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The Difference Between Hypnosis & Meditation

Hypnosis and meditation

Hypnosis and Meditation are two practices that involve relaxation and focused attention, but they differ in a few key ways.

Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and focused attention that can be induced through various methods, such as guided imagery, suggestion, or concentration.


During Hypnosis, a person's critical thinking and decision-making abilities are temporarily suspended, which allows the Hypnotist to suggest changes in behavior or thought patterns.

Hypnosis is often used for therapeutic purposes, such as helping people overcome negative habits or behaviors, manage stress or anxiety, or improve their overall well-being.



Meditation, on the other hand, is a practice that involves focusing the mind on a specific object, thought, or activity to achieve a state of calm and clarity. Meditation can take many forms, such as mindfulness meditation, where a person focuses on the present moment without judgment, or mantra meditation, where a person repeats a word or phrase to themselves to help calm the mind. Meditation is often used for stress reduction, relaxation, and overall well-being.

One key difference between Hypnosis and Meditation is the goal of the practice. Hypnosis is typically used for therapeutic purposes, such as helping a person overcome a harmful habit or behavior. At the same time, Meditation is a general practice that can be used for various purposes, such as stress reduction and overall well-being.



Another difference is the method of achieving relaxation and focused attention.

Hypnosis involves guidance and suggestions from a Hypnotist, while Meditation is a self-directed practice that a person does on their own.

It's also important to note that Hypnosis is not a form of sleep or unconsciousness, and a person in Hypnosis is aware of their surroundings and can choose to accept or reject the suggestions given to them by the hypnotist.



Meditation, on the other hand, does not involve suggestions or guidance from a third party, and a person in Meditation focuses their attention on a specific object, thought, or activity. While Hypnosis and Meditation both involve relaxation and focused attention, their goals and methods differ.


If you are interested in learning more or speaking with a trained professional to see if this is a good choice, visit Wellness Canada or click the link below to schedule a free consultation.

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Jennifer Wood, Consulting Hypnotist from Wellness Canada

Jennifer Wood
Consulting Hypnotist &
Director of Hypnosis Education 

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