“Hypnosis is a state wherein the subconscious and conscious parts of the mind begin to work on the same concept at the same time without conflict.”
We can enlarge upon the idea as follows: Normally, the subconscious and conscious parts of the mind work independently from each other. Conscious wishes and thoughts, which are for the “here and now” and which are probably responsible for what we might consider to be our human-ness, may easily be at odds with subconscious processes based on forgotten experience and deep-rooted instinct. As a result, the two parts will often be in conflict, and the more able we are to bring them into alignment, the more powerful the resultant state will be. This is why the strongest minds do it best. The hypnotherapist can only show the client how to do it – it is the client who must actually perform the task.
It’s a bit like a series of square and round pegs in one part, locating with a series of square and round holes in the other part, allowing the two to lock together and work in unison. This connection allows a fluid interchange of thoughts, ideas and information in both directions – from the conscious mind into the subconscious, so that we can help beneficial change to occur; and from the subconscious to the conscious, so that we might be able to more easily recall things that are relevant to our state at the time, or find a way to resolve any conflict that may be made suddenly visible.
Of course, you cannot feel hypnosis, because both parts of the mind are still only doing the things they normally do – it’s just that now they’re both doing the same thing at the same time. You are still aware of the conscious thoughts, but you will always remain unaware of the subconscious processes. So it feels the same as normal.
Looked at in this way, it is possible to recognise that an induction does nothing more than present a series of ideas to both conscious and subconscious that will focus the interest of both in the same way and at the same time – that is, without stimulating conflict yet without boredom allowing a drift of conscious concentration.