Trance or Presence?

A state of trance and a state of total presence are two distinct mental states that are often associated with different experiences and purposes.

What do you want?

A state of trance is typically characterized by a deep absorption or immersion in an experience or activity. This can be induced by various means such as music, meditation, or hypnosis. In a trance state, one may feel a sense of detachment from their surroundings and a heightened sense of focus on the object of their attention. Trance states can be used for therapeutic purposes or for spiritual or religious experiences.

On the other hand, a state of total presence, also known as mindfulness, is characterized by a deep sense of awareness and connection to the present moment. In this state, one is fully engaged with their surroundings and experiences, without judgment or distraction. Mindfulness can be practiced through meditation or simply by paying attention to one’s thoughts, feelings, and sensations in the present moment.

While both trance and mindfulness can lead to altered states of consciousness, they differ in their focus and purpose. Trance states are often used for specific outcomes such as relaxation or altered states of consciousness, while mindfulness is often practiced as a way to cultivate greater self-awareness and clarity of mind.

What do you want?

So there is not one better than the other, it’s different approaches and purposes. Trance states can be induced by:

Natural remedies: Certain natural remedies, such as herbal teas or essential oils, can have a calming effect on the mind and body, making it easier to enter a trance state. For example, chamomile tea, lavender oil, or valerian root can help promote relaxation and reduce stress.

Meditation: Meditation is a popular technique for inducing a state of trance. By focusing the mind on a particular object or mantra, one can achieve a deep state of concentration and relaxation.

Hypnosis: Hypnosis is a technique that involves inducing a trance state through suggestion and relaxation techniques. It is often used for therapeutic purposes, such as overcoming phobias or addictions.

Binaural beats: Binaural beats are a form of sound therapy that uses two different tones played at slightly different frequencies to induce a specific brainwave pattern associated with trance states.

Psychedelic drugs: Certain psychedelic drugs, such as LSD or psilocybin, can induce altered states of consciousness that may resemble a trance state. However, the use of these drugs should be approached with caution and only under the guidance of a trained professional, as they can also have potential risks and negative side effects.

Trance, meditation, and total presence all have the potential to impact emotions, they differ in their approach and focus, with trance emphasizing a temporary shift in emotional experience, meditation emphasizing emotional regulation and awareness, and total presence emphasizing the observation and acceptance of emotions.

Getting into a state of mindfulness involves training the mind to be present and aware in the current moment. Here are some steps you can take to achieve a deeper state of mindfulness:

Find a quiet space: Find a quiet space where you can sit or lie down without distractions. It’s important to choose a comfortable position that allows you to relax and focus.

Focus on the breath: Start by focusing on your breath. Notice the sensation of the air moving in and out of your body. You can count your breaths or use a guided meditation to help you focus.

Be present: Allow yourself to be present in the current moment. Let go of any thoughts or worries about the past or future. Instead, focus on what you are experiencing in the present moment, using your senses to anchor you to the present.

Notice thoughts and emotions: As thoughts and emotions arise, observe them without judgment or attachment. Simply notice them as they come and go, without trying to change them.

Return to the breath: If you find your mind wandering, gently bring your attention back to the breath. This will help you stay focused and present.

The more you practice mindfulness, the easier it becomes to enter a deep state of mindfulness. Try to practice daily, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time.

I like to experiment with both, train my mind to be able to use mind, feeling and body consciously and not “be used” by habitual survival mechanisms. I like to explore rather than hide from experiencing what is.

What do you want?


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