One of the reasons why conversational hypnosis worked so well is because of its ability to bring people into a hypnotic trance state. When a person is in a trance, his or her mind is very susceptible to suggestions.
A good hypnotist will recognize this state and start to input powerful suggestive phrases onto the person being hypnotized.
The funny thing is, most of us go into a trance state many times in a day. The following is a list of 5 daily examples where we are in a mental trance.
1) Reading a book.
We actually drift into our own little world when we are reading a book. This is especially true when we are reading a novel or a fiction book.
I remember the first time I read the Lord of the Rings novel. As I was reading, I can really feel the pain and burden Frodo was going through on his journey to Mount Doom. When I am reading the book, 2 or 3 hours will fly by without me even noticing it.
I guess this effects women more than men. A friend of mind literally will be shaking on excitement when she is on a shopping trip.
Think about it, when you shop, there’s a feeling of everything around you stops. All that matters is the current moment while you’re shopping.
If you don’t know what I mean, watch the show Confession of a Shopaholic and you’ll understand the trance effect of shopping.
3) Become fearful of an event.
I think this happened to me a lot when I was a kid. I always get myself in trouble.
One time I did something wrong at school and it was on a Friday. I will only be reported to the principal on the following Monday. I am so scared I can literally make my heart rush when I think about the upcoming event.
Have you ever faced such situation before at work or at home? If you do, that is a trance state.
I came to experience this trance state when I go for a swim. I like to do freestyle laps in the pool. Sometimes I’ll do 30 to 40 laps a session.
The first couple of laps are the hardest. That is when my muscles are struggling to pull my body through the water. But after about the 10th lap, everything became easier.
My arms and legs movement are synchronized with my breathing and I start to relax. The longer I swim, the more relax I become.
I didn’t know back then that I was in a trance state induced by exercise.
Some people call it day dreaming. But when you fantasize about something, our mind tends to relax and drift. The thought in our mind is influencing our physical state.
We get excited and our heart starts to beat faster. You may be thinking of a vacation you want to take and your body starts to relax as you visualize yourself being next to a beach.
The list above is no way near being comprehensive. There are many other ways we get into a trance state every day. If you want to add to the list, feel free to post in the comment section below.