In his breakthrough works of channeled literature Paul Selig recorded an extraordinary program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind awakens to its own divine nature. I Am the Word,The Book of Love and Creation and his newest addition to the trilogy The Book of Knowing and Worth, are energetic transmissions that works directly on its readers to bring them into alignment with the frequency of the Word, which Paul’s guides call the energy of “God in Action.”
We are very proud and happy to share an inspiring interview with Paul Selig with you.
An Interview with Paul Selig
By Jill Virginia Mangino
Jill Mangino: You’ve spoken about an experience you had that opened you up spiritually. What happened?
Paul Selig: I was raised something of an atheist on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. A spiritual life was something that I wasn’t privy to – since I didn’t know that it was available, I don’t think I knew to ask for it. When I was 25 years old I hit a wall. I had a list of things in my life that I had to achieve to make me okay, and I got the entire list. And I wasn’t okay. So out of sheer necessity I began to look for something more. This was 1987 and there was this thing that was supposed to be happening called the Harmonic Convergence. I was told that people were going to be waking up. The night before the event, I went up to my roof and I asked, quite simply, to be woken up. I think that at that particular point in my life, I believed that such a thing could actually be possible. And I had an experience. It was a feeling of energy coursing through my body, from the pit of my being and out through the top of my head. I don’t really know what happened, and some days I still think it’s somewhat possible that I self-induced it in some way, but the upshot was that I began seeing lights around people. Little light, like fire flies. It created an opening for me, and actually propelled me to keep looking. I began walking away from the life that I thought I was supposed to live towards the life I have now.
Jill Mangino: When did you know you had a gift as a channel and an empath?
Paul Selig: I was volunteering at a place called The Manhattan Center for Living in the early 90’s – I had studied a form of energy healing to gain a context for the stuff I was beginning to experience – and found that I could feel in my own body and energy field what was going on in the bodies of my clients. I soon began to “hear” for them, and, as I began to trust the information that was coming through me, I began to open up more. I can’t say that I knew that I was channeling until it was actually happening. I had been a playwright for many years, so the idea of opening up to other voices was not entirely strange to me. However, what was surprising to me was how accurate the transmissions I was receiving were, and how consistent the information and teachings were.
Jill Mangino: You’ve worked in academia for many years. Was it hard for you to come of the metaphysical “closet”?
Paul Selig: A few months ago, my work as a psychic was profiled in New York Magazine. The article led with the line “Paul Selig lives a double life. When he’s not transcending the ordinary plane of perception in order to read other people’s thoughts, he teaches playwriting at NYU.” I’d kept a very low profile at NYU for over 25 years, and was expecting some kind of backlash, which actually never came. I think the world is very different than it was when I first began my work – people are generally more accepting and the reality is, there’s video of me channeling all over the Internet at this point, and not too much I can do about that. Goddard College, where I run the MFA in Creative Writing has known about my metaphysical work since I began teaching there nearly 20 years ago – they’ve been wonderfully supportive, but that’s a school that has an amazing legacy of experimentation and inclusiveness. I think their support, in many ways, was instrumental in my moving my work out into the world.
Jill Mangino: You often describe yourself as being like a radio. Can you explain this, and can anyone do what you do?
Paul Selig: My guides actually say that we’re all radios – we’re all tuning into different things all day long, and what we tune in to becomes our broadcast. They also say that we have a lot more choice than we think about what stations we tune-in to, and what our broadcast is. Their work with us, in many ways, is about supporting us in attuning ourselves to the higher frequencies that are now available to us.
A couple of years ago I was channeling a workshop at the Esalen Institute and my guides were teaching people how to work empathically and there was a woman who had never done anything like this before.
She was working with a partner and felt something in his chest that she said “wasn’t supposed to be there.” The guy opened his shirt and he had a medical port just where she had felt the obstruction. We all have these abilities, to varying degrees, and I believe that they can be developed. A lot of what my guides do, I think, is give people permission to access aspects of themselves that have always been there, but have, perhaps, been dormant.
Jill Mangino: You sometimes seem to be skeptical of your own gift, often interrupting the guides in your dictations and readings. Can you talk about this?
Paul Selig: When I’m channeling, I’m taking dictation, and often at a breakneck pace. If anyone has ever seen me work, it’s often like I’m propelled out of the chair on the first utterance and it doesn’t let up, sometimes, for an hour or so. It’s a strange position to be in. I’m a conscious channel, which means that I am aware, although my personality self is somewhat receded – I take a back seat while the channeling is in process.
I don’t think it’s necessarily bad for me to question the information that comes though me. I actually think it would be somewhat irresponsible if I didn’t.
The interruptions are included in the texts, and readers have actually said to me that they were grateful for them, as the questions I was having about the teachings were similar to their own. There’s a tremendous amount of energy that comes through when I work. It’s physically palpable, not only to me but by the people who comes to the workshops.
I’m grateful that the energy can be felt so strongly as it bypasses much of the intellectual resistance that I, or others, may have at times. As to my skepticism – I’m in a somewhat funny position. I’m someone that didn’t necessarily believe in channeling before I discovered that I had begun doing it. It’s not something I expected to do and nothing I planned on.
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About Paul Selig
A New York City native, he received his Master’s Degree from Yale. Paul’s work now is as a clairaudient, clairvoyant, channel, and empath. Paul has led channeled energy groups for many years. He is the subject of the short documentary film Paul & the Word and was featured on the A&E/Biography channel series The UneXplained, as well as, on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.
Paul continues to teach workshops around the country including Esalen, Kripalu, Omega Institute and more. A noted playwright and educator, Paul serves on the faculty of NYU and directs the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College. He lives in New York City, where he maintains a private practice as an intuitive. For more information please visit: www.paulselig.com
About Jill Mangino
Jill V. Mangino is the founder of Circle 3 Media, a freelance writer and closet “Shaman”.