a continuous word. It happens very fast—much more quickly than I am able to think on a conscious level.
Be Inkandescent: Do the messages come to you when you aren’t writing?
Judy Amato: I probably don’t really need the pen and paper, but I find that writing down the information helps me to put the messages together and organize my thoughts. It helps me clearly share the information with the person I’m working with.
Be Inkandescent: It sounds pretty trippy.
Judy Amato: It is! The information coming through can be pretty mind-blowing at times. I have questioned it myself. It sometimes takes a leap of faith to believe that it’s happening, much less that I’m accessing information about a person’s life from a supernatural source.
I think that a lot of people seek guidance because they want to know they are on the right track in their lives, or they just don’t know what course to take. So they seek out someone like me to help them find some clarity. I always advise my clients to filter the information through their logical mind, and use their own instincts and intuition to determine if the information they receive is right. We are all intuitive. Some of us are just more tapped into it than others.
Be Inkandescent: Have you ever freaked yourself out?
Judy Amato: Sometimes, but I’ve come to trust my intuition. And I have definitely predicted events such as changes in the stock market, and before 9/11 I had a strong feeling that something huge was going to happen that would change the world as we knew it. I didn’t see the World Trade Towers falling, but I had a profound sense of doom in the weeks leading up to the disaster. I also have the ability to create automatic drawings, and depicted the Japanese earthquake/tsunami that subsequently resulted in the power plant meltdowns. In the picture, I drew three (of the four) nuclear reactors on fire.
Be Inkandescent: When it comes to work like yours, there are always skeptics and true believers. If you were talking to a skeptic, how would you describe what you do?
Judy Amato: I feel that when someone is skeptical they do not truly want or need what I have to offer; it’s just not what they are looking for. So when a skeptic shows up I feel their block, and it is very difficult for me to read people like that. And I guess I end up proving to them that this isn’t possible or real.
But for people who are on the same wavelength as I am, there’s a different kind of energy, and together we tap into what I believe is a universal wisdom. Again, it’s a leap of faith. But I firmly believe that we all have that ability to manifest whatever it is that we put our minds to. So if you believe that you are tapping into information that you need—no matter where it comes from—it can be a useful exercise.
Be Inkandescent: Have you taken training in specific areas to enhance your ability?
Judy Amato: I study several New Thought leaders, including Emmet Fox, Ernest Holmes, and Florence Scovel Shinn. The belief is that through the subconscious mind you can manifest whatever it is you ask for (consciously or unconsciously). I believe in the power of prayer and meditation, and I have an inner knowing that there is something at work in our lives besides us. Is this something I can prove? Not in a 3D way. But it’s a deep belief, and most of the people who come to me for readings also share that feeling.
Be Inkandescent: I am guessing that your clients are people who are struggling to get their businesses off the ground, trying to better understand a romantic relationship, or working through a troubling experience in their lives.
Judy Amato: Yes, because they are looking for answers that they feel they don’t have inside themselves, so they want guidance from an outsider. That makes sense. To help them get to the information, I have them sit down and relax, because being in a calm state of mind is crucial. Then I have them share with me the specific subject or question they would like me to address. Then I begin to write, and as I do we talk through the information that comes through. A friend of mine who did a reading with me recently said it felt to her like “five years of therapy in an hour.”
Be Inkandescent: Can you describe what your typical client is like, in terms of personality and background? And, are there any types of clients you don’t care to work with?
Judy Amato: My typical clients are usually women who are soul-searching on some level. Often, they are seeking advice on love, relationships, and what they should do about a situation they are struggling with. Women tend to be more receptive and less skeptical about this process than men because women are used to using their intuition; I also think that society encourages women in this area. Men tend to open up once I tell them things that prove that I am “for real.”
Be Inkandescent: Is it daunting to have strangers rely on your advice, knowing some may make big decisions in their lives based on their conversations with you?
Judy Amato: It is, but I make it clear to clients from the start that the person needs to look deep inside themselves to see if the information rings true before making any life-changing decisions based on what comes out in the readings. What’s wonderful about this process is how true the information I get is to the person. If some information seems like it would be troubling to the person, I use my best judgment within the context of discussion. I believe that “negative” information is subjective, and I always make sure before I start that the person wants to hear all of what comes through. Sometimes that requires a tough skin, but in the 25 years that I have been doing this, I have not had a problem. People usually have an intuition about most of what I share, so the readings often end up being more of a confirmation.
Be Inkandescent: What suggestions do you have for people considering consulting an intuitive guide? Is there an ethical code of conduct for intuitives, or typical protocols that you follow in your practice?
Judy Amato: As obvious as it may seem, people have to use their intuition when picking a guide. There are plenty of charlatans just looking to make a buck, so I always suggest that the best way to find an intuitive guide is to get a recommendation from a friend you trust who has had a good experience. Actually, I am as selective about the clients I choose to work with as they are about me. And the clock rarely dictates the time I spend with a client during a session.
Be Inkandescent: What do you like best about your work? And what has it taught you about yourself?
Judy Amato: The thing I like best about my work is helping people find their authentic selves. The feeling of helping someone discover what they are looking for is like no other—pure joy, pure love. That’s what keeps me doing this.
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