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"In Lesson One I mentioned the two primary questions to be answered in this class: How will you know what I'm saying? And how will you know it's me who's saying it? The second question has been answered partly in the first lesson and partly in the exercise you've done called Meeting the Source. There has also been some good discussion on this issue. We'll now address the first question. You'll know what I'm saying because you'll be interpreting the communication in my energy.
"Remember, your imagination is where the representations of my communication will appear. You will use the faculty of intuition to interpret these representations, like a radio receiver interprets the signals riding on the carrier wave of energy. You will know how to interpret the information in my energy because it will show up as a pattern in your imagination.
"Channeling, like all other inner phenomena happens in the imagination. This is the faculty humans use to access the inner planes, spiritual worlds, divine reality or whatever you wish to call what is beyond the external, material world. In an advanced lesson of the Truth and Reality Class Body has called it the 'second attention'. We use the imagination to establish contact with each other, and to carry out the channeling process. You can think of the imagination as a permeable membrane located right at the water line in the metaphor of the iceberg in the introduction to this class. Being between the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind, it is accessed by both.
"New ideas, insights, creative inspiration and intuition all begin in the unconscious. As these kinds of impressions, including the energy you will be interpreting, rise to awareness, they pass through the imagination. The conscious, aware mind perceives these impressions as representations in the imagination. Sometimes the impressions appear visually as images or pictures, sometimes they are heard as sounds or words, and sometimes sensed as feelings or energy.
"Of these three main perceptive modalities, the most reliable is sensory. My presence is most often experienced as a felt sense, but I am not limited to this. My voice and words are often heard, and of course having an image to represent me inside is not uncommon. It's important to remember, however, that information in any of these systems can only representme, the data you perceive are not me.
The Written Method of Channeling
"We will be using a written form of channeling, rather than vocal. There are several good reasons for this. First, is it much easier to get started. The words may come slowly at first, and with writing you can take as much time as you like.
"Secondly, tone and inflection are a preoccupation with the spoken word, and not so important with writing. You will have more inner resources available to focus on translating the energy into words when writing. Of course, for emphasis you can use capitalization, underline, and punctuation as appropriate.
"Third, most people are not as comfortable speaking for another as they are writing for another. The leap from writing for oneself to writing for another is usually easier to make.
"Fourth, writing helps the channeling be more clear and accurate. Also, there is generally a greater sense of certainty when interpreting in writing, and of course it can be much more easily corrected if you find you have lost the thread.
"Fifth and perhaps most important, you will have a written record of your communication. Even the lightest of altered states can make it easy for information to fall from awareness and conscious memory. Most channeling makes even more sense when it's read again later, and often you will find new information you didn't realize was there in the original experience.
"The medium you use for writing is not important, except that you be comfortable with it. You want to write in the way that's easiest and most convenient at the time. For many, typing is better than longhand. However, if you're not a touch typist, you may want to use pen and paper. Whether you print or use cursive writing depends of course on which is easier and more comfortable. If you know shorthand, that may be the best for you.
"If typing, either the typewriter or the computer is fine. If pen and paper is used, a piece of loose-leaf paper is as good as a fancy journal, depending of course on which feels best, and is the easiest to use in the moment. Those who are unable to write should of course adapt the instructions for writing to their own needs. If voice is absolutely the only way possible, then it's good to use a recorder to capture the session. Don't worry that you don't have the sound of my voice right, no one has. In most cases my voice will sound much like your own, and that's fine. Remember your role is as the interpreter of my energy, you're not doing an impression.
"The channelers will present an exercise from their own experiences of written channeling. I recommend that you follow this form when you first begin channeling, until you are comfortable with our relationship, and your dual roles as both yourself and my interpreter, before you modify it to fit your own needs and style."
Next: Written Channeling Exercise Lesson Three: Channeling 'the Folks'
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