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The Difference Between Hypnosis And Meditation

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In recent years, hypnosis and meditation have gained popularity as practices and alternative therapies for various mental and physical health problems. Research has shown that regular meditation and hypnosis can lead to changes in brain activity, including increased activity in regions associated with attention, emotion regulation, and self-awareness. 

However, some people may confuse hypnosis and meditation because both practices can involve a relaxed state of mind and body, and can have similar physical and mental effects. 

Many people don’t know that having experience with meditation can provide several benefits for individuals who are interested in trying hypnosis. These benefits can enhance the effectiveness of hypnosis and promote overall well-being. Whilst for those who have difficulty in meditation, these people will find it much easier to focus and get to an altered state of mind with the facilitation of an experienced Hypnotherapist.

In this article, we will explore the differences between hypnosis and meditation, and help you understand more how both practice benefits you in daily life. 

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness characterized by a heightened state of suggestibility and a narrowed focus of attention. While in this state, individuals are more open to receiving suggestions and are more likely to respond to them, whether for therapeutic or entertainment purposes. Hypnosis is often associated with a state of sleep or unconsciousness; however, this is not entirely true. The hypnotic state is one of heightened wakefulness, in which the individual is fully aware of their surroundings but is focused on a particular idea or suggestion.

The hypnotic trance is similar to a meditative state, where the individual is calm and relaxed, but their mind is focused and alert. In both states, individuals experience a heightened level of concentration and inner awareness. However, while meditation involves an inward focus, hypnosis involves an outward focus on external suggestions.

Hypnosis is often facilitated through a hypnosis session, which is conducted by a trained professional, such as a hypnotherapist or a licensed mental health professional. During a hypnosis session, the individual is guided into a hypnotic trance, usually through a series of relaxation techniques or guided meditations. Once in this state, the therapist can provide suggestions and ideas that are designed to help the individual overcome a specific problem or issue, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, or reducing anxiety.

Self-hypnosis is also an option for individuals who want to use hypnosis for personal growth or self-improvement. Self-hypnosis involves the use of relaxation techniques and self-suggestion to induce a hypnotic state. With practice, individuals can learn to enter the hypnotic state on their own and use self-suggestion to achieve their goals.

In summary, hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness characterized by heightened suggestibility and a narrowed focus of attention. It can be facilitated through a hypnosis session or practiced through self-hypnosis. While in this state, individuals are more open to receiving suggestions and can use hypnosis to address a variety of personal issues and achieve personal growth.

How Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis works by working with the subconscious mind where the problem lies, we can change the deep rooted beliefs and upgrade the subconscious programming for real changes.

While in a state of hypnosis, a person’s critical thinking is bypassed and we are able to access the powerful subconscious to update the outdated information being stored there, which allows individuals to make significant changes to their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. 

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a mental practice that involves training the mind to focus and achieve a state of relaxation. The practice of meditation involves training the mind to focus on a particular thought, image, or sound, while also being aware of one’s surroundings. Unlike hypnosis, which is typically facilitated by a hypnotist, meditation is a practice that can be done alone, and the meditator is in complete control of the experience. While both hypnosis and meditation involve a state of altered consciousness, the primary difference between the two is that hypnosis typically involves external guidance, while meditation involves an internal focus.

A meditative practice can help individuals reduce stress, improve concentration, and sleep better. By achieving a state of relaxation, meditators can also become more mindful and gain a greater understanding of their thoughts and emotions.

How Does Meditation Work?

Meditation works by quieting the mind and calming the body. Some forms of meditation, involves entering a state of deep relaxation and inner peace that is often described as a “witnessing” or “observer” state of consciousness. During this state, individuals may experience a sense of timelessness or spacelessness, and may feel a sense of oneness or interconnectedness with the world around them.

Other forms of meditation, involves intentionally focusing the mind on a particular object, such as the breath or a visual image. During this practice, individuals may experience a heightened sense of awareness and concentration, but may not necessarily enter an altered state of consciousness.

What is Guided Meditation?

Guided meditation is a technique that involves a trained professional or an audio recording guiding an individual through the process of meditation. It shares some similarities with other forms of meditation, such as mindfulness and concentration meditation, but there are some key differences as well. Like other forms of meditation, guided meditation requires the individual to sit still, breathe deeply, and focus their attention on a particular object, thought, or sound. However, during guided meditation, the individual is provided with specific instructions and guidance throughout the practice.

One similarity between guided meditation and hypnosis is that both involve suggestibility. During guided meditation, the individual is often encouraged to visualize specific scenarios or images, which can help to improve focus and relaxation. Similarly, during hypnosis, the individual is often given suggestions to help them overcome specific issues or challenges, such as chronic pain or anxiety.

Depending on what the individual is looking to achieve, guided meditation can be tailored to their needs. For example, guided meditations for chronic pain may involve visualizing the pain leaving the body or focusing on relaxation techniques to reduce discomfort. Guided meditations for anxiety may involve visualizing calming images or learning to let go of negative thoughts.

In conclusion, guided meditation is a type of meditation that involves a trained professional or an audio recording guiding an individual through the process of meditation. While there are similarities between guided meditation and other forms of meditation, such as focused attention and visualization, the main difference is that guided meditation involves specific guidance and instruction. Guided meditation can be used for a variety of purposes, and it can be a helpful tool for training the brain to achieve a state of relaxation and focus.

The Differences Between Hypnosis and Meditation

While both hypnosis and meditation can involve an altered state of mind, the major difference is the goal / outcome and method.


The outcome of hypnosis is typically targeted towards specific behaviors, emotions or memories, while the goal of meditation is to achieve a state of mental calm and focus. Different types of meditation exist, each with their own specific goals and methods. For example, mindfulness meditation aims to cultivate awareness of the present moment and develop a non-judgmental attitude towards thoughts and emotions. In contrast, transcendental meditation aims to achieve a state of transcendence, where the meditator can experience a sense of oneness with the universe. While both types of meditation aim to achieve a state of mental calm, the techniques used and the ultimate goals can differ significantly. Additionally, guided meditation involves a teacher or instructor who provides guidance throughout the meditation practice, while other types of meditation are done independently. Ultimately, the goal of meditation is to cultivate a state of mental calm and clarity that can improve overall wellbeing and lead to greater insight and understanding of oneself and the world around us.


Besides self hypnosis, Hypnosis is best to involve an experienced Hypnotherapist guiding the person into a state of altered consciousness, to achieve desired goals, while meditation is typically performed by the person themselves, without the need for external guidance.

Conclusion: Try Hypnosis if Meditation Doesn't Work

Have Difficulty in Meditation? Try Hypnosis Instead! 

People who have difficulty with traditional meditation practices may find that hypnosis is a more accessible and effective way to achieve a relaxed state of mind and experience the benefits of meditation. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Guided relaxation: Hypnosis often involves a guided hypnotic process with REM (Rapid Eye Movement) that is easy for everyone to follow than traditional meditation techniques which the mind can easily go to wonder. 

  2. Targeted suggestions: Hypnosis can be used to target specific issues or behaviors, such as reducing anxiety, improving sleep, or overcoming a fear or phobia. This can be helpful for individuals who struggle with general meditation practices that do not address specific concerns.

  3. Active participation: During Conversational Hypnotherapy, individuals are actively participating in the process, which is more engaging than traditional meditation practices.

  4. Increased suggestibility: Hypnosis can increase a person’s suggestibility, making it easier to receive and process suggestions for positive behavior change or to overcome negative thought patterns.

  5. Professional guidance: Hypnosis is often practiced with the guidance of a trained professional, such as a hypnotherapist, who can provide support and guidance throughout the process.

Overall, hypnosis can be a valuable tool for individuals who have difficulty with traditional meditation practices, and may provide a more accessible and effective way to achieve a relaxed state of mind and experience the benefits of meditation. Want to be a calmer, happier person? Book a FREE Strategy Call with us now to learn more. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Hypnosis should not be used as a substitute for evidence-based medical treatment, such as medication or surgery. It is important to work with a licensed healthcare professional such as our Hypnotherapists to determine if hypnosis is an appropriate therapy for your specific needs.

No, mindfulness and hypnosis are not the same. Mindfulness is a form of meditation and a type of mental training that involves focusing one’s attention on the present moment, without judgment. It is a tool for developing greater awareness, reducing stress, and improving well-being. Hypnosis, on the other hand, involves mindfulness, but more importantly, it involves inducing a trance-like state to access the subconscious mind and make changes to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. While both practices can help reduce stress and improve well-being, they are different in terms of their methods and goals.


Hypnosis is natural and safe, it does not and cannot cause memory loss. In fact, hypnosis can actually enhance memory and recall abilities by increasing focus and concentration. However, it is important to work with a trained and licensed hypnotherapist to ensure a safe and effective hypnosis experience.

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