Meditation or hypnosis, which is better?

One day at a Toastmasters meeting, one of the questions for the impromptu speaking exercise was “Would you choose hypnosis or mediation?” The funny thing was that almost everyone chose meditation. Now don’t get me wrong, the meditative state is a fine choice. But depending on what you want to do, you might be better served with hypnosis, or even a combination of the two. Watch the video below to determine which one of these techniques is right for you.

Meditation and hypnosis are identical states

Most people would choose meditation because they’re not afraid of it. People understand that it is a self-directed state. However, what most people don’t realize is that hypnosis is the same state as meditation. Hypnosis is also a self-directed state. No one can hypnotize you. But you can be hypnotized by following a hypnotist’s suggestions in your mind.

What’s the purpose of meditation?

The purpose is to quiet the mind. When you quiet the mind, it takes you back into the present moment. Your stress levels are also lowered. Anxiety also diminishes. When you practice consistently, you naturally become more present in your daily life.

What’s the purpose of hypnosis?

Hypnosis carries with it all the benefits of meditation. However, hypnosis is more focused on programming your mind to get more motivated to achieve your goals. Hypnosis is a tool for uncovering the underlying reasons for difficulty in your life. Once you’ve done the uncovering, ¬†you can then reverse those limiting patterns. Hypnosis is about changing behavior to achieve more success in life. And you can practice self-hypnosis in the same way you would meditate. I talk about self-hypnosis vs. hiring a professional here.

So, choose the tool that fits what you want to accomplish. Ideally, you would learn both. Both states complement each other. Go ahead and watch the video, and let me know which of the techniques you prefer and why.


by Sean Maness, CHP
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