What are some of the other outcomes of these guided meditations?
Channelers can implant fears that have no basis in reality.
They suggest solutions that may be combinations of self-hypnosis and visualization mixed with magical thinking and fantasies that produce no change.
They give false hope and promises that never come true.
We should not be surprised to find demoralization, depression, and "post-workshop blues" in the seekers who frequent the channelers.
Perhaps channeling can even become a form of addiction. Facing painful reality can be so hard.
In the high point of the meditation, in the excitement of being with a "Master" or "Commander of the Intergalactic Federation," it seems so simple to just "wish away" problems.
In these metaphysical belief systems, the seeker is cast as the creator of all that he or she experiences.
How much easier it is to "go away" from it all on a regular basis by being with...Babu!
Channeling can be beneficial to spiritual development to the degree that it actively aids in the evolution of the Higher Self promoting genuine transformation, the liberation of the individual spirit (salvation), and the achievement of the highest awareness, discrimination, and intuitive self-knowledge (enlightenment).
Channeling may also enrich our personal lives in that by serving several functions: Models or maps of consciousness presented during channeling can help us comprehend our inner world and make cognitive sense of our experiences.
Channeled messages may transmit encouragement and hope, and inspire faith and commitment.
The guided meditation that accompanies these sessions may aid the healing process and combat stress, via relaxation and imagery.
If channeling is genuinely serving a ministerial function by awakening spiritual sensitivity and quickening personal and spiritual development, it may be helpful to the seeker.
But to the degree that it misinforms the seeker, creates delusions and false hopes, and creates dependence on either the channel or the helper, it may be deleterious.
And to the degree that the channeler can intentionally remove from the channeling experience those factors that create false expectations, dependency, and delusional belief, in that measure can channeling become a valuable means of gaining information and insight.