A couple of months ago, a colleague asked me how I describe my work, and whether I was a “channel”. I said, no, I do medium work. In my mind, a channel is someone who sets their whole consciousness aside and allows another spirit entity into their body, so this spirit may use the body’s vocal chords to communicate directly, without a medium as translator.
I’ve seen a few blogs pop up with people identifying themselves as psychic channels, and it seems to me they’re doing the same work that I do when I ask John or anyone else a question and the answer comes falling out of my mouth. When I’m in “medium mode” I find it difficult to maintain a separation in my mind to drive the conversation or think of follow-up questions on the fly. It’s become quite different from animal communication; when I speak to animals, I always maintain my own working thought stream. When I’m talking to people on the other side, my own thoughts seem to stop.
In a way, I can see how I could consider this sort of medium work to be channeling. Often after readings, I will experience complete memory loss of the whole session, although I’m aware of myself and my body during the session. I’ve just accepted it as a side-effect of mediumship, and I tell clients about this little quirk in case they want to remind me of the session later. In this way, I can also assure my clients confidentiality, since the memories of the session often leave with the client.
A friend recently asked Sweetie if she was a “portal”. What’s a portal? we asked. I’d only heard or used the term “portal” to describe a literal energy door between dimensions. I’d never heard of an individual person calling themselves a portal.
He explained, My friend, this girl, she calls herself a portal because she provides an anchor between this dimension and the other side. She can help people to come through.
Ah ha. This makes sense. I’d never heard of this before, but it does seem that Sweetie has a unique and remarkable talent to “call in” just about anyone from Heaven, simply by forming the thoughts in her mind. Sometimes she’ll do it accidentally, and we’ll have a surprise visit from someone like Ghandi but no prepared questions for him. Often this happens when we’re both pretty tired and spacey (ungrounded) anyway, which makes it tougher to think on the fly. It seems like a waste, but sometimes we have to say, “Uh, sorry. I don’t have any questions right now.” Fortunately, we don’t seem to offend anyone by accidentally calling them in for no good reason.
We asked John about this phenomenon and he explained it by telling Sweetie, “It’s because you’re famous in Heaven. Everyone knows who you are, and so they hear you when you call. It’s your association with the Goddess,” and then he showed her connections to her first series of incarnations on earth. Sweetie truly has divine ties, which is an evolving story for another entry.
So I guess I really don’t know exactly what I’m driving at with this entry. It feels like there’s a lot of new terminology circulating in the New Age community, and labels aren’t for everyone. It reminds me of the queer community – people inventing self-describing labels all the time: queer, inter-sexed (not the same as androgynous), transgendered (not the same as transsexual and certainly not the same as transvestite), poly-sexual (not to be confused with polyamorous!) I even saw this debate about pet psychics vs. animal communicators – one woman declared that “pet psychics” got information about pets through guides, whereas an animal communicator spoke directly to the animal. This was upsetting to pet psychics who DO talk directly to the animal, and so emotions inflated.
I guess at the heart of such labels is a potential judgment about which is better? Pet psychic or animal communicator? Medium or Channel?
Anyone out there have any thoughts on this topic?