A reader did not agree with my advice ....
I was absolutely appalled to open my
January issue of Thy Kingdom Come to find an article on Hypnosis. I
believe that hypnosis, like going to Mediums, is another conduit for spiritual
Several years ago I went to a Mother's
Day Out program. When I got there, I found the presentation that day was a
hypnotist. I immediately started praying for protection from the spiritual
world. The hypnotist was amazed that he couldn't hypnotize me. I
believe that I was protected by my faith in Jesus. There are many false
prophets out there now, so I would hope that you would be more vigilant in what
you allow to be printed.
And my repsonse ....
As I researched this topic, I found there are Christians such as yourself that
believe hypnotism is part of the occult. But there are also many Christians
who believe that hypnotism is a great healing tool, and many have benefitted
from it. So this letter isn’t about who is right or wrong; just an attempt
on my part to justify my writing on the subject.
I do completely agree with you that there are some things that Christians should
not partake in, such as tarot card readings, Ouija boards, etc.
Deuteronomy 18:10-11 makes this quite clear. Here’s the Ferrar Fenton
version of these 2 verses: “You shall not take with you your son or daughter
to a throwing over a fire, to divinations, and enchantments, or for witchcraft,
or incantations, or enquiry of spirits, or fore-tellers, or questioning of the
dead; - for the Ever-Living loathes all these practices; and to sweep away all
these practices your Ever-Living God has driven them from before you”.
Hypnotists do not cast spells, they don’t take over your mind, and in fact cannot
make you do anything that you don’t want to do. (That is why I would question
the hypnotist that was amazed that he couldn’t hypnotize you.) What
hypnotists do use is the power of suggestion.
Let’s say you are with a small child who is attempting to accomplish something for their first time, perhaps riding a
bike. You offer words of encouragement, “You can do it” over and over again,
and eventually the child believes they can actually do it. While this isn’t
hypnotism, you are reinforcing the child with positive thoughts. If you go
to a hypnotist to quit smoking, you will sit in a chair for 20 to 30 minutes and hear positive
encouragement to help you kick the habit. Very seldom do you fall asleep
when hypnotized. As stated in my article, I have been hypnotized several times to ease the
discomfort in my knees and legs, and I could always recall every word that was spoken to me.
In closing, let me use one more example. When I sit down at the dinner table to
enjoy a nice steak, I expect to find a sharp knife for cutting the steak. I wouldn’t
be able to cut the meat without it. However, put this same knife in the hands of
the wrong person, and it becomes a weapon. I believe hypnotism can be used for
both good and bad purposes. What I wrote about was the many good benefits of
the power of suggestion. Never underestimate the power of the mind.