The Hypnotic Trance State
As stated on the Imagination page: A hypnotic trance state manifests whenever the focus of attention is inside the body, and what we experience is being provided by our imagination in reaction to suggestion instead of reaction from the senses.
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 require the imagination to provide the reaction to suggestion.
These are the shifts that occur when going from our natural trance state to a hypnotic trance state. (and thus why I refer to them as mental states).
1. Since our focus of attention is internal to our body, and the imagination is now providing the input to be reacted to (from suggestion) input from our peripher awareness starts becoming diminished.
2. Since the outside input from our peripheral awareness has been replaced by input from the imagination, our ability to tell what is real and true in the world also becomes diminished.
More accurately, our ability to disbelieve becomes diminished... Everything becomes true.
(Just like before the age of 7 or 8 when we were found out about Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy.. etc.)
(It's this ability to tell what is real and true in the world is what I define the critical faculty (or factor) to be).
The value of everything being true is that we have a natural ability to automatically adapt to whatever we believe is real.
It's one of the reasons we are at the top of the food chain.
Think about getting into a cool swimming pool or a hot tub... when you first get in... it's Ohhh! uncomfortable... then in just moments, we adapt to the new reality.
That's how fast we adapt to whatever we believe is real.
With a hypnotic trance state, EVERYTHING is real...
So when in a hypnotic trance state, and two conditions exist, we automatically react to suggestion... and our body automatically adapts to the new reality.
The two conditions that need to exist in order for us to automatically react to suggestion while in hypnotic trance state are:
1. We have to know how to react.
(if I asked you to start dextroboping... what you would do?)
2. There has to be no reason not to.
(This is your natural protection.)
But; if these two conditions do exist... you will automatically react to a suggestion, and your body will automatically adapt to the new reality.
These automatic reactions are what are most commonly called “trance effects” which are automatic reactions to suggestion.
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.
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)