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What is trance?

Fakirs, mystics, incense, daydreaming dancers, ghost-seers and hypnotized rabbits… when speaking of “trance”, what comes to mind?

Merriam Webster describe it as: trance – from Latin ‘transire’, to cross, pass by – a sleep-like state (as of deep hypnosis) usually characterized by partly suspended animation with diminished or absent sensory and motor activity and, as a second meaning, a state of profound abstraction or absorption.

Encyclopedia Britannica file trance under “psychology” and offer connotations along the lines of mystical prayer, possession, divination, dreamlike experiences, drug hallucinations, shamanic rituals and Buddhist monastic dances.

Milton H. Erickson

Milton H. Erickson

Milton H. Erickson, one of the great minds of psychotherapy, sees the matter differently. He defines trance as a state of highly focused, inwards-directed attention. One of his students, Dr. Paul Carter, talks about a deep state of letting go with healing and liberating qualities, such as mobilizing creative powers.

Austrian health journalist Sabine Knoll specifies trance as a state of expanded consciousness where action is not restricted. Creativity can flow freely and unencumbered.

According to the Rosenfeld Institute for Holistic Trance Methods trances can be a stepping stone for identifying and resolving constraints: Trance is the permission to indulge in the movements and desires of the soul. The body remembers it’s ability to sense internal processes. Healing often occurs without therapeutic intervention.

Anthropologists and historians agree on the desire for trance to be a natural need, referring to trance-related ceremonies in virtually every culture. There even exists an ancient Sumerian cuneiform inscription, documenting the fact that humans must have been interested in trance states well over 6000 years ago.

What one can personally gain from trance-like states is a different story. Healing is a strong motivation, as well as joy… which actually are very similar notions. The aim is invariably to feel energy and to regenerate, seeking access to intense experiences, imagination and intuition.

Neurophysiologists studying trance states confirm measurable changes in brain wave activity as well as an increased production of the notorious messengers of happiness Serotonin, Dopamine and Endorphins.

This leaves us with no need for any sort of drugs, as Hannover Medical School psychiatrist Hinderk Emrich points out: Drugs simulate natural mechanisms. The effects of substances naturally produced by the brain are similar to the emotions you would experience by taking drugs.

Felicitas D. Goodman

Felicitas D. Goodman

But can this be achieved?

Are those legendary happy trances not restricted to crazy dervishes, Buddhist monks and medicine men?

Anthropologist Dr. Felicitas Goodman, strong into her nineties, tells us not to worry: The ability to put themselves into a trance is innate to nearly every human being.

Needless to say, for at least several millennia the human race has consistently endeavored to devise even more effective ways of trance induction. Approved methods of the past are meditation, ritual dan­cing, drumming sessions and monotonous chants.

But, it has to be added, sports, making love, deprivation of sleep, computer games, listening to techno music or opera arias can lead to trances just as deep.

Also, people whose daily routines involve early morning drives along the same old highway, performing dull tasks during daytime and slouching in front of the TV in the evenings, actually slip from one shallow trance into the next, all day long.

Even children frequently fall in light trance, through a natural impulse. That’s when we will usually say: They are dreaming…

What I am implying is: Anything can put people in a trance. It is just a question of what they respond to, whether they are aware of their condition, how they put it to use and whether they want it dearly enough. And once you have heard more about the QUICK TRANCEmethod, you will want it dearly indeed.

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