Meditation vs Hypnosis

by Scott Morrice on 02/28/2012

Sometimes when I speak to others about this journey that I’m on, and of how self-hypnosis has become such an important tool for me, I’m asked about  meditation vs hypnosis.

My first response is that I don’t practice any form of meditation, and so I really don’t have any first hand knowledge of the differences, if any.

Having said that, it is my understanding that in both cases the participant is guided into a very relaxed state where their brain waves are characterized by the slower theta/alpha states, and they experience a natural, but altered, state of consciousness.

So, to that extent, they are very similar.

I think, and this is speaking very simplistically, that the real answer to the meditation vs hypnosis conundrum lies in the purposes for which they are used.

As I understand it, hypnosis is basically meditation with a therapeutic outcome as its goal. And to this end hypnosis focuses on willfully reprogramming the subconscious.

At the other end of the continuum (and I think that a continuum is what we are really dealing with here) meditation is commonly described as the absence of all thought. The aim is to achieve a still mind, allowing the participant to connect to their core consciousness or soul.

Now as I mentioned, I haven’t yet practiced any form of meditation. And that is not because I am avoiding it for any particular reason. It is just that I haven’t bumped up against it yet in my journey. Which, when I think about it now, is actually surprising.

But that is about to change.

One of the Blogs that I follow (and urge others to do as well) is written by Deepak Chopra. In a recent post, using a very short video presentation, he provides some basic information about what meditation is and how it works, and then guides listeners through two different, and very simple, meditation techniques.

I enjoyed this video post because firstly, it was short, and to the point, and secondly, it provided me with two meditation techniques that I could use without having to invest a lot of time in going through yet another learning curve.

You can find this video here.

I have now tried both techniques, and felt good about both of them. At the very least they were both very relaxing–which is a good thing–so I really don’t have a lot at risk here! And based on these first encouraging steps, I intend to commit more of my time and energy on learning and experiencing more about meditation.

I’ll keep you posted.

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