Trance Zero: The Psychology of Maximum Experience

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Trance is a state of narrowed awareness. We go in and out of trances all our lives, enthralled by our inner minds, our relationships, our families, our communities, and our culture at large.

Trances are at the root of what is the very best and very worst in human beings. Trance states can trap us in our rigidities, but they can also open the door to creative productivity and personal freedom.

In this groundbreaking new book, Adam Crabtree dissects the condition of trance we find ourselves in and suggests ways of being more aware and empowered in our lives. He describes the ultimate aim: to arrive at what he calls Trance Zero--an intuitive state of being in which one is fully awake to the real condition of our existence. This state is nothing less than a new paradigm of personal immanence and is the very essence of optimism.

To understand trance is to appreciate the true nature of human experience--both in its potentials and limitations. In times of massive change and confusion, Trance Zero is an essential text for renewing our faith in what it means to be human.

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"It is impossible to overestimate the importance of this book and the subject it addresses... This study is a must." -- Stephen Larson, author of The Mythic Imagination

"Embark on this intriguing journey through the mysteries of consciousness -- love, creativity, culture, religion -- to the Ultimate Self." -- Sylvia Fraser, author of My Father's House

"Adam Crabtree reveals why we are not actually in control of our lives. He exposes the hypnotic role of our culture and shows how we can wake up from this trance dream and regain control of our lives." --J.L. Whitton, M.D., PH.D., co-author with Joe Fischer of Life Between Life

"Adam Crabtree offers a masterful exploration of the varieties of trance experience. Written with clarity and compassion, this book offers the state of the art in understanding one of the least understood of all human phenomena. Especially useful is his concept of Trance Zero, which involves breaking free from the limitations of trance states through reliance on an instinctual inner guidance. This book should be read by everyone who has an interest in human consciousness and personality development." --Jean Houston, author of A Mythic Life and A Passion for the Possible

"Adam Crabtree seems tome to be one of the most interesting minds in the field of modern psychology...In some ways, this is his most challenging book so far. What makes it so stimulating is that he takes a basic and simple idea--that we all spend more time in 'trance' than we realize--and then develops it in wholly unexpected ways...Crabtree suggests that our culture induces a trance state--in fact, many kinds of 'microtrances'--and that we have to awaken from this trance before we can enter the condition he calls Trance Zero, a state of being in touch with our 'inner guidance.'...It seems to me that Adam is a new kind of psychologist--one who intuitively understands that the mind is far vaster and stranger than anyone suspected--and at the same time, stronger and more full of creative possibilities." --Colin Wilson, author of The Outsider and Alien Dawn: An Investigation into the Contact Experience

About the Author:

Adam Crabtree is a practicing psychotherapist and author of a number of books dealing with hypnosis and unusual psychological conditions. He is considered an expert in dissociation and trance states, and his book Multiple Man: Explorations in Possession and Multiple Personality is deemed a classic in the field. He lives in Toronto, where he writes and teaches at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy and practices therapeutic counseling.

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