Channeling the Famous-Metaphysics and the Metaphor of Celebrity

  “In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”
Andy Warhol


    I have been a natural channeler all of my life, but it has only been in the last few years or so that I have been really aware of what is going on when this happens. Channeling is basically the ability to be aware of, and communicate with, those that have crossed over. The first time I realized that I could do this, it just about blew me away emotionally, and on an intellectual level it left me confused and wondering if what I had experienced was real, or just my own active imagination at play. To make matters even more interesting, my own awareness of my ability seemed to attract more attention from those on the other side. It seems that many on the other side are as excited as all get out to find someone who can see, hear, and understand them, and if they can find someone to relay a message to a loved one in this dimension, they will bug you incessantly until you finally give in and deliver your message, even if it means having a total stranger look at you as if you have corn growing of your ears when the message is finally delivered.

    A good example of this occurred around 6 months ago when I visited a new hair stylist for the very first time. As I sat in the chair having my hair trimmed, I suddenly saw in my mind’s eye an elderly Mexican woman asking me to tell the stylist, Rose, hello. This little woman was insistent and would not get out of my head. Finally, in my mind, I told her that if she wanted me to say “hello” for her that she would have to give me something to work with and some form of validation that would be recognized by Rose other than “Some old lady on the other side says hello.” I immediately became aware of the apron that the old lady wore. “Tell her about the apron,” said the old woman. I also visualized the old woman holding out a beautifully decorated cake.

    “ This is going to sound like a strange question, “ I said to Rose. “ but do you know someone special to you who wears an apron?”

    Rose stopped trimming my hair, looked me in the eye and said, “That is so strange that you would ask me that! Just yesterday I was out shopping when I found a beautiful holiday apron. When I saw the apron, it reminded me of my great aunt who was the one person in the family that everyone revolved around. She took care of everyone, and she always wore the same old apron, all day long. Her apron had a very distinctive smell, and when I saw the apron in the store yesterday, I swear I smelled the scent of her apron in the store!”

    “Well”, I replied, “Your aunt wants you to know that she was aware you were thinking of her yesterday, and that she loves you very much.”

    Rose’s eyes briefly welled-up with tears, then she asked, “Did she tell you anything else?”

    I told Rose about the cake and she just gave a broad smile. “My great-aunt was well known for her wonderful Mexican cakes---you know those bright pink ones? You can buy those at the local super market, but none of them taste as good or are as pretty as the ones that she made. She was well-known for her cakes and was always making them for people in our family.”

    The great thing about this story is that Rose had also channeled her great-aunt the day before our meeting, but had not grasped the full impact of it until talking to me. I feel that I validated her experience, as much as she validated mine.

    Most channeling involves common, ordinary every-day people, and for years I seriously questioned those who claimed communication with those on the other side who had been famous in life. In some respects, it just seemed kind of hokey to me, and nothing more than an attention-getter for the channeler. And, of course, conversing with Marilyn Monroe seems much more interesting to most people than hearing from Uncle Sid or Grandma.

    On the other hand, we are often taken by surprise by the depth of feeling that can be aroused in us by those that we do not even know personally. When Christopher Reeve died in October of 2004, many in the world were affected deeply by the passing of such a strong, compassionate, and brave spirit, who had worked tirelessly until the day he died to improve the lives of others while struggling with his own broken body. He had become much more than just another actor or movie star to many, and we will forever remember him as “Superman” both on and off the screen.

    One morning a few days after Mr. Reeve’s death, I was getting ready for work when it crossed my mind what a special person he was, and how sad it was for the world to lose someone with so much grace. I suddenly became aware of his presence and heard within my mind, “ The really brave people in this world are those, like you, who get up every morning, work hard, and do the best they can every day, and always try to do the right thing, without credit or special attention. I was blessed that I had fame and that people would listen to me. I was the lucky one.”

    I cannot begin to describe the emotion I felt when I heard these words in my head. They were real, and they were genuine. As tears rolled down my face, I said out loud, “Thank you, Superman!” He replied, “No, thank you,” and then he was gone.

    As a teenager and in my college years, I had been a huge fan of the folksinger John Denver. My own love of nature was captured perfectly in many of his songs, and I must have played “Rocky Mountain High” a zillion times once I purchased his album of the same name. I even attended a concert of his in San Antonio, Texas, but as the years went by his fame waned greatly, and I soon looked upon him as just someone who had lost his luster, as I went on to what I considered more sophisticated fare in regards to music. Over the years, Mr. Denver had his own share of pain, multiple marriages, and a couple of arrests for driving while intoxicated. When the plane crash that took his life in 1997 was announced, the details made it appear, in my mind, as if the crash had been no accident, but rather a possibly creative form of suicide. His death had disappointed me on some level, but I soon let it go.

    Last year as I was perusing songs to add to my iPod, I remembered that “Rocky Mountain High” had been one of my all-time favorite songs, so I went looking for it in the iTunes Store. I soon found what I was looking for, downloaded the song, and plugged in the earbuds to listen to the entire tune. As I sat there, all of the feelings I had experienced so many years before flooded back as I heard the beautiful guitar accompaniment and Denver’s voice singing the lyrics that were like a hymn to the glory of his beloved Rocky Mountains. In getting caught up in the music, I soon realized that I had attracted attention. John Denver was sitting there with that very wide smile of his, and also let me know what had happened on the day he had died. That strong emotion of his in regards to the beauty around him had been his downfall. He had gotten so caught up with the sky, the clouds, and the ocean on that day that he had not been paying attention to his flying. By the time he had realized that his plane was in trouble, it was too late, he over-corrected and nose-dived into the ocean. Somehow I knew that this was true and it affected me deeply. For him, all in all, it had not been a bad way to go because he had been doing two things that he really loved, flying and enjoying nature. In many ways he was bringing me a message, helping me to rediscover and appreciate my passion for nature, as well as the very special qualities that were inherent in his music.

    Ok, now here is where I will be getting hokey. Not to be a really big name dropper, but I am guilty of the worst---an Elvis sighting. I have loved Elvis since I was a very little girl, and one of the things that brings me joy is playing one of my Elvis CDs as I drive to work. Elvis had many memorable songs, but the one song that I have listened to of his that has always connected me to him is his “If I Can Dream”. He has certainly had bigger hits than this song, but for some reason the person that he truly, deeply was, is expressed in this song. Anyone who has heard this recording, or watched him sing it during his 1968 TV special, has to aware that he put more of himself into this song than any one that he ever recorded. One day as I listened to this song, his presence came through loud and clear. The biggest disappointment in his life was that he felt he had not done more to help the world. He had wanted his career to be the starting point towards much better things for others because he realized in a very personal way, what it feels like to do without and he wanted to change that for everyone in need. So much of his unhappiness and issues with drugs and the total imbalance in his later years was due to his own lack of faith in himself, and his perception of failure in reaching his goals of helping others.

    When we look to people who touch our souls, we are really connecting with ourselves. Artists especially, singers, dancers, actors, painters, composers, writers, and poets express themselves through their art. If one listens to various works of Mozart, for instance, then at some point that person will recognize a piece as Mozart’s music, even if it has never been heard before. His music is like a familiar old friend that we would recognize anywhere. When this happens, we have connected not merely as a fan of his music, but on a personal and spiritual level. We know this person and have gotten a one-on-one with his very soul, and may indeed be channeling this person without being aware of it.
    One of the most important elements of the human experience is that of feeling. Feeling is connecting to emotion, understanding its meaning, and with it an understanding of ourselves and our connection to the greater whole. The great web vibrates on feeling. Those that touch us on an emotional level are also connecting to us, whether they are here in this dimension, or reaching out from another. They are, indeed, no more or less than one other aspect of us. Fame merely bestows the ability to reach out and touch more people, whether it is for good, or to show us our own failings and those things that we must overcome, and all are messengers if we will only open up and listen.

Rocky Mountain High
Words by John Denver; Music by John Denver and Mike Taylor
Recorded by John Denver in 1972

He was born in the summer of his 27th year
Comin’ home to a place he’d never been before
He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again
You might say he found a key for every door

When he first came to the mountains his life was far away
On the road and hangin’ by a song
But the string’s already broken and he doesn’t really care
It keeps changin’ fast and it don’t last for long

But the Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullabye
Rocky mountain high

He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below
He saw everything as far as you can see
And they say that he got crazy once and he tried to touch the sun
And he lost a friend but kept his memory

Now he walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake

And the Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply
Rocky mountain high

Now his life is full of wonder but his heart still knows some fear
Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend
Why they try to tear the mountains down to bring in a couple more
More people, more scars upon the land

And the Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
I know he’d be a poorer man if he never saw an eagle fly
Rocky mountain high

It’s Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
Friends around the campfire and everybody’s high
Rocky mountain high

If I Can Dream
Music and lyrics by Earl Brown
Recorded by Elvis Presley in 1968

There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why cant my dream come true

There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away
All the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why wont that sun appear

Were lost in a cloud
With too much rain
Were trapped in a world
I troubled with pain
But as long as a man
Has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly

Deep in my heart theres a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, theres a beckoning candle
And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream, please let my dream
Come true, right now
Let it come true right now
Oh yeah

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  • 2/5/2008 5:59 AM Aja wrote:
    You explained channeling very well, it is just like that. I have been a medium for 20+ years and I agree with your perception that awareness can cross nations, time and distance in one synchronistic moment, connecting us to the one who has passed and sharing with those who are still here a special piece of the deceased's persona. Channeling helped me get in touch with feelings by having to feel other's feelings. Thank you.
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    1. 2/5/2008 7:16 PM Mistress of the Books wrote:

      I appreciate your comments. I think that anyone should be able to channel, but we live in a world where people are constantly connected to cell phones, the internet, pagers, etc.,  yet somehow not connecting on an emotional level with much of anything or anyone. If you cannot connect to the live people in this reality on an emotional level, or even to art or nature, then it only stands to reason that connecting to those on the other side would be very difficult. Many think that channeling is like "Ghost Whisperer", when in fact it is quite different, simplicity itself, and available to all.

      Thanks for dropping by my blog!

      The Cosmic Librarian

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      1. 2/8/2008 12:43 AM Aja wrote:
        no problem. I support anyone who relays information with that level of accuracy.
        Aja at
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  • 8/28/2008 1:39 PM Marg Churchill wrote:
    Have you had any more channelling messages from John Denver. I found your information here fascinating. He was (and is) my mentor. I am a Reiki Master (for animals) and seem to connect with him through his songs.

    Please advise.
    Marg Churchill
    Heaven's Touch - Reiki for Pets
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  • 4/19/2009 10:32 PM Parker wrote:
    I am so glad to see you writing with such a brilliant voice, Darlene, and will be enjoying the articles as I have time. When we realize there is no "out there" that does not emerge from some "inner" world that is non-local, the better we are able to begin to approach these things, all with care and sensitivity...which you seem to be doing.


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    1. 6/7/2009 11:17 AM Mistress of the Books wrote:

      My gosh! It has been a while! Thanks so much for dropping by. Hopefully, I will be posting more in the coming weeks and months. To all of you: Sorry if I have been remiss in responding. The last couple of years have been extremely busy and loaded stress, but things are getting back to normal!
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  • 4/26/2010 9:06 AM Shanti wrote:
    I, too, have been in touch with John since he crossed over. I started a newsletter in 1999 - "Reaching for Higher Ground" - for those who have also had communications with or feel a deep connection to him. It's so amazing, healing and FUN!
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    1. 4/27/2010 6:02 AM Mistress of the Books wrote:
      Yes, John is continues to be a great spirit and teacher. Thanks so much for stopping by!
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    2. 5/10/2010 7:30 AM Marg Churchill wrote:
      Are you the same Aiyana-Margit in this message who contacted me recently?
      I am hoping you received my earlier email to you. I'd love to hear more of your connection to JD....and I love the fact that you are opening an holistic center in Colorado using his music!
      Keep up the great work!
      Margaret Churchill
      Heaven’s Touch – Animal Reiki
      A Division of Jasper’s Spaw & Associates
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      1. 5/10/2010 7:34 PM Mistress of the Books wrote:
        This is great, and it is one of the reasons that I started this blog: Expanding consciousness and hoping that others start making the connections. 
        This is his message...
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    3. 6/25/2010 5:25 PM Marg Churchill wrote:
      Hi Shanti:
      I'm interested in the msssages you've received from JD recently. Tell me about your newsletter or where can I get a copy?
      Marg Churchill
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