Trance: Traveling the Divine Matrix
While we previously explored the beneficial properties of meditation, trance work takes those basic techniques and builds on them to transport you further down the magical path. While the purpose of meditation is to quiet the mind and relax the body, trance work begins at the point where the effective meditation is actualized. In trance work, you are seeking not only mere relaxation, but also information and insight, even prophecy and a glimpse at things to come— images from the deep recesses of your mind.
Once a meditative state is achieved, it is possible to introduce ideas into the open and relaxed mind that will move the practitioner into a much deeper state of self-awareness. Because a trance can sometimes be difficult to control , it is important to verbalize what you are hoping to learn by allowing yourself to enter into a trance like state. This is similar to the creative visualization, wherein you suspend disbelief and entertain imagination as reality. However , the trance differs in that the symbols and images you encounter will be generated by your own mind and not introduced into your consciousness by an outside source. A trance journey can be a very powerful experience, leading the practitioner to a deeper level of understanding of his or her own spirituality. It can illuminate the dark areas of the soul that we seek to embrace without fear. It can teach us why we choose the things that we do, why we seem to call in certain energies and not others.
Trance is a state of complete relaxation and trust as well as cognitive lucidity. In your meditative practice, you may have discovered the challenge of maintaining your energy level while simultaneously trying to relax. Maintaining lucidity is extremely important. A trance is not a nap or a daydream, but a concentrated effort to explore areas of the mind normally associated with dreaming while awake. Clarity will allow you to access the far corners of your mind. You may be surprised by what you discover there. Some people experience memories of a past existence. Others find a recurring problem illuminated in such as way as to achieve resolution. Some find inspiration through the removal of creative blockages.
Whatever your goal in entering a trancelike state, you will surely discover some dormant aspect of your mind or personality that will aid your magical workings. By committing your consciousness to traveling to a place beyond time, you are undertaking shamanic work, the work of the spiritual realm, and this is never to be taken lightly. You are, in essence, exploring the world of the deities, one that remains mostly hidden from us on the earthly plane of existence. How you experience this journey will be determined by your frame of mind. When you face the unknown with respect instead of fear, you open yourself to esoteric knowledge that would otherwise be unattainable.
A symbol often used in magic is that of the six-pointed star, composed of two overlapping triangles, one pointing up, one pointing down . Also known as the Star of David, this symbol , in addition to its association with Judaism, is regarded as the magical symbol for the upper world and the lower world: “as above, so below.” It is a highly charged conduit for psychic intent. We seek knowledge of the world beyond while maintaining our connection to the earth. We seek communion with the spirits without having to permanently leave our bodies. We seek comprehension of the afterlife while we keep our life on earth. It is the line between these worlds that you are choosing to walk when you enter a trance . It is much more than something that can be conjured by your imagination alone. Your encounters along the paths between the worlds are powerful images.
One of the most immediate challenges you will face when beginning your trance work is letting go of intellectual reasoning. This is the voice that has you convinced that imagination is not reality and that experiences outside of the laws of reason are not to be trusted. You must first leave this voice behind.
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