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Difference Between Meditation and Self Hypnosis
« on: August 05, 2012, 10:08:51 PM »
I am an experienced hypnotist and in place of meditation, I often opt for self hypnosis. The definition of hypnosis that I learned and follow by describes hypnosis as reaching an altered mental state by focusing the mind on a single thing. Is this similar to, the same as or different from meditation?

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Re: Difference Between Meditation and Self Hypnosis
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2012, 12:37:17 AM »
As an experienced hypnotist, you're probably in a better position to tell us the difference between the two. I'd be interested in knowing how you are able to hypnotize yourself. I've read books about people who can do this and I'd love to be one of them.

By definition, hypnosis is "artificially induced trance state resembling sleep, characterized by heightened susceptibility to suggestion," and meditation is defined as, "devout religious contemplation, spiritual introspection, or extended thought; reflection; contemplation."

Dr. Michael Newton, author of "Destiny of Souls" (a FANTASTIC book, by the way) wrote about his recordings of what his clients told him when they were under hypnosis. He does "Past Life Regression Therapy," and his subjects are hypnotized and taken back to childhood; back to being born; back to the "death sequence" (how they most recently died, in the life prior to this one); and after the death sequence, they go back to a previous life. Some people have been recorded speaking a fluent language that they cannot speak and never studied in their current life. It's quite fascinating to say the least.

Said all of that to say, if I could learn self-hypnosis, I would love to know what occurred in one of my past lives.
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Re: Difference Between Meditation and Self Hypnosis
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2012, 07:37:13 PM »
As an experienced hypnotist, you're probably in a better position to tell us the difference between the two. I'd be interested in knowing how you are able to hypnotize yourself. I've read books about people who can do this and I'd love to be one of them.

By definition, hypnosis is "artificially induced trance state resembling sleep, characterized by heightened susceptibility to suggestion," and meditation is defined as, "devout religious contemplation, spiritual introspection, or extended thought; reflection; contemplation."

Dr. Michael Newton, author of "Destiny of Souls" (a FANTASTIC book, by the way) wrote about his recordings of what his clients told him when they were under hypnosis. He does "Past Life Regression Therapy," and his subjects are hypnotized and taken back to childhood; back to being born; back to the "death sequence" (how they most recently died, in the life prior to this one); and after the death sequence, they go back to a previous life. Some people have been recorded speaking a fluent language that they cannot speak and never studied in their current life. It's quite fascinating to say the least.

Said all of that to say, if I could learn self-hypnosis, I would love to know what occurred in one of my past lives.

I understand the differences in purpose for hypnosis and meditation but I am wondering if there is a difference in the mental states or not. I couldn't tell you myself because I don't meditate, I self-hypnotize but if I tried, how would I be able to tell if I'm actually meditating or just hypnotizing myself again? Or is there even a difference between the two?

Hypnosis is fairly simple when you get down to it. You just have to focus on one single thing and think of nothing else. During a regular hypnosis session, the thing you focus on is the speaker's voice. By yourself, you have to find something to focus on in your own head. I usually recite a script of some sort but sometimes I also envision myself walking up a flight of stairs. You actually hypnotize yourself all the time without realizing, when you read a really good book or watch a really good movie or listen to a really good song.

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Re: Difference Between Meditation and Self Hypnosis
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2012, 07:53:13 PM »
This is a very interesting thread. I do meditate, but I haven't tried self hypnosis. I do listen to some of Paul Mckenna's hypnosis CDs so maybe I have hypnotized myself.

Most of the time when I meditate I focus on my breathing to quiet my mind. It only takes a few moments for me to do that. After that I don't really think about anything. Occasionally a random thought will pop into my head, but I don't focus on it. I just notice it and it seems to float away.

Other times, I pray during meditation.  I suppose it can be thought of as self-hypnosis. I have taken meditation classes were I was instructed to stay at an object to focus the mind.

From my personal experience, there does seem to be some similarities in the mental states achieved by both. After meditation I have an overwhelming feeling of calm and peace especially after a great meditation. I could do it for hours. After listened to McKenna's CDs I feel energized.
Both give me a sense of purpose and being grounded.

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Re: Difference Between Meditation and Self Hypnosis
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2012, 08:06:45 PM »
You do make meditation sound a lot like self-hypnosis. Especially when you mentioned that you had to stare at one thing to focus your mind, that's a lot like hypnotism. You also mentioned feeling calm, peaceful and energized. All of those things are characteristic of a long hypnosis session. I read in the news the other day about a hypnotist who hypnotized an entire classroom of students when visiting a university but he screwed up and couldn't wake them up. When they eventually woke on their own, they all felt like a million bucks!

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Re: Difference Between Meditation and Self Hypnosis
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2012, 09:07:16 PM »
I have to agree that some forms of meditation do generate the same mental state as self-hypnosis. I'm have been thinking about it since my last post.

I took some seminars by a Rev who is also a therapist. He is also a NLP specialist who studied under Bandler. I also felt absolutely wonderful after his seminars and the feelings lasted. He walked us through some NLP exercises to remove bad memories, fear and such.

I never made the connection between NLP and meditation under this thread. I'm a whatever works type of person.

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Re: Difference Between Meditation and Self Hypnosis
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2012, 02:51:18 PM »
I would venture to say that one major difference between self-hypnosis and meditation is that the former is usually always based upon a desire for self-improvement, while meditation has less of that but a multitude of other uses.

Hypnosis, as practiced in clinical settings, is all about achieving desired behaviors - smoking cessation, stress release, etc. It isn't normally used as a spiritual practice as much as a psychological technique. Meditation on the other hand can be used for self-improvement also, but usually with less efficiency than hypnosis; it is more about achieving balance mentally and spiritually.

Another difference would of course be induction techniques.

Correct me if I'm wrong, Writer, but that's how I've always seen the difference between the two as a practitioner of both.


 

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