Delores Cannon offers information about the historical Jesus Christ based on material that she obtained from subjects under hypnosis.
Cannon claimed that certain subjects could enter into a very deep trance state, equivalent to somnambulism. In this state, they would remember their past lives. Cannon said that for these subjects, under hypnosis they are not engaged in normal past-life regression but rather in a kind of time travel. Subjects under deep hypnosis could forget entirely their current life roles and lose consciousness of their contemporary identities. Instead, they would assume the identity of an earlier incarnation of their souls.
Through one such subject, Cannon gained information about the life of Jesus from a subject who had been a member of the Essenes, a Jewish sect that is probably responsible for the Dead Sea Scrolls.
In this post I will not attempt to assess the legitimacy of Cannon’s claims. Can channeled material under trance genuinely serve as a valid historical source? The claim is rather incredible and contravenes normal standards of historical proof. Nevertheless, the claim may prove to be valid, either completely or in a limited sense.
Apart from the validity of channeled information as an historical source, Cannon’s work on Jesus serves another beneficial function. Her presentation of Jesus and the Essenes offers us a renewed imagination for the life of Jesus.
Certainly, the New Testament record provides only a partial look at Jesus Christ and his times. Cannon’s material proposes to fill in some of the gaps in the record. The world of Jesus and the New Testament comes alive with a new vividness. We get a picture of Jesus’s times, culture, and possible spiritual influences. Our imagination for history and for the life of Jesus is thus enriched.
For more on the Essenes, see: The Essenes
Here is an interview withe Delores Cannon on the topic. There are several more talks by her that are available on youtube, too.