[...] The early automatic writing devoted considerable time to the relationship between the spiritual and the mateiral world, inner and outer nature, process and concept. The psychological polarities of the primary or daily self and the antithetical self, the point of vortex - which would soon become the funnel, the the gyre (Willy did not like the word spiral( - all so essential to the entire philosophy, are present from the beginning. Not just words but drawings, tables, and diagrams appeared on page after page, providing the basis for the more than mathematical structure Yeats would incportorate in A Vision. (p.118).
At the beginning, however, it was necessary to sort out some personal matters. It is clear from the first surviving script of 5 November that the roles of Maud and Isuelt had already been discussed and would have to be understood before progress could be made not merely on the system but with Willys creativity. Fascination with his own obsessions took up many sittings before sense was made of twenty years of barren passion for Maud Gonne, his ammbivalent feelings towards Iseult, and, increasingly important as the full significance of Georges relationship with the Communicators became clear, the happy chance in choice of wife. [...] (p.118.)
[The] sixth sense, the sexual, became increasingly important as the Yeatses explored and developed the concept of a balanced relationship between creativity and sexuality, leading to that secular Holy Grail, Unity of Being. This, as the script prescribed, required complete harmony between physicalbody intellect & spiritual desire - all may be imperfect but if harmony is perfect it is unity, adding cryptically that the physical was necessary for sensuous desire emotional desire spiritual desire. Month after month the same message reappeared: What reveals the new Equaal balance - that is also why equal balance in sexual iintercourse is not tiring - but it must be in both equal instinct & emotion (3 Sept 1918 & 25 May 1919; Yeatss Vision Papers, Vol. II, pp.41 & 289.) Years before John Butler Years had written to his eldest sone, If only the fates would send him a very affectioate wife who would insist on being visibly and audibly loved - insist on it with tears and anger - she would be like Aarons rod striking the rock in the desert. Georges automatic writing had become that rod.
What did they themselves believe? Overwhelmed by miracle as all men must be when in the midst of it (Intro., A Vision, B.), Yeats was by nature and inclination receptive to the conviction that in the trace state such revelations could occur. He had, after all, decided that the ER case had finally proved spirit identity. What Elizabeth Radcliffes scripts and his many sitting with other mediums had not offered was  speculative power, or at any rate not equal to the minds action at its best . [it is] only in speculation, wit, the highest choice of the mind that they fail. (Journal, July 1913; Reflection by Mr Yeats . transcribed by Curtis Bradford, Cuala 1970, pp.51-52.) There was no question of the scripts provided by George lacking such qualities. Nor was there any doubt that these powers were doubled by the Wisdom of Two. Yeatss note to his poem An Image from a Past Life, which is based on a shared dream he and George experienced at Ballylee, offers one explanation: No minds contents are necessarily shut off from another and in moments of excitement images pass from one mind to the other with extraordinary ease, perhaps most easily form that port of the mind which for the time being is outside consciousness . The second mind sees what the first has already seen - that is all. (Quoted in Jeffares, W. B. Yeats: Man and Poet, p.210.) / The concept of thought transference or mental telepathy [coined by Frederic Myers] had been a major concern of the Society for Psychical Research ever since its founding. [.] (pp.126-27.)
Although George rejected what she referred to as the old psychic research theory of the subconscious', she did believe that memory was a large part of all psychic phenomena; but she also insisted that discarnate beings appeared at séances. (GY to WBY, 24 Nov. 1931.) Neither she nor Willy appears to have doubted this link between telepathy and belief in an external consciousness. Their ghostly Instructors informed them that the process of automatic handwriting bore in fact some resemblance to telepathy in that both were mechanical; unlike the Anima Mundi which drew upon dream images, The automatic faculty is a machinery & not a reservoir . it selects from memory in conscious waking states. (Ftn., cf. Script of 15 Jan. 1919: The images from automatic are of the present life in its relation to the unity of self & the physical unity; Yeatss Vision Papers, Vol. III, p.65.)
[.] they and their Instructors continued to insist that their experience was different - distinguishing it from séances they had attended, articles they had read, examples they had heard of. On the other hand they believed that dreams were messages from the spiritual state; like astrology, dreaming might provide what could not be explained by telepathy. When a letter arrived from John Quinn after George dreamt of the same subject, Willy triumphantly announced: This dream proves (like much else) that people explain by telepathy what telepathy has nothing to do with. No telepathy could have told George that your letter was about to arrive. (30 Oct. 1920; concerning JQs tonsillitis.) By the time he wrote the second version of A Vision, Yeats had come to the conclusion that his and Georges knowledge, combined with help and encouragement from their personal daimons, may in fact have invented the entire system.
But like George he never entirely gave up his belief in discarnate spirits, explaining one day to a startled Lady Gregory, I believe there are emanations that communicate with me, giving knowledge now, but sometimes sent by the beings that exist somewhere outside us, to seek knowledge. In séances they give foolish answers because of want of knowledge; they are sent as questioners. (1 Nov. 1924; Lady Gregory, The Journals; ed. Daniel Murphy, Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1978, Vol. I, p.600.) He was somewhat less open, understandably, in print, but in 1928, having told the true story - against her wishes - of Georges automatic script, he went as far as he could: Some will ask if I believe all that this book contains, and I will not know how to answer. Does the word belief, used as they will use it, belong to our age, can I think of the world as there and 1 standing here to judge it. 1 will never think any thoughts but these, or some modification or extension of these; when I write prose or verse they must he somewhere present though not it may be in the words; they must affect my Judgment of friends and of events. ( A Packet for Ezra Pound, p.32-33; note var. from A Packet . &c., in A Vision, XV, p.24f.]
Few who later came to know George Yeats personally would doubt her honesty. (p.130.)
Although I am reluctant to claim what is commonly thought of as mystical powers for George Yeats, it would appear that, in her entranced state, something did indeed grasp her hand. That something was akin to the ecstatic state in which, as Northrop Frye describes it, the real self, whatever reality is and whatever the self is in this context, enters a different order of things from that of the now dispossessed ego. and all the doors of perception in the psyche, the doors of dream and fantasy as well as of waking consciousness, are thrown open. ( Words with Power, pp.82-83.) So slender is the thread between this and the normal state that anything might disrupt concentration, which would explain in part the scripts frequent annoyance with Willys insistent questioning and persistence in pursuing one line of thought. While still in the Ashdown Forest Hotel the control insisted, when you are doubting we begin to doubt too, and later, I dont like you misdoubting script as it upset [sic] the communication. Much better not ask for facts No No but never for veryfactions [sic] (Yeatss Vision Papers , Vol. I, 61 & Ibid., II, 454; here p.131.)
By 1952 George was prepared to admit to Virginia Moore that while in the beginning they did believe that the messages were spirit-sent, and therefore  proof of communion between the living and the dead, they later saw them as a dramatised apprehension of truth .. from their own higher selves. (Moore, The Unicorn, p.277-78, 364.)
[.] her personal choices were influences by what she had to do to help the marriage and perfection of the work, and in this way she differed most obviously from his previous muse: Maud had grown disillusioned with the Golden Dawn and replaced it with the Castle of Heroes which she fervently believed in but would not commit herself to; Georgie provided revelation itself. Here was not to be merely a spiritual, but a mystical marriage. Willy exulted in one of his almost daily letters to Coole [i.e., to Lady Gregory:
A very profound, very exciting mystical philosophy - which seems the fulfilment of many dreams and prophecies - is coming in strange ways to George and myself. It began of a sudden when things were at their worst with me, and just when it started came this curious message from Bessie Radcliffe they departed with the rewards of divination in their hands. It is coming into my work a great deal and makes me feel that for the first time I understand human life . I live with a strange sense of revelation and never know what the day will bring. You will be astonished at the change in my work, at its intricate passion. (4 Jan. 1918 [postmark 7 Jan.], Wade, ed., Letters, London 1954, p.643-44.)
Whether you choose to call the extraordinary phenomenon that occurred in Ashdown Forest subconscious direction, cross-dreaming, extrasensory perception, subliminal consciousness, split subjectivity, telepathy, clairvoyance, channelling, psychic transcription, faculty X, Mind Energy [e.g., Colin Wilson, et al.], or plain hocus-pocus, the results are obvious. Clearly there were strong psychological advantages and equally strong emotional benefits to the role Georgie consciously chose to play in selecting automatic writing as her creative medium: as they worked out the system of what could become A Vision, Georges place in Willys affections was assured and heir marriage forged with a confidence and trust in each others frank responses which would last until death. More than that friendly, serviceable & very able domestic partner he had hoped for, she was immediately established as the voice of truth, and for the rest of their lives together would continue to serve as unquestioned extension of his senses. If poetry was the essence of his creative genius, then the automatic writing, whether consciously initiated or not, became the essence of hers. In helping provide those metaphors for poetry, might not the poet in turn have become her form of creation?
Saddlemyer notes that she deposited the manuscripts of the plays of Yeats in the National Library of Ireland for use by David Clark and further: Once he asked her something about the Vision manuscripts, and was most startled when she snapped back, Oh, I dont give two pins for all that. Then, realising what she had said, I mean, its the poetry thats important. (Unpub. memoir; Saddlemyer, p.625.)
To Kathleen Raine, who had not published for some time, she said I was WBYs rabbit-bolter (p.625.)