How to Channel

Before we dig into how to channel, be sure to check out my previous post: What Is Channeling? to get the 411 on this practice and how it can benefit you.

Now, if you’re ready to rock and try channeling for yourself, keep reading 😉

How do you channel?

For me, channeling started as meditation. The more time and space I made for myself to disconnect from the outside world, go inward, and quiet the constant (often negative) yammering of my ego, the more I opened up my sacred channel and began to receive guidance outside of myself.

Journaling was also a huge part of honing my channeling. I used to think I could only channel through writing, but now I’m at a place where I can instantly tune in and channel and deliver messages verbally in real time.

Although my channeling skills have definitely evolved and strengthened over the years, I’ve realized that there are three keys to channeling for me:

The 3 Keys to Channeling:

1) Disconnect and cleanse. For me, this looks like retreating to a quiet, sacred space where I won’t be disturbed. Next, I cord cut to cleanse my energy, literally using my hands to karate chop at all active cords or energy leakages that may be active for me in the moment. Then I visualize emptying my mind of all thoughts by picturing all thoughts, recent conversations or interactions, or anything that is on the forefront of my mind as being sucked into a large glass bubble, kind of like a fish bowl (also this totally reminds me of using a Pensieve in Harry Potter 😉 Once I feel lighter and less activated, I toss the fish bowl behind me and out of sight to release whatever was weighing on me. From here I usually feel connected to myself on a deeper level and still. I’ve switched from focusing on the external and am not dwelling in my inner, intuitive space. Then I’m ready to…

2) Ground. I like to bring the four elements into my grounding practices. I visualize roots stemming from each of my feet and my root chakra (this is located at the base of your spine) and going down, down, down into the middle of the earth. Once there, I visualize each of the elements–earth, air, water, and fire–infusing my roots with its energy. Then I picture the combined elemental, grounding energy surging up through my roots, and back into my body. I usually do this upward energy surge four times to feel fully grounded. Then it’s time to…

3) Connect to source and spirit. My visualization on this may vary on any given day, but the constant is that I envision myself being bathed in the white-gold love and light of the Universe. I picture it washing over my body, starting at the crown of my head, and slowly flowing downwards until it’s reached my feet. I picture this source bath flowing over me, head to toe, four times.

From there my sacred channel is open and I’m ready to receive. 

Disclaimer: As I mentioned, I’m now to the point where I don’t need to do this formal routine to channel, I can just flip the switch and tune in, but when I’m in the mood for a more sacred experience, I’ll do this. I also think if you’re just starting out, it helps to have a structured practice to follow until you feel confident in your skills.

Cool, I’m ready to get started!

If you want to give channeling a go, I suggest you start with the 3 Keys to Channeling above. Be sure to sit in a quiet, comfortable space, and I suggest having a journal and pen on hand. 

Once you’re disconnected from the outside world, tuned in to yourself, and your channel is open, start small. Ask a question and see what you receive. It can be a direct answer, a quick vision that flashes in your mind, or maybe even a song lyric (I got a lot of song lyrics when I first started channeling). Or you may not receive anything at first, and that’s okay.

The more you commit to this practice and going inward in general, the better you’ll get at accessing your sacred channel and tapping into the divine guidance that’s always available to you.

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What is Channeling?

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I’m currently working on a new book idea that centers around spirituality and intuition, my own spiritual journey, and the work that I do here through The Sacred Channel. The first phase of this project is going back through a decade’s worth of soul journals and transcribing the channeled messages I’ve received over the years.

It’s been a mixture of surreal, nostalgic, and mind blowing to revisit the start of my spiritual journey and see how I and my gifts have evolved.


It also made me remember how clueless I was about channeling (and all the spiritual things) back then and that it could be helpful to people who are currently clueless about channeling to dive deeper into this practice and share what I’ve learned. So here goes…

What the heck is channeling?

Channeling is when you receive messages, wisdom, guidance, or support from source, spirit, or your higher self. This may sound completely cray if you’re new to this type of thing, but I swear on Chris Evans’ perfect beard that channeling is real, and I believe that it’s something that we all have access to.

Seriously – this is coming from a gal who used to think she was atheist and was afraid of religion and spirituality. Now channeling is such an innate, normal part of who I am and my daily experience.

How do you know if you’re actually channeling?

I’ll be honest – it took me a loooong time to believe that I was channeling messages from outside of myself. At first, I would just kind of scoff and convince myself I was just imagining stuff or making up thoughts in my head.

But once I got over myself, I started to realize that the feel of these messages was different. Especially back toward the beginning of my spiritual journey – I was not in a good head space. I was on the self-hate bandwagon, and much of my internal dialogue was negative and self-critical to the point of cruelty.

However, the channeled messages I would receive were always loving and gentle. They were often positive and encouraging. And as I began to get better and better at channeling, to the point that I was scribbling down paragraphs or pages worth of messages, I realized they were often in a completely different voice than my own. And there were multiple voices. And handwritings. If I flip through all of my journals, there is a multitude of different handwritings intermingled with my own script. It’s pretty cool 😉

Who or what are you channeling? 

I often keep it general and say source, spirit, or your higher self. But if you wanna get into the nitty gritty of it, I’ve personally channeled:

  • My higher self & soul energy
  • My spirit guides
  • My spirit animals & totems
  • Others’ spirit guides
  • Other’s loved ones who have passed
  • Archangels
  • A few of my loved ones who have passed away

Channeling has opened my world in such a beautiful way. It’s strengthened my connection to myself, to spirit, to source, and to others! It’s always cool to channel for someone else and have the message resonate and inspire them. 

Channeling, and spirituality in general, have been pivotal in my personal healing and transformation over the years, which is why I’m such a geek about sharing it with others.

Speaking of which, if you’re excited to start your own channeling journey, stay tuned for next week’s post, which will dig into how to channel.

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