How to Become a Certified Master of Self-Guided Trance—A Complete Course (Pt. 6)

This is page 6 of a detailed tutorial. I recommend you start with page 1. Every page contains tons of practical information & no fluff. It’s thoroughly linked: You can master one tiny piece at a time—easy peasy—even though it’s almost book length. Every time you master a tiny piece, you’ll be more effective in life. I promise.

The Applause Trance

Want the superpower to instantly change your habits at will?

What? You don’t think this is a superpower? Well, let’s see. Are you saying that you’ve got everything handled, that you have no bad habits, that you do not aspire to new positive habits, and that when New Years rolls around, you can’t think of any resolutions to make?

Yes? Then I guess learning the Applause Trance might be a waste of time for you. Sorry to have bothered you with this useless section.

Here’s a link to the next section: The Healing Trance. And would you please send me your autograph? You’re going to be famous someday.

Disclaimer: This type of trance will not help you abuse yourself by stopping a healthy and harmless behavior, such as masturbation. It’s not going to cure deep-seated emotional problems, such as those that lead to pedophilia, alcoholism, anxiety disorders, violent tendencies, or pathological depression. It will not, by itself, solve chemical dependencies, nor will it provide a substitute for a nutritious diet with adequate nutrients to support emotional and mental functioning. Nor will it help you become a better partner of a spouse who doesn’t do their share, who abuses you, or who neglects you.

(On the other hand, it may help you overcome your habitual resistance to going to a therapist, help you improve your diet or exercise habits, or provide you with the personal power to ditch the abusive partner—or partners, if you’re a real masochist.)

This type of trance is for changing run-of-the mill daily habits. If you can’t think of any other habits to use this for, how about creating a habit of using self-hypnosis every single day in the same way that the introduction to this page illustrated? (I.e., the But Why? section.)

In your journal, I recommend that you plan more than one habit to change, though it’s not necessary. If you want to perform the habit in a variety of different circumstances, count each of those types of circumstances as a separate habit.

Each habit should have the following elements:
  1. It should be linked to a specific event or cue. Think of training a dog. If you want a dog to roll over, you teach it to respond to a single phrase or cue (i.e., “Roll over!”) with a single action. If you want the dog to respond to two different cues by rolling over, you have to teach the second phrase separately. Your new habit should be a response to a single thing, and if you want it to be a response to more than one thing, plan it as a separate habit.
  2. The habit should be very clearly defined. You should be able to describe the behavior you want to invoke as if it was a video with the sound turned off. Mental habits can also be broken into individual steps, but be really careful to be specific, rather than abstract, in doing so.
  3. Are there natural positive consequences or rewards that the new habit will bring to you? Make note of as many of these as you can. Then think a little harder, and write down some that aren’t so obvious.
You Can Change Your Brain Chemistry

The reason for the applause trance is to change your brain chemistry while planning and performing your new habits. Neurobiology has not sorted everything out yet, but it’s clear that when we are rewarded, we activate dopamine in the nucleus accumbens or the dopaminergic systems in our brains. Other brain chemicals appear to be involved, but what they are is unimportant for our work here.

All we need to know is that when we change our brain chemistry around certain behaviors, we train ourselves to act as we want. Yeah, it’s brain chemistry, but we’re in charge. We get to choose. Once you have defined the habits you’re targeting, do the following:

Applause Step 1: Enter trance, and go as deep as you can.

Although you can use this technique without trance, it’s more effective in trance. But you have to go really deep for the best results, and you have to keep renewing the depth. Activating your dopamine tends to reduce your levels of trance.

So the minute you start to use this technique, the dopamine you generate has a tendency to pull you to the surface. So I recommend that you monitor your depth using an inner trance meter throughout the entire trance session. When you notice yourself beginning to rise out of trance, mentally turn the knob on the front of the meter to push yourself back down into trance. You may have to do this over and over again at first.

(Learn to use a trance meter from the medium-length trance induction “Swing Chair_Trance Writing & Meter Induction8_22.mp3” and from the short trance induction “Deepen Trance Invoking Depth You Seek5_18.mp3,” both at the download site Joyful Wisdom Journey Free Trance Downloads.)

Applause Step 2: Imagine yourself successfully doing the habit.

First, imagine the event that will trigger the habit. If your new habit is to leave the table in the break room when someone pulls out a cigarette, imagine someone pulling out a cigarette.

Then imagine yourself responding with your new habit. For example, you might imagine someone pulling out a cigarette and you responding by going to the washroom to brush your teeth. Or returning to your cubicle to write in your journal about why you’re quitting smoking.

(Remember: You may need professional help for quitting a habit like smoking.)

Applause Step 3: Start the applause, but keep the new habit in mind.

As soon as you imagine yourself using your new habit, imagine one or more people who care standing by and clapping their hands. Keep reminding yourself that they are applauding this new habit of yours. The applause can be distracting.

(Remember: You may need to turn the knob on the trance meter to pull yourself back into trance. Keep remembering this for the rest of this activity.)

Applause Step 4: Increase the applause again and again.

Bring more people into the applause. When there are too many people for the room you’re imagining, imagine knocking down a wall to make room for them. Keep adding people and increasing the space until you’ve got a huge football stadium applauding you.

Add cheerleaders, a brass band, noise makers, movie stars, confetti, and air planes towing banners about your new habit. Bring in angels singing carols and UFOs swooping down to see what the fuss is all about. Let an announcer remind the crowd that this is all about your new habit, and then, let the crowd go wild.

BUT, and this is really important: Keep reminding yourself of the habit that they’re applauding. Don’t forget that this is for a purpose.

Applause Step 5: Give yourself one or more post-hypnotic suggestions.

Say something like, “When this thing happens, I do that.” Remember not to say, “I WILL do that.” Keep it in the present tense. In addition, don’t say, “I ALWAYS do that,” because that sets you up for failure. Follow the rules in the section The Post-Hypnotic Self-Suggestion Trance.

Applause Step 6: Stay in the stadium. Imagine your other new habits.

You do not need to erase the entire scene and start over to imagine another new habit. You’ve got your dopamine flowing, now, so use it for a two or three more habits. Don’t overdo it, but you might as well use this chaotic applause scene you’ve created.

Applause Step 7: When finished with your new habits, change the scene.

Erase everything. Imagine yourself sitting in nature. Perhaps you’re sitting on a park bench in an isolated part of a woods, or perhaps you’re on a beach with waves rolling in rhythmically.

Then imagine that a beam of cosmic light shines onto your body from the sky. Telepathically, you hear a voice congratulating you for your new habits.

Applause Step 8: Create a new applause sensation, and escalate it.

As the beam of light hits the top of your head, the nuclei in all your cells begin to applaud joyfully. As the light sinks in to your brain, your brain cells join the applause. Your head chakras. Then your face cells. Your neck cells. Your throat chakra. Your shoulder cells. Your arm and chest cells. Your heart chakra.

Continue until your whole body and all your chakras are applauding your new habits.

However, while the previous applause scene was chaotic, keep this one silent and peaceful.

Applause Step 9: Reinforce this sequence when you’re not in trance.

For really important habits, you’ll want to return to trance to review this experience. But you can also use the applause sequence described here in normal life. You just have to look away from the situation you’re in for a couple of seconds to remind yourself how successful you’re being and to imagine some of the applause.

I recommend putting the applause sequence as a periodic reminder on your e-calendar or carrying a list in your pocket to reinforce the changes you’re making during normal life. Please do not wait until it’s too late. Repeat the applause sequence before you risk losing the new habits.

(Go to Beginning, to Trance Recipe Overview,
to Fourteen Types of Trance to Master.)

ADVANCED LEVELS: Getting the Most from the Applause Trance

If you’re working on the Applause Trance regularly, there may be times when you don’t have several new habits in mind, and you may want to know if it’s worthwhile going into trance for just one habit.

Of course, this depends on how important the habit is, and furthermore, if you’re having trouble maintaining a habit that you want to reinforce. But here’s something to do if you’re not sure.

Go into trance as directed, and when you reach Applause Step 4, ask the announcer to spontaneously acknowledge you for other things, whether or not it is connected to a single cue or a well defined habit. Let the crowd go wild for everything the announcer says, and give him or her plenty of time to come up with lots of good things about you.

Later, after you’ve left trance, be sure to record as many of these spontaneous acknowledgments as you can in your journal. Then look over them and see if you can define them as suggested at the beginning of this section:

  1. They’re a response to a single event or cue.
  2. You’ve defined the behavior precisely.
  3. You’ve identified natural rewards they will give you.

If you’re finding yourself resistant to a particular important habit, I can help. Find my coaching profile at Cougar Brenneman Coaching. Contact me directly on the contacts page of this site. (This boring 😐 paragraph appears throughout this document to accommodate people who use our links exactly as they were intended to be used.)

(Go to Beginning, to Trance Recipe Overview,
to Fourteen Types of Trance to Master.)

The Awareness Trance

As you will see in the Awareness Trance later, trance can even be done without any trekking at all.

(Go to Beginning, to Trance Recipe Overview,
to Fourteen Types of Trance to Master.)

ADVANCED LEVELS: Getting the Most from the Conversation Trance

For personal guidance in learning these skills, find my coaching profile at Cougar Brenneman Coaching. Contact me directly on the contacts page of this site. (This boring 😐 paragraph appears throughout this document to accommodate people who use our links exactly as they were intended to be used.)

(Go to Beginning, to Trance Recipe Overview,
to Fourteen Types of Trance to Master.)

The Healing Trance

While using trance for healing, some of the best advice may come from a Conversation Trance, in which you dialog with an inner doctor, your body itself, a wound or damaged organ, the Medicine Buddha, or any other entity that seems right to you. Besides asking for specific behavioral advice, also ask for assistance in designing a healing meditation or chi meditation to speed your recovery.

Disclaimer: Do I have to even say it? This type of trance is not a substitute for the work of a fully qualified professional, whether it be a doctor, psychiatrist, shaman, priest, or comedian. If you have medical, emotional, or spiritual problems, please seek out the help of someone who knows what they’re doing. Please? And thank you.

Prepare in your journal by brainstorming what you might imagine. Here is a list of examples, some of which are quite literal, and some of which are figurative:

  • Turn off a faucet on your adrenals, just above the kidneys, to reduce adrenaline and stress.
  • Unknot ropes or loosen rubber bands in your muscles. Wagon cells in the blood bring increased oxygen to the muscles and cart off wastes.
  • Imagine the body’s hormone control system as a high-tech control center where you can make delicate adjustments.
  • Blood rushes to a wound or broken bone, building delicate new tissue that looks like a network of lights, and carting away dirt, dead tissue, and diseased Prana.
  • Various types of immune cells are born in the bone marrow, and spread through the body, engulfing enemies and destroying them.
  • Turn on a switch in the brain or spine, moving endorphins to enclose pain in cotton.
  • Ride on a sailboat in the bowels or urinary tract. Smooth and soothe the walls.
  • In the large blood vessels going to or from the heart, peel off globs of cholesterol. Hand them to garbage truck cells to cart away.
  • For asthma, imagine inhaling a healing color, which flows from the head to one foot. With the next breath, move the color back to the head, and with the next breath, move it to the other foot. Then picture your windpipe in the shape of an inverted tree. Picture the muscles around it relaxing, the tiny hairs inside it moving dirt out, and its flesh becoming pink and healthy.
  • Five times daily, move your consciousness to cancerous tumor and withdraw energy. Then mentally order white blood cells and immune system to attack it, destroy it and carry it away. The T cells gobble up cancer cells and inject chemicals into cancer cells, causing them to explode.

Once you’ve prepared an image or two that matches what you need, set it aside, and don’t be particularly attached to it. Go into trance and then use the following procedure unless your inner guides told you something complete different.

Healing Step 1: Tune into the sensations in the part that needs healing.

Look carefully at what’s bothering you and notice which parts feel worst, unusual, or weird. If they still seem appropriate, harness some of the original images you planned in your journal. If focusing in suggests a different visualization, use the images that come directly out of the experience, rather than what you planned earlier.

Healing Step 2: Breathe chi energy into the part.

While continuing to imagine, begin to collect energy with your breath and direct it into the parts that need healing. This may involve breathing deeply and rhythmically, imagining the chi entering your body from the net of life around you, using Ujjayi pranayama breathing (a yoga technique for collecting chi energy), and placing the palms or the fingertips on or over the body body part.

At both the center of our palms and the ends of our fingers are chakras that healers use for transferring psychic healing energy.

Healing Step 3: Tune into the part of the part that needs the most healing.

Keep trying to delve deeper and deeper into the illness, wound, or other damage. Adjust your visualization as you see deeper and deeper into what’s wrong.

Use your imagination as a microscope and go to a finer and finer resolution.

tk tuning in on question. What comes, focus until it fades, focus again until it fades, focus again until it fades Use this on the images that arise.

Healing Step 4: Keep going deeper from the cellular to the atomic level.

When you reach and pass the cellular level, watch for a graininess in the resolution. These are the molecules and atoms. Keep zooming in.

Healing Step 5: Send chi energy throughout the empty space in the atoms.

When you reach the subatomic level, you’ll see only empty space that flows throughout that part of the body. Fill this empty space with chi energy before returning to normal consciousness.

Healing Step 6: Share some of your healing energy with someone else.

There are literally thousands of different healing meditations from different parts of the world and different traditions. This one was abstracted from a meditation by the Tibetan monk and scholar Tulku Thondup, who combined steps from many Buddhist sutras to create it. No healing meditation from an outside source should override what you sense by tuning in or what your inner guides tell you to do. Follow your intuition, but don’t expect it to ever stay the same from one time to the next. This meditation is meant as a springboard to other things you might be directed to do by your intuition and inner guides.

(Go to Beginning, to Trance Recipe Overview,
to Fourteen Types of Trance to Master.)

ADVANCED LEVELS: Getting the Most from the Conversation Trance

For personal guidance in learning these skills, find my coaching profile at Cougar Brenneman Coaching. Contact me directly on the contacts page of this site. (This boring 😐 paragraph appears throughout this document to accommodate people who use our links exactly as they were intended to be used.)

(Go to Beginning, to Trance Recipe Overview,
to Fourteen Types of Trance to Master.)

The Clairvoyance Trance

If you’re a skeptic, this is not the place to learn about psi phenomena. If you’re open-minded and need to be convinced, turn to the personal website of the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ Chief Scientist, Dean Radin, Phd, “Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications on Psi Research.”

If you’re too close-minded to even do that, please go away. Don’t bother me. I have no time for bigots. Your free-wheeling practice of labeling every idea you disagree with as “junk science” is the new McCarthyism. In our culture, psi phenomena are constantly denigrated, doubted, debunked, and denied. Sometimes people claim psychic phenomena for profit, entertainment, and ego-boosting purposes. Rationalists and skeptics ridicule the great science used by psi researchers for the same reasons: profit, entertainment, and ego-boosting purposes. As a result, there are lots of charlatans on both sides of the topic. And as a further result, we’ve all been trained to ignore and doubt our own psychic impressions. This neglect and doubt have destroyed the psychic faculty in many people who would otherwise be gifted. Are you one of them? I think you are one of them. I think each one of us is one of them. I think that psychic sensitivity is as normal as eyesight. Which means that even if you’re not particularly gifted, activating your psychic faculties will benefit you.

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Full disclosure: I ain’t no great psychic. I’ve been working on it, and I’m making strides. I’ve been studying it for years. But this is merely what to do until the Messiah comes. And I ain’t the Messiah. Psychic skills are a great example why the Joyful Wisdom  Journey curriculum is open-source. When someone better than me comes along, they’ll be able to add to our curriculum. The curriculum will soon be owned by the Joyful Wisdom Community. That’s when the open-source option will be organizationally supported. The following is my personal study plan. It seems to help. For me, it’s been more useful than all the books and courses on remote viewing that I bought, the workshops I’ve taken, my time as a Rosicrucian, and all of the rest. Please don’t make me list them all.

Clairvoyance Step 1: Formulate your question.

As in every other type of trance, it helps to have a specific target in mind. However, I don’t advise you to start with things that are as specific as the targets that people use for remote viewing. With any extrasensory skill, it’s extremely easy to set up negative beliefs of inadequacy within yourself—that is, if you haven’t already absorbed them in spades from your upbringing.

Ask yourself questions where insight would help, no matter whether it comes from clairvoyance or emotional symbolism. That way, you can appreciate and value the answers you get, and when they begin to have unmistakably extrasensory components, you won’t have a lot of failures in your background. You’ll be ready to benefit from the success.

Clairvoyance Step 2: Focus unwaveringly on your question.

Don’t consider your question as a bunch of words, because this would involve focusing on a bunch of different things. Get a feeling for the whole of your question or its essence. Then focus on this essence without wavering.

Of course, you will waver, and eventually, your focus will fade. Just bring your attention back to the essence. Continue doing this repeatedly.

Clairvoyance Step 3: Notice and name changes you see.

Whatever image, essence, or sensation you’re focusing on will not stay stable. It will change, and when you’re deep, those changes will be as transitory as dream images—fading from memory almost as soon as they appear.

For many kinds of trance, but especially for a clairvoyance trance, you need to counteract this tendency to succeed in your goals. But doing it effectively means following very specific guidelines.

Keep the words simple, and avoid any interpretations about what it ultimately might be that you’re seeing or sensing. If you hear words, such as “I don’t like what you did, but…,” don’t try to finish the sentence. Just mentally repeat the words, using the same tone, the same flavor, the same nuances that you heard. You might also whisper or say, “…don’t like…,” which is all you need to keep it from disappearing from consciousness.

If you see red, don’t say, “blood red,” even if that is the most accurate way of describing it. The word “blood” implies a direction that might not actually be accurate. Just use the word “red.” If you see something that looks bubbly and you say, “bubbly,” correct yourself to remove the content. Say, “No, round and transparent.” This removes the interpretation that the round, transparent things you’re seeing are bubbles.

Clairvoyance Step 4: When you feel done, awaken and record.

When you’re recording your impressions, try to stay as free from interpretation as you did during the trance itself. Instead of “blood red,” describe it as “deep red.” If you must use similes or metaphors, use two of them to keep yourself from being too attached to any interpretations. You might say that the round, transparent things “looked like bubbles or salmon eggs in that they were… shiny, I think. Glistening.”

Clairvoyance Step 5: When finished, study the question again.

After you’ve done all of the recording in as objective a manner as you can, look at the question to make sense of what came to you. If you’re like me, the reasons for the images will become plain very quickly as you contemplate the question. If not, use a Conversation Trance (or something else, as appropriate) to get some help interpreting your Clairvoyance Trance.

This is the strategy I’m using right now. If you have a better strategy for this or any other type of trance, please send me an email or comment on the bottom of the page. This is an open-source curriculum, and it will become more officially so when the Joyful Wisdom Community has enough money to incorporate as a nonprofit. Unless you request that we don’t, we’ll credit you for what you add.

ADVANCED LEVELS: Getting the Most from the Conversation Trance

(Go to Beginning, to Trance Recipe Overview,
to Fourteen Types of Trance to Master.)

For personal guidance in learning these skills, find my coaching profile at Cougar Brenneman Coaching. Contact me directly on the contacts page of this site. (This boring 😐 paragraph appears throughout this document to accommodate people who use our links exactly as they were intended to be used.)

(Go to Beginning, to Trance Recipe Overview,
to Fourteen Types of Trance to Master.)

To become a trance genius, practice each type of trance in the list in this step several times systematically. For each type of trance, practice all the obvious applications and then at least one or two that are not so obvious. Use the Trance Type Checklist to help monitor how well you’re learning these skills. You’re a beginner when you get through the list once. When you actively use all fourteen types both spontaneously and in planned trances as appropriate for fulfilling your goals, you’re a master of this skill.

ADVANCED LEVELS: Getting the Most from the Conversation Trance

(Go to Beginning, to Trance Recipe Overview,
to Fourteen Types of Trance to Master,
to Main Step 3: Relax Your Body (next page).)

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