"Self-Hypnosis and the Unconscious Mind"
Hypnotic trance is a naturally occuring state that everyone enters into on their own several times a day, such as in daydreaming, reverie, being engrossed in a book or movie, a "driving trance" (when you snap to and say to yourself "How in the heck did I just get here?", noticing that you’ve missed your exit), as well as the moments right before you wake up or go to sleep.
Importantly, it is unlike sleep or any other "shut off" state such as general anesthesia. The hypnotic state occurs when your conscious mind becomes distracted in some way and "drifts off," leaving your unconscious mind – which is always running underneath – to come to the foreground.
The term the unconscious mind refers simply to the portion of your mind that you’re not usually aware of. It runs your body and the processes of perception that provide a large amount of pre-processing before information ever enters your conscious mind. Your conscious mind contains a function that is called the "critical faculty," and it is this function that in a normal waking state cares to distinguish between phantasy and reality.
Thus hypnosis is a form of "suspension of disbelief," as when you are watching a Sci-Fi movie, etc. and choose to enjoy it without critical reservation.
Self-Hypnosis is the self-directed use of trance so that you yourself can make changes at the unconscious level. What this means is that a self-hypnosis coach such as myself really only acts as a guide to show you how you can gain better communication with your unconscious mind, and enter into a trance state at will.
You can achieve the former simply by practicing the access of your unconscious internal resources – such as active imagination – and you will thereby increase your proficiency and conscious/unconscious trust.
The latter is achieved by teaching you the Elman method of hypnotic induction, which puts the responsibility for inducing trance fully on the client and is therefore truly a self-induction (after the first few practice runs, you can then use the induction by yourself to create self-hypnosis any time you like).
Did I mention it is wonderfully relaxing. You create any and all desired ideas for the self-hypnosis with me beforehand, and your unconscious mind can from moment to moment accept or reject any suggestion or idea that is presented during the trance state.