Every person can develop a natural state of awareness called hypnosis or trance. Historically, it has been defined as an unnatural or a supernatural state yet nothing could be farther from the truth. Hypnosis is a normal experience, which anyone can have, in the right circumstances and with the right hypnotist.
Unlike ordinary conscious awareness, which involves a constantly shifting focus of attention, the hypnotic state of mind involves a focusing of internal attention and an elimination of external distractions.
In hypnosis the subject is neither unconsciousness nor asleep—it is a special state of awareness in which there is a heightened receptiveness to ideas and understandings and an increased willingness to respond either positively or negatively to those ideas.