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The World's Top 10 Trance Channelers

Updated on April 26, 2017
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Some Of The World's Most Famous Spirit Channels

From left to right, Edgar Cayce, Sheila Gillette (Theo), Esther Hicks (Abraham), Geoffrey Hoppe (Tobias), Elizabeth Baron (St. Catherine of Siena) and Kevin Ryerson (Athun Re).
From left to right, Edgar Cayce, Sheila Gillette (Theo), Esther Hicks (Abraham), Geoffrey Hoppe (Tobias), Elizabeth Baron (St. Catherine of Siena) and Kevin Ryerson (Athun Re).

There are many famous prophets and spirit channelers in history, but who are the world's best trance mediums and leading spirit channels today?

Spirit channeling and trance mediumship is a paranormal phenomenon as old as time. Experts claim that every religion and belief system known to man originated from channeled communication. Myths and legends abound of prophets, mystics, spiritual teachers and shamans channeling messages from the gods and the spirit world. Their stories can be found in the history of many of the world's spiritual traditions, mythologies, religions and tribal culture dating back to prehistoric times.

The most famous spirit channels in history include the priestess Pythia at the Oracle of Delphi in Ancient Greece, who is said to have channeled the sun god Apollo; the Roman prophetess known as Sibyl; the renowned French astrologer Nostradamus in the Middle Ages; as well as Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orléans who heard the voice of God; and The Venetian Piero Nani, a brother of the Order of Charity during the Renaissance. There are also many examples of religious prophets who are said to have channeled divine messages from God, including Zoroaster, Muhammad, Elisha, Miria, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel, to name but a few.

The trance medium's gift of prophecy and channeling may seem old-fashioned or even weird to some today, but it is very much alive in this world of science and technology. Just like our ancestors engaged in some form of spirit communication since prehistoric times, we continue to receive spiritual guidance through these gifted modern day prophets. This list aims to bring tribute to some of the top trance mediums in recent times.

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Why this list?

The trance mediums or spirit channelers of our time are not always given the credit they deserve for their work and the spiritual gift they bring to the world. These messengers of spirit bring teachings and guidance from a higher source that helps to change the world we live in and bring new hope to humanity. They are the mediumistic channels for divine messages of love, hope, compassion, healing and enlightenment.

This list by no means represents all the talented and leading trance channels of our time, but it is a sincere attempt to give recognition to some of the most famous spirit channelers in the world. With this article, I hope to honor the wonderful service they offer to the world.

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What is trance channeling?

Trance channeling is a special form of spiritualist mediumship. The channeler serves as a medium or channel through which a spirit communicator or spirit entities can communicate with us. Trance mediums place their own consciousness in the background to allow the spirit being or non-physical communicator to speak through them.

Basically these mediums are able to take a backseat in their own mind and body, while a spirit being or spirit entities speaks directly through their consciousness. This spirit communication can come through the medium in the form of speech (sometimes with a complete change in voice or speaking in foreign languages), automatic writing, art and drawings and even in physical manifestations like facial transfiguration!

Trance mediumship channeling is often misunderstood as a form of spirit communication. It is not the same as psychic mediumship or spiritualism. It does not involve spirit communication bringing messages from the dearly departed in the afterlife. Trance mediums channel messages from highly evolved beings and spirit teachers. The trance channel is also not in a total altered state, because they remain semi-conscious to varying degrees during the channeling session.

Another rumour about channeling is that the trance medium becomes "possessed" by a spirit entity. This is not true! Trance channelers are not completely controlled by the spirit beings communicating through them. They are merely sharing their mental and physical capacity with the non-physical entity so that we can receive their messages in this physical world in a form we can understand.

Trance mediums bring powerful messages and teachings of love, hope and healing to us. If more of us took notice and really listened the world can become a much better place!

Edgar Cayce

Edgar Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet
Edgar Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet | Source

Edgar Cayce is possibly the world's most famous trance medium and medical psychic because of his incredible legacy. He is the most document psychic who ever lived. The Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia has 14,306 of his recorded readings in their archive. Although most of his readings dealt with holistic health and the treatment of illness, they also discuss an astonishing 10,000 different topics. Cayce is known as "The Sleeping Prophet" because he would lay down on a couch, fold his hands over his stomach and enter the trance state, which made it seem like he was asleep. His channelings were the first to be called "readings" and his messages brought us other modern metaphysical terms like meditation, holistic, akashic record,aura, and soulmate that has until his time never been heard of before. For more information visit EdgarCayce.org

Helen Schucman

Helen Schucman
Helen Schucman | Source

Helen Schucman was a professor of psychology who "scribed" A Course in Miracles. Between 1965 and 1972 Dr. Schucman channeled this famous modern spiritual text through a process of dictation of an Inner Voice, who identified itself to her as Jesus. A Course in Miracles begins with the statement: "This is a course in miracles, please take notes." She was a reluctant channel and she requested that her role as the transcriber of this miraculous text would not be revealed until after her death in February, 1981. "The Course" is today highly respected as a spiritual self-study thought system that teaches forgiveness and removes barriers to the awareness of unconditional love. For more information visit Acim.org

Jane Roberts

Trance Channel Jane Roberts
Trance Channel Jane Roberts | Source

Jane Roberts channeled a non-physical spirit teacher who called himself "Seth". The popular phrase "you create your own reality" is said to have been first coined by Seth speaking through Roberts, who is the author of what is today known as the "Seth Material". These collection of works form the basis of a powerful New Age philosophy celebrating the limitless nature of human potential and the eternal nature of the soul. The Seth books have been translated into many languages and read by millions of people all over the world. Seth has been described as the spiritual teacher who launched the New Age and his voice clearly stands out as one of the major forces of what is today possibly the third largest religious grouping in the US. For more information visit SethLearningCenter.org

Esther Hicks

Trance Medium Esther Hicks
Trance Medium Esther Hicks | Source

Esther Hicks channels spiritual teaching translated from a group of non-physical entities known as "Abraham". Esther Hicks brings the wisdom of Abraham through a channeled dialogue by performing as inspirational speaker. She travels all over the US offering workshops where participants direct their questions to Abraham. Together with her husband Jerry, she has authored numerous books and other materials. The Abraham teachings are an affirmation of spiritual well-being, a confirmation of the abundance of the universe, and a message of our personal power to achieve all the fulfillment we may desired in life. Although Esther has been channeling Abraham since 1980's the teachings of Abraham only came to global public attention in the original version of the 2006 film, The Secret. For more information visit Abraham-Hicks.com

Sheila Gillette

Trance Medium Sheila Gillette
Trance Medium Sheila Gillette | Source

Sheila Gillette has been channeling the spiritual teachings of a consortium of twelve archangels collectively known as "Theo" since the late 1960's. It is said that Theo aims to bring enlightenment in a time of shifting consciousness and spiritual awakening in this world. It is interesting to know that it was Theo who inspired Esther Hicks to begin working as a trance channel after they informed her of her gift. Sheila and her husband Marcus co-founded an organization dedicated to sharing the wisdom teachings of Theo. The have co-authored a book on the subject and travel worldwide with their public appearances and workshops. On the leading edge of human knowledge, Theo provides guidance for ecstatic living in all areas of life, as well as many of life’s greatest mysteries. For more information visit AskTheo.com

Kevin Ryerson

Trance Medium Kevin Ryerson
Trance Medium Kevin Ryerson | Source

Kevin Ryerson is a trance channel in the tradition of Edgar Cayce and Jane Roberts and an expert in the field of parapsychology. Kevin dedicates his work to bridging the gap between science and spirituality and he authored a landmark book on the topic of channeling and spirit communication. His consulting practice offers readings in which he enters the channeling state to speak directly with a spirit guide known as "Athun Re" to offer answers to direct questions. He is is a frequent guest on television and radio shows and has been involved in a plethora of broadcasting, media and publishing projects. Kevin is probably most recognized for being featured in actress Shirley MacLaine's best selling spirituality book and film Out on a Limb (1983). For more information visit KevinRyerson.com

Geoffrey Hoppe

Spirit Channel Geoffrey Hoppe
Spirit Channel Geoffrey Hoppe | Source

Geoffrey Hoppe began channeling the spiritual messages of "Tobias" in 1991, who has since been joined by other angelic beings, including Metatron (Yoham), Archangels Gabriel, and Michael, Kryon, Yeshua, and others. The most well-known of these spirit entities are Tobias’ associates on the celestial Crimson Council, known as "Adamus Saint-Germain" and "Kuthumi lal Singh". The Crimson Circle is a global affiliation of New Energy spiritual teachers and facilitators whose purpose is to inspire consciousness around the world and was founded by Geoffrey and his wife Linda in 1999. For more information visit CrimsonCircle.com

Elizabeth Baron

Psychic Medium Elizabeth Baron
Psychic Medium Elizabeth Baron | Source

Elizabeth Baron is widely recognized as a famous medium who promoted the cause of genuine spirit channels and psychic mediums. She worked tirelessly to return trance mediumship to a state of respectability and dignity in the public eye. Elizabeth delivered a monthly spiritual message to the world channeled from her spirit guide "St. Catherine of Siena". She is also one of the most document psychics who recorded and published annual predictions on national and global issues since 1986. In the late 80s Elizabeth turned her back on fame and fortune to follow her dream of legitimizing the profession of a mediumship. She wanted to use her gifts for the betterment of all mankind. In 1993 she published a book Prophets or Profits to educate the public about the many so-called “prophets” who were not in "the business" of mediumship as a spiritual calling, but only to make money.

Jach Pursel

Trance Channel Jach Pursel
Trance Channel Jach Pursel | Source

Jach Pursel is the trance channel for a non-physical entity known as "Lazaris". In 1974, Jach slipped deep into the trance state while he was sitting on his bed one day, and Lazaris began to speak through him. Lazaris describes himself as "a spark of consciousness" or an energy that has never chosen to take human form. He is also known as the "vertical elliptic of light who waits for us at the edge of our reality." Jach is said to enter a total trance state in his channelings to ensure a pure message from Lazaris untainted by Jach's personal interpretation. The Lazaris Material is a body of work that has been building for almost two decades featuring over 400 audio and video titles on a wide range of spiritual growth topics. One of the key messages of Lazaris' teachings has been to make it known that spiritual consciousness exists far beyond what we can imagine or believe. For more information visit Lazaris.com

Eileen J. Garret

Eileen J. Garrett, The Skeptical Medium
Eileen J. Garrett, The Skeptical Medium | Source

Eileen J. Garrett has been described as one of the most respected trance mediums of the 20th century. Her psychic abilities were successfully tested by parapsychology researcher Joseph Rhine in the 1930's and her greatest achievement was the founding of the Parapsychology Foundation in 1951. Eileen channeled four spirit beings when she was in the trance state. They were known as "Uvani", a 14th century Arab soldier, and "Abdul Latif", a 17th century Persian physician, as well as "Tahotah" and "Ramah" who claimed no earthy incarnations. The most fascinating thing about Eileen was that she was possibly the most skeptical medium who ever lived! She never took her mediumship too seriously. "I have a gift, a capacity - a delusion, if you will - which is called 'psychic'... In short, I have been called many things, from a charlatan to a miracle woman. I am, at least, neither of these," she said. For information visit Fst.org.

Trance Channeling - Fake Or Real?

There are many trance mediums and spirit channelers active in the world today, but the quality of their mediumship and their messages vary. How does one know which messages to trust? Theses guidelines will help you recognize the genuine trance channeled messages.

1. Do the messages represent a complete set of teachings and entire philosophy that can answer most, if not all of life's questions? Religions originate from channeled teachings for this very reason. If a trance channel's messages are vague and inconsistent they may not be a reliable source.

2. Does the spirit entity's personality remain consistent over time, or are there dramatic shifts in character or mood. Does the voice and mannerisms of the spirit entity remain characteristic, or does it vary over time? Be skeptical of spirit entities who come across as erratic, unpredictable, emotionally unstable.

3. Do the channeled messages apply to our everyday life, or are they mostly ethereal, mystical, other-worldly, beyond us ordinary people's frame of reference? Spirit entities who bring a message of enlightened consciousness will always address their audience in a real world context and provide answers to the challenges of our daily human reality.

4. Do these messages serve to uplift and empower, or are they negative, confusing, upsetting? Genuine channeled information from a higher source will always offer messages of hope, love, peace, enlightenment and spiritual growth. If a trance medium's channelings do not add significant value to your life and happiness then proceed with caution.

5. Is the message consistent and does it expand over time as the followers of the spirit communicator grow and evolve themselves? The essence of the teachings should remain the same, while also adding new dimensions and enhanced perspectives over time. True spirit communicators will never run out of new things to say and will not be affected much by the lastest trendy topics and fads in the field of spirituality.

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      Catherine Mostly 23 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I would say that what we don't know about the 'spirit worlds' and channeling is a lot more than what we DO know - and we probably understand even less of what we supposedly see and hear.

      Yeah, it is a fascinating exploration. But, if you are allowing yourself to become so fascinated and absorbed into this stuff; you're no better off than a Twilight Fan who is still hung up on a sparkling vampire named Edward Cullen. ;)

      There is a reason why we return to this world WITHOUT our previous memories or higher knowledge of life beyond this one. And if you dismiss the importance of the experience of this earthly life, you are dismissing something as important to God as any gentle Soul.

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      Samantha 22 months ago

      Great hub! Thanks for making people more aware of channelling xxx

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      Nanda 18 months ago

      Bashar by Darryl Anka is good!

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      Pascal 13 months ago

      You are missing Bart Smit channeling Dr. Williams.

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      john haefele 4 months ago

      Where is Bashar / Darryl Anka in this list? His message for 30+ years is more useful even than Seth and RA even. Only because he interacts more often..Hicks and others not quite so.. Sure I understand that these things works for me due to the level I'm on.. but Ive read Cayces work and his stuff is limited to this planet.. Hicks sounds bit airy fairy like Schucman.. Bashar is closer to 4th Density so maybe more relate able? Ramtha (knight) had me from first page, RA had me from the start too... A Course in Miracles Helen Schucman sounds like Hicks which sounds like "The Urantia Book" which is unsanctioned right? my spirit is not gelling it with those 3.. Best to date Bashar, Seth and Ra. pls include me, my skype is john.haefele from SA .. I am searching :) Light and Love.

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      Shivani 3 months ago

      The one I listen to most and have gained the most from is Kryon, channelled by Lee Carroll. Lee is a most down-to-earth and fun loving channel who lives the teachings of Kryon. His website is Kryon.com where all the recorded channelled messages of Kryon are available to listen to free of charge. He is also the author of several books, and still travels all over the world giving seminars and workshops, keeping us up to date as to what is going on with us as humanity and how to raise our consioussness as well as cope with our daily human lives. It is well worth visiting his website as thousands have found. Thank you for this opportunity for input. Namaste from Shivani.

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      Martha Sekander 4 weeks ago

      John Pursel who channels Lazaris and Barbara Marciniak who channels the Pleiadians.

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