Channeling: What is it? How does it work?

People ask me what the difference is between a channeling circle and a seance or a psychic reading. It may seem like a matter of semantics to some, but I find the differences to be important. Please bear in mind that the distinctions outlined here may differ greatly from others’ definitions. It is always important to define your terms.

  • In a seance, the medium will bring through various persons, who are no longer living in body, to give messages for individuals who are present. The medium is generally not aquainted or familiar with the beings they are working with.
  • In a psychic reading, the reader will frequently provide what I call translation services between non-corporal beings (guides, ancestors, spiritual teachers, angels, far) and the client. This is not the only tool a reader will use; they may also employ divination tools, telemetry, aura readings, their own intuition, and more.
  • In a channeling circle, the channel will work with spiritual guides with whom they have developed a formal connection. The channel may have information from those guides for the group and/or individuals; they usually bring their guide into their own form, to speak through them, but sometimes it’s more like the translation services of a reader. A channel’s awareness of what is going on during a session, and their ability to recall details afterwards, will vary depending on training, style, depth of their trance, and so forth.

The form of channeling in which I was trained, and which I teach to others, is very structured. Many people drawn to this work have also channeled in other lifetimes, sometimes with unpleasant results. This creates undefined trauma around the practice that has to be brought into the light and processed. When a person with this challenge is given a solid structure in which to practice, they are able to move past traumatic fear more easily, and they learn confidence, which then helps them process past life experiences related to channeling.

I have found it much more comfortable to create a familiarity with the guides I channel before ever bringing them through. I also like to get to know people before inviting them into my home, let alone my bedroom. I am a big fan of boundaries, and that doesn’t change when someone doesn’t have a body. I’ll do translation services between a client and their guides, but only pre-authorized folks get to come into my personal space.

The situation at hand will dictate how far out of my body I will go, and how much of myself I take with me. In order for Spirit to use my body, I have to make space for them; you can’t drive a car very well with two people in the driver’s seat. I can mostly stay, but withdraw into the background, much like moving to the backseat. I can mostly leave my body (there is always going to be a small part of me that stays behind and holds space) yet stay in the room. This happens if I’m super curious about whatever’s going on in the circle or with current events. I have also been known to toodle off to parts unknown and leave my guide to fend for themselves. I usually need to be pretty comfortable with the situation in order to do that.

Depending on how much I am consciously paying attention to the goings on, I may remember what was said. I usually recommend people ask their clarification questions of my guides, but if they have to ask me, doing it in the first 15 minutes after I return is probably a good idea. I will frequently record my sessions for exactly this reason.

We are in that time of year when the veil is thinning (culminating on 11/7, astrological Samhain). That makes it easier to access more information. If you have a group of folks who would like to get together for a channeling circle, feel free to contact me to schedule something. Prices are $33 per person, 6 person minimum (12 maximum).

Posted in Autumn, Channeling, Events, Mysticism, Shamanism, Tools

Echoes, Water, and Fire: The Full Moon in Pisces

We are approaching Autumnal Equinox, when the world hangs in perfect balance, out of time, for an instant. As October’s Full Moon is close to the Equinox, and is therefore the Harvest Moon, this is the Barley Moon, It more temperate climes, it marks the beginning of the corn harvest and when we dry herbs. It is a time of faeries who travel in groups and processions. Look for lines of lights in the garden after dusk. It is an excellent time to create more balance in your life; to organize; and to get rid of clutter – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

As the moon is in Pisces, we’re probably feeling a little sensitive. Combine that with the solar flares hitting the earth today and tomorrow, and you may be feeling raw, jangly, and on edge. It’s an excellent time to be creative and artistic, but it may be challenging to be around other people. At a minimum, the wash of Mercury Retrograde is going to continue to affect communications and force us to be precise in our language. According to Darkstar Astrology, this Full Moon is super absorbent of its environment, so pay attention to what you are surrounding yourself with.

There is an echo here from the Solar Eclipse of March of last year. If you can remember what was going on for you in the week before and after, you may be able to unravel any of the patterns that are being repeated to help yourself move forward.

We’ve been walking through fire energy for the better part of a month, so the movement into water is going to feel refreshing. My concern is the drop that we feel when the crisis is over and the adrenaline has subsided. Plus Mercury stationing direct means we’re echoing a little of the Leo eclipse energy, so we’re not floating along quite yet. Your best bet is to combine the Fire and Water energies to create steam, and to use that to power you through your preparations of autumn.

Posted in Astrology, Autumn, Faery, Mercury Retrograde, Moon, Mysticism, Personal growth, solar storms

The Crescendo of the Year (from September’s newsletter)

September, as I say every year, is the numerological crescendo of the year; whatever theme or energy you have been working with this year will be loudest in September. Universally, 2017 is a “1” year, a time of new beginnings. Your personal experience with 2017 may be different. What have been the loudest themes for you this year? What have you been learning? What have you been looking to let go of? Where have you been challenged? What has flowed well for you? Mercury goes direct on September 5th. There is always a bit of a wash at the end, but you should start to see rapid motion forward by the middle of the month. So whatever has been stuck for the last few weeks may get unstuck, unless the stuckness has been part of your 2017 pattern. The Universe doesn’t do this to make you suffer. When patterns get loud, it becomes easier (and more of a good idea) to break them. So September is the time to try to resolve or heal those challenges we don’t want to carry into the new calendar year.

Posted in Astrology, Autumn, Mercury Retrograde, Newsletter, Numerology, Personal growth

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