The Trance Condition

The psychic condition frequently attending the demonstration of

mediumship powers is usually spoken of as a "trance," but this term is

quite misleading, for it carries with it the suggestion of an entire

loss of consciousness and of a condition of more or less deep sleep. But

the mediumistic trance is seldom a deep sleep condition. Instead, it is

the condition similar to that of a profound "day dream," in which the

on is fully awake but in which the consciousness has been almost

entirely taken off the sights and sounds of the outside world. As a

writer has well said: "What is called 'trance mediumship' is seldom of

the nature of the deep sleep of entire unconsciousness. It is more

frequently the suspension of the ordinary consciousness of external

surroundings, a temporary oblivion on the outer plane--a semi-conscious

state, in fact--in which the subject does not retain the volitional

ability to employ his thinking powers, the latter having been 'switched

off,' so to speak, and the subject responds to the will of the spirit