If you’re trying to hypnotize someone else, here are a few things you can do to help yourself out:
Go to a private place and settle down by either sitting or lying on something comfortable. Loud noises or background motion can distract the conscious mind and interrupt the brain cycles needed to get to a ‘trance state.’
Some hypnotists will say it’s easier if the person being hypnotized closes their eyes, while others maintain that it doesn’t matter at all. The key may be in a suspension of disbelief for the other person, or in tonality and pace of sounds or vibrations. To what extent each of these claims is true is arguable, however.
Have the participant close their eyes and relax. Encourage them to allow their thoughts to slip away and loosen their body tensions. There are several relaxation scripts or tapes that can help prepare a participant for the hypnotic state.
Have the participant take slow, deep breaths.
There are formative tests that can be done on a participant to gauge the depth to which they are in a hypnotic state, including checking for eye movement by passing an object in front of their eyes and seeing if the eyes follow the object or if they skip and move around in their vision field (rapid eye movement to fixated points is a sign of consciousness, not a trance state).
Once the participant is in a satisfactory trance state, the purpose for having them in one can then begin to be administered.
Rhythmic repetition of positive statements has (by most accounts) been the most effective at producing positive results from a hypnotic state.
When you feel you have sufficiently made the statement and that the entranced person has heard the statement, understood it, and that it has been deeply ’embedded’ in their subconscious thought, you may end the trance state at any time.
It’s generally accepted that it’s better to slowly revive participants from a trance state, simply because they could be disoriented and it’s kind of an unfriendly and unpleasant experience for them to be brought back to consciousness in a harsh manner. This may or may not affect the long-term results of the hypnotic suggestions.
There’s a link below this that goes to a web page discussing a text by a noted hypnotist that may be of interest. It’s under the heading of ‘related links’ a few lines down. That might also be worth reading.