Channeling (UK spelling: channelling, also called psychic reading or channeled reading) is the reception of thought from the spirit world for the purpose of communicating with spirits (non-corporal entities, spirits of the deceased, or nature spirits) and angels.
The person receiving and passing on the information is called medium or psychic. Some mediums go into a full trance, thus allowing the spirit to take full control over their body, allowing the spirit to speak through the medium directly.
Other mediums use a meditative state to connect to spirit. Some of these use automatic writing, which is the process where the hand appears to move by itself to scribble words.
Others use a form of telepathy, receiving thoughts from spirit in their minds, by sensing which thoughts are theirs and which are spirits, they learn to distinguish and can pass on the information received with just as much clarity.
During this form of telepathy, most mediums merge their own aura (energy field) with the energy field of the spirit, thus achieving a good mental connection.
Often not only thoughts can be transmitted, but also images and even feelings. Some mediums appear to hear voices which others cannot hear, it is not clear whether this is a physical phenomenon or a form of telepathy.
While there are a number of talented genuine channelers with a good connection to spirit, some are not actually connected with the entity they claim to channel, instead they have been fooled by lower astral beings who pretend to be an angel or other higher entity.
Messages from such entities can be identified by observing what they promote: If it is the ego (often giving the receiver messages that make them feel proud), the message is more likely to come from lower realms and should be dealt with greatest caution.
If the messages rather promote deeper understanding, forgiveness, and love, it is much more likely this stems from higher realms. However it must be noted that a number of claimed mediums are fraud, sometimes using technology or trickery to convince their audience of their powers, which has damaged the reputation of channeling.
Channeling dates back to early human history, as shamans have been using some form of channeling over millennia, and became popular in the mid 1800s.
Some of the best known mediums are Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), Jane Roberts (1929-1984) and Allan Kardec (1804-1869), who fathered the term “spiritism“.