How to be a Channel: Channeling De-mystified

I’m in the midst of creating curriculum for next year’s Earth Advocate Apprenticeship, which is centered around returning to joyous co-creation with all life. Much of the curriculum is coming directly from my learning with various energies and entities as they teach me how to regain access to my multidimensionality and inherent connection with all living things. There’s a buzzword in the New Age community that’s sometimes used to make people seem special and powerful—channeling. Some love channels, while some, well… don’t, but people perceived as having a direct line of information to other energies or entities are often seen as authorities by other spiritually-minded folks. A beloved teacher of mine, Pam Montgomery, would say that channeling means being a hollow bone. In other words, it’s simply the process of becoming open—hollow—to receiving information directly from the source. It’s an innate ability that is also the basis for telepathic communication. Although we’re currently conditioned to an isolated state of reality in which we “can’t” communicate with non-human intelligences because they don’t “talk,” and important information comes only from human authorities or experts, our natural way of being in the world is to be in connection with other living things and to be able to sense, feel, intuit and understand their experience.

Returning to this state of “free information exchange” and re-establishing the connection between different life forms is actually crucial to halting and reversing humanity’s current path of destruction. Once we remember how to communicate with other life forms, we begin to empathize with them and realize they’re not so different from us, and it creates an ethical dilemma around the ways that modern human life does harm to, or is in opposition to other creatures, and helps us to initiate positive changes in our own lives and around us.

We recently heard a raccoon under our deck, which sits on the ground, so we were surprised something had found its way under there. Using the communication tools that I’ll be teaching in the apprenticeship, I engaged the raccoon in conversation and learned it was a mama nesting with new babes. We ended up sharing about and bonding over our children. Although our initial thought was to call a pest control company to use safe traps to trap the raccoon family, move them and seal the hole, after our conversation I decided I’d keep my kids on the other side of the yard until the raccoon kits are old enough to leave the nest and fend for themselves. It didn’t feel right, as a mama, to displace another mama and her cubs if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. This is a small example of how our interactions change when we’re able to directly understand the experience of others.

Being the hollow bone

Learning how to receive information from and communicate telepathically with non-human entities takes practice and openness, as well as letting go of your mind’s very strong desire to control, sort and catalogue everything. But as I said, I firmly believe it’s something everyone can do, and used to actually be part of our consensus reality.

To start, I recommend sitting outside, in nature if possible, but even with a potted plant or a place where insects are crawling around or birds are chirping will do. Plants, insects and animals are typically quite open to communication, although I’ve found that insects and animals sometimes have a little more resistance to talking to humans at first. Before you try to engage, just let your mind go blank and your senses take over. Close your eyes and notice the smells, sounds and sensations around you. Engaging your senses takes you out of the dominant mental state that we spend much of our days in. In particular, pay attention to nonhuman noises and sensations—crickets, leaves rustling, the breeze against your skin. Let yourself become lost in this experience.

Next, bring your awareness to your heart. The heart is really the primary organ of perception, but like any under-used muscle, many of our hearts are in various states of atrophy. The heart can be easily woken up and re-engaged by taking some good deep breaths right into the chest.

Pureness of intention is the most important factor here, so make sure that’s real for you—what is your intention in communicating and is it selfishly motivated? Imagine you are meeting an ancient tribal elder—would you show up trying to get something from them or would you show up humble and open with a genuine desire to learn? That’s the state to put yourself in. Let your breath inhabit your heart and feel complete openness there. Then simply send a “hello” from your heart to the entity you’d like to communicate with and introduce yourself. State your intention out loud (or silently if you’d prefer to send your communication this way—either works), just in case it isn’t crystal clear from your overall state of being.

The translation process

When we communicate with nonhuman intelligence, a translation process takes place. We send out a message in our native human language and it’s translated and received, then the return message is translated and received back. Understanding the translation process takes a grounding in dimensional alchemy that I won’t take the time to go into here, but the important takeaway is that language is not a barrier and the translation process is seamless and almost immediate.

Taking off

Begin by sending simple communications and just listen for a response. Sometimes it can take a while to learn how to hear the response. For me, I hear a voice in my head. Sometimes it registers as my own voice and sometimes not, but don’t think that because the communication sounds like your own thought that you haven’t received anything. This is actually way more simple than our linear brains make it out to be. It’s also possible that you might not notice the response right away, but that the answer will come in another form later on—this can be fun and add to the mystery of it all! You can ask any questions you’d like, and begin to expand your worldview.

Once you’ve opened up communication with a particular type of intelligence, you’ll likely find that it’s easier to communicate with them in the future, and that they’ll become a type of guide or ally—you’ll notice them more and they’ll be able to help you navigate all the complex realms of reality.


Simply go outside, quiet your mind and engage in your senses, take some deep breaths into your heart, decide who you will send your communication to, approach humbly and with openness, send a simple communication, and listen for the response.

Nothing takes the pressure off like playfulness, so if you approach this with the eyes and heart of a child, you may be surprised at how fast it happens. Have fun and leave a response in the comments below to tell me how this works for you!

About bsteinmann

creator of the Earth Advocate Apprenticeship and creator and Editor in Chief of Satya Collective. Her Wise Women mentors include Pam Montgomery, Carolle Guyette, Rosemary Gladstar, Susan Hull Bostwick and Kami McBride. Before becoming a mama, Beth had a private practice as a healer and holistic health practitioner, and she has been leading workshops and facilitating healing for ten years. Her work is to build bridges across human communities, between humans and other life forms, and the seen and unseen. She can be found tromping through the woods with her twin boys, stepdaughter and husband in the wilds of Sonoma County, California.
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