Understanding the Differences Between Hypnosis and Meditation
Upon first glance, it might appear that meditation and hypnosis are quite similar. In fact, some people will mistakenly use the terms interchangeably. There are, in fact, certain components of each discipline that overlap. Both meditation and hypnosis might involve finding a quiet place, focusing the mind, and taking note of breath. For many people, the goal in using either of these practices is self-improvement.
Beyond these points, however, hypnosis and meditation are, in fact, vastly different. Before diving into this idea, let’s get acquainted with what exactly each discipline entails.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is loosely defined as a way of communicating with the subconscious mind. Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t a certain state of mind that a person enters when being hypnotized. Rather, hypnosis can occur whether the subject is deeply relaxed, or fully alert and in conversation. In our fast-paced society, we are constantly on the move and tend to hypnotize ourselves naturally throughout the day. Try taking note of the thoughts that pass through your mind, or, in other words, the story you are telling yourself as you drive, wash the dishes, watch TV, etc.
Rather than working with a hypnotist, some people choose to practice self-hypnosis. Self-hypnosis offers the experience of hypnosis, with the ability to benefit on your own! Step into your own power using Self-Applied Hypnosis Techniques. In this program, you’ll get 24/7, lifetime access to content including:
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Overall, hypnosis can be thought of as both an art and a science. As a treatment method, it has been proven to effectively treat addiction, digestive issues, and pain. However, hypnosis is incredibly versatile as a tool and can also be applied to emotional and self-esteem related goals as well.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is defined as the intentional practice of training awareness and attention to achieve mental calmness, clarity, and stability. This discipline has roots in religious practices, particularly within Buddhism and Hinduism. There are plenty of forms of meditation, including, but not limited to:
- Mindfulness meditation
- Transcendental meditation
- Movement meditation
In general, meditation involves gently focusing the mind on some object or activity. For example, the user may choose to focus on breath, a certain phrase or thought, or a movement, such as walking. Research is ongoing on the possible benefits of meditation, however, it might help to improve stress, depression, and general well-being.
The Differences Between Hypnosis and Meditation
Hypnosis Requires Specific Language, Tone and Delivery
Experienced hypnotists get creative with language, tone and delivery in order to help the client reach their goals. A variety of factors, such as the client’s preferences and emotional state, will influence the hypnotist’s chosen language style. On the other hand, meditation does not require nearly as much attention to language and the style of delivery.
Hypnosis Actively and Intentionally Changes Behavior
Hypnosis will sometimes involve the use of certain methods such as breathwork, imagery, and focus. These methods are also used in mediation – particularly in guided meditation. The intention behind the use of each tool is what differentiates hypnosis from meditation. Hypnosis is best used with a set goal, such as clearing up an addiction, which can be reached with time and practice. Meditation, on the other hand, uses some of the same methods, but with a different intention. The majority of people who use meditation are looking for general relaxation, or a moment of peace during a stressful day.
Hypnosis Happens to Us Naturally, All of the Time
We all have a natural way of hypnotizing ourselves as we move through the day. Hypnosis can occur so passively, that we don’t even notice when it’s happening. There is no such notion in the practice of meditation, since meditation requires the intentional focus on a thought or object.
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Both meditation and hypnosis can be used as tools to aid in a general sense of well-being. You might encounter some of the same practices within each discipline, such as breathwork and imagery. However, hypnosis is probably best for you if you are working to meet a specific goal, or if you are looking for general self-improvement.
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- About the Author
IACT Trainer:The International Association of Counselors and Therapists
DEHI Trainer:The Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute
NGH Hypnotist:The National Guild of Hypnotists
IACT Hypnotist:The International Association of Counselors and Therapists
IMDHA Hypnotist:The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
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