This is something that absolutely must be addressed directly if the community is going to move forward. While there's a ton of wonderful, loving, evolved messages that are brought to us through channeling, there's also a whole lot of information that's very questionable, to put it nicely. I've lost count of all the failed predictions and the carrot-on-a-stick type promises of amazing things in the near future. Then there's all the "behind the scenes" information that's impossible to confirm, it has to be accepted on faith alone. Then the really odd stuff... Archangels are giving me investment advice? Pardon the French, but that just makes me say, what the fuck? I can't help but laugh at how ridiculous some of this is. Channeled messages are supposed to be super-evolved higher-consciousness information, why are they like this? Well I've got a very simple explanation that brings sense to all of this: channelers are channeling themselves.
At first glance it may seem like I'm trying to discredit channeling, but that's not my intention, I want to breathe new life into it. I don't need to discredit channeling, there's plenty of channelers who do a great job of that without any help from me. When I say that channelers are channeling themselves, I'm not discrediting channeling, in fact I'm giving credit to the channeler. That wonder transcendent message of Divine Love? That was You! You brought that through! Isn't that wonderful?
But no, most channelers aren't quite ready to merge with their Higher Selves. That's obvious, because if they did that they wouldn't need to channel anymore, they'd just speak Divine Truth directly. They still carry around this illusion of separation from the Divine, so they can't take direct responsibility for the messages. They still don't believe they can be as amazing as they really are, so they have to attribute it to someone else, some Being that they can believe is that amazing.
So if they're really channeling their Higher Self, how come we get so much incorrect information? Well, the thing is, they're not always channeling their Higher Self, they often channel their own mind. Because the channeling is largely unconscious, it's difficult for the channeler to tell exactly where the information is coming from. The mind is great at telling people what they want to hear, in fact that's essential for the mind's survival. When the channeled messages start to ramble, sound like religious prophecy, or sound like a plot from a Hollywood movie, it's usually because it's just the mind making stuff up. It's a form of wish-fulfillment. It will often sound legit, but that's because the channeler's mind is appealing to people's preconceived beliefs about how a Divine Being is supposed to speak , dear ones.
Notice that when they're talking about raising Consciousness, the channelings are often spot on and very helpful. When they're talking about earthly matters, politics and predictions for the future, channeling is very hit or miss. Sure, they're correct sometimes, but given the amount of predictions that are made, some are bound to come true purely by chance. When you keep predicting change is going to happen repeatedly for decades, you're bound to be correct eventually.
So why so many channelers who channel Archangels and Ascended Masters, and so few who claim to be channeling their Higher Self? Well that's actually not the case, there's tons of channelers who understand that they are bringing in information from their Higher Self. However, it's not the channelers that make a message popular, it's the readers, and the readers put more faith in names they recognize. It's marketing 101, and it's unfortunate that it works the exact same way in the spiritual community as it does in mainstream society. Someone who claims they're channeling Archangel Michael is going to draw more attention and more trust by default, regardless of the accuracy of the message.
It's also important to understand that much of the channeled information is not a message from some Higher Dimensional Being to the whole world, but direct advice from the channeler's Higher Self to the channeler themselves. Things the channeler needs to work on, realizations they haven't quite come to. Sometimes advice is repeated over and over again because the channeler hasn't quite integrated it yet, though often this seems to go over the head of the channeler. Often the channeled message will even say, either directly or indirectly, that the being they're channeling is Themselves. Not all channelers are ready to hear this though, so it gets filtered out.
One thing that I feel would greatly enhance the credibility of channeling is for all channelers to take direct responsibility for what they're telling people. This should go without saying, of course you're responsible for a message that you put out to the public, but there are many channelers who take no responsibility for what they're telling people. That's irresponsible, it's the very definition of irresponsible, and yet some of these people get substantial followings. I highly recommend staying far away from channelers who take no personal responsibility for their channelings, it almost always seems to end in disaster. It's happened many times that a channeler will blame their own mistakes on beings of Unconditional Love and Truth. That kind of stuff makes me want to grab these channelers and scream some not very nice stuff at them. The channeler just needs to admit they made a mistake instead of making up excuses. The fact that this happens ought to be more than enough proof that channelings often just come from the channelers own mind.
A common explanation for false information coming through a channeler is that they were being influenced by negative astral entities. The thing about these entities though is that they aren't really real. They're negative thought patterns given "life" by your own mind. If nobody fed them anymore, they'd disappear, simple as that. Of course, for someone who can't see past their own mind, they may seem very real. A channeler is supposed to be more aware than that, and supposed to be able to tell where their information is coming from. A channeler is responsible for bringing in an authentic message, if they can't, they have no business channeling, or at least they shouldn't be spreading their channelings to thousands of people and claiming it's absolute truth.
Let me finish by saying I'm not against channeling, I feel it can be very helpful in bringing in messages of Love and Oneness. It can assist you in reconnecting with your Higher Self/God. I'm just aware of the obvious pitfalls and mistakes regarding channeling that the spiritual community seems to be making over and over again. To really move forward we need people merging with their own Divine Intelligence on an individual level, not putting a few channelers and teachers up on pedestals and treating them as infallible sources of Divine Truth. That's not the new paradigm at all, it's very much the old paradigm, that sort of thing is the basis for most religions.
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I usually take the predictions and behind the scene with a grain of salt.
That said I follow "Trinity Esoterics" on Facebook. Why? I constantly see messages from her that seems to be directed to me personally. Other people also recognize themselves as I can see in the comments. Are we "lightworkers" or whatever I don't know, but some of her channeled messages has been very precise about my life to this point so something is indeed going on.
FINALLY someone had the courage to tell the truth about SOME channelers. It always disappointments me when it becomes obvious that the channeler is mixing their own feelings or beliefs or have totally missed the mark and gone all personal. Fortunately, most times I can distinguish when a channeler has gone off track and injected their own personal or pray tell political views into a so-called channel. I think its a shame during these changing times that charletons still try to fool people in such great need of spiritual guidance. But, then I guess there have always been phonies in every age. Thank You Will :-)
Numerous great points, Will!
Another good thing to consider is that much genuine good and advancement, personally and collectively, is occurring, despite the appearance of confusion about what/who to believe and the irritation with the channeling-to-truth ratio. Looking at this from a bit further distance reveals that each individual is choosing beliefs and learning to refine their discernment...in channeling and multitudes of other areas of life..."beliefs" not being the least of which. This is fulfilling our reason for being here...to advance our "Awareness Quotient".
Your article today and others that will follow, will create a new current of greater clarity and this will add to the stream of evolution....speaking of which: perhaps a truer metaphor for our times is that we are not floating WITH the stream of Life like rafting on a inner tube, but instead struggling to make it upstream against the current that Spirit has provided us within this duality realm, much like our brother salmon! The collective understanding will improve with greater awareness and all will be finer than it seems to be at present, once we all reach a collective level of integrity and true connection with Presence that will simply make "channeling" less useful or needed.
To paraphrase from the movie "Back To The Future" and mangle it slightly in the interest of a good metaphor: "Where we're going Marty...we don't need "channeling!" "
This is an old message but I still hope anybody can use my comment.
I occasionally see channeling courses on the web. I wonder how thorough these courses are.
I visit a healer regularily and she is very serious. She says that I will eventually be able to channel but I need to clear any "filters" first. And as she says that is a long process. I wonder if these courses I see take all the work into account.
About The Messages From Channelers
I have heard many predictions from channelers. Some of those predictions have not come true. There have been some that have come true.
My advice to you is to listen to your own inner voice. The information you get, may be the most accurate information. Try your own Inner Self! Not to be egotistical, but your own life experience is about you and your spiritual awakening and progress, not the experience and spiritual awakening of others.
You are the only one that can make the changes that affect your own life. Someone else won't do it for you. If the ETs come to help you, they will not do it for you. However, they will show you how. Remember what Jesus did! He showed the fishermen how to fish. He did not do the fishing for them. Learn from the ETs, don't expect them to do it for you!