The ability to channel information falls into two general categories; the PHYSICAL and the MENTAL
Physical channeling is that which relates to, or has an effect on, physical objects. This would include psy-chometry, pendulum (radiesthesia), tea-leaf reading (tasseography), card-reading (cartomancy), etc..
Mental channeling is that which deals with impressions received on some level of conscious awareness. Included in the mental category are clairvoyance ("clear seeing"), clairaudience (hearing), clairsen-tience (sensing) and telepathy (thought transference). The abilities to function in precognitive (knowing before the event), retrocognitive (after the event) and present time frames.
A further division of channeling should be noted. That is, the difference between "trance" and "conscious" channeling (the trance condition can be further divided into deep, medium and light states). Generally speaking, the term "trance" indicates the lack of conscious activity on the part of the psychic, or "Channel". In a deep trance, the Channel is not consciously aware of what is occurring during the process and will not retain any memory of the event. In a medium or semi-trance state, the Channel usually has some conscious awareness of what occurs and retains some memory. In this case, the conscious mind acts as an observer but does not actively participate in the channeling of the information. In a light trance the knowledge during, and later memory of, the event is more pronounced. However, the conscious memory still functions only as an observer and takes no active part.
In the case of conscious channeling, the Psychic's conscious awareness can, and often does, actively participate. Not only are the higher levels of consciousness receiving and assimilating information, but the conscious awareness is receiving and analyzing data on the physical level (such as physical manifestation of emotional response, including body language, facial expression and voice inflection).
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