-Hypnosis vs Meditation. What’s the Difference?
Many inaccurately believe that hypnosis and meditation are essentially the same. While both hypnosis and meditation produce impressive results, they are quite different. The one that will work best for you will depend on your goals.
Once you learn the difference between the two and how to utilize each one, you can expect some pretty awesome effects. The keys to success with both hypnosis and meditation are applying them properly and consistently,
Hypnosis & Meditation Are Sister-States of Mind
My good friend, and fellow stage hypnotist, John Moyer has the best analogy that I’ve heard. He describes the difference like this:
“In Meditation, you’re accessing an alpha & theta states of mind. It’s the same in hypnosis. They are sister states of mind, but they are very different.”
“Meditation is like turning the engine off and giving it a break. Hypnosis is also like turning the engine off and giving it a break. But in hypnosis, you’re also giving the engine an oil change. You’re giving it a tune-up, and maybe fitting it with some after-market parts to soup it up a little bit.”
The Roots of Hypnosis and Meditation
Meditation has been around since antiquity. Hypnosis has existed since humans began to walk the earth. However, hypnotism wasn’t proposed as a practice of science until the 1800’s. While they may appear similar, hypnosis and meditation differ in several important ways.
One is NOT a good substitute for the other, but both can be powerful tools.
Understand the differences between hypnosis and meditation:
You’re hypnotized multiple times each and every day. Each time you’re more involved with your thoughts than you are with the outside world, you essentially hypnotized. You’ve experienced this trance state while watching a movie and while reading a book.
Have you ever driven in the car, only to wonder where the time went after arriving at your destination? You were hypnotized. It has been written that people are technically hypnotized after watching only 7 seconds of television! So, a hypnotic induction isn’t always necessary.
Meditation attempts to be devoid of thought. In most types of meditation, the objective is to concentrate or focus your attention on a single thought or thing. Then, while focusing on that single thing like your breathing, create a mental state with minimal thought activity.
Hypnosis is dissociative. In a highly hypnotized state, the subject is unaware of his immediate surroundings. It’s akin to being in a dream that’s directed by oneself or by the hypnotist.
Meditation is the opposite. The goal of meditation is attaining complete presence.
Effective Uses For Hypnosis & Meditation
Both techniques can be useful tools for managing stress or anxiety. Both can be equally effective for dealing with mental distress:
Meditation helps, by revealing to us, the reality that stress and anxiety are self-induced.
Hypnosis often uses visualization techniques to experience new ways of reacting to the same stimuli in the future.
Hypnosis could be viewed as experiencing something with your senses that’s not really there. When you close your eyes and imagine something vividly enough, you’re hypnotized. When you relive a conversation in your head, you’re hypnotized. How much time do you think you spend hypnotized each day?
Hypnosis is outcome oriented
Enhancing performance, changing habits or solving problems are common reasons to use hypnosis. It is also used to help people get over trauma, increase self-esteem, lose weight, or quit smoking. It’s designed to produce a specific outcome.
Meditation isn’t generally applied in this way. Hypnosis works by bypassing the conscious mind and directly influencing the subconscious. It’s easier to address the subconscious while the conscious mind is otherwise occupied.
Hypnosis is an altered state of mind. Your perception of reality is flexible because your mind is in another place.
On the other hand, meditation seeks to eliminate everything except for the truth. It causes us to drop all opinions, beliefs, and preconceptions. Nothing remains but mental stillness.
In spite of these basic differences, there are actually many kinds of meditation, some that are more similar to hypnosis than others. Both techniques are self-teachable.
You already spend a portion of your day in a hypnotic trance state. Put it to work! Take control of the trances you enter each day and turn them into your strongest asset. Consider adding meditation and hypnosis to your self-improvement activities. Meditation and hypnosis are simple but require practice. Start today.
About the Author:
Chad Chesmark is the best-selling author of “How to Predict the Future By Creating It Yourself – The User’s Manual For Your Subconscious Mind.” He is also a certified hypnotist, certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, and founder of The Achievement Masterclass – Mental Upgrades. Chad can be contacted at CONTACT