Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Hypnosis has been around as long as people have roamed the Earth. However, the idea of hypnotism wasn’t proposed until far more recently.
While they may appear similar, self-hypnosis and meditation differ in several important ways. One isn’t a good substitute for the other, but both can be powerful tools.
The difference between self-hypnosis and meditation:
Self-hypnosis tends to have an end-goal in mind such as to make you more confident and self-assured, overcome fear or anxiety and stresses, etc. However you frame this activity, you enter self-hypnosis with a specific goal, want, or need in mind to eliminate or enhance a personal desire.
Meditation in its purest form doesn’t always have a specific goal to accomplish. The exception would be a guided meditation or visualization session. The real desire of true meditation is to be able to free the mind of all thoughts, also to calm the nervous system for healing of mind, body, and soul.
1. You’re hypnotized several times each day. Each time you’re more involved with your thoughts than you are with the outside world, you’re hypnotized. You’ve experienced this while watching a movie or reading a book. Have you ever driven in the car, only to wonder where the time went after arriving at your destination? You were hypnotized.
* It has been suggested that people are technically hypnotized after watching only 7 seconds of television!
2. Meditation attempts to be devoid of thought. In most types of meditation, the objective is to concentrate on an object, such as the breath, and create a mental state with minimal thought activity.
3. Hypnosis is dissociative. In a highly hypnotized state, the subject is unaware of his immediate surroundings. It’s akin to being in a dream that’s directed by himself or another person.
* Meditation is the opposite. The goal of meditation is complete presence.
4. Both techniques can be useful tools for managing stress or anxiety. Both can be equally effective for dealing with mental distress:
* Meditation can help by revealing the reality that stress and anxiety are self-induced.
* Hypnosis often uses visualization techniques to experience new ways of reacting to the same stimuli in the future.
5. Hypnosis could be viewed as experiencing something with your senses that’s not really there. When you close your eyes and imagine something, you’re hypnotized. When you relive a conversation in your head, you’re hypnotized. How much time do you think you spend hypnotized each day?
6. Hypnosis is more outcome-oriented. Hypnosis is often undertaken to solve a challenge or to enhance performance. Hypnosis is used to get over a trauma, increase self-esteem, lose weight, or quit smoking. It’s directed at a specific outcome. Meditation isn’t normally applied in this way.
7. Hypnosis is aimed at the subconscious. It’s believed that hypnosis works around the conscious mind and influences the subconscious. It’s easier to address the subconscious while the conscious mind is otherwise occupied.
8. Hypnosis is considered an altered state. Your perception of reality is flawed because your mind is in another place.
* On the other hand, meditation seeks to eliminate everything except the truth. All opinions, beliefs, and preconceptions are dropped. Nothing remains but mental stillness.
In spite of these basic differences, there are actually many kinds of meditation, some of which could be considered similar to hypnosis.
If you’re interested in learning more about either, both techniques can be learned on your own. There are many books, audio programs and video programs available. As with anything else, a great teacher can be helpful.
You already spend a portion of your day in a hypnotic state. Put it to work! Take control of the trances you enter each day.
Hypnosis-The Relationship between Yoga, Meditation, and Self-Hypnosis
Though no one knows the exact origin of yoga, meditation, and self-hypnosis, one thing is certain, that they are more than thousands of years old.
Eminent scholars are of the opinion that the origins and practice of yoga and meditation can be traced to the Indus Valley civilization. In spite of the fact that these practices give the practitioner a sense of well being and peace, it was not in vogue until recently.
Even though yoga and meditation are often linked together they are also different. Meditation is thought to have been practiced all over the world for a very long time. Self-hypnosis is also thought to have existed in the world for a long time.
These alternate methods of healing and self-healing have existed for hundreds of years in spite of efforts to discourage them by various vested interests, for example, fundamentalists and dogmatists. Doesn’t it make you wonder why some people would want to discourage something as wonderful as self-hypnosis, meditation, and yoga?
Well, the answer is simple. Most people against these methods were people in control – control of other people. And they were under no circumstances willing to relinquish the control they had over the masses because these methodologies thought one how to have control over one’s well being( physical, mental & spiritual).
In many societies of the world, these practices were forbidden. People in countries under dictatorship, communism were forbidden to practice yoga meditation and self-hypnosis. Why? Because communism didn’t allow people to question and receive answers about anything other than what they wanted the people to know. They wanted people who were not in touch with their spirituality, whose consciousness was not awakened.
They wanted their masses to be like robots and just obey commands. And we all know that yoga takes us to a higher plane and a higher level of consciousness. So people who practice yoga cannot be manipulated according to the whims and fancies of certain people. Because of this kind of oppression many people in the former Soviet union practiced Yoga in secret.
As a person who has lived in a free country all his life, I find this difficult to comprehend, as will all of you who live in a free society. All we can conclude is that if people were willing to risk their lives for the well being offered by yoga there must be something to it. Think of all the sages who realized them selfs and more through yoga.
In the present day of gadgets, where we have some gadgets or other to do almost anything we want, we still have no time for ourselves-no time to take real good care of our well being, our spirituality, of self-awakening. Who is holding you back from yoga? No-one but you yourself.
Take a few moments to yourself, put your feet up and relax. Think of all the benefits that you will gain by practicing yoga or meditation or self-hypnosis. Think of the well being that is the fruits of practicing these self- improvement methods.
Don’t you want to feel good about your self, be relaxed and calm and be able to deal with the vagaries of life confidently and calmly.
Consider adding meditation and self-hypnosis to your self-improvement activities. Meditation and hypnosis are simple but require practice. There’s no better time than the present to get started.