God bless Amazon and the fact that it is today so easy to buy old books! When I think how many years I prowled used-book stores, searching for certain books I wanted to read! I kept a list in my wallet) and for serendipitous discoveries, it was all so haphazard and discouragingly slow. And now? You wave your wand and there it is, delivered to your door before you finished entering your credit-card information (or so it seems).
Latest gift from the universe, Channeling, by Jon Klimo, arrived today, a mere 32 years after its publication. (OT1H, thank God for the delay, in that I had to find my own way and could not tell myself, “Oh, you just read that in Klimo’s book”; OTOH, I sure wish I could have read this when it came out if it wouldn’t have inhibited me.)
Rita and I used to have discussions about channeling. For a long time, I maintained that what I was doing wasn’t channeling, because I didn’t then recognize that what I thought “channeling” meant was trance channeling, which I knew was not what I was doing. If I could have read this book in 2001 — which I easily could have done; it was already an old book, published 14 years previously — I would have understood Rita’s point better.
Better late than never. Merely reading the TOC, I am overwhelmed. Before I read a word of the book, already it’s so clear that he really understands what’s involved in the ILC phenomenon, and he has put it in context in a way I never could have done. A sample from the TOC, leaving out detail:
Foreword by Charles E. Tart (who is, of course, the same Charlie Tart who encouraged Bob Monroe, perhaps the only academic to do so).
Section One: The personalities
Channeling as a Modern Phenomenon
Channeling as a Historical Phenomenon
Who does it
Section Two: The Material
What do they say
Who are they channeling
How do they do it?
Section Three: Possible Explanations
Biology and physics
Section Four: The Potential
Conclusion, glossary, notes, selected bibliography, index
Wonderful! God bless Amazon, and God bless Klimo too. I can’t think of the last time the arrival of a book (which after all is not that uncommon an event for me) has excited me to this extent.