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How does Hypnosis differ from Meditation?

Hypnosis and meditation are two of the hottest topics in self-care right now.

Meditation and hypnosis both work on the same principle of a trance-like state of consciousness. Inducing a hypnotic state yourself can be accomplished by self-hypnosis or through working with a professional hypnotist or hypnotherapist, who will use a variety of techniques to induce a state where people are between sleep and consciousness - a state of total subdued awareness.

The practice of meditation is similar to hypnosis, except you don't need a hypnotist; you just need a quiet place and some breathing exercises, and you'll enter a state of heightened self-awareness.

The goal of meditation is to calm one's mind and slow down one's thoughts, whereas hypnosis aims to tap into the subconscious mind, retrieve hidden memories, or unravel unexplained behaviors.

Hypnosis can help you access your subconscious mind and awaken your intuition and creativity. In hypnosis, a deep meditative trance state opens the door between the conscious and subconscious, allowing you to connect to your subconscious mind.

Listed below are some ways in which the two differ:

  • Hypnosis, unless you are trained in self-hypnosis, is guided by a hypnotherapist, whereas meditation is done by oneself. Guided meditations are also available, but they still rely on you getting into that state by yourself.

  • Spiritual Hypnosis involves tapping into memories from your past that are buried within your subconscious mind, whereas meditation is about self-awareness, mindfulness, and living in the present moment.

  • In order to achieve either hypnosis or meditation correctly, one must focus their concentration on something specific like words from your hypnotherapist or a certain sound, or even breathwork techniques.

  • Both meditation and hypnosis or hypnotherapy have similar qualities in the state of consciousness they bring forth.

  • Both hypnotherapy and meditation are brilliant tools for relieving stress on the mind and body.

Hypnosis is more of a “natural” state than people imagine. You experience it several times throughout your day. If you’ve ever zoned out while watching a movie or daydreaming, you’ve been in a similar trance-like state.

The purpose of meditation is to help you become aware of yourself, be mindful, and live in the present moment, whereas hypnosis works by tapping into memories from your past that are trapped within your subconscious mind. It doesn't matter whether you want to quit smoking, rid yourself of self-sabotaging thoughts, inspire your spiritual journey, or find the roots of your unexplained behaviors, there is some form of meditation, or hypnosis work, that will benefit your physical, spiritual, and mental health. Make an appointment today for your own private session!

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