in a state of trance

Ultra 2017 livesets

Day 1:

Mainstage:

Raiden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJKn9MQPQiI

Don Diablo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QrdTzCQrIU

Armin van Buuren https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYcR1iyIydY

Alesso https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZWH_G4yVsk

Resistance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KdPd159260

Day 2:

Mainstage:

Dash Berlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xil1jOjAXr4

Tiesto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X6bc-7DsVU

Afrojack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXAm-6rKVrk

Axwell /\ Ingrosso https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pja5h8t-x3Y

Ultra Worldwide:

Nicky Romero https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53b7vRUUaNg

Laidback Luke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZQYBl10x9s

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T22_tV_qFi4

Resistance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVq-RSuRWzc

Day 3:

Mainstage:

Hardwell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGPjonxrUYc

A State Of Trance:

NWYR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6cldJ8IOAU3

Resistance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOyJUBlAY_c


(When more sets will be uploaded, I’ll update this list)

What is Meditation About Anyway?

As meditation enters the mainstream, it can often be distorted into various forms. This leads to certain confusions regarding what meditation is and isn’t. The following post is not a judgment on other practices one might engage with their attention but it is meant as a means of clarification. 

What Meditation Is Not

  • Meditation is not about zoning out. 
    • I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, “Yeah I should meditate more, I could really use some time to just zone out, you know?”
  • Meditation is not a trance state. 
    • Many assume meditation is about entering a specific state. 
      • That may be a state of peace, a state of love, a state of bliss, or a state of sleep. 
  • Meditation is not a guided journey. 
    • Guided meditations can be useful in their own way but I wish people would find a better word than “meditation.”
      • Guided contemplation may be more fitting. 

What Meditation Is

  • Meditation is about focusing your attention. 
    • That sounds like work, doesn’t it? Whenever we are told to focus, it seems like a shitty time. 
      • But does someone need to tell you to focus when you are watching your favorite TV show?
      • Does someone need to tell you to focus during sex? (I hope not.)
      • Does someone need to tell you to focus when you’re savoring a delicious meal?
    • The kind of focus meditation practices is the same focus we engage when we are wholly present and engaged in what we are doing. 
      • At first this may feel like work because you are focusing without the enjoyable objects to focus on. 
      • Soon you discover that there is bliss and happiness in the act of focusing itself. 
  • Meditation is about the absence of tension. 
    • You could call this relaxation but remember that focus is at play here too. 
      • Often people see relaxation as being the absence of the need for focus. 
    • During meditation you are both relaxed and focused. 
      • I think of this as focus without tension. 
      • Typically when we focus, it is intense and there is a degree of “pressure” behind the energy of focusing. 
      • In meditation, we are calm but we are also focused. 
  • Meditation is the practice of patience. 
    • Patience and peace are one. 
      • Patience in its purest form isn’t about waiting for the future but rather not measuring the present against the future. 
      • Then you can actually be patient. 
      • Time carries you onward regardless, being patient means being present with the flow of time. 
  • Meditation is about becoming acquainted with formlessness. 
    • There are many meditation techniques. Focusing on a certain spot on the body, focusing on breathing, focusing on images, focusing on mantras. 
    • Eventually your focusing becomes focused on focus. Awareness of awareness rests in awareness. 
    • As you practice more, you use less technique. That comes with experience. 
    • The more formless your meditation, the more continuous it becomes. 
      • Eventually it doesn’t depend on eyes open or eyes closed, on body sitting or body standing, on mind thinking or not-thinking, and so on. 

That’s just, like, your opinion, man. 

It is. I’m not saying all of this because it is permanently true and anything else doesn’t count. I am stating this to help clarify what is a meditation practice and what is practice for meditation. Hopefully it was helpful. 

Namaste :)

Astral Travel 🚀🌌

My personal method of astral travel.

  1. Get some sleep prior so that you don’t accidentally doze off
  2. Wear comfortable clothing
  3. Turn off or dim the lights in your room as much as possible, although this can still be performed in a fully lit room if you want
  4. Lay down in a comfortable position - I usually lay flat on my back in bed with something covering my eyes as to not let any light slip through
  5. Choose a soundtrack or playlist consisting of ambient music and binaural beats (this is my favorite - to be listened to with headphones for the best results)
    1. The music and binaural beats help to get you to a relaxed, meditative, trance-like state without consciously trying too hard
  6. Once you reach that state, you should feel somewhat of a “body high” or a tingly sensation all over your body
  7. At this point, try to visualize the room you’re in and your surroundings as if you were actually standing there looking around and not laying down in a bed
  8. When you can do this successfully, it’s time to actually travel elsewhere: visualize yourself walking around your room, and eventually ending up somewhere totally different - I always “fly” or “float” to my destination but how you get there is up to you - I personally like to go to space, but you can literally go anywhere you want
  9. I would recommend creating an “astral sanctuary” or “astral temple” when you reach your destination - this is basically your home base for when you decide to astral travel back to that place
    1. This requires more visualization to actually manifest something that was not there before - your sanctuary can be as low-key or extravagant as you want
    2. Practice placing items and altering the surroundings in your astral sanctuary 
  10. Once your sanctuary is created and you have a safe place to return to, it’s time to explore your surroundings - this can take as long as you want, there’s no time limit just so long as you’re responsible with it and aren’t missing out on any real-life priorities or appointments 
  11. To re-enter your body, you must try to “snap out of it” and visualize traveling back to your physical body - I always end up repeatedly saying something like “it’s time to go home now” until I feel like I am becoming more conscious and aware of myself 
  12. You might be pretty exhausted after astral traveling, so it’s a good idea to have some water and a snack on hand for when you return 

Good luck! ✨🌟

Ideas for Your Grimoire

Ideas for your Grimoire (or a journal/collection/file similar to a Grimoire):
• Diary Entries

• Meditative Pages

- Inducing different states, emotions, 
trances, mindsets, and triggers for spells, 
realms, etc.

• Spirit Communication

• Symbol Meanings

- Alchemy, elements, zodiac, Futhark Runes, 
your own, etc.

• Symbology

- Animals, mythical creatures, any items

• Herbology

- Both medicinal and metaphysical

• Chakra Meanings

- Or Energy Points, whatever you refer to 
them as or similar points that you use in
your craft

• Healing Methods

• Divination Methods

• Spells

• Rituals

• Rites

• Incantations

• Portals

• Deity Worship

- If you worship any deities of any sort, you
can include them in your Grimoire if you’d
like

• Deep Feelings

• (Divination) Readings

• Notes from Your Books

• Research in General

• Mythology

• Egregores

- Thought forms, concepts

• Coding Methods

• Psychic-Gathered Information

• Spell/Craft Logs

• Correspondences to Easy-to-Get Supplies
and Substitutes

• Key Things You’ve Discovered in magic, the Paranormal, the Astral, the future, your abilities, etc.

• What Colors Mean to You

• Lore!

• Traditional Known Methods

• Urban Methods

• Your Methods!

• Potions

- They don’t always HAVE to be all herb-
based, just so you know. There’s plenty of 
magic in fruits and veggies.

• Correspondences/Your Own Correspondences

• Craft and Food Recipes

• Blessings, Curses/Jinxes/Hexes, 
Enchantments

• Spirit Friends

• Things about your Past Life

- If you’ve reincarnated (or have past lives in
your beliefs or… Well.. Anything that gives 
you a past life)

• Your Passions

• Your Morals

• Fun Activities You Find/Make

• Astral Travel Experiences

Planet Invocation ✨

To invoke something is to invite it into yourself for assistance in magickal workings. 

Originally posted by xeptum

Items required:

  • Visualization
  • Incense associated with your chosen planet

Instructions:

  1. Planet invocation can be performed inside or outside
  2. Using a star map or an app on your mobile device, locate your chosen planet in the sky
  3. Light the incense
  4. Face the direction of the planet and either stand or sit comfortably
  5. With the palms of your hands facing the direction of the planet (either face up or face down, depending on it’s location in the northern or southern hemisphere), meditate on your intent
  6. When you’ve reached a calm or even trance-like state of mind, recite one of the following incantations, whichever corresponds to your chosen planet and intent
    1. I call upon the Moon, ruler of serenity, to aid me in my work
    2. I call upon the Sun, ruler of nobility, to aid me in my work
    3. I call upon Mercury, ruler of intellect, to aid me in my work
    4. I call upon Venus, ruler of love, to aid me in my work
    5. I call upon Mars, ruler of passion, to aid me in my work
    6. I call upon Jupiter, ruler of prosperity, to aid me in my work
    7. I call upon Saturn, ruler of chaos, to aid me in my work
    8. I call upon Uranus, ruler of intuition, to aid me in my work
    9. I call upon Neptune, ruler of the unconscious, to aid me in my work
    10. I call upon Pluto, ruler of transformation, to aid me in my work 
  7. Continue to meditate on your intent, feeling the planet’s energy surrounding you and entering your body
  8. Once you feel a warm, tingly feeling rush over you, you will be able to direct that energy into your magickal working
  9. Let the incense burn while you’re performing your spell or ritual and be sure to supervise it until it burns out
  10. Always remember to ground your energy or send it back into the cosmos when finished

Feel free to substitute the trait of the planet you’re invoking (i.e. serenity, nobility, intellect, love, passion, prosperity, chaos, intuition, unconscious, and transformation) for whatever you feel is appropriate for that planet.

🔮🌌🌠✨

Bath Magic: Where to Begin

Hey y'all, C here. Today we’ll be talking in depth about the practice of bath magic. 

If you look around most traditional parts of the magical community, you’ll notice that bathing for ritual work or spell work is a fairly common practice. So what do I mean when I say that I specialize in bath magic? For me, bathing and witchcraft go hand in hand, and I do a ritual in the bath once a month at the very least. I’ve always loved the serenity and focus (not to mention complete selfishness) of taking baths, and so as I’ve grown into my craft it seemed like a natural place to draw magical energy. I find that the hot temperature of the water makes it very easy for me to get to a trance-like state (if not outright do trance work) and being naked in the water gives me a great place of vulnerability and rawness to begin any kind of spell work. T and I also use bathing in our shared craft to begin most of our major rituals, and that entails doing a cleansing bath with a special kind of locally made bath salts that we have been using since the very beginning. 

So what do my bath spells usually look like? To be honest, they vary a lot based on my resources at any given moment and the purpose of the spell. There are some things that I do every time such as: 

 • dedicating the bath for myself by placing a talisman or crystal (or other object I carry a lot/feel represents me) on the rim of the tub  

 • placing candles (often in corresponding magical colors and scents) around the tub and bathroom to add to the magical energy of the space 

 • making sure the water drawn is hot enough to remain warm for 40+ minutes and get me to a trancing state but not too hot as to burn my skin or make it uncomfortable for me to be in the water 

I also put something into the water every time I do bath magic, and in fact that is where I believe most of the magical intent is decided. This also widely varies with the type of spell. Some things I’ve done are: 

 • just throw in a handful of Epsom salts for a super basic cleansing. I also use these (in addition to some other ingredients) when I’m doing a real trance or astral travel or trying to communicate with a deity because they make me feel floatier in the water and therefore easier to forget my body

 • put in a few drops of different kinds of essential oils based on their magical associations

 • drop in some tea bags (like mint or chamomile or bags I’ve already used first for drinking) while the water is running to get a good infusion 

 • use bath salts that already have essential oils or herbs (or even glitter!) in the mixture. I use bath salts that I make myself, that T makes for me, and store bought and locally made mixtures, all with good results. It all depends on what I’m feeling at the time. 

 • use pre-made bath bombs, melts, and bubblers from Lush (although I’m sure one could use stuff like this from anywhere) based on the ingredients and names of the products. I’ve used Sex Bomb for a glamour and sex spell, Space Girl for glamour and deity exploration (I do a lot of glamours), etc. 

The practice of bath magic is great because we live in a society where bathing itself is so culturally charged to be reflective and purposeful. For that reason, it is also a great way to practice your craft that is not suspicious, or questioned by people you may live with. Even at their worst, taking long baths appears only over-indulgent. But I can live with that.

-C

Fun Fact of The Day: This dolphin here is actually using the puffer fish as a drug to induce a trance-like state. The skin of the puffer fish, in small amounts, is known to produce a narcotic effect. The behavior was captured by an award winning wildlife documentary producer, John Downer, and a zoologist, Rob Pilley, who states “Young dolphins are purposely experimenting with something we know to be intoxicating. After chewing it gently and passing it around, they began acting most peculiarly, hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection.”

Source

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My dearest Clara… 

The Doctor entrusted me with your contact details, in the event of an emergency, and I fear one has now arisen. Assuming this letter will have reached you, as planned, on April 10th 2013, please find and light the enclosed candle. It will release a soporific which will induce a trance state, enabling direct communication across theyears. However, as I realise you have no reason to trust this letter, I have taken the liberty of embedding the same soporific into the fabric of the paper you are now holding. Speak soon!

Medieval folklore throughout Europe recognized a specifically female trance state closely analogous to divine possession. In popular culture, too, we find groups of laywomen entering into immobile and insensible trance states, during which they reportedly visited the realms of the dead and consorted with supernatural figures. Efforts to rouse such women when in this state proved fruitless: the trance was like a temporary death in which the spirit was wholly absent. These women often were credited with healing powers and oracular abilities, and sometimes they attained positions of local prestige - or marginalization - as a result to their activities. Known variously as the “good things,” the “good ladies,” or the “night-times ladies,” these women believed themselves to be destined, by an accident of birth, occasionally to leave their bodies in order to follow, in spirit, in the train of a mysterious female supernatural being.
—  Nancy Caciola, Discerning Spirits: Divine and Demonic Possession in the Middle Ages.
Walking With Second Sight

This is a spell with which I’ve had much success. It works just as well in an urban environment as in the countryside. Most witches communicate with the spirit world via trance states, but it is possible to receive semi-direct communication from spirits while in a normal frame of mind. 

Try this if you’d like to receive omens and portents while fully-aware of your normal, physical surroundings. It’s an ideal activity, as well, for learning more about and communicating with local spirits. 

It is best performed at dusk or dawn, and even better if it is to be done on the solstice, or better yet, the equinox. It requires no tools besides a small bit of iron, preferably cold, un-forged iron, but any iron will do in a pinch.

Stand in the threshold of your home. It does not matter if this is the doorway of a literal house, or the door to an apartment or dormitory room. Stand with one eye closed (the right, if possible) and with your left foot in the air, supporting yourself on one leg. Quickly whisper the following incantation three times:

“Here I stand,
 between day and night.
I ask sky, sea, and land,
To grant me true sight.”

Then, swiftly leave your home, but first place the sliver of iron (nail, or what-have-you) near the door, touching it. It is best if you can slip it into the doorjamb, but if you can’t, just placing it near the doorframe so that it is touching it will do.

Venture out into the world. Be vigilant for signs, portents, and omens, as well a spirit communication. Assume that almost all events or interactions are meaningful messages during this. 

Try not to speak to any one person overly much should you meet someone. Be very sure to never tell anyone or anything you encounter while out and about during this period about what you’ve done. 

Keep silent on the subject of magick, regardless of what happens, but pay attention to any small conversations you might overhear or participate in, no matter how innocuous and meaningless they may appear on the surface.

Do not eat or drink anything while out in this state, no matter how tempting foodstuff you encounter might be. Be careful to not leave the immediate area around your home, with which you’re already familiar. You may encounter people or events that seem to wish to lead you into unfamiliar territory - resist the urge to follow them.

Do not purchase anything from a shop or exchange anything with another person, and be particularly mindful of your belongings. It is very easy to lose small objects during adventures such as this, and, if you do lose something, it is likely to never be found again. On that note, if you should see something interesting lying about, don’t bring it home with you, no matter how tempting it might be.

Before the sun fully rises or sets, return home. Remove the bit of iron from the doorjamb before entering, and touch it to your forehead, gently, three times. Then, pocket it or carry it with you, and enter your home, the experience concluded. You will, at that point, find yourself back in your normal state, and it then falls to you to make sense of any signs you may have received while walking with second sight.

What Meditation is Not

by Saṃsāran

There seems to be some confusion as to the nature of meditation. I have written a lot on what meditation IS now here is what it is NOT.

  • Meditation is not just sitting and thinking. In fact, that is about the opposite of meditation.
  • Meditation will not give you a “drug-like” high. There is a technique called self-induced trance state which is a kind of waking dreaming which sometimes does give people a hallucinatory experience. 
  • Meditation not passive.
  • Meditation does not “empty” the mind. It silences the inner chatter.
  • Despite what some New Age “gurus” might tell you there is most definitely a “right way” and a “wrong way” to meditate.
  • Meditation will not give superpowers. Yes, some people actually think this,
  • Meditation is not religious although some religions use it.
  • Mediation is not prayer. Some religious people will use a prayer as a mantra but most mantras are entirely secular.
  • Meditation is not hypnosis.
  • Meditation is not going to leave you open to demonic possession. Meditation is an active process and the mind is not blank. We are always aware and present. Moreover, there are no demons that is just superstitious nonsense. Meditation has been used for 4000 years by millions of people. If this demon stuff were true there would be people spitting up pea soup and spinning their heads around on every street corner.
  • Meditation is not just for adults. Children as young as three can be taught techniques for children. It is particularly useful for kids with ADHD
  • Mediation doesn’t take years to master. Studies with returning vets with chronic pain showed benefits the very first session.
  • Meditation does not require any special equipment.
  • Meditation doesn’t require you to sit in any particular position.
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Ultra Music Festival - Miami 2017
Full Lineup 24th, 25th & 26th of March:
- Ultra Mainstage
- LiveStage
- Resistance (Arcadia Spider & Carl Cox Megastructure)
- A State Of Trance
- UMF Radio (Mad Decent, OWSLA & JACKED)

Going into trance

I’ve been wanting to write a post like this since I started this blog. I got a friend to hypnotise me and give me suggestions to make me very gradually go into trance while writing my next blog post. Which is this one. Every word I type just chips away a tiny little bit at my concious mind, and if I keep typing for long enough it’s going to get harder and harder to think properly. At some point I’ll just shut down completely and state that I’m in trance, then I’ll post this and wake up. Well, that’s what he told me the suggestions were. Knowing him I’ll probably cluck like a chicken at some point.

I’ve always enjoyed the feeling of very slowly slipping into trance. It’s not something I experience much these days because I drop so fast now, usually quite early on in inductions. i guess it’s just become second nature to be hypnotised whenever someone starts talking like a hypnotist. So I don’t get to feel this…slow… gradual… emptying of my brain. I’ll never forget one of my earliest experiences of being hypnotised. i was feeling my mind slowly turning off and the hypnotist was teasing me about it, asking me to solve simple maths equations i’d normally have no trouble with as a way of proving that i was finding it harder to think.

And i’m definitely starting to find it harder to think… but I have to keep typing until i’m not thinking at all. i’m already getting to the point where when I make a typo i’m less and less inclined to fix it and more to just keep going because the more i ttype the less i think. I can feel the fuzziness starting to spread through my brain, making it harder to think of things to type but i will keep typing anywa oh yep i am definitely falling now haha ok i think it might be getting faster? not sure but harder to something

wait no i’m fine i’m still here, see still using punctuation and stuff, i still remember the quadratic formula but i think id struggle to actually use it at the moment and wow i’ve typed quite a lot already and i’m not suere what i’ve actually said now nd i dont know hw much longeer im gonna stay awake like look at my typing now…. body getting heavier and fingers starting to draag a little…..thoughts dragging to..mind empyting definitely now,,dont know hwo much longerr i ca keep thinking ii am  still awakeeee i think but i think  im close to lett go aand im prettty hyypnotised alreadddyd i think,….eyesa every heaaavy and boddy losiiin g control,,,,thiha ao weirdddd i dont iiknow why my typipoing hasa got so baddd im still awaakeee ii think maybe i dont knonw really i  dont remembrrr what i was saaaaayingg lol heree i go i thiikkkim emppppty now        mx i rr      so haard to thiiiink i,m,,,,,,,,i  df       



i am deeply hypnotized. my mindd is completely empty. i  am a good girl.

Belthin

Large population, Elves. Built in a thick forest. There are homes and shops built out of dead trees, in the trees, etc.

No real guard presence, however the people are very skilled and martial law exists. There is a certain code they follow. E.g. don’t kill, steal, or hurt.

Cursed town. These Elves aren’t capable of entering their trance state, and instead must sleep. Instead of a normal sleep schedule, they’re cursed to fall asleep all at once at a random time. They can go days without sleep, or hours. Their sleeping spells cause accidents and tragedies.

Sit n Stay: Run by Narbeth Farris. Meant to be a quiet places for elves to be in a trace. Business has stopped. He’s decided to start enforcing the “law”, a code that the elves typically follow. If he feels anyone is breaking it, he drags them back to his Inn and holds them there until a fee is paid either in gold or items. The rooms are small, tall, and meant to be sat in. Nothing else.

Thick Skin: Run by Alwin Bruthe. Leather working shop. Loves making shoulder pads, absolutely adores wide shouldered men. His fellow elves are too narrow, and he will beg to make you a pair if your shoulders are wide enough.

Benevolent Spirits: Run by Ayda Oloren. She brews her own, and she brews it strong. Much too strong for a typical human. You’ll wake up with awful aches and pains, but also see bits of the future when you puke. You can find a distressed elf named Solana getting absolutely wasted at the end of the bar. Ayda tells you she’s been like that for a straight week now since her 121st birthday.  

Solana: 121. Female Elf. A drunken wreck. She’s crying, drinking between hiccups, and seems inconsolable. She manages to slur out that she’s trying to see more of the future to save her town. Elves typically don’t drink enough to get a hangover, so she’s the only one who knows. Everyone else dismisses her as a drunk. She’s terrified of….

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Guide to the OSDDs

OSDD stands for Otherwise Specified Dissociative Disorder, and it’s the last catch-all category in the dissociative disorders (including DID, DPDR, dissociative amnesia, OSDD, and unspecified dissociative disorder, or USDD). The diagnosis DDNOS (dissociative disorder not otherwise specified) was used prior to the DSM-5.

It’s split into several subtypes of OSDD. 

OSDD-1 is “almost DID,” but lacking one of the diagnostic criteria for it. OSDD-1a is DID without sufficiently distinct alters, whereas OSDD-1b is DID without amnesia. 

OSDD-2 is a change in identity/dissociation caused by coercion, such as a result of torture, brainwashing, thought reform, indoctrination, recruitment into cults/sects/terror organizations, etc). 

OSDD-3 is typically a temporary diagnosis for a dissociative disorder brought on by recent trauma. These symptoms tend to not last longer than a month but can include intense dissociation, depersonalization, amnesia, lack of physical abilities and coordination, etc. 

OSDD-4 is dissociative trances, when individuals slip into highly dissociative states and may be unconscious of events going on around them, may be confused or amnesiac afterwards, or otherwise slipping in and out of dissociative trances. This diagnosis is only given when the trances cannot be explained by something else, like seizures, drugs, religious or cultural activities, etc. 

USDD is diagnosed when a dissociative disorder is present but does not fully meet the criteria for DID, DPDR, dissociative amnesia, or one of the OSDDs. USDD may also be used when the clinician does not choose to disclose more information about the dissociative disorder being diagnosed or is diagnosing quickly in emergency settings (indicating that there’s evidence for a dissociative disorder but not time to diagnose specifically). 

I don’t understand how the BDSM community constantly talks about how important consent is, but then they also talk about “subspace” as if it’s a totally normal and even desirable result of a “scene.” 

“Subspace” describes the state of someone who has gone through so much pain during a BDSM “scene” that they enter a dissociative state in order to cope with it. It’s often described as being similar to an out of body experience, as being “trance-like,” or as being a state where the mind recedes from the body. 

Even putting aside from the fact that it doesn’t seem healthy in the first place to hurt someone so badly they have dissociate to cope with it, how exactly can someone give ongoing consent when they’re in a state like that? If a person isn’t competent to give consent when their brain is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, how are they mentally competent to give consent when they’re literally in a dissociative state?