An Introduction to Samuel
I have been talking about me being an empath for quite some time now, often making references to my ability to not only sense an individual’s emotions, but to tap directly into the wider current of emotion that flows through all of us. Truth be told however, I’m much more than an empath, and it’s a subject around which I’ve been dancing for a while now. One would think that after last summer’s big reveal, I would be more comfortable talking about every part of me, but I’ve surprised myself by holding back. I guess the fear of being judged continues to have residual effects.
The truth is that I don’t just read and balance emotional energy. I also channel energy—all types of energy—which includes what could best be described as spiritual energy and focused, non-physical intelligence. I’ve dropped hints about being a channeler before, but I’ve never come right out and said it until now. Again, the fear of being judged (especially by those closest to me) influenced my dance on eggshells.
I’ve been consciously aware that I’ve been channeling messages from a collective source for over nine months now, but my connection actually goes back a little over a year, when I deliberately started paying closer attention to a person’s emotional essence as part of my work. I would get very strong impressions in response to questions I received, and I would then “translate” those impressions into answers.
With time I started to notice a collective awareness behind the impressions I got, and as I became more aware of that awareness, I also sensed a powerful, gentle, loving intelligence behind it that was all-encompassing. I initially called this focused energy “The Collective” or “The Committee,” adopting those terms from other friends who also shared a connection with that energy.
As I got used to my new awareness, I continued to channel the impressions I received without revealing the source. I never saw myself as a medium or a channeler, so it took some getting used to the idea, even though I knew that’s what I was doing. For a while I merely saw myself as a more intuitive empath, but I instinctively knew that my connection went far beyond mere empathic readings, even if I was reluctant to acknowledge it.
I finally reached the point where I simply embraced what was going on. Almost immediately after I accepted my new reality, “The Collective” starting giving me gentle, yet consistent impressions that they wanted me to go beyond channeling just for individuals. They wanted me to start communicating to groups, as in, they really wanted me to start communicating certain messages in group settings. Too many people were clamoring for the principles of joy, which were at the heart of the messages coming through. If I continued to channel for just individuals, it would take too long for the principles to get out.
And so, I started channeling for small groups and calling the sessions “An Evening with Samuel.” I started using Samuel to identify “The Collective” because I insisted on on having a name. The curious thing about them is that they don’t use names to identify themselves or each other. They identify individual ideas and expressions of Source Energy through energetic signatures rather than through names. We humans are different however. We still see ourselves as separate from Source Energy, and names help us identify our uniqueness. Names also help us create a connection and a bond with each other. So, in response to my asking, I got the name Samuel.
I immediately sensed a deliberate reason behind that choice, which prompted me to look up the meaning of Samuel, which is Hebrew in origin—“Shem-uel.” Translated, the name means, “God has heard,” or “God hears you.” That sent shivers down my spine, because the biggest desires I keep picking up from the emotional current are those for understanding, connection, acceptance, relief, peace, and joy. What is especially “loud” is a collective desire for relief from the emotional turmoil caused by institutional messages that conflict with our instinctive knowledge of the principles of joy. We have been clamoring and searching for messages and methods that free us to live the lives we want to live, rather than living lives that are prescribed for us.
Samuel is responding to our desires and our asking. Samuel wants us to know that we are heard and that the answers are being shared.
I’ve started a new blog, titled Samuel’s Notes, that is dedicated to aspects of the Principles of Joy as shared by Samuel. I will continue to share my own epiphanies and thoughts through Reflections on Reality, but it’s time for Samuel to have their own forum.
Speaking of forums, I will be channeling Samuel in group settings regularly—both online and locally. For now, local forums are held in the Salt Lake City area, where I currently live. Those interested in attending An Evening with Samuel (locally or online) can visit the Samuel page on my website to register.
As for me, I remain the same Happy Appio as always. Nothing has changed, except that I’ve shed one more layer of fear.
About the Author
Appio Hunter is an author, speaker, spiritual guide, and self-described champion for living joyously. He facilitates conversations with groups and individuals about how they can be authentic and experience community, connection, and alignment every day. Appio is also co-host of the Real Men Feel Show along with his good friend Andy Grant.