Pearl Curran & Patience Worth
Episode 76 of the Paranormal Mysteries Podcast:
The topic of today’s show focuses on a phenomenon known as channeling which is a form of Mediumship in which a person allows themselves to be taken over by or to receive messages from another personality while in a dissociated state of consciousness or trance. Whereas mediumship is a term most often applied to communication with the dead, channeling is used for interaction with various nonphysical beings, including Angels, nature spirits, totem or guardian spirits, deities, demons, higher intelligences, and extraterrestrials, as well as spirits of the dead.
Channeling, like mediumship, has ancient roots. The ancient Egyptians used states of mystical trance to communicate with the gods. In ancient China, shaman-like people used trance states to interact with the spirit world. Channeling is recorded in the history of early India, and in ancient Greece it was used for oracular prophecy. Many spiritual leaders have received their guidance through channeling; examples are the prophets of the Old Testament and Muhammad, who received the teachings of the Koran while in trances and in DREAMS.
In the United States, channeling came into vogue in the 1970s when the channeled writings of the entity Seth, speaking through Jane Roberts, became best-selling books. Similar to the rush of popular interest in Spiritualist mediumship that occurred in the 19th century, channelers went into business, some charging exorbitant fees for sittings. Fad interest was over by the end of the 1980s, although the more prominent “channels,” as some individuals prefer to be called, retained their followings.
In many respects, today’s topic is a perfect example of this phenomenon, but it would seem that the strange story of Pearl Curran and Patience Worth would bring forward just as many skeptics as it would believers. So much so, that even today it’s regarded as one of the most interesting and controversial cases of channeling in history, but I’ll let you be the judge.
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