100 days of Trance
100 Days of Trance? Why would anyone do that? Well, there are several answers that I can give you, and all of them seem to have value, at least, for now… opinions vary.
The first reason is I wish to take my hypnosis skill set up a notch. It’s more like I want a quantum leap. So my thoughts are 100 days of anything are the equivalent of about a year of practice. So, if you could get a year’s worth of experience or practice in three months and ten days, would you?
The second reason is that I have had an opportunity to train with some of the best in my industry and I’ve promised myself, for a while, that I would revisit these learnings and do my best to make these skills more reflexive. But like most things, the best-laid plans tend to get pushed to the side when more urgent daily things call your name. So at this particular moment in time… I’m making good on my promise to myself.
The third reason may or may not make any sense, but here goes. In our super modern, wired world, how much time to we actually take to work on our personal evolution? Or go on a spiritual journey or vision quest? My guess… not much.
I’m going to quote a movie, and if you haven’t seen it, I can save you about 3 hours but telling you this one thing. In the movie, The Doors, there is a scene, where Jim Morrison is explaining to his girlfriend Pam, what a shaman is and how healing through trance (using, specifically, peyote) can heal the entire village. My thoughts are that Jim Morrison’s intention was to heal an entire generation; unfortunately, for Jim Morrison, his use of drugs killed him before he accomplished his goal.
It’s a noble ambition. For me, since the 70’s and 80’s are over… drugs aren’t an option. And now that I know about hypnosis, drugs are really unnecessary. I kind of wish that I had known about hypnosis far earlier in my life, I might have saved myself and others some time, grief and this article would have been a book and weekend intensive; far sooner.
Parameters for 100 days of trance
Here are the basics of the 100 days project:
1. break the project into 10, 10-day segments
2. 30 min of trance, 30 min to write about experiences, thoughts, learnings
3. post daily to 100 days of. and get readers to participate, if interested
The 10-day Segments
1-10 (The cleanup – simple trance, cleaning up any leftover doubt, anger, worthiness, etc.)
11-20 (trance phenomena, except Deep Trance Identification)
21-30 (trance phenomena continued)
31-40 (Shamanistic Healing)
41-50 (Remote Healing)
51-60 (Remote Viewing)
61-70 (Family, Global Healing)
71-80 (Deep Trance Identification)
81-90 (Deep Trance Identification)
Days 1-10 The cleanup
Before you climb a mountain, run a race or do anything, you might consider preparing for that activity. If you wish to run a marathon, and you aren’t currently running 4-5 days a week, you may be surprised when you find that an ambulance is needed. I’m a huge proponent of the 5 Ps. Proper Preparation Precedes Peak Performance.
Day 1 — 30 min
Time went pretty fast today. I was in my safe space and traveling. Had some interesting visions of going into the jungle to gather plants and vines. Next, I’m traveling along a road at high speed under the wheels of an 18 wheeler, I’m going too fast for the weight to affect me. Next was a train, same results then I decide to test the train and I stand on the track and the train passes through me. I won’t bother to try to decipher this at the moment… first trance of many… I guess I passed the “doubts” test, lol.
Day 2 — Anger
I’m furious today… at myself at others who have hurt me or I allowed to hurt me
There is definitely a pattern here of me expecting the outside world to share my visions, to understand what they haven’t bothered to examine…
I need to forgive myself for not knowing… and have a conversation with my best friend anger… he has never let me down 🙂
Weird trance… very deep. I need to remember to tell myself to “record it”.
I thought I was going to have a conversation with anger the last thing I remember
was opening the many trunks and the filmstrip bugs…
I do know that I need to forgive myself and anyone else who has cursed me or told me things based on their model of the world… it’s what people do including myself.
I need to be fierce… I need to let go of the need to receive outside verification that what I am doing is correct. How many times have I tried to get the masses to believe me before it was time?… this is no different
I am awake… I feel the pull to sleep, to hide, to wait… the waiting is over and it’s time for my next dose of trance… I will sit this time and talk with anger.
Day 3 — Sadness
I felt a great sadness around me today… sorrow, pity, hopelessness… It isn’t mine
There are things I have felt sad about a loss, or perceived loss, I felt myself connect, powerfully but it isn’t my power I can just use it when I need to. I have felt scared the original trance was supposed to be about that but it changed, again.
I feel a great alignment is happening… not magical but it’s time to align all the circuits and live
The biggest illusion is that we are alone and that we must do this life alone. We are not alone we are together… logically I know we are one but I don’t feel that yet.
There’s time… I will return to this place again today.
Day 4 — Stillness
being still is HARD. My last memory of being quiet or still brought great sadness, tears, not today. I am still peaceful but feel strange… My color in the mirror was pallid, gray but I’m sure that is temporary. I need coffee haven’t had any so I do not wish to provoke a headache.
I need to return to this trance. My vision is a single drop… frozen in time and space. I’ll try again this afternoon. my question is “What happens when everything is still”?
Day 5 — Failure
We all fail or do we? Failure is not meeting someone else’s rules, expectations or goals. We also set ourselves up for this type of misery. The only way you can fail is by stopping. If you continue you will succeed.
This whole topic is based on worthiness and the game that is played with all humans. If I do this, or if I do that… then will you love me?
I chose to love myself with complete acceptance of all my perceived human flaws.
Day 6 — Maai
maai, proper distance, the interval between human relations, self and other(s) and the harmony between those relations.
(room to maneuver) as an adaptively changing dialectical Self-Other relationship, which is achieved through appropriate distancing. In the Japanese culture, distancing is maai (ma, spatiotemporal interval + ai, harmony). Maai integrates space, time, and rhythm, dimensions of being that are deeply rooted in all human actions and relations. Maai is the art of relating and communicating within constructed space-time intervals in and through which people interact.
The purpose of the present study is to elaborate a phenomenological and genetic understanding of highly developed forms of distancing, that is, of our understanding of mastery in maai. Although there exist several good descriptions of distancing in everyday life, little is known about how it operates in experts. As a case in point, we analyze maai in the martial arts (karate), where distancing is taught, mastered, and conceptualized to various degrees by teachers and students, and therefore rises to the level of consciousness.
adding this new aspect of harmony into this concept, of proper distance means many things. I think I could spend a lifetime playing with these subtleties. Even the awareness of the maai between cells, the expansion of blood vessels… just wow.
But who can I discuss this with? probably me, myself and I, lol
Day 7 — The Space Between
feeling funky off and on
I realize that everything is okay at the moment. Is it my need for drama, problems to fix and other people’s stuff that I am craving so I don’t have to look and feel what’s going on inside? What is going on inside? Pretty much nothing out of the ordinary.
I have always feared comfort, complacency, and death. what will I seek after this trance period? maybe nothing… maybe everything… time for trance and that space between it all…
strange trance today… I don’t remember much after I got up. I have a persistent headache that hasn’t gone away; physical things generally indicate I’m getting close to something wonderful. Maybe I will remember more later…
Day 8 — permission
Today trance was supposed to be about finally discharging the last remnants of guilt, fear, shame, doubt. Of course, it went a different direction. The unconscious knows what needs to be done in order to complete this task.
This trance was definitely a learning trance. The message we receive from our parents, our society, our clergy and any other authority is… you can’t fight back, you are not enough, “they” are in control and you are not.
We take this message in and construct complete realities around it to make it true, but it isn’t true. We are 100% capable of creating our own reality where we are safe, where we are loved and our thoughts and feelings are valid.
The transformation is happening. I get to be me whether anyone approves or not.
What will it be like now that the chains of obedience, rule following and fear are broken? I guess we’ll just have to find out as we go.
Day 9 — the triangle
The proper combination of compassion, humor, and fierceness. A short trance. No hurling thunderbolts from mountaintop to mountaintop. Tomorrow is the last day of this warm-up period… I’m ready to start the next phase… stay tuned
Day 10 — the overnight
Although I did sleep last night my unconscious was VERY busy. Trance is an interesting thing as in it is happening at all times, whether we are paying attention to it or no. Bedtime seems to be, for me, the time where my unconscious says, ” hey look! He’s sleeping, let’s party!!!”. Doesn’t make for restful sleep although I do have interesting and very active dreams.
Dreams, themselves, aren’t something I pay a look of attention unless they are repetitive, they wake me up or if I can vividly remember them an hour or so after waking. THOSE ARE MESSAGES and definitely worth evaluating for a clue to what you need to do next. Sometimes it’s something you need to remember, sometimes it’s unprocessed emotions that need to be noticed and validated and sometimes it’s the answers to the questions you’ve asked yourself a few day or weeks ago.
My perspective on trance is more Ericksonian than Clinical. Clinical Hypnosis presupposes that you are awake and trance is something you go into, either by yourself or facilitated by someone else. Ericksonian Hypnosis presupposes that you are in trance at all times and sometimes that trance you are currently in isn’t as useful or fully resourced as some other trance that you could choose if you had the resources.
I’m kind of glad that this internal reflection period of this 100 days is over. I have felt a rocket sled of emotions and have felt just plain funky for several days. I also NEVER get headaches unless I am ill or have a sinus infection. One of the more curious side effects of this work is I have had days-long headaches that seem to be dulled by eating and then they come back again. I’m sure this is “some signal” but hopefully will pass. And I’m looking forward to the next phase… I’ll write about that tomorrow.
Day 11 — Disassociation
Day 12 – Amnesia
Amnesia…just the suggestion of that word, sparks all kinds of meaning and conditions that people refer to as memory loss and/or amnesia. My first experience of hypnotic amnesia came from reading textbooks on hypnosis during my studies. The type of “amnesia” I’m going to be discussing has to do with hypnotic phenomena and not necessarily head injury or medical surgery, although it’s part of the list; it isn’t the focal point of this writing. As part of my 100 days of Trance writing, I am doing detailed explanations of the different types of hypnotic phenomena. read more…
Day 13 – Analgesia
Analgesia, whether hypnotic or chemically induced is the dulling or numbing in the awareness of pain. It’s easy to do and most people get relief immediately. This is slightly different to anesthesia which results in the complete lack of pain awareness, if which I will post about soon.
The exact same procedure can be done with hypnotic suggestion only there are no side effects like stroke, heart attack, the removal of your stomach lining or the failure of your liver. Hypnotic analgesia is safe for anyone and can be generally suggested by the person, themselves in just a few minutes.
An example of this is suggesting numbness in body parts, or a body part pricked by a needle with no feeling. Probably the best-known hypnotist in the area of pain reduction for medical and dental procedures was Dave Elman. Here’s a link to a classic Elman induction. read more
Day 14 – Hyperesthesia
Hyperesthesia is increased of sensitivity to the body, skin or specific areas of the body. It is a condition that can involve an abnormal increase in sensitivity to stimuli of the senses. Stimuli of the senses can include sound that one hears, foods that one tastes, textures that one feels, and so forth.
Generally, when someone comes in, for treatment with a hypersensitivity issue, it’s something that is causing a problem in one or more areas of the person’s life. The person’s sensitivity isn’t limited to just tactile sensitivity.
I have met people who cannot stand to watch any action movies, people who react violently to noise, smells, tastes and the list goes on. For the individual who has these issues… I have great news! Anything that can be induced and be reduced or removed. read more
Day 15 – Catalepsy
Catalepsy. Almost everyone has seen or at least heard about hypnotic catalepsy. There is even a game called “light as a feather, stiff as a board” that you may have played while doing a sleepover while you were a kid. And there are several movies that feature these hypnotic phenomena. It’s pretty simple… people follow instructions.
Day 16 – Frequencies
100 days of Trance… day 16 Frequencies It’s all about the frequencies. The human body is a giant battery (think The Matrix) that has it’s own energy source and interacts with the other human and non-human batteries within its sphere read more
Day 17 – Repetition is Hypnotic
Repetition is hypnotic. Repetition is hypnotic. Repetition is hypnotic. Repetition is hypnotic. Repetition is hypnotic. Repetition is hypnotic. Repetition is hypnotic. Repetition is hypnotic. Repetition is hypnotic.
There is no better way to say that. If you look at our commercials, our newscasts or everyday language you will find endless repetition. What is this? BECAUSE IT WORKS… PERIOD. If you want to change your life, you need to practice repetition. read more
Day 18 – Revivification
Revivification is the reliving of an incident at the time at which it occurred, in the present tense. In a true revivification, the memories after the age to which the subject is regressed can be eliminated. Under hypnosis, a subject may even demonstrate the personality traits or handwriting of the earlier age. read more
Day 19 – Age Progression
The most interesting thing about the human mind is that we can be any age that we choose. The problems begin when we either don’t know that we are doing this or it becomes so ingrained in our behavior that we take it on as a reality. Today’s trance was about how and when age progression occurs and what metaphorical representations occur in daily life. read more
Day 20 – Broken Toe
Well, I broke my toe this morning. Or I at least I think it’s a broken toe, it’s swollen and painful.
I guess that what I get for not putting the bench back. I moved it for the maintenance man.
Frequently we have “little things” happen during the day that, in my opinion, are messages from the unconscious mind. Sometimes is just something simple like “HEY, PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SURROUNDINGS”. While other times it can be a request for you to slow down or take a day off to just be a human being; instead of a human doing. read more
Day 21 – Just letting go.
What a simple concept, if only it were as easy to do as it is easy to say. My opinion is that it is, on most days. Today’s trance is about sitting still and floating on top of whatever is impinging on your world. It could almost be classified as a meditation but since there is a goal here; we will go with the trance definition. read more
Day 22 – Depersonalization
Today’s Trance is about the hypnotic phenomena, depersonalization. And how to use it for personal growth. People travel to the tops of mountains. They go to the jungles of Peru or ingest a wide variety of legal and illegal substances, with one goal in mind. The goal is to see beyond our limited selves and make some profound discovery. This may seem very attractive to many. Some people make this journey, others do not and still, others get lost along the way. read more
Day 23 – Deep Trance Identification
Deep Trance Identification, which is similar to depersonalization, is the hypnotic process of taking on another’s personality and traits, for a short time. The process, from an observer standpoint, is amazing and can be a little intimidating. Todays’ trance was about setting the criteria for the list of people I am going to deep trance identify with during my 100 days of Trance project. read more
Day 24 – healing
Today’s trance is about being still… unwinding the knots and letting things be. No judgment, nothing fix… just stillness… this breath in, this breath out and the infinite space between heartbeats…
Day 25 – Suggestibility in Trance
Suggestibility in Trance? Are people more likely to respond to suggestions in my office versus walking around on the street? This depends on your definition of hypnosis from a Clinical or Ericksonian Hypnosis perspective. It also largely depends on the level or report that you have with the person when the suggestion is made. My personal opinion is that people are in trance most of the time. It also depends on whether you are offering them a better trance than the one they are in. read more
Day 26 – Impermanence
Today’s trance is on the impermanence of our lives. This morning I woke up and noticed that everything in my life is now completely different than it was 6 weeks ago. This isn’t good or bad it’s just different. We as humans frequently grasp at the things so we can hold on to them a little longer. Not knowing that it is that grasping that makes them disappear more quickly. read more
Day 27 – Positive Hallucination
Today’s trance is about positive hallucination and the effects it can create in trance and in everyday life. The most interesting part about hypnotic phenomena is that it also occurs in waking states. This fact, to me, creates more credence that trance isn’t something you go in and out of, it just varies in depth and breadth. read more
Day 28 – Absorption
Consistent trance practice is similar to any other exercise… it can be overdone.
Your consciousness and emotions become wide open. Remember to set personal and internal boundaries.
You cannot solve every problem or heal every wound, sometimes the learning is the problem or wound. The experience you or others gained while receiving it gives knowledge that cannot be learned any other way.
The only control you have is choosing your response to what happens in life rather than reacting, reflexively.
Day 29 – Time Distortion
Todays’ trance is about time distortion. Humans have the fantastic ability to modify their perception of time. Have you ever noticed that activities you enjoy seem to go by very quickly and that activities that you do not enjoy or have little interest for; seem… to… take… forever? It’s because we can modify time at will, it’s awesome!!! read more
Day 30 – The 3 Reasons Most People Fail and How to Avoid These Mistakes.
The 3 reasons most people fail isn’t a big mystery; it’s actually pretty simple. Most people do not follow their dreams and goals EXACTLY the way they planned them out. Today’s trance is about having the tenacity and courage to follow your dreams and goals, even when there is no evidence that you are on the right path. I woke up this morning with this article in my head. Who says you need a formal trance for great information? read more
Day 31 – Negative Hallucination
A negative hallucination is removing the perception of stimulus that exists; this could be not seeing an object or person that is really there, not smelling a smell that is present, etc. This might sound a little counter-intuitive but if you think about it, you’ll get pretty fast. read more
Day 32 – Lost Focus
What was more important than keeping my word about posting daily? Apparently, everything… notes to self… pay attention to my circus and my monkey sand that not all trances are created equal… This evaluation of this must be; what is it that I am avoiding or choosing not to pay attention to whilst I’m watching external drama? Time will tell…
Day 33 – Remote Healing – Day 1 of 10
Is Remote Healing really part of hypnosis? I think the answer here is, yes. If you think about how humans we are, in essence, organic batteries or better yet, power stations. Many people feel, or see or somehow perceive energy; and no, we aren’t going to start chanting, (well maybe). read more
Day 34 – Remote Healing Day 2… Anxiety as an Energy Experience
Remote Healing Day 2 is taking a fun turn in today’s writing. It is about an unusual experience I had yesterday while talking with a client. This particular client has lots of things going on in their life and particularly anxiety that is preventing the client from sleeping well or very deeply. read more
Day 35 – Remote Healing Day 3… more information
For my remote healing exercise, today, I got permission from a yoga client of mine to do a ‘checkout dive”. This individual, I’ve known for lots of years, but this will be completely different learning on my part.
It’s also useful to note that the client did not request any specific healing of any kind so I’m just kind of observing what I can see, hear, feel and know from this individual. I’m honing my skills so I’m noticing what I’m noticing and then I talk to the person to calibrate my skills. I seem to be getting more information each time I do this process, but I am still nervous about accuracy. read more
Day 36 – Remote Healing Day 4 – one-two punches
Remote healing day 4 trance time was hard today. The subject is someone I know very well but I didn’t expect to feel and see what I did. When the trance was completed it felt like I had been receiving a series of 1-2 punches.
I used to fight full contact so I remember that feeling of being punched 700-800 times; it starts to sting after a while. Having expectations, also, probably isn’t the best policy to have in regards to remote healing. Lesson learned. Go in, observe, do what you can do (if anything) and let the universe take care of the details. read more
Day 37 – Remote Healing… Day 5… Healing Request?
Remote healing day 5 healing request? I had a healing request but nothing specific. I’m not really sure what to do about that? Perhaps I’m supposed to be psychic as well, lol. I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m getting pissy about this; it’s just easier when I have a target to shoot at. read more
Day 38 – Remote Healing day 5 – Feeling Blocked
Remote Healing day 5, the subject is feeling blocked. People use the vaguest language and descriptions, lol. I get it. They either don’t really know what it is that they are feeling or they really just don’t want to talk about it, lest the tears, anger or whatever other emotion begins to pour out. Depending on the context you are in this could be a huge problem. Society doesn’t know how to act when humans aren’t calm, controlled and moving another with the other borgs. read more
Day 39 – Remote Healing day 6
Remote Healing day 6 hit about a 10 on my weird-o-meter today. I verified with the subject if she felt anything. She said “I felt what I would call two bursts in my chest…took me off guard. Then I felt what I’d call ease. Then I felt a sharp pain in my chest. Quick and subsided.” I would call that a yes!
I’m trying to get more feedback from the subjects after the session, again to calibrate what I’m experiencing, as accurate. Today was definitely a win. read more
Day 40 – More Dreams… New Information
I have had more dreams than I normally do during this 100 days of Trance project. They seem to be very intense, full color and full of representations that possibly I have ignored or just didn’t make the connection.
We all have the ability to process whatever feelings, experiences and problems that occur in our day-to-day lives. The question here is is do you TAKE THE TIME to process them? For whatever reason, I decided to begin this project it seems to be morphing into a greater learning than I have imagined. read more
Day 41 – Remote Healing day 7 – Bullies-R-Us
Today’s article, which is remote healing day 7, is entitled “Bullies-R-Us. We all have our interesting ways of dealing with stress and usually, we draw on our childhood training. When people are stressed or afraid, angry or hurt they will respond in 4 ways. read more
Day 42 – Automatic Writing… A Hypnotic Learning Tool
Automatic Writing; possibly is the least understood of all the hypnotic phenomena is today’s topic for the 100 days of Trance project. I wrote an article the other day and thought I’d probably need to do this article so people would have a frame of reference.
I’m going to do several examples, in this article and in a few days I’m going to be moving over to remote viewing and automatic writing is an intrinsic portion of how the remote viewing works. read more
Day 43 – Automatic Writing Day 2
Automatic Writing day 2. I decided to do a couple of more days on this automatic writing thing. Don’t know if I will see a pattern or get some new insight that I haven’t had before. The concept of automatic writing is here in an article I wrote. read more
Day 44 Automatic Writing day 3
seems to be getting clearer… what? Still to be determined…
Day 45 – Automatic Writing day 4
more scribbles… still nothing that makes sense, at least to my consciousness mind… maybe later after the trance…
Day 46 – Automatic Writing day 5
The automatic writing day 5 session was interesting. It was frustrating that I couldn’t sit up for the whole session. Layed down and just let my left hand do its thing; I usually try to keep the pen moving the whole time, I noticed it was harder to do today. When I returned back to the planet I was surprised to see a face. Words are beginning to form into something that may actually be readable at some point. I’m getting lots of emails from people who see this or that; I’d love to hear what you see. read more
Day 47 -Automatic Writing Day 6… Mind Blown
The automatic writing day 6 process, began long before I sat down (lay down) to the drawing. I was thinking about a friend of mine who sent me a message about what she saw. She saw a girl in a dress in yesterday’s drawing. I completely missed it. read more
Day 48 – Automatic Writing Day 7… Which View?
The automatic writing day 7 drawing has a very confusing image to me today. The concept here is how to give yourself permission to defend yourself in a way that expends none of your energy or resources. Defend is also an interesting term, which may include preemptive strategies. At first, I was thinking Art of War. Then I seguewayed over into the Aikido realm. But that is still fighting, posturing and counterattacking. It’s been done, ad infinitum, ad nauseam. read more
Day 49 – Automatic Writing day 8… The Reason We Fear
When automatic writing day 8 session began. I was convinced that I had my answers and was ready to conclude this and move on to my next project in the 100 days of trance schedule. After looking at today’s drawing I’m not certain I’m done but I’m very close. And while I was busy looking for that I’ve discovered why we fear… everything.
I went home yesterday, determined to re-watch a Beautiful Mind, grab some snippets of the genius process and move right along down the road. As stated previously, I’ve been wrong before. When you do enough trance-work you get used to going in directions that you hadn’t planned. Yesterday was no different. I came across a movie, Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and decided to watch it. read more
Day 50 – Automatic Writing Day 9 -The Perfect Circle
Automatic writing day 9 stated with a bang this morning. I got a snarky text from someone that just completely amused me. The contents of that text are private but I can say it was designed to instill fear, dread or something else I can’t imagine… lol, FAIL!!! What a perfect way to end this segment of the 100 days of trance. read more
Day 51 -Remote Viewing day 1
Remote viewing day 1, a change in trance protocol for me. I’ve never done any formal remote viewing although I do get the occasional intuitive flashes of things. This will be more deliberate. Hopefully, it will be more succinct than the automatic writing was. My conscious mind will appreciate something that it recognizes as a success, although the automatic writing wasn’t a fail. read more
Day 52 – Additional Remote Healing
Doing a remote healing on my favorite dog who belongs to one of my favorite clients… I’ll let know how this goes… read more
Day 53 – Remote Viewing Day 2
Remote viewing day 2. I found a pretty informative video on remote viewing. It talks about the different versions and a progression for a how-to, which I thought was very well put together.
According to the video, I am using the psychic method of remote viewing. This means I am projecting myself to whatever location or thing I’m viewing, rather than letting the view come to me. I will try the other class remote viewing method in 3 more days. read more