Deep Trance, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Deep Trance, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? 

If you want to consider the hypnosis trance phenomena, deep trance identification in a practical way. The “guess who’s coming to dinner?” may be the best way to explain this segment of the 100 days of trance project. 

Let’s play a game. Think of 10 people living, death or imaginary that you would like to invite to a dinner party. Who would you invite? What would you serve? What questions would you ask the group? and what question might you have reserved for each guest? This is exactly what I’m going to be doing for the remainder of this 100 days of trance project.

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What’s The Point?

Deep Trance Identification, though a relative unknown to most people is a way to discover some interesting and sometimes, incredible insights that can’t be known any other way, consciously.

There’ is a story about Richard Bandler, Stephen Gillian, and some others, who were experimenting with deep trance identification in the early 70’s. Gilligan had a profound experience of “being” Milton Erickson and learning insights that just aren’t available to someone without being in that space. Gregory Batson, a friend of Erickson’s lived next door. Batson was brought over to verify that the deep trance was real, factual, etc. 

At one point, Batson got uncomfortable and left. He later stated that Gilligan was relating a conversation that he (Batson) and Erickson had had in private. This process works!!!


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Kids Already Know How To Do This

Kids have been doing deep trance identification for centuries. They just imagine themselves as a fireman, doctor, fairy or whatever and “BOOM” that’s who they are. This process stops of course when some well-intended parent says”oh, no you aren’t blah-blah, you are you”. Or when you get sent to the principle’s office enough time for daydreaming. Once kids get punished enough for using their imagination, they stop and join the rest of us in the machine with no windows. 

Even a rank novice, like myself at the time, is able to do this process. I think it was because I didn’t know anything and just followed the instructions and got immediate success. So that’s what I’m going to do again and you are welcome to play along if you wish.

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The List:

This is the list of people whom I’m inviting to my party. Each of these individuals I respect for their achievements in their particular walk of life. I find it interesting looking at this list that none of them were gazillionaires but made a profound impact on humanity.

deep tranceJim Morrison

I have always admired Jim Morrison, not just for his music but poetry and his complete disregard for the “norm”. He is kind of the reason I started this journey to more or less complete his work in attempting to go “deep enough” to heal a generation. I honor his attempt but unfortunately, his path of drugs killed him before he completed his journey. Perhaps through hypnosis,s we can find a way. read more

deep tranceMilton H. Erickson, M.D.

Who wouldn’t want to stand inside Milton Erickson for a few minutes? As Stephen Gilligan put it, Erickson was the Yoda of hypnosis. Playful, fierce, compassionate and completely committed to doing what needed doing in order to get people back to living and enjoying their lives. I’d love to know what he knew. read more

deep tranceStephen Gilligan, Ph.D

I have read his books and audios, emailed him, but I have never gotten to see him in person. His trance camp is on my bucket list of things to do, very soon. Stephen’s recent book, Generative Trance, is the next level of what hypnotists will be doing for the next 30 years. I’m interested in learning the building blocks from Gilligan’s perspective and taking this to the next level beyond generative trance. What that may be, who knows? read more

deep tranceEdgar Cayce

Edgar Cayce is the Godfather of Psychics to me with almost 3o years of transcriptions from his typist. His abilities were obtained through hypnotic trance. I would be interested in talking to him about his diagnostic capabilities and of course, there are the stock market predictions. He lived in a small town, never charged anyone for his services and his family protected him from the scavengers. read more

deep tranceMahatma Gandhi

From lawyer to activist to the leader of a movement that broke the back of colonialism in India and the British empire. Knowing you’re going to get your ass kicked and then doing what you need to do anyway, fits into my definition of courage. I think he started by just being mad about being kicked off a train in South Africa but it morphed into something great. I’ll ask him. read more

deep tranceKing Soloman

A great King or at least that’s what the storybooks say. I’d like to have a conversation with him and find out the real story, if possible. This archetype is the only one I’ve picked that has any dough but I’m more interested in his wisdom and find out a few other things I’m interested in knowing the real story. *wink read more


deep tranceNative American Healer

I have an image of a man or woman who knows the red road. I haven’t made a decision of who will arrive,  just made the invitation. I’m leaning towards Black Elk. Knowing these ways adds to my medicine bag. Theoretically, I’m part Native American but not enough for free college or a cut of the casino winnings. read more


deep trancePeruvian Shaman

Similar to a Native American healer, this man or woman talks to the jungle. The trees, vines, and flowers speak, give knowledge and direction. I know almost nothing about this variety of healing but I’m interested. I had a brief introduction through a woman shaman I met and worked with for 3 months. read more

deep tranceNikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla, in my opinion, is yet another genius that was crushed by the machine that we call Capitalism. Although it can’t be proved; he was most likely killed because of his desire to release free energy into the world. His notes were confiscated and history has done it’s best to forget and ignore his achievements. I wonder how many others have met the same fate due to their desire to make the world a better place to live in and not have to become rich to do it? My guess is we will never know what would have been possible had he remained alive and achieved his dreams. The goal of this trance is to discover what stopped when he died and what other things may have been possible. read more

deep trancedeep tranc eThoth and Ma’at

I originally wanted Thoth because he was supposed to have written 41 books on medicine that are “somewhere” hidden away from the world. After doing some research I discovered he has a female counterpart, unlike our modern world where everything is male-dominated and no credence is even to the sacred feminine. read more


The Egyptians credited him as the author of all works of science, religion, philosophy, and magic. The Greeks further declared him the inventor of astronomy, astrology, the science of numbers, mathematics, geometry, surveying, medicine, botany, theology, civilized government, the alphabet, reading, writing, and oratory. They further claimed he was the true author of every work of every branch of knowledge, human and divine. (source:


After her role in the creation and continuously preventing the universe from returning to chaos, her primary role in ancient Egyptian religion dealt with the Weighing of the Heart that took place in the Duat. Her feather, which was the measure that determined whether the souls (considered to reside in the heart) of the departed would reach the paradise of the afterlife successfully. (source: )

These two are very similar to Kali and Shiva in India. They are responsible for the creation and destruction and rebirth of the universe. Learning the cycles and dynamics of these two should be interesting to apply in my couples counseling sessions. read more

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The Deep Trance Questions:

I’m using a standard list of questions with each of my guests. I’m pretty sure I’ll get some interesting answers like I did when I did a deep trance identification with the 4 elements, fire, water, wind, and earth. Time will tell if I’ve picked the right questions.

How did you discover your gifts or talents?

Your greatest strength?

What is your biggest weakness?

In your opinion your best success?

The biggest failure?

If you were still alive today, what would you be doing?

What would tell someone who wished to continue your work?

Is the other information do you wish to discuss?

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The Process

The hypnotic process, as laid out by Stephen Gilligan is two-fold. So I’m going to have to perform two trances per subject. For those without a great deal of trance experience make sure you have a trance partner to help you through this process. The worst that could happen is, you just get stuck and either come out of trance or go to sleep and then you wake up anyway.

Part 1

A short trance to get familiarity with the spirit or subject. and notice two major things. The first is what would make this connection easier? The second is what might hamper the connection? And lastly, Gilligan thinks it’s a great idea to ask for permission to connect. I happen to agree, it’s just polite.

The instructions are to go just deep enough to feel the field and still have a sense of a differentiated self. The question to the spirit or subject is purposely referred to in the third person to maintain the separation while gathering information. This process should be 10-20 minutes in length

Part 2

This is a deep dive into the hypnotic field or as Erickson says “the middle of know where”. In this space, you set your learnings, personality and life experiences to the side. You or the trance partner suggests that the subject or spirit step into you so you can have a completely different experience. Be open to what you can learn. Maybe you can have a different view of the world. The first time I had a deep trance identification with a female subject, I was really taken aback by how the subject’s perception and mine were so different. This trance is for about 20- 30 minutes.

Part 3

Take some post-trance time to re-integrate you back into you. Be sure and use third person language to thank the subject or spirit and to make sure that you are back to being you. This is a very powerful experience and not to be done “on a lark”. The information you receive is very real and I have used this type of hypnosis is client session so people could say goodbye to dead relatives, retrieve information that was hidden and do past or future live regression and progression.

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Need Some Help?

If you need some help with any part of this process or you just want to ask a few questions

Please feel free to contact me at 214-702-3774 or email me, anytime.