I have great news! The teacher from last week's channeling class agreed to do a guest post on his technique (or to read my write-up and give feedback on it). The class was simple but effective and I am keen to share the details with you. The post won't be ready for a little while, so I thought it best to start with a little background on grounding, connecting and channeling in general.
Before I left London, I took a wonderful class at the School of Intuition and Healing called Opening to Channel, by Roger Hanson. The course lasted eight weeks and Roger took us through several steps of preparation before we got to channeling. The first was learning to work with your chakras and energy body. This prepares us to channel energy that could otherwise overwhelm us. It is always good to start with the basics and I expect most tutors include this step.
There are lots of decent chakra meditations. My personal favorite is a Grounding, Centering and Claiming Your Space meditation by Elliot Jay Tanzer. It talks us through running earth energy through the body, sensing and clearing each chakra and opening up (but not closing down, so I would also closing down at the en.More on that in my next blog post). It also has a non New Agey feel to it. When I was starting out with readings and healing, I did the full 30 minute meditation once a week as well as a shorter run-through every night.
The next step in the channeling process is to consciously work on releasing our fears, hang ups and "woulda, coulda, shoulda's." Otherwise, it is easy to fall into the trap of channeling the things that we are afraid of. And also things that we might feel guilty about. The goal is to channel from a place of love and trust so that we can tap into the loving and powerful wisdom in the universe.
To do that we ground our physical body in love and/or nature, and raise our vibration so that anything less than divine is filtered out. The class I took here in Mexico included a similar purification step. In my next Channeling post I will talk about opening up, closing down, and setting aside fears. The practice is useful for daily life. I would also suggest it before doing any readings, channeling, etc.