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CHANNEL 1

What Is Channel 1?

As most of you know, Virginia Stephenson is one of the five teachers whom Joel personally appointed to teach The Infinite Way.  She suggested an interesting way to help us determine where we are in consciousness, which was to ask ourselves if we are tuned in to “Channel 1” or “Channel 2.”  She said:

“There has to be a degree of alertness.  You have to monitor what you hear, and when you hear the carnal mind speaking, whether it comes forth from someone else’s thought or just enters your mind, you have to recognize, ‘This is Channel 2.  It is that old devil, carnal mind, hypnotism, nothingness, no person, no place, no thing, no condition.’  You have to recognize that it is absolute nothingness and dismiss it.  Then as you listen and as you hear truth expressed in many ways, or you see it as the tenderness, kindness, love, generosity, happiness and joy that is being expressed in the world through man, through the plants, through the flowers, the sunset, the beauty, you recognize, ‘Hmmm …  The light is on.’  You have recognized the Real. “

When you recognize the Real, you are tuned to Channel 1.  Virginia continues:

“So you are monitoring what is taking place.  What is coming into your awareness – Channel 2 or Channel 1?  You have a choice.  We all have a choice.  We can choose what we entertain in our awareness and what we believe.  We are not victims.  No one is a victim.  No one is a victim of anything unless they accept it.  You have to accept something before you can suffer from it.  So we have a choice.”

The purpose of this page is to offer resources to help you stay tuned to Channel 1.  We will change them from time to time.

You can access CHANNEL 1 from the sidebar menu on any website page that has a sidebar menu.


Posted on August 1, 2020:

For Contemplation

From The Art of Meditation, Chapter 18, “A Circle of Christhood”

Wherever there is a realized God-consciousness, it becomes an instrument through which God functions in human consciousness.  The activity of the Christ can function through my consciousness, reaching and touching yours to illumine, heal, and supply.  In the same manner, as you are attuned to the Infinite Invisible in meditation, Christ finds an outlet through your consciousness, touching the lives of others, awakening their consciousness, and bringing what the world calls healing to their bodies and affairs.  The activity of the Christ, with no human intervention, flows into whatever human consciousness is opening itself to God’s grace.

The day will come when there will be a band, a circle of spiritual wisdom around the entire globe.  The fabric of this circle will be formed throughout the world by the realized Christ-consciousness of teachers and students.  When this circle has been developed sufficiently, then everybody who seeks spiritual light will be able to reach out and touch the realized Christ-consciousness of anyone in this band of illumined Souls.  Then the world will be uplifted, not one by one, but by the millions.  When this consciousness is released through individual realization in meditation and communion, it can no longer be localized in either time or space, and anyone in the world who touches it can attain it in some measure.

For Reading

The Contemplative Life: Chapter 8, “Contemplation Develops the Beholder”

This is another of the “Eight Most Important Chapters” that Joel identified.  He told us never to let these chapters “go stale,” saying that we should know them as well as we know our own names.

For Listening

Recording 369B, 1960 Hawaiian Village Open Class, “Contemplation Develops the Beholder”

This wonderful recording is the basis for the recommended reading for this month—Chapter 8, “Contemplation Develops the Beholder,” in The Contemplative Life.

To hear this recording, click here.
For telephone listening, call 1-641-715-3900, and enter extension 119961#.


New resources for Channel 1 were posted on August 1, 2020.
For resources posted from July 19 – July 31, click here.
For resources posted from July 4 – July 18, click here.