There are plenty in common when it comes to meditation and hypnosis, but the two processes serve different outcomes from a medical point of view. To better understand what each stands for, let us look at the definition and use of each.

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Meditation is done in anticipation of reaching a state of relaxation whereas hypnosis is seen more like a program where the participant seeks to have good habits replaced with bad ones through suggestions. The former is done individually whereas the latter requires at least two participants.

Hypnosis is particularly great when it comes to people that want to quit the addiction, and this is done through the help of therapies and other tools. The initial phase of the process begins with the participant entering a relaxed phase. The session is, more often than not, ends with the person’s subconscious mind being altered.


If spiritual atonement is a goal, meditation is done instead as this helps the person work on reducing their stress levels and also unravel everything cluttered and messy in their head. It also works towards energizing the person as a whole and in turn, bring peace and tranquillity to an otherwise crowded mind.

Let us look at a few more differences

  • Although self-hypnosis is an exception, hypnosis is induced onto someone by a practitioner while meditation involves a person staying as quiet as they can in order to reach a state where their mind is calm.
  • The starting point in each process is different as well. In meditation, the individual starts from a cluttered and messy mind and strives to reach a more relaxed state of mind whereas in hypnosis, the brain is first put in a state of relaxation and from there, the subconscious mind is reprogrammed according to the person’s needs.
  • While hypnosis aims to alter the mind and its habits, meditation seeks to better both the physical as well as mental wellbeing. But Theravada meditation, a conservative Buddhist tradition, aims at achieving almost the same goals as that of hypnosis.
  • Meditation has religious tie-ins and is practiced in religions such as Hinduism, Islam, and even Christianity. Although they aren’t explicitly named meditation, all religions practice some form or a form close to meditation. This isn’t the case when it comes to hypnosis because it was discovered through medicine and therapy.
  • Meditation takes months to master whereas hypnosis can be learned by mastering its various techniques. All one needs is a few weeks to hone their skill when it comes to hypnosis.