This is one of many True Story interviews in which we talk to people who have experienced interesting/amazing/challenging things. This is the story of Maria and her work as a channeler. I realize that some readers might not 'believe' in Maria's work. Polite, articulate disagreement and discussion is always encouraged and accepted. Rude, incendiary comments will be deleted.
Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hi, I'm Maria! I'm from NJ but have spent most of my life living in the South, and am presently in Durham, NC. I am a super-happy single gal right now. I am thrilled and gratified to make my living as a channeler and as a licensed acupuncturist. I'm a big reader, am re-discovering my love for travel, and I'd call myself an introvert, with a dash of live-music-watching, dancing extrovert thrown in.
What does a channeler do?
Descriptions can vary a bit; generally speaking, channeling refers to having a separate being use one's body to communicate. It can also be a "bringing through" of information or inspiration from other sources besides one's own mind. I think many artists, musicians, and writers have this skill. I refer to this as "lower case c" channeling.
I do what I call "uppercase C" channeling, which means I have a partnership with one particular entity who I channel (that's Zurac). When I invite him, he comes into my body, and I allow him to use my body and voice to communicate with clients who have questions about their life. When I am channeling for someone, they are talking to Zurac, not to me.
When did you first realize you had this skill? Have you had to work to refine your skills?
From a young age I was aware of being very sensitive to energy, which is very helpful when channeling. This awareness motivated an early interest in the metaphysical and in energy healing (hence the acupuncture training).
I initially built my skill of channeling by doing extensive, focused training with my teacher/mentor, James Tolchard. I am always working to refine and improve my channeling skills; I see channeling as my life's journey, and I consider my learning as a continual, ongoing process.
How do you feel when you're channeling?
Centered, relaxed, and like I'm in the background, observing what is happening in the outside world. I can hear everything that's being said, but I'm at a bit of a distance. When I'm done I feel energized, and oddly, sometimes hungry. I don't experience any fatigue after channeling.
Tell us about the being you channel.
Zurac is awesome. He is what's called an "ascended" being, which just means he does not incarnate into a physical body anymore. He was last on earth around nine thousand years ago, and he understands the emotional struggles humans sometimes have. He is incredibly supportive, completely lacks judgement, and is super insightful.
For someone with no physical body of his own, he's very grounded. He does not require any sort of reverence or special respect; he's very casual and clients feel comfortable around him almost immediately. His specialty is helping people with their personal growth.
How are you and he different?
I'm comfortable saying he's much further along in his personal growth process then I am! He is insightful in a way I can’t match, because of how he reads energy.
He definitely has a more masculine energy than I do (he doesn't actually have a gender, but since he feels like a guy to me I call him "he"). His body language is also his own, and he makes different facial expressions then I do - I can tell because my face is usually a little stiff after a particularly long channeling session.
Have you ever tried to channel someone other than Zurac?
Yes! I consider improving my skills as an ongoing process, and playing around a bit with channeling different beings is a way to hone my technique.
Is this skill ever problematic?
For me it's not. Zurac is very respectful, and he always waits for me to invite him to chat. I'm very sensitive to energy and other beings, and years of working within the energy world has helped me to build very solid boundaries. For example, I don't take on other people's emotions or pain, and I don't allow myself to be "nudged" or directly approached by other beings except in very particular (skill-improving situation) circumstances.
How have your friends and family reacted to this?
I've received a lot of support from certain people in my world; others appear to prefer to avoid the topic altogether, which is fine with me. Channeling is not everyone's cup of tea, and I respect that. I think in their case NOT bringing it up is a form of support. I really haven't experienced any naysayers. I talk about channeling and Zurac in a pretty matter-of-fact manner, and openly acknowledge that's it's an out of the ordinary thing.
What's the best part about being able to channel?
It's like having the most supportive friend you can imagine, always on call. At times it brings me to tears. Zurac is always available to assist me, and always willing to hold my hand as I walk my road. It's a invaluable, incomparable experience and one that I cherish.
Thanks so much for sharing, Maria! Do you guys have any (respectful!) questions for her? Have any of you ever worked with a channeler?
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