Getting into Trance for Flow

Getting into Trance for Flow

Tips and Training

 

Simply follow the following directions:

Make yourself comfortable either sitting or standing and focus on one small area out in front of you. Pick a spot that is above eye level. Maybe this is a small section on a wall or a tree outside, whatever you choose make sure it doesn’t move. Focus in on this one area, finding new detailed information the longer look. Keep your eyes on this one spot, staying fox all the time gaining as much information as used on the small detail you can see. Over a couple of minutes allow you vision to become very tunnelled as you go smaller and smaller, slowly becoming more and more aware of the detail in this small single point. When you have been transfixed on this one area for a couple of minutes, whilst keeping your eyes transfixed on this one spot, allow your periphery vision to widen. Start to see what is to the left and right of the spot you are staring on and keep widening you periphery vision until you can see the floor in front of you.

This is essentially what happens during our performances when we are focused on the task at hand whether that is looking at a tennis ball or our partners arm as we perform a complex dance move. We maintains fixed focus point, yet our periphery pick sup all the detail the body needs to know to do what it is doing. In examples see on the ball of playing tennis, whilst the focal point is focused on the ball, the periphery is taking in vital information such as how far away the net is, where the opponent is moving, where the line we are aiming for is positioned, and so on. The subconscious is busy digesting and adapting to this new information, so we can make the best shot available to us.

As take in the new visual information in your periphery, start to become aware of your other senses. Maybe, you can feel the wind against your face, the clothes against your skin, or the ground beneath your feet or bottom. Maybe you can hear noises around you both close and far aware. Allow all your senses to become heightened as you become fully connected to the moment. Turn up the senses like you turn up the volume button on a remote control. Become fully engaged as you experience the now, just as it is. Stay in this space for as long as you can, raining your mind to stay connected to the moment experiencing it without the grip of the conscious mind.

You may start to notice thoughts come in and out of your otherwise clear mind. When they do simply acknowledge them and let the flow out, as you would a leaf that floats past you in the wind. Simply be aware of them, and let the leave as quick as it came. Simply focus on connecting your senses to the moment. See if you can feel what is happening behind you, to the sides of you, below you and above you. Allow you presence to be all around you, almost as if I it exists outside of your body.

The above practice normally elicits a slight state of trance, a light state of hypnosis, our gateway to flow. The more we practice getting in and out of these states, the more we become aware of trance states already existing in our day to day lives. These trance states are very similar to the light trance states we experience when driving a car on auto pilot, or loosing time when we are engulfed in surfing the internet. We are doing what may seem a simple task without the conscious interference of stress, fear or other conscious thoughts. We do these task without ego and self image, we simply do them just as we breath, or pump blood round our body.  Trance, like flow, has no identification with the ego, it does not dwell in the realm of the conscious mind, it simply exists and functions effortlessly and incredible efficiently, just as we want all our performances to be.

 

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Hypnosis and Flow

Hypnosis and Flow

Flow

 

Both hypnosis and flow embody the notion of opening up a channel with the subconscious whilst giving little importance to the conscious interference. Both make the notion of time seem irrelevant, with many people reporting time either slowing down or going by in a flash. Both states help us stay in the now, the present and be consumed in nothing but the moment. The body is fully capable during both flow and hypnosis, in fact more so, we do things that we would never deem possible when the conscious brain is in charge. In both flow and hypnosis the noise of the conscious brain and ego seem to be very small or non-existent, and a we are bake to access parts of our mind, body or performances in seconds that can otherwise take years when in control of the conscious. With so much in common it is a wonder why so few performers and athletes have cottoned on to the power of hypnosis.

Often people have a negative perception of hypnosis due to the tv programmes where people make other people do stupid things in front of the masses, leading many people to think that it is a dangerous and misguided technique, that gives control of our minds to others. However nothing could be further from the truth. Hypnosis allows us to experience, understand and get to know our subconscious through various trance states. During most hypnotic trance states the conscious is completely aware of what is going on, we only stay in hypnosis by the conscious continuously allowing the process to take place. As soon as the conscious has had enough, we step out of trance, just as we step out of flow. Hypnosis can help us communicate with our deeper levels, such as our belief and value levels or competencies, which may take months or years of work otherwise. Which is why hypnosis can be used to help people stop smoking, loose weight or stop addictions, if we allow the learning to integrate with the subconscious. Hypnosis just as flow can be used as a powerful to tool, to do what we want to do.

So it would make sense to see hypnosis and trance states as a possible entry point or method for helping us achieve flow. Ultimately what we want is to design our own self hypnotic flow sequence with a professional that we shorten over time, to a short enough practice that we can use during competition or our performances. We can start practicing right now if we want. There are many different states of hypnosis, trance and flow, which we can experience at different depths. The more we practice at any depth, the more the mind and body get used to feeling its connection to each other without the interference of the conscious mind, and the higher the chance we have for flow.

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Trance Helping Returns

Trance Helping Returns

Flow Stories

 

During one training session I was experimenting with different techniques to get me in the same state as when I looked at this tennis ball for hours on end. I often would try different things to help me with get a small advantage. This time My eyes started focusing on the small granules of the surface below before I hit my returns. In tennis you generally lift your head to let the server know you are ready, so they can go ahead and serve, and I would keep my head low until I had cleared my thoughts and was ready to return.

So as my head was low, I would look at the court below psyching myself up before every serve. The more I looked at the court, the more I saw the incredible detail In every square inch. Each inch was different, it had different colours in it, it seemed to be made up of lost of different materials and layers. Before this time I had always seen a tennis court as a tennis court, some where cemented some were grass, some were made of clay. Now I was looking at each surface with new eyes. Soon the square inch became a square centimetre, and the square centimetre became a square millimetrer. I started focusing on the smallest of detail I could find on the surface below, whether that was a blade of grass, a sparkle on the cement, or a grip of clay or sand.

Focusing on this detail seemed to put me in a trance like state, where I had no thoughts, no distractions, I was simply observing. It was a quiet place, where I could recently myself, regather my thoughts and clean the slate of my brain before the next point. I started moving this square millimetre further and further away, always trying to remain focused on one small piece of detail. Over time, the tiny detail was at the foot of the net. I would stand there bent knees, head down, preparing for the serve. Meanwhile I was staring at the surface of the net looking for a tiny detail in the surface. Once I had it I would look up and the oncoming ball seemed far bigger than it ever used. I was used to focusing on something tiny on a millimetre wide, let alone looking at a ball the size of an apple.

Not only did the ball seem big, I felt completely connected with what I had to do one every return. The noise had left my head and I simply looked of at the ball and responded.

 

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