Essene, Virginia (1928– )
Contemporary channel, Virginia Essene was born Virginia
Varner in Denver, Colorado, in 1928. She attended the University
of Colorado, where she earned a B.A. degree in psychology
and social science. After several years of being an elementary
schoolteacher, she completed a master’s degree at the University
of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1954. Through the
1960s and 1970s she taught at several schools (University of
Oregon, San Jose State University). She continues to teach in
various adult education courses on a variety of topics, but has
concentrated through the 1990s on hospice work and counseling
with the bereaved. She founded the Casa Serena hospice
care unit in San Jose, California.
Essene is not as well known for her educational and hospice
work, but for her channeling activity. In 1984, she visited Israel
and, while at the Sea of Galilee, had a life-changing mystical
experience, during which she experienced what she believed to
be the ‘‘energies of Jesus.’’ She began to channel messages from
him that became the basis of a book, New Teachings for an Awakened
Humanity (1986, rev. exp. ed. 1995). She founded the spiritual
Education Endeavors Publishing Company and the Share
Foundation to nurture and disseminate her channeled material.
She has subsequently published Secret Truths A Young Adults
Guide for Creating Peace, Descent of the Dove (with Ann Valentin),
You Are Becoming a Galagtic Human (with Sheldon Nidle), and
The Hathor Material (with Tom Kenyon) (1966).
New Teachings for an Awakened Humanity espoused the idea
of the ‘‘Love Corps’’ an alliance of people who seek inner peace
and the application of such peace to the global situation. Those
who associate with Essene—the SHARE Foundation and the
Love Corps—dedicate themselves to a process of achieving
inner peace through meditation and self-healing and in sharing
that reality with others. The Love Corps work is carried out
by a group of ‘‘lightworkers’’ who work for the foundation.
The SHARE Foundation may be contacted 1556 Halford
Ave., #288, Santa Clara, CA 95051-2661. It publishes a newsletter,
Love Corps. Essene was originally ordained by the Unityin-Diversity
Church and later became a priest in the theosophically
oriented Church of Antioch. In 1997 she affiliated with
the Madonna Ministry and information about her and her
writings as well as the SHARE foundation may be found on the
ministry’s website.
The Christ [through Virginia Essene]. New Teachings for an
Awakened Humanity. Santa Clara, Calif. S.E.E. Publishing,
1986. Rev. exp. Ed., 1995.
Essene, Virginia. The Earth, the Cosmos and You Revelations by
Archangel Michael. Santa Clara, Calif. S.E.E. Publishing, 1999.
Essene, Virginia, and Tom Kenyon. The Hathor Material.
Santa Clara, Calif. S.E.E. Publishing, 1996.
Feurst, Irving, and Virgina Essene. Energy Blessing from the
Stars 7 Initiations. Santa Clara, Calif. S.E.E. Publishing, 1998.
Madonna Ministry. October
15, 1999.