Channeling & Stylistic DifferencesBy 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.
About Shepherd Hoodwin
Shepherd has been channeling since 1986. He also does intuitive readings, mediumship, past-life regression, healing, counseling, and channeling coaching, where he teaches others to channel. He has conducted workshops on the Michael teachings throughout the United States. His other books include Enlightenment for Nitwits, Loving from Your Soul: Creating Powerful Relationships, Meditations for Self-Discovery, Opening to Healing, Growing Through Joy, Being in the World, and more to come.
Visit his website at ShepherdHoodwin.com
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