The circumstances around the channeling breakthrough are really interesting.
Hey there, Rick, thank you for the suggestion. I am big into channelled material but not if there's a religious bent. Michael openly admits there is a very Christian spin on his interpretation of what came through, for someone like me, that is a turnoff.
It's interesting you mention the circumstances around the breakthrough, though. I have been studying this in a very informal way. Neale Donald Walsch and Eckhart Tolle, from what I gather, were both suicidal when the channelling first occurred. Gary Renard had two apparently "physical, solid" people appear in his living room one afternoon during a meditation. Esther and Jerry Hicks were also meditating when Abraham first came through Esther, causing her to write letters in the air with her nose.
I am interested in this because I would like to channel an entity.
Thanks for the response and I fully get the Christian spin turnoff. I've worked through my "growing up Catholic" issues (I think ;>) ) and have no religious preference other than my historical/cultural interest in world religions. Actually, I don't remember Stephen's messages to be particularily Christian, although I believe that Cocks was a (retired?) minister. Esoteric Christianity and other "Perennial Philosophy" traditions found in Vedic, Sufi, Hermetic, Kabbalistic traditions do fascinate me.
I know that Tolle was very depressed when he "awakened" but I don't believe that he claims to be channelling anyone. Could I be wrong? Interestingly, Tolle adopted the last name of the Zen- like Christian Mystic Meister Eckhardt for his own first name. The term "dark night of the soul" coined by John of the Cross is the popular term used for the emergence of a deep sense of depression, existential meaningless, and void that are sometimes experienced before a enlightenment breakthrough. Read the modern Christian mystic Bernadette Roberts "No-Self" books. Ditto Suzanne Segal. I know that some but not all channel mediums experience depression. My sense is that chanellers may, or may not, be of mystic bent. Jane Roberts comes to mind as someone without a mystical bent. Yet Seth's messages seem to be higher IUOC entity teachings.
I see that you have an interest with the chanelled Course in Miracles material and that's clearly where Gary Renard's book comes from, or is in line with. I had a great deal of difficulty wading through the "scripture-like" style of Course in Miracles although I certainly resonate with it's message. I also had a great deal of difficulty accepting Renard's claim of material manifestations of the persons that appeared to him. I remember when reading the book around 2002 thinking that he was using this as kind of a "fictional conceit" to get across Course in Miracles teachings.Claims of solid materialization of NPMR IUOC beings have always tickled my boggle threshold. I have experienced NPMR apparitions, which like most NPMR phenomena (UFO, Marian visions, fairies etc) have a different quality ( see wonderful book Daemonic Reality). They are more elusive, trickster -like to pin down. I know that there is a particular Australian lawyer who claims he has first person evidence of materialization mediumship. He's a bit pugilistic for my taste.
Having said all of this regarding solid materialization of IUOC entities, I have actually been working with a client, unfamiliar and basically illiterate in psychic knowledge and understanding, spontaneously experiencing the presence of recently dead persons in his living room on a reguar basis. He states that they appear to him in the guise of the method of their (usually) violent deaths. If a person has drowned, they will show up wet. Some appear bloodied, burned, you name it. They speak telepathically to him and seem to want him to communicate to a friend or relative "some type" of a message. My client actually experiences the pain, horror and fear that the entity experiences. This will affect my client for hours afterwards and this scares and mystifies him. He doesn't know the visitors, wonders "why they come to me?" and feels guilty for not helping them. He says that they are as real as "you and me." I believe him. There are also other paranormal occurances in his life that I'll convey at some point. I have a psychiatist colleague who is also seeing him and, unlike myself, is unfamiliar with metaphysics and he uses the word "paranormal" experiences to describe my client and has never "seen this type of thing before". I have worked in my field of psychology for 30 years, 17 years as an inpatient unit director, and am highly familiar with auditory and visual hallucinations that are psychotically based. My client's experience do not have a psychotic quality. Neurologic? Maybe but EEG's and MRI's of my client's brain indicate no evidence of neurologic anomolies.
So....I'm willing to re entertain my materialization skeptic views regarding Renard's book, although the crap that a particular Australian lawyer is selling is beyond banal. I have read some interesting reputable investigations of materialization phenomena going back to the 1880's. So....who knows?