"The Twelve Lessons" offers a unique, early 20th century study of automatic writing, or involuntary, writing -- writing allegedly directed by a spirit or by the unconscious mind, is sure to challenge while it inspires. In 1918, Margaret Cameron wrote "The Seven Purposes," a report of the author's research on automatic, or involuntary, writing -- writing allegedly directed by a spirit or by the unconscious mind. As the author stated, these lessons were "personal communications coming through my pencil to various of my friends, the twelve impersonal communications." She adds, "They contain.an explanation of life, in modern terms fitted for our present understanding and intended to strengthen our constructive determination." She then concludes, "These repeated warnings of impending spiritual conflict.are given here word for word as they were given to me."