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  • Meditation vs. Self Hypnosis - Are They the Same Thing?

    There is some confusion, even for people who both meditate and use self hypnosis, about whether there is any difference between the two disciplines. They both induce extremely beneficial, deeply relaxing and calming states of mind that can help you get through your day in a positive, calm and stress-free way.

    Meditation vs. Self Hypnosis
    by Barrie St John
    General Hypnotherapy Topics

    There is some confusion, even for people who both meditate and use self hypnosis, about whether there is any difference between the two disciplines. They both induce extremely beneficial, deeply relaxing and calming states of mind that can help you get through your day in a positive, calm and stress-free way. But, are they really just one and the same thing?
    The answer to this depends on your definition of meditation, and that could be argued over long and hard! Therefore, for the purpose of this article we are going to take the most generally accepted definitions of both meditation and self hypnosis, and look at how they are similar and how they can differ.
    Meditation is just another means of entering the hypnotic state
    Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that we all experience on a daily basis. An appropriate definition of the hypnotic state is: “total concentration on a single train of thought.” We could say the exact same thing about meditation, could we not? So looking at them in their purest form, they are essentially two different belief systems wrapped around the same state of mind.

    The main difference between the two, in my opinion, is that self hypnosis tends to have an end-point in mind – whether it is to make you more confident, help you to overcome fear or anxiety, to cope with everyday stresses, rediscover your inner wisdom, develop better eating patterns, sleep better, stop smoking, etc.; whatever it is… you enter self hypnosis with a goal in mind. Meditation, on the other hand, has no particular goal to aim at, other than, in its purest form, it is the complete emptying of the mind. The end game for true meditation (unlike the guided form I have already mentioned) is to be able to free the mind completely of all thoughts. I will talk more about in my next post....RT