Channeling is the ability to draw on the One Power by the force of will. Man are only able to channel saidin; women can only channel saidar.

A small fraction of people are able to channel. Of those, some have such potential that they will eventually channel involuntarily without realizing it, usually during young adulthood, at a moment of strong desire; others will need to be taught to realize their abilities at all. The former are sometimes called Wilders; not all of them survive, and some manage only by placing unconscious blocks on their abilities.