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  The Following is a Repeat Reiki Article 
Reiki and Conscious Channeling
Many Reiki Masters consider the practice of Reiki to be a form of Conscious Channeling, and I agree with this, in part.  But to begin such a topic it might help to define what I consider Conscious Channeling to be. 

In the 1980's Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer created a highly successful program called "Opening to Channel".  At their web pages they describe in detail the concept of channeling  and conscious channeling. 

"Channeling is a doorway into more love; the higher realms are abundant with love."

"Opening your channel to the higher realms will create an evolutionary leap for you, for channeling is a powerful means of spiritual unfoldment and conscious transformation. As you channel you build a bridge to the higher realms - a loving, caring, purposeful collective higher consciousness that has been called God/Goddess, the All-That-Is, or the Universal Mind.
"When you "channel" you access these higher realms by connecting with a high-level guide or your higher self, who steps down this higher vibration and makes it more readily available to you. Channeling  involves consciously shifting your mind and mental space in order to achieve an expanded state of consciousness that is called a 'trance.' "

I have found that Conscious Channeling has really helped me in my Reiki practice, not to mention elsewhere in my daily life.  It's helped me to be more in tune with students and clients, to get information or answers to questions, to set better energy spaces, to draw through me new and enhancing energies.

First Impressions

Originally I thought channeling involved allowing a higher spirit guide to connect with you and then take over your body to a certain degree. Then the guide would begin to speak through you and give very useful information, some of which may not have been known to many.  In the past, many famous channels like Jane Roberts (Seth), Jach Pursell (Lazaris),  etc. would channel this way.  The channeler might have had an idea of what was being said but they usually had to read the transcripts after, explaining that they seemed to leave their body (in astral form) and experience some spiritual growth in a different realm while the guide was channeling through their body. 

Some channels would produce automatic writing, allowing their Guide to come in and then take over their handwriting or even their typing on the computer. While the more famous channels always seemed to work with beings of Love and Light, most beginners still were concerned with connecting with beings that were not so evolved.

The current methods of teaching channeling (such as that by Roman and Packer) involve techniques where with the energetic support of the teachers (and their guides) you only reach the high beings of Love and Light.  Also you are no longer unaware of your channeling as you remain conscious of what is being said - hence you are a conscious channeler.  This means that you do not leave your body when the Guide comes in but you remain conscious and aware of everything that is occurring and being said.  You simply develop a trust with the Being and allow it to speak or write through you.  I found conscious channeling to be something like eavesdropping on a conversation.  I may or may not be paying complete attention to the information I am channeling.
The current methods of teaching channeling 
involve techniques where ... you only reach 
the high beings of Love and Light.

"How do you recognize a high-level guide? High guides encourage you to use your own wisdom and discernment rather than blindly follow anything you are told. They never tell you that you "have to" do something or attempt to determine a direct outcome in your personal life. They encourage you to develop and use your inner strengths and deeper wisdom. They encourage you not to give your power to them. High-level guides are often humble, and acknowledge that their truth is not the only truth. High-level guides may point out something that is not working in your life, but they will do so in such a way that will make you feel empowered and strong." 
from the book Opening to Channel
Channeling can also take other forms such as in your art, music, inspiration, daily guidance and much more.  While usually the Spirit that is channeled is thought of having a personality to it's consciousness, the personality can sometimes be very silent - almost dormant, as if existing in the background. 

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