What is a trance state?
Is trance deeply spiritual?
Or is it only hypnotism?
Let us examine this from the point of view the knowledge of Magic.
(‘Magic, White and Black‘ by Franz Hartmann, 1890 is one treatise on the subject, as are some others.)
Practitioners of dark or black magic often seek to take possession of the consciousness of an unsuspecting person. Powerful hypnotism, dark spirit possessions etc are some methods they use. This state is often referred to as ‘Trance’ where the person is no longer using her own conscious will. It is subjected to that of another. Even ‘Mediums’, people who channel the words and thoughts of spirits can often go into such a state. Franz writes:
‘Experience shows, that there is not a day in the year that some hypnotizer …..commits a crime through another person; and while the real culprit goes scot free, the weak minded instrument is punished.”
Placing people in such states is much more common than one would think. One of the masters on the subject cautions that many marriages are a result of such trance hypnotisation.
People who go into trance lead double lives. One of their own conscious will and another of a dark spirit or a dark magician. Not a great place to be.
Even in the scriptures, such states are not encouraged as they remove a person away from her conscious reason.
Divinity is all about consciously pursuing a journey inside. Not as a puppet, rather as a co creator with the superconsciousness.
When in ‘Trance’ the person may even give some predictions. May even provide clues about missing people or things. He will appear to be in frenzy and may even refer to himself in the third person. Such ‘miracles’ and predictions may be true to an extent. But these are the blind alleys on the spiritual path. Beware.
None of the prophets are known to have gone into trance states publicly.
‘Man exists as an individual only as long as he is in possession of divine reason, and this reason is not an attribute of the human form, but a function of the divine Spirit which illuminates it.’
Therefore, be careful of such states. In meditation you shall not be taken into a trance. If someone does, be warned.
As deep as true meditation may be in surrender, you shall always be in-charge.
We do not surrender to a person or to a grand power outside. Rather to the omnipotence, the infinity within us. For this is where our real self, our true love resides.
May all who read experience the true awakening.