.. There's the effects that we can all observe scientologists to do.. Even true blue and mesmerized scientologists can observe it: Scientologists 'willingly' pay all they can earn, and loan, and sometimes even steal, to get more 'auditing'. They 'accept' an 'ethical' obligation to abandon freinds, family and even their own kids for getting more 'auditing'...Simply because I didn't see it as being in trance.
Yes, you could argue that it produces a state of reduced conciousness. But that is what you would expect. You actually want it to be DOING something. It's not like you would be running around sleep walking and could not remember anything what happened afterwards. You are still in control of yourself and you get to read the references first, at least when you co-audit, and you know where you are. So no, I did not feel somebody is putting me into a trance state.
Well, if Coca Cola's marketing were that effective we would call it hypnotism.. Those of us that were not hypnotized, that is.