Trance

Many, perhaps most, of us who practice witchcraft or who follow a host of pagan or alternative spiritual paths will have had some experience of trance-work. But what is a trance exactly? How would you explain or describe being in a trance to somebody who has not experienced it? What techniques do you use to induce a state of trance? What are the benefits or dangers of being in a trance? What are the ethical implications of inducing a trance in yourself or others?

Well, these were the answers I gave…

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But what is a trance exactly?

Another state of mind different from sleep or wakefulness. I am sure there have been experiments which show that brainwave patterns are quite different when you are in a trance.

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How would you explain or describe being in a trance to somebody who has not experienced it?

I usually feel a sense of peace and empowerment. I can be very concentrated and hyper aware of some things but oblivious to other things.

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What techniques do you use to induce a state of trance?

Breathing exercises, dance, music, rhythm, relaxation and self hypnosis.

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What are the benefits or dangers of being in a trance? What are the ethical implications of inducing a trance in yourself or others?

The benefits for me are much greater concentration on and awareness of specific things, the ability to let go of fears and worries. Actually a general sense of detachment. A general feeling of well-being and, as I said before a feeling of empowerment which I am sure is a huge benefit in magical workings.

The dangers are that you are not as aware or concentrated on your immediate environment so it is not good while driving or doing daily work and home duties. I think it also leaves a person very open to suggestion. In any kind of group working where all the members are in a trance there is a lot of responsibility on the leader not to take improper advantage of the other members in any way.

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