As you can see by the smiling face of Sister Marie as I interview her on this religiously controversial topic, it’s honestly not half as bad as most religious people believe it to be!
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***Why Hypnosis Isn’t Evil***
This week I revisited one of my old teachers who happens to be a nun and knows exactly what I do as a professionally touring Hypnotist. She was more than willing to let me conduct an interview with her in order to obtain a Catholic/Christian/Theologian point of view of my career.
It’s A TOOL: To summarize, Sister Marie states Hypnosis is typically viewed as a tool. In and of itself, it is not evil, it is not bad. That said, like other tools at our disposal, it has the ability (strictly depending on the intention of the tool’s user) to inflict just as much good as it has to inflict evil. What that means for anyone who questions my personal performance style (as endorsed by Sister Marie), it is a GOOD tool that I utilize for both comedy (to make people happy and enjoy themselves) as well as therapy (helping people overcome their issues via Hypnotherapy).
ADDITIONAL POINTS OF CONSIDERATION:
Meditation: It’s always impressive the amount of people I meet each year who have at least heard of (if not also tried) meditation. Yet, so few of them understand that Self-Hypnosis is very similar and often used by various types of people to achieve the same thing that those who meditate use meditation for. It’s all a matter of mental/physical (and spiritual if you’re into that) relaxation and concentration. Regardless of whether it’s for basic relaxation or used as a technique to discover something about/improve yourself, the end result is that it is GOOD!
Alcohol: The reason so many adults are more prone to drink alcohol (which, like Hypnosis, can be abused) than willingly get hypnotized – because it’s part of their lifestyle (possibly even their culture). So many people drink, even of younger ages, that there are now countless ADs for alcohol just as there are for the protest against the over-indulgence of alcohol for adults (and underage drinking for kids). Yet, there are those that make Self-Hypnosis part of their daily, weekly or monthly routine to help them relax, boost energy, overcome pain, what have you. I believe the sooner people start replacing the alcohol they think they need for relaxation with tools like Hypnosis, it will become less of a weird/demonically viewed thing and more of an addition to a positive lifestyle!
Predators: Unfortunately, to the demise of me and numerous other professional & caring hypnotists, there are people out there who prey on weak people. One must understand, however, just like how one relationship might go awry because Person A realized Person B was manipulating them for their own gain, Person A eventually finds someone who genuinely cares for their mental/physical/emotional well being. Thus, while some hypnotists may not have the best intentions, it’s unfair to future hypnotists you may encounter to assume they’re the same way. The best way to know if you think you’d be ok with a Hypnotist is to either research them & watch their videos online before meeting them and/or watch how they demonstrate hypnosis on someone else first (many people have me do this before volunteering themselves).
For those inquisitive/skeptical Catholics: Note that The Catechism of the Catholic Church identifies object, intention, and circumstances as “constitutive elements [for] the morality of human act” (No. 1750). When we judge the value of an act we must first consider the act itself, and the reason we perform it. Circumstances are a secondary concer, which “contribute to increasing or diminishing the moral goodness or evil of human acts” (No. 1754).
Additionally, regarding possession via Hypnosis, Theologian Jimmy Akin says in his article “You Are Getting Very Sleepy” (his full article from which I’m quoting that can be freely accessed by *CLICKING HERE*):
“…hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness (“a trance”) in which a person is relaxed, mentally focused on certain things (either the hypnotist’s voice or what the hypnotist tells the patient to focus on), and has a heightened suggestibility (i.e., they’re more willing to follow the hypnotist’s instructions than they would be if not hypnotized).
On it’s face, there’s nothing supernatural about any of this, and that would make me wary of claims that one is opening oneself to the demonic.
I tend to take whether someone is open or closed to the demonic at face value: You’re not inviting demons to influence you unless you’re inviting demons to influence you. Since there is nothing overtly demonic about hypnosis (e.g., each hypnotic session does not begin with a prayer to a demon) there is no overt invitation to demons to influence you through it.”
Don’t take my words/quotes for it, hear it from a Nun yourself in this week’s video interview…
To those that enjoy quoting things, please take careful note of the following passages directly from the Bible in which historic figures literally enter hypnotic trances (even to speak with the Lord himself):
If you ask me, only makes sense the Lord would request followers avoid hypnotic trances if they were truly evil. There you go – I, myself, am not here to possess you into becoming my puppet nor do I care to cause you harm. I do, however, wish to help you experience the most powerful tool on planet earth that’s created literally everything not made by nature (including the device you’re reading this on): Your Mind!
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