Hypnosis is: a normal and natural state that most of us experience several times a day. It commonly happens when people are driving. Have you ever driven somewhere and not really remembered the last ten miles or missed an exit?
It also often occurs when reading a book when your wife/husband says I am going out to buy groceries and you say…what? . Sometimes you can be so absorbed in the book or watching a TV program that you are not consciously aware that someone is talking to you.
Hypnosis is the focusing of the conscious attention in a selective way. The conscious mind is so intensely focused that other informations coming in are not being critically analyzed by the conscious mind. We still hear them, although we are not always aware. A good example of this is when you are in a place where there are several conversations going on at once.They may all sound like a mass of background noise. However if someone in one of those conversations mentions your name, you then consciously focus on that conversation. How did you know someone said your name? Your subconscious mind (which is far more powerful than your conscious mind) was listening to EVERY conversation AT THE SAME TIME! That is perhaps a reason why you can sometimes “just know” something. Your subconscious mind has absorbed it without you consciously being aware of it.