What is channeling and are there different types of channeling?

"Channeling 101" ebook by Anne Reith, PhDI want to begin by acknowledging that channeling, perhaps more than most metaphysical topics, is often misunderstood.  Some people don’t want anything to do with channeling because they believe it is “weird,” “scary,” or even “evil.”  I was actually one of these people; I found the idea of channeling “scary” . . . until I experienced it firsthand.

Channeling is often defined as the act of allowing a spiritual entity (e.g., angel, archangel, ascended master, guide, deceased loved one) to merge, join, or enter your body and use your vocal cords to communicate directly with those on the Earth plane.  This is sometimes referred to as voice channeling.  For some people who channel, the entity will also move the channeler’s body (e.g., open your eyes, move your arms/legs, have you walk around).

True channeling is a spiritual experience that is difficult to describe.  “The other side” is pure love; and when you channel, you are connecting with that love in a very intimate way.  The love you feel when you allow an entity from the other side to blend with you defies words!  It’s not surprising that the most common reaction when someone channels for the first time is awe and often tears of joy.  I always joke, “Who needs drugs when you have channeling”!

Channeling can be done in two different ways:

  • Conscious channeling is done while being fully aware of what is happening, including being able to stop the experience at any time.  The channeler can remember what was said to varying degrees.  Often conscious channels will say that they hear themselves speaking as if they were at a distance . . . as if they were listening from another room.  When told about what was said, they often feel as if they are remembering a dream.  There are many people currently alive on the Earth plane who consciously channel.  For example, Esther Hicks brings through the group of entities that refer to themselves as Abraham (no relation to the Old Testament).  They speak about the Law of Attraction.
  • Trance channeling is channeling done while in a deep trance state.  Arguably one of the most famous trance channelers was Edgar Cayce.  He was referred to as “The Sleeping Prophet” because he only channeled when he was in a deep trance state.  This meant that he lost all muscle tone and had to be lying down. He was also unable to remember what he said, which meant that his secretary had to be present to take dictation and then transcribe the notes from the channeling session.

My guides have explained to me that due to the thinning of the veil between the Earth plane and other dimensions, it is no longer necessary for most people to be in a deep trance in order to allow channeling to occur.  Why would this be?  They explain that many people who are present on the Earth plane at this time have a vibrational rate that is already high enough to allow an entity to join with them without inducing a deep trance state.  For this reason, more and more people are finding that they can consciously channel.

However, for most people, it takes time and practice to learn how to channel.  Each channeler needs to learn how to (a) relax his/her mind and body and (b) allow his/her soul to “step aside” in order to make room for the entity to use the body.

There are some people who I describe as natural channels.  I happen to be a natural channel, so I know that this can happen.  These are people who channel or learn how to channel easily.  I was actually very nervous about channeling, but I channeled the first time I tried it with my teacher.  After years of teaching this topic, I have found that natural channels usually have channeled at certain times in their lives but didn’t know that they were channeling (e.g., saying something and being unsure where it came from).  There also appears to be quite a few natural channels who are automatic writers, which is a form of channeling that only uses the hand (writing) or hands (typing).   Additionally, I believe that those who are “natural channels” probably channeled in a previous lifetime(s); therefore, they are just remembering how to do something that they already know how to do.

The messages that are brought through by a channel need to be evaluated (a) in order to determine if the person is truly channeling and (b) in order to determine if the messages are coming from “the Light” and not from a dark source.  For these reasons, I believe it is important to learn how to channel when in the presence of an experienced channeler or teacher before doing it alone.  You need to learn how to discern between messages that should be listened to and those that shouldn’t.  Although this topic will be discussed in more detail in a later post, for now, the easiest ways to determine true channeling from false channeling is (a) ALL the messages should be loving, supportive, and encouraging and (b) the messages will usually apply to humanity as a whole and not to an individual (although this is not the case if a medium is channeling a deceased loved one, which is called physical mediumship).

For those in the Southern California area who would like to witness or experience channeling firsthand, please feel free to attend my Thursday evening Psychic Development, Mediumship, and Channeling class (always the 4th Thursday of the month).  See my Calendar for upcoming dates.

For much more information about channeling, please consider downloading my 14-page ebook Channeling 101.

Related post: Am I channeling or just psychically connected?

NOTE:  As is the case with so many metaphysical topics, some of these terms defined above may be used differently by different authors.  I always encourage you to find the definitions that “feel right” to you.  Feel free to download my FREE ebook Basic Definitions of Metaphysical Terms for Psychics, Mediums, and Healers.