Throughout the history of Humanity’s existence on this planet, tribal elders, shamans, medicine men, witchdoctors, or whatever name they’re known by in their respective culture, 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 absolutely essential.
So, the real question is, what triggered these trances?
Well, we do know that they used hallucinogenic brews and herbs. What about the shamans who didn’t have access to these compounds? What, specifically, did these shamans do to enter these God-like states? If they didn’t have access to ingestible or inhalable hallucinogens, they had to have used their other senses like sight, touch, or sound.
Let’s take a closer look at sound because we know that certain beats and rhythms can induce an altered state. Have you ever been to a hypnotist? They use carefully chosen musical beats to trigger hypnotic states. At least, most of them do. Clearly, most, if not all, of these shamans simply do not have access to meditative music, so they had to have used something in nature, a sound that was, and still is, readily available. Insects!
Relax, zone out… Listen to insects!
The sound of insects like cicadas, crickets, katydids, and even the chirping sounds made by frogs are perfect for triggering a deep trance. Why? Because these sounds, if you allow your mind to just relax and zone out, are a point of access into the collective consciousness or, as Rupert Sheldrake called it, “morphic field”.