Lesson 38: Rhythmic Driving

One of the most effective methods of brainwave entrainment to cause a trance is auditory.  We have been using this method for thousands of years, right back to drums and rattles in dancing, meditation, and shamanism, but recently we have begun to understand the science behind it. … [Read more...]

Lesson 37: Binaural Beats

Two tones close to each other will induce a response in the brain equivalent to the difference between them.  The brain reacts to the subsonic tone in between.  These rhythms are known as binaural "two sound" beats.  The ears do not actually hear the sound, but the brain creates the tonal effect.  For instance, a 495 Hz tone and a 505 Hz tone have a “carrier frequency” of 500 Hz, which is right between them.  The difference being 10 Hz, this produces a subsonic 10 Hz beat which is … [Read more...]

Lesson 36: Isochronic Tones

Isochronic tones are regular beats of a single tone, often repeated in very quick cycles.  There are many software companies and New Age musicians taking advantage of this technology, but we’ve been using it for millennia.  They are sometimes produced in nature by campfires, wind, rivers, and rain, but can also be found in machinery noises such as engines, the thrumming of train tracks or electric fans, artificially created noises such as the click of playing cards in bike tires or the whir … [Read more...]

Lesson 35: Auditory Driving

One of the most effective methods of brainwave entrainment to cause a trance is auditory.  We have been using this method for thousands of years, right back to drums and rattles in dancing, meditation, and shamanism, but recently we have begun to understand the science behind it.  In the following video I review the course thus far, then offer two exercises in auditory driving. Monaural Beats Monaural beats are created by presenting two different tones at slightly different pitches, creating … [Read more...]

Lesson 34: Visual Driving

Visually driven trances work according to a principle called photic driving.  Certain visual stimuli, such as types of art, flickering candlelight, shifting clouds, pendulums and strobe lights, induce an echoing production of brainwave frequencies through oscillation, or pulses, of light and shadow or movement.  Hypnotists put this principle to work in the classic pendulum-swinging procedure.  There are all kinds of videos using light and oscillating patterns on YouTube (most of them are … [Read more...]

Lesson 33: Kinesthetic Driving

Kinesthetic driving is anything that induces a trance through movement.  Again, it is rhythmic and repetitious movement that tends to induce trance.  Anything that involves movement, from touch to walking, is included in this category.  Here’s a couple of simple ways to put the technique to work for you.     … [Read more...]

Lesson 32: Sleep Magick

Sleeping is a natural state of altered consciousness that every human being experiences.  And sleeping facilitates dreaming, which is perhaps the most interesting naturally-induced altered state of consciousness we know of.  We require dreaming.  Without it, our bodies and minds do not heal, and you really can die from lack of sleep. Dreaming lends itself very well to psychic work with some conscious effort.  My first psychic experiences were dreams that came true.  I started having them … [Read more...]

Lesson 31: Trance Induction and Dream Recollection

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 … [Read more...]

Lesson 30: Trance Throughout Time and Shamanic Consciousness

Throughout human history, mystics and shamans have used trances to heal, seek knowledge, and gain insight beyond our conscious capabilities.  Shamans used (and still use) trances to conduct healing work that the more scientifically-minded would recognize as psychotherapy from very ancient times, and to interact between the spirit and physical worlds.  In ancient Greece, pilgrims visited the Temple of Epidaurus for “dream incubation” and healing sleep, in which dreams were interpreted much … [Read more...]

Lesson 29: Methods of Trance Induction

There are hundreds of different methods of inducing a trance, which can be classified by the means used: 1.  Auditory and rhythmic driving (drumming, music, guided meditations, etc.); 2.  Kinesthetic driving (dancing, mudras, rituals, yoga, breathing and sexual stimulation); 3.  Visual driving (visual meditations, mandala, pendulums, film, art, yantra, strobe lights, cloud-watching, etc.); 4.  Olfactory driving (perfume, incense, oils, pheromones, flowers, and any scent that has … [Read more...]