Dr. Jon Klimo has a doctorate in psychology, and is considered an authority on "channeling." He has taught in doctoral programs for the past 34 years at the San Francisco Bay Area campus of The American Schools of Professional Psychology, Argosy University. He has also co-authored the books Handbook to the Afterlife and Suicide: What Really Happens in the Afterlife?.
He wrote in the Introduction to this 1987 book, "I intend for this book to be a balanced and objective treatment of the phenomenon of channeling so that you the reader can make your own judgments... This book has been written for three reasons: The first is to clarify thinking about channeling---to attempt definitions and a general understanding---and in the process to clarify thinking about related phenomena... My second reason for writing this book is to address the experience that an ever-increasing number of people seem to be having of communication with beings from levels of reality beyond the physical as we know it... the third reason for writing this book: to expand your view of reality, both the nature of the self and the nature of physical reality, and to awaken you to the greater possibilities of being human."
Here are some additional quotations from the book:
"Channeling is the communication of information to or through a physically embodied human being from a source that is said to exist on some other level or dimension of reality than the physical as we know it, and that is not from the normal mind (or self) of the channel." (Pg. 2)
D. Scott Rogo: "Channeling I define as bringing through some sort of intelligence, the nature undefined, whose purpose is to promote spiritual teachings and philosophical discussion." (Pg. 6)
"Ray Hyman ... claims of channels: 'Ninety-five percent are not conscious frauds. Some are split personalities. Everyone has the potential.'" (Pg. 14)
"Michael Murphy (said of Helen Schuchman and ACIM): 'God knows what she could have regurgitated from the subliminal mind. I don't believe it's Christ. She was raised on that kind of literature. Her father had a metaphysical bookshop. Every single idea has been expressed before. There's nothing new in it." (Pg. 41)
"(C)ertain questions can be legitimately raised about ... has the channel, either consciously or unconsciously, decided to take over by mimicking a process that was perhaps once genuine but whose vein has run dry? Is it the channel or the source... who has become tempted by the endless roomfuls of devotees hanging onto every word and movement?" (Pg. 44)
"Some authorities still make a distinction between the terms channeling and mediumship, with the latter reserved for communication only from deceased human beings, while channeling covers communication with all other kinds of intelligences not associated with embodied minds or with physical reality." (Pg. 95)
"What distinguishes the Normans (of "Unarius") from most other channels is that they single themselves out as exalted players in cosmic mythology that is supported by their sources... Needless to say, for many in the channeling field, the Normans constitute somewhat of an embarrassment." (Pg. 128)
"There appear to be two kinds of channeling: intentional and spontaneous. In intentional channeling, the person who is channeling controls the phenomenon and can usually produce it at will... In spontaneous channeling ... the individual is not able to control the activity and is at the mercy of its comings and goings." (Pg. 185)