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Yes, you have been in a trance when you finish the deepening. Trance is the traditional term for the state of hypnosis. It is also used at other times, with a similar connotation. Do not worry about being in a hypnotic trance. You are still in control.
It's a little jarring to go from a hypnotic trance directly to full awareness, although it can be done, and certainly would be done if someone yelled "fire."
Using a gentle trance termination when you have finished a self-hypnosis session makes the session more effective and helps you feel good for the rest of the day. Here is a simple trance termination.
I am going to count from 1 to 5, and you will slowly return to full awareness. Two, you are feeling relaxed and content. Three, you are feeling wonderful in every way as you proceed to your normal state of awareness. Four, your eyes feel bright and clear. On the next count you will open your eyelids and be fully aware, relaxed, and invigorated. Five, open your eyes, take a deep breath, and stretch. You're feeling great!
Just go through the routine without saying it to yourself. It's easy to remember. You can practice the trance termination with your partner, if you are working with someone else. Or just practice it yourself and let it become automatic when you want to end your self-hypnosis session.