Hypnosis and Meditation, What’s the Difference?

By on March 24, 2016

Oftentimes, hypnosis and meditation are referred to as identical. There were even various debates that have been brought out to define their distinctions and determine which one should weseek for. Is there a difference between hypnosis and meditation? While this is a pretty simple question, there are several forms in both categories that are hard to differentiate and compare. However, according to thoughtful studies of researchers and experts, hypnosis and meditation are 100% different.

What makes people think hypnosis and meditation are the same?

There are so many things that make it harder to clearly delineate the disparity between the two. Before we jump into their differences, it is equally important that you understand how meditation and hypnosis resemble each other.

  1. Both can produce a state of deep relaxation.
  2. Both claims to offer a lot of similar health benefits.
  3. The process of guided meditation such as the creative visualization exercises and deep breathing seem to be very much alike.
  4. Both involve entering the “Samadhi” or the trance state.

Indeed, all these experiences happen to both categories, but they are not the same.

What are the differences?

1. Meditation deeply requires awareness, hypnosis do not. As being mentioned earlier, both categories can provide relaxation and health benefits after each session; however, the routes to bring these results are different. In meditation, you should be conscious of what you are doing and where you putting your mind into. You, being the meditator, should intentionally focus on something in particular—a mantra, a meditative music, a picture, or your breathing.

 In hypnotherapy, this conscious awareness is induced and becomes less important. Usually the hypnotist will suggest that it is not that necessary to listen to his voice. This is because; you will still do what the hypnotist is telling you even unconsciously.

2. Meditation requires your connection to your entire being, hypnosis only targets the subconscious. Like yoga, the art of meditation requires the meditator to connect one’s mind, body, and soul during meditation. You don’t need affirmations from your hypnotist to calm yourself down. You don’t also needto reprogram past thoughts to be infused. Meditation can be performed in many different ways. You can practice it while sitting down while watching the tip of your nose. You can also do it by chanting a mantra or listening to your breath. During meditation, you need to let go your mind from thoughts that are disrupting you and just go into trance. This is where you gain countless number of health and spiritual benefits.

In hypnotherapy, the hypnotist uses certain meditation techniques to let the individual enter the subconscious part of the mind in order to employ different therapeutic suggestions.

3. The goals of both categories are entirely different. Hypnotists often speak of meditation as the goal-less practice.This claim is absolutely ridiculous. Since meditation can be performed in different forms and techniques, meditators have their own set of goals in particular—being in trance, having peace of mind, discovering oneself, gaining health benefits, and connecting with the Supreme Being.

 Hypnosis, on the other hand, is used to treat certain health problems and does not necessarily employ one’s heart, mind, and entire being to cultivate one’s relationship with God.



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