Trance-portation

I am trying this book by Diana Paxson called “Trance-portation” through a facebook group. I’m very excited. It has all my favourite things in it. Nature, meditation, visualization, divinity, mysticism, and lots of words. It looks like there are some pretty cool words. That’s what I’m all about. Cool words.

Index of blog posts:

1. Learning to Trance
2. Death-Glare
3. Yoga trance
4. Gathering materials
5. Dis trance
6. Pincher trance
7. TV trance
8. Med trance
9. Big snow
10. New meds pt. 1
11. New meds pt. 2
12. Sound
13. Energizing trance
14. Fehu trance
15. Váli trance
16. Freyja map
17. Paxson meditation
18. Energy Transmutation
19. New Trance

Chapter 1!

Yeah, right. I’m not going to share my notes on Chapter one. Too personal! Let’s just skip to Chapter 2.

So, that’s all about favourite places, which is the first bit. I have a spot in mind. The coulees are a magical place in the river bottom below the place I live.

Meditations:
1. Siþ Galdr (for clearing space)
2. Balance (for getting your bearings)
3. Awareness (for expanding your non-visual periphery)
4. Grounding (pretty much moola bandha)

Outside:
5. Tree meditation (be a tree, with a tree!)

At home:
6. Relaxation (identify-contract-release, pretty much yoga nidra)
7. Stretch (like, do some asana)

And finally, there are suggested practices:
1. Review chapter 1 survey:
Q: What will be easier or more difficult? Do you need to alter your diet?
A: Yes, I’ve been needing to alter my diet for a while. This is the perfect excuse.

2. Record and journal:
Notebook to record dates and progress. Okay, I just got into this group, so I started late. No biggie. I can catch up. Record dreams? Oh, yes. I love that.

3. Warding:
Ward, ground and center. It says I can do my own personal wards, but I want to grow and develop, so I’d like to do Siþ Galdr for now. Besides, it will be easier. This was my previous ward:

4. Relaxation:
Do the final parts, the yoga and whatnot.

ALRIGHTEY… I’m just going to blog my exercises, because it’s fun. Our guide has not said anything about Chapter 3 yet, so I’m not planning on being eager beaver here. I’m just going to take my time, go out in nature, do my exercises, realize I’m still part of the world and continue to work and pay my bills, live a wild and magical life and tell all my friends to only walk this heathen path if they are utterly sincere.

UPDATE: Chapter 3!

So, what’s new in chapter 3? A ton of stuff. But just to keep things practical, I’m going to briefly discuss the alterations to the practice:

Meditations:
Dab an essential oil under your nose and use a certain sound ie: Aum, drum, toning
1. Siþ Galdr (for clearing space)
2. Balance (for getting your bearings)
3. Awareness (for expanding your non-visual periphery)
4. Grounding (pretty much moola bandha)
~Counted breathing practice
              ~Piece of jewelry or fabric you don’t normally wear
Culmination:
~Mind clearing exercise

Outside:
5. Tree meditation (be a tree, with a tree!)

At home:
6. Relaxation (identify-contract-release, pretty much yoga nidra)
7. Stretch (like, do some asana)

UPDATE Chapter 4!

At this point, I’m doing my own numbering system, because I’ve noticed that Paxson numbers things twice for her practice, resulting in duplicating things, or giving numbers to things that were actually expansions of previous things.

8: Observe and remember objects
9: Repeat a paragraph that you heard on a recording
10: Use mudra, sway rhythmically while you chant, use a sensory cue to get out of trance, and make invisible spheres of energy by rubbing hands together, by yourself or with partner
11: Choose a non-traumatic life event and return to it. Write down all the particulars.
12: Do your checksums (basically, meditate on whether you need to slow down with practice and focus on your life)
13. Before sleeping, go through your day in reverse to determine what events led to your present moment. Once you’re familiar with this, review your day’s journey forward, noting sensory detail. Compare these renderings of the day to see how they interact.
14. Base camp construction, two options: 1) meditate on your needs and allow your subconscious to create one, or 2) build one in your imagination, perhaps drawing on the experience Paxson discussed in her chapter. Entrances and exists are important.
15: Articulation, or “bibliomancy”: work with writing and your inner image-screen to generate sensory details based on an excerpt of poetry or prose.
16: 16: Use the concept of passages from favourite fairy tales to visualize space, detail and routes in and out of trance spaces.

I have a particularly image-filled passage from “Three Valkyries Walk Into a Mead Hall”:

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