Is Practicing Hypnosis, Self-Hypnosis or Hypnotism a sin?
What is a sin?
Most religions describe a sin as a broken relationship between God and us as human beings.
What is hypnosis?
A natural state, very similar to daydreaming, where we can access our subconscious to create positive changes. Notice that we access the subconscious many times during day. When we do it using Hypnosis or Self-Hypnosis we do it with a very specific goal in mind, like stop smoking for example.
As you can see there is no relationship at all in what a sin is and what hypnosis is. Saying hypnosis is a sin is like saying brain surgery is a sin. Both, hypnosis and surgery, are just techniques to help us. Hypnosis can help us to create powerful positive changes in our life.
Some people are afraid that when in hypnosis, we are accessing the subconscious and open to suggestions. As I mentioned before … we access the subconscious many times during the day. The subconscious is the part of the mind that basically influences about 90% of what we do. It is where our habits and beliefs are saved.
Is being open to suggestions bad? Well that’s another thing we do many times during the day … every time you talk to anyone, every time you watch TV, every time you see a comercial in Facebook, you are open to suggestions.
The power of hypnosis is that you “talk” directly to your subconscious, so changes can be done more easily. Notice that hypnosis is not a cure-all pill. Sometimes it does not work. It is not 100% effective.
No, the practice of hypnosis, self-hypnosis and/or hypnotism is not a sin. Most religions now understand better what hypnosis is and allow their followers to use hypnosis to help them. Most Christian religions accept Hypnotherapy, Hypnosis used as therapy, as a good way of help to improve health.
The few ones that do not accept and see Hypnosis as something diabolic, is because they are still based in misconceptions about what hypnosis really is.
As Reverend James Wilson said …
“Many branches of christianity are enlightened about hypnosis. As an evangelical christian, I’m dismayed that “leaders” among the evangelicals are not as enlightened as leaders in other branches. Pope Pius XII gave his stamp of approval to hypnosis in 1956, and The Holy Office in 1847 did not find hypnosis (“animal magnetism”) as morally forbidden.” The Catholic Church has guidelines for the practice of hypnosis. Since Christians are going to seek it out anyway, why not have professional guidelines to follow instead of just rejecting hypnosis because some self-appointed Christian “gurus” disapprove of it. ”