THE BOOKS OF FOUNDATION - Channelled Texts

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In spirituality, channelling  is the belief that communication of information occurs by or through a person (the channel or medium), from a deity, spirit or other paranormal entity outside the mind (or self) of the channel.
This idea of channelling relies on the belief that non human entities exist and are capable of communicating with human beings.


Christian Spiritual Hierarchies
Non-human Entities
Christian orthodox teaching and Gnosticism both, posits a chain of being from the ultimate ONE, through various spiritual hierarchies various, an ending in the lowest spirit forms.
Other spiritual traditions, including Hinduism and Islam also accept such a hierarchy of being.
There is evidence that such non-human entities exist, although their precise nature is difficult to ascertain accurately.
Particularly in recent times it has been suggested that such non-human entities are in fact alien being, either from other parts of our galaxy, or from other dimensions or 'time-frames.

There have been numerous channelled texts in the last two centuries, most of which, when the nature of their content is analysed are probably fraudulent.


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The very earliest channelled communication, not surprisingly, come from Egypt.
We don't know who received them, or the name of the entity channelling, but the very nature of their contents indicates that they are channelled material.


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OAHSPE

The earliest well publicised example is 'Oahspe'.
'Oahspe: A New Bible' is a book published in 1882, purporting to contain "new revelations" from "...the Embassadors of the angel hosts of heaven prepared and revealed unto man in the name of Jehovih..."
It was written by an American dentist, John Ballou Newbrough (1828–1891), who reported it to have been produced by automatic writing, making it one of a number of 19th-century neo-revelationist works attributed to that practice.
Adherents of the revelation expounded in Oahspe are referred to as "Faithists".


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THE BOOK OF MORMON

Another early example of the channelling of religious material is Joseph Smith's 'Book of Mormon'.
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Smith claimed to have recovered the book from a hill named Cumorah, in Manchester, New York State, in 1827.
There is, however, considerable confusion about who, apart from Smith actually saw the book - consisting of gold plates - and as the plates, containing the text of the book, were returned to the safe keeping of the angel Moroni, there is no real evidence of them having really existed.
A far more likely explanation is that Smith channelled them from an entity that he called Moroni.

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THE SETH MATERIAL


A much later example is 'The Seth Material'
The Seth Material is a collection of metaphysical texts dictated by the American psychic Jane Roberts to her husband from late 1963 until her death in 1984.
The words were purportedly suggested to Roberts by a discarnate entity who called himself Seth, who she said took control of her body and spoke through her.
The material is regarded as one of the cornerstones of New Age philosophy, and the most influential channelled text of the post-World War II "New Age" movement, other than 'A Course in Miracles'.
Professor of psychology Jon Klimo writes that the Seth books were instrumental in bringing the idea of channeling to a broad public audience.


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Interestingly, Seth is a god of the desert, storms, and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion.
In later myths he is also the god of darkness, and chaos. In Ancient Greek, the god's name is given as Sēth (Σήθ).
In Egyptian mythology, Set is portrayed as the usurper that killed and mutilated his own brother Osiris. Osiris' wife Isis reassembled Osiris' corpse and embalmed him.
Osiris' son Horus sought revenge upon Set, and the myths describe their conflicts.
The death of Osiris and the battle between Horus and Set is a popular theme in Egyptian mythology.


Most examples of contemporary channelling have an unpleasantly bland, platitudinous quality, sounding something like a 'pep-talk' from a rather prim and prissy headmistress to her recalcitrant 'gals'.
A good example is the following, from Susan Elsa:

'Dear very beloved Souls. I AM ARCHANGEL AZRAEEL, also called in many of your Times and various Cultures Anubis or the Archangel of Death- you name it. I do not speak much, at all, nor let you know I AM ALWAYS HERE. But I AM ALWAYS AROUND EACH ONE OF YOU AT ANY TIME IN ANY PLACE. The symbolic Anubis look and Name, given to me in Ancient Egypt, is one of my favourites. I have never been a HUMAN BEING DRESSED IN THAT WAY- I AM THE ARCHANGEL OF DEATH. The Egyptians knew me very well and worked openly with me - and hence gave a "a look" to personify me better for the understanding capability of the human brain and limited physical sight.'
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LIBER AL VEL LEGIS

Probably the most famous example of channelling is the 'Liber Al Vel Legis', which is the central sacred text of Thelema.
It was written by Aleister Crowley, who claimed it was dictated to him by a discarnate entity named "Aiwass" - who is far from bland or platitudinous !


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القرآن‎ - AL QURAN

Possibly the most influential channelled text doesn't even have a real name.
We know it as القرآن‎ (the Quran), which simply means “the recitation”,
The name can also be transliterated Koran, Qur’an, and al-Qur’an, and it is the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims consider to the verbatim word of God  (Allah) and the final divine revelation - the Final Testament.
It is regarded by most Muslims as the finest piece of literature in the Arabic language.
Muslims believe that the Quran was verbally revealed through the angel Jibril (Gabriel) from God to Muhammad gradually over a period of approximately twenty-three years beginning in 610 CE, when Muhammad was forty, and concluding in 632 CE, the year of his death.


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NIETZSCHE

One of the strangest channelled works is Nietzsche's 'Also Sprach Zarathustra'.
Often considered as a philosophical work, 'Zarathustra', is written in the literary style of Luther's Bible (supposedly ironically), and contains no philosophical argument or development as would normally be found in an academic work.
While also superficially anti-religious and rejecting 'metaphysics', the text in fact offers a number of metaphysical 'doctrines', such as the 'theory of eternal recurrence', the 'ubermensch', the doctrine of the 'primacy of the will', and the doctrine of the 'death of God'.

On January 3, 1889, Nietzsche suffered a mental collapse.
Two policemen approached him after he caused a public disturbance in the streets of Turin.
In the following few days, Nietzsche sent short writings—known as the 'Wahnbriefe' (Madness Letters)—to a number of friends (including Cosima Wagner and Jacob Burckhardt).

Although most commentators regard his breakdown as unrelated to his philosophy Georges Bataille drops dark hints ("'man incarnate' must also go mad").
Undoubtedly the entity that had channelled 'Zarathustra' had gradually taken over Nietzsche, causing him to channel 'Ecce Homo' and The Antichrist'.
Finally the entity completely overwhelmed Nietzsche's psyche, and left him a 'burnt out wreck' devoid of will and personality.
In 1898 and 1899 Nietzsche suffered at least two strokes, which partially paralysed him and left him unable to speak or walk.
After contracting pneumonia in mid-August 1900 he had another stroke during the night of August 24 / August 25, and died about noon on August 25.

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