A simple definition of hypnosis is that it is a state of increased focus, concentration and suggestibility. In this state, the conscious critical mind can step aside and allow direct communication with the sub-conscious mind. This allows the Hypnotherapist to help make the changes the client desires at the deep sub-conscious level needed for permanent change.
The sub-conscious mind, according to Kappas Theory of Mind, stores our 'forever' information. Our critical mind throws out any irrelevant information we capture during the day and sends all the other information into the sub-conscious mind that has infinite memory. It stores all our beliefs, morals, values, imagination and emotions as well as our fears and traumas. As the sub-conscious mind stores this information, it makes perfect sense to make changes at this level too by allowing the conscious mind and the sub-conscious mind to hear the same messages through hypnosis.
All hypnosis is SELF hypnosis. You will remain fully aware and cognizant of what you are saying and what is being said to you. You remain IN CONTROL at all time. The mind will only accept that which goes along with your established morals and ethics. It is unlikely that you will fall asleep although you will enjoy the same level of deep relaxation that you feel just before sleeping normally. Some people do not even believe they have been in hypnosis as they do not feel 'different' in any way, just calm and focused.
It may surprise you to know we enter in and exit out of hypnosis regularly throughout the day. Reading a book, watching a movie, driving the car, our minds wander and our conscious mind steps aside for a rest. Imagination and creation are key to the process. Working together as a team, we can help create new positive feelings, pictures and emotions to replace negative ones that no longer serve you to your highest good.