It depends on how “into it” I am. Mostly, it feels ordinary to me. I don’t go into a deep trance, though for a satisfactory, as far as I am concerned, channeling experience I should take a really deep breath with the intention of centering and calming myself and then step off the edge of a cliff. It is a surrendering into the experience where I prefer to close my eyes and just relax and allow whoever in Spirit is there to talk.
For the most part I talk with my guide Seth, though there are many occasions when other Folk in Spirit come through. For instance, loved ones who have passed on; my mother is a frequent Person in Spirit to speak, and now my neighbor Phil who passed this month. I get to grieve just like anybody else, but it is a comfort if not to actually talk to him, to know he is near.
The first year that I channeled was spent getting used to it. Voices came at me from every which way both loud and murmurings I almost couldn’t hear. They were audible voices. I couldn’t hear too well when there were other people or noise in my area, like if the television was on. They also said weird things at times. But it all calmed down eventually to where what I hear now appears to be more of a telepathic communication.
The only physical sensations I feel occasionally is a poke in the head, more pressure than a poke, generally top and to the right side, sometimes a tightening around my head like I wore a headband and sometimes an achy feeling at the back of my neck. These are not uncomfortable feelings, just things that happen sometimes when I channel. I asked Seth in the beginning when these sensations were more prevalent what was going on and he said they were tuning me up. I’ve never known whether that is true or not, but it seemed to be a humorous answer. Who knows? I do know, though, when I was learning to channel using, “Opening to Channel” by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer that you would feel a sharp poke in the back of your neck when Spirit entered. Sure enough, the day before I started channeling I felt that sharp poke. It started at my neck and went completely down my back. It was only an instant and it has never happened like that again. So, you don’t need to worry about it.
A difficult thing in the beginning when my hearing went from audible to telepathic was to try to figure out whether I had just thought something or if my guide had said it. For the longest time I was asking him, “Did you say something or did I just think it?” Seth would give me the confirmation I needed to continue on. It was an awkward stage and I didn’t care for it overmuch, but whether those confirmations were true or not, just having him acknowledge the question with a decisive answer calmed me enough to get through that stage. I suppose it lasted a few months. After that time I began to recognize the energies involved with the Folk in Spirit I was channeling and the way my own thoughts were. It was very important to me during that period of time that I maintain my own sense of individuality.