The accounts of thousands of people say it all: It feels nothing like you would expect it to feel. This is especially the case if you misunderstand the nature of hypnosis. Some people think that you will enter into some void, where you won’t hear or feel anything. Other people believe that they won’t remember anything about being in hypnosis. This is why many people are amazed when they find out that they know what the hypnotist says while they’re in a trance.
It doesn’t mean that nobody will experience amnesia after being hypnotized. I once enthralled a client who would forget every experience from the trance. I had to make hypnotic suggestions that he would indeed remember certain things, or else he wouldn’t be able to recall anything. This could lead somebody to think that it’s dangerous to be hypnotized, but I have found that the subconscious mind is very protective in the hypnotic state.
I have done a lot of self-hypnosis, and by using a simple technique for inducing self-hypnosis, you can experience hypnosis yourself. You will probably experience a lot of relaxation, but it’s not sure that you will “lose consciousness.” Personally, that happens to me when I use self-hypnosis, and I will enter a state where I dream until I feel that it’s time to wake up. Others will proceed on with the method of self-hypnosis and be equally successful.