In a discussion on another forum on some channeled material, I was asked what I mean by channelling and why I had issues with it. I thought it useful to share my response here.
OK – the basics of what I’d call “channeling”. Essentially an astral being takes over a person to some degree. The person may be conscious but often is not. They use the person to communicate or write their message to other humans. Hence the human is a “channel” for their message.
Part of spiritual progress is increasing the integration of mind, body and spirit. However, channeling breaks that, in order for the astral entity to take over. Most channels have to stop at some point because it can be very hard on their health. But their identity and livelihood may then be tied into it, causing difficulty.
For various reasons including this, the divine would never channel. The divine also doesn’t come with a personal agenda that is contrary to your growth. Most of the wise tell us to ignore the astral and go past it. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi said specifically to avoid channels.
A big issue with channeling is you can’t, by normal means, verify who the entity is and what their agenda is. Or even if it’s a fake, for that matter. Why would a 10,000 year old warrior have spiritual wisdom? And sure, it’s fine to use a familiar name like Abraham or Jesus. But in the case of the Hicks they’re clear Abraham is just a name. In the case of ACIM, most people who follow it tell me it is THE Jesus. Which it clearly is not. [astral source, language used, etc.] That’s called misleading and suggests further agenda.
I would also note it’s not “Consciousness” [the offered explanation] that is sharing the ACIM teachings, it is an astral entity. Basically a dead human or similar. Consciousness itself, in itself, is high divine, quite a bit more subtle than the astral. And if consciousness wishes to impart knowledge, it simply does so. Stuff shows up via intuition, inner experiences or circumstances arise in the world to impart the teaching. There is no need of an intermediary.
This happens all the time. It may or may not be recognized as such but it does.
This is not to say all channeled material is bad, only that it’s second-hand and difficult to vet. It’s also becoming more problematic over time.
Ironically, what has made channeling more of an issue in recent years is growing consciousness. Many people have become more aware of the astral recently, though they may call it different things or confuse it with the divine. The growth of consciousness is basically a top down process. It’s awakening inside out both in apparent individuals and in the whole. This means the last place it shows up is in the world.
But one of the side effects is its creating a descent of the divine. This is dramatically limiting the space that disruptive astral beings have to work with. And that is inclining them to become more involved in human life.
So you have the blend of people becoming more aware and the less-desirable astral becoming more involved. The first place this showed up was with channelers. People with open, undiscriminating astral connections became doorways to more messy stuff. It’s grown from there.
[In feedback on this post, someone also pointed out that mucking about in the astral can make you less able to discern the divine.]
Key as always is self-authority. Surrender is an important part of the awakening process. But this is in letting go of what binds us and surrendering to our larger selves, the divine. It is not in surrendering our self-authority and letting something else make our decisions or take charge in some way.
The most important thing is to go for the source, beyond all the forms and phenomena. Get yourself grounded in consciousness itself. Know who you really are beneath the mind and emotions. Then you will gain the ability to know for yourself. And you have a solid platform on which to grow awareness of the subtle areas of life.
To that you can introduce refined perception. We’ve become aware of the subtle but a little too vaguely. “Feeling energy” no longer cuts it. If we’re going to work with the astral, we need to develop decent skills so we can discriminate the dynamics and avoid the trouble. Then we can evaluate the quality of the source. Otherwise, we can get lead down the garden path into a dead end. Not to mention the energetic baggage we’ll collect in the process. Not evolutionary.