Jon Kilmo, author of the well-known and respected book entitled, "Channeling; Investigations On Recieving Information From Paranormal Sources," describes channeling as:
"Channeling is the communication of information to or through a physically embodied human being from a source that is said to exist on some other level or dimension of reality than the physical as we know it and is not from the normal mind or (or self) of the channel." ~ [pg.2]
In my own words, the art of channeling is the practice of bringing through *accurately* perceived information, insights, wisdom, teachings and even creative ideas and inspiration from "sources" residing upon planes of existence or dimensions of consciousness other than upon our own personality-based physical plane perspective.
It entails an ability to allow one's own physical plane perspective to soften, loosen and dissolve into an alternate state of awareness which includes a more expanded perspective than would normally be available and accessible to the person's conscious waking state of awareness. It also entails the ability to allow one's own personality perceptions to recede into the background, while simultaneoulsy allowing the expanded perspective of the channeled source to emerge and come forth into the forefront of the medium's awareness.
Channeling is similar, in many respects, to the meditative state of self-observation practiced in the Buddhist traditions wherein one is both the observer as well as the observed, of the self and it's myriad sensations, perceptions and experiences. The practice of detached, objective self-observation is actually the key and the first step in the process of learning how to channel one's own "essential self" and/or "higher self" perspective, as well as channeling sources *other* than oneself. The practice of channeling requires an ability to engage the "source" of the information from a fully focused, yet detached and objectively "witnessed" perspective on the part of the medium, so as not to hinder or impede the accurate flow and delivery of theinformation as it is *intended* to be imparted by the source through to the querent.
Developing this detached, more objective perspective requires patience, practice, concentration, a disciplined focus and attention to precise details over extended periods of time, in order to truly master the channeling process itself. Like any skilled discipline, the more actively the medium exercises their channeling "muscles", the better conduit they become for higher plane sources, information and teachers.
Channeling Includes a 3 Point Perspective ~ The Source, the Channel and the Student
Channeling is, in my experience, a three-way conduit or "conversation" consisting of 1.the source, 2.the channel (or medium), and 3.the questioner.These three perspectives together comprise a greater "whole" perspective, the nature, character and flavor of which is determined by the input from each of these three corners of the triad. When engaged from all three positions, the "fourth body"energy becomes the manifestation of the "product" of that essential union, and this energetic connection establishes the "fourth body" point of reference, contact, balance and stability in the channeling dynamic itself as well.
An example of a fourth body "manifestation" or "product" might best be seen in the final chat transcript, for instance, which is distributed to all participants when the channeling session has been concluded. Such transcripts are the result of the combined energy of the Source, the medium and the student, or the group of students, who have participated in that particular channeling session. Each person has their own unique part to play in the transmission of the information from the channeled "source," through their own seeking mind and the questions asked in the session. Taking sufficient time to formulate clear, concise questions in a thoughtful manner will often bring forth clearer, more concise and thoughtful responses to that line of inquiry in return.
Thus, it is not merely the channel's or the source's efforts alone that determine the over-all quality of the fourth body product. Each participant in the channeling process itself contributes to the energy of that greater "whole body manifestation," each through their own unique perspective and position within the channeling circle. The art of channeling truly is a co-creative endeavor and experience.
All channeled information is subject to some degree of distortion as it reaches the physical plane, and the Michael's have often stated that 85% accuracy is about the best even they hope for when giving information through their respective mediums, so it is always wise to test the information offered and to discern for yourself that which is useful to you and that which is not. You are encouraged to validate for yourself what makes good sense to YOU, and what does not, and simply dispose of that which has no meaning, use or value to you.
Copyright January 2009 ~ Terri Claire Benning ~ All Rights Reserved