What is the difference between hypnosis and meditation?

While both hypnosis and meditation involve inducing a state of altered consciousness, the focus and goals of each technique are different. Meditation is a practice that involves focusing the mind on a specific object or thought, while observing and accepting whatever arises without judgment. The goal of meditation is to achieve a state of mindfulness, where one is fully present in the moment and free from distracting thoughts and emotions.

In contrast, hypnosis is a therapeutic technique that uses guided relaxation and focused attention to access the subconscious mind and create positive changes in behavior and emotions. The hypnotherapist will induce a trance state in the client, allowing them to bypass the critical conscious mind and access the subconscious, where negative patterns and beliefs can be addressed and replaced with positive ones. The goal of hypnosis is to promote healing and positive change, rather than simply achieving a state of mindfulness. While both techniques can be used to promote well-being and reduce stress, hypnosis has a more specific therapeutic goal.