After I posted an excerpt of this article in another thread in this forum (Tom Kenyon and the Hathors), I thought it ought to be posted in it's entirety, and so am putting it here:
Michael Topper as Marshall Telemachus said:PART ONE
What could be a more perfect topic to begin our Book Review section during the month of Halloween, than discussion of the various books on channeling? Channeling is not only a popular sport at present, but if examined closely an intriguing one. It's not at all clear, for example, what the purpose of channeling is; this lack of clarity actually gives it a "spookiness" that's almost independent of the fact that disembodied or otherworldly intelligences, personalities and even (shudder)"entities" are central items of the channeling phenomenon .
Consider, for example, the most common means of establishing the "inner plane" or channel connection: meditation. This is the method most recommended both by channelers and the given channelled source.
Meditation is of course, as we should all know by now, a means of stilling the mind so that our ordinary thinking faculties are temporarily vetoed. This provisional silence of the otherwise constant "interior monologue" is the means whereby the meditator is supposed to bypass the conditioning screen of (culturally programmed) concepts. In so doing he becomes ideally receptive to holistic dimensions otherwise recessed into the unconscious beyond the focus of ordinary "notice". However, as the very object of channneling, out of those ostensibly more holistic zones of being comes charging: more verbiage! Out of the meditator's mouth issues another voice. In fact, the phenomenon is so prevalent that it seems every other face has "someone else's" voice coming out of it (although this is apparently such a commonplace of Filmland that "channeling" seems more a logical extension than an abrupt break) .
And a great deal of the content of such channeled information from coveted "higher sources," is composed of odd syntactical constructions, inflected in the upper registers of nasality, extolling the virtues of meditation!
This of course can only mean one thing, ultimately, (amounting to a largely unnoticed metaphysical tautology), and that is: you're being encouraged to meditate in order to still the noise of the verbal mind, thus putting you in the properly receptive condition to pass a sonorously rolling Voice, (not your own) around the glottis, in elicitation of a Speech which invariably extols the virtue of meditation, as means of extracting a verbal instruction that tells you...
Now that's spooky! It's almost another version of the oddly reverberative "self reference" paradox (you know, the peculiar conceptual log-jam which occurs when a categorical negative is expressed in first-person, i e "all statements arc false, including this one." Richard Hofstader would have a field day deciphering the Moebius code which the general program of "channeling' carries...)
To be fair, the exhortation to "meditate" that emanates from channeled sources, like tv 's exhortation to watch tv. It ostensibly points to a content beyond the significance of its own form in itself; i.e. just as television bids for your attention presumably because of the information it carries, so channeling claims your attention by way of the meditative mechanism apparently because of its unique power to bring a stream of extraordinary news. People consult the channeler not only, or even particularly, for the edification of the standard message to meditate, but largely because it's expected that the source can produce a verbal description of conditions and events beyond the ordinary ken of three-dimensional faculties .
We consult the channeler because, basically, we are concerned, in a very ordinary conceptual way, like every personality anxiously poised on the psychological tightwire spanning the temporalized chasm of existence. We grope in ambiguity over the Questionmark of chronic incompletion supplied by the tenses in which we conjugate the terms of ego identity. It would always be oh so helpful if we could see the future in advance, be informed of the respective consequences in the alternatives confronting the present perplexing moment of decision. We would like if possible, to be underwritten not only for our monetary but for our psychic commitments; insured in advance against the usual contingencies. And the channeler proffers the prospect of just this excelsior potential.
The channeler in a sense, then, exchanges the personal power of verbalization born of limited perceptions for the transpersonal power of verbally portraying dimensions or aspects of being otherwise inaccessible. The myriad channeled voices to which we have been opened in recent years do indeed present an avalanche of prediction, of advice on principle and in particular, and a massive characterization of planes, states, levels and dimensions of reality which introduce whole other magnitudes to the ultimate questions of purpose and consequence. Through the innumerable contributions of channeled sources we have been, in a certain sense, asked to reappraise the whole matter of success in terms beyond the conventional, so that the horizon upon which the grail of accomplishment rests has been, as it were, elevated; the sights raised to the prospect of a more comprehensive and crucial, indeed sacred, focus.
On the "plus" side then, the phenomenon of channeling has supplied a verbal chorus of confirmation tending collectively to install our usual questions and concerns in a setting offset by distinct considerations of Soul. The "answers" to our most mundane queries as to future, choice and result have been furnished a whole additional dimension of meaning. The most casual skimmer of "channeled" material can't help but perceive, at least implicitly, the bearing which every conventional ego-choice has upon the larger destiny of soul-growth. Never mind for the time being that such emphatic intimations result from a cutting in, an abrupt verbal tunneling of the basic meditative stream which was ostensibly moving toward the unique value of personal (unmediated) cognition and direct perception of those very, spiritual and high-psychic modes now presented by descriptive approximation. Never mind that the whole phenomenon seems, in a certain light, to express the impatience of higher-dimensional intelligence long waiting for the sluggish personal development characteristic of this "material plane." And so, they simply intrude with the necessary packets of information at the minimal achievement of some meditative quietude.
To be fair, some "channeling" circumstances seem to promote the actual personal progress of the channeler in gaining direct access to the planes, states, phenomena and degrees of mind-body integration otherwise only described or verbally characterized by ventriloquist voice-transmission (cf. the Seth material, and the late Jane Roberts' occasional description of her personal development in "inner plane" understanding). But for the most part, the expressed Ryerson-attitude prevails. This amounts to a curious dissociation between the person of the channeler and the content of the communication resulting practically in an overall substitution of the description for the thing described.
More immediately, on the minus side of the phenomenon we end up (in this avalanche of description from various sources) with a collision rather than a smooth confluence of materials. At the "higher" levels of consciousness not limited to the spacetime framework of the blindered channeler, there still seems to be contention or discrepancy in the respective characterizations of Reality; there still seems to be division regarding that which is perceived or known even in these greater and more allegedly comprehensive Domains of Knowing. Any who've scanned more than one of these sources in print, or compared notes with "live" sessions attended, are bound to notice (if minimally conscious) that, beneath the general agreement as to the existence of higher states and planes, of different orders of knowledge and action from those assumed in the context of strictly physical expression there is a welter of large and small divergences ranging from minor variations to an embarrassment of glaring contradictions.
This is explained in one such source. Cosmic Revelation "channeled" by Virginia Essene and Ann Valentin, as the inevitable condition of confusion resulting from the urgent/unprecedented need of the higher dimensions to disseminate changing patterns of information belonging to "revamped educational programs", brought about by this critical epoch of transition through which we're hesitantly passing. Such confusion, according to this source results from the requirement of transmission along the spiritual hierarchy of inner plane beings through which such "information," formulated at the highest levels, must pass. Consistent with what may be gathered from other source-channels, the various levels along which the orders of intelligence transmit the flow of data "downward" formulate the patterns of information according to the understanding of their particular plane. Tinctured already by that qualification, the information may receive its most noticeable distortion at the level of the channeler where, according to the variable of the given "linkage" there may be greater or lesser reliance on the personal memory-record, conceptual matrix or vocabulary of the channeling agent. The resultant verbal product is, in any case, several dimensional steps removed from the originating Intention. Add to this the recognition that all such knowledge emanates in its highest form from levels of creative intelligence that are basically non-verbal and that conduct all processes of knowing in abstract spiritual terms not directly translatable into concepts congenial to a physically-focused framework, and we seem to have on the surface a convenient explanation as to why Seth and Hilarion don't agree, why Ramtha and the "Christ" material of The New Teachings apparently quarrel on the shelves.
However, does this layered meshwork of spiritual cheesecloth through which the channeled curds are continuously strained really account for some of the comparative anomalies that, independently, speak with such assured and specific Voice?
Let's take a page from the Essene-Valentin material of Cosmic Revelation; let's listen to the Voices of "the Rays" and, like good researchers honoring the strictly scientific method, take them seriously on their own terms for the duration of the experiment in order not to bias the results of testing their hypothesis.
According to "the Rays", there must be a massive effort on the part of incarnate teachers (i.e. those sharing the embodied condition and thus the communicative premises of the physical dimension) of the levels "4, 5, 6 and 7" to collate the welter of incoming data, organize it into a coherent corpus of principles, premises and usable esoteric knowledge. "The Rays", in other words, invoke the cooperation of initiated teachers functioning in and through the physical dimension, exhorting any or all such teachers to act as the topper of a cosmic loom coordinately combing separate strands of starry Material through the distaff.
When however such an Initiated individual does respond in the proper scientific manner to the call of this experimental hypothesis, something unexpected happens. (After all, the Rays' proposition being in fact an hypothesis, a premise to be proved in practice, we are not assured before the fact that one element of the resultant equation will go evenly into another without fuss or irrational byproduct.) It seems that, by taking Virginia and Ann's "Rays" up on their own proposal, it is they, along with various others, that tend to suffer in the ensuing Comparison.
If we're going to tackle a task which even a cursory survey will show is proportional to the Purifying of the Augean Stables, we'd be greatly aided with a fit standard of measurement. Given the premise, it would be bad form to pull out a yardstick that derived from other than the material in question, since that would be begging the question and would bring up the additional problem of an extraneous source-verification. If we're going to extract some sufficient standard from the gathered data itself, it should be identifiable at the highest level of initiated understanding; its explanation should pair well with the patterns cast by the most intensely integral and holistic light available to initiated consciousness; and, if possible, should indeed serve to illumine certain details of such patterns beyond that which is already known at the level of Awakened physical focus, by virtue of its origin in the field of some comparatively unfettered Perspective.