The Shamanic “Trance Trigger”

Throughout the history of humanity’s existence on this planet, tribal elders, shamans, medicine men, and witch doctors have been entering profound trances and accessing higher states of consciousness in order to do their work.

Whether they were healing someone of a life-threatening illness, projecting their mind to a remote area to become aware of any dangers to their people, or influencing the weather to increase their food or water supply, these trance-like states of altered consciousness were essential to survival.

The real question is: what triggered these trances?

We know from archaeological records that some used hallucinogenic brews and herbs, but what about those who didn’t have access to these compounds? How did they enter these God-like states? Without access to ingestible hallucinogens, they had to use their senses.

Let’s take a closer look at sound specifically. We know that certain beats and rhythms can induce altered states. Most modern hypnotists use carefully chosen musical beats to trigger hypnotic states. Now, shamans certainly didn’t have access to meditative music like we do today, so they would’ve used sound from nature, particularly one that is still readily available today. Can you guess what it is?


The sound of insects like cicadas, crickets, and katydids (and even the chirping sounds made by frogs) are perfect for triggering a deep trance. These sounds, if you allow your mind to just relax and zone out, are a point of access into the collective consciousness. Renowned scientist Rupert Sheldrake refers to it as “the morphic field.

In the following clip, Eric Pepin illustrates the process of entering these trances using the sounds from our environment.

June 13, 2018

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And interestingly, these sounds are all quite similar to the tones, which have been described as sound of crickets by most I talk to about it. Do the tones then also have such a point of access?

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