Transforming the Trance

Transforming the Trance

1. Perceptions From Inheritance - Instincts

Our first programmed perceptions are acquired through inheritance.

Our genomes contain behavioural programs that provide fundamental reflex behaviours referred to as instincts.  Pulling your hand out of an open flame is a genetically derived behaviour.  

More complex instincts include the ability for newborn babies to swim like dolphins or the activation of innate healing mechanisms to eliminate a cancerous growth.  

Genetically inherited instincts are perceptions acquired from Nature.

2. Memories of the Subconscious Mind

The second source of life-controlling perceptions comes from experiential memories downloaded into the subconscious mind.  These powerful learned perceptions represent the contribution from nurture.  Among the earliest perceptions of life to be downloaded into the subconscious mind were our mother's emotional patterns while we were in the womb.

Nutrition isn't the only thing a mother provides for her fetus.  A complex chemistry of maternal emotional signals, hormones, and stress factors also cross the placental barrier and influence fetal physiology and development.

When the mother is happy, so is the fetus.  When the mother is in fear, so is the fetus.  When the mother thinks thoughts of rejection toward her fetus, the fetal nervous system programs itself with the emotion of rejection.

Sue Gerhardt's valuable book Why Love Matters emphasizes that the fetal nervous system records womb experiences.  By the time the baby is born, emotional information downloaded from the mother's experiences has already shaped half of that individual's personality!

However, the most influential perceptual programming of the subconscious mind occurs from birth through age six.  During that time, the child's brain is recording all sensory experiences as well as learning complex motor programs for speech, crawling, standing, and advanced activities like running and jumping.  

Simultaneously, the child's sensory systems are fully engaged. downloading massive amounts of information about the world and how it works.

By observing the behavioural patterns of people in their immediate environment - primarily parents, siblings, and relatives - children learn to distinguish acceptable and unacceptable social behaviours.  

It's important to realize that perceptions acquired before the age of six become the fundamental subconscious programs that shape the character of an individual's life.

During the time of accelerated learning, Nature facilitates the enculturation process by developmentally enhancing the subconscious mind's ability to download massive amounts of information.  We know this thanks to our study of brainwaves in adults and children.

Electroencephalogram (EEG) readings from adult brains reveal that neural electrical activity is correlated with different states of awareness.  Bruce Lipton

Adult EEG readings show that the human brain operates on at least five different frequency levels, each associated with a different brain state.

Brain Activity

Frequency Rage

Adult State Associated with Frequency Range


0.5 - 4 Hz

Sleeping / Unconscious


4 - 8 Hz

Imagination / Reverie


8 - 12 Hz

Calm consciousness


12 - 35 Hz

Focused consciousness


> 34 Hz

Peak performance

EEG vibrations continuously shift from state to state over the whole range of frequencies during normal brain processing in adults.  However, brain frequencies in developing children display a radically different behaviour.  

EEG vibration rates and their corresponding states evolve in incremental stages over time.

EEG Activity


Programmable State             ALPHA



      0            2                         6                                  12                 AGE

The predominate brain activity during the child's first two years of life is delta, the lowest EEG frequency range.

Between two and six years of age, the child's brain activity ramps up and operates primarily in the range of theta.  While in the theta state, children spend much of their time mixing the imaginary world with the real world.

The calm consciousness associated with emerging alpha activity only becomes a predominant brain state after age six.

By twelve years, the brain expresses all frequency ranges, although its primary activity is in the beta state of focused consciousness.  Children leave elementrry education behind at this age and enter into the more intense academic programs of middle school.

In case you missed it, here is a very important fact: children do not express the alpha EEG frequencies of conscious processing as a predominant brain state until after they are six years old.  The predominant delta and theta activity expressed by children younger than six signifies that their brains are operating at levels below consciousness.

Delta and theta brain frequencies define a brain state known as a hypnagogic trance - the same neural state that hypnotherapists use to directly download new behaviours into the subconscious minds of their clients.

In other words, the first six years of a child's life are spent in a hypnotic trance!

A child's perceptions of the world are directly downloaded into the subconscious during this time, without discrimination and without filters of the analytical self-conscious mind, which doesn't fully exist.  

Consequently, our fundamental perceptions, about life and our role in it are learned without our having the capacity to choose or reject those beliefs.  

We were simply programmed.

The Jesuits were aware of this programmable state and proudly boasted - "Give me the child until it is seven years old and I will give you the man".

They knew the child's trance state facilitated a direct implanting of Church dogma into the subconscious mind.  Once programmed, that information would inevitably influence 95 percent of that individual's behaviour for the rest of his or her life.

The absence of conscious processing, that is the alpha EEG activity, as well as the simultaneous engagement of a hypnagogic trance during the formative stages of a child's life, are a logical necessity.

First of all, the thinking processes associated with the self-conscious mind's functions cannot operate from a blank state.  Self-conscious information processing requires a working database of learned perceptions.

Consequently, before a person can express self-consciousness, the brain must go about its primary task of acquiring a working awareness of the world by directly downloading experiences and observations into the subconscious mind.

However, there is a very serious downside to acquiring awareness by this method.  The consequence is so profound that it not only impacts the life of the individual, it can also alter an entire civilization.

The problem is that we download our perceptions and beliefs about life years before we acquire the ability for critical thinking. When, as young children, we download limiting or sabotaging beliefs, those perceptions are misperceptions become our truths.

If our platform is one of misperception, our subconscious mind will dutifully generate behaviours that are coherent with those programmed beliefs.

Perceptions acquired during this pivotal developmental period can actually override genetically endowed instincts.

Consider, for example, that every one of us can instinctually swim like a dolphin the moment we emerge from the birth canal.  "Why then," you might ask, "do we have to teach children to swim?  Why are so many afraid of the water?"

If you are a parent, think about your likely reaction when your toddler gets anywhere near open water.  Concerned from the safety of your child, you rush to pull him or her away. However, in the baby's mind, your frantic behaviour is taken to mean that water is life-threatening.

Fear, acquired from the perception that water is dangerous, overrides the instinctual ability to swim and makes the formerly proficient child susceptible to drowning.

3. Actions of the Self-Conscious Mind

That brings us to a third source of perceptions that shape our lives and which also derive from the actions of the self-conscious mind.  

Unlike the push-button reflexive programming of the subconscious mind, the self-conscious mind is a creative platform capable of mixing and morphing perceptions with an infusion of imagination in a process that generates an unlimited number of beliefs and behavioural variations.

The quality of the self-conscious mind endows organisms with one of the most powerful forces in the Universe - the opportunity to express free will.

Response - Ability

Most of our personal and cultural problems arise from the fact that our own subconscious behaviours are largely invisible to us. 

These behaviours, as we've learned, were recorded indiscriminately, derived from the words and actions of others, themselves no doubt programme with many of the same limited beliefs.  While our conscious mind is trying to move us toward our dreams, unbeknownst to us, our invisible subconscious programs may be sabotaging us and impeding our progress.

Fortunately, the subconscious is not an ominous Freudian pit of evil and darkness. It's simply a record-and-playback mechanism that downloads life experiences onto behavioural tapes.

While the self-conscious mind is creative, the subconscious mind engages previously recorded programs.  Unlike self-consciousness that is overseen by an entity (you), the subconscious mind is more closely related to a machine, which means there is no conscious entity to control your subconscious programs.

However, the next time you are talking to yourself with the hope of changing sabotaging subconscious programs, remember this: using reason to communicate with and change your subconscious has the same effect as trying to change a program on a cassette tape by talking to the tape player.  In neither case is there an entity or component within the mechanism that will respond to your dialogue.

The good news is that subconscious programmes are not fixed and unchangeable.  We do have the ability to rewrite our limited beliefs and, in the process, take control of our lives. However, changing the programmes requires that we activate a process other than engaging in a futile, one sided dialogue with the subconscious mind.

Once we realize that our past behaviours were predicated on the invisible operation of the subconscious mind, we afford ourselves the opportunity to forgive ourselves.

It helps to know that our invisible behaviours are programmes primarily derived from the beliefs of other people, who, in turn, were programmed by others, backward through time.  Perhaps instead of original sin, we should be talking about original misperception.

In any case, neither our parents nor their parents were aware they were acting out a pre-written script. In this regard, it is important to remember that all the people with whom we have ever interacted were also engaging in invisible behaviours derived from programs downloaded into their infant subconscious minds.

Consequently, they too, were unaware of how their invisible participation and contributions impacted our lives.

These insights are extremely important in trying to bring peace to a world where most citizens are unconsciously responding to cultural wrongs perpetuated generations ago by and to their ancestors.