You will probably associate the term "Channelling" with mediums and in its basic form channelling is simply receiving information from a higher source. Most of us channel without realizing it, for example a poet who writes poems is most likely to be channelling information and words from a higher source but not necessarily aware of it, the same goes for musicians and song writers.
Sometimes we may ask questions in our minds then from out of nowhere we hear the answer in our minds, although it seems as if we are actually talking to ourselves we are actually channelling although not aware of it. The answers may be coming from spirit or our own higher minds, most types of mediumship are based on channelling.
Channelling in its most complex form can range from a person channelling the voice of a spirit to taking on the whole personality of a spirit person also known as trance mediumship. Once we are aware of channelling we can use it to enrich our own lives, I'm not talking about material things, but more on a spiritual level, to gain information about our own spiritual journey. Complex channelling of this kind can take many years to develop and shouldn't be attempted alone.
Methods & Tools For Channelling
There are many methods of channelling ranging form automatic writing to channelling a spirit voice. Below you can find various examples.
Automatic writing is method of channelling simply using a pen and some paper. First find a quiet place where you can relax and wont be disturbed preferably sitting a table. If you can, try using your left hand to write with, the reason I say this is the part of the mind which deals with the channelling is the right side of the brain which deals with thoughts and imagination (see hypnosis page for more details) . You can experiment with each hand to see which is best for you. You can also see the pendulum page as the principle is the same. When your relaxed and ready just simply write down any thoughts you feel, any words that come into your mind. It may take you a while to get anything significant, but keep trying it will become more stronger and after a while you may find you start to write without even thinking.
You've probably already experienced this without realizing it, a good example of this is if your talking to someone on the phone you may have a pen in your hand with a note pad and while engaged in the conversation you may find that you doodle on the pad without really thinking. I've done this many times and had some interesting results, try next time your on the phone.
This method is similar to automatic writing except instead of words you draw pictures. Again find a quiet place where you can relax and won't be disturbed preferably sitting a table. If you can, try using your left hand to write with, the reason I say this is the part of the mind which deals with the channelling is the right side of the brain which deals with thoughts and imagination (see the hypnosis page for more details) . You can experiment with each hand to see which is best for you. Just let your hand goes where it feels, you may only get scribble to start with, but keep at it, it took me a while. After a while you may start to draw scenes, faces and symbols, even try it with your eyes closed.
Ouija Boards/Angel Boards
I have used these a lot over the years and I personally wouldn't recommend anyone using one unless they have enough knowledge and experience, however they are still a tool for spirit communication. I've included it here for educational purposes. The name "ouija" comes from the French and German words for yes, "oui" and "ja."
The board usually consists of the letters of the alphabet, 0-9 in numbers and the words, "Yes" and "No." The user or users of the board lightly touch a pointer and the pointer moves and spells out the answers to questions asked. Other similar methods use an upturned glass on a table with pieces of paper with letters on, spread around in a circle on the table.
There are many different types of Ouija Boards the most common one which is pictured bottom left and others which can have different layouts, decorations such as the "Psychic Circle" bottom right, others may depicts animals, moon and stars and even angels although they all look different they are all ouija boards, work the same way and do the same thing.
The board works by ideomotor response (subconscious movements through our hands) but spirit work on a thought level so can influence our thoughts through the subconscious in order for us to move the pointer via ideomotor response (spirit do not physically move the pointer) the same works for the pendulum also, this is why sometimes we can get mixed messages form spirit and our own minds.
A planchette consists of a triangular/heart shaped pointer mounted on small wheels, with a hole at the pointer end to place a pen or pencil in, used mostly to aid with automatic writing and a version with just a pointer for use with the ouija board.
There are two ways that spirit voice can be channelled, one is commonly used by mediums who have developed clairaudience which is just simply passing on what the spirit person is saying to them. The other way is the spirit person actually using the mediums vocal chords to communicate with, this is not something that is easy to do although can be developed with a lot of patience and time.
I will give you a simple exercise to help you develop this, but this is something that can take years to develop so don't expect too much to happen. This exercise shouldn't be attempted alone, Ideally this would be best done in development group where you can have an experienced medium at hand in case any problems should arise.
You'll need to be sat on a chair that has a back support, sit with your feet flat on the floor and hands resting face up on your legs and close your eyes. Next take a few minutes to get comfortable and relax, a few deep breaths can help. Ask your guide for protection, if you don't know your guide at this stage just mentally ask for protection, whoever is with you will hear your thoughts, (there is a protection exercise on the "Psychic Protection" page) also tell your guide your intentions for example tell your guide or who ever is with you that you intend to channel spirit voice.
When you're ready start to imagine that you have a funnel which is connected to the top of your head, visualize this funnel as clear as you can and make it a silver colour. Hold this vision for a few minutes, then imagine someone pouring white light into the funnel until it fills up, when it's full hold that vision for a few minutes. Next let this white light flow right through the funnel, right through your head and out through your mouth, until all the white light has passed through. This creates a subconscious channel and because the light is white it will keep the channel clean and pure. After you have done this sit quiet for a while and see what happens, like I said above this is something that can take years to develop so don't expect too much first time.
When you feel you are ready you can repeat the process in reverse order by imagining the white light coming in through your mouth, through your head and back out through the funnel, then imagine your self removing the funnel from the top of your head, then you can close down by imaging that you have roots coming out of your feet which are firmly rooted into the ground. When this is done open your eyes, you may just want to sit for a while as you may feel a little light headed before carrying on with anything else.
Always use protection before attempting any psychic/spiritual exercises.
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