Do we understand much about hypnosis? A talk with a hypnotist with comments as to how and why it works, shows that it uses a perfectly normal part of everyday life. It’s just that a hypnotist is generally able to put us into a relaxed and sleepy state, that is, the dream state but without being asleep. It’s our state of mind, just as we fall asleep, and it’s perfectly normal. The reality of life disappears and we simulate an imaginary life which we call dreaming. It’s the state of mind we call trance, which we slip into during the day, without even noticing while we are emotional, cry or laugh. My holistic view of the paranormal offers the answer – why we go into trance and why we can be hypnotised. If you want to find out more about hypnosis click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnosis but it says nothing about trance or the way it evolved. My book Sublimity identifies what trance is and how we can understand hypnosis as a trance state.