Is hypnosis an evil plaything of the devil?
First, hypnosis is evil, then people are evil most of their days. Check out my other posts about what is hypnosis to see more… (“What is Hypnosis?” and “What is a Trance State?“) However, in short, daydreams, spacing out, getting bored, getting drawn into something, flow modes, orgasms, highway hypnosis, “getting lost in the music”, etc. are all trance states.
Second, some people think the bible forbids hypnosis, however, there are some bible quotes that actually supports hypnosis!
- “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 then closed up the place with flesh.” (Genesis 2:21, NIV) God puts Adam into a trance and takes one of his ribs.
- “On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; and he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground” (Acts 10:9-11, NASB).
In fact, many people in the hypnosis community would point out to you that religion itself is a hypnotic experience: ever “felt the presence of the lord?” And hypnosis was invented (at least in its current, Western indoctrination) by Johann Gassner who used it to do exorcisms and spiritual healing as part of his work as a priest.
Likewise, spiritual healing is hypnosis. And so is good evangelism. (One day, maybe I’ll critique some Billy Graham as he is a MASTER of conversational hypnosis–and someone I’ve learned a lot from watching)
Finally, if hypnosis were evil, it would be a lot more badass in the doing of it and it wouldn’t take so much study to be a master of it. I never hear Marilyn Manson, Cannibal Corpse, or even demons screaming when doing hypnosis–if music plays, it’s airy-fairy new age stuff. The subjects/clients feel completely relaxed and at peace. In therapeutic settings, hypnosis allows people to make major steps in their lives and to grow as people, effectively becoming a better version of themselves. In stage settings, hypnosis allows people to let go and enjoy a moment… while it looks like people are making an ass out of themselves, they wanted to do it. No one made them.
In short, hypnosis is about as evil and unnatural as breathing. It’s just a deeply misunderstood set of phenomena.