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Channeling & Stylistic Differences

BY SHEPHERD HOODWIN  

There are many factors that can account for stylistic differences among
channels, including the "instrument" the channel brings and the nature of
the channeling agreements with an entity such as Michael. Channels whose
primary exposure to an entity is through a particular channel's voice are
imprinted with that voice and their channeling will tend to sound that way.
The voice itself isn't Michael: they don't speak English or any other human
language on the causal plane. There's no reason for Michael to try to alter
the voice that naturally results from coming through a particular instrument
if it works well enough for their purposes, whether or not it's similar to
another channel's. Any channeled entity has to use the raw material
available in the instrument. It can be stretched and molded to a certain
degree, but there's no point in unnecessarily expending energy to change
something that works. Also, channels who work together are likely to have
agreements with the same pool of Michael fragments, which can make for more
similar transmissions.

Michael's voice through me developed away from other channels. I lived in
New York City at the time and had not yet read any of the books when I
started channeling. I channeled painstakingly slowly to make sure that
Michael was choosing each word and that I was out of the way (my channeling
still tends to be slow). The voice isn't the same as what's in the Yarbro
books, but it has a beautiful cadence that is certainly different from my
own voice. Channels whose first direct contact with Michael was through me
channel with a voice reminiscent of Michael's through me, because they were
imprinted with that. There's nothing wrong with that, and it doesn't mean
they're imitating; that's just how it works.

JP Van Hulle channels Michael very quickly, with a delightfully casual
style. Those channels who learned from her tend to have a voice like hers.
And why not? If their agreements are with her, one can assume that this is
fine with all concerned. Channeled entities care much more about content
than style.

Channels' agreements with Michael, including their methodologies, differ. In
some channels, Michael uses more of the channel's personality style than
others; when less is used, the tone is drier, since Michael doesn't have
much personality of their own as we think of it; when more is used, the tone
can be more personable and/or warm.

A channel doesn't need to have knowledge in the specific area being
channeled, but it helps if s/he has a feel for that kind of material and
enough of the vocabulary to get specifics. For example, some channels have a
natural feel for health material, and if they also know anatomy, etc., the
entity they channel can more easily transmit specifics. Without that feel
and vocabulary, it can still be done, but it may be like pulling teeth to
get it through.

Each channel inevitably brings a unique combination of strengths and
weaknesses to their work. I trust that clients attracted to my work need and
can benefit from the strengths I bring. No channel is great at everything;
most of us do the best we can.

It's possible that some channels who think they're channeling Michael
aren't, but I would never jump to that conclusion about anyone's work. There
are so many other reasons channeling can be off, such as inexperience
(although newbies can also be great channels), interference from conditioned
consciousness, and so forth. So it could be Michael but not coming through
as strongly or clearly as it might, or it could be a combination of Michael
and other sources, such as the channel's own psychic faculties. Or the
channeling might be accurate and just seem off because it doesn't agree with
one's preconceptions. In any case, if the channel asked for Michael, and
they come to all who ask (as the original channeling indicated), why
wouldn't they at least try to come through? Michael has a very distinct
energy. Those who are sensitive to energies can feel them even when they
don't agree with the words of the channeling (which, after all, can be less
than ideal through any channel).

The ability and willingness to put aside conditioned consciousness
(assumptions, prejudices, spins, etc.) is essential to good channeling (or
anything else). The biases we aren't conscious of are those most likely to
interfere. The more a channel knows her- or himself, the more likely s/he is
to be clear. However, being clear isn't the same as being talented or
knowledgeable. Some channels are very gifted and do great work in areas
where they have no rigid opinions, but their transmissions distort in areas
they do, because of their unwillingness to put them aside or a lack of
awareness that they even have them. We may mistake our opinions for the
truth, but the truth doesn't have charged energy around it--it is not
judgmental, defensive, or self-righteous.
 


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Shepherd is a professional Michael channel and author of The Journey of Your Soul--A Channel Explores Channeling and the Michael Teachings and Loving from Your Soul--Creating Powerful Relationships. He does channeling sessions and intuitive readings via telephone, mail, and e-mail. Audio cassettes are available from his site. Visit his website at  Summerjoy Press

 



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