On a whim, I decided to look at my copy of Diana Paxon’s Trance-portation: Learning to Navigate the Inner World and start trying to work through it.
As I read the part about breathing, I could already feel my consciousness changing as a result of being more aware of my breath. This is probably due to practicing counted breathing before rituals.
After turning the phone ringer off, I lit a stick of sandalwood incense and smudged the room to provide a spiritual atmosphere. Then I drew a Hammer Sign (or what I think is one, no one’s ever really shown me how) in each of the four directions, towards the ceiling, and towards the floor. Next time I think I will use a simple Druid sigil as a way of affirming my Druid identity.
I sat down on the floor, cross-legged, and relaxed. I performed the Two Powers meditation rather quickly (it seemed), and began to chant the rune Ansuz. I chose Ansuz because it is a rune of wisdom and beginnings. This foray into trance-work is definitely a new beginning for me.
At first, I began chanting with “ahhhhhn-soooooz,” but that gradually shifted to “ahhhnnnn-soooooooooooz.” (longer last syllable) I also tried to draw out the “Z” at the end for a time, but that seemed too awkward (so I just went back to the second pronunciation).
After chanting for around five to ten minutes, I simply sat for a bit and noted that I seemed relaxed and calm. I closed my eyes and grounded again with the Two Powers (although I now realize I should have reversed the Two Powers exercise). I opened my eyes and wiggled my toes and fingers as a way of returning to normal consciousness. I finished up by turning the phones back on and eating some trail mix.
All in all, it was an interesting experience. I realized there are some things I could do a bit differently, but I feel like practicing will yield some sort of fruit. I know I must master the basics of trance before attempting to journey.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my experience!