- Do you ever have flashes of inspiration?
- Do you sometimes say things that are really wise and you don’t know how you knew them?
- Do you sometimes feel that your head is full and that there is something that simply needs to be said or expressed?
- Do you sometimes find when you are struggling with a problem and you manage to ‘let it go’ and detach yourself from it, maybe even ask for help from a greater source than yourself, that very soon an answer or a really helpful thought comes to your mind?
This is how natural channelling can be, and most of us are already doing it every day without realising it.
Channelling can take many forms and usually happens when our attention is clearly focused. Playing a musical instrument, painting a picture, public speaking, or writing a poem can all be expressions of channelling. There are many ways in which we can connect with a part of ourselves that opens us up to creative energy that seems to just ‘come to us’. Author and leading authority on channelling, Jon Klimo, refers to this phenomena as ‘open channelling’ (1). At times like this we might describe what we experience as being ‘in the zone’, or ‘going with flow’. It has been said that it is during these times that we are at our happiest.
Therapeutic channelling is the term we use to describe the disciplining of the mind to focus and concentrate on reaching a level of consciousness where we have access to a free flow of information. This requires being in a conscious, light trance state. There is nothing weird or unhealthy about this kind of trance – we do this naturally when we day dream or let our minds wander (2). It is often in these states that we get our most creative ideas. As an aspect of human behaviour, it has been taking place for millennia, e.g. The Oracle atDelphi and other ancient Greek & Roman temples… And there are many famous contemporary channels, e.g. Jane Roberts and Seth, Edgar Cayce, Esther Hicks and Abraham…
We can choose to channel for ourselves or for others, and there are a number of steps and boundaries that can be put in place to make the process safe and effective. For instance, it is important to be able to meditate and to be sufficiently stable and aware of one’s own personal issues in order to successfully work in this way. Starting out with the intention to reach the highest level of consciousness is equally as important as the integrity of the person doing the channelling. The channeller must also be aware of their responsibility to use discretion and be discriminating on behalf of the person receiving the channelling.
This is very different to other psychic work you may know of. It is not about tricks or cleverness or proving ESP (extrasensory perception). It is not necessarily about contacting the dead as in mediumship and spiritualism, although channellers do report that they are sometimes given help from a deceased loved one, or feel their presence.
The essential thing is, that any information gained is ‘person centred’, that is, non-judgmental, respectful and given from a place of unconditional love. In fact, the quality of love that accompanies this work is a gift in itself: one person who attends Delcia’s workshops describes sitting with a group of people channelling as being in ‘the love sauna’!
An intellectual leap
Through our individual journey’s to channelling, we have come to accept that the phenomenon of guided channelling demands an intellectual leap in consciousness: not an easy task, as in present day society here in the West, we give most value and credence to rational, cause and effect, scientific thinking. Whilst this has brought about great technological advances, what is not given value is the fact that many scientific breakthroughs have ‘come to’ the scientist often in an intuitive flash, or even in a dream or day dream. Kekulé discovered the ring shape of the benzene molecule after having a reverie or day- dream of a snake seizing its own tail. Even Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”(3)
Flashes of inspiration and intuition that slip into everyday life are windows into a level of consciousness that is available to us more directly and more often than we realise. We can gain even more revelatory wisdom or guidance when we allow ourselves to be open to the idea of reality consisting of more than the space-time dimensions that we are aware of. This may include the concept of discarnate intelligences that may, or may not, have been human beings at some time. Even if it feels impossible to be open to a belief in such things, this does not mean that a person cannot access really wise and helpful guidance and information. Also, connecting with the ’higher self’ is potentially very beneficial, and most people are aware of that place within themselves that is wiser and seems more developed than the rest of their personality.
This is the paradox of channelling – the guides are both aspects of our own ‘higher’ minds, and at the same time, are part of a collective consciousness that is ’separate’ from us as individuals. This seems to be a question of perception. Quantum physics tells us that absolutely everything is interconnected. On the quantum level, subatomic particles are not objects as such, but rather tendencies to exist – sometimes they behave as particles, sometimes like a wave. They are indeterminate packets of energy that vibrate, and that are considered as ‘probabilities’.
So, when we explore the channelling of verbal or written language, we need to open our minds and be willing to understand reality way beyond our usual, rational thinking capabilities. We also need to take on board that consciousness is not necessarily the brain, but view the brain as the vehicle for consciousness.
Our purpose in this work is to demystify the channelling phenomena, to make what is often deemed extraordinary and farfetched, ordinary and accessible to all; and, in so doing, help others (and ourselves) to become more open and empowered in the process. For us, our guides are not only aspects of our own higher minds, but also separate, highly evolved energy forms of intelligence – part of the Universal Mind or ‘sea of consciousness’ within which we all exist. They have provided us and others with a rich source of guidance, support and opportunities for further development.
(1) ‘Channelling: Investigations on Receiving Information from Paranormal Sources’ Jon Klimo
(2) However, it is important not to do this work if you suffer from any kind of psychotic mental illness. Your ego and your sense of self need to be strongly grounded in your physical reality, and you life & relationships need to be stable and functioning.
(3) David Shephard, NLP trainer, quoting Albert Einstein in an article entitled ‘Change Your Mind, Change Your Future’, Readers Digest February 2011