Trance: from magic to technology


      • Preface
      • The Magic and Mystery of Trance
      • Common and Uncommon Trances
      • A Suggested Model for Trance
      • Pathological Trance and Addiction
      • Trance Analysis
      • Contemporary Hypnosis and Trance Technology
      • Magic and Trance Technology
      • Glossary
      • Bibliography

      Selected Notes Relating To The Will

      Chapter 1 – The Magic and Mystery of Trance

      “Furthermore, many people have abused trance and therefore it has a certain negative reputation — no doubt originally from Mesmer, Svengali and Rasputin. Indeed, for some people, just to mention the word trance gets them nervous. Often, the reason for this reaction is the association of the loss of volition with trance. What can be more unnerving than something you can’t explain, like an unknown mysterious power, which has the potential for making you weak-willed?” – page 12

      “If you are a practicing monk, priest, yogi, witch or a magician you know that many of your practices involve willful ritual and both inner and outward repeated actions. Reevaluating these processes with trance theory will improve your technique and help make these processes more effective.” – page 14

      “Those who have perfected the ability to go into deep trance and utilize these abilities seemingly at will have held a fascination by the scientific community, the religious as well as for ordinary folks for thousands of years.” – page 18

      The Importance of Trance

      “At that moment you are in a trance, you have lost your will power and your judgment has been violated along with your memory. You make an arbitrary choice within the sales magicians universe, pay your money energy and probably feel good about your choice.” – page 24

      A Scientific Point of View

      “The word trance is popularly thought of as describing an unusual state of mind. Trance is usually understood to be an altered state of consciousness, and not the normal one. And the word trance is often associated with the word hypnosis. Both words have negative connotations in the sense that they imply a loss of conscious individual will.” – page 26

      Chapter 2 – Common and Uncommon Trances

      Hypnotic Trances

      “Under the 1990 Broadcasting Act, television and radio companies cannot produce programs or advertisements that exploit the possibility of “influencing the minds of persons watching without them being fully aware of what has occurred.” However, no such legislation exists to regulate the computer industry. It is not the computer or any media, however, that is at fault; it is the willful exploitation of an induced trance.” – page 42

      Chapter 3 – A Suggested Model for Trance

      Trance Logic

      “The change in the energy requirements occurs in any trance, but is more obvious in deep trance. The implications of a change in energy requirements are as follows: 1. Critical judgement is decreased or disabled / 2. There is a change in body awareness sensations / 3. There is an increase in literalism and primary process thinking (images and symbols more than words) increases. / 4. Hypermnesia or perceived enhanced recall of memories; or amnesia, selective forgetting. / 5. Disabling or limiting of volition / 6. Inaccurate sense of reality / 7. Vivification or Hallucinations / 8. Fixed attention / 9. Involvement in inner processes or contact with the unconscious mind. / 10. Other cognitive changes” – page 88

      Chapter 4 – Pathological Trance and Addiction

      Love Trances

      “The courtship, when it exists, often or typically occurs during primary trance inductive social situation such as dancing, listening to music, etc. These primary inductive social trance situations may produce many of the disabled cognitive conditions characteristic
      of trance, including faulty or failed memory, hallucinations, fixed attention, lack of volition, inability to make judgements, increased self-observation, dissociation, etc.
      Love also has secondary inductive characteristics, insofar as courting individuals often speak of family, feelings, etc. These subjects often contain triggers to prior trance states. For example, when two people speak of personal experiences within their own family experiences, they may use words which trigger prior trance states. Courting and petting also may trigger somatic trances. Heavy petting will trigger prior somatic trance states including dissociation, lack of volition, fixed attention, etc.” – page 102

      Chapter 5 – Trance Analysis

      Recognizing a Trance

      “Characteristics of trance include the following: disabling of judgment, disabling or limiting of volition, decrease of body awareness including eye fixation and immobility, an increase in the vividness or number of visions or hallucinations, inability to perform some mental functions and increased ability to perform other functions.” – page 153

      Lack of volition

      “When a person lacks volition or will, trance is suggested. Trance is a more efficient utilizer of energy, and therefore disables inefficient processes. One can always presume that there is a trance when the will is absent; however, the mere lack of volition does not give a clue, usually, as to what the trance is about.” – page 157


      “If the content of the chant contains embedded hypnotic suggestions, in those cases that there is a disabling of judgement and volition there will be an increase in the trance force with the result that the hypnotic suggestions will be carried out.” – page 163

      Hypnotic Trance

      “Once it is realized how hypnotic trance is created and used, the answer to the frequently asked question: “Can you be made to do something against your will when you are in a hypnotic trance?” is yes. Those who say no either want to abuse you hypnotically or they don’t know what they are doing.” – page 179

      Centric Trance

      “The nature of centric trances implies that strong trance forces are created. This is not to suggest that everyone run out and try to generate a centric trance, but the progressive training of the mind may enable some individuals to create strong centric trances which can be terminated at will.” – page 182

      Chapter 6 – Contemporary Hypnosis and Trance Technology

      Leading and Embedded Commands

      “The following is a rather long list, but it is important for you to understand that trance abuse can occur in a variety of ways. In the following sentences, you can substitute one of your favorite — but naughty — desires as the [command] to understand how trance abuse works in practical ways. Where [pace] is indicated, simply describe the person you are talking to, such as ‘You are sitting there’ or ‘You are smiling now’ and so on. … 19. And would you be willing to experience [command]? / 25. And you will be surprised at [command] / 69. Maybe it will surprise you to notice that [command] / 90. The feeling of [pace] will allow you to [command] / 99. Will [command] / 100. Will you [command] now, or will you [command]? / 101. Will you [command], or [command], or [command]? / 104. Without really trying, it will just happen all by itself [command]” – page 198

      Chapter 7 – Magic and Trance Technology

      Improving your trance

      “Most ‘pretend’ witches will be in hypnotic trance or addictive trances (or even disabling centric trance), and the trance force will be spent in disabling hypnotic or addictive processes. This means that the trance force will not function according to any ‘will’ of the witch, except perhaps to create rather vivid and believable hallucinations, i.e. delusions.” – page 218

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