reply to post by pepsi78
Trance is gradual. An altered state of consciousness.
You can look at it like the brain going from beta waves to theta and even delta waves..
so however long it takes, think of it going like
30hz..(eyes closed, relaxed)..a few seconds... 20 hz.... 18...19.. eventually down to like 7.. or 4.. or something.
Depends how grounded you are. That is to say if you feel really restful to the point where you couldn't care less to entertain distractions of the
mind and body, then it can happen even faster. I find the more I meditate consistently also decreases the time, as well it accumulates over the years
as your mind is more trained. I find also if I haven't meditated in a week or something, then the first time getting back into it can be a little
rough and difficult. It takes me a couple more meditations after that to fall back into it.
When you first start meditating, you may be focusing on a single concept in your mind or your breath or something like that, whatever the case, to
focus your mind. You may notice after like 15 minutes your body goes a little numb but not in the sense like its *asleep / lack of blood flow*.. you
just start losing awareness of it, it may feel like its tingling. About half an hour later you may feel like amazed how clear your mind has become, it
really is quite unreal the first time, to be conscious but not thinking. At this point you may be in a light to medium trance... you feel withdrawn
from your body and you are just a clear mind.. as you relax more and more, empty your mind more and more.. it can be an act or just a feeling.. I
just feel the trance overtake me... and then it will go deeper and deeper until you get to the point where you have just a blip of consciousness...
there is no mind, no body, you know you aren't asleep and you know you are alive.. but its a very low pulse. Something at this point after X amount
of time usually grabs my attention.. that is to say the conscious mind comes alive again because you think of something, you are curious about a
passing visual maybe.. and then bam, you're right back to the alpha level.. very light trance. At that point you may feel like your brain is firing,
like its lit up all over and everything is working better, everything is clear and easy, you feel balanced, even if you are just a novice, for a short
amount of time, there is nothing that you feel you need, but it will return.
At this point I usually want to move around, often I'll try to keep meditating and work with the light trance to do the real work. I look at the deep
trance like a clearing away. When you snap out of a deep trance you forget everything, its like you were asleep, but you were not, though sleeping
isn't far off. Just typically with sleep you lose consciousness, and that is to say if you dream you probably aren't aware. I mention it's similar
though, because with practice your deep trance can do things like.. I feel like this electricity is withdrawn from the nerves of the back of my eyes
and all of a sudden there is this great expanse in the middle of my head and I suddenly feel like I'm somewhere else, not in my body, and i'll see a
whole 3D room, like a dream only I can never explore it, and I often get confused thinking I had opened my eyes but then I do open my eyes and see
i'm somewhere else. So its similar to sleep. So going into a deep trance is similar to falling asleep but consciously aware. Sorta. That sort of
describes it to me.
Like I said, these days if I simply focus on a major energy center in my body, I start getting random thoughts and visuals and thats how I know the
trance is getting deep. It doesn't take long for me as long as I can get relaxed. It's actually a bit problem really. But yeah, some times it takes
me only 5 minutes, less even. You just close you eyes, focus on something, you feel the shift and you hear the room pop and crack and you know its