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Musings for the Modern Mystic

From The Oracle of Delphi to The Sleeping Prophet: A Brief Primer on Channeling

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Edgar Cayce’s legacy is an undeniable trail of psychic accomplishment. Anyone familiar enough with channeling and paranormal phenomena in general understands, given the ever-shifting probability fields, that prediction can never be 100%. It is extremely hard to even get close. Yet the truth remains, for anyone who truly inquires, that Cayce provided lasting cures for many sick people, and accurately predicted many global changes. A person does not get labelled a prophet without such success.

In providing the predictions and treatments that he did, Cayce assumed a trance like state whereby an entity or voice spoke through him – a phenomenon commonly known as channeling. Which, despite the current age of scienticism we live in, remains, just like hypnosis, far from a new occurrence.

In Ancient Greece the Oracle of Delphi — a line of priestesses named The Pythia — is said to have correctly predicted the fall of Sparta, and the rise of Phillip of Macedonia (father of Alexander the Great), through channeling. Most people will also be aware of Nostradamus, from the Middle Ages, whose channeled writings are still being scrutinized for information on future events.

More recently, modern day channels have emerged as authors. Two of the most sound examples are the initially skeptical-of-her-own-abilities (!) Jane Roberts and her acclaimed book ‘Seth Speaks (together with the rest of the Seth books it forms a massive body of work) and L&L Research’sThe Law of One series, as channeled through Carla Rueckert.

No Matter The Age, Channeling Incites Controversy

It should go without saying that channeling has always been a catalyst for controversy. (Indeed, at no time in history does the world seem more divided on the topic than during this second decade of the new millennium.)

Pythia’s visions have been linked to ethylene exposure – a gas that’s apparent in volcanic regions, while Nostradamus’ writings, rather than channeling, have been described more as a type of poetry, or even simply ‘blather’.

While Cayce’s success was massive during the last half of the 20th century (more than 600 books have been written about him) he appears all but forgotten in the ‘modern’ world, and apart from small pockets here and there, remains of course anathema to academia. This is somewhat juxtaposed to Roberts, whose work was considered interesting enough, for whatever reason, to be archived by Yale. Regardless, the Seth books still remain on the fringe.

Tellingly, the problem surrounding how most people regard — and in particular, react to — channeling seems to be deeply tribal. On the one hand we have the born believers, ready to champion any and every form of magical thinking they come across, and on the other, the automatic whitewashing of any and all paranormal phenomena by liberal intellectuals and the institutions that spawned them. Both smack of fear, rather than rationality.

And while it is incredibly important to apply scrutiny to all such material — doing so is an inalienable right of all of us, everywhere — the number of ‘skeptics’ who are employing true skepticism (and thus honoring the heart of the scientific method itself) and working with their own consciousness in a pure and unfettered way, i.e. thinking, feeling and researching for themselves, likely remains exceptionally low.

Given this, the traditional ‘test of time’ remains a far more potent telling than any person or group still subject to their respective places in it can be. The clutter, fodder and ‘top 40’ flavors of the week will almost always fade into obscurity given long enough. Just like the pyramids and other great monuments themselves, anything truly possessed of the spirit that went into them will remain static across the vagaries of the post-ceding ages — along with all of the intrigue, mystery and controversy involved therein.

And this is why, despite the still rampant criticisms the above mentioned practitioners of channeling continue to endure, they also continue to have their true, die-hard devotees.

What You Look At Disappears

As always, the middle way — calmness, clarity and unity, practiced into being — stands as the most sound course of action. Because there is obvious veracity to this phenomena — including the immensely important, overarching themes involving life’s more complex and timeless mysteries — questions such as: ‘Why are we here? And, ‘where do we come from?’ as well as ‘Why is the world really in the shape it’s in?’ and ‘What happens after we die?’ (Cayce, too, went into detail on such topics) — those who aren’t given to fanaticism will be drawn to look, and look again.

And, as the saying goes, ‘seek and ye shall find.’ The Cayce material is chock full of dumbfounding examples of inexplicable happenings, including remote viewing in order to diagnose, with extreme medical astuteness, issues in another’s body, as well as carrying on entire conversations with clients in their native tongue (languages which the waking Cayce would never know in his lifetime).

The Law of One material touches on a form of physics academia entirely veered (or was steered) away from at a certain point in history, as well as delving into the many issues around reincarnation, consciousness, and their relationship to space and time as we know it.

The Seth books, too, include a wealth of knowledge on such topics, diving into the nature of not only our personal realities, but certain states entirely unknown to us, the mysteries of sleep and dreaming, the ‘physics of the soul’, life after death, and much, much more.

At the same time, consistent veins on the importance of positivity, playfulness, joy and levity are to be found running throughout all of these texts, complimenting the often intensely heavy intellectual and scientific tones therein.

To demonstrate, following are two quotations from each of the above-mentioned books; only the individual mind can decide what value, if any, these writings may have for them.

Quotations from ‘Seth Speaks’:

“The basis and firm groundwork of the material, and its primary contribution, lies in the concept that consciousness itself indeed creates matter. . . and that consciousness is not limited or bound by time or space; time and space. . . [are] necessary distortions, or adopted conditions, forming a strata for physical existence.”

“On the one hand you take life too seriously, and on the other, you do not take playful existence seriously enough.”

Quotations from ‘The Law of One’:

Consider, if you will, the path your life-experience complex has taken. Consider the coincidences and odd circumstances by which one thing flowed to the next. Consider this well.”

“Each mind / body / spirit or mind / body / spirit complex has an existence simultaneous with that of creation. It is not dependent upon any physical vehicle. However, in order to evolve, change, learn, and manifest the Creator, the physical vehicles appropriate to each density are necessary.”

At the very least, the information is thought-provoking. Both books explore existence, loosely, from theoretical scientific perspectives. As already mentioned, we’re left to our own devices in order to exhume, examine and redress not only a number of our automatic ostensible assumptions, but a large amount of our personal presuppositions about life — including our intimate personal lives — as well.

I would argue, however, that this is precisely the point.

Christopher Darryl
Christopher Darryl


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