For many years I have been
interested in both the theory and practice of trance and its effects.
In South Africa I learned much about trance states from Sangomas
throwing the bones in South Africa
I have practised Hatha
Yoga, Pranayama and various forms of meditation for many years.
The breathing techniques of Pranayama can induce trance states.
The stilling of the mind and the sense of oneness achieved through
meditation is, in essence, a form of trance. Singing of repetitive
mantras, a form of meditation or trance induction, is found in many
balance between the female (Shakti) and the male (Shiva) principles -
the primordial unity.
Regular giving and receiving
of massage has deepened my understanding of what trance is and how
it can be induced.
Photo by Tom Walroth © 2004
My involvement with the dance
form Contact Improvisation has broadened my perception of trance
and helped me to experience its diversity.
Improvisation by Edgar Jansen
I have spent time with
Sufis and learned some of their dances including Dervish whirling.
Sufis have a great tradition of trance inducing music, chants and
I go dancing very regularly
and have developed the ability to fall rapidly into deep trance
and dance for hours without tiring.
Me in trance (or
Photo by Stepanka © 2003
Swinging fire pois
to trance-inducing music
Photo by Steve St. Schmidt © 2004