Channeling is a modern expression of an ancient practice found all over the world and throughout human history in numerous forms, from ancient Greek prophecy to various forms of divine possession to the revelation of scripture. Those practices generally involve a deity, ancestor, spiritual intelligence, discarnate being, or other dimension of the self speaking through a human person to an individual or a community, usually for some set purpose, crisis, or direction. They are also deeply intertwined with the history and practice of inspired writing.
Jeff Kripal is a historian and professor of religions at Rice University who specializes in the study and comparison of such altered states of mind and energy. He will guide the group through a broad historical understanding of these practices and provide a simple model through which we might understand them in our own modern terms (from the study of comparative mystical literature and modern neuroscience). Student-scholars will also be encouraged to consider practical applications of the channeling "Human as Two" in dream-journaling, in experiences of synchronicity, and in creative writing. We will also bring in a contemporary modern channeler Paul Selig and the literary critic and writer Victoria Nelson, who has worked with Paul to produce three modern works of channeled literature.
Recommended reading: Selig, I Am The Word; Kripal, Authors of the Impossible.