Am I channeling or just psychically connected?

"Channeling 101" ebook by Anne Reith, PhD

Channeling and psychic communication are similar in that messages are being received from non-physical beings that are not part of our current dimension.  But there are important distinctions.


What is psychic or mediumship communication?

During psychic communication, the entity that is communicating with the psychic or medium is “outside” the person. 

For example, if I am psychically connecting with someone’s deceased Aunt Sally, she may convey information to me in the form of:

  • Visual images (clairvoyance)
  • Sounds (clairaudience)
  • Body sensations (clairsentience)
  • Emotions (empathy)
  • Thoughts (claircognizance)

When doing psychic work with the client, I might make statements such as:

  • “I’m seeing (clairvoyance) someone who has short light grey hair and is wearing a sun dress with flowers on it.”
  • “I’m hearing (clairaudience) that she was known as a good cook and loved to bake.”
  • “I’m feeling a pain in my right knee (clairsentience) which may mean she had a bad knee.”
  • “I am feeling such love (empathy) coming from her toward you.”


What is channeling?

Channeling is the act of allowing a spiritual entity to “join” with your body and use your vocal cords and body to communicate with those on the Earth plane. 

NOTES: Click here for a description of the different types of channeling.


How is channeling different than psychic work or mediumship?

Let’s return the example of Aunt Sally. If I was channeling Aunt Sally (which is a special form of channeling called physical mediumship), I would allow my soul to “step out of the way” and give permission to the soul of Aunt Sally to join with my body and convey messages directly to the client. 

Consequently, my statement to my client would be in the first person. I (Anne) am no longer present. It is Aunt Sally who is speaking.

For example, I might say:

  • “Hi honey, I love you so much!”
  • “Do you remember baking pies with me when you were younger?”
  • “I loved being able to take care of you when your parents were at work, and I’m glad we had the special time together.”


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