I’ve heard the term channelling often in recent years, but what does it really mean? The dictionary has various definitions of the verb channel when used of a person:
1) to serve as a medium for (spirits)
2) to emulate or be inspired by, as in: The actress played the part as if she were channelling Bette Davis.
One website I came across defines it in much more specific terms: “Nonphysical mediumship in which the channeler goes into a trance, or leaves their body and becomes possessed by a specific spirit, who then talks through them. In the trance, the medium enters a cataleptic state marked by extreme rigidity. The control spirit then takes over, the voice may change completely and the spirit answers the questions of those in its presence…or giving spiritual knowledge.”
I know of people who channel nonphysical entities and I’ve never heard them describe their experience in such a way. Leaving their body? Being possessed? Extreme rigidity? Esther Hicks describes her experience with Abraham as the most natural thing she’s ever known. The most complete sense of connection with Source she’s ever felt. To watch her, she’s very relaxed and comfortable and also very aware of what’s happening in and through her.
I know several people who have written books, channelling messages from departed teachers, ascended masters, collective consciousness, etc., and I’ve even been told, after having described my experience in writing, that my books are channelled. I wouldn’t have used that word—not based on my understanding of it. Downloaded, maybe. Received, definitely. But not channelled.
That is…until yesterday. I was listening to a recent Abraham-Hicks workshop. An artist was in the hot seat and her issue was that sometimes she could create wonderful pieces easily and sometimes it was hard work. Abraham’s response (as always) was brilliant. It was also the first time I’ve heard them use the term channelling in this way. They told her that a vortex version of her painting is already complete and when she’s in alignment, she’s channelling, or allowing the vortex version to flow through her on to the canvas.
They went on to say that a great painting (or a great book, or a moving song, or a brilliant performance) is simply a revelation of alignment. Our Inner Being isn’t holding some image (or message), trying to get our attention so that we can deliver this long-awaited masterpiece or message to the world. It’s not about the result; it’s about the process.
“Collectively, creatively, and cooperatively you are allowing Source Energy to flow through you and the creation is revealing itself right before your eyes. You get to be the first one to witness the evidence of alignment coming on to that canvas.”
“The true art is the feeling of flow…It is the moment of connection that this is all about for you.”
This is exactly the way I feel when I write! I’ve felt it, but never been able to describe it.
My vortex is full of wonderful, delicious experiences. I’ve sifted through life’s contrast and put the best of the best of the best in there. I’m a creative person and I love to fill my days doing creative things. I love to be productive. I’ve long wanted to combine my creativity with a source of income. I didn’t just want to do something (as in a job); I wanted to be something (as in an author). Writing satisfies all those desires for me. But it is also the greatest source of alignment I’ve ever known. When I’m in alignment, I become a channel in which words and ideas flow through my fingers and on to the computer screen. I’ve had so much positive feedback from people. When they read my books and are touched by them, I believe they are feeling the same alignment that brought those books into being.
In that sense, we’re all channels. Anytime we’re in alignment we’re allowing the best of ourselves to flow through us for others to receive and be affected (uplifted) by. It may be in a tangible way that those around us can see and touch (and be touched by). But I believe the true gift of channelling is the connection it produces. This connection can be felt in the moment of alignment, and for years to come by those who enjoy the paintings or books or songs—tangible evidence that is nothing more than a lovely side effect of that alignment.