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Deep trance identification

Deep Trance Identification (DTI) is a process of inductive modeling[clarification needed] wherein the modeler[who?] utilizes hypnotic trance as the primary learning process.[clarification needed] In hypnosis the modeler will associate into the model[clarification needed] and experience the world through the perspective of the model including the model's states, thoughts, beliefs, and values.[clarification needed]



Early historyEdit

While DTI in a broad sense has been a part of cultural and religious traditions for millennium,[citation needed] it is relatively new as a hypnotic process.[citation needed] The earliest example comes from Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson's study and filming of the "Trance and Dance in Bali"[1] in the 1930s. These culturally and religiously vital performances told the story of the defeat of an evil witch by human transformed into a dragon. During the performances dancers would fully become the characters in the drama and exhibit unusual behaviors such as stabbing themselves with small knives (without harming themselves[clarification needed]) and dramatic changes in physiology including catalepsy and convulsions. Mead and Bateson presented these videos to Milton Erickson who theorised on the process of hypnosis occurring in the performances. The video of the Balinese Trance Dance was released in 1952.[1]

DTI as a formalized processEdit

Vladimir RaikovEdit

In the 1960s Vladimir Raikov[who?] began conducting hypnotic experiments designed to improve the musical abilities of students at the Moscow Conservatory.[2] His experiments consisted of 3 groups, a control group-students who were not hypnotized, students who were hypnotized and received positive suggestions, and students who were hypnotized and were taught to "be in the skin of" some of the great musicians throughout history. Students who were in the third group scored significantly higher on their exams in both technical proficiency and artistic interpretation.[clarification needed]

Raikov's technique involved inducing a deep trance where students were regressed to an early age. From there they would associate into the model and grow up mastering the musical instrument as the master musician.[2]

John OverdurfEdit

In the 1990s DTI took on a new form when John Overdurf[who?] introduced it as a part of his PhotoReading workshops.[citation needed] Students would associate into the authors of the books they were reading as a means of formatting[clarification needed] the unconscious mind for the PhotoReading skill set.[citation needed]

Shawn Carson and Jess MarionEdit

In 2012 Jess Marion[who?] and Shawn Carson[who?] teamed up to explore DTI as both a modality for skills generation[clarification needed] as well as therapeutic change. They experimented with DTI with students clients and themselves and as result developed a complete protocol, including the "DTI Events Matrix"[2] hypnotists can use for themselves and their clients that is safe[citation needed] and effective.[citation needed]

In 2014 with John Overdurf, Carson and Marion wrote and published the only full book on DTI available,[citation needed] Deep Trance Identification: Unconscious Modeling and Mastery for Hypnosis Practitioners, Coaches, and Everyday People. This includes the protocol as well as various approaches to DTI such as DTI and Symbolic Modeling,[clarification needed] DTI as a 6 Step Reframe,[clarification needed] and the Future Self DTI.[clarification needed]


While there have been no formal research done on the DTI'ing brain there are some important neural structures and processes that may give insight into the effectiveness of DTI as a hypnotic learning process. The first is the function of mirror neurons.[improper synthesis?] These neurons take in external information and create a similar neural experience.[further explanation needed][citation needed] For if two friends were chatting over coffee and one friend picks up the cup, the parts of associated with picking up a cup in the other friend's premotor cortex.[further explanation needed] Similarly with DTI the modeler will have a number of reference experiences with that model that will allow for the activation of mirror neurons.[2][Unreliable fringe source?]

The "holistic" brainEdit

During the DTI modeling process the modeler will have a number of reference experiences with the model either in person or through recordings and books. This conscious exposure creates declarative memories[clarification needed] of having read, seen, or spoken with the model, as well as the events in the models life and what they report their thoughts and emotions to be. DTI allows the modeler to step into[further explanation needed] those biographical moments and think and feel as the model did. This will light up more neural networks than simply learning about a person. For example, if the model was confident in a particular instance than the modeler's networks associated with confidence will also become active. When Gilligan[who?] modeled Erickson he reported that the experience that had one of the most profound impacts on him was the "stillness" in Erickson's mind. During that experience Gilligan[who?] had access to neural networks in his own brain that up until that point had been inactive within the context of hypnosis.[2][Unreliable fringe source?]

Early learning strategiesEdit

Children learn primary social and intellectual skills through "pretending" to be someone else, a superhero, a doctor, a teacher, etc.[citation needed] Adults see it as just playing[dubious ] but children use this type of play to learn social values, math skills, leadership, etc. depending on the type of game they are playing. This process of learning through stepping into someone else's shoes is the most prevalent form of DTI in humans.[citation needed] As adults we forget how to do this naturally. Hypnotic DTI allows us to access those deeply embedded learning strategies.[citation needed]

Outside of hypnosisEdit

DTI appears throughout history in different cultures. Some examples include:

  • Balinese Trance Dances,
  • Thaipusam[2]
  • Method Acting[3]
  • Meditations of St. Ignatius[2]
  • Dionysian Mysteries[2]
  • Some Tantric meditations[2]


  1. ^ a b Mead, Margaret; Bateson, Gregory (1952) Trance and Dance in Bali
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Carson, Shawn, Marion, Jess; Overdurf, John (2014) Deep Trance Identification: Unconscious Modeling and Mastery for Hypnosis Practitioners, Coaches, and Everyday People. Changing Mind Publishing. ISBN 978-1940254098
  3. ^ Stanislovski, Konstantin (2009) An Actor's Work: A Student's Diary Routledge, ISBN 978-0415551205