Sometimes a trance occurs when we turn inward and become completely absorbed in our own thoughts. Nevertheless, I believe we all live our lives going in and out of trances; that trances are behind what is the very best and the very worst in human beings; and that it is possible to become aware of our trances and gain greater control of our lives. Out of this scholarly work and my clinical experience were born three books. But if the driving growth of evolution is the force of love, and we apply that to our intentions and our visions, life becomes a much different playing field. In another case, a young woman called Jean seemed to be possessed by the spirit of her mentally retarded sister Amy, now dead; the strange thing about the case was that Amy claimed to have entered Jean while she Amy was still alive. Any reader of this book can see that it would be untrue to say that he has turned his back on the priesthood. What is slowly emerging from his work is a new paradigm of the psyche, based upon the recognition of the secret life.
Inner Mind Trance Trances do not always result from involvements outside ourselves. When placed in a state of deep relaxation, Sarah spoke with another voice, which claimed to be her dead grandmother. Their reality was the vivid impressions of situations and people at the basis of their disagreement, and no one around them could see those images. They can enhance our experiences, but they can also rob us of freedom and fulfilment. So if we think we are all separate selves struggling against each other and fighting for limited resources, that is our reality. Analgesia is a much more common feature of daily life than most of us realize.
Dan tells me that if he begins painting with a headache or if his bursitis is acting up, he loses awareness of the pain as he focuses on his work. But then I started thinking, How am I going to begin this book on trances in daily life that I have been planning? Again, Crabtree writes simply as an observer and a historian; but the assembly of facts he brings together in From Mesmer to Freud are bound to raise many questions that challenge our modern reductionist psychology. Crabtree is obviously far more optimistic. Therapeutic trance shifts our focus from the outer world to the inner world, in that way making the inner mind accessible. Psychotherapist Adam Crabtree shows how we live our lives caught up in a series of trances.
With each step, he becomes more and more lost in the process of planning and doing the painting. One of the important aspects of evolutionary love is that it is a strong statement against cynicism, separateness and the rugged individualism that are so prevalent in society today. Eventually chafing at the psychoanalytic bit, I broadened my view of what is and is not possible for the human psyche, pursuing a study of the unusual, the anomalous, and the paranormal. At the University of Toronto, he met a group of priests and nuns who were involved in psychotherapy with a remarkable woman named Lea Hindley-Smith, who had a kind of telepathic insight into her patients, so that she could empathize with them instantly. This book distinguishes two ancient concepts of love the Greek ideas of agape and eros and explores how agape, the driver of evolution, when put into play through the harmonious action of eros, displays the true essence of love — Evolutionary Love— that alone is the antidote to the ravages of Greed. How did Crabtree succeed in escaping the pessimism that seems to lie at the root of modern culture? For example, when we read we become less aware of the sounds around us, temporarily losing touch with our environment and sense of time.
Finally he embarks on a critique of Western society, identifying several of its more insidious cultural trances. While trances are necessary, enabling us to function at our jobs and in relationships with others, we can become trapped by them, and thus lose our ability to fully experience our lives and surroundings. You awake from your reading trance. It is about people who have been made nihilistic by the First World War—and about a few people who have not become nihilistic because they possesss what Granville Barker calls the secret life, that curious glow deep inside them that gives them a sense of meaning and purpose. The only indication of time passing that registers with him is the change in the light as the day grows late—and he is aware of that only because of its effect on what he is doing. Let me give an example.
He is also a thinker, motivated by a relentless philosophical drive. In due course, Adam married her daughter Joanne. Bothered by this unsettled state of affairs, I undertook yet another book. Alfred Russel Wallace, codiscoverer of the theory of evolution, had the same experience; when he pricked himself with a pin, the hypnotized subject cried out; when he tasted salt; the hypnotized subject pulled a wry face; when he tasted sugar, the subject smiled with pleasure. Career: Psychotherapist in private practice, 1966-.
Crabtree insisted that he was not looking for supernatural explanation, but merely recording what he had seen. In everyday life, trance characterizes the fixed attention of fascination and the glazed-eye absence of the daydreamer. He also points out that trance states can be both positive and negative. Michael Murphy, a leader in the human potential movement, is enthusiastically discussing the merits of evolutionary panentheism as the cosmology that is most suited to 21 st century spiritual thought. In panentheism the key idea is that all is in God.
Psychotherapist Adam Crabtree shows how we live our lives caught up in a series of trances. In this book I propose a definition of trance which applies to the entire gamut of experiences to which that term has been applied over the centuries. So Adam grew up with a kind of natural cheerfulness and optimism. Without realizing it, Dan is using a trance state when he paints. Once there, they prepare to meet an operative from an enigmatic intelligence unit known as Section Zero. Soon, they discover that the key to unlocking the mystery surrounding the Allen field doesn't lie within Discovery 11's data banks.
. I hope to see you out their sharing, and benefiting from the cross-fertilization of evolutionary love as it drives us towards the altruistic habits of the human psyche. I can understand why it killed Dylan Thomas. As you become progressively more absorbed in reading, your trance could become so profound that you would fail to notice important things—such as the fact that you have reached your subway stop or that the pot is boiling over on the stove. He suggests that we can wake up from our negative trances, and use our positive trance states to foster human potential.
The same kind of effect occurs when we are deeply engaged in a conversation, lost in our own thoughts, enthralled in a creative moment, or immersed in lovemaking. All of us are endowed with an innate ability to renew and heal ourselves in mind, body, and spirit. But during my second drink, I would cease to be aware of the room and the sound of voices, as I went into a state of deep relaxation. It is not a mystical or occult state. Pierce was also one of the first proponents of Process Theory, believing that everything is becoming more of what it is, and that the laws of nature come from evolution. While trances are necessary, enabling us to function at our jobs and in relationships with others, we can become trapped by them, and thus lose our ability to fully experience our lives and surroundings. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series.