Channeling: What is it?
by John Payne
channeling is a new buzz word and it seems that everyone is
doing it and many people are talking about it, reading about
it and indeed relying upon it. But what is channeling and of
what use and purpose is it? Does it have a spiritual role
for humanity at this time? Is it a dangerous pastime that
can mislead and create havoc in the lives of those who
engage in it?
Channeling is not a new phenomenon and it is a skill that
has been around since the dawn of time. In fact, many of our
great contemporary teachings have come to us through this
source, the ability to communicate with consciousness that
is beyond the physical Earth plane. For example, A Course in
Miracles, the works of Alice Bailey, Conversations with God
by Neale Donald Walsch and Pathwork by Eva Pierrakos all
came to us via the skill of channeling and are accepted
mainstream works of spiritual greatness. Yet, even today,
many are still guarded when it comes to channeling and there
is much ignorance concerning the process.
Through many human religious, tribal, and spiritual
traditions, there have always been those who have communed
with the ancestors of seekers and with non-physical teachers
and guides. Many of these have been called witch doctors and
have been given a very bad name by established religion.
Channeling, just like any other activity, has different
levels of skill and therefore different levels of
So let us define channeling. In my view, there are different
ways and forms of channeling. Because we as humans wish to
have everything put into nice neat little boxes, we are
placing onto channeling a system of definition that is very
difficult to use once we move beyond the non-physical. Once
it is understood that we are all physical extensions of
non-physical beings, in other words, we are all souls having
a human experience, it is difficult to know beyond that
which we perceive in the physical, where we as an individual
stop and another begins.
All spiritual teachings will tell you that at one level or
another, we are all one. That is indeed the highest truth.
As the physical extension of a non-physical being, it means
there is a part of you, your soul, that is beyond that which
you know in your conscious day to day living. It is a
multi-dimensional part of yourself that traverses the full
spectrum of consciousness from the experience of separation
from the "whole" in the physical realms to the experience of
"All That Is" at the Source. At these higher levels of
awareness, it is very difficult to say 'you', 'me', 'him',
and 'her' because a sense of self and individuality
coincides with a sense of being One.
To understand this more fully, we must see ourselves as
'individuated' aspects of the whole. Most people still see
God as a raincloud and themselves as a raindrop that has
descended out of the raincloud of all that is. Owing to this
view, the raindrop is seen as being separate from the
raincloud, although still water, still of the same stuff, it
is still seen as being separate. In reality, we are all
physical extensions of a non-physical being, we are a part
of God (Goddess-All That Is) that has extended itself into
the experience of physical reality. It means that at the
higher levels of your consciousness, you are God-Goddess-All
That Is. I believe that channeling is all about accessing
that part of ourselves and giving it a voice and doing it
Each and every one of us has reached the channeling state of
consciousness many times in our lives. It is a natural state
of being and it feels like inspiration, enthusiasm, and
sheer clarity of thought. You have all had the experience of
talking to a friend on the phone, and all of a sudden a rush
of words and advice, and total wisdom, seems to pour though
you to that person. Afterwards you are left saying to
yourself, ' where did that come from?' Your motivation to
assist, and your wish to open your heart in love at that
moment, made you open and willing to reach beyond the you
that you experience ordinary consciousness and to reach a
greater part of yourself, you Soul Self.
What I am trying to illustrate here, is that channeling is
nothing out of the ordinary, but is indeed, a natural skill.
So what about all these 'entities' with names such as Kryon,
Seth, Lazaris, Abraham, Omni, Orin, and DaBen. Each of the
channels concerned, myself included, will have a slightly
different view of what is occurring when they are in the
channeling state. Some channelers experience their 'guide'
or the 'entity' that talks through them as being a totally
separate entity that makes use of their body and voicebox
whilst they leave their physical body, others share their
physical body and merge with the 'entity' in question and
others experience their 'guide' as being a higher, more
refined, part of themselves that is closer to the Source
than their normal day to day selves, some have called this
the Soul or Higher Self.
When we talk about 'entities', the greatest concern that is
always voiced is concerning negatively oriented entities.
Our religions have given them many, many names, and we have
all been taught to fear them. Essentially, channeled
entities are just like people, 'by their fruits ye shall
know them'. You instantly know if someone you meet has
intentions that are not supportive of you as there is always
something, somewhere within you, that tells you that
something is amiss. It is the same for channeled entities.
A channeled entity, whether or not the channeler experiences
the 'entity' as being 'separate' or part of their 'higher
self', should reflect the essence of the Source, the essence
of God, which is love. If channeled material is fear- based,
telling you what you are doing wrong, making you feel bad or
fearful about your life, then simply ignore it, just as you
would any other advice that you may receive. My experience
tells me that channeling worth paying attention to contains
substance, is practical, informative, encouraging, and goes
beyond the rhetoric of nice words.
High quality channeling will inspire you and will give you
tools that you can use. When you are in the presence of a
channeled entity, or reading a book that has been channeled,
it should be clear that the 'entity' in question wishes to
remind you that you too are God, and that you too are great,
and that you too are loved and supported and cared for, and
capable of many great things and miracles.
There are many 'entities' and many channelers, and rather
than get tied up in 'who' and 'how', look at the validity of
the material being offered. If it inspires you to become
greater than who you are now, then read on. If it makes you
feel 'less than' and more fearful about life, then move on.
My own experience of channeling is wonderful. It is the
thing I love to do the most, and I particularly enjoy
channeling my guide Omni for large groups of people. I
experience Omni as being the fusion of my Higher Self with
an 'entity' that has been working with me for many, many
lifetimes. When I am in the channeling state I feel
expanded, full of compassion and understanding, and all the
answers are simply there, crystal clear, not a shadow of
doubt. It is an exuberant and delicious experience. The more
I channel consciously, I have noticed my increasing ability
to move into the 'inspired' state without calling in my
For me, my channeling is the greatest gift I have given
myself, and it is an absolute wonder to me that I have the
privilege of serving many people in this way.
John L Payne
Author of "Omni Reveals The Four Principles of Creation"
Published by Findhorn Press, May 2001