Holistic Health Practices/Part 12

By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©2007
Medical channeling occurs when someone permits a spirit entity to possess him or her for New Age healing purposes.

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What is Medical Channeling?

Medical channeling occurs when someone permits a spirit entity to possess him or her for New Age healing purposes. The spirits may possess the healer to perform psychic diagnosis or healing through them, or the spirits may use the vocal chords to speak through the person in order to give spiritual, medical, nutritional, and other teaching. Several forms of spirit communication by channeling exist, such as auto­matic writing, trance and inner voice dictation.

Even medical doctors are turning to channelers for advice—or even becoming channelers themselves. For example, leading neurosurgeon C. Norman Shealy is the author of Occult Medicine Can Save Your Life and coauthor with Carolyn Myss of The Creation of Health: Merging Traditional Medicine with Intuitive Diagnosis. In his clinical practice he employs the psychic advice of spiritist Myss who channels an entity called “Genesis.” Also, channeler Robert Leightman, M.D., an ordained Science of Mind minister, talks to spirits on a regular basis. With medium Carl Japikse, he is the coauthor of some 40 books of spiritistic revelation. His work as a psychic consultant to numerous medical doctors, psychiatrists, and psychologists has allegedly earned him a reputation as one of America’s premier psychics.

Channeling claims to work through a variety of means. For example, by medita­tion, visualization, hypnosis, altered states of consciousness, and other methods, the spirits are able to enter, possess, and control a person much in the same way a puppeteer controls a puppet. New Age health therapists claim that by permitting spirits to possess and speak through them, mankind can attain a wealth of spiritual and other wisdom directly from spirits who have passed on or who are highly evolved. The spirits claim they can assist people’s health concerns and direct them toward true individual and social enlightenment.

The major problem in channeling is that too much evidence exists that the spirits (who claim to be wise and loving entities sent from God to help people) are really lying spirits that the Bible identifies as demons. Channeling is part of what the Bible associates with the “spiritual forces of evil” (Eph. 6:10-18) and is thus specifically forbidden (Deut. 18:9-12). The hidden purpose of the spirits is to gain the trust of men so they can exert influence and control over them in order to bring about their eventual ruin.

Some of the potential dangers of channeling (as in all occultism) include spiritual deception, occult bondage, demon possession, mental breakdown, physical harm, and other consequences that we have documented in our The Facts on Spirit Guides and The Facts on the Occult (Harvest House).

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