Achieving hypnosis is a matter of directing the suggestibility that we all possess into the channels that may finally produce the hypnotic state. It can be much more difficult than this explanation in numerous cases, but let us use this as a working premise.
Everybody can be hypnotized. The time needed for achieving hypnosis will vary greatly from subject to subject. We will discuss some of the explanations for this in a successive chapter , but for our discussion at this time we want to understand this point. I have run across numerous people who were very disappointed because they did not respond to hypnosis straight away or after a couple of attempts. They needed to know “what was wrong.” An explanation that nothing was wrong somehow did not satisfy these people. “After all,” they disagreed, “didn’t I go to a hypnotist particularly to be hypnotized?” Some insinuated that perhaps the hypnotist was not particularly good.
let me explain that most subjects have to be conditioned for hypnosis, and this conditioning is helped when the  subject practices certain conditioning exercises that I shall discuss in detail in chapter 6, titled “How To achieve Self-Hypnosis.” In my teaching, i have found that about one out of 10 subjects responds to the 1st attempt at hypnosis. One cannot make a definite statement regarding the length of time necessary to learn self-hypnosis, but it is my experience that this often takes about one month. I have had subjects learn self-hypnosis in about thirty mins, but I must also relate that I have worked with subjects for one year before they achieved it.
For the main part, the laws of learning apply to self-hypnosis as with anything else that one would wish to learn. It could be a comparatively simple procedure, or it can be particularly perplexing. The answer lies not so much with the hypnotist as with the subject.
One question that turns up is : “if i’m under hypnosis, how can I give myself suggestions?” during the hypnotic state, it has got to be recalled, the subject is always aware of what is happening. He hears what is said, follows directions and cancels the state when instructed to do so. In the self-hypnotic state, the subject is in full control. he will think, reason, act, criticise, suggest or do whatever he desires. He can audibly give himself proposals, or he can mentally give himself suggestions. In either case, he does not rouse from the hypnotic state until he gives himself precise recommendations to do so. Many feel if they audibly give themselves suggestions, they will “awaken.” In hypno-analysis, the subject answers questions during the hypnotic state. Having the subject talk does not end the state. You can keep the talkative subject under hypnosis as long as you need. Similarly, the subject can be sitting erect with his eyes open and still be under hypnosis. Carrying this further, the subject may not even be aware that he is  under hypnosis. He can be given a cue not to recollect when the specialist makes a certain motion or claims a certain word that he’s going to go back into the hypnotic state but still keep his eyes open. Only an experienced hypnotist could perceive the change.
Another frequent question is : “How do I arouse myself from the self-hypnotic state?” You just say to yourself that upon counting to five you will open your eyes and wake up feeling OK. Many times the subject falls asleep while giving himself posthypnotic proposals. This is not undesirable since the proposals will spill over into the unconscious mind as he is going from consciousness to unconsciousness.
A popular point of view about hypnosis is that the subject surrenders his will to the hypnotist in the act of being hypnotized. Similarly, many are convinced that once the subject is hypnotized, the hypnotist has complete control of the subject and the subject is helpless to resist suggestion. Both principles are erroneous. I think the first myth comes from seeing methods where the hypnotist requests the subject to have a look into his eyes. The hypnotist endorses to the subject that as he continues to have a look into his eyes he will fall into a deep hypnotic state. This, then, becomes a matter of who can outstare whom. The subject usually begins to blink his eyes and the hypnotist follows this up with quick suggestions the subject’s eyes are becoming watery and heavy and the subject will fall into a deep hypnotic sleep just as soon as he ( the subject ) closes his eyes. This process gives the impression to the observer the subject is “willed” to go under hypnosis. It appears that once the hypnotist concentrates or wills sufficiently, the subject succumbs. In fact the hypnotist in this method is not looking into the eyes of the subject.  He fixes his attention on the bridge of the nose of the subject.