Society of Experiential Trance

~ Society of Experiential Trance ~

the Exclusive Society of Exceptionally Competent Practitioners in the Arts of

Altered States of Consciousness
Focused Trance Thoughtforms

Guided Imagery, Meditation, and
Genuine Experiential Trancework

"Waking Dreams . . . Focused Trance Thoughtforms . . . Hypnosis, Guided Imagery, Meditation, Hyperempria, Creative Visualization, Neurolinguistic Programming, Active Imagination . . . all of these are forms of Trancework . . . a wonderful special modality of changework that relies on trance . . . EXPERIENTIAL TRANCE . . . an altered state of consciousness or enhanced sensory hypnosis that is consensual guided intensified imaginative involvement to bypass the critical factor of the conscious mind and establish appropriate selective thinking via forms of influence and suggestion through formal and informal ritual induction procedures designed to create associative emotional and physical focus for particular purpose within variable contexts for entertainment, recreational, therapeutic and educational objectives. We seek genuine experiential trance and guide our trance partners into verifiable hypnotic phenomena. Relaxation may be nice, but we’re Hypnotists!"

The Society of Experiential Trance is undergoing some amazing changes! As our mission evolves, so does our organizational framework. We have taken a good long hard look at the sort of outreach folks have asked for as well as other resources available. As of 14 October 2011, the SET's focus shifted primarily upon creating and maintaining particular open community development resources and projects in addition to our competence certification mandate . . . now, we are taking things to the next step.

The work of the society has historically been more effectively focused upon general community development and competence awareness and that work will continue to expand as we create new and exciting methods for learning hypnosis and various types of trancework with a focus upon fostering competence for the application of trance within a variety of contexts. While many of our members are particularly interested in learning skillsets appropriate for the use of hypnosis within professional settings, we are the only formal hypnosis society that also not only recognizes but accepts members who are informed hobbyists or entertainers or even those who employ hypnosis and experiential trance in consenting adult intimate contexts. We are quite proud to consider no one application of hypnosis superior to any other and while individual members may have preferences in how they use their skills, the society is here to foster open community and sharing among hypnotists of all types and those who work within many settings, vanilla and alternative are all welcome.

The Society of Experiential Trance is an Exclusive Community Society of Exceptionally Competent Practitioners in the Arts of Hypnosis, Altered States of Consciousness, Focused Trance Thoughtforms, Guided Imagery, Meditation, and other forms of Experiential Trancework. The function of the Society is to provide recognition for achievement while fostering a community in which competence and innovation are recognized as well as providing a bridge in which those utilizing hypnosis and trance in a variety of contexts can meet as equals, sharing techniques and experiences with one another within a caring and thoughtful community. Membership within the special Inner Circle level community of the Society is gained through honors nomination or through one of several competence demonstration opportunities, typically the attainment of Trance Wizard ranking via the mastery of qualifying specialist certifications. In addition to member certified hypnotist and specialist certifications, the Society does maintain an open community Associate membership level for those who have not passed the competence examinations.

Online Institutue
Society of Experiential Trance with
Brian David Phillips Institutue
Online Hypnosis Certification Training
Hypnosis Specialist Certification
Continuing Education Units

About the Society of Experiential Trance

A welcome message and an introduction to the Soceity of Experiential Trance . . . focused trance, guided imagery, hypnosis, and more.

Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics for conduct and behavior for members of the Society of Experiential Trance.

Membership Qualifications

Requirements for qualification to become a member of the Society of Experiential Trance.

Membership Certification

Information on specific programs toward certification within the Society of Experiential Trance, including Examination requirements and options.

Continuing Education Requirements

Members of the Society of Experiential Trance are required to complete continuing education credits in order to maintain membership and renew appropriate certifications.

Mentoring Instructors

The Society of Experiential Trance requires that those who offer courses that lead to qualification for examination toward official certification be certified as Mentoring Instructors. The Society also certifies examiners who may periodically host public Live Examinations or review Video Examinations or offer distance education or online training opportunities. These select individuals have passed rigorous qualifying procedures to meet the requirements set by the Board.

Local Chapters, Clubs, & Practice Groups

Members of the Society of Experiential Trance are encouraged to join local chapters, clubs, or practice groups. If an official chapter is not available in your area, you are encouraged to create one. Check here for more information on formal and informal local chapters.

Online Institute Courses for Certification & Training

The Society of Experiential Trance, in cooperation with the Brian David Phillips Institute have created a platform the for the study of hypnosis and related focused trance specialties, including courses that allow students to work toward certification and specialist certification online.

Journal of Experiential Trance

The Journal of Experiential Trance is an Open Community Multi-Discipline Peer-Reviewed Journal of Hypnosis, Neurolinguistic Programming, Guided Meditation, and other Focused Trance Forms as well as changework theory and practice for therapy, education, entertainment, recreation, and other contexts and is the official publication of the Society of Experiential Trance, published both in print and online format. Members of the Society have premiere access to current issues of the journal and receive continuing education credits for publication in the journal although membership is never required for participation, submission, or distribution as this is an inclusive open community freely available online publication.

Contact the Society of Experiential Trance

If you have questions or require further information about membership in the Society of Experiential Trance, then feel free to contact us.

Experiential Hypnosis Bookstore

Hypnosis and Focused Trance books for purchase.

Public Discussion Forums on Experiential Trance

In addition to members-only resources, there are informal public discussion forums associated with the Society of Experiential Trance where members and non-members alike are welcome to share techniques other discuss other matters related to experiential trance, hypnosis, guided imagery, neurolinguistic programming, creative visualization, mediation, and other forms of focused trance. Check out our Facebook group, eXperiential Hypnosis and Beyond at and our Yahoogroup the Hypnosis Technique Exchange at

Brian David Phillips Waking Dreams Hypnosis
Brian David Phillips Waking Dreams Hypnosis

This is the Waking Dreams Hypnosis webpages, the main web presence of Brian David Phillips, the founder of the Society of Experiential Trance where you will find many resources related to experiential trance, hypnosis, and much more.

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Society of Experiential Trance