Therapeutic Trance: What Is It?
Therapeutic Trance isn’t widely used at the present time. Although we are frequently in trance states during our daily lives, we do not label them that way, nor do we acknowledge them. Imagine you are in a restaurant, and you are involved in a deep conversation with the person across the table, and the background of the world around fades away, as you pursue this intense conversation. This is a trance state. For those of you who drive, if you have ever arrived at a location, and not been really sure how you got there, you’ve been in a trance state. Trance is generally a narrowing of focus.
Therapeutic Trance does not involve sleep, loss of consciousness, inability to move, or giving up control. It does involve an enriching or enhancing of consciousness, and a heightened awareness of the inner world.
Your experience in trance may bring about a growing heaviness in your body or a loss of sense of your body. I may also include a feeling of comfort and ease. There will likely be a growing lack of interest in what is around you and in your ordinary life, concurrent with an awareness of an inner life that you ordinarily do not sense. Many people find this state extremely relaxing.
Trance entails an expansion of consciousness in regard to memory, your perspective on things, on events in your life, and an experience of a deep wisdom that there is inside you, but of which you are not ordinarily aware. It also involves an awareness of things that you do not ordinarily know about yourself, past or present. In may include your awareness of things you do not ordinarily know about others, near or far, and your ability to effect changes in your body and your psyche. You may also have a different sense of who you are and your mission in life, your sense of what stirs in you as creative energy, and your ability to allow your creative energy to flow through you uninhibited.
I usually start with a basic trance induction, and then allow some time, and then bring you back. Then we talk about your experience. Then we would do a house sensory tour, which will help me better know what you will respond to in trance. At any time, you can decide to withdraw from the process, and you can exit the trance at any time with or without my assistance. If you prefer to not speak while in trance, we can use finger signals for communication.
If you are interested in Trance, please let me know whenever you feel you would like to try it. If I feel that it would be helpful during therapy, I will bring it up, but it is entirely up to you if you would like to try it or not. It is not the only way to deal with whatever is coming up for you. It is one choice. I have done my trance training with Dr Adam Crabtree, PhD of Toronto.