What Is Channeling?
Channeling is the reproduction by words or sounds of concepts not generated within one’s own conscious mind but transmitted from the subconscious mind or through the subconscious mind into the conscious mind from an impersonal or nonpersonal entity or principle. A good analogy to channeling would be the pipe which carries water. The pipe does not create the water, but rather receives it from a source external to its own identity.
There are things a pipe or channel can be and do to enhance the
delivery of pure channeling/water through itself: it can keep itself
clean and free from corrosion; it can remove obstructions; it can
strengthen its walls or enlarge its diameter; it can make new
connections. However, the only control it has over the water it
channels through itself is the care with which it has allowed itself
to be connected; the only control a pipe has over the
appropriateness of the position and place of efflux of this water is
its care in positioning that opening. And of course, it must obey
the mechanical rules of water distribution, which are quite simple,
Any seminar which advertises that it can teach you to “get in touch with your psychic powers” is preparing for itself an extremely easy and potentially fruitful job—fruitful to the seminar holders financially perhaps, and personally almost surely; fruitful to the participants only to the extent of their own intuition and common sense and the tools that they have been given by their instructors.
Since there is a gap
between what common sense can tell you and what most instructors can
express in a single seminar, the student must either learn further
by making mistakes, as I did, or come across information such as
this which is at least intended to bridge the gap.
This form of mediumship is not the kind of channeling about which I know much, and those who wish to learn to be spiritualistic mediums are advised to go to a Spiritualist church and inquire as to where the nearest center is that offers such a course of teaching. I note this, not because I have any disapproval of the practice, nor because I am unfamiliar with the practice of spiritualistic mediumship, but because it and other well-established and thorough schools of mediumship—the American Indian tradition and its medicine men and women are another good example—offer a perfectly adequate and perhaps somewhat specialized form of instruction to interested students.
This book may be of help to one
who is already under the instruction of a Spiritualist teacher or an
American Indian medicine person, but it can never be a substitute
for the support of the whole tradition.
The Bible, for example, is the best-selling channeling of all time, but it does not appeal to every reader and many are the Bibles which carry far more dust than fingerprints. One of my friends recently read STARSEED TRANSMISSIONS, and tossed it aside without a second thought.
For him the religious content so interfered with his ability to
accept the material that all of the superstructure of concept and
detail which had so inspired me served to shut his ears. One who
desires to channel a religious presence, therefore, will need to
come to terms with the fact that the bias of the material will block
that material from many listeners and readers.
The ascended masters are channeled by several large and organized groups of instruments, such as the Order of the Rosy Cross, Eckankar and Theosophists.
Many a person has channeled Kuthumi; many an Astaran has discovered Zoser for himself, and so forth. The common theme of the inner-master channeling is the belief in the rightness of the proposition that there are some individuals who have, at some point in their life experience, gained access to great and hidden wisdom and who have, after death, chosen to remain both discarnate and available to those of us who seek the truth during our lives on Earth.
This belief in a gnostical hierarchy of wisdom predicates that there be someone able to tell the truth-seeker how to find the gatekeeper of each door which unlocks the next layer or hierarchy of understanding, the next piece of wisdom which will, in the end, cause us to become masters ourselves. Most of these systems teach the channeling in a coherent and useable format, and I can only recommend to those who are interested in this kind of channeling that, as always, discrimination should be used, and those powers of discrimination honed carefully, for although one system may seem much like another, each comes with a dogma or doctrine with which it is necessary to be conversant and to accept, at least in some part, in order for the student’s experience with the system to be satisfactory.
Indeed, part of middle America, the
lodge—Moose, Elk, Mason, Shriner—is a good example of this basic
gnostic kind of channeling. I am not saying that your husband or
father, boyfriend, or nephew is channeling when he goes to a
Shriner’s convention. However, those who structured these
organizations were certainly channeling this type of “wisdom”
The accuracy of the healing channelings causes even the
most scientifically oriented researcher to express at least some
interest in the philosophical material that echoes through the
healing material and takes up the center stage of the readings which
were supported by those who paid to ask philosophical questions.
Edgar Cayce is no longer incarnate, but the same Akashic Record
claims now to be present again in the channeling of Awareness by
Paul Shockley of the Aquarian Church of Universal Service in
like any other thing that man can do, it is a thing that most
predictably will continue to be done, sometimes poorly, sometimes