Hypnosis is a natural process. Everyone has experienced and continues to experience hypnosis in the course of their normal lives. Some people make the suggestion that we are constantly in one state or another, of hypnosis.
Because the experience of hypnosis is common, to many people, the idea that you can be hypnotised is not easy to understand for some. You may recognize hypnosis as the mental state that you experience when becoming absorbed in a good book or story. Or the ability to experience emotions while watching a movie (although you know that the scenes on the movie screen are just acting, you can be moved, and you can experience a whole range of emotions because you choose allow it to happen). When you start to think of the many ways we, as people, experience different levels of hypnosis, you start to realise you already know how it feels and what it can do for you.
When we talk about hypnosis, we are talking about a process of allowing yourself to be guided to states of mind that you already experience naturally. Hypnosis is another term for what you know already as guided imagery, trance, day dreaming, guided meditation, entering the zone, guided relaxation, visualization, concentration, focus. As with any of these processes it is all controlled by your mind and what you chose for yourself.
As humans we use these and other forms of mind states to accomplish the tasks and results that we want in our lives. The ability to concenntrate and focus on a desired task is what makes us, as humans, able to achieve greatness and complete everything from small to monumental tasks. Many people feel that they have all the resources they need to trully achieve their goals, and at times they are able to enter the mind state that they need to focus on what they need to resolve to move closer to their goals. Many others can see that they have the resources they need, but are unable to keep their minds on the type of focus that they require to truly move towards their goals.
Hypnosis is one way to direct that focus, to discover the ability that we all have, and use the power of our imagination to achieve a goal.