How Evil is Hypnosis?
Sometimes, people will find hypnosis problematic from a religious perspective. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Thus far, I’ve only experienced this from Christians; therefore, this video only addresses Christianity…
Hey there, I’m Joshua Howard from 180theory.com.
Welcome to my video series, “About Hypnosis”. This is video number four: “Is Hypnosis Pure Evil or Just Diluted Evil?”
So, if you’ve seen the first videos in this series, then you know that most people go in and out of trance states throughout the day. And so, that means that if trance is evil, then, people are often evil—especially when they’re at their prime and in flow states and doing their best. Or when they’re daydreaming, spacing out, getting bored, getting drawn into something happening, having an orgasm, getting lost in the beat or the music or a book or a movie they’re watching, feeling really absorbed in something, learning, studying the bible. You know, pretty much everything.
I also have looked in the bible quite extensively because I grew up in a religious family. And I have only really seen these two (I actually mention three, my mistake!) quotes about hypnosis in the bible. Genesis 2:21, in the New International Version (NIV), it says, “So the lord, God, caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. And while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the space with flesh.”
In other words, God hypnotizes Adam and then uses somnambulism for major surgery. I mean, to be honest, it was probably an Esdailian state, but you know, we don’t want to get into semantics about that.
So, hypnosis is good enough for God…
And next is Acts 10:10. “He became hungry and wanted something to eat. And while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.” So, Peter fell into a trance while he was praying and waiting to eat.
So, again, trance is good enough for Peter. He even has a vision because of it! So, hypnosis is probably fine.
Oh, and then one more bible quote on hypnosis, Acts 11:5. “I was in the city of Java praying and in a trance, I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheep being let down from heaven by its four corners and it came down to where I was.”
Again, Peter brags to his friends about his trance vision. Trance is cool and can help people see God.
So, what about hypnosis and religion?
Many hypnotists would point out that hypnosis just is a necessary part of religious experience. I mean, a secular hypnotist would say that feeling the presence of the lord just is a hypnotic experience and not actually something religious.
But of course, spirituality is something that is beyond the point of this video series here. So, what I would like to add is just that hypnosis in the modern form was invented by this guy Johann Gassner who was a priest that used hypnosis for spiritual healings and exorcisms. Thus, we can even put it this way: spiritual healing is hypnosis. Sermons are often hypnosis. Therefore, hypnosis and religion go hand-in-hand.
Likewise, if hypnosis were evil, it’d be a lot more badass. And it would take far less study and practice to be good at it. I can tell you from studying hypnosis for years that it’s mostly just book learning and running over language patterns and doing the same thing over and over and over and over again.
It has very little to do with like Rob Zombie or Marilyn Manson or Cannibal Corpse playing songs. And it definitely doesn’t have anything to do with demons screaming. In fact, if there is any kind of music playing, it’s usually that New Age-y kind of (mimics sound with mouth) kind of stuff. And not anything even kind of remotely evil sounding.
Likewise, if hypnosis were evil, subjects and clients probably wouldn’t feel so completely relaxed and at ease when they were seeing a hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis also probably would not be able to people make major growth in their lives or become better people. And stage show subjects would be there by force.
But hypnosis isn’t evil. So, even though it’s kind of badass in other ways, it’s really not badass in the way where you’d be like, “That’s BADASS!” It’d be like, you know, “it’s badass.” And subjects and clients are usually really relaxed, at peace.
Hypnosis (therapeutically) helps people to make major changes in their lives and become better people. Stage show subjects look like jackasses because they want to. That’s really why they’re able to get the performance that they want to. Or at least the hypnotist is able to get the performance they want to from the subjects because the subjects come there looking to do something crazy.
So, anyway, I hope this answered your question, “Is hypnosis evil?” The answer of course is no.
But if you found this interesting and would like to experience more about hypnosis, then, I recommend you checkout my website 180theory.com.
I look forward to seeing you on the next video.