We are all psychic but to varying degrees. Even psychic skills face logical limitations; some people are just more sensitive, sensitive in different ways, and more talented than others. Everyone can run, but some people run faster, longer, and with more grace than others. With training, you can improve and maximize the psychic skills you have, just like improving your speed, endurance, and grace as a runner.
Sometimes psychic gifts remain dormant until a specific trigger moment, like a near-death experience, or they are unlocked through concentrated efforts at meditation and mindfulness work. There is also a wide range of talents, from simple intuition to channeling other entities. This section of the Ask Astrology website explores and explains the psychic skill of channeling.
What is Channeling?
Channeling is a form of mediumship, through which the person with the ability to connect with spirits allows those spirits to “channel” through the medium. The channel takes a “back seat” to the spirit or entity that comes through them to deliver a message or to answer questions.
Learning to Channel
As stated in the introduction, we all have the psychic ability but most of us never get encouraged to explore it. And, if we show some form of psychic skill, we can be actively discouraged from practicing it. Channeling can be one of the most unsettling and uncomfortable psychic skills, especially without guidance and support.
This skill is rare and not one most people want to pursue or develop, which is why people with innate ability struggle to deal with an entity or entities that might be knocking on the doors of their psychic field because those entities realize the person can function as a channel or doorway between the spirit and earthbound world.
If you recognize that you have felt spirit trying to work through you in such a way that they want to you “move out of the way”, then you definitely want to contact an experienced practitioner for guidance about how to manage the ability or make sure that you have full control of any efforts to channel through your field.
It is extremely important to have a ritual process for entering and exiting the channeling process. You want to set clear boundaries about when you will be available to channel if you agree to do the work at all. The best scenario involves working with an assistant that will help you enter the channeling state and reconnect with reality when the spirit exits.
Setting time limits using an alarm is also a best practice. The alarm will help alert your consciousness that is time to return and the visiting consciousness know it is time to exit. Then, an assistant can help you reconnect with this reality by asking you grounding questions, like where you currently are and what year it is, the name of friends or children, or key facts about your life.
Types of Channeled Entities
There are many types of channeled entities, below are some of the most common.
Family Members Between Lives
Some channels can access their family members if those people happen to be between lives, especially if the channel had a strong relationship with the family member. This close connection is not a requirement but does often help the strength of the connection.
Open Channels, Whoever is Available
Some channels are open enough to connect with any spirit that might be available rather than a particular entity or family member. If you want to connect with anyone that has died in your life, an open channel is the best source for making contact, if you desire to speak to that person directly.
Other Dimensional Beings
Other dimensional beings can use a willing channel to speak directly to earthbound individuals and answer questions. Often, these beings form a singular relationship with the channel, and they are the only ones the channel works with.
Do not be surprised if the channel changes voice, has a different accent, or can speak in more than one language. Posture may change; the channel may even smell different. Two energy beings occupy the same physical container, so energy will change the function and qualities of the body.
Recovery After Channeling
Channeling is probably the most demanding skill energy wise. Once a channel is done with his or her work, he or she may need a day or more to recover. Allowing your etheric self to be displaced and your body to hold two energetic beings is no small task. Therefore, it important to have water and some snacks available after the process is complete. It may also be necessary to lie down and rest soon after a session is complete.
Who to Work With?
If you want to work with someone who has this skill, then it is best to seek out practitioners who, when vetted thoroughly, will be able to show you their skill and professionalism.
No matter what service you seek, a mechanic or psychic, it is always a wise policy to look at their business practice, testimonials, and credentials (both ones from an institution and based on their life experience). Talent can appear very early on, but using talent wisely requires other life skills and maturity.
If you think or know you have the ability and want to develop it, look for accomplished practitioners who are also willing to teach. High-quality people exist in all professions and they all share similar traits in the way they present themselves to the public and develop their success.