What is channeling the dead? Does it have to do with the body, mind, or spirit? How much energy does it take? How does it work? These are all great questions, especially since we see channeling depicted in so many different ways. I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen everything from peaceful meditations to full on scary movie, out-of-control-of-your-body representations of channeling. The truth of the matter is, there are many different ways channeling can be done, but it may not be exactly what you think.
First things first: out of body channeling experiences do exist.
That’s right, the frightening, out of body, unconscious stuff we see in movies does, indeed exist. This is where a spirit uses your body as a vessel in order to communicate with our world. There are times when this is useful (remember Patrick Swayze in Ghost?) but I do not often recommend this form of channeling. Evil entities do exist and can prey on those who are vulnerable. By giving up your body to another entity, you are, in turn, letting your guard down. It is very important to be careful in these instances.
“channeling is a powerful means of spiritual unfoldment and conscious transformation…. Channeling involves consciously shifting your mind and mental space in order to achieve an expanded state of consciousness.”
-Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer, “Opening to Channel: How to Connect With Your Guide,
What about psychics?
So, if psychics can channel the dead, why are they conscious during these experiences? This is because this type of channeling is a state of consciousness, and take a lot of mental and spiritual energy to achieve it. I was gifted at birth with the ability to channel spirits in this way, and have been able to expand this gift through meditation and mental power. Most people are not equipped to channel is this particular way, as it is an entirely different state of consciousness. Those who are sensitive to this type of consciousness can channel without needing to be out of body, as it becomes a part of who they are and how their brain processes information. It may seem cliche, but the idea of a “sixth sense” is just that different state of consciousness.