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English: Séance conducted by John Beattie, Bri...

Séance conducted by John Beattie, Bristol, England, 1872 from the Eugène Rochas Papers held at the American Philosophical Society Library. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Channeling is a new, perhaps more marketable, name for the old esoteric idea of mediumship.

A channeler allegedly permits a purely spiritual being to speak or write through his or her living, embodied person. Channeled beings may be people who’ve passed or entities in heaven, astral realms and other universes and dimensions.

Information derived from channeling is often quite general, repetitive and, some critics say, sugar-coated. Much of it can be summed up as follows:

Earthly life is a cosmic schoolroom in which we must learn to better love one another. Humanity is evolving into a new type of higher species or awareness. Already existing higher beings are helping us to achieve that higher level of being or awareness.

The alleged cosmic helpers may have Biblical or ancient Egyptian-sounding names (e.g. Seth, Lazarus, Ramtha). The channelers themselves usually present lectures and workshops (usually for a donation or fee) and author books, CDs and DVDs in which transcripts of the channeled entity’s words are made available to the public.

In some instances the channeler seems to become self-aggrandized, believing they’re called for a great, Divine Mission. Sober questioning, however, usually places a question mark around such claims.

From the perspective of parapsychology, one possibility, which might not go over too well in some New Age circles, is that lying and manipulative transcendent beings could see into a channeler’s psyche and play on his or her psychological complexes, weaknesses and desires—all to stroke up the channeler’s ego so they believe they’re divine emissaries.

Spiritualist St and Mediumship Way

Spiritualist St and Mediumship Way in Cassadaga, Florida by WIlly Volk via Flickr

It’s also possible that some channelers are channeling nothing more than their own fertile imaginations. This is not to say that channeling is necessarily a deliberate or unconscious sham. To place a question mark around the issue simply means we can’t be sure, one way or the other.

Whatever its veracity, the idea of channeling has become so widespread that we often see it used lightly on the TV news and in the entertainment industry. Wikipedia gives a great outline as to how pervasive this idea has become: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Channelling

To this joyfulseeker adds:

I would say that rather than being a replacement for the term mediumship, channeling is acutally a broader term under which mediumship and other forms of spirit communication fall. For instance— automatic writing, Ouija, pendulum, clairaudience, clairsentience, etc.

I also agree that there are manipulative and deceptive beings that use these means of communication to connect with and manipulate people. Just because you’re dead doesn’t mean that you all of a sudden become kind and ethical. Channeling, like any form of communication requires care in both how you communicate and with whom. Its not unlike the internet. There are a lot of wonderful people on the net with much to offer you simply have to use discernment in revealing too much of yourself and how much you trust the other person. » See in context

Robert G. Black says:

Quite a lot of good comments about channeling. It’s a big Universe out there, and there’s hardly any doubt that our physical eyes can’t see it all. We can’t even see half of the things today that we take so for granted. » See in context

And Michelle writes:

I believe when we step into the spiritual realm through prayer or meditation, we can be influenced by good or evil. I think that is why we need to be careful who we are trying to contact – and possibly why the Old Testament gives clear warning to stay away from speaking to the dead. » See in context

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6 thoughts on “Channeling

  1. You are more or less correct in your description of channeling. Although, I would say that rather than being a replacement for the term mediumship, channeling is acutally it is a broader term under which mediumship and other forms of spirit communication fall. For instance— automatic writing, Ouija, pendulum, clairaudience, clairsentience, etc.

    I also agree that there are manipulative and deceptive beings that use these means of communication to connect with and manipulate people. Just because you’re dead doesn’t mean that you all of a sudden become kind and ethical. Channeling, like any form of communication requires care in both how you communicate and with whom. Its not unlike the internet. There are a lot of wonderful people on the net with much to offer you simply have to use discernment in revealing too much of yourself and how much you trust the other person.

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  2. Thanks for your comment.

    I was just corrected by a follower of Sri Chinmoy last night! It seems that some of my entries on spiritualism are a bit skewed toward the negative. I suppose this is because I have heard some negative stories through my volunteer work at allexperts.com. Also, as an open-minded but scientific Catholic convert I’ve become aware of how carefully we must try to discern the difference between that which is from God and that which might detract us from God.

    In all humility I have to admit that some souls of the deceased could be helpful. Catholics do believe that a deceased person can assist through ‘intercession’ or some other kind of intervention.

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  3. I believe when we step into the spiritual realm through prayer or meditation, we can be influenced by good or evil. I think that is why we need to be careful who we are trying to contact – and possibly why the Old Testament gives clear warning to stay away from speaking to the dead.

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  4. There are some great comments on this entry! I urge all interested readers to take a look at the arguably related entry on the idea of “Discernment.”

    https://earthpages.wordpress.com/2007/12/22/discernment/

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  5. Quite a lot of good comments about channeling. It’s a big Universe out there, and there’s hardly any doubt that our physical eyes can’t see it all. We can’t even see half of the things today that we take so for granted.

    The group that call themselves The Galatian Force (and they haven’t said yet why they chose that name) sent many daily messages back in the 80’s. After a twenty-year lag, I volunteered to take down their messages again in December. They’ve only missed one day since, and have accumulated a huge amount of information from their viewpoint. As the writing style is quite different from my own (and I am a professional writer) this doesn’t seem to be coming from my own higher consciousness.

    Each day I post the new message to the appropriate page of The Galatian Force Blog at thegalatianforce.wordpress.com and haven’t gotten a cent for all of the effort for the last two months, and don’t expect to for the future. This requires about four hours of the day to take down their message, type it up, and post it to wordpress. The information that comes through is quite interesting, and they cover every conceivable subject. Only time will tell if this has been a truly worthwhile use of my time, but obviously, I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t think it was worthwhile.

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  6. I am a trance channel for a Seraphim Angel by the name of Saron.
    I channel in public weekly in my hometown of Las Vegas, NV.
    You can view my blog at:
    http://saronguardian.wordpress.com

    I love your blog!
    Hope you get a chance to look at mine sometime!

    Peace to your Pathway,
    Erik

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