In spirituality Channelling or channeling is the communication of information
to or through a person (the channel or medium), from a spirit or other paranormal entity outside the mind (or self) of the
Channelling is part of the belief systems and rituals of many religions, such as shamanism, Candomblé,
Voodoo, Kardecism, Umbanda, and more.
Channellers claim to have channelled ascended masters like Buddha, Jesus, or St. Germain; people that
have died; angels; higher dimensional beings; and extra-terrestrials of a spiritual or more evolved nature. Channelling is
a popular source of revealed teachings on angels, chakras, higher dimensions, future predictions, manifestation, meditation,
non-judgment, now moment, past lives, and spirituality in some New Age groups.
The channels, depending upon their expertise, tap many tools to ‘channelize’ their psychic
energy. They may use tarot cards, crystal balls, gems or dream analysis. They use their psychic abilities of clairvoyance,
clairaudience, and clairsentience.
One type of channeling is 'Conscious voice channelling,' in which the channeller calms his or her mind
and 'connects to the energy' of the source being channeled. The source uses the vocabulary of the channeller. Channellers
in this state usually have their eyes closed and are conscious of the room and what is being said. They then, allegedly, allow
the source to speak through them by staying in this calm state.
A less common form of channeling, 'Trance channelling,' occurs through deeper meditation in which the
channeller appears to have their consciousness leave their body and the 'source' enters. Observers may notice the channeller's
voice and mannerisms change when the transition is complete. This is not related to multiple personality disorder but is more
similar to spirit possession. The trance channeller will later reconnect to their physical body and the session will be over.
The depth of the trance varies, with some channelers recollecting the entirety of the session while others are conscious of
little or none of what transpires. Deep full-trance channeling is relatively rare. Trance channelling appears to use the same
dynamics as astral travel.