The Hypnotic Trance State
The Hypnotic Trance State:
The reason we can be hypnotized at all is because it was discovered that the outside input that we will automatically react to, can be in the form of a suggestion.
When the natural trance state is enabled, we can amplify it into a hypnotic trance state by providing suggestions that internalize the focus of attention, and activate the imagination as an input source that replaces the input from the 5 senses.
When this happens, several mental changes occur:
1. Our attention focus goes internal to our body, and because it is then not focused on any outside input from our peripheral awareness, it becomes diminished as an input source.
2. Since our attention focus is diminished, the outside input from the senses also becomes diminished from non use, and that input is replaced by pseudo input from the imagination.
3. Since the outside input from the senses is replaced by input from the imagination, our ability to tell what is real and true in the world also becomes diminished.(This ability to tell what is real and true in the world is what I define the critical faculty (or factor) to be).
4. Since our analytical intellect itself is becoming diminished by suggestions of experiencing internal feelings, usually some sort of shutting down the awareness of our body (i.e. disassociation via relaxation), we become much more susceptible to just automatically reacting to suggestion.
5. Since our focus is internal and the outside input from the senses is replaced by the imagination, our association with our body, and our ability to automatically react to outside sensory input, also becomes diminished/dormant.(This is what happens with what is called “highway hypnosis”)
6. Our natural protection shifts from actively filtering all outside input, to simply monitoring the input.What is referred to as “deepening”, is in reality, us just responding to suggestions that involve shutting down the normal sensory awareness capabilities our body, thus creating a disassociation effect. Meaning; that we become more aware of just existing inside the body instead of being a part of it.
I define a hypnotic trance state as:When the focus of our attention is internal to the body and outside input from the senses is replaced by input from the imagination.
This type of trance state is most commonly confirmed with what are called “trance effects” which are automatic reactions to suggestion normally involving some form of demonstration of muscle or limb catalepsy or limb movement.
It takes an existing natural trance state to enable a hypnotic state, because the hypnotic state is simply an amplified version of our natural trance state.
This is true even with instant inductions.
So, for the purposes of this model; Hypnosis is defined as:The process of amplifying a natural trance state into a hypnotic state.
In this model, the thing that ties the two trance states together; what makes them both “trance” states; is their common utilization of our natural ability to automatically react to input without the involvement of the intellect.
With a natural trance state, the outside input is from the senses via our peripheral awareness.
With a hypnotic trance state, the outside input is from suggestion (automatic reaction to input from our senses via our peripheral awareness is diminished)