by Acting Intuitive Jill Place
I believe in synchronicity. So when several actors brought up the subject of channeling recently . . . and wondered if actors actually channel their characters through some sort of mysterious psychic process . . . I just had to write a column about it.
The concept of channeling has been around since the beginning of conscious thought. It’s the belief that communication of information occurs with an outside spirit or other paranormal entity through a person, the channel. Theatre may owe some of its origins to the acting out of channeled spirits in primitive dance circles. In recent history, the 1800s were a hive of paranormal activity as thousands of spiritualists and organizations embraced channeling and other psychic phenomena. Abraham Lincoln was also a big believer, and often invited trance channelers to the White House.
By 1900, channeling as a way to receive advanced wisdom and prophecy had fallen out of favor. But the writings and teachings of such noted channelers as Edgar Cayce, Jane Roberts (Seth) and JZ Knight (Ramtha) sparked renewed interest in this psychic phenomenon around the middle of the century. And channeling has remained a psychic mainstay since then. Shirley MacLaine talks of her channeling experiences in many of her books and cult movie favorites such as What the Bleep do we Know!? include channeled information. And the teachings of Abraham as interpreted by Esther Hicks in many books including the bestseller, Ask and It Is Given, has attracted a growing worldwide audience. Continue reading