What’s the Difference Between Meditation and Hypnotherapy?

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They both create altered states of consciousness and focused attention, induce relaxation and give heightened awareness. Both hypnosis and meditation practice do have similarities, however they are two different practices that are distinct in their purposes, techniques, and effects. 

Hypnosis: A Journey into the unconscious Mind

Hypnosis, is a practice that involves inducing a trance-like, hypnotic state of heightened suggestibility and deep relaxation. Contrary to how it’s portrayed in entertainment, hypnosis is a legitimate therapeutic technique that has been used to address a wide range of issues, including anxiety, phobias, pain management, and behavioural changes. I promise I won’t make you cluck like a chicken!

Technique & Hypnotic State

The technique of hypnosis involves a trained practitioner guiding an individual into a state of deep relaxation, also called a trance state. The practitioner then uses suggestions, imagery and scenarios, and with the heightened state of suggestibility allows for a unique interaction with the unconscious mind.

Suggestibility & Self Hypnosis

During hypnotherapy, individuals enter a hypnotic trance-like state, where suggestibility is heightened, making them more receptive to the suggestions provided by the practitioner. These suggestions can influence thought patterns, behaviours, and perceptions. However, it is important to note that even under hypnosis, individuals retain a certain level of consciousness and awareness. They possess the ability to accept or reject suggestions based on their own values and beliefs, meaning the individual is still in control.


One of the key aspects of hypnosis is its outcome-oriented nature. Hypnotherapy focuses on changes in behaviour, emotions, or perceptions. It harnesses the power of suggestion to help individuals overcome challenges or enhance desired aspects of their lives. By tapping into the unconscious mind’s receptivity, hypnotherapy aims to facilitate lasting change.

Meditation: The Path of Mindfulness Meditation & Awareness

Meditation, in contrast to hypnosis, is a mindfulness and spiritual practice that seeks to cultivate awareness, presence, and inner peace. Meditation stems from ancient traditions, and has gained widespread recognition for its many benefits, including stress reduction, improved focus and emotional well-being.


The techniques of meditation vary, ranging from focused attention on the breath, repetitive mantra, body scan, to open awareness. Regardless of the specific approach, the overarching goal is to quiet the mind, detach from thoughts, and attain a deeper state of awareness. Unlike hypnosis, meditation does not involve external guidance or suggestions from a practitioner. Instead, it is a self-directed practice that encourages individuals to observe their thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judgement.

Conscious Control

Meditation places a strong emphasis on conscious control. Practitioners aim to achieve a state of deep relaxation and heightened awareness while retaining control over their thoughts and responses. The practice revolves around those who practice mindfulness, which involves being fully present in the moment and cultivating an observing stance toward one’s inner experiences. This empowers individuals to develop a greater understanding of their thought patterns and emotional reactions.


Unlike the goal-oriented nature of hypnotherapy, meditation is process-oriented. It emphasises the journey itself rather than specific outcomes. Through consistent practice, individuals gradually gain the ability to detach from the constant stream of thoughts and find peace in the present moment. This process often leads to a profound sense of tranquillity and self-awareness.

Hypnotherapy: Merging Hypnosis and Therapeutic Intent

Hypnotherapy integrates the heightened suggestibility of hypnosis with the therapeutic expertise of a practitioner. It can be particularly effective for treating conditions such as anxiety, phobias, changing behaviours like quitting smoking, and weight loss through changing eating habits.

During a hypnotherapy session, a trained therapist guides the individual into a state of hypnosis. The therapist then introduces therapeutic suggestions to bring about positive change or reducing symptoms. The increased suggestibility of the individual increases the likelihood of these suggestions being integrated into the unconscious mind, thereby creating the desired change.

As a hypnotherapist, so many of my clients who are new to this process immediately think of the stage shows where people ‘cluck like chickens’. No, I won’t make you do this, unless you really want to. It does have the ability to be used for entertainment purposes, but its therapeutic effects is where its power lies.

Meditation Practices: At-home Practices or Guided Sessions

This is a practice that one may do daily at home, using meditative music and other techniques to calm the mind as a morning or evening ritual. Or it may be done at meditation centres initially to learn the process with a guided meditation, although there is generally no focus on particular goals, behaviours, beliefs, however it does help with mindfulness, self-awareness, focus and stress. 

It can also be used for stress or anxiety, increasing the focus on the present situation and quieten thoughts of the past, and giving clarity. Overall it can help to improve mental wellbeing.

As one continues the process of meditation, the power of being able to quieten the mind and create more inner calm and focus can very quickly be noticed as very powerful, and self-soothing at the same time. This can create the desire to continue and do it on a regular basis.

In an increasingly fast-paced world, these practices provide avenues for exploring the depths of the mind, fostering resilience, and nurturing inner well-being. Whether one seeks to tap into the power of suggestion for transformative change or embark on a journey of self-discovery through mindful awareness, both hypnosis sessions and meditation offer unique gateways to enriching the human experience. As we continue to unravel the mysteries of consciousness and delve into the complexities of the mind, these practices stand as valuable tools for personal growth and holistic healing.

Conclusive Thoughts About Both Hypnosis And Meditation

The main difference between meditation and hypnotherapy lies in their approach and focus. Meditation, including mindfulness meditation, centres on achieving a focused state of awareness and relaxation, often aiming to improve mental health and overall well-being. It involves practices like guided meditation and deep relaxation, aiming to quiet the mind, gain self-awareness, and alleviate anxiety. Hypnotherapy, which can involve self-hypnosis, centres on inducing a trance-like state to tap into the unconscious mind. This is often guided by a trained practitioner, with a focus on positive suggestions, behavioural changes, and specific outcomes. Both practices share similarities in promoting relaxation, but meditation emphasises mindfulness and broader awareness, while hypnotherapy targets specific issues through the unconscious mind.

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Tanya Leyson

Tanya, a Wellness Ambassador, Health Coach, and Hypnotherapist with 15+ years of experience, holds a nutrition degree and coaching certification. She's served private clients, corporate health programs, and collaborated with food companies. Tanya's mission is to foster vibrant health through nutritional advice, stress management, and weight loss strategies. Her "Let’s Get VibrantlyHealthy eCookbook" offers 80+ clean recipes, while "Thriving: Health is Your Greatest Wealth" shares insights from 13 authors. Tanya also provides powerful hypnotherapy tracks for belief reprogramming. As a holistic wellness expert, Tanya is dedicated to helping individuals achieve healthier, more fulfilling lives, offering a wealth of experience and guidance.

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