How would your best hypnotist in Toronto answer the question: Does effective hypnosis require the application of the hypnotic trance?
Before he answers this question, your best hypnotist in town may first want to discuss the nature of the hypnotic trance.
He has already spoken at some length about the nature of the hypnotic trance on the page dealing with the question: How does hypnosis work?
Here, he will go deeper into this subject:
There are a lot of people out there, who think of the hypnotic trance in terms of "going under".
In hypnotic work there is no such thing as "going under". Hypnotists do not take their clients "under" - only undertakers do.
To the people who speak of the hypnotic trance in terms of "going under", hypnotic trance means loss of consciousness.
Hypnosis has nothing to do with becoming unconscious!
It makes a person SUPERCONSCIOUS in the sense that it accesses, and utilizes the awareness of the subconscious mind.
There is a great variety of the states of consciousness, which have the characteristics of the hypnotic trance, and even though, these states are not typically thought of as hypnotic trances - hypnotic trances they are.
All of these states involve a deep inner focus of attention. They shift the attention away from the external realities of life, and focus it on the internal realities of the mind.
Here is a short list of the hypnotic trances which are a part of our daily experience of life: Highway hypnosis, movie hypnosis, rock-concert hypnosis, getting lost in thought, drifting away into sleep, getting lost in a pleasant memory, forgetting the whole world while listening to an interesting lecture ...
All of the above listed states of consciousness could be utilized for the purpose of performing a high quality hypnotic work, because, all of them are characterized by the withdrawal of attention from the external realities of life, and focusing on the internal realities of the mind.
And the shift from the externals into the internal world of the psyche is all that it takes to perform all kinds of work IN HYPNOSIS.
Your best hypnotist's answer to the question: Does effective hypnosis require the application of the hypnotic trance? - IS YES, however, the trance required for the performance of the effective hypnotic work is not necessarily what is commonly thought of, and understood, as a state of hypnosis.
So, again - the state of trance is necessary, but it has nothing to do with the loss of consciousness. It is solely about the shift of the focus of awarenes INSIDE.
Of course, there are different levels of depth of the shift of awareness INSIDE, just as there are different levels of depth of diving into a body of water.
An interesting fact is that, the depth of a trance is NOT really important in terms of the effectiveness of the hypnotic work.
The great master of hypnosis - Milton H. Erickson said:
"When I'm talking to a person at the conscious level, I expect him to be listening to me at an unconscious level, as well as consciously. And therefore I am not very greatly concerned about the depth of the trance the patient is in because I find that one can do extensive and deep (hypnotic work) in the light trance as well as in the deeper medium trance. One merely needs to know how to talk to a patient in order to secure (the desired) results."
Experiencing Hypnosis, Erickson & Rossi, p. 3
What Erickson says here shows not only the fact that the depth of a trance is not an important factor in terms of the effectiveness of the hypnotic work - he also seems to be saying that, at least in some cases, the formal hypnotic trance may not be necessary at all.
Your best hypnotist in Toronto will say more about that on the next page about his hypnotic technique.