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.