Trance parties have the potential to lift us onto the sacramental and supramental plane (Ray Castle).
The trance-dancefloor is a direct line to the sacred, a zone where we can experience something very close to metaphysical ecstasy. There’s no specific sacrament to this psy-church. You don’t have to be on any specific spiritual path to be infected by the communal vibe. On the dance-floor you know that you are speaking to others through your movements. Maybe those others are you! It’s contagious, alive, welcoming and so very very seductive. It’s yearning, plain and simple … a desire to merge with this creature that’s alive in an ocean of beats.
This is the psy-trance induction and at its core lies the experience of psychoactive grace; the state in which everything flows. In the words of Goa Gill it’s as perfection suddenly “opens up in a moment that just keeps sustaining itself, becoming so perfect that magic becomes real. And then everyone feels a tingling, everybody gets it all at once, so perfect in that moment … a feeling that goes ssssssssshhhh through everybody all at once, like a bolt of lightning!”
Psy-trance is about living that sustained moment, revelling in that sense of being a connected part of a single being, an organism with a thousand arms and eyes, making love to itself, feeding back on itself right on through to infinity and beyond. This is evolution – and it’s a team sport!
This dancefloor culture is about union with the self, with the tribe and with the intangible powers of the natural and supranatural worlds. It’s a hyper-crucible of contemporary youth spirituality, a kinaesthetic maelstrom inflected by diverse sonic currents and technological developments. The music, the pheromones and wild dancing provide the sensual stimuli, facilitating a sustained awareness of the self, the world and the future. More than a geographical location, the dancefloor is a cyberspace terminal, a launching pad for strange and exciting new evolutionary voyages energised by trancers blissed out on the future.
Psy-culture is radical, but its radicalness is centred on its simple capacity to deliver pure pleasure and immediacy. What trancers want – and get – is a spiritual connection that’s direct: an interface between the music’s pleasure circuitry and their central nervous system, an economically engineered psychedelic happening. In the context of exotic mystical practices, trance dancing constitutes its own ‘tradition,’ one that, while essentially anti-authoritarian, is passed on and refined as much as it is constantly re-invented. It’s asking you to find your dancing feet and trance your way beyond Babylon into a bright new day.