I want to put myself in a trance, like a hypnotist would do to me – OK! Trance work is very interesting to many people because it suggests sort of being out of control of yourself and in a different world altogether. But the reality is all hypnosis is self hypnosis where in fact it’s up to the subject what kind of Trance they enter.
Hypnotists like to create the perception that they are in control but in fact it is the subject that has primary control over everything that happens in a hypnosis session. There are different states of being or different mental states that may be considered a trance but this is not the same as being under hypnosis being open to suggestions that may help with personal development or self-help topics.
For example just sitting down and listening to a repetitive sound with put you in a trance most likely. Many people do this on purpose. For example if you’ve ever gone to a drum circle and just listen to the drum beat. Most of the people at those drum circles are going into sort of an shamanic trance because of the drum beats putting them into a meditative space.
Being in a meditative space often means the mind is calm and open for suggestions so you can see here where the intersection between hypnosis and other Mystic Arts like shamanism may occur.
But putting yourself into a trance is really quite easy sometimes just thinking about it and questioning the state of being we’re currently in can bring you into a different level of awareness that some may call it trance. So, hypnotists are really masters of attention and creating attention around more focused moments which then open the possibilities around the subject receiving suggestions. Most hypnotist are not responsible for the actual trance. It is in fact the subject that turns into a different level of attention than they are used to and that puts them into the trance.
Of course there are techniques like progressive muscle relaxation, and many others that hypnotist years in order to prepare the subject for receiving the positive suggestions ultimately the trance does not require at this elements. It is important to read your column State because in an anxious state which can also be considered a bit of a trance not a lot of work can be done but ultimately being in a calm State prepares the mind for positive work to be done and that level of Trance. So if you’re interested in learning hypnosis and how to put yourself into a trance or into a state of hypnosis it may be best to go ahead and get certified as a hypnotist. Here are a list of really what could be considered the more prominent schools of hypnosis that you may consider attending.