Theology and Hypnosis

Hypnosis has been affiliated with the occult as a form of mind control and black magic.  It has also been chastised by religious organizations stating that it is against God.  I have researched what the Bible says about hypnosis and it is not mentioned.  What is mentioned is anyone who practices divination, tells fortunes, interprets omens, a sorcerer, a charmer, a medium, a necromancer, or one who inquires of the dead (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).  Hypnosis is none of these things. However, a lot has to do with the hypnotherapist and the intent it is being used for—good or evil.  In my case, I use hypnosis for good and help a lot of people.  I believe that God has given me a gift.

The Roman Catholic Church banned hypnotism until the mid-20th century.  In 1965 Pope Pius XII approved hypnosis as a treatment by health care professionals with the following guidelines:

  1. Hypnotism is a serious matter and not something to dabble in.
  2. Precautions dictated by both science and morality must be followed.
  3. Under the aspect of anesthesia, it is governed by the same principles as other forms of anesthesia.

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