Hypnotism has been misrepresented in movies for four decades; e.g., the hypnotized person goes into a trance-like state during which they are liable to say or indeed sometimes do anything the hypnotist wants them to. Real hypnotism does not take away any control or perception of reality from the person performed upon. It only gives verbal suggestions with which he could place himself in a very comfortable mental state from which he feels able to access any feelings and sense landscapes: memories and dreams. From there, the hypnotist acts as a psychotherapist, feeling out the kinks in the person's fabrics and leading the person to them. So, it can be a very powerful tool for unlocking one's mind, for removing the binds that detract us from being all that we can be. The process is an opening of the mind to new associations among things that make it up, a complete acceptance of self-change. There are infinite paths that can be taken to reach the Truth and infinite ways of expressing it -- but not a single one, no matter how accurate and poetic a description it is, can have any real authority over any other. We cannot be defined, we cannot anticipate ourselves. Thus, hypnotism is a path to truth. We are not removed from reality by it because WE are reality.
Just as hypnotism is a path to truth, Music is a path to truth, Reading is a path to truth, your Pet (and friend) Dog is a path to truth, Yoga and Tantra are paths to truth, even appreciating plants can be a path to truth. Yours is a unique journey, don't worry about the what or why, because total acceptance of all leads to transcendence and the realization of immortality, and if you love you shall become love.
The "realization of immortality" is a deep feeling that cannot be described with words, and is attained in moments of Truth (when we feel everything). If we allow it to take hold of and transform us, Light shall encompass all our being and we shall see as we are meant to. It would be the greatest bliss to know that I've described my knowledge of this well enough that others could see some part of its truth in themselves and from it, grow further. That is my long-term aim in my blogging.