Some people find trancing really easy, almost too easy maybe. Others find it extremely difficult. There are two major factors that seem to affect this ability. One is how much imagination and creativity you tend to exercise. People who read novels voraciously, engage in artistic and creative pursuits, or who simply daydream frequently without becoming bored, often have a much easier time of learning how to trance than those who spend most of their waking conscious hours engaged in left-brain beta consciousness, such as people who work in office jobs like data entry and taxi dispatching! Also, because meditation is a form of trance, if you have trouble meditating, you are likely to have trouble with other forms of trance as well. This is a reflection of spending too much time in beta consciousness.
People who suffer from seizures, sleep disorders, mood disorders or mental illnesses, especially those requiring medication, may also have difficulties. Consult with your doctor if you are doing this Work and have seizures, because a change in consciousness may trigger one. Mood balancing or anti-psychotic medication may also make this Work more challenging, but please don’t stop taking your medication! It takes more work, but your mind will adapt.
If you find trancing easy, you may end up daydreaming or accessing altered states of consciousness without intending to in your daily life at first. You may feel the desire to stop practicing if it becomes extremely inconvenient. If you intend to persist, constant grounding exercises can be helpful, as can eating or drinking tea to diffuse an inconvenient trance, or carrying a grounding stone such as hematite or lodestone in your pocket, which you hold in your hand when you find yourself beginning to drift.
You may also end up bringing up the sludge of your subconscious. You may encounter “negative entities,” since you are accessing the Otherworld in your altered state. Most of the time, these negative entities either come from your own subconscious mind, or they are drawn by the sludge you bring to the surface. In his book, “Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts”, Donald Michael Kraig called them “little nasties.” You may even begin to see them in your waking consciousness out of the corner of your eye when you are not looking directly at them. They have no power over you, and they cannot harm you without your permission. Create your bubble of protection before you begin any trancework and you should have very little difficulty with them.
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