Methods of Channeling
When I was learning how to channel, I found that I could make up
rules. There was the expectation that my guide would talk to me in a
language I could understand. That was a given. Why? I don’t know.
They could just as easily have spoken to me in Persian or French. But
it was English which is my native tongue and that is how we began.
In the beginning, when I first started channeling, I used a
Ouija board. The Parker Brothers Company makes them. There are a lot of
strong opinions about using Ouija boards. I didn’t care what anybody
said about it and throwing caution to the wind was able to make my first
legitimate connection to Spirit. At least it was a connection I could
The board is arranged with two rows of letters of the
alphabet curving across the board. There are some numbers below them and
a Goodbye for good measure on the bottom. Also, very handy is a Yes in
the upper left corner of the board with a corresponding No in the
opposite upper right-hand corner.
What happened to me in that 2-week window between making
contact with Spirit on the Ouija Board and beginning to hear Spirit
telephonically was that the planchette moved faster and faster to each
letter spelling out the next word. My guide Seth used the blank place on
the board under the arching letters to move the planchette and dance
for a couple of seconds between words. That was really helpful for me.
It was especially funny when he would dance with a smile there. At
least, I thought it was cool.
As the days wore on and the planchette began to move faster
it began to zip right off the edge of the board. It was irritating
because I’d have to pick it back up again, put it back on the board, and
try to settle again into the groove of channeling. It wasn’t that long
before I had the idea to use something else instead of the planchette
which got misplaced one day. I chose a pretty stone to move around on
the board. That wasn’t perfect because it didn’t have a pointed corner
on it. But I made do.
It was then that it occurred to me that I could just use my
finger. I figured Spirit was not moving the planchette at all because
when I took my hand off of it, it stopped moving. Spirit was moving my
arm, my hand, and my finger. Why then didn’t I just use my finger? If I
kept it pointed, then I could tell which letter my guide was pointing
However, it occurred to me, and this is where the whole thing
gets a little spooky, what if I had a knife in my hand? What if Spirit
decided to murder somebody? Holy cow! This was upsetting. I took a deep
breath and settled down.
I realized nothing of the sort was going to happen. It just
would not happen. That was Hollywood. That was where scary movies came
from. That was imagination running amok.
So, here’s where I started making “rules”. I thought about
where the Yes and the No were on the board. I thought: What if my index
finger was always YES and my pinkie finger was always NO? What if it
didn’t matter which hand I was using? I asked Seth to make my finger
bounce. He did. Woah Nellie! I asked him to make my pinkie bounce up and
down. It worked.
Holy Moly. I was on to something.
I remember the moment I thought I was going nuts. It was when
I could no longer follow the individual letters being pointed out on
the board. Even before Seth was done spelling a word out, I knew what it
was going to be. Even before he’d gotten to the end of the sentence, I
knew what he was going to say. I panicked. I knew in my heart I’d gone
certifiably nuts. I remember thinking, “This is what it feels like to be
crazy.” And that was the first time I ever heard him with my ears.
He said, “Go outside. I have something important to say to
you.” I heard those words. I still remember what he said. Exactly as he
I went outside. Dennis was right next to me in the kitchen. I
was sitting in the dining room where we had set up our computer. The
television was on. There was just a lot of activity and noise where I
was in the house.
The front door was right there. I stepped out onto the patio. That was when Seth said to me, “You can hear me now.”
I began channeling on 2/12/1993 with the Ouija Board. It was
about a week and a half later, about 10 days when I made that transition
from letters being spelled out and being able to actually hear the
voice of Spirit. It wasn’t for another 5 years or so that I finally
realized it must have been on 2/22/1993 that I began channeling
telepathically. That was the 222 I’d been seeing so often for years.
Finally, it meant something. And, that something would change the
trajectory of my life.
It took me a few weeks before I became comfortable with
hearing the voice of Spirit. In fact, the first couple of days it was an
audible voice where I could have sworn somebody was standing behind me
or to my side talking. Seth’s voice also would come to me in a stutter.
It was almost like I would be sticking my fingers in and out of my ears
so that I’d only catch part of what was being said. And it was in that
period of transition that I still relied on the Ouija Board. However,
that was awkward as anything. That board is big and doesn’t fold up.
Also, it looks crazy to haul something like that out in the middle of
the grocery store to continue talking to your guide. If you want to look
crazy that would do the trick. I did try lettering out a board on a
piece of paper that I could roll up and put in my purse, but, still, it
was awkward and just didn’t look right.
The next rule became something I call “Talking Fingers”.
Using my index finger as the yes and my pinkie finger as no I was able
to make sense of what Seth was saying. Here’s me saying silently: “Did
you say preside?” No. “Was it decide?” Yes.
But, in the time between me being able to hear my guide’s
voice audibly and what eventually moved to telepathy, there was this
oddball stage where the voice of Spirit had an echo. There were also
times when it seemed like many voices overlapping. I-I-I-I sai-sai-said
that-that-that it-it-it-it is-is-is-is-is all-all-all-all
ri-right-right. It also felt like I kept putting my fingers in my ears
over and over again and I would only get the words spoken when my
fingers were out of my ears. A totally useless way to communicate.
Nobody told me it was going to get better and would last no longer than
two weeks. In the meantime, I needed a better system.
I was flabbergasted. I was shocked. My word!
I call it talking fingers.
I still use it 30 years later. And I can use both hands!
The index finger of either hand is always yes and the pinkie finger is
always no. I suppose if your feet are supple enough you could use your
toes, but mine don’t work very well. Also, I suppose you’d have to be
barefoot most of the time.
So, when I got a garbled message from Spirit I would ask for
clarification. Easier if the answer could be yes or no and I engineered
those queries as much as possible to be answerable with yes or no.
Me: “Did you say “A cat can have dinner now?” NO. What other answer
is it? Me: “Did you say A cat cannot have dinner now?” YES. This did
not actually happen, but you get my drift.
The rationale I used for talking with my fingers was that my
hand moved across the Ouija Board. Who was it controlling my hand?
Must have been my guide. Thus, right pointing finger bobs up and down
for yes and right pinkie finger bobs up and down for no.
That was the rule.
It was what was to be a short-term solution because after
about 2 weeks of that my focus and understanding got better. The
thoughts I got from Spirit got faster so that sometimes there was no
speaking involved it was just a knowingness.
In the years since I have found uses for talking
in fingers, especially in crowded situations. I have never quite gotten
to the point where I can walk and chew gum as a medium. It’s sort of
like I’m either all the way in or all the way out. So, I use a
combination of techniques to channel. It is a hoot to talk to your
guide while you are shopping. For practice, in the beginning, and even
now when it is just fun I ask my guide to pick out the best fruit or
vegetable. As I stick my arm out over the potatoes it starts bouncing
around gently. Sort of spooky. My hand hovers over the spuds and with a
flourish, it descends upon the one we want. Hey, it’s fun. Also, I’m
not very good at picking out potatoes that don’t have black spots from
digging them out of the ground. Having Spirit help is convenient.
The other place where talking with fingers is good is where I
can’t really quiet down and zip in to talk to Spirit. Imagine this, a
lady in Sears in the clothing department who suddenly seems to go to
sleep next to the dresses. Wouldn’t you give her a wide berth? I put
my hand up near my throat and as I’m looking through the clothes and
wait for my fingers to dance.
My favorite of all methods is to channel at the computer.
Spirit will either slow down or speed up to suit the recording method.
The fastest of all would be audio but I’ve never really gotten the hang
of doing that well. But, to get to the computer method of channeling I
began with a pen and paper. Which has its upsides and downsides. The
upside is to see how your handwriting changes. It is really wonky at
times. Big handwriting. Aimless shapes. Big circles. Prepare to go
through quite a bit of paper. But, once you get the shapes and wonky
letters out of the way and you just clip right along it’s nice.
However, my hand would get tired which is why I eventually switched to
the computer. Which is a sort of funny story in itself.
My hand was tired and I was taking more and more breaks with
the handwritten channeling. It occurred to me that it would be faster
if we were to sit at the computer. I asked Seth, “What do you think?”
He indicated yes. I said, “Do you know how to type?” So, there I go
like a dummy giving Seth typing lessons. In retrospect he sure had me
going, but I taught my guide how to type. I think it was the first time
I saw the humorous side of my guide. You do not need to teach your
guide to type. They already know how.
Editing written channeling is interesting too. I
can remember as I edit, looking for misspellings and such, that the
guides would jump in and start channeling again. I asked what was going
on and it was like I only had so much channeling energy in me and they
would say one sentence in the first draft which in the edit would
expand. Which is okay with me, as I write that way too. But I remember
thinking I hadn’t done something right the first time around. They
assured me I was okay.
They will adjust how they channel with each individual. And
where there is one way to say it there are three others that would work
just as well.
Everybody channels, in my opinion. All the time. All our
lives. It’s just that so many of us don’t realize what is going on. What
else can we compare our own experiences to? I realized this when I
first began to channel. I realized then that I’d been doing it to a
lesser degree for a very long time without realizing that I was
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