Trance is like being tuned in to radio station(s) beyond the frequency listened to and registered by typical states of mind.
Trance is a state which allows attunement to information beyond the typical frequencies / information bands of day-to-day human functioning. As such, it is highly generative, highly creative, and highly transformative.
A friend / colleague of mine refers to her trance experiences as “dancing in the dimensions”. Some people refer to trance as “altered states of consciousness”.
Trance allows an expansion of perception – pure perception of what is – without (or with less of) the interpretation of the ego brain. As such, it allows quantum expansion of human consciousness.
I first began experiencing trance states ‘lightly’ as a child. When I was ten I received the first of many ‘Visions’ I would ultimately be shown by sources beyond human, incarnate consciousness.
By the time I was a young teenager, I was scribing ‘poetry’ – not that I intended to write, rather that I felt ‘a tap from within, asking me to write’. The process of scribing (“the author thinks i am its feather”) was intricate and precise. I would ‘feel’ where the words were to be written – or printed – on the page. The size of the letters, the shape of them, the precise placement and usage of punctuation or its absence. Pen, or pencil. The words themselves were absolutely precise. I would ‘Know’ when I was ‘hearing’ the word or words accurately. When I sensed that I was not, quite, I would ‘listen in’ with greater stillness, with greater openness, until I ‘Knew’ that I was ‘hearing’ / receiving the word with absolute accuracy.
I had never heard of channeling, or of automatic writing. It was years later that I realized that, already in my early teens, I was being initiated – trained by unseen consciousness – to ‘channel’ messages from dimensions beyond our own.
In the summer of 1988 I participated in one of the early Stein Festivals in the remote, rugged, exquisite, sacred Stein Valley north of Vancouver, Canada. During this weekend of camping, I became very cold. So cold that I could not eat or drink. Likely bordering on hypothermic, my inner thermostat shifted. I had been a ‘warm blooded’ teenager. Suddenly my inner set point was now very cold.
That weekend began the direct presence of a ‘guide’ in my life. For a full year I had no clue ‘who’ it was that was guiding me. (I had never read, or spoken with anyone, about the language or presence or existence of disincarnate ‘guides’. Yet I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this was what I was suddenly experiencing.)
I began to be trained in ‘dual consciousness’ – being able to be present, consciously, on two levels (or more) at once. Practically speaking, this meant that I was rapidly being trained – by an unseen ‘guide’ – how to be present and functioning and interacting in the ‘physical’ world with ‘physical’ people and be increasingly present with a world as-yet-unseen.
Prior to this, I had experienced increasingly extended periods of ‘trance’ – periods of time in which my body energy (including energy to think and engage in the outer world) was considerably diminished. I would lie for hours and often days, my body so leaden that no effort on my part could lift or move it.
During these states, I would sense a serene, blissful presence surrounding me infinitely into ‘Space’. I was ‘held’ by this energy, blissful as a feather, able to experience whatever it was that I was experiencing. Rarely was there any conscious recognition or understanding of what I was ‘receiving’ or being ‘shown’ – albeit on levels of consciousness significantly elevated from my physical, worldly state.
Each time one of these trance states would subside, I would again be fully functional, fully integrated into my ‘daily life’.
All this was clearly preparation for ‘the big one’ – the first trance state that endured for months, without support or aid of physical people or physical people’s presence and understanding. In 1990/91, true to a Vision I received when I was ten, I entered ‘seclusion’. (See Birds’ Eye View – A Travel Guide to the Universe.) I was unplugged from human culture – awareness of Time and any timely commitments or societal interactions. And I was effectively ‘re-wired’ to begin to receive downloads – what would become, over time, coherent understandings and articulations of ‘potentialities’ beyond what we, as humans, currently experience.
To receive these ‘downloads’ requires tremendous stillness – both inner and outer. More on this to come …
Questions to Ponder: Do you sense that you have in the past or do currently experience ‘trance states’? How do you personally recognize when you are in a trance state?
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