How would your best hypnotist in Toronto answer the question: How does hypnosis work?
If you asked him to describe how hypnosis works, he would tell you that hypnosis works through the power of the psycho-dynamic INFLUENCE.
Self hypnosis works through the power of INFLUENCE, which a mind can exert upon itself.
Hetero-hypnosis works through the power of INFLUENCE, which the mind of a hypnotist exerts on the mind of a hypnotized person.
Your best hypnotist could expand the above presented answer and say: Whatever happens in the Universe, happens ONLY, when ENERGY is applied to a system - be it planetary system, ecological system of the planet Earth, or your own psycho-physiological system.
What follows is that, whatever positive change is created through the agency of hypnosis - by necessity - it must be created by the power of the ENERGY applied to the psycho-physiological system of a help seeking person.
And just as the energy of the Sun dissolves the blocks of ice when spring comes upon the world - the energy of the hypnotic sessions dissolves the rigid ice-cubes of the individual human problems.
Your hypnotist must have sufficient energy to perform his work. Just having a lot of knowledge about hypnosis is not enough to perform an effective hypnotic work.
You have to keep this in mind, while looking for your best hypnotist in town.
Hypnosis works like this:
You've been a diligent student of the Bible and your mind has become impressed by one of the sayings of Jesus: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!"
Your mind has been impressed by this saying of Jesus when you were still a young man.
For years you've desperately struggled to make money and somehow you've never succeeded.
You've never succeeded because Jesus has hypnotized into believing that having money is not compatible with entering the Kingdom of God.
This is how hypnosis works. It works with and without a trance. It works whenever you accept something as being unquestionably true.
A friend of mine - whenever he encounters a troubling him situation - tells himself a story which places that situation in a different frame of perception.
He has mastered the art of creative reframing of the troublesome realities of his life.
Not too long ago he asked me to teach him self hypnosis.
I told him that he has already mastered it to perfection!
I told him that Milton H. Erickson - the greatest medical hypnotist of all times - had frequently used story telling in order to achieve lasting hypnotic effects.
Henry Ford - one of the richest man on Earth at the time - used to say: "Believe you can, or believe you cannot - either way you'll be right".
If we replace the word "believe" in Ford's statement by the words "hypnotize yourself that" - we will get basically the same statement:
Hypnotize yourself that you can, or hypnotize yourself that you cannot - either way you will be successful.
Juxtaposing these two statements shows us that hypnosis works through the power of believing.
It is not easy to enter the state of believing. Struggling to believe can be very hard.
A Buddhist takes LIFE / GOD / UNIVERSAL REALITY and imposes his frame of belief, perception and understanding on it.
A Christian takes LIFE / GOD / UNIVERSAL REALITY and imposes his frame of belief, perception and understanding on it.
A Muslim takes LIFE / GOD / UNIVERSAL REALITY and imposes his frame of belief, perception and understanding on it.
A Jew takes LIFE / GOD / UNIVERSAL REALITY and imposes his frame of belief, perception and understanding on it.
Of course, LIFE / GOD / UNIVERSAL REALITY is neither Buddhist, nor Christian, nor Muslim, nor Jewish!
LIFE / GOD / UNIVERSAL REALITY is a GREAT MYSTERY, which refuses to be framed into anything.
But the MYSTERY is not something that people are comfortable with.
They are forever driven to KNOW what is going on and how it is going on. So, in order to navigate the MYSTERIOUS waters of the ocean of life, they INVENT SYSTEMS of THOUGHT and proceed to hypnotize themselves by their own inventions.
This is how hypnosis works on the grand scale of religion and philosophical pseudo-knowledge and understanding of WHAT IS.
This is also how hypnosis works on the scale of your own personal life.
Your own private hypnosis, made up of your made up beliefs and understandings, which govern the motions of your earthly existence.
Hypnosis works through the mind's acceptance of ideas / hypnotic suggestions.
As William James said:
"An idea can galvanize the believer's entire being even though it has no existence. It colors our entire experience of material reality.
Polarizing and magnetizing us as they do, ideas make us turn towards them and away from them. We seek them, hold them, hate them, bless them, live for them and die for them, just as if they were so many concrete beings.
And beings they are, beings as real in the realm which they inhabit as the changing things of sense are in the realm of space and time."
Hypnosis - I mean, your hypnosis, is basically the way of your thinking.
You've been hypnotized in one way of thinking or another, and as the old biblical proverb says: "As you think so you are".
Most of the unhappy and unsuccessful people crave to change their thinking. In other words they crave UNHYPNOTIZATION.
Negative - life induced hypnosis - imprisons people in all kinds of mental DISFUNCTIONABILITY. It disables them from succeeding in life.
Positive - therapeutic hypnosis - UNHYPNOTIZES people from their subconsciously conditioned limitations.
In other words, hypnosis works as a killer and healer of life, depending on how it affects the human psyche.
Positive hypnosis is a set of unconsciously conditioned abilities which help you navigate the stormy waters of the ocean of life.
Positive hypnosis works like the common driver's hypnosis, which is a set of unconsciously conditioned mind-body functions, which allow people to drive their cars on auto-pilot without consciously thinking about it.
Negative hypnosis works in the same way BUT in the opposite direction. It would constantly make you CRASH YOUR VEHICLE. It would totally disable your driving ability.
All those who remain under the spell of negative hypnosis have no chance for success in life, as long as their negative, subconsciously conditioned patterns of thought and behavior remain firmly entrenched in the realm of their subconscious.
These negative, subconscious patterns of thought and behavior MUST BE UNHYPNOTIZED, or else, nothing will ever change for the better in one's life.