How to Induce a Trance State For Deep Psychospiritual Work
This description of the meditative state and how to achieve it is probably the best I have seen in many years. ~ Don Chapin
Entering the trance state is ancient and primal.
For thousands of years, humanity has utilized various techniques to enter altered states of consciousness which open a door into the ‘spirit realm.’
From our shamanic ancestors to the indigenous traditions found on every continent, trance states are bridges to the unconscious and the earthy hidden realms of our souls.
These days, even mainstream religions such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism make use of subtly induced trance states to assist the faithful in feeling more connected with the Divine.
No matter what your spiritual beliefs or practices look like, the trance state is a vital tool which you need to think about using. I’ll explain why soon.
What is a Trance State?
A trance state is an altered form of consciousness in which a person is neither fully awake nor fully asleep. In essence, the trance state involves walking between the world of the conscious and subconscious mind. Trance states are sometimes referred to as “zoning out,” “being off with the fairies,” “out of it,” and even “day-dreaming.”
The Five Levels of Altered States of Consciousness
You might be wondering, “how deep in trance do I need to go to do psychological or spiritual work?” I’ll answer that question soon.
But first, it’s important that you get a brief summary and overview of the five levels of trance. See how many you’ve experienced recently:
Level 1 – Very Light Trance
This stage involves becoming more self-aware of your inner workings. For example, in a light trance, you may become more conscious of your thoughts, physical sensations, and emotions. Those who practice mindful meditation often experience very light trance states.
Level 2 – Light Trance
This stage is characterized by a dreamlike state of consciousness. A person experiencing light trance may get lost in daydreams or fantasies. Those who get absorbed watching TV, reading a book or driving a car without remembering the trip have all experienced light trance.
Level 3 – Medium Trance
This stage is characterized by feelings of being “in the zone” – also known as the flow state. In this state of consciousness, it is common to lose awareness of one’s surrounding, the time, and even one’s body.
Level 4 – Deep Trance
This stage occurs when we fall into hypnagogic and regular sleep states. You can read more about hypnagogia here, but to summarize: this strange and fleeting state of consciousness occurs just before we go to sleep and our conscious minds wind down. It is common to see strange visuals, wacky stories unfold in our minds, and even experience auditory or tactile hallucinations.
Level 5 – Very Deep Trance
This stage is defined by complete loss of consciousness – such as those we experience during deep dreamless sleep or in a comatose state.
Of all the trance levels listed above, the best for creating psychological and spiritual change are the light to deep trance states.
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