Meditation used to be considered a ‘spiritual’ practice. But these days, it’s completely mainstream, with Mindfulness leading the way. It’s recognised for what it is – a tool for a better life.

It can improve pretty much everything – your health, relationships, your learning, and how awesome you are in your work or business.

Hypnosis, on the other hand, is still considered by many to be either some kind of myth, a form of entertainment or some sinister tool for controlling minds (thanks, TV).


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But the hypnotic trance and the meditative state are actually very similar.

Hypnosis is about empowering you – to become more, not less, familiar with and in charge of your own mind. It can expand your perception, upgrade your thinking, advance your learning, break through blocks and completely change your habitual ways of experience.

It helps to provide you with more choice and freedom, while giving you more peace & clarity of mind.


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How is hypnosis similar to meditation?


1. You start out with some kind of focus




Focus on the breath (Mindfulness), a part of the body, a feeling or sensation, a sound (a mantra or repetitive sound or beat), a symbolic image or some kind of universal idea.




Either visual focus (like a spot on the wall), a sound (therapist’s voice, particular music or even noise – roadworks happening just outside the window – true story!) or body sensation or movement.

The point is that the mind needs a very narrow point of concentration.

This is to gently and gradually move from the conscious mind being being in charge to the subconscious mind taking over.


2. It’s super relaxing


Attention is gradually withdrawn from anything external.

This is profoundly relaxing. By ‘relaxation’ I’m not talking about chillin’ on the beach or having a Sunday lie-in. It’s on a much deeper level.

This is ‘cuz the conscious mind and its chatter go for a rest.


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3. It changes your perception of the physical world


You might experience time differently. You might not feel limited by external reality.

Physically, you might really heavy – in a good way. You’re sooo relaxed you’re almost unable to move.

Alternatively, you might feel lighter or even weightless. Some stop feeling sensations altogether (this is why hypnosis can be used for pain relief or as an anaesthetic).

You might feel like you’re floating, or that your mind is expanding beyond the boundaries of your body.


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4. It’s super good for change


Once the conscious mind is out of the way, the subconscious comes up to the surface. It’s accessible and open to communication.

This state is ideal for learning and ‘re-programming’ your mind.

You’re highly receptive to creativity, you have access to more powerful imagination, to useful information, insight, resources & getting answers to your questions.


So how are they different?


1. Hypnotic trance is far quicker to get into


You can also typically go into it more easily and deeply.

Getting really good at meditation can take years of practice. Many people I’ve worked with who do meditation have been surprised by how much deeper, faster and more effortless their experience is with hypnosis.

This is because of the following difference…


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2. Hypnosis is far more specifically directed


In meditation, you usually have no particular aim other than to observe the mind or train it to stick to your focus of choice.

But with hypnosis, you’re directing the experience in a certain way, using hypnotic suggestions and particular imagery or language.


3. You don’t need to try and ‘quiet’ your mind to achieve your goals


Your subconscious mind is free to flow wherever it wants to go. You don’t even need to bring your mind back to any point of focus you might’ve started with.

Because the trance state is more directed, your subconscious is taking on anything and everything that’s useful to you and to achieving your goals, no matter where you drift off to.


4. You can create much faster change


Simply sitting passively and observing the mind as you might do in meditation is of course helpful in itself for change.

But because in hypnosis you actively use specific tools, suggestions and questioning to direct the experience or access certain resources, you can create even more powerful and faster transformation.


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And you can do this whether you go to hypnotherapy sessions or do self-hypnosis on your own.

What you learn through the hypnotic trance, you can then also integrate into your daily life much more quickly and strongly.


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