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Pagan Journeys => Beginner's Chat => Topic started by: Angelishia on April 11, 2015, 12:04:26 AM

Title: Channeling - Advice Appreciated!
Post by: Angelishia on April 11, 2015, 12:04:26 AM
Hello~ !

I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on channeling? I'm going for a session with my mentor to try it with her help soon and would definitely appreciate any advice or encouragement from some more experienced witches!

Soooooo~ I guess some specific questions:

Thank you so much in advance, and blessed be!
Title: Re: Channeling - Advice Appreciated!
Post by: earthmuffin on April 11, 2015, 01:51:48 PM
I believe I once channeled my higher self and/or a spirit guide. It was not intentional though-- it came out of the blue-- and started in the form of automatic writing. Personally, I don't think intentionally channeling another spirit is advisable until a person has built up a large amount of experience in psychic shielding and interacting safely with spirit energies. The effects could be psychologically devastating for the unprepared. I think that channeling your own higher self would be much safer. This can be accomplished through meditation practice or shamanic journeying and would take practice to become more open to it. Automatic writing is a technique that could also be employed with trance work to open a channel to higher self communication.
Title: Re: Channeling - Advice Appreciated!
Post by: dragonspring on April 12, 2015, 11:07:33 AM
I would be interested in what the term "channeling" means to you.  If you are speaking of mediumistic channeling, then I have never done that.  I am not sure that I have the capacity for that type of channeling due to the fact that I am very strong-willed.  If you are speaking of "drawing down the moon" or accessing divine energy, I have some experiences.  My experiences have varied depending on the particular entity involved.  I don't recall how long it took to have these experiences - probably 5 years of dabbling with meditation and witchcraft before I had a full-on vision/knowing experience.  I am not a professional witch so my spiritual practice has been tempered with the need to support and raise my family.  Perhaps in your case, it will be quicker.

Like EM, my experiences have not always been intentional.  The most powerful episodes were spontaneous and not really pleasant.  I do think that the years of preparation were helpful in preventing any psychological issues for me.  Typically, a serious episode is preceded by a period of agitation where I have the feeling that there is something I should know but can't figure out what it is.  I tend to be overly emotional leading up the episode as well which is an indicator that I need to make time to "get it". 

And yes, I do have ritual jewelry and other tools that help me get into the mindset for trance work.