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[For the states induced by hypnotic drugs, see Sleep and
"Hypnotized" redirects here. For other uses, see Hypnotized (disabiguation!.]
A""1&0+,&$#%; "ynotheray, Stage hynosis, Self)hynosis
O/&9&#%; 4nimal magnetism, Fran5 Mesmer, "istory of hynosis, 6ames 7raid
K)! @97/)%; Mar8ues of %uys9gur, 6ames ,sdaile, 6ohn ,lliotson, 6ean)Martin 2harcot, 4m!roise)4uguste
$i9!eault, "iolyte 7ernheim, %ierre 6anet, Sigmund Freud, :mile 2ou9, Morton %rince, 2lark $. "ull, 4ndrew
Salter, 1heodore .. Sar!in, Milton ". ,rickson, ,rnest "ilgard, Martin 1heodore /rne, 4ndr9 Muller
;eit5enhofer, #icholas Sanos
R)1+,)* ,$"&0%; "ynotic susceti!ility, Suggestion, %ost)hynotic suggestion, 4ge regression in theray,
#euro)linguistic rogramming
H!"#$%&% is a mental state <state theory= or set of attitudes and !eliefs <non)state theory= usually induced !y
a rocedure known as a hynotic induction, which is commonly comosed of a series of reliminary
instructions and suggestions.
"ynotic suggestions may !e delivered !y a hynotist in the resence of the
su!>ect, or may !e self)administered <?self)suggestion? or ?autosuggestion?=.
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1he words @hynosis@ and @hynotism@ !oth derive from the term ?neuro)hynotism? <nervous slee= coined !y
the Scottish surgeon E+6)% B/+&* 6ames 7raid around +AB+. 7raid !ased his ractice on that develoed !y
F/+#F M)%6)/G Fran5 Mesmer and his followers <?Mesmerism? or ?animal magnetism?=, !ut difered in his
theory as to how the rocedure worked.
2ontrary to a oular misconcetion ) that hynosis is a form of unconsciousness resem!ling slee )
contemorary research suggests that it is actually a wakeful state of focused attention
and heightened
with diminished eriheral awareness.
In the &rst !ook on the su!>ect, "eurypnology
<+ABD=, 7raid descri!ed ?hynotism? as a state of hysical relaEation accomanied and induced !y mental
concentration <?a!straction?=.
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Sketics oint out the diFculty distinguishing !etween hynosis and the lace!o efect, roosing that
hynosis is so heavily reliant uon the efects of suggestion and !elief that it would !e hard to imagine how a
credi!le lace!o control could ever !e devised for a hynotism study.
It could !e said that hynotic suggestion is eElicitly intended to make use of the lace!o efect. For
eEamle, Irving Hirsch has roosed a de&nition of hynosis as a ?non)decetive mega)lace!o,? i. e., a
method which oenly makes use of suggestion and emloys methods to amlify its efects.
[citation needed]
1he earliest de&nition of hynosis was given !y 7raid, who coined the term ?hynotism? as an a!!reviation
for ?neuro)hynotism?, or nervous slee, which he oosed to noral slee, and de&ned as'
a peculiar condition o# the ner$ous syste, induced by a %&ed and abstracted attention o# the ental and
$isual eye, on one ob'ect, not o# an e&citing nature.
7raid ela!orated uon this !rief de&nition in a later work'
[...] the real origin and essence of the hynotic condition, is the induction of a ha!it of a!straction or mental
concentration, in which, as in reverie or sontaneous a!straction, the owers of the mind are so much
engrossed with a single idea or train of thought, as, for the nonce, to render the individual unconscious of, or
indiferently conscious to, all other ideas, imressions, or trains of thought. 1he hypnotic slee, therefore, is
the very antithesis or oosite mental and hysical condition to that which recedes and accomanies
coon slee [...]
7raid therefore de&ned hynotism as a state of mental concentration which often led to a form of rogressive
relaEation termed ?nervous slee?. $ater, in his (he )hysiology o# Fascination <+A**=, 7raid conceded that his
original terminology was misleading, and argued that the term ?hynotism? or ?nervous slee? should !e
reserved for the minority <+JK= of su!>ects who eEhi!ited amnesia, su!stituting the term ?onoideis?,
meaning concentration uon a single idea, as a descrition for the more alert state eEerienced !y the
4 new de&nition of hynosis, derived from academic sychology, was rovided in CJJ*, when the Society for
%sychological "ynosis, Division DJ of the 4merican %sychological 4ssociation <4%4=, u!lished the following
formal de&nition'
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"ynosis tyically involves an introduction to the rocedure during which the su!>ect is told that suggestions
for imaginative eEeriences will !e resented. 1he hynotic induction is an eEtended initial suggestion for
using one@s imagination, and may contain further ela!orations of the introduction. 4 hynotic rocedure is
used to encourage and evaluate resonses to suggestions. ;hen using hynosis, one erson <the su!>ect= is
guided !y another <the hynotist= to resond to suggestions for changes in su!>ective eEerience, alterations
in ercetion, sensation, emotion, thought or !ehavior. %ersons can also learn self)hynosis, which is the act
of administering hynotic rocedures on one@s own. If the su!>ect resonds to hynotic suggestions, it is
generally inferred that hynosis has !een induced. Many !elieve that hynotic resonses and eEeriences
are characteristic of a hynotic state. ;hile some think that it is not necessary to use the word ?hynosis? as
art of the hynotic induction, others view it as essential.
Details of hynotic rocedures and suggestions will difer deending on the goals of the ractitioner and the
uroses of the clinical or research endeavor. %rocedures traditionally involve suggestions to relaE, though
relaEation is not necessary for hynosis and a wide variety of suggestions can !e used including those to
!ecome more alert. Suggestions that ermit the eEtent of hynosis to !e assessed !y comaring resonses
to standardi5ed scales can !e used in !oth clinical and research settings. ;hile the ma>ority of individuals are
resonsive to at least some suggestions, scores on standardi5ed scales range from high to negligi!le.
1raditionally, scores are groued into low, medium, and high categories. 4s is the case with other ositively)
scaled measures of sychological constructs such as attention and awareness, the salience of evidence for
having achieved hynosis increases with the individual@s score.
"ynosis is normally receded !y a ?hynotic induction? techni8ue. 1raditionally this was interreted as a
method of utting the su!>ect into a ?hynotic trance?M however su!se8uent ?nonstate? theorists have
viewed it diferently, as a means of heightening client eEectation, de&ning their role, focusing attention, etc.
1here is an enormous variety of diferent induction techni8ues used in hynotism. "owever, !y far the most
inNuential method was the original ?eye)&Eation? techni8ue of 7raid, also known as ?7raidism?. Many
variations of the eye)&Eation aroach eEist, including the induction used in the Stanford "ynotic
Susceti!ility Scale <S"SS=, the most widely)used research tool in the &eld of hynotism.
7raid@s original descrition of his induction is as follows'
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1ake any !right o!>ect <I generally use my lancet case= !etween the thum! and fore and middle &ngers of the
left handM hold it from a!out eight to &fteen inches from the eyes, at such osition a!ove the forehead as may
!e necessary to roduce the greatest ossi!le strain uon the eyes and eyelids, and ena!le the atient to
maintain a steady &Eed stare at the o!>ect.
1he atient must !e made to understand that he is to kee the eyes steadily &Eed on the o!>ect, and the
mind riveted on the idea of that one o!>ect. It will !e o!served, that owing to the consensual ad>ustment of
the eyes, the uils will !e at &rst contracted' they will shortly !egin to dilate, and after they have done so to
a considera!le eEtent, and have assumed a wavy motion, if the fore and middle &ngers of the right hand,
eEtended and a little searated, are carried from the o!>ect towards the eyes, most ro!a!ly the eyelids will
close involuntarily, with a vi!ratory motion. If this is not the case, or the atient allows the eye!alls to move,
desire him to !egin anew, giving him to understand that he is to allow the eyelids to close when the &ngers
are again carried towards the eyes, !ut that the eye!alls must !e ket &Eed, in the same osition, and the
mind riveted to the one idea of the o!>ect held a!ove the eyes. It will generally !e found, that the eyelids
close with a vi!ratory motion, or !ecome sasmodically closed.
7raid himself later acknowledged that the hynotic induction techni8ue was not necessary in every case and
su!se8uent researchers have generally found that on average it contri!utes less than reviously eEected to
the efect of hynotic suggestions <8.v., 7ar!er, Sanos O 2haves, +LIB=. Many variations and alternatives to
the original hynotic induction techni8ues were su!se8uently develoed. "owever, eEactly +JJ years after
7raid introduced the method, another eEert could still state' ?It can !e safely stated that nine out of ten
hynotic techni8ues call for reclining osture, muscular relaEation, and otical &Eation followed !y eye
;hen 6ames 7raid &rst descri!ed hynotism, he did not use the term ?suggestion? !ut referred instead to the
act of focusing the conscious mind of the su!>ect uon a single dominant idea.
7raid@s main theraeutic strategy involved stimulating or reducing hysiological functioning in diferent
regions of the !ody. In his later works, however, 7raid laced increasing emhasis uon the use of a variety
of diferent ver!al and non)ver!al forms of suggestion, including the use of ?waking suggestion? and self)
hynosis. Su!se8uently, "iolyte 7ernheim shifted the emhasis from the hysical state of hynosis on to
the sychological rocess of ver!al suggestion.
I de&ne hynotism as the induction of a eculiar sychical [i.e., mental] condition which increases the
susceti!ility to suggestion. /ften, it is true, the [hynotic] slee that may !e induced facilitates suggestion,
!ut it is not the necessary reliminary. It is suggestion that rules hynotism. <Hypnosis * Suggestion, +AAB'
7ernheim@s concetion of the rimacy of ver!al suggestion in hynotism dominated the su!>ect throughout
the twentieth century, leading some authorities to declare him the father of modern hynotism
<;eit5enhofer, CJJJ=. 2ontemorary hynotism makes use of a wide variety of diferent forms of suggestion
including' direct ver!al suggestions, ?indirect? ver!al suggestions such as re8uests or insinuations,
metahors and other rhetorical &gures of seech, and non)ver!al suggestion in the form of mental imagery,
voice tonality, and hysical maniulation. 4 distinction is commonly made !etween suggestions delivered
?ermissively? or in a more ?authoritarian? manner. Some hynotic suggestions are intended to !ring a!out
immediate resonses, whereas others <ost)hynotic suggestions= are intended to trigger resonses after a
delay ranging from a few minutes to many years in some reorted cases.
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Some hynotists conceive of suggestions as !eing a form of communication directed rimarily to the
su!>ect@s conscious mind, whereas others view suggestion as a means of communicating with the
?unconscious? or ?su!conscious? mind. 1hese concets were introduced into hynotism at the end of +Lth
century !y S&967#* F/)7* Sigmund Freud and P&)//) E+#), %ierre 6anet. 1he original Pictorian ioneers of
hynotism, including 7raid and 7ernheim, did not emloy these concets !ut considered hynotic
suggestions to !e addressed to the su!>ect@s conscious mind. Indeed, 7raid actually de&nes hynotism as
focused <conscious= attention uon a dominant idea <or suggestion=. Diferent views regarding the nature of
the mind have led to diferent concetions of suggestion. "ynotists who !elieved that resonses are
mediated rimarily !y an ?unconscious mind?, like Milton ,rickson, made more use of indirect suggestions,
such as metahors or stories, whose intended meaning may !e concealed from the su!>ect@s conscious mind.
1he concet of su!liminal suggestion also deends uon this view of the mind. 7y contrast, hynotists who
!elieved that resonses to suggestion are rimarily mediated !y the conscious mind, such as 1heodore
7ar!er and #icholas Sanos tended to make more use of direct ver!al suggestions and instructions.
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1he &rst neuro)sychological theory of hynotic suggestion was introduced early on !y 6ames 7raid who
adoted his friend and colleague ;illiam 2arenter@s theory of the ideo)motor reNeE resonse to account for
the henomenon of hynotism. 2arenter had o!served from close eEamination of everyday eEerience that
under certain circumstances the mere idea of a muscular movement could !e suFcient to roduce a
reNeEive, or automatic, contraction or movement of the muscles involved, al!eit in a very small degree. 7raid
eEtended 2arenter@s theory to encomass the o!servation that a wide variety of !odily resonses, other
than muscular movement, can !e thus afected, e.g., the idea of sucking a lemon can automatically stimulate
salivation, a secretory resonse. 7raid therefore adoted the term ?ideo)dynamic?, meaning ?!y the ower of
an idea? to eElain a !road range of ?sycho)hysiological? <mind)!ody= henomena. 7raid coined the term
?mono)ideodynamic? to refer to the theory that hynotism oerates !y concentrating attention on a single
idea in order to amlify the ideo)dynamic reNeE resonse. Pariations of the !asic ideo)motor or ideo)dynamic
theory of suggestion have continued to hold considera!le inNuence over su!se8uent theories of hynosis,
including those of 2lark $. "ull, "ans ,ysenck, and ,rnest .ossi. It should !e noted that in Pictorian
sychology, the word ?idea? encomasses any mental reresentation, e.g., including mental imagery, or
memories, etc.
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also a friend' @;hen I touch you on the &nger you will immediately !e hynotised.@ Fourteen years later, at a
dinner arty, he touched him deli!erately on the &nger and his head fell !ack against the chair.?
7raid made a rough distinction !etween diferent stages of hynosis which he termed the &rst and second
conscious stage of hynotismM he later relaced this with a distinction !etween ?su!)hynotic?, ?full
hynotic?, and ?hynotic coma? stages. 6ean)Martin 2harcot made a similar distinction !etween stages
named somnam!ulism, lethargy, and catalesy. "owever, 4m!roise)4uguste $i9!eault and 7ernheim
introduced more comleE hynotic ?deth? scales, !ased on a com!ination of !ehavioural, hysiological and
su!>ective resonses, some of which were due to direct suggestion and some of which were not. In the &rst
few decades of the CJth century, these early clinical ?deth? scales were suerseded !y more sohisticated
?hynotic susceti!ility? scales !ased on eEerimental research. 1he most inNuential were the Davis)"us!and
and Friedlander)Sar!in scales develoed in the +LDJs.
4ndre ;eit5enhofer and ,rnest .. "ilgard develoed the Stanford Scale of "ynotic Susceti!ility in +L*L,
consisting of +C suggestion test items following a standardised hynotic eye)&Eation induction scrit, and this
has !ecome one of the most widely)referenced research tools in the &eld of hynosis. Soon after, in +LGC,
.onald Shor and ,mily 2arota /rne develoed a similar grou scale called the "arvard 0rou Scale of
"ynotic Susceti!ility <"0S"S=.
;hereas the older ?deth scales? tried to infer the level of ?hynotic trance? !ased uon suosed
o!serva!le signs, such as sontaneous amnesia, most su!se8uent scales measure the degree of o!served or
self)evaluated responsi$eness to seci&c suggestion tests, such as direct suggestions of arm rigidity
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0ast +ay 123456, a gentlean residing in 7dinburgh, personally unknown to e, who had long resided in
8ndia, #a$ored e with a letter e&pressing his approbation o# the $iews which 8 had published on the nature
and causes o# hypnotic and eseric phenoena. 8n corroboration o# y $iews, he re#erred to what he had
pre$iously witnessed in oriental regions, and recoended e to look into the 9-abistan,: a book lately
published, #or additional proo# to the sae e;ect. <n uch recoendation 8 iediately sent #or a copy o#
the 9-abistan:, in which 8 #ound any stateents corroborati$e o# the #act, that the eastern saints are all
self-hypnotisers, adopting means essentially the same as those which I had recommended for
similar purposes.
4lthough he re>ected the transcendental(metahysical interretation given to these henomena outright,
7raid acceted that these accounts of /riental ractices suorted his view that the efects of hynotism
could !e roduced in solitude, without the resence of any other erson <as he had already roved to his own
satisfaction with the eEeriments he had conducted in #ovem!er +AB+=M and he saw correlations !etween
many of the ?metahysical? /riental ractices and his own ?rational? neuro)hynotism, and totally re>ected
all of the Nuid theories and magnetic ractices of the mesmerists. 4s he later wrote'
8n as uch as patients can throw thesel$es into the ner$ous sleep, and ani#est all the usual phenoena
o# +eseris, through their own unaided e;orts, as 8 ha$e so repeatedly pro$ed by causing the to
aintain a steady %&ed gaze at any point, concentrating their whole ental energies on the idea o# the
ob'ect looked at= or that the sae ay arise by the patient looking at the point o# his own %nger, or as the
Magi of Persia and Yogi of India have practised for the last 2,400 years, for religious purposes,
throwing thesel$es into their ecstatic trances by each aintaining a steady %&ed gaze at the tip o# his own
nose= it is ob$ious that there is no need #or an e&oteric in>uence to produce the phenoena o# +eseris.
1?6 (he great ob'ect in all these processes is to induce a habit o# abstraction or concentration o# attention, in
which the sub'ect is entirely absorbed with one idea, or train o# ideas, whilst he is unconscious o#, or
indi;erently conscious to, e$ery other ob'ect, purpose, or action.
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Fran5 Mesmer <+IDBQ+A+*= !elieved that there was a magnetic force or ?Nuid? within the universe which
inNuenced the health of the human !ody. "e eEerimented with magnets to inNuence this &eld and so cause
healing. 7y around +IIB he had concluded that the same efects could !e created !y assing the hands, at a
distance, in front of the su!>ect@s !ody, referred to as making ?Mesmeric asses.? 1he word mesmeri5e
originates from the name of Fran5 MesmerM and was intentionally used to searate its users from the various
?Nuid? and ?magnetic? theories em!edded within the la!el ?magnetism?.
In +IAB, at the re8uest of Hing $ouis RPI, a series of French scienti&c committees, one of which included the
4merican am!assador to France, 7en>amin Franklin, scrutini5ed Mesmer@s theories. 1hey also investigated the
ractices of a disafected student of Mesmer, one 2harles d@,slon <+I*JQ+IAG=, and desite the fact that they
acceted that Mesmer@s results were valid, their lace!o)controlled eEeriments following d@,slon@s ractices
convinced them that Mesmerism@s were 6$%, 1&()1! *7) ,$ ')1&). +#* &6+9&#+,&$# /+,-)/ ,-+# ,$ +#!
%$/, $. &#8&%&'1) )#)/9! <?animal magnetism?= transmitted from the !ody of the Mesmerist.
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Following the French committee@s &ndings, in his 7leents o# the )hilosophy o# the Huan +ind <+ACI=,
Dugald Stewart, an inNuential academic hilosoher of the ?Scottish School of 2ommon Sense?, encouraged
hysicians to salvage elements of Mesmerism !y relacing the suernatural theory of ?animal magnetism?
with a new interretation !ased uon ?common sense? laws of hysiology and sychology. 7raid 8uotes the
following assage from Stewart'
8t appears to e, that the general conclusions established by +eser@s practice, with respect to the physical
e;ects o# the principle o# iagination 1...6 are incoparably ore curious than i# he had actually
deonstrated the e&istence o# his boasted science 1o# "anial agnetis"6: nor can 8 see any good reason
why a physician, who adits the eAcacy o# the oral 1i.e., psychological6 agents eployed by +eser,
should, in the e&ercise o# his pro#ession, scruple to copy whate$er processes are necessary #or sub'ecting
the to his coand, any ore than that he should hesitate about eploying a new physical agent, such as
electricity or gal$anis.
In 7raid@s day, the Scottish School of 2ommon Sense rovided the dominant theories of academic sychology
and 7raid refers to other hilosohers within this tradition throughout his writings. 7raid therefore revised the
theory and ractice of Mesmerism and develoed his own method of ?hynotism? as a more rational and
?common sense? alternative'
8t ay here be reBuisite #or e to e&plain, that by the ter Hypnotis, or "er$ous Sleep, which #reBuently
occurs in the #ollowing pages, 8 ean a peculiar condition o# the ner$ous syste, into which it ay be thrown
by arti%cial contri$ance, and which di;ers, in se$eral respects, #ro coon sleep or the waking condition. 8
do not allege that this condition is induced through the transission o# a agnetic or occult in>uence #ro
y body into that o# y patients= nor do 8 pro#ess, by y processes, to produce the higher 1i.e.,
supernatural6 phenoena o# the +eserists. +y pretensions are o# a uch ore huble character, and are
all consistent with generally aditted principles in physiological and psychological science. Hypnotis ight
there#ore not inaptly be designated, Cational +eseris, in contra/distinction to the (ranscendental
+eseris o# the +eserists.
Desite !rieNy toying with the name ?rational Mesmerism?, 7raid ultimately emhasised his aroach@s
uni8ueness, carrying out informal eEeriments throughout his career to refute the arguments invoking
suernatural ractices, and demonstrate instead the role of ordinary hysiological and sychological
rocesses such as suggestion and focused attention in roducing the o!served efects.
7raid worked very closely with his friend and ally the eminent hysiologist %rofessor ;illiam 7en>amin
2arenter, an early neuro)sychologist, who introduced the ?ideo)motor reNeE? theory of suggestion.
2arenter had o!served eEamles of eEectation and imagination aarently inNuencing involuntarily muscle
movement. 4 classic eEamle of the ideo)motor rincile in action is the so)called ?2hevreul endulum?
<named after Michel ,ugSne 2hevreul=. 2hevreul claimed that a endulum can !e made to swing !y
aroriate concentration alone.
7raid soon assimilated 2arenter@s o!servations into his own theory, realising that the efect of focusing
attention was to enhance the ideo)motor reNeE resonse. 7raid eEtended 2arenter@s theory to encomass
the inNuence of the mind uon the !ody more generally, !eyond the muscular system, and therefore referred
to the ?ideo)dynamic? resonse and coined the term ?sycho)hysiology? to refer to the study of general
mind(!ody interaction.
In his later works, 7raid reserved the term ?hynotism? for cases in which su!>ects entered a state of amnesia
resem!ling slee. For the rest, he soke of a ?mono)ideodynamic? rincile to emhasise that the eye)
&Eation induction techni8ue worked !y narrowing the su!>ect@s attention to a single idea or train of thought
<?monoideism?= which amli&ed the efect of the conse8uent ?dominant idea? uon the su!>ect@s !ody !y
means of the ideo)dynamic rincile.
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For several decades, 7raid@s work !ecame more inNuential a!road than in his own country, eEcet for a
handful of followers, most nota!ly Dr. 6ohn Milne 7ramwell. 1he eminent neurologist Dr. 0eorge Miller 7eard
took 7raid@s theories to 4merica. Meanwhile his works were translated into 0erman !y ;ilhelm 1. %reyer,
%rofessor of %hysiology at 6ena -niversity. 1he sychiatrist 4l!ert Moll su!se8uently continued 0erman
research, u!lishing Hypnotis in +AAL. France !ecame the focal oint for the study after the eminent
neurologist Dr. :tienne ,ugSne 45am resented 7raid@s research to the French 4cademy of Sciences. 45am
also translated 7raid@s last manuscrit <<n Hypnotis, +AGJ= into French. 4t the re8uest of 45am, %aul 7roca,
and others, the French 4cademy of Science, who had eEamined Mesmerism in +IAB, eEamined 7raid@s
writings shortly after his demise.
45am@s enthusiasm for hynotism inNuenced 4m!roise)4uguste $i9!eault, a country doctor. "iolyte
7ernheim discovered $i9!eault@s enormously oular grou hynotheray clinic and su!se8uently !ecame an
inNuential hynotist. 1he study of hynotism su!se8uently revolved around the &erce de!ate !etween 6ean)
Martin 2harcot and "iolyte 7ernheim, the two most inNuential &gures in late +Lth century hynotism.
2harcot oerated a clinic at the %iti9)SalTtriSre "osital <thus, also known as the ?%aris School? or the
?SalTtriSre School?=, while 7ernheim had a clinic in #ancy <also known as the ?#ancy School?=. 2harcot,
inNuenced more !y the Mesmerists, argued that hynotism was an a!normal state of nervous functioning
found only in certain hysterical women. "e claimed that it manifested in a series of hysical reactions which
could !e divided into distinct stages. 7ernheim argued that anyone could !e hynotised, that it was an
eEtension of normal sychological functioning, and that its efects were due to suggestion. 4fter decades of
de!ate, 7ernheim@s view dominated. 2harcot@s theory is now >ust a historical curiosity.
P&)//) E+#),
%ierre 6anet <+A*LQ+LBI= reorted studies on a hynotic su!>ect in +AAC. 2harcot su!se8uently aointed him
director of the sychological la!oratory at the SalTtriSre in +AAL, after 6anet comleted his doctorate in
hilosohy which dealt with sychological automatism. In +ALA 6anet was aointed sychology lecturer at
the Sor!onne, and in +LJC !ecame chair of eEerimental and comarative sychology at the 2ollSge de
France. 6anet reconciled elements of his views with those of 7ernheim and his followers, develoing his own
sohisticated hynotic sychotheray !ased uon the concet of sychological dissociation which, at the
turn of the century, rivaled Freud@s attemt to rovide a more comrehensive theory of sychotheray.
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Sigmund Freud, the founder of sychoanalysis, studied hynotism at the %aris school and !rieNy visited the
#ancy school.
Initially, Freud was an enthusiastic roonent of hynotheray, and soon !egan to emhasise hynotic
regression and a! reaction <catharsis= as theraeutic methods. "e wrote a favora!le encycloedia article on
hynotism, translated one of 7ernheim@s works into 0erman, and u!lished an inNuential series of case
studies with his colleague 6oseh 7reuer entitled Studies on Hysteria <+AL*=. 1his !ecame the founding teEt
of the su!se8uent tradition known as ?hyno)analysis? or ?/)9/)%%&$# -!"#$,-)/+"!.?
"owever, Freud gradually a!andoned hynotism in favour of sychoanalysis, emhasi5ing free association
and interretation of the unconscious. Struggling with the great eEense of time that sychoanalysis
re8uired, Freud later suggested that it might !e com!ined with hynotic suggestion to hasten the outcome of
8t is $ery probable, too, that the application o# our therapy to nubers will copel us to alloy the pure gold o#
analysis plenti#ully with the copper o# direct 1hypnotic6 suggestion.
"owever only a handful of Freud@s followers were suFciently 8uali&ed in hynosis to attemt the synthesis.
1heir work had a limited inNuence on the hyno)theraeutic aroaches now known variously as ?-!"#$,&0
/)9/)%%&$#?, ?-!"#$,&0 "/$9/)%%&$#?, and ?-!"#$+#+1!%&%?.
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:mile 2ou9 <+A*IQ+LCG= assisted 4m!roise)4uguste $i9!eault for around two years at #ancy. 4fter racticing
for several years as a hynotheraist emloying the methods of $i9!eault and 7ernheim@s #ancy School,
2ou9 develoed a new orientation called ?conscious autosuggestion.? Several years after $i9!eault@s death in
+LJB, 2ou9 founded what !ecame known as the #ew #ancy School, a loose colla!oration of ractitioners who
taught and romoted his views. 2ou9@s method did not emhasise ?slee? or dee relaEation and instead
focused uon autosuggestion involving a seci&c series of suggestion tests. 4lthough 2ou9 argued that he
was no longer using hynosis, followers such as 2harles 7audouin viewed his aroach as a form of light self)
hynosis. 2ou9@s method !ecame a renowned self)hel and sychotheray techni8ue, which contrasted with
sychoanalysis and re&gured self)hynosis and cognitive theray cognitive theray.
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1he neEt ma>or develoment came from !ehavioral sychology in 4merican university research. 2lark $. "ull,
an eminent 4merican sychologist, u!lished the &rst ma>or comilation of la!oratory studies on hynosis,
Hypnosis * Suggestibility <+LDD=, in which he roved that hynosis and slee had nothing in common. "ull
u!lished many 8uantitative &ndings from hynosis and suggestion eEeriments and encouraged research !y
mainstream sychologists. "ull@s !ehavioural sychology interretation of hynosis, emhasi5ing conditioned
reNeEes, rivaled the Freudian sycho dynamic interretation emhasi5ing unconscious transference.
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Milton ". ,rickson, M.D. was one of the most inNuential ost)war hynotheraists. "e wrote several !ooks
and >ournal articles on the su!>ect. During the +LGJs, ,rickson oulari5ed a new !ranch of hynotheray,
known as ,ricksonian hynotheray, rimarily characterised !y indirect suggestion, ?metahor? <actually
analogies=, confusion techni8ues, and dou!le !inds in lace of formal hynotic inductions. "owever, the
diference !etween ,rickson@s methods and traditional hynotism led contemoraries such as 4ndr9
;eit5enhofer, to 8uestion whether he was racticing ?hynosis? at all, and his aroach remains in 8uestion.
,rickson had no hesitation in resenting any suggested efect as !eing ?hynosis?, whether or not the su!>ect
was in a hynotic state. In fact, he was not hesitant in assing of !ehaviour that was du!iously hynotic as
!eing hynotic.
In the latter half of the twentieth century, two factors contri!uted to the develoment of the cogniti$e/
beha$ioural aroach to hynosis.
+. 2ognitive and !ehavioural theories of the nature of hynosis <inNuenced !y the theories of Sar!in
= !ecame increasingly inNuential.
C. 1he theraeutic ractices of hynotheray and various forms of cognitive)!ehavioural theray overlaed
and inNuenced each other.
4lthough cognitive)!ehavioural theories of hynosis must !e distinguished from
cognitive)!ehavioural aroaches to hypnotherapy, they share similar concets, terminology, and
assumtions and have !een integrated !y inNuential researchers and clinicians such as Irving Hirsch, Steven
6ay $ynn, and others.
4t the outset of cognitive)!ehavioural theray during the +L*Js, hynosis was used !y early !ehaviour
theraists such as 6oseh ;ole
and also !y early cognitive theraists such as 4l!ert ,llis.
Sanos O 2haves introduced the term ?cognitive)!ehavioural? to descri!e their ?nonstate? theory of hynosis
in Hypnotis: 8agination * Huan )otentialities <+LIB=.
"owever, 2lark $. "ull had introduced a
!ehavioural sychology as far !ack as +LDD, which in turn was receded !y Ivan %avlov.
Indeed, the
earliest theories and ractices of hynotism, even those of 7raid, resem!le the cognitive)!ehavioural
orientation in some resects.
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Modern hynotheray has !een used in a variety of forms, such as regression hynotheray <or
?hynoanalysis?= and ,ricksonian hynotheray.
H!"#$%&% has !een studied clinically with varying success.
4lications include' ain management,

weight loss,
skin disease,
soothing anEious surgical atients, sychological theray,
ha!it control,
way to relaE,
sorts erformance.

Self)hynosis is oularly used to 8uit smokingG and reduce stress, while stage hynosis can ersuade eole
to erform unusual u!lic feats.
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"ynotheray has !een used to treat irrita!le !owel syndrome I7S.
.esearchers who recently reviewed the !est studies in this area conclude'
(he e$idence #or hypnosis as an eAcacious treatent o# 8DS was encouraging. (wo o# three studies that
in$estigated the use o# hypnosis #or 8DS were well designed and showed a clear e;ect #or the hypnotic
treatent o# 8DS.
"ynosis for I7S has received moderate suort in the #ational Institute for "ealth and 2linical ,Ecellence
guidance u!lished for -H health services.
It has !een used as an aid or alternative to chemical
and it has !een studied as a way to soothe skin ailments.
4 num!er of studies show that hynosis can reduce the ain eEerienced during !urn)wound de!ridement,
!one marrow asirations, and child!irth. 1he 8nternational Eournal o# ,linical and 7&periental Hypnosis
found that hynosis relieved the ain of I*K of LDD su!>ects articiating in CI diferent eEeriments.
In +LLG, the #ational Institutes of "ealth declared hynosis efective in reducing ain from cancer and other
chronic conditions.
#ausea and other symtoms related to incura!le diseases may also !e managed with

For eEamle, research done at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine studied two atient grous facing !reast
cancer surgery. 1he grou that received hynosis reorted less ain, nausea, and anEiety ost)surgery. 1he
average hynosis atient reduced treatment costs !y an average UIIC.JJ.
1he Ferican )sychological Fssociation u!lished a study comaring the efects of hynosis, ordinary
suggestion and lace!o in reducing ain. 1he study found that highly suggesti!le individuals eEerienced a
greater reduction in ain from hynosis comared with lace!o, whereas less suggesti!le su!>ects
eEerienced no ain reduction from hynosis when comared with lace!o. /rdinary non)hynotic
suggestion also caused reduction in ain comared to lace!o, !ut was a!le to reduce ain in a wider range
of su!>ects <!oth high and low suggesti!le= than hynosis. 1he results showed that it is rimarily the su!>ects
resonsiveness to suggestion, whether within the conteEt of @hynosis@ or not, that is the main determinant of
causing reduction in ain.
1reating skin diseases with hynosis <hynodermatology= has erformed well in treating warts, soriasis, and
atoic dermatitis.
"ynosis may !e useful as an ad>unct theray for weight loss. 4 +LLG meta)analysis studying hynosis
com!ined with cognitive)!ehavioural theray found that eole using !oth treatments lost more weight than
eole using 271 alone.
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4 recently declassi&ed document o!tained !y 1he 7lack Pault Freedom of Information 4ct archive, shows that
hynosis was investigated for military alications.
"owever, the overall conclusion of the study was that
there was no evidence that hynosis could !e used for military alications, and also that ,-)/) B+% #$
01)+/ )8&*)#0) .$/ B-),-)/ H-!"#$%&%H +0,7+11! )D&%,% +% + *)@#+'1) "-)#$6)#+ $7,%&*) $.
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4ccording to the document,
(he use o# hypnosis in intelligence would present certain technical probles not encountered in the clinic or
laboratory. (o obtain copliance #ro a resistant source, #or e&aple, it would be necessary to hypnotise the
source under essentially hostile circustances. (here is no good e$idence, clinical or e&periental, that this
can be done.
Furthermore, the document states that'
8t would be diAcult to %nd an area o# scienti%c interest ore beset by di$ided pro#essional opinion and
contradictory e&periental e$idence?"o one can say whether hypnosis is a Bualitati$ely uniBue state with
soe physiological and conditioned response coponents or only a #or o# suggestion induced by high
oti$ation and a positi$e relationship between hypnotist and sub'ect? T! "ar#er has produced
$hypnotic deafness% and $hypnotic #lindness,% analgesia and other responses seen in hypnosis&
all without hypnoti'ing anyone( )rne has shown that unhypnoti'ed persons can #e motivated to
e*ual and surpass the supposed superhuman physical feats seen in hypnosis.
1he study concludes'
8t is probably signi%cant that in the long history o# hypnosis, where the potential application to intelligence
has always been known, there are no reliable accounts o# its e;ecti$e use by an intelligence ser$ice.
.esearch into hynosis in military alications is further veri&ed !y the MH-$1.4 eEeriments, also
conducted !y the 2I4.
4ccording to 2ongressional testimony,
the 2I4 eEerimented with utili5ing $SD
and hynosis for mind control. Many of these rograms were done domestically and on articiants who were
not informed of the study@s uroses or that they would !e given drugs.
1he full aer eElores the
otentials of oerational uses.
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It is used !y licensed hysicians,
sychologists, and others. %hysicians and sychiatrists may use hynosis to treat deression, anEiety, eating
disorders, slee disorders, comulsive gaming, and osttraumatic stress.
2erti&ed hynotheraists who are not hysicians or sychologists often treat smokingG and weight
management. <Success rates vary' a meta)study researching hynosis as a 8uit)smoking tool found it had a
CJ to DJ ercent success rate, similar to other 8uit)smoking methods,
while a CJJI study of atients
hositalised for cardiac and ulmonary ailments found that smokers who used hynosis to 8uit smoking
dou!led their chances of success.
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using hypnosis, scientists have temporarily created hallucinations, compulsions, certain types
of memory loss, false memories false memories, and delusions in the la#oratory so that these
phenomena can #e studied in a controlled environment.
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4ssociation +#* ,-) A6)/&0+# P%!0-$1$9&0+1 A%%$0&+,&$# 4merican %sychological 4ssociation 0+7,&$#
+9+&#%, /)"/)%%)* 6)6$/! ,-)/+"! reressed memory theray &# 0+%)% $. +11)9)* 0-&1*-$$*
,/+76+, %,+,&#9 ,-+, ?&, &% &6"$%%&'1), B&,-$7, 0$//$'$/+,&8) )8&*)#0), ,$ *&%,&#97&%- + ,/7)
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B&,- %()",&0&%6.
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$. +7,$%799)%,&$#. 1he techni8ue is often used to increase motivation for a diet, 8uit smoking, or reduce
stress. %eole who ractice self)hynosis sometimes re8uire assistanceM %$6) ")$"1) 7%) *)8&0)% (#$B#
+% 6&#* 6+0-&#)% mind machines ,$ +%%&%, &# ,-) "/$0)%%, B-&1) $,-)/% 7%) -!"#$,&0 /)0$/*&#9%.
Self)hynosis is claimed to hel with stage fright, relaEation, and hysical well)!eing.
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Stage hynosis is a form of entertainment, traditionally emloyed in a clu! or theatre !efore an audience.
Due to stage hynotists@ showmanshi, many eole !elieve that hynosis is a form of mind control.
"owever, the efects of stage hynosis are ro!a!ly due to a com!ination of sychological factors such as
eer ressure, social comliance, articiant selection, suggesti!ility, hysical maniulation, stagecraft, and
1he desire to !e the centre of attention, having an eEcuse to violate their own fear suressors
and the ressure to lease are thought to convince su!>ects to @lay along@.
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7ooks !y stage
hynotists sometimes eElicitly descri!e the use of decetion in their acts, for eEamle, /rmond Mc0ill@s "ew
7ncyclopedia o# Stage Hypnosis descri!es an entire ?fake hynosis? act which deends uon the use of
rivate whisers throughout.
[1he hynotist whisers of)microhone'] VGe are going to ha$e soe good laughs on the audience and #ool
the? so when 8 tell you to do soe #unny things, do e&actly as 8 secretly tell you. <kayH Swell.W <1hen
deli!erately wink at the sectator in a friendly fashion.=
Stage hynosis traditionally emloys three fundamental strategies'
%articiant comliance. %articiants on stage tend to !e comliant !ecause of the social ressure felt in the
situation constructed on stage, !efore an eEectant audience.
%articiant selection. %reliminary suggestion tests, such as asking the audience to clas their hands and
suggesting they cannot !e searated, are usually used to select out the most suggesti!le and comliant
su!>ects from the audience. 7y asking for volunteers to mount the stage, the erformer also tends to select
the most eEtroverted mem!ers of the audience.
Decetion of the audience. Stage hynotists are erformers who traditionally, !ut not always, emloy a
variety of ?sleight of hand? strategies to mislead their audience for dramatic efect.
1he strategies of decetion emloyed in traditional stage hynosis can !e categorised as follows'
/f)microhone whisers. 1he hynotist lowers his microhone and whisers secret instructions to the
articiant on stage, outside of the audience@s hearing. 1hese may involve re8uests to ?lay along? or fake
hynotic resonses.
Failure to challenge. 1he stage hynotist retends to challenge su!>ects to defy a suggestion, e.g., ?Xou
cannot stand u out of your chair !ecause your !ackside is stuck down with glue.? "owever, no seci&c cue
is given to the articiants to !egin their efort <?Start trying nowY?=. 1his creates the illusion that a seci&c
challenge has !een issued and efort made to defy it.
Fake hynosis tricks. Stage hynosis literature contains a large reertoire of sleight of hand tricks, of the kind
used !y rofessional illusionists. #one of these tricks re8uire any hynosis or suggestion, deending on
hysical maniulation and audience decetion. 1he most famous eEamle of this tye is the ?human lank?
trick, which involves making a su!>ect@s !ody !ecome rigid <cataletic= and susending them hori5ontally
!etween two chairs, at which oint the hynotist will often stand uon their chest for dramatic efect. 1his
has nothing to do with hynosis, !ut simly deends on the fact that when su!>ects are ositioned in the
correct way they can suort more weight than the audience assumes.
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"ynotism has also !een used in forensics, sorts, education, hysical theray and reha!ilitation.

"ynotism has also !een emloyed !y artists for creative uroses most nota!ly the surrealist circle of 4ndr9
7reton who emloyed hynosis, automatic writing and sketches for creative uroses. "ynotic methods
have !een used to re)eEerience drug states,
and mystical eEeriences.
Some eole have drawn analogies !etween certain asects of hynotism and areas such as crowd
sychology, religious hysteria, and ritual trances in reliterate tri!al cultures.
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,-)&/ 0$6"),&,&$#. 1his is accomlished !y accessing an athlete@s altered conscious state and incororating
a diferent way of rocessing information.
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1he central theoretical disagreement is known as the ?state versus nonstate? de!ate. ;hen 7raid introduced
the concet of hynotism he e8uivocated over the nature of the ?state?, sometimes descri!ing it as a seci&c
slee)like neurological state 0$6"+/+'1) ,$ +#&6+1 -&')/#+,&$# $/ !$9&0 6)*&,+,&$#, while at other
times he emhasised that hynotism encomassed a num!er of diferent stages or states which were an
eEtension of ordinary sychological and hysiological rocesses. /verall, 7raid aears to have moved from a
more ?secial state? understanding of hynotism toward a more comleE ?nonstate? orientation.
State theorists interret the efects of hynotism as rimarily due to a seci&c, a!normal and uniform
sychological or hysiological state of some descrition, $.,)# /).)//)* ,$ +% ?-!"#$,&0 ,/+#0)? $/ +#
?+1,)/)* %,+,) $. 0$#%0&$7%#)%%.? #onstate theorists re>ected the idea of hynotic trance and interret the
efects of hynotism as due to a com!ination of multile task)seci&c factors derived from normal cognitive,
!ehavioural and social sychology, such as social role)ercetion and favora!le motivation <Sar!in=, active
imagination and ositive cognitive set <7ar!er=, resonse eEectancy <Hirsch=, and the active use of task)
seci&c su!>ective strategies <Sanos=. 1he ersonality sychologist .o!ert ;hite is often cited as roviding
one of the &rst nonstate de&nitions of hynosis in a +LB+ article'
"ynotic !ehaviour is meaningful, goal)directed striving, itZs most general goal !eing to !ehave like a
hynotised erson as this is continuously de&ned !y the oerator and understood !y the client.
%ut simly, it is often claimed that whereas the older ?secial state? interretation emhasises the diference
!etween hynosis and ordinary sychological rocesses, the ?nonstate? interretation emhasises their
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7raid can !e taken to imly, in later writings, that hynosis is largely a state of heightened suggesti!ility
induced !y eEectation and focused attention. In articular, "iolyte 7ernheim !ecame known as the
leading roonent of the ?suggestion theory? of hynosis, at one oint going so far as to declare that there is
no hynotic state, only heightened suggesti!ility. 1here is a general consensus that heightened suggesti!ility
is an essential characteristic of hynosis.
If a su!>ect after su!mitting to the hynotic rocedure shows no genuine increase in susceti!ility to any
suggestions whatever, there seems no oint in calling him hynotised, regardless of how fully and readily he
may resond to suggestions of lid)closure and other suer&cial sleeing !ehaviour.
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Ivan %avlov stated that hynotic suggestion rovided the !est eEamle of a conditioned reNeE resonse in
human !eings, i.e., that resonses to suggestions were learned associations triggered !y the words used.
%avlov himself wrote'
Seech, on account of the whole receding life of the adult, is connected u with all the internal and eEternal
stimuli which can reach the corteE, signaling all of them and relacing all of them, and therefore it can call
forth all those reactions of the organism which are normally determined !y the actual stimuli themselves. ;e
can, therefore, regard [suggestionZ as the most simle form of a tyical reNeE in man.
"e also !elieved that hynosis was a ?artial slee? meaning that a generalised inhi!ition of cortical
functioning could !e encouraged to sread throughout regions of the !rain. "e o!served that the various
degrees of hynosis did not signi&cantly difer hysiologically from the waking state and hynosis deended
on insigni&cant changes of environmental stimuli. %avlov also suggested that lower)!rain)stem mechanisms
were involved in hynotic conditioning.
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%avlov@s ideas com!ined with those of his rival 7ekhterev and !ecame the !asis of hynotic sychotheray in
the Soviet -nion, as documented in the writings of his follower H.I. %latonov. Soviet theories of hynotism
su!se8uently inNuenced the writings of ;estern !ehaviourally)oriented hynotheraists such as 4ndrew
Salter. "owever, this theory of hynosis as a seci&c state of conditioned cortical inhi!ition has received little
#eurological imaging techni8ues rovide no evidence of a neurological attern that can !e e8uated with a
?hynotic trance?. 2hanges in !rain activity have !een found in some studies of highly resonsive hynotic
1hese changes vary deending uon the tye of suggestions !eing given.
"owever, what these results
indicate is unclear. 1hey may indicate that suggestions genuinely roduce changes in ercetion or
eEerience that are not simly a result of imagination. "owever, in normal circumstances without hynosis,
the !rain regions associated with motion detection are activated !oth when motion is seen and when motion
is imagined, without any changes in the su!>ects@ ercetion or eEerience.
1his may therefore indicate
that highly suggesti!le hynotic su!>ects are simly activating to a greater eEtent the areas of the !rain used
in imagination, without real ercetual changes.
4nother study has demonstrated that a color hallucination suggestion given to su!>ects in hynosis activated
color)rocessing regions of the occiital corteE.
4 CJJB review of research eEamining the ,,0 la!oratory
work in this area concludes'
Hypnosis is not a unitary state and there#ore should show di;erent patterns o# 77I acti$ity depending upon
the task being e&perienced. 8n our e$aluation o# the literature, enhanced theta is obser$ed during hypnosis
when there is task per#orance or concentrati$e hypnosis, but not when the highly hypnotizable indi$iduals
are passi$ely rela&ed, soewhat sleepy and/or ore di;use in their attention.
1he induction hase of hynosis may also afect the activity in !rain regions which control intention and
rocess conNict. 4nna 0osline claims'
?Iruzelier and his colleagues studied brain acti$ity using an #+C8 while sub'ects copleted a standard
cogniti$e e&ercise, called the Stroo task. (he tea screened sub'ects be#ore the study and chose 2J that
were highly susceptible to hypnosis and 2J with low susceptibility. (hey all copleted the task in the #+C8
under noral conditions and then again under hypnosis. (hroughout the study, both groups were consistent
in their task results, achie$ing siilar scores regardless o# their ental state. -uring their %rst task session,
be#ore hypnosis, there were no signi%cant di;erences in brain acti$ity between the groups. Dut under
hypnosis, Iruzelier #ound that the highly susceptible sub'ects showed signi%cantly ore brain acti$ity in the
anterior cingulate gyrus than the weakly susceptible sub'ects. (his area o# the brain has been shown to
respond to errors and e$aluate eotional outcoes. (he highly susceptible group also showed uch greater
brain acti$ity on the le#t side o# the refrontal corteE than the weakly susceptible group. (his is an area
in$ol$ed with higher le$el cogniti$e processing and beha$iour.?

%ierre 6anet originally develoed the idea of dissociation o# consciousness from his work with hysterical
atients. "e !elieved that hynosis was an eEamle of dissociation, where!y areas of an individual@s
!ehavioural control searate from ordinary awareness. "ynosis would remove some control from the
conscious mind, and the individual would resond with autonomic, reNeEive !ehaviour. ;eit5enhofer
descri!es hynosis via this theory as ?dissociation of awareness from the ma>ority of sensory and even
strictly neural events taking lace.?
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,rnest "ilgard, who develoed the ?neodissociation? theory of hynotism, hyothesised that hynosis causes
the su!>ects to divide their consciousness voluntarily. /ne art resonds to the hynotist while the other
retains awareness of reality. "ilgard made su!>ects take an ice water !ath. 1hey said nothing a!out the water
!eing cold or feeling ain. "ilgard then asked the su!>ects to lift their indeE &nger if they felt ain and IJK of
the su!>ects lifted their indeE &nger. 1his showed that even though the su!>ects were listening to the
suggestive hynotist they still sensed the water@s temerature.
1his surrisingly simle theory was roosed !y X.D. 1sai in +LL*
as art of his sychosomatic theory of
dreams. Inside each !rain, there is a rogram ?I? <the conscious self= which is distri!uted over the conscious
!rain and coordinates mental functions <cortices=, such as thinking, imagining, sensing, moving, reasoning \
etc. ?I? also suervises memory. Many !i5arre states of consciousness are actually the results of dissociation
of certain mental functions from ?I?.
;hen a erson is hynoti5ed, it might !e that his(her imagination is dissociated and sends the imagined
content !ack to the sensory corteE, resulting in dreams or hallucinationsM or that some senses are
dissociated, resulting in hynotic anesthesiaM or that motor function is dissociated, resulting in immo!ilityM or
that reason is dissociated and he(she o!eys the hynotist@s ordersM or that thought is dissociated and not
controlled !y reason, hence strives to straighten out his(her !ody !etween two chairs. 4 command can also
!e acted out long after the hynosis session, as follows' 1he su!>ect o!eys the voice of reason in normal
state, !ut when hynoti5ed, reason is relaced !y the hynotist@s command to make decisions or !elieves,
and will !e very uneasy if he(she does not do things as decided or his(her !elief is contradicted.
"ynotheray is also !ased on this rincile.
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1he main theorist who ioneered the inNuential role)taking theory of hynotism was 1heodore Sar!in. Sar!in
argued that hynotic resonses were motivated attemts to ful&ll the socially)constructed role of hynotic
su!>ect. 1his has led to the misconcetion that hynotic su!>ects are simly ?faking?. "owever, Sar!in
emhasised the diference !etween faking, in which there is little su!>ective identi&cation with the role in
8uestion, and role)taking, in which the su!>ect not only acts eEternally in accord with the role !ut also
su!>ectively identi&es with it to some degree, acting, thinking, and feeling ?as if? they are hynotised.
Sar!in drew analogies !etween role)taking in hynosis and role)taking in other areas such as method acting,
mental illness, and shamanic ossession, etc. 1his interretation of hynosis is articularly relevant to
understanding stage hynosis in which there is clearly strong eer ressure to comly with a socially)
constructed role !y erforming accordingly on a theatrical stage.
"ence, the social constructionis and role/taking theory of hynosis suggests that individuals are enacting
<as oosed to merely playing= a role and that really there is no such thing as a hynotic trance. 4 socially)
constructed relationshi is !uilt deending on how much raort has !een esta!lished !etween the
?hynotist? and the su!>ect <see "awthorne efect, %ygmalion efect, and lace!o efect=.
%sychologists such as .o!ert 7aker and 0raham ;agstaf claim that what we call hynosis is actually a form
of learned social !ehaviour, a comleE hy!rid of social comliance, relaEation, and suggesti!ility that can
account for many esoteric !ehavioural manifestations.
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7ar!er, Sanos, O 2haves <+LIB= roosed a nonstate ?cognitive)!ehavioural? theory of hynosis, similar in
some resects to Sar!in@s social role)taking theory and !uilding uon the earlier research of 7ar!er. /n this
model, hynosis is eElained as an eEtension of ordinary sychological rocesses like imagination, relaEation,
eEectation, social comliance, etc. In articular, 7ar!er argued that resonses to hynotic suggestions were
mediated !y a ?ositive cognitive set? consisting of ositive eEectations, attitudes, and motivation. Daniel
4rao5 su!se8uently coined the acronym ?1,4M? to sym!olise the su!>ect@s orientation to hynosis in terms of
?trust?, ?eEectation?, ?attitude?, and ?motivation?.
7ar!er et al., noted that similar factors aeared to mediate the resonse !oth to hynotism and to
cognitive)!ehavioural theray <271=, in articular systematic desensiti5ation. "ence, research and clinical
ractice insired !y their interretation has led to growing interest in the relationshi !etween hynotheray
and 271.
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4n aroach loosely !ased on Information theory uses a !rain)as)comuter model. In adative systems,
feed!ack increases the signal)to)noise ratio, which may converge towards a steady state. Increasing the
signal)to)noise ratio ena!les messages to !e more clearly received. 1he hynotist@s o!>ect is to use
techni8ues to reduce interference and increase the receti!ility of seci&c messages <suggestions=.
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Systems theory, in this conteEt, may !e regarded as an eEtension of 7raid@s original concetuali5ation of
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as involving a rocess of enhancing or deressing nervous system activity. Systems
theory considers the nervous system@s organi5ation into interacting su!systems. "ynotic henomena thus
involve not only increased or decreased activity of articular su!systems, !ut also their interaction. 4 central
henomenon in this regard is that of feed!ack loos, which suggest a mechanism for creating hynotic
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"ynosis is a state of mind or a set of attitudes which is created !y a secial rocedure that is followed. 1his
state resem!les that of a trance. ;hile eole are in this state, they can !e inNuenced more easily. ;ith two
eole, the erson sending the message is called the ?hynotist? and the erson getting the message is
called the ?su!>ect.?
?Suggestions,? or ?hynotic suggestions? are what the hynotist says to the su!>ect.
;ith one erson, the entire ractice is called ?self)hynosis? or sometimes ?auto)suggestion.?
1here seem to !e many ideas a!out how hynosis started. T-) H&#*7% $. I#*&+ 01+&6 ,-+, ,-)! %,+/,)*
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does not make decisions a!out the truth of the hynotist@s suggestions' If trance is reached )) it is not always
)) the su!>ect will accet as true anything the hynotist says, unless it goes against the su!>ect@s core !eliefs.
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H!"#$,-)/+"! is theray that is undertaken with a su!>ect in hynosis.
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1he word ?hynosis? <from the 0reek hypnos, ?slee?= is an a!!reviation of 6ames 7raid@s <+AB+= term ?neuro)
hynotism?, meaning ?slee of the nervous system?.
4 erson who is hynoti5ed dislays certain unusual characteristics and roensities, comared with a non)
hynoti5ed su!>ect, most nota!ly hyer)suggesti!ility, which some authorities have considered a sine Bua
non of hynosis. For eEamle, 2lark $. "ull, ro!a!ly the &rst ma>or emirical researcher in the &eld, wrote,
8# a sub'ect a#ter subitting to the hypnotic procedure shows no genuine increase in susceptibility to any
suggestions whate$er, there sees no point in calling hi hypnotised...
"ynotheray is often alied in order to modify a su!>ect@s !ehavior, emotional content, and attitudes, as
well as a wide range of conditions including dysfunctional ha!its, anEiety, stress)related illness, ain
management, and ersonal develoment.
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"ynotism is often, mistakenly, thought to !e the same as mesmerism, its historical recursor.
4ccording to "ans ,ysenck, (he ters "eserise" and "hypnotise" ha$e becoe Buite synonyous, and
ost people think o# +eser as the #ather o# hypnosis, or at least as its disco$erer and %rst conscious
e&ponent. <ddly enough, the truth appears to be that while hypnotic phenoena had been known #or any
thousands o# years, +eser did not, in #act, hypnotise his sub'ects at all. 8t is soething o# a ystery why
popular belie# should ha$e %rly credited hi with a disco$ery which in #act was ade by others. <,ysenck,
Sense * "onsense in )sychology, +L*I' DJ)D+= Gsee age +A
Fran5 4nton Mesmer -)1* ,-+, ,/+#0) +#* -)+1&#9 B)/) ,-) /)%71, $. ,-) 0-+##)11&#9 $. +
6!%,)/&$7% ?$0071,? .$/0) 0+11)* ?animal magnetism.? In the mid)+Ath 2entury, this !ecame the !asis of a
very large and oular school of thought termed ?Mesmerism?. "owever, in +ABD, the Scottish surgeon 6ames
7raid roosed the theory of hynotism as a radical alternative, in oosition to Mesmerism. 7raid argued
that the occult 8ualities of Mesmerism were illusory and that its efects were due to a com!ination of
?nervous fatigue? and ver!al suggestion. 4 !itter war of words develoed !etween 7raid and the leading
eEonents of Mesmerism.
8 beg #arther to reark, i# y theory and pretensions, as to the nature, cause, and e&tent o# the phenoena
o# ner$ous sleep 1i.e., hypnotis6 ha$e none o# the #ascinations o# the transcendental to capti$ate the lo$ers
o# the ar$ellous, the credulous and enthusiastic, which the pretensions and alleged occult agency o# the
eserists ha$e, still 8 hope y $iews will not be the less acceptable to honest and sober/inded en,
because they are all le$el to our coprehension, and reconcilable with well/known physiological and
psychological principles. <6ames 7raid, Hypnotic (herapeutics, +A*D' DG=
"owever, ,-)/) &% +9/))6)#, ,-+, ,-) $/&9&# $. 6$*)/# -!"#$%&% &% B&,- ,-) 6),-$*% )6"1$!)* &#
M)%6)/&%6. ;hilst 7raid difered in ofering an eElanation of hynotic efects that did not rely on
suernatural forces, he credited the methods used in hynosis to the ractice of Mesmerism. 7raid said of the
Hypnotis ight there#ore not inaptly be designated, Cational +eseris, in contra/distinction to the
(ranscendental +eseris o# the +eserists.
In their original committee reort on hynotheray, the 7ritish Medical 4ssociation <7M4=, likewise, made a
oint of condemning the occult theories of Mesmerism and sharly distinguishing them from hynotism.
(he ,oittee, ha$ing copleted such in$estigation o# hypnotis as tie peritted, ha$e to report that
they ha$e satis%ed thesel$es o# the genuineness o# the hypnotic state. "o phenoena which ha$e coe
under their obser$ation, howe$er, lend support to the theory o# Lanial agnetis@. <?.eort on "ynotism?,
Dritish +edical Eournal, +ALC=.
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"-)#$6)#+ &# ,)/6% $. "%!0-$1$9! +#* "-!%&$1$9!. 4s 7raid uts it, it is a scienti&c and ?sycho)
hysiological? <mind)!ody= disciline.
1here is no dou!t that some individuals have sufered the ill efects of !eing involved in stage hynotic
shows. Stage hynotists use words like @magic@ and @control@ in an attemt to mystify the efects of hynosis.
In addition, using various tests of hynotic suggesti!ility, they focus on @hynotic virtuosos@ and rovide the
audience with hours of entertainment at the articiants@ eEense. 1rained hynotheraists, or rather
theraists who use hynosis as an ad>unct to their treatment rogramme, create an environment !y which
the clients can access their inner resources in their own, uni8ue way. 1heraists, unlike stage hynotists, who
give the illusion that individuals are [out of controlZ, give the control to the individuals.
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4 theraist who utili5es hynosis as a rimary tool for assisting clients to achieve their goals. 4
"ynotheraist often difers from others theraists !y focusing on the role of su!conscious !ehaviors and
inNuences on the client@s life.
In +LID, Dr. 6ohn Haas, Founder of the "ynosis Motivation Institute, wrote and de&ned the rofession of a
"ynotheraist in the Federal Dictionary of /ccuational 1itles'
"8nduces hypnotic state in client to increase oti$ation or alter beha$ior patterns: ,onsults with client to
deterine nature o# proble. )repares client to enter hypnotic state by e&plaining how hypnosis works and
what client will e&perience. (ests sub'ect to deterine degree o# physical and eotional suggestibility.
8nduces hypnotic state in client, using indi$idualized ethods and techniBues o# hypnosis based on
interpretation o# test results and analysis o# clientKs proble. +ay train client in sel#/hypnosis conditioning."
"ynotheray takes many diferent forms, and has integrated elements from, and in turn inNuenced, other
sychotheraeutic traditions throughout its history.
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1he form of hynotheray racticed !y most Pictorian hynotists, including 6ames 7raid and "iolyte
7ernheim, mainly emloyed direct suggestion of symtom removal, with some use of theraeutic relaEation
and occasionally aversion to alcohol, drugs, etc.
1his simle form of treatment emloyed relatively direct
methods and few theoretical constructs, !ut has continued to inNuence most su!se8uent forms of
In +AL* Sigmund Freud and 6oseh 7reuer u!lished a seminal clinical teEt entitled Studies in Hysteria <+AL*=
which romoted a new aroach to sychotheray. Freud and 7reuer used hynosis to /)9/)%% 01&)#,% ,$ +#
)+/1&)/ +9) in order to hel them remem!er and a!react suosedly reressed traumatic memories.
4lthough Freud gradually a!andoned hynotheray in favour of his develoing method of sychoanalysis, his
early work continued to inNuence many su!se8uent hynotheraists. "owever, as Freud later conceded, his
French rival %ierre 6anet had already u!lished a case study descri!ing the use of age regression in hynotic
sychotheray, a few years earlier.
Su!se8uent /)9/)%%&$# ,-)/+"! regression hynotheray was sometimes known as ?hynoanalysis?,
?analytic hynotheray?, or ?sychodynamic hynotheray.? Many ractitioners worked in ways that !ore
only faint resem!lance to Freud@s original aroach, although others continued to !e inNuenced !y later
sychoanalytic theory and ractice.
"ynoanalysis found suort in !oth world wars where it was used !y military sychiatrists as a raid
alternative to sychoanalysis in the treatment of shellshock, now known as osttraumatic stress disorder
2onsidera!le controversy develoed regarding the use of regression to uncover allegedly reressed
memories in the +LLJs as the result of several high)ro&le legal cases, where clients sued their theraists
over claims of false memory syndrome.
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Milton ". ,rickson was one of the most inNuential hynotists of the CJth century. From around the +L*Js
onward, ,rickson develoed a radically diferent aroach to hynotism, which has su!se8uently !ecome
known as ?,ricksonian hynotheray? or ?#eo),ricksonian hynotheray.? ,rickson made use of a more
informal conversational aroach with many clients and comleE language atterns, and theraeutic
strategies. "owever, this very divergence from tradition led some of his colleagues, most nota!ly 4ndre
;eit5enhofer, to disute whether ,rickson was right to la!el his aroach ?hynosis? at all.
,rickson@s work continues to !e one of the most inNuential forces in modern hynotheray.
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-!"#$,&%6, claimed that they had modelled the work of ,rickson eEtensively and assimilated it into their
aroach called the Milton Model.
;eit5enhofer disuted whether #$% !ears any genuine resem!lance to
,rickson@s work.
4 772 investigation found that the conditions for !ecoming registered aren@t always suFcient to revent
fraud' ?T-) /)971+,&$# $. -!"#$,-)/+"&%,% &# ,-) UK &% %$ 1+D ,-+, )8)# + 0+, 0+# ')0$6)
+00/)*&,)*, the 772 has found. 0eorge the cat was registered with three hynotheray organisations.?
Similar results were found in the -nited States.
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1he Ministry of "ealth O Family ;elfare, 0overnment of India, vide its letter no. ..+BJ+*(C*(LG)-O"<.= <%t.=
dated C* #ovem!er CJJD, has very categorically stated that hynotheray is a recogni5ed mode of theray
in India to !e racticed !y only aroriately trained ersonnel.
Mahara>a Saya>irao -niversity <M. S .-niversity= at Padodara is conducting one)year %ost 0raduate Diloma in
2linical 4lied "ynosis <%.0.D.2.4.".= from CJJJ.
2linical hynosis is included in the sylla!us of Master of %hilosohy <2linical %sychology=, a re)doctorate
course conducted !y 1he .eha!ilitation 2ouncil of India which is followed !y all universities in India.
"ynotheray is the art of sylla!us in M. Sc.( M.4. %sychology degree course, -niversity of .a>asthan,
M 7anaras "indu -niversity
M M. Sc. Xoga degree course of 7harathidasan -niversity
Degree<%sychology=, 7.4. 6ournalism in 7angalore -niversity
M and 7. Sc. #ursing course sylla!us of
Maharashtra -niversity of "ealth Sciences, #ashik
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6ames 7raid &rst termed the word @hynotism@ from the 0reek word hupnos, which means slee. "e soon
learned that the term hynosis was wrong, since it is not really a tye of slee, and tried to change the word,
!ut the scienti&c community of his day had taken the term to heart and would not change it. ;e are therefore
stuck with the term and its erroneous imlication that it is a method of making eole slee. In fact, hynosis
is a form of concentration that is so common that everyone on this lanet actually asses through it at least
twice a day. In a nutshell, it is that in)!etween feeling of !eing awake and !eing aslee.
1he 7i!le makes references to @slee temles@ which suggest that hynosis has !een around for a very long
time under the guise of diferent names. Mesmer used it unknowingly with his theories of using magnetism to
cure eole of their ills. It is from his name the term mesmerised !ecame oular to descri!e some one who
is trans&Eed !y something. 1he word @mesmerism@ was used for some time !ut as far as the scienti&c
community was concerned it !rought the henomenon into disreute. 1his is why they welcomed the 6ames
7raid rede&nition with oen arms.
1oday, scientists have !egun studying hynosis again, under the name @1he 4lha State@. 7y attaching wires
to the head they have discovered that there is a de&nite change in the functions of the !rain when someone
is induced into this state. 1hese difer from slee atterns and they therefore concluded that there is
scienti&c roof of its eEistence, although they cannot fully eElain it or the reasons why the !rain should act
in this manner.
$ittle wonder that many eole are confused as to what it really is. M$%, )D")/,% 0+##$, .711! +9/)) +#*
%$ ,-)/) &% 8)/! 1&,,1) -$") .$/ ,-) &#*&8&*7+1 ,$ ') 9&8)# +#! 0)/,+&#,! +'$7, ,-) %7'A)0,.
/ne thing is clear, however, hynosis is eEtremely safe and is >ust a tool to ena!le a erson to go deeer into
one@s own unconscious mind than is ossi!le in a waking state. It is the suggestions more easily laced into a
mind when it is in such a state that can !e dangerousM !ut it is these which can !e >ust as harmful in the
waking state as in the hynotic state.
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"ynosis has !ecome a favourite form of entertainment with stage shows where mem!ers of the u!lic make
themselves look like idiots !y following instructions to act like a chicken, or !elieve they are a suerstar.
Strangely, eole still Nock to these shows and are even more eager to !e icked to !e the @victim@.
4 stage hynotist will often declare to a erson that their mind was too strong for them. 1hese eole go
!ack to their seats feeling roud that they cannot !e afected !y this mysterious force. 1his is far from the
truthM in reality, every!ody can !e hynotised to a certain degree. 1he stage erformer is looking for the
show)ofs. %eole who want to do strange things, act out a fantasy and to !e a!le to !lame hynosis
afterwards. 1his is not to say the victims are not hynotised, !ut it wouldn@t !e an imressive show if the
hynotist commanded someone to do something and they refused.
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.egression is a kind of guided tour of the su!conscious. 1heraists can, and do, take eole !ack into their
ast, normally to &nd dee)seated reressions <hidden memories= in their clients. 1hese are in the main
found in childhood when the young fertile imagination is >ust forming its views. Sometimes conNicts in the
mind occur and the immature mind is una!le to coe with them. 1he intellect says, @I did this@ !ut the
emotions say, @I couldn@t have done@. 1he emotions usually win and what is known as a reression forms. 1he
illusive forgotten memory.
Seeing the forgotten memory as an adult is said to free that erson from their underlying ro!lem and let
them live a normal life free from the anEieties caused !y the reression. It is said that using hynosis in this
way can cut down the +,JJJ hour analysis to >ust ten to CJ hours. 1his is hotly de!ated !ut many eole
seem to have !ene&ted and it is very much lighter on the ocket.
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1his is a valua!le life skill and the sort of thing you are taught on management training courses. 1ake your
lo!ster, stand it on its head with its claws laid out in front of it and its tail curled inward. .u! your hand u
and down the caraace making sure to ru! !etween the eyes. ,ventually it may stand !y itself. Xou are now
in comlete control of your lo!ster. /!viously, your friends will not !e imressed if you are in a restaurant
and the lo!ster is cooked.
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;hat is the derivation of the word ?mesmeri5e? and what does it have to do with 7en Franklin`
In the early +IIJs, Fran5 Friedrich 4nton Mesmer, an 4ustrian hysician and theologian, develoed a
techni8ue that he claimed could cure a variety of hysical and mental ailments. "is theory, called ?animal
magnetism,? was !ased uon the idea that there eEisted ?magnetic Nuids? in nature, which could !e used to
rid the !ody and mind of many diseases. ;hile in Pienna, he urorted to have ?cured? a young ianist of
hysterical !lindness through his magnetic theraies.
4fter having worn out his welcome in Pienna, Mesmer traveled to %aris in +IA+, where he !ecame very
oular among the uer classes and mem!ers of the French court. Mesmer held secial salons with dim
lighting and soft music. Mesmer would move around the room and use his hands to channel invisi!le
magnetic Nuids to his followers. 1he com!ination of light, music, and incantations from Mesmer roduced a
form of hynotism or ?mesmerism.?
Many inNuential eole Nocked to Mesmer to !e cured of all kinds of ro!lems, real and imagined. ;olfgang
4madeus Mo5art was a follower of Mesmer, as was the French 8ueen Marie 4ntoinette. Mo5art erformed a
musical lay in Mesmer@s honor, and Mesmer fre8uently was invited to the French court to erform for the
8ueen. 7ecause of his oularity at court, Mesmer !ecame 8uite a cele!rity in France and attracted a great
deal of attention.
Hing $ouis RPI, who was not as taken with Mesmer as his wife and other mem!ers of his court, commissioned
the French 4cademy of Sciences to investigate Mesmer and his theraeutic claims. 1he academy aointed a
num!er of rominent scientists and citi5ens to the investigating committee. 4mong the mem!ers were
scientists 4ntoine $avoisier, %aris mayor 6ean 7ailly, Dr. 6oseh 0uillotin, and, of course, 7en>amin Franklin.
Ironically, !oth $avoisier and 7ailly met their deaths on the !eheading device named after Dr. 0uillotin.
7ecause of Franklin@s oor health, the committee conducted their tests and investigations at Franklin@s
residence in %assy. Mesmer attemted to distance himself from the roceedings !y sending an associate, Dr.
2harles Deslon, in his lace. It was a clever loy !ecause if Deslon succeeded, Mesmer could take the creditM
if Deslon failed, Mesmer could !lame his assistant.
Deslon set a!out demonstrating how animal magnetism worked. /ne of the most dramatic tests involved
?magneti5ing? a tree and then having a su!>ect identify the tree that had the most magnetic force. Deslon
reared one of the trees, then !lindfolded the su!>ect, a twelve)year)old !oy, and directed him to em!race
several trees in Franklin@s garden. 1he !oy reorted various sensations and said that the magnetic force was
getting stronger, even though he was moving farther from the tree that Deslon had magneti5ed. 1he
eEeriment ended when the !oy fainted.
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Mesmer@s attemts to avoid the commission@s work failed, and he 8uickly lost oularity. "e left France and
died years later in Swit5erland. 4lthough Franklin and his colleagues de!unked many of Mesmer@s ractices
and theories, Mesmerism continued to !e racticed for another century or so and had a resurgence in
,ngland during the late Pictorian eriod.
;hether he was a charlatan, a showman, or a true !eliever in his own ractices, Fran5 Mesmer is credited as
!eing one of the fathers of modern day hynosis and sychotheray.
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$/#D/#, 6une DJ, CJJA %.#ewswire ) Smokers wishing to 8uit would !e wasting their money if they use
comlementary theraies such as hynotheray or acuuncture ) smoking cessation eEerts claim today.
1his and other issues around the most efective ways to hel smokers 8uit will !e discussed at the -H
#ational Smoking 2essation 2onference in 7irmingham on DJ 6une O + 6uly CJJA.
Dr 4ndy Mc,wen, assistant director of to!acco studies at 2ancer .esearch -H@s "ealth 7ehaviour .esearch
2entre and rogramme director for the conference, said' ?T-)/) &% #$ 9$$* /)%)+/0- )8&*)#0) ,$ %-$B
,-+, -!"#$,-)/+"! $/ +07"7#0,7/) &#0/)+%) + ")/%$#H% 0-+#0) $. %,$""&#9 %6$(&#9. Xou may hear
eole who are convinced that these, or other comlementary theraies, heled them sto smoking ) !ut
there is no way of knowing whether they would have stoed anyway. 4nyone who is ready to 8uit would !e
more successful !y getting in contact with their local #"S Sto Smoking Service for secialist advice and
treatment. 1here is no easy way to sto smoking and if something seems too good to !e true, it ro!a!ly is.?
2onference delegates will !e de!ating the motion that @1his house !elieves that hynotheray and
acuuncture should !e treatments rovided !y #"S Sto Smoking Services@.
It is likely that the motion will !e defeated if &ndings from the &rst 4nnual Smoking 2essation %ractitioner
Survey are an indication of what those in the &eld !elieve. 4n online survey of nearly *JJ secialists working
in #"S Sto Smoking Services found that LB er cent would not recommend hynotheray, and LB er cent
would not recommend acuuncture, to smokers wanting to 8uit. Smokers should !eware of any treatment
that claims to have a higher than *J er cent short)term <i.e. four weeks after 8uitting= or CJ er cent long)
term <i.e. after siE months= success rate.
Dr 4ndy Mc,wen 2ancer .esearch -H "ealth 7ehaviour .esearch 2entre ,idemiology O %u!lic "ealth -niversity
2ollege $ondon
+= 4!!ot #2, Stead $F, ;hite 4., 7arnes 6. "ynotheray for smoking cessation. 2ochrane Data!ase of
Systematic .eviews +LLA, Issue C. 4rt. #o.' 2DJJ+JJA. D/I' +J.+JJC(+BG*+A*A.2DJJ+JJA.
C= ;hite 4., .ames ", 2am!ell 6$. 4cuuncture and related interventions for smoking cessation. 2ochrane
Data!ase of Systematic .eviews CJJG, Issue +. 4rt. #o.' 2DJJJJJL. D/I' +J.+JJC(+BG*+A*A.2DJJJJJL.u!C.
4nnual Smoking 2essation %ractitioner <S2%= Survey information'
/nline survey oen to all Smoking 2essation %ractitioners working in #"S Sto Smoking Services and carried
out in May and 6une CJJA. Survey was run !y Dr 4ndy Mc,wen of the 2ancer .esearch -H "ealth 7ehaviour
.esearch 2entre, -niversity 2ollege $ondon. BLI S2% resonded to the survey. 1he full results of the 4nnual
S2% Survey will !e osted on the Smoking 2essation .esearch #etwork <S2S.#= we!site
<htt'(( in 4ugust.
-H#S22 CJJA De!ate information' %roosing' Maggie 2haman, Fellow of the 7ritish Society of 2linical
4manda Shayle, 2hairman of 1he 4cuuncture Society and .esearch and Develoment, 2ollege of 2hinese
/osing' %aul 4veyard, #I". 2areer Scientist, Deartment of %rimary 2are and 0eneral %ractice, -niversity of
7irmingham, -H
Darcy 7rown, "ealth Imrovement $ead for 1o!acco 2ontrol and Smoking 2essation, Darlington and Durham
Dales %D4, -H
For media en8uiries lease contact 4ndrew %reston, -H #ational Smoking 2essation 2onference on
Hypnosis and the placebo e;ect are 9so hea$ily reliant upon the e;ects o# suggestion and belie# that it would
be hard to iagine how a credible placebo control could e$er be de$ised #or a hypnotis study.: )). 7arker
"ynosis is a rocess involving a hynotist and a su!>ect who agrees to !e hynoti5ed. 7eing hynoti5ed is
usually characteri5ed !y <a= concentration, <!= relaEation, <c= suggestion, and <d= eEectation.
1he versatility of hynosis is unaralleled. "ynosis occurs under dramatically diferent social settings' the
showroom, the clinic, and the olice station.
Showroom hynotists usually work !ars, clu!s, and state fairs. 1heir su!>ects are usually eole who have
some eEerience with hynosis. 1he su!>ects may have never !een hynoti5ed themselves, !ut they have a
retty good idea of what to eEect. 1hey know, for eEamle, that the hynotist may get one of the
articiants to cluck like a chicken or go !ack to his seat in the audience and later stand u and shout
something. 1hey also often have ?lants? in the audience to give credence to their owers. 4 favorite trick of
stage hynotists is to have some!ody adot a !oard)like osture, suorted only !y the heels and !ack of
the headdany reasona!ly &t erson can do this.G Deending on the inhi!itions and amount of alcohol
im!i!ed !y the articiants, such shows can roduce !ehavior the articiants would descri!e as ?out of
their control? and ?not tyical? for them. Some sychologists argue that showroom hynosis is a form of
learned social !ehavior. .o!ert 7aker <+LLJ=, for eEamle, argued that the hynotist and su!>ect have
learned that certain kinds of things are eEected of them in the showroom setting. 1hey know they have roles
to lay and they reinforce each other !y their erformances. 1he hynotist rovides suggestions and the
su!>ect resonds to the suggestions. 1he rest of the !ehaviordthe hynotistZs reetition of sounds or
gestures, his soft, relaEing voice, snaing of &ngers, counting !ackward from +J to +, and the trance)like
ose or slee)like reose of the su!>ectdare >ust window dressing, art of the drama that makes hynosis
seem mysterious.
1he hynosis showroom rovides a social setting where !ehavior that would usually !e considered
inaroriate is allowed. If alcohol is involved, an additional eEcuse for inaroriate !ehavior is introduced.
$ooked at this way, showroom hynosis is a kind of release, a socially acceta!le way to let go.
4 rather !i5arre ractice in Malaysia and Indonesia called latah is somewhat reminiscent of what goes on in
some demonstrations of showroom hynosis.
-on !eing startled, ordinarily timid, eEceedingly olite women sometimes resond with vulgar o!scenities
and outrageous seEual gestures. Severe cases eEerience ?automatic o!edience,? doing whatever they are
told, afterward claiming amnesia and thus not held resonsi!le for their actions. <7artholomew and .adford
0atah seems to involve a tacit social agreement to act as if one has lost one@s self)control. 1he !ene&t to the
hynotic su!>ects of the stage hynotist may even !e the same as the !ene&t of latah' attention.
In any case, stage hynosis seems to !e done for entertainment uroses and is 8uite diferent from the more
serious aims of those who work in a clinical setting' the hynotheraists. 7ut even this grou eEhi!its a great
deal of variety in what they do.
1he su!>ects of clinical hynotists are usually eole with ro!lems who have heard that hynotheray works
for relieving ain or overcoming an addiction or a fear. Some use hynosis to recover reressed memories of
seEual a!use, memories of ast lives, or hidden memories of crimes the su!>ect has witnessed or !een victim
to. Some use hynosis to discover alleged truths hidden from ordinary consciousness in the unconscious
mind. ,ach of these should !e discussed searately' the hynotheraists, the reressed memory theraists,
the ast lives theraists, and the #ew 4ge theraists. ;e@ll take them in reverse order.
N)B A9) ,-)/+"&%,%. 1his grou thinks that hynosis is a gateway to occult knowledge a!out the self and
mystical insights a!out the universe. "ynosis is seen as a way to oen u the unconscious mind where
these alleged truths and insights have taken u residence. Scienti&c suort for this view is lacking and few
sychologists take this aroach seriously.
P+%, L&.) ,-)/+"&%,%. 1hese folks use hynosis to do ast life regression. 1his use of hynosis seems a
erfect &t for the notion that hynosis is learned !ehavior issuing out of a socio)cognitive conteEt, a view ut
forth !y sychologist #icholas Sanos. $ike .o!ert 7aker, Sanos argued that ?hynotic rocedures inNuence
!ehavior indirectly !y altering su!>ectsZ motivations, eEectations and interretations.? Desite the
erformance ut on !y the su!>ect in ast life regression sessions, their !ehavior has nothing to do with
!eing in a trance, oening u the su!conscious mind, or accessing ast lives. 1he su!>ect acts in accordance
with the eEectations of the hynotic situation and !ehaves as she thinks she is suosed to !ehave in
resonse to the suggestions of the hynotist. 4 comliant su!>ect can have reveries a!out #uture lives if the
theraist leads her that way. Deending on the desires and eEectations of the theraist)atient dyad, eole
can imagine they are in the .oman coliseum two thousand years ago or on another lanet a thousand years
into the future.
Sanos comares the oularity of hynosis with the nineteenth century henomenon we now call
mesmerism. Furthermore, he draws an analogy !etween the !elief in hynosis and the !elief in demonic
ossession and eEorcism. ,ach can !e eElained in terms of socio)cognitive conteEt. 1he concetions of the
roles for the articiants in all of these !eliefs and !ehaviors are learned and reinforced in their social
settings. 1hey are conteEt)deendent and deend on the willingness of articiants to lay their esta!lished
roles. 0iven enough suort !y enough eole in a social setting, >ust a!out any concet or !ehavior can
!ecome adamantly defended as dogma !y the scienti&c, theological, or social community.
4nother sychologist, ,. M. 1hornton <+LIG=, eEtends the analogy !etween hynotism, mesmerism, and
eEorcism. She maintains that hynotic su!>ects are asked !asically to take on ?what really amounts to a
arody of eiletic symtoms.? If some hynotic or mesmeri5ed su!>ects seem ossessed, that is !ecause
ossession involves a similar socio)cognitive conteEt, a similar role)laying arrangement and raort. 1he
central !eliefs difer and the dominant idea of an altered state, of animal magnetism, or of invading demons
gives the eEeriences their distinguishing characteristics. Dee down, however, hynotism, mesmerism,
hysteria, and demonic ossession share the common ground of !eing social constructs engineered mainly !y
enthusiastic theraists, showmen, and riests on the one side, and suggesti!le, imaginative, willing, fantasy)
rone layers with dee emotional needs or a!ilities on the other.
1hose claiming that hynosis is a trance state often cite studies that show that during hynosis <+= the
!rainZs electrical states change and <C= !rain waves difer from those during waking consciousness. 2ritics of
this view oint out that these facts are irrelevant to esta!lishing hynosis as an altered state of
consciousness. /ne might as well call daydreaming, concentrating, imagining the color red, or snee5ing
altered states, since the eEerience of each will show electrical changes in the !rain and changes in !rain
waves from ordinary waking consciousness.
4nyway, investigations into alleged cases of ast life regression suort the view that what is !rought forth
during the hynotic sessions are memories from this life and confa!ulations. For eEamle, see the entries on
7ridey Murhy and the 7loEham taes.
R)"/)%%)* M)6$/! ,-)/+"&%,%. 1hese folks have comletely mucked u !oth treatment and criminal
investigation !y using hynosis and other suggestive techni8ues to evoke memories of seEual a!use !y
relatives or !y aliens in saceshis. In some cases, hynosis has !een used to encourage atients to !elieve
events that ro!a!ly never haened <false memories=. If these ?memories? were not of horri!le and ainful
events, they would !e of little concern. 7ut !y nurturing delusions of evil sufered, theraists often do
irreara!le harm to those who ut their trust in them. 1hey do this in the name of healing and caring, as did
the riests of old when they hunted witches and eEorcised demons. ;orse, they do this when there is
scarcely any evidence that reression of traumatic eEeriences is a common fact.G
Some hynotic su!>ects are eole who have !een victims of or witnesses to a crime. %olice sometimes
encourage them to undergo hynosis to hel them remem!er details from their eEeriences. If not done very
carefully, however, these sessions can imlant false memories rather than draw out true ones. "ynosis is
dangerous in the olice setting !ecause of the tendency of too many olice oFcers to !elieve in truth serums, lie
detectors, and other magical and easy ways to get to t he truth.
1he reressed memory theraists have taught us not to underestimate the ower of suggestion through
word, gesture, tone of voice, omission, and a host of other things.
1hose who hoe to urify hynosis !y striing it of its suggestive ower seem to hoe in vain. T+() +B+!
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2ontrary to what many eole !elieve, hynosis does not signi&cantly aid memoryZs accuracy. 7ecause
su!>ects are eEtremely suggesti!le while hynoti5ed, some states do not allow as evidence in a court of law
testimony made while under hynosis <$oftus +LIL=. MinnesotaZs Sureme 2ourt was the &rst state court to
rule that recollections under hynosis would not !e admissi!le as evidence in court. 1he 4merican Medical
4ssociation <4M4= agrees. 4n 4M4 committee reorted that there was Vno evidence to indicate that there is
an increase of only accurate memory during hynosis.W [...] Defenders of hynosis cite cases such as the !us
driver who, while under hynosis, recalled most of the license late num!er of a van he saw. 1his heled
!reak the 2howchilla kidnaing case. </n 6uly +*, +LIG, a !usload of school children and their !us driver
were a!ducted on their way !ack from a swim outing.= /onents oint to the fact that eole can have vivid
memories under hynosis that are false and that a hynoti5ed erson, !ecause of !eing very suggesti!le,
runs a great risk of using the imagination to &ll in memory)gas. 7ut even if some hynotic memories are
accurate, there is no signi&cant ro!a!ility that a memory is any more relia!le simly !ecause it has !een
hynotically induced. <2arroll CJJ*' +J=
For more on the evidence for not trusting memories evoked !y hynosis, see the Skeptical 8nBuirer, Pol. RII
#o. C, ;inter +LAI)AA' ?(he )ower o# Suggestion on +eory? !y .o!ert 4. 7aker and ?Fantasizing Under
Hypnosis: Soe 7&periental 7$idence? !y %eter 6. .eveen. 1hree witnesses to a staged armed ro!!ery were
hynoti5ed !y .eveen. 1heir accounts were very detailed, !ut none agreed with the others and none was
close to the actual facts of the event.
H!"#$,-)/+"&%,%. ;hile it is true that some hynotheraists can hel some eole lose weight, 8uit
smoking, or overcome their fear of Nying, it is also true that cognitive)!ehavioral theray <271= can do the
same without any mum!o)>um!o a!out trance states or !rain waves. 1here have !een many scienti&c
studies on the efectiveness of 271. For eEamle, one systematic study found that 271 imroves weight loss
in eole who are overweight or o!ese. 4nother systematic study found that 271 aears to !e an efective
and acceta!le treatment for adult out)atients with chronic fatigue syndrome. Finding high 8uality scienti&c
evidence for hynotheray, however, oses a ma>or ro!lem. 4s .. 7arker 7ausell says' hynosis and the
lace!o efect are ?so heavily reliant uon the efects of suggestion and !elief that it would !e hard to
imagine how a credi!le lace!o control could ever !e devised for a hynotism study? <CJJI' CGA=. ,ven if you
could devise a hynosis study that isolated the role of suggestion and !elief, how would you do ?fake?
"ynotheray is said to efective for such things as heling eole lose weight, 8uit smoking, or overcome a
ho!ia. Most of the evidence for the efectiveness of hynotheray is anecdotal, desite the claims of such
grous as the 4merican Society of 2linical "ynosis <4S2"=. #ot surrisingly, all the anecdotes are ositiveY
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If one comares the characteristics of the lace!o efect and those of hynotheray it is hard to distinguish
the diference !etween these two ducks. 7oth work !ecause articiants !elieve they work and they occur in
a clinical setting where the client is highly motivated for the theray to work and the rovider has all the
accoutrements of the healing arts. Suggestion is the heart and soul of !oth. "ynosis adds such things as
asking the client to relaE <imortant for suggestion to work= or to concentrate on something <which may !e
comletely suerNuous=.
Some hynotheraists seem to use 271 in their work and it may well !e that the 271 and the lace!o efect
are what accounts for a success here or there with a highly motivated client.G /ne ractitioner, .onda 0raf,
says that most eole resond to visual suggestions and imagery. She guides smokers to see themselves as
nonsmokers, fat eole to see themselves as thin, etc., and gives them ?anchors? to reinforce the imagery.
For eEamle, she teaches her clients to say to themselves, ?2ancel, cancel, cancel, I@m in control,? when
they@re temted to smoke or go for the cheesecake.G ;e usually have no way of knowing whether the client
could have lost weight or 8uit smoking without the hynosis !ecause all we know for sure is that in the ast
the client tried to lose weight or 8uit smoking, and she failedM !ut during the hynotheray she lost weight or
8uit smoking. Since we have nothing to comare it to, we have no way of knowing how much hynosis
contri!uted to the changed !ehavior and how much came from the erson@s strong motivation to change, her
!elief in the theray, etc.
1o those who say ?what diference does it make why something works, as long as it works? I rely that it is
likely that there is something that works even !etter and might even !e cheaer or more efective. ;hile
many hynotheraists may !e generally relia!le, hel many clients with some of life@s minor ro!lems, and
are unlikely to take on cases !eyond their eEertise, many are going to !e 8uacks. Deending on where they
are racticing, their education and training might !e minimal and dangerous. %eole with serious hysical or
mental issues might seek out one of these 8uacks for a serious disorder that could !e relieved or cured !y
scienti&c medicine or theray. Furthermore'
%atients can !ecome deendent on nonscienti&c ractitioners who emloy lace!o theraies. Such atients
may !e led to !elieve they@re sufering from imagined ?reactive? hyoglycemia, noneEistent allergies and
yeast infections, dental &lling amalgam ?toEicity,? or that they@re under the ower of 8i or eEtraterrestrials.
<1he Mysterious %lace!o !y 6ohn ,. Dodes, Skeptical 8nBuirer, 6an(Fe! +LLI=. In other words, "1+0)'$
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/ne systematic review of studies on the efectiveness of hynotheray for the treatment of irrita!le !owel
syndrome found that the efectiveness ?is uncertain.? 4 systematic review of studies on hynosis and cancer
atients found that there have !een siE randomi5ed control studies in this area. 1hey were evaluated for the
efectiveness of hynosis in treating chemotheray)induced nausea and vomiting. In &ve of these studies, the
articiants were children, a highly suggesti!le class of su!>ects. ?Meta)analysis revealed a large efect si5e
of hynotic treatment when comared with treatment as usual, and the efect was at least as large as that of
cognitive)!ehavioural theray.? 1his is what one would eEect if the hynosis were accomanied !y elements
of cognitive)!ehavioral theray or if !oth were no more efective than a lace!o.
/ne small study <BJ articiants= done in +LL+ found that hynotheray ay !e useful in relieving
symtoms in atients with refractory &!romyalgia.G 1he study comared hynotheray with hysical theray
!ut had no control <not surrisinglyY= for the lace!o efect.
1here is an interesting note on the 4S2" we!site'
7ecause some hynosis ractitioners have !een utili5ing ,MD., some ersons have felt that it may !e
related to hynosis, and some individuals have suggested that it may !e more efective than hynotic
/thers might note that ,MD. uses 271 techni8ues and takes advantage of the lace!o efect, as do some
Scienti&c studies have found out a few things a!out hynosis. ;e know that there is a signi&cant correlation
!etween !eing a!le to !e a!sor!ed in imaginative activity and !eing resonsive to hynosis.e ;e know that
those who are fantasy)rone are also likely to make eEcellent hynotic su!>ects. ;e know that vivid imagery
enhances suggesti!ility. ;e know that those who think hynosis is ru!!ish canZt !e hynoti5ed. ;e know that
hynotic su!>ects are not turned into 5om!ies and are not controlled !y their hynotists. ;e know that
hynosis does not enhance the accuracy of memory in any secial way. ;e know that a erson under
hynosis is very suggesti!le and that memory is easily V&lled)inW !y the imagination and !y suggestions
made under hynosis. ;e know that confa!ulation is 8uite common while under hynosis and that many
states do not allow testimony that has !een induced !y hynosis !ecause it is intrinsically unrelia!le. ;e
know the greatest redictor of hynotic resonsiveness is what a erson belie$es a!out hynosis.
;e also know that the usual ersonality traits measured on the tyical ersonality inventory such as the
Myers)7riggs or introversion(eEtraversion scales do not correlate well with hynoti5a!ility'
1here are +C standard tests in the S"SS <Stanford "ynotic Susceti!ility Scale= which measure how well a
su!>ect conforms to the !ehavior of a classically hynoti5ed erson. 7y these scales, a!out *K of eole are
classically unhynoti5a!le, most eole show moderate scores, and a!out +JK are hynoti5a!le to eEtreme
deths and show the classical dee trance henomena such as somnam!ulism, visual and auditory
hallucinations, and a!ility to remain deely in hynosis with eyes oen.
....hynoti5a!ility does not aear to show any o!vious correlation with any of the usual ersonality traits or
characteristics. #ot only is gulli!ility not directly correlated, !ut gender, eEtraversion(introversion, and
neurotic tendencies have also !een shown not to correlate well with hynoti5a!ility.G
[\] with techni8ues like hynotheray' the farther one gets from the science, the more owerful the efect of
the theray.
S)) +1%$ acuuncture, alien a!duction, altered state, 7loEham taes, conditioning, eEorcism, homeoathy,
memory, mesmerism, 7ridey Murhy, #ew 4ge theraies, ast)life regression, lace!o efect, reressed
memory, reressed memory theray, 2harles 1art, unconscious mind, and mesmeri5ed !y hynotheray !y
.. 1. 2arroll.
[If you click on the Gs a!ove, you will !e directed to more information on the su!>ects in reference) Michael]
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EXTRACT; ;erner ,rhard@s est [Erhard Seminar Training, $atin for ?it is?] was one of the more successful
entrants in the -76+# "$,)#,&+1 6$8)6)#,. )%, is an eEamle of what sychologists call a $arge 0rou
4wareness 1raining rogram.
4nother signi&cant inNuence on ,rhard was MaEwell Malt5@s )sycho/cybernetics. 4s a young man, ,rhard
aarently had a lot of negatives in his self)image and was deely afected !y Malt5 who emhasi5ed, among
other things, %)1.-!"#$%&%. ,rhard ut his new ideas and new self to work as a traveling salesman for a
corresondence school. H&% &#,)/)%, &# -!"#$,&%6 -+* '))# %,&671+,)* '! M+1,F, !ut ,rhard@s focus
would !e on ?rogramming? and ?rerogramming.? 1he idea is not without merit, though the language is
unnecessarily cum!ersome. 1he !asic idea he came to esouse is that !ad ha!its are rogrammed into us'
we have !een ?hynoti5ed? during normal consciousness and that@s where our ro!lems arise. -nconsciously,
we@ve develoed de!ilitating ha!its and !eliefs. 1he oint is to get rid of them !y relacing them with
ositive and life)enhancing !eliefs and ha!its. 4gain, however, the language is very vague, ro!a!ly too
vague to do any meaningful scienti&c araisal of them.
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2linical "ynotheraist, %sychotheraist, 2ounsellor, SeE 1heraist, $ife 2oach O #aturoath
I am an eclectic theraist with my roots !ased in ,ricksonian <Milton= hynotheray(sychotheray\
S$6),&6)% ,-) 01&)#, +#* I 7%) NLP ,)0-#&W7)%, along with !rief efective theray.
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"ynotheray is a clinically eFcient way of focusing the mind. It is the unconscious mind that holds all the
knowledge that you have ever learned. "ynosis can hel the individual access those unconscious resources.
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"ynosis is what we culturally call the trance)like relationshi !etween two or more eole, and even in self)
hynosis our state changes as we alter the way the diferent arts of ourselves interrelate. ,ach of us are not
only !ound !y our ersonal interretation of what hynosis is, !ut also our cultural understanding. Moving
from one culture or time to another changes the classi&cation of what may or may not constitute hynosis.
2hinese medicine recognises over *JJJ years of hynotic relationshis !etween healers and atients. 1he
,gytians eEerienced 1emle Slee, which was induced and identi&ed !y riests as a secial healing and
enlightening state. In ancient 0reece, 4scleian dream healing could also conteEtually !e identi&ed as
hynosis. Moses, 6esus, Mohammed, 0hengis Hhan, .ichard the $ionheart, #aoleon, "itler, 2hurchill, and
7illy 0raham all ractised hynosis from a socio)sychological ersective and eEansionist oint of view.
1ri!al medicine men, witchdoctors, "indu fakirs, Indian yogi and %ersian magi have all ractised their own
forms of hynosis, either consciously or unconsciously, not necessarily having identi&ed it as hynosis.
0enerally this a!ility to entrance and utilise that secial focused relationshi has remained in the hands of
siritual leaders, riests, healers and hilosohers. "ynosis has !een a tool that many civilisations have
used, either to control the many or guide, cure and develo the individual. .eferences to anything vaguely
similar to stage hynosis for entertainment !efore the ast CJJ years are hard to &nd. "owever, magicians
have used hynotic comonents in the way they work, throughout the ages, to eretuate their myths of
mystical owers.
1he &rst high)ro&le use of hynosis in our modern records is with the hysician 4nton Mesmer <+IDB)+A+*=.
"is theory of animal magnetism included the assing of hands over arts of the su!>ect@s !ody, which was
suosed to efect a cure. "is atients !elieved that he was transferring a magnetic force or invisi!le Nuid
into them that would travel around their !odies to disel illness. 1his force could !e stored in many o!>ects
and recetacles to !e used when needed, and could !e transferred either through the hands or sometimes a
metal wand. Far from !eing urely the result of the lace!o efect, Mesmer !elieved that such a force actually
eEisted. "e wrote a very imortant scienti&c aer considering magnetic inNuences on the movements of the
sun, moon and lanets and on human health.
1owards the end of the &rst half of the +Lth century, animal magnetism sread as far as Italy, Sain, 2orfu,
throughout the rest of ,uroe and Scandinavia, and even 7ra5il. 1his sread was atchy and, at times,
)#0$7#,)/)* /)%&%,+#0) ./$6 ,-) C+,-$1&0 0-7/0-, which !elieved that the clairvoyant elements of
trance work needed to !e revented. In .ome and #ales animal magnetism was !anned and in $om!ardy
only medical rofessionals were allowed to ractise it.
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1here are many kinds of clinical hynotheraies ractised in the world today, !ased on various
sychotheraeutic hilosohies. ;hat is imortant for you to know is that a doctor of clinical hynotheray
has trained for many years to a very high standard of ractice. 7ecause someone is a medical doctor or has a
%hD in sychology, it does not necessarily mean that they are suFciently 8uali&ed to ractise hynosis. I
!elieve that hynotheraists should !e trained seci&cally in hynotheray as a clinical disciline. /nly in
this way can clients going for hynotheray !e certain that the hel they get will !e of the very highest
standard, and that they are safe and con&dent in &nding a way forward in their lives.
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1his is an interactive relationshi !etween human !eings, where one hels another. %rofessional
sychotheraists are trained to hel eole to look at their situation from another angle. "aving new insights
hels eole solve their ro!lems naturally.
4s a sychotheraist my >o! entails heling eole rearrange their thought atterns towards !eing
comforta!le with whom and what they are. Many eole think of sychotheray as lasting many years and
!eing very intrusive, !ut with 7rief Integrative %sychotheray eole are out of the theray room as soon as
,ricksonianism is as much a hilosohy as it is a clinical way of carrying out sychotheray and attemts to
hel the erson utilise and rely on their own resources. /f course, there are always times in all of our lives
when we !elieve that we don@t have the a!ility to deal with our thoughts, histories and futures. ,ricksonian
sychotheraists, however, are seci&cally trained to hel eole to reconnect with their natural a!ilities to
!e well and hay, and stay that way.
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#euro)$inguistic %rogramming is the fastest growing sychology in the world. It is !ased on three of the
world@s most eminent theraists@ methods' Milton ,rickson, Frit5 %erls, and Pirginia Satir. 1hese methods can
create fast change work, heling eole resolve their ro!lems ainlessly. During the course students are
taught some #$% techni8ues and learn to understand their origins and the ways they work.
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1his is when a rofessionally trained counsellor assists someone to resolve their ro!lems and hels them
develo a stronger sense of self)worth and caa!ility. Many of us at times need a little hel to &nd a ersonal
sense of direction that can !est serve our needs and desires\
2ounselling is a sace where eole can feel safe talking through their ro!lems in con&dence, knowing that
the time is eEclusively dedicated to their needs. In counselling, a totally non)>udgmental atmoshere is set
u, so whatever !ackground the erson comes from or situations they !ring, we &nd a way forward to hel
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1his is when a counsellor hels coules who have relationshi diFculties, are not getting on, or have come to
an imasse in their relationshis. It is also when mem!ers of a family are having diFculty with making the
family work or with one articular mem!er of their family. 7ecause the counsellor can see things from an
o!>ective and non)artisan ersective it allows them to ofer eole a num!er of new otions to resolve
their situation and move forward to a more harmonious relationshi. ;e use a systemic tye of coules and
family counselling theray that focuses not on the ro!lems !ut on what might !e the solutions.
%eole often ask' ?7ut what if my artner or family mem!er does not want to come to the session`? ;ell then
we work with the erson or ersons that do want to come to the session and hel them manage the situation
!etter. Solution)focused counselling is articularly centred around eole going forward in a ositive way and
not dwelling on the ast.
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home and the environment' (he (ies o# 8ndia, +G
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Si#u 0eorge 1homas who is founder of the 2hennai)!ased T+& C-& 4cademy says, V1he internal ractice of ,+&
0-& is\ a culmination of many centuries of 1aoist reNection <chi/kung=.W
V\ 0eorge 1homas earned a diloma in +07"7#0,7/) from a Sri $ankan Institute. "e sent two years at the
2entre for "olistic "ealing in %une with the Medical Mission Sisters, learning %-&+,%7, +07!$9+, "$1+/&,!
,-)/+"!, 9&# %-)#,$ +#* XT$70- .$/ H)+1,-C. "e is a grandmaster of /)&(&, and a ractitioner of
-!"#$%&%\ "e ractices a variety of healing arts including %-&+,%7, )#)/9! -)+1&#9, %"&/&,7+1 -)+1&#9,
/)&(&, ,-) 7%) $. 67*/+% +#* 6+#,/+%. ;hen necessary, he does *&%,+#0) -)+1&#9.W
So says (he Hindu of 6une +L, CJJJ, which 8uotes 0eorge 1homas as saying, VT+& 0-& is the doing of non)
doing. 1he movements, when internali5ed, work on the 6)/&*&+#% which in turn work on the )#)/9!
1he Setem!er(/cto!er CJJJ newsletter of Shree Sharada $okaseva Foundation, 7angalore aart from
concentration on reiki, conducts courses and carries information on 6&#*&6+9)/! ,)0-#&W7)%, !$9+,
"/+#&0 -)+1&#9, ")#*7176 *$B%&#9, %)1.-!"#$%&%, 0/!%,+1 -)+1&#9, etc.
Siply ,hennaiZs #ovem!er CJJ* issueZs article 1he %etal %usher !y 7rahmma 6oshi is a!out .avi
Su!ramaniam, a [Noral theraist\ who uses Nower ower to cure hysical ailments\ for nine years now. "e
follows a line of treatment called the B+0- F1$B)/ T-)/+"!Z. Su!ramaniam reortedly gets [four to &ve
atients a dayZ. 1he article ela!orates, V1he !est art of R)&(& is that it crystallises very well with any
theray, !e it\ +!7/8)*+, +07"/)%%7/), +/$6+ ,-)/+"!, %-&+,%7, B+0- I$B)/ /)6)*&)%,
-$6$)$"+,-!, 6+%%+9), !$9+, 6)*&,+,&$#, )8)# -!"#$%&%,W according to Sumeet Sharma.
Sterling %u!lishers of Delhi, in their #ew 4ge [#ew DawnZ [Fll Mou Ganted to Nnow about?Z series of ocket)
si5ed !ooks on 4lternative theraies, says this on R)&(& which is Vdedicated to the $otus Feet of 7hagwan Sri
Sathya Sai 7a!aW !y Sumeet Sharma' VSince .eiki !asically works on the mind, anything that calms the mind
will ena!le .eiki to go deeer. ;hen one is not oen and recetive, one closes his outer +7/+ and no healing
can enter without the su!>ectZs ermission. In the hynotic state, if .eiki is !eamed with strong aFrmations,
the recovery is faster. H)+1&#9 &% W7&0()/ B-)# B) 0$6'&#) R)&(& B&,- -!"#$%&%G $/ #)7/$1&#97&%,&0
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Success and Sel#/Cealisation. Gsee following age
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?[/ne] level uon which /)&(& works is the karmic... /ften, ro!lems in this life are results of karmic issues
from ast lives. "owever, unless you are /)9/)%%)* ,-/$79- -!"#$%&% !y an eEtremely relia!le O
trustworthy -!"#$,-)/+"&%,, there is no way for you to identify these ast life issues, let alone start working
to correct them. 1his is where reiki comes in. Xou don@t need to tell the reiki, ?I need to work on my ast life
as a SiouE medicine man during which I harmed many eole through negative use of my energy O a!ilities.?
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Furthermore, the reiki energy also knows where your karma needs correctingM and, it also knows that some
karmic lessons need to !e eEerienced for your own siritual growth ) so those issues it will leave in lace.?
So we see that the lie of reincarnation is another fundamental asect of this reiki ?energy?.
In (he 7ncyclopedia o# Flternati$e Health ,are, %ocket 7ooks, +LAL, 2hristine ;estwood gives a list of
essential oils to !e avoided if the atient is also taking -$6$)$"+,-&0 remedies. She is the founder)director
of an A/$6+,-)/+"! Institute in the -.H. She worked at the #ew 4ge F&#*-$/# F$7#*+,&$# in Scotland,
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NEW AGE CATHOLICISM Mary 4nn 2ollins ?4 Former 2atholic #un?
htt'(( March CJJC .evised 6une CJJB
\During the eriod !etween +LIJ and +LAJ <when I was still a 2atholic=, I ran into three N)B A9) things
which were romoted !y 2atholic riests.
First, a 2atholic riest recommended %)1.-!"#$%&% and gave me cassette taes for doing it. Fortunately I
never listened to the taes. I -+8) %&#0) 1)+/#)* ,-+, +#! .$/6 $. -!"#$%&% &% %"&/&,7+11! *+#9)/$7%.
Second, some 2atholic friends enthusiastically recommended that I attend a 2atholic worksho on ?2entering
%rayer? which was given !y a riest. Fortunately, I was not a!le to attend the worksho. I !ought the riestZs
!ook, !ut it seemed strange and I didnZt read much of it. IZve learned from .andy ,nglandZs !ook that
?2entering %rayer?G is similar to Silva Meditation <also called Silva Mind 2ontrol=. It involves altered states of
consciousness and sirit guides. <?-nicorn,? ages +BD)+BG=\
GCENTERING PRAYER htt'((ehesians)*,#1,.I#03%.4X,..doc
M$%, R)8. A#,$#! D)8$,,+, B&%-$" $. T&/70-&/+""+11&, was the 2hairman of the Souvenir 2ommittee
which consisted of Fr. Pincent 2hinnadurai [see his active involvement in the roduction !y a fellow)riest of
an audio worshiing the "indu deity Shiva, with the !acking of the same 7isho, my reort IN PRAISE OF
SHIVA htt'((ehesians)*,KCJ/FKCJS"IP43%.I,S1SKCJI#P,S1KCJ.S
KCJ+*KCJMI$$I/#3F$/41KCJ2/M%4#XKCJ;/.1"KCJ.SKCJ+JJKCJ2./.,S.doc], Sr. [Dr.] "ermina, S44,
[%resident of the S&%,)/ D$0,$/% F$/76 $. I#*&+G] and one Fr. Maria 2harles, SD7. In the #ovem!er CJJD
issue of Sr. M. 4malavathy I2MZs +alarga +anitha, it is recorded that Sr. "ermina was a student of her
Siritual "uman Xoga) -niversal ,nergy school, which means that she is a fully trained ractitioner in the use
of occult -niversal $ife Force ,nergy. [.eort resently availa!le only in hard coy) Michael]
1he Foreword, written !y Fr. D. 4mudhan, %rincial, 1haninayagam 4digal Institute of 6ournalism, 1richy,
2onvenor, Souvenir 2ommittee, assures us that ?the articles have !een chosen from three main areas'
T-)$19! [sic], M)*&0&#) +#* M)*&0+1 S$0&$1$9!. ,minent ersons in these &elds have contri!uted the
articles and we areciate their willing cooeration. ;e are con&dent that these articles will !e sure sources
of information and insiration to the readers.?
Along with congratulatory letters from the Patican, 4rch!ishos, 7ishos, a 272I 2ommission etc., the
Souvenir carries articles !y several eminent theologian)riests. 7ut it also has an essay on alternative #ew
4ge theraies !y a $utheran minister<Y= who has taken an MD degree in 4lternative Medicine, which he says
includes VSiritual "ealingW, Xoga, 4cuuncture, H!"#$%&%, etc. "e descri!es the hilosohies and ractices
of these and several other occult)!ased and 8uestiona!le theraies like $ight 1heray, Music 1heray,
4yurveda, "omeoathy, 7io)feed!ack, 2hinese .emedies, etc.
GSee following age
Fe!ruary +)+*, CJJC issue THE PHENOMENON OF HEALING !y S/. R$%+66+ E$-#, ICM, Issues)
"ealth column.
She is a %h. D., a 2linical %sychologist !ased at the I2M "ouse in Dindigul, 1amil #adu. 1he full)age article
includes a hotograh of a erson in the yogic padasana osture eEhi!iting the upadesa udra.
4 few 8uotes' ?From time immemorial\ many %-+6+#% were doing the great act of healing the sick. ,ven
today, in some arts of the world, eole have great faith in ,-) -)+1&#9 "$B)/ $. ,-)%) ")/%$#% B-$
7%) 6+#,/+%, "/+!)/%, +#* $,-)/ &6"/)%%&8) /&,7+1% ,$ 0+",7/) ,-)S 7#0$#%0&$7% 6&#* $. ,-)
"+,&)#,\ It takes a good and creative %-+6+# to invent tools which can 0$667#&0+,) ,$ ,-)
7#0$#%0&$7% 6&#*, '!"+%%&#9 ,-) 0$#%0&$7%Y /+,&$#+1 6&#*\
In recent years we have witnessed the %otta henomenon attracting large crowds. O,-)/ %70- "-)#$6)#+
+/) -!"#$%&%, faith healing, %ranic "ealing, .eiki, the use of endulum, crystals, and so on\ I ')1&)8) &#
,-) "$B)/ $. ,-)%) ,$$1% ,$ -)+1 many of the illnesses\ I have done eEerimental research using %ranic
1he S&%,)/ D$0,$/% F$/76 $. I#*&+G held its R 4nnual 0eneral 7ody Meeting in 2itadel, 2hennai on CL
+JI sisters from all over India articiated in the event. It was inaugurated !y D/. L+B/)#0) P&7%, +7D&1&+/!
'&%-$" $. M+*/+%M!1+"$/)\ "e eEhorted the Sister Doctors to face the resent day challenge !y
discovering the root cause of disease and distress and work towards radical solutions. M.A. E$) A#,$#! SE.,
E*&,$/, ,-) N)B L)+*)/, felicitating the Sister Doctors, asked them to com!ine eEertise, emathy and
commitment in their mission as healers\ I# ,-) ,B$ *+! %0&)#,&@0 %)%%&$#% "/&$/ ,$ ,-) AGBM, + ,)+6
$. )D")/,% -)+*)* '! D/. P+1+#, MD., )D"$%)* ,-) ,)0-#&W7)% $. 01&#&0+1 -!"#$,-)/+"! Z 7%&#9
-!"#$%&%GG ,$ 07/) &11#)%%)%.
GSee revious age GGhynosis is listed in the Patican Document as a V#ew 4ge
techni8ueW, hB
4ugust +G)D+, CJJI issue 7ack cover. Full age advertisement'
SRC, C-/&%, H+11 2ontact' %rogramme Director, S.2, 2hrist "all, Malaaram!a %./., 2alicut Q GID JJL, Herala
1el' JBL* CDI +ACG, CDI ++JD ,mail'
NLP Setem!er C)* .esource erson' F/. E$-# B$%0$, SE., Secundera!ad
H!"#$,-)/+"! .$/ H$1&%,&0 H)+1&#9 #ovem!er CG)Decem!er C .esource erson' F/. E$) K7##76"7/+6
SE., %atna
6uly +D, CJJC issue. It carried a THREEPAGE article !y L7&% S.R. V+% on the ;orld 2ommunity for 2hristian
Meditation [KRIPA FOUNDATION[WCCM htt'((ehesians)*;22M.doc].
7oth the ;22M and Hria Foundation of which Fr 6oe %ereira is the leading &gure are #ew 4ge.
$uis S... Pas is author of [F Handbook o# Holistic HealingZ M @-isco$er the )ower o# Mour Hidden Sel# )7;ecti$e
ways to 7nhance Mour Gell/being and Spiritual Irowth@ etc., S,. P+71% B),,)/ Y$7/%)1. B$$(%, %$6) $.
,-) MOST OCCULT +#* NEW AGE '$$(% '! + C+,-$1&0 +7,-$/. Pas recommends the ractice of #ew 4ge
techni8ues like 0estalt 1heray, H!"#$,&%6, N)7/$ L&#97&%,&0 P/$9/+66&#9, Su& "eart .hythm
Meditation, ^en, Piassana, etc.
March +D, CJJB issue, age +I HEALTH ISSUES TO KEEP YOU INFORMED !y Dr. Dayal Mirchandani, MD,
D%M, FI%S, 4ssociate, 7ehavioural Science #etwork [Issued !y the A/0-*&$0)%+# H)+1,- P/$6$,&$# T/7%,]
Motivational techni8ues, esecially when com!ined with -!"#$%&%, hel eole stay on a diet and eEercise
rogramme\ -nder -!"#$%&% it emerged that [.eena] was terri&ed of getting hurt in a relationshi and her
unconscious had made her o!ese\ -sing -!"#$%&% and other !ehavioural techni8ues, one is taught to use
the !odyZs own wisdom in choosing the right food and eating in resonse to true hunger until >ust satis&ed.
March CJ, CJJB issue, $etter to the editor CLINICAL HYPNOSIS !y D/. N)8&11) S. B)#9+1&, C1&#&0+1
H!"#$,&%,, Mum!ai.
Dr #eville 7engali is a regular contri!utor to 1he ,Eaminer. "e freely advertises his trade, with the !lessings
of the 4rchdiocese, through a !arrage of articles and letters to the editor, some of them written !y his wife
7everly, all of them romoting one or the other of several #ew 4ge theraies.
In this letter in 1he ,Eaminer, he goes to great ains to eElain to 2atholic readers what eEactly clinical
hynosis entails.
4ugust +L, CJJG issue, MIGRAINE. "ello Doctor, "ealth %age !y Dr. 6ohn D. .odrigues, 2lassical
"omoeoath, [Issued !y the A/0-*&$0)%+# H)+1,- P/$6$,&$# T/7%,] EXTRACT;
?2ertain auEiliary modes of treatment which can hel in !ringing down the severity of migraine are a= Stress
reduction techni8ues such as yogaG, != Stress management !y !iofeed!ackG and -!"#$%&% and c=
4curessureG\ "omoeoathic medicinesG are known to treat and cure migraine. 1he homoeoathic aroach
is directed to heal the !ody and mind from within\?
G!$9+, '&$.))*'+0(, +07"7#0,7/), -$6$)$"+,-! AND -!"#$%&% +/) 1&%,)* &# ,-) V+,&0+# D$076)#,
$# ,-) N)B A9) V2.>.2.1, V2.2.> +#* V2.
I visited the HOLISTIC HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALING CENTRE in 7i!wewadi, %une on March CA,
CJJJ. It is run !y the MEDICAL MISSION SISTERS [MMS]. I met S/. R$B)#+ M&/+#*+. 7elieving I was a
otential student, she rovided me with all the information that I re8uired. 4t the close of our meeting, I gave
her an entire set of my work, including coies of my letters to you. 4nd I eElained to her why 2atholics may
not, under ain of sin and danger to their souls, ractise any of the theraies that they teach, or articiate
in any of the rograms that they conduct in their 2entre.
1heir director, who was at that time away in ,uroe to conduct courses there, is S/. C)1&#) P+!!+""&11!,
M.A., [HOLISTIC HEALTH, USA, 1:52]M 1eacherZs 2erti&cate in 1ouch for "ealth [which includes
chiroractic, kinesiology, etc.] and %olarity 1heray, 2erti&cates in 4curessure, 4dvanced Foot .eNeEology,
1heraeutic 1ouch, 7asic and 4dvanced ,ducational Hinesiology, ;hole 7rain $earning, ^en Shiatsu, 4cu Xoga
She is trained in %ranic "ealing at the 7asic, 4dvanced, and %sychotheray levels) which covers "ealing with
2olours [2hromotheray], 0em 1heray ["ealing with 2rystals and Stones], H!"#$,-)/+"!, ,-) 7%) $.
S7'1&6&#+1% [audio messages that are received and recorded !y the !rain at a level !elow the threshold of
consciousness], and the ractices of I6+9)/!, V&%7+1&F+,&$#, +#* AL/6+,&$#.
She ersonally handles most of the courses for which she has received certi&cates. "er team, which consists
of other MMS nuns, includes S/. L70! K+87(+,,, S/. A9#)% P+#&(71+6, S/. R$%+1&+ M)*)&/+, S/. B)/#&0)
F)/#+#*)F, S/. R7,- M+#&+#0-&/+ [who is advertised as their XT/+*&,&$#+1 R)&(& M+%,)/C] etc., and
%un>a!i "indu "olistic "ealth teachers. 1he centre comes under the 2atholic D&$0)%) $. P$$#+, and the
7isho that ermitted all this is the longstanding ?charismatic? renewal siritual advisor, Palerian DZSou5a.
M+#! $. ,-)%) -$1&%,&0 ,-)/+"&)% +/) 1&%,)* &# ,-) V+,&0+# D$076)#, $# ,-) N)B A9).
[My reort on the 7i!wewadi "olistic "ealth 2entre is resently availa!le only in hard coy) Michael]
1he 6anuary CJJC issueZs &ve)age 2over Story, VE+%, M)),&#9 W)%,W, done !y the Director of 2"4I, F/.
S)'+%,&+# O7%)""+/+6"&1 himself, discusses yoga, -!"#$%&%, chiroractic, !iofeed!ack, acuuncture,
visuali5ation, holistic healing and much more. 1he riest is introduced as Va committed researcher and
enthusiastic suorter of arallel systems of medicine [who] dreams of an integrated healing system.W
I /)+11! *$#C, -+8) ,$ /)")+, ,-+, ,-) V+,&0+# D$076)#, *)%0/&')% +11 ,-)%) +% N)B A9), '7, I
67%,, ')0+7%) CHAI &% !), $#) 6$/) CBCI+L1&+,)* $/9+#&%+,&$# +#* &, %-$B% ,-+, ,-) '&%-$"% $.
I#*&+ +/) 1&() ,-) ,-/)) 6$#()!% B-)# &, 0$6)% ,$ N)B A9) "/$6$,&$# &# ,-) C-7/0-.
1he issue carried an article !y S/. P)/"),7+, SAS, P/)%&*)#,, S&%,)/ D$0,$/% F$/76 $. I#*&+ on
VH)+1&#9 E#)/9!W.
It carried an article on P/+#&0 H)+1&#9 !y S/. OD/.P E1&F+ K7""$F-+0()1, MMS, the head of the %ranic
"ealing Foundation of Herala, titled VH+/6$#&F&#9 E#)/9! F1$BW in which she also mentions R)&(&. She has
now founded her own "olistic "ealth 2entre, A!7%-!+, in the 4rchdiocese of 2hanganasserry, Herala.
It carried an article on !$9+ !y a Dr. Man>unath. It carried an article on S-&+,%7 +#* A07"/)%%7/).
It carried an article titled VW-+, &% H$1&%,&0 H)+1,-<W !y S/. OD/.P C)1&#) P+!!+""&11!, MMS, Director of
the 7i!wewadi, %une, H$1&%,&0 H)+1,- C)#,/).
1he Decem!er CJJ* issue of "ealth 4ction maga5ine'
+. VHnow your 2hild !etterW !y sychologist .ekha 4nu Mathur, an article on YOGA.
C. VH)+1&#9 EQ)0,% $. C$6"1)6)#,+/! T-)/+"&)%W !y S/. T)%%!, SEB, 4gragami 2onvent, ;ardha. Fifteen
4lternative Medicines are eElained with hotograhs and suorting diagrams of the +7/+, "+*6+%+#+,
etc. over four ages'
A07"7#0,7/), A/$6+ T-)/+"!, B&$.))*'+0(, H$6)$"+,-!, G7&*)* I6+9)/!, H)/'+1 R)6)*&)%,
L&9-, +#* C$1$7/ T-)/+"!, M+%%+9), M)*&,+,&$#, S)1.-!"#$%&%, T-)/+")7,&0 T$70-, Y$9+, etc.
I, *$)%#C, )#* ,-)/)] I %)1)0,)* A7%, ,B$ $. ,-) H)+1,- A0,&$# &%%7)% ,-+, -+* &#017*)* HYPNOSIS
+% )D+6"1)% $. B-+,C% 9$&#9 $# &# CHAI. V&/,7+11! #$ &%%7) $. CHAIC% H)+1,- A0,&$# 6+9+F&#) &%
N)B A9)./))]]]]]
DI0,S1 #/. IB D41,D #/P +B, CJJGM DI0,S1 #/. *AD %osted !y' ?6ohn %ereira? >
/21 C, CJJG
S)8)# ,)0-#&W7)% ,$ -)1" !$7 /)1+D ) .icha %ant EXTRACT;
+. Dee 7reathing\
C. %rogressive Muscular .elaEation <%M.=\
D. Meditation\
B. S)1.-!"#$%&%
?1his is when you hynotise yourself. 4Frmations are often used ositive statements we reeat to ourselves
to counter stress and unleasant thoughts. 4n eEamle of an aFrmation is @I feel vi!rant and alive. I love how
I feel@,? says Perma.
Sit down at a 8uiet, comforta!le lace. .elaE your !ody. Imagine waves of relaEation running down your !ody
from your head downwards, washing away stress. Feel the muscles in your !ody relaEing as waves of
relaEation wash over them. #eEt, utilise suggestion to deeen the state of relaEation. Xou can do this !y
simly saying to yourself' @I am tired and sleey. I can feel my arms and legs getting heavier. I am !ecoming
more and more tired@ /nce you feel comletely relaEed, add the aFrmations you have reared too.
*. Xoga\
G. Imagery\
I. Music or suggestion 2Ds\
DIGEST NO. 1332 DATED EULY 2=, 2005
%osting !y mem!er 0odwin 2oelho, recommending F/. H)#/! N7##, SE to mem!er ,ugene .as8uinha who
was en8uiring a!out a counselor'
F/$6; ?0odwin 2oelho? ikonkanicatholicsfgmail.comj 1o' iHonkani2atholicsfyahoogrous.comj
Sent' 1hursday, 6uly CB, CJJA G'BA 4M Su!>ect' .e' [Honkani2atholics] In need of a councellor
Dear ,ugene, For your counseling need you can also aroach
F/ H)#/! OH+#(P N7## SE, 4tmashakti 2ounseling 2entre. 4ddress' 4tmashakti 2ounseling 2entre, #o. ++C,
Madhuvan 2olony, "ulimavu Pillage, 7angalore ) *GJ JIG. %h' CG*A)+*GB ( *CLC.
.egards, G$*B&#
I B/$,) ,$ ,-) K$#(+#&C+,-$1&0% [KC] 6$*)/+,$/%;
F/$6; ra!hu T$; >esuverafgmail.comM ruertva5fgmail.comM
S)#,; Friday, /cto!er +J, CJJA +J'CI %M S7'A)0,; S/M, ISS-,S 1"41 I F,,$ I #,,D 1/ 7.I#0 1/ X/-.
HI#D #/1I2,
EXTRACT; Dear 4ustine, .uert and .ohit,
1his is not to &nd fault with any of you ersonally or with Honkani2atholics. 7ut I am ointing out what could
ossi!ly !e areas that you might want to look into. 4nyone can miss something or not see the side of it that I
always somehow see. Xou are doing a lot of good work and it is my daily [literally] rayer that this is carried
on more efectively.
Xou have a lot of eole to write the nice and good things only. 7ut I am diferent from others in the sense
that if I see what I resume to !e error, I must oint it out or I cannot live with myself. So I hoe that you will
take it in the right sirit as you have always done\ 1he 2entreZs -.$ is' htt'((www.holistic)
%lease read this +*)year)old -24# reort that I have coied from my &les'
2"-.2" I#S1I1-1I/# I# S/-1" I#DI4 ",$%S S2"I^/%".,#I2S +J 6une +LLD [\]
Since Fr #unn was already in my records, I contacted him and con&rmed from him that ,-)! $Q)/ !$9+
,-)/+"! +#* + .)B N)B A9) "/+0,&0)%. If someone can check out ?S0-&Q S0-$$1 $. R)"+/)#,&#9
T)0-#&W7)? OSSRTP [I havenZt], it might !e revealing.
;ould you agree with me that this is a 2entre that 2atholics must !e warned a!out instead of !eing directed
to !y H2`
If you agree with me would you kindly ost a correction and a warning on H2 to con&rm that`
It would also !e good to know a!out 0odwinZs connections with this 2entre, and ,ugeneZs eEerience of his
$ove, M&()
T-)/) B+% #$ /)%"$#%) ./$6 ,-) 6$*)/+,$/%, #)&,-)/ B+% +#! 01+/&@0+,&$#Y0$//)0,&$# 6+*) &#
.7,7/) &%%7)%.
I 1+,)/ 0-)0()* $7, ,-&% "/&)%,C% B)'%&,). A %6+11 )D0)/",;
?4lthough 1ransactional 4nalysis is the !asic language of the community !ecause of its simlicity, other
methods of holistic sychotheray are also used... for eEamle, G)%,+1,, NLP, "%!0-$%!#,-)%&%,
'$*!B$/(, 6$8)6)#, ,-)/+"! +#* */)+6'$*! "/$0)%% B$/( for schi5ohrenia treatment.?
G)%,+1, +#* NLP +/) 01$%)1! 1&#()* B&,- -!"#$%&%. F$/ *),+&1%, %)) "+9)% >2>4 &# 6! /)"$/,
KCJ2,#1.,30/4.doc +#*
6ust got hold of this news from S4. written !y 7osco, a H2 mem!er. I@ve also attached !elow a resonseG to
this !y a mem!er on another forum. [From' ?0oanet #ews? Sent' Saturday, May +D, CJJG +'D+ %M] )A7%,&#)
[C/+%,+], moderator.
E7/$")+# U#&$# T$ H$#$7/ G$+# P/&)%, W&,- C$66)6$/+,&8) P$%, C+/*
7y 7osco de Sousa ,remita
%4#46I, 0oa <S4. #,;S= )) 1he ,uroean -nion is honouring a ioneering 0oan 2atholic riest scientist on
the occasion of his C*J !irth anniversary with a commemorative ost card scheduled to !e issued on D+ May,
according to media reorts here. 1he riest E$%) C7%,$*&$ *) F+/&+ +1&+% A''N F+/&+G <+I** )+A+L= is the
second 0oan accorded the distinction after %ortugal commemorated 7lessed 6oseh Pa5 with a ostal stam
on the occasion of his DJJth !irth anniversary Faria was a hynotist, revolutionary, rofessor and scientist. "e
articiated in the French .evolution and in the &rst revolt in India against any colonial ower, after the
%ortuguese in 0oa <+*+J)+LG+= disallowed local riests from !ecoming !ishos. Faria was !orn on D+ May at
2olvale, +* kilometers north of the state caital %ana>i, to a riest and a nun <arents searated after !irth=,
!ut eventually ended !ecoming a riest himself. 4ccording to the reort, initially the commemorative stam
roosal initiated !y Dom Martins, a 0oan artiste !ased in -S4, was to honour the riest with a
commemorative stam, !ut after the world)wide internet etition signed !y admirers of Faria to the Stam
4dvisory 2ommittee of one of the ,uroean 2ountries crossed the deadline for su!mission of stam
roosals, the authorities assured to release a commemorative ostcard instead.
Ironically, a statue of Faria lies installed in the city@s main thoroughfare since CA Setem!er +LB*, !ut until
last year following an initiative !y some Faria fans not many citi5ens were aware of the ersonality.
GSee age GA
F+/&+ "7, .$/,- ,-) ,-)$/! $. -!"#$,&%6 and layed a ivotal role in the French .evolution.
T-) %,+,7) *)"&0,% F+/&+ -!"#$,&F&#9 + B$6+# 1!&#9 +, -&% .)),, evidently an efort !y the scultor at
enacting the rage at .ua de 2lichy, France, when -) %,+/,)* ?-!"#$,&0? 01+%%)% &# 151>, much sought
after !y aristocratic women seeking new sensations to entertain themselves.
4t the classes, 4!!e Faria carried out ractical demonstrations on audience, after eElaining that hynotic
slee did not deend on him <the hynotiser=, an ama5ing dearture from theories held at that time.
,Elained Stanley Fernandes, a schoolteacher in 0oa who researched to !ring out a !ooklet along with
Matanhy Saldanha, a 0oan legislator, on 4!!e Faria in +LIG in a !id to educate the u!lic, ?F. A#,$#
M)%6)/ from Pienna had come to %aris in +IIA and eEounded his doctrine of animal magnetism, which
was widely acceted,. 7ut, the French 4cademy, which aointed a commission while admitting to its success
of the ractice, said it was due to imitation and imagination.
1his was a severe !low to M)%6)/&%6, which forced its decline and neglect until Faria took it u?.
?I, &% #$B A'') F+/&+ B-$ &% ,$*+! +0(#$B1)*9)* +#* +001+&6)* )8)# '! )6&#)#, %0&)#,&%,%
1&() B),/+#* B)##-)&6, B/$B# S+W7+/*, C/$0W, C&11% *) 1+ T$7),,) +#* $,-)/%, ,$ -+8) "/$"$%)*
,-) ,-)$/! +#* 6),-$* $. -!"#$,&%6 ,-/$79- %799)%,&$#% ,$ %)1. +#* $,-)/%?, said Fernandes.
4fter Mesmer@s unsuccessful attemt to esta!lish hynotism <or magnetism=, as a science, similar eforts
were made in vain, !ut Faria@s theory difered from the rest, eElained Fernandes. ?/thers held that a
kmagnetic Nuid@ assed from the magneti5er to the su!>ect. 7ut Faria contended that nothing comes from the
magneti5er. ,verything comes from the su!>ect and takes lace in his imagination?.
It was held !y Mesmer, and even !efore Mesmer !y the early 0reeks, that this tye of magnetism was a gift
of a few who were endowed with secial 8ualities. Faria disagreed with the theory and !oldly develoed his
own teaching, which said that suggestion could !e assed !y anyone to anyone. "e then demonstrated for
the &rst time, the eEistence of autosuggestion. ?Faria was the &rst to successfully give theraeutic
suggestions to su!>ects under hynotism?, said Fernandes, adding that writer 4leEander Dumas
immortali5ed the riest in his classic 1he 2ount of Monte 2risto as an imrisoned riest in the castle and one
who knew of some secret treasure in real life. /nly one volume of FariaZs !ook saw the light of rint in his
lifetime. 7efore the other two volumes were comleted, Faria died of aolectic stroke, enniless and was
!uried in the cemetery of Montmartre on CJ Setem!er +A+L. $ast year, a -S)!ased French translator
$aurent 2arre released the !ook entitled Eose ,ustodio de Faria: -ypnotist, )riest and Ce$olutionary,
comrising works of Faria.
G1he resonse is omitted here) Michael
EXTRACTS from the 4tmadarshan, %atna, we!site htt'((*DAJ*C(4tmadarshan)6esuit).etreat)
?A,6+*+/%-+# is a .etreat and C$7#%)11&#9 C)#,/) run !y the E)%7&, F+,-)/% $. P+,#+. 2onsidered as a
very good .etreat 2entre, 4tmadarshan has a silent and eaceful am!ience. It is situated at Digha 0hat,
%atna, 7ihar, India. 1el' JG+C)C*GJ*DI ,mail'
1he centre also conducts many courses and workshos !ased on "olistic 4wareness, "ealth, and integration.
%eole of all caste, creed, and religion are welcome here for counselling, sychotheray, healing,
emowerment, and enlightenment.
P/$.. OF/P E$) K7##76"7/+6 SE > has an integrated school of sychology
seciali5ed in healing many sychosomatic disorders such as asthma, migraine etc. 7roadly called AMR
OAB+/)#)%% M)*&,+,&8) R)1+D+,&$#P is a holistic awareness theray for healing and integral human
1heray includes the use of ?inner imagery?, ?inner color?, ?inner light?, ?divine image?, etc.
?;e have a grou of DJ resource ersons. Five ermanent staf reside in 4tmadarshan 6esuit .esidence. 1he
ermanent mem!ers are F/. B$' S0-6&*,, F/. E$) K7##76"7/+6, F/. E$) K$$,&#+1, F/. P&7%
T-)(()67/!, +#* F/. A1')/, T&/()!, +11 E)%7&, F+,-)/%... ;e have comleted the following integration
rograms' ADI#&,&+,&$#, I#,)#%&8) E$7/#+1, H!"#$,-)/+"!, E##)+9/+6, M!)/%B/&99%, Y$9+,
V&"+%%+#+. ,ach Module is followed !y a holistic integration rocessing for deeer healing, emowerment,
and integration at the core of one@s !eing.?
?I have also conducted many 4M. workshos together with my co)theraist 4rchana in 1aiwan, Indonesia,
and Singaore.?
Dr. $eo .e!ello of Mum!ai is a classic case of a #ew 4ge theraist.
1his writer came into contact with him when he received a series of letters from the doctor, ouring out ire
and vitriol on this ministry and on the 2atholic 2hurch in resonse to this writerZs summary of the PaticanZs
#ew 4ge document that was u!lished in now)defunct (he ,oastal <bser$er and in (he 7&ainer [!oth of
Mum!ai] in May(6une CJJD.
Issuing a num!er of challenges [which this writer had no time to take u], he sent a arcel to this ministry. It
contained .e!elloZs !ook titled Fids * Flternati$e +edicine [&rst u!lished CJJJ, third edition March CJJD]
and his maga5ine Frit/+anthan, 8nternational Eournal de$oted to Holistic Healing.
1he !ook Fids? has a chater F to O o# Flternati$e +edicine. It eElains A07"7#0,7/), A07"/)%%7/),
AL/6+,&$#%, A7,$%799)%,&$#, B+0- F1$B)/ R)6)*&)%, B&$.))*'+0(, C-/$6$[$/ 0$1$7/] ,-)/+"!,
D&%,+#, H)+1&#9, F)#9 S-7&, G)6 T-)/+"!, G7&*)* I6+9)/!, H$6$)$"+,-!, H!"#$,-)/+"!,
I/&*$1$9!, K&#)%&$1$9!, K&/1&+# P-$,$9/+"-!, M+9#),$,-)/+"!, 7%) $. ^& [K& $/ C-& $/ P/+#+],
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-e%nition: 2hanneling is a new age term for mediumism or sirit)ossession, in this case, emloying sirit
guides in new age medicine. 2hanneling occurs when someone ermits a sirit entity to ossess him or her
for new age healing uroses. 1he sirits may erform sychic diagnosis or healing through a healer, or they
may seak through the erson@s vocal chords in order to give siritual, medical, and other teaching.
4utomatic writing and inner voice dictation are other forms of sirit communication !y channeling.
Founder: 1he &rst recorded incident of channeling er se is found in 0enesis D'+ <see also C 2orinthians ++'D,
+D)+*M .evelation +C'LM CJ'C=.
How -oes it ,lai to GorkH: 7y meditation, visuali5ation visuali5ation, -!"#$%&%G hynosis, altered states of
consciousness, and other methods, the sirits are a!le to enter, ossess, and control a erson, much in the
same manner a ueteer controls a uet. %eole claim that !y ermitting sirits to ossess and seak
through them, mankind can attain a wealth of siritual and other wisdom directly from sirits who have
?assed on? or are highly evolved. 1he sirits claim they can assist eole@s health concerns and direct them
toward true individual and social enlightenment. GS)) .$11$B&#9 +/,&01)
Scienti%c 7$aluation: 2ertain asects of the ractice can !e ?scienti&cally? evaluated, as in
arasychological research, !ut science cannot evaluate the channelers@ seci&c claims concerning the
sirits@ eEistence, nature, or urose.
<ccultic )otential: 2hanneling can !e used for an endless num!er of occultic ursuits, including so)called
higher <altered= states of consciousness, develoing sychic owers, attaining new revelations, etc. 1he new
age movement as a whole is largely !ased uon channeled revelations and activities.
+a'or )roble(s!: 1he sirits who claim to !e ?4scended Masters? or wise and loving entities sent from 0od
are really evil sirits the 7i!le identi&es as demons <see !elow=.
Diblical/,hristian 7$aluation: 2hanneling is art of what the 7i!le calls siritual warfare <,hesians G'+J)+A=
and is a ractice seci&cally for!idden <Deuteronomy +A'L)+C=. 1he sirits@ hidden urose is to !ring a!out
eole@s eventual siritual ruin !y gaining their trust and eEerting inNuence over them <C 2orinthians B'B,
)otential -angers: Siritual decetion, occult !ondage, demon ossession, mental !reakdown, hysical
harm, shortened life, and a host of other harmful conse8uences.
[,Ecerted from the 4nker!erg and ;eldon)authored !ook, ,an Mou (rust Mour -octorH: (he ,oplete Iuide
to "ew Fge +edicine and 8ts (hreat to Mour Faily, u!lished in +LL+ !y the now defunct ;olgemuth O "yatt
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In these days of suosed great stress and strain, hynosis claims to ofer relief for the masses. "ynosis has
!ecome the theraeutic tool health rofessionals are ulling out of the !ag to !attle smoking and weight
ro!lemsM manage anEiety, fears, and ho!iasM relieve ainM overcome deressionM imrove a erson@s seE
lifeM cure maladies such as asthma and hay feverM undergo chemotheray without nauseaM romt in>uries to
heal more 8uicklyM and imrove grades. /therwise legitimate medical doctors use hynosis as art of the
healing rocess to reduce the side efects from drugs, to hel seed atient recovery, and reduce ost)
oerative discomfort. Dentists are using hynotic techni8ues in con>unction with nitrous oEide to relaE
atients, minimi5e ain and !leeding, and control atient gas reNeE during rocedures.
1he sad art of it all is that even some unsusecting 2hristians are willing to ?try it.? 4 +LLC newsaer ad
laced !y a ?2erti&ed 2linical "ynotheraist? <there is even an ?4merican Society for 2linical "ynosis?=
made some ama5ing statements that indicate >ust how un!i!lical <i.e. #ew 4ge= the techni8ue of hynosis is'
?"ynosis is the most efective method of changing the way you think, feel and act. ;hen you align your
su!conscious mind )) your inner voice )) with your conscious mind, you erase conNicting !eliefs that hold you
!ack. Xou can then move forward, without sa!otaging yourself. 2linical hynotic techni8ues guide you to a
relaEed, eaceful state of mind. Xou remain in total control while learning how to use the ower of your full
mind to create a strong desire to accomlish your goal. Xou can change your life.?
"ynosis is nothing new. It has !een used for thousands of years !y witchdoctors, sirit mediums, shamans,
"indus, 7uddhists, and yogis. 7ut the increasing oularity of hynosis for healing in the secular world has
inNuenced many in the rofessing church to accet hynosis as a means of treatment. 7oth non)2hristian
and rofessing 2hristian medical doctors, dentists, sychiatrists, and sychologists [htt'((
KI,>!eard(!dm(%sychology(sych.htm] are recommending and using hynosis. 4lthough a hynotist may
encourage only a light or medium trance, he cannot revent a hynoti5ed su!>ect from sontaneously
lunging into the danger 5one, which may include a sense of searation from the !ody, seeming
clairvoyance, hallucination, mystical states similar to those descri!ed !y ,astern mystics, and even what
hynotism researcher ,rnest "ilgard descri!es as ?demonic ossession.?
;e would argue that hynosis is occultic at any trance level, !ut at its deeper le$els, hypnosis is
unistakably occult.
1here is some controversy as to whether or not a hynotist can cause a erson to do something against his
will. Many hynotists say categorically that the will cannot !e violated. "owever, the evidence is otherwise.
"ynosis heightens a erson@s suggesti!ility to the oint that the su!>ect will !elieve almost anything the
hynotist tells him )) even to the oint of hallucinating at the hynotist@s suggestion. During hynosis, a
erson@s critical a!ilities are reduced in such a way as to create what has !een called a ?trance logic? that
undiscerningly accets what would normally seem irrational, illogical, and incomati!le.
7ecause almost anything can !e made to seem lausi!le to someone in the trance state, it is ossi!le for a
hynoti5ed erson to act against his will )) to do what he would not do outside of the hynotic state. "ynosis
!yasses the will !y lacing ersonal resonsi!ility outside of o!>ective, rational, critical choice. ;ith normal
evaluating a!ilities su!merged, suggesti!ility heightened, and rational restraint reduced, the will is seriously
hamered and is, at the very least, caa!le of !eing violated.
/ne oular use of hynosis has !een that of searching the memory !y ?going !ack into childhood.? Some
atients even descri!e eEeriencing what they !elieve to !e their life in the wom! and su!se8uent !irth.
<1his is imossi!le, however, !ecause of the neurological, scienti&c fact that the myelin sheathing is too
underdeveloed in the renatal, natal, and early ostnatal !rain to store such memories.= Still others
descri!e some sort of disem!odied state and then what they identify as ast lives and former identities. "ow
much of this is created !y heightened suggesti!ility, unrestrained imagination, trance hallucination, or
demonic intervention cannot !e determined. Furthermore, the 7i!le clearly contradicts ast lives and
reincarnation )) ?It is aointed unto man once to die? <"e!rews L'CI=.
"ynosis is not even relia!le with recent recall. ;hat is ?remem!ered? under hynosis has often !een
created, reconstructed, or enhanced during the state of heightened suggesti!ility. .esearch indicates that
after hynosis, a erson is una!le to distinguish !etween a true recollection and what he imagined or created
under the heightened suggesti!ility. "ynosis is >ust as likely to !ring forth false imressions as true accounts
of ast events. <Individuals can and do lie under hynosisY= "ynosis is thus more likely to contaminate the
memory than to hel a erson remem!er what really haened.
7esides ast life hynotic theray, some ractitioners are doing future life hynotic theray. 1he hynoti5ed
erson suosedly sees future events, solves murders, reveals the future fates of well)known ersonalities,
etc. /ne involved in this hynotic time travel must ask himself, ?;here is the line of demarcation !etween
the demonic and the divine, !etween the realm of Satan and Science` 4t what oint does the door of
darkness oen and the devil gain a foothold`?
In today@s landscae of romises for self)ful&llment, self)mastery, ersonal well)!eing, and 8uick &Ees for
ro!lems of living, one could easily &nd oneself in an environment conducive to hynosis. /ne such
environment would !e the regression into childhood memories <see a!ove=. 4nother would !e in $arge 0rou
4wareness 1raining.
1he Forum <formerly est=, $ife Sring, and Momentus are the names of some of the more well)known large)
grou training seminars that romise life)transforming results. -sing many of the ideas and techni8ues of the
encounter movement, such grou sessions attemt to alter articiants@ resent way of thinking <mind set,
world view, ersonal faith, etc.= through intense ersonal and grou eEeriences. Some have marathon
meetings that last numerous hours and take advantage of fatigue working together with much reetition,
grou ressure, and various sychological techni8ues, some of which attack ersonal !elief systems and
cause mental confusion. 1he confusion techni8ue, which is also a hynotic device, may !e used to disorient
the su!>ect to make him more resonsive to cues. Michael Xako says' ?In the confusion techni8ue, you give a
erson more information than they could ossi!ly kee u with, you get them to 8uestion everything, you
make them feel uncertain as a way of !uilding u their motivation to attain certainty.? ;hile hynosis may
not !e intended or admitted in such large grou training sessions, the ossi!ility is very strong for
articiants to eEerience hynotic suggestion, dissociation, and imaired ersonal >udgment. </ther
activities and settings where hynosis may occur also include' music, church services, rayer and meditation,
medical oFces, and self)hel taes.=
Since some doctors and many sychologists use hynosis, most !elieve that hynosis is medical and,
therefore, scienti&c. 1he la!el ?medical? !efore the word hynosis makes hynosis seem !enevolent and
safe. ,ven some well)known rofessing 2hristians <e.g., the late ;alter Martin of 2.I, and 6osh McDowell O
6ohn Stewart in their !ook Understanding the <ccult= allege that hynosis can !e helful if racticed !y
medical doctors whose intent is good rather than evil. "owever, Donald "e!! says in ?%sychology 1oday(1he
State of the Science? that ?hynosis has ersistently lacked satisfactory eElanation.?
4t the resent time, there is no agreed)uon scienti&c eElanation of eEactly what hynosis is. %sychiatry
rofessor 1homas S5as5 descri!es hynosis as the theray of ?a fake science.? ;e cannot call hynosis a
science, !ut we can say that it has !een an integral art of the occult for thousands of years. <4lthough
hynosis has !een investigated !y scienti&c means, and there are some measura!le criteria concerning the
trance itself, hynosis is not a science.=
#o one knows eEactly how hynosis ?works,? other than the o!vious ?lace!o efect? )) the successful use of
?false feed!ack? in the same manner that feed!ack is used in the occult techni8ues common to acuuncture,
!iofeed!ack, and sychotheray htt'((www.sychoheresy) 7ut comounding the
word hynosis with the word theray does not lift the ractice from the occult to the scienti&c. 1he white coat
may !e a more resecta!le gar! than feathers and face aint, !ut the !asics are the same. "ynosis is
hynosis, whether it is called medical hynosis, hynotheray, autosuggestion, or anything else. "ynosis in
the hands of a medical doctor is as scienti&c as a dowsing rod in the hands of a civil engineer.
1rances !rought a!out through medical doctors are not signi&cantly diferent from occultic hynosis. In their
teEt on hynosis, which is used in medical schools, two well)known researchers state categorically' ?1he
reader should not !e confused !y the suosed diferences !etween -!"#$%&%, ^en, Xoga, and other ,astern
healing methodologies. 4lthough the rituals for each difers, they are fundamentally the same.? ,. Fuller
1orrey, a research sychiatrist, aligns hynotic techni8ues with witchcraft. "e also says, ?"ynosis is one
asect of the yoga techni8ues of theraeutic meditation.? Medical doctor ;illiam Hroger states, ?1he
fundamental rinciles of Xoga are, in many resects, similar to those of hynosis.? 1o rotect the scienti&c
la!el for hynosis he declares, ?Xoga is not considered a religion, !ut rather a @science@ to achieve mastery of
the mind and cure hysical and emotional sickness.? 1hen he makes a strange confession, ?1here are many
systems to Xoga, !ut the central aim )) union with 0od )) is common to all of them and is the method !y
which it achieves cure.? /!viously then, >ust !ecause hynosis is used !y medical doctors does not mean
that it is free of its occult nature. More and more medical ractitioners are !eing inNuenced !y ancient, occult
medical ractices. 1he holistic healing movement has successfully wed ;estern medicine to ,astern
mysticism. ;e then
raise the following 8uestions a!out the use of hynosis !y a medical doctor' "ow can one tell the long)range
siritual efect of even a well)meaning medical doctor@s use of hynosis on a 2hristian atient` ;ould an M.D.
with an anti)2hristian or occult !ias in any way afect a 2hristian through trance treatment` "ow a!out the
use of a medical hynotheraist who !elongs to the Satanist church` ;hat a!out an M.D. hynotheraist who
uses ast or future lives theray as a means of mental)emotional or hysical relief` 1hese and other
8uestions need to !e answered !efore su!>ecting oneself to such treatment, even, and esecially, in the
hands of a medical doctor or sychologist.
1hose who might feel a !it nervous a!out !eing hynoti5ed !y another often tend to feel safe with self)
hynosis. <4lthough those in a self)induced hynotic trance may gain a certain amount of control and
eEercise some degree of choice, they, nevertheless, do not retain their normal means of evaluation of reality
and rational restraint.= 1eachers of self)hynosis will generally try to assure eole that hynosis is simly
focused attention, increased concentration, relaEation, visuali5ation, and imagination. Xet such activities are
recisely the useful means of going into the trance. Furthermore, they continue on at a diferent level during
the trance. 7y imagining one is leaving his !ody, one may move into the trance with the kind of hallucination
and trance logic of really seeming to !e out of the !ody.
4 medical doctor, teaching a class in self)hynosis, instructed his students to go into a hynotic trance, leave
their !odies, and then go !ack in to eElore various arts of the !ody. 4ll of this was for the urose of self)
diagnosis and self)healing. /ccultist ,dgar 2ayce also used self)hynosis to diagnose disease and rescri!e
treatment. 1herefore, self)hynosis can !e as occult and demonic an activity as a trance directed !y a
/ne researcher makes some interesting o!servations concerning why he would classify hynosis as art of
the occult <)eace, )rosperity, and the ,oing Holocaust, . ++L)+CJ='
?/ne reason for calling hynotheray a religious ritual is the fact that it roduces mysterious efects that
leave any investigator who aroaches it as science thoroughly u55led' <+= under hynosis administered !y
sychiatrists, ersons who have never had any contact with -F/s can !e stimulated to @remem!er@ -F/
a!ductions that conform in detail to those descri!ed !y suosed genuine a!ducteesM <C= hynosis also leads
to sontaneous @memories@ of ast and future lives, a!out one)&fth involving eEistence on other lanetsM <D=
hynotic trance also dulicates the eEeriences common under the stimulation of sychedelic drugs, 1M, and
other forms of Y$9+ +#* E+%,)/# 6)*&,+,&$#M <B= hynosis also creates sontaneous sychic owers,
clairvoyance, out)of)!ody eEeriences, and the whole range of occult henomenaM and <*= the eEerience of
so)called clinical death is also roduced under hynosis.
?1wo conclusions that most investigators &nd very distasteful seem nevertheless to !e inescaa!le' <+= there
is a common source !ehind all occult henomena, including -F/s, that seems to !e intelligently and
deli!erately orchestrating a clever decetion for its own urosesM and <C= hynosis, or the ower of
suggestion, is at the very heart of this scheme?
1he connection !etween hynosis and ,astern mysticism is clear. 4t varying deths of the hynotic trance,
atients descri!e eEeriences that are identical to the cosmic consciousness and self)reali5ation induced !y
yogic trance. 1hey eEerience &rst of all a dee eace, then detachment from the !ody, then release from
identity with one@s own small self to merge with the universe, and the feeling that they are everything and
have no limitation uon what they can eEerience or !ecome' i.e., 0od)consciousness ?in which time, sace,
and ego are suosedly transcended, leaving ure awareness of the rimal nothingness from which all
manifested creation comes.?
"ynosis !egan as art of the occult and false religion. 1he 7i!le seaks out strongly against all ractices of
false religion and the occult. 0od desires "is eole to turn to "im in need, not to those who ractice sorcery,
divination, or enchantment. "e warns "is eole a!out following after mediums, wi5ards, enchanters,
charmers, and those who have a familiar sirit <Deuteronomy +A'L)+B=. "ynosis, as it is racticed today,
may very well !e the same as what is identi&ed as ?enchantment? in the 7i!le <$eviticus +L'CG H6P=.
I# -!"#$,&%6, .+&,- &% %-&.,)* ./$6 G$* +#* H&% W$/* ,$ ,-) -!"#$,&%, +#* -&% ,)0-#&W7). 0od
seaks to eole through the conscious, rational mind. "e commands individuals as creatures who make
conscious, volitional choices. "e sent "is "oly Sirit to indwell 2hristians to ena!le them to trust and o!ey
"im through love and conscious choice. "ynosis, on the other hand, oerates on the !asis of imagination,
illusion, hallucination, and decetion. 6esus warned "is followers a!out decetion. 4fter a erson has oened
his mind to decetion through hynosis, he may !ecome even more vulnera!le to other forms of siritual
decetion. "ynosis can generate Satan@s counterfeits of true religious eEercise. If hynosis generates any
form of faith and worshi not directed toward the 0od of the 7i!le, any erson who su!>ects himself to
hynotism may !e laying the harlot in the siritual realm. <See $eviticus +L'CG,D+M CJ'G,CIM Deuteronomy
+A'L)+BM C Hings C+'GM C 2hronicles DD'GM Isaiah BI'L)+DM 6eremiah CI'L.=
H!"#$,&%6 &% *)6$#&0 +, &,% B$/%, +#* "$,)#,&+11! *+#9)/$7% +, &,% ')%,. 4t its worst, it oens an
individual to sychic eEeriences and satanic ossession. ;hen mediums go into hynotic trances and
contact the ?dead,? when clairvoyants reveal information which they could not ossi!ly know, when fortune
tellers through self)hynosis reveal the future, Satan is most certainly at work.
4re eole in the church !eing enticed to enter the twilight 5one of the occult !ecause hynosis is now called
?science? and ?medicine?` $et those who call the occult ?science? tell us what the diference is !etween
medical and occultic hynosis. 4nd let those 2hristians who call it ?scienti&c? eElain why they also
recommend that it !e erformed only !y a 2hristian. If hynosis is science indeed, why the added
re8uirement of 2hristianity for the ractitioner` 1here is a scarcity of ade8uate long)term studies of those
who have !een hynoti5ed. 4nd there have !een none which have eEamined the efect on the individual@s
resulting faith or interest in the occult.
7efore hynotism !ecomes the new anacea from the ulit, followed !y a lethora of !ooks on the su!>ect,
its claims, methods, and long)term results should !e considered. 4rthur Shairo has said, ?/ne man@s religion
is another man@s suerstition and one man@s magic is another man@s science.? "ynosis has !ecome
?scienti&c? and ?medical? for some 2hristians with little roof of its validity, longevity of its results, or
understanding of its nature. 7ecause hynosis has always !een an integral art of the occult, !ecause it is
not a science, !ecause of its known harmful efects, and !ecause of its otential for siritual decetion, the
wise 2hristian will comletely avoid it, even for ?medical? uroses. It is o!vious that hynosis is lethal if
used for evil uroses. "owever, we contend that hynosis is otentially lethal for whatever urose it is
used. 1he moment one surrenders himself to the doorway of the occult, even in the halls of ?science? O
?medicine,? he is vulnera!le to the owers of darkness.
[-nless otherwise indicated, the !ulk of this reort was originally adated from Hypnosis and the ,hristian,
Martin O Deidre 7o!gan [htt'((www.sychoheresy)], 7ethany "ouse %u!lishers, +LAB, G+ ages.
1he !ook was revised and reissued in CJJ+ as Hypnosis: +edical, Scienti%c, or <cculticH
[htt'((www.sychoheresy)!k.html] and some of this reort was also drawn from this source.]
From the !ook with the a!ove title authored !y Dr. ".6. 7o, M.D. of #euchatel, Swit5erland in French. It was
translated into ,nglish in +LAB !y 0reat 6oy %u!lications, 7elfast, Ireland'
4ccording to VDr. 7aur in the Swiss Eournal o# Hoeopathy "o.J/2PQ2,
V"ence we can !etter understand this assage in (he Science and (he Frt o# Hoeopathy !y 6.1. Hent [+LGL]'
[In the universe, everything has its own atosphere, each human !eing also ossesses his atmoshere or his
aura, as also each animal. 1he concetion of the aura oens u some very interesting hori5ons\ and it
occuies a very imortant lace in homeoathic studiesZ [%age +JA].
V1he truly homeoathic doctor is initiated into this transcendental, siritualist world. "e must have
knowledge [of the four states of matter' the solid, li8uid, gaseous and /+*&+#,G statesZ [%age LA].
G%)) ')1$B
V1he author eElicitly states that it is necessary to !e a!le to see [with the eyes of the siritZ [%age +CJ] in
order to truly gras the "ahnemann method.
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$ivesey divides the &eld into four main categories'
.o-called physical therapies' acuuncture and acuressure, reNeEology, tZai chi, yoga, shiatsu,
anthroosohical medicine, 7ach Nower remedies, chiroractic, reNeEology etcM
.o-called psychological therapies' -!"#$,-)/+"!, meditation, 1.M., visualisation, Mind 2ontrol,
!iofeed!ack etcM
Paranormal therapies' siritualist), sychic), a!sent), hand)healing, theraeutic touch etcM
Psychic /iagnosis' endulum divination, radiesthesia, Hirlian hotograhy, iridology, sionic medicine etc.
RS ore theraies are groued together in a searate list in chater L. "omoeoathy is the only theray to
which a full chater is searately devoted.
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VFran5 4nton Mesmer <+IDB)+A+*= was an almost eEact contemorary of "ahnemann <+I**)+ABD=\ was
!rought u as a 2atholic\ as a youth contemlated entering the riesthood <!ut &nally= 8uali&ed as M.D. and
%h. D.
V"is doctoral thesis had !een concerned with the inNuence of gravitation on human hysiology.
"e had suggested that gravitation deends on a su!tle universal Nuid which he imagined to ervade the
cosmos, including living organisms, and to set u [tidesZ in the !loodstream and nerves of human !eings.W
2ontemlating the symtoms, that today would !e regarded as sychological, of a atient named Fran5l
/esterlin, VMesmer was led to formulate a theory\ "e now understood what was causing the e!! and Now of
her attacks' nothing else than the gravitational tides he had descri!ed in his dissertation.
"ow to use this discovery to efect a cure` ;hy, !y magnetism of course.
Magnets were already in use !y at least some doctors, though admittedly this was a contentious su!>ectM and
magnets, with their olar attraction and reulsion, could !e lausi!ly suosed to act in the same general
way as gravitation.W
Mesmer !orrowed some magnets, from VMaEimilien "ell, rofessor of astronomy at the university\ with
diferent shaes according to the arts of the !ody they were intended to treat.W 1hey were alied to Fran5l
whose condition showed a dramatic imrovement\ VMesmer 8uarreled with "ell a!out who should have
credit for the discovery. "ell claimed that it was the magnets\ !ut Mesmer insisted that their only role was to
channel the cosmic Now through the atient. It was, in fact, unnecessary to use magnets, he discoveredM
o!>ects made of cloth or wood worked >ust as well.
V1he eElanation, he concluded, was that he himself was touching themM [so] he was an [animal magnet@
who acted on o!>ects and eole in an analogous way to a mineral magnet acting on metal\
VMesmerZs fame increased and so did his ractice\ he traveled in\ Swit5erland and "ungary treating the
In +IIA Mesmer, !y now informally searated from his wife, left Pienna\ where the hostility of the Piennese
doctors had increased\ for %aris. /nce esta!lished in %aris, Mesmer !egan a long series of feuds with the
French medical esta!lishment. 1he 4cademy of Sciences, insite of attending demonstrations, were
unconvinced !y the +#&6+1 6+9#),&%6 ,-)$/!\ In +IIA therefore, he moved out of %aris and set u clinic
at a near!y town, 2reteil\ to treat the large num!er of atients who Nocked to him\ [$ater, he] moved !ack
again to %aris\
VIt is imortant to note that he distinguished !etween what we would now call sychological and hysical
disorders, and refused to treat the hysical\ /ne feature of MesmerZs treatment which attracted a good deal
of unfavoura!le comment was ,-) XM)%6)/&0 0/&%&%C\ ,ven more dramatic than the [crisisZ, however, was
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1he trance then !ecame for him a method of inducing the crisis.
V4nother of his followers, the Mar8uis de %uysegur, discovered that it was ossi!le to communicate with
eole in trance, getting them to answer 8uestions, remem!er long)forgotten childhood events, and so on\
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"is clinic was meticulously furnished to maEimi5e suggestion' the light was dim, everyone conversed in
whisers, and music was used to alter the atientsZ mood\ Mesmer\ carried a wand which he ointed at
atients or used to touch or stroke them. 1he atients\ twitched, went into trance, or eEerienced
convulsions or catalesy\W
"e esta!lished Va rivate academy to roagate his ideas\ 1he Societe de lZ"armonie was secret. 4ll the
mem!ers had agreed to sign an undertaking that they would not ass on any art of MesmerZs teaching
without his written ermission, nor would they esta!lish a clinic without such ermission\W
VIn +IAB he was investigated !y a royal commission. 1he committee was convinced !y his cures !ut denied,
once again, the reality of animal magnetism. 4nother commission, set u the faculty of medicine, reached
the same conclusion\
VMesmer now\ !egan to develo more outlandish ideas\ starting to seculate on what we today would call
"+/+#$/6+1 "-)#$6)#+ and )D,/+%)#%$/! ")/0)",&$#. During the trance, he said, the mind comes into
contact not only with other minds !ut also with the cosmos, and so in rincile is caa!le of ac8uiring
universal knowledge.
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this did not occur. "is methods of treatment however were reinterreted as [suggestionZ and rechristened
[hynosisZ or [hynotherayZ, and in this form were taken u !y, among others\ Sigmund Freud\ Mesmer
regarded his ideas as thoroughly scienti&c, although admittedly he did later Nirt with the occult. In the
nineteenth century, hynosis was art of the stock)in)trade of occultists such as "elena 7lavatsky, the
founder of 1heosohy\ 4nd, although the term [animal magnetismZ is little used today, very similar ideas
kee surfacing under other names' for eEamle, ;ilhelm .eichZs [orgone energyZ.W
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V1he similarities !etween Mesmer and "ahnemann, !oth in career and in ideas, are surrisingly close.
1hey were almost eEact contemoraries.
7oth came from fairly hum!le !ackgrounds.
7oth 8uali&ed, rather late in life, as orthodoE hysicians, and !oth adoted heterodoE ideas that !rought
them into conNict with the medical esta!lishments of their day and came to dominate their lives and thought
7oth sent a considera!le time in %aris.
7oth had lawyers as rominent followers.
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7oth were characteri5ed !y feelings of in>ustice and ersecution.
7oth were intolerant of any deviation on the art of their followers, with whom they !ecame involved in
acrimonious and destructive disutes which led to the closure of institutes set u to roagate their ideas
<MesmerZs Society o# Harony( "ahnemannZs Hooeopathic Hospital in $ei5ig=.
V7oth insisted that cure must !e always !e receded !y an aggravation or crisis, no matter how !rief and
1here are close resem!lances !etween "ahnemannZs vital force and MesmerZs animal magnetism.
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7y .ama 2oomaraswamy, M.D., F.4.2.S., CJJ+, htt'((www.coomaraswamy)
/riginally given as a talk !efore the Deartment of .eligion at South 2arolina State -niversity, and u!lished
in Sohia in honor of Frit>hof Schuon. %art IP.
;e shall start with Mahesh Xogi@s 1ranscendental Meditation. 1his is one of the earlier eEorts) or rather re)
imorts)from the ,ast. It will allow us to de&ne a num!er of words which will continuously cro u in this
discussion ) words such as mantras, meditation, yoga, etc\ 4s for the term mantra, it is a time honored one
which is !est translated as Ve>aculatory rayer.W
4 "indu would &nd the reetition of a Vmeaningless mantraW ) and 1M mantras are said to !e such )
inconceiva!le and dangerous in the eEtreme. <Mahesh Xogi once said ?I can !ring the world to cosmic
consciousness !y invoking 2oca 2ola.?= Such a ractice can only induce a state of %)1.-!"#$%&%, +#
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1he last grou I would like to discuss is that of 7hagavan .a>neesh.
.a>neesh 2handra Mohan was !orn in +LCD to a 6ain family in northern India. 4t the age of seven he is said to
have achieved samadhi or enlightenment. 4fter this he !egan to treat his family and friends as a mental
la!oratory, laying ela!orate and sadistic >okes on them. 4t the same time he loved reading, esecially
.ussian novels. 4nd it is ro!a!ly during this eriod that he &rst was in turmoil and full of contradictions. "e
advocated socialism, !ut then !ecame disillusioned with it. "e attacked 0andhi, !ut then deely mourned his
death. "e read the scritures of many religions, !ut mocked religion. "e read esoteric !ooks, racticed
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4 common and most dangerous trait of all #ew 4gers is their willingness to lay around with changes in
states of consciousness. If all is one and all is 0od and we are 0od, then why is it that we are not aware of
this fact` 1he answer is ignorance com!ined with evolutionary !ackwardness. Instead of seeing ignorance as
a reNection of man@s sinful and fallen state, the #ew 4ger declares that this ignorance is a result of the kind
of consciousness which ;estern culture has imosed on him. 1o a certain degree he is correct, for his thinking
rocesses have !een strongly formed !y the materialistic and sychologically !ased environment in which he
has grown u. 7ut he 8uickly goes of the track !y holding that this false consciousness or awareness can and
must !e changed !y altering our state of consciousness and !y oening our doors to new ercetions. 1his
can !e achieved !y drugs, !y music, '! '/)+,-&#9 ,)0-#&W7)%, '! !$9+, '! %"$/,%, '! *+#0), '!
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#ew 4gers who indulge in such techni8ues without such rotections and without a life of rayer can only
oen themselves to what is infernal.
2hanged states of consciousness are said to ut oneself into contact with a higher state of consciousness )
4uro!indo@s Suermind. ;ith regard to this one must !e wary of such terms as Hrishna consciousness, 2hrist
consciousness, or what is called Vcosmic consciousness.W 1he linking of divine names to these states tends to
lend them a false legitimacy. 7ut of course, in reality it all deends uon >ust what one means !y such
hrases. 4s .ene 0uenon has ointed out, this cosmic consciousness or V0reat 4llW in which some asire to
lose themselves, cannot !e anything else than the difuse sychism of the most inferior regions of the su!tle
world, not unrelated to the la!yrinth of the dark underworld of the Vcollective unconsciousW that 6ung
GA 0$#0)", %799)%,)* ,$ -&6 '! -&% %"&/&, 97&*) #+6)* P-&1)6$#. 1he term unconscious is
inaroriate and it would !e more recise to seak of the su!conscious, for the realm is in fact nothing
other than the ensem!le of the inferior eEtensions of the consciousness. 0uenon discusses this in his
V1radition and the -nconsciousW in Fundaental Sybols o# Sacred Science, translated !y 4lvin Moore, 6r.,
_uinta ,ssentia <,ngland= +LL*.
1echni8ue inducing an altered state of consciousness or trance !y ver!al or non)ver!al stimuli. %articiants
eEerience reduced a!ility for critical thinking and are generally oen to eEternal suggestion. See
Mesmerism. )ro%le availa!leG.
7y 6ames H. ;alker htt'((
Founder' 1he father of modern hynosis is Fran5 4nton Mesmer.
Founding date' 4 ractice of unknown, ancient origin, modern hynosis can !e traced to Mesmer@s
theraeutic use of 4nimal Magnetism in +IID.
<ther "aes and Celated (ers' M)%6)/&%6, T/+#0), 4ltered States of 2onsciousness, I#*70,&$#,
H!"#$,-)/+"!, P$%, H!"#$,&0 S799)%,&$#, P+%, L&.) T-)/+"!.
"ynosis has long !een linked to ancient religious ractices and eastern mystical eEeriences involving
similar trance states or altered states of consciousness. Such altered states are essential to such ractices as
out)of)!ody eEeriences, astral ro>ection, and Xoga. ;illiam Hroger, M.D. and ;illiam Fe5ler %h.D. maintain
that, ?hynosis has !een racticed in one form or another in the civili5ed and uncivili5ed world under many
diferent la!els since the dawn of history.? 1hey further note that historically elements of hynosis have !een
an integral art of agan religious ractices and world religions including 4ssyro)7a!ylonian eEorcism,
,gytian soothsaying, 6ewish mysticism, 2hinese 1aoism, Su&sm, "induism, Shintoism, forms of 7uddhism
<1i!etan and ^en=, and Xoga <Hypnosis and Deha$ior +odi%cation, . G)A=.
1he modern ractice of hynosis in ,uroe and 4merica, however, can !e traced to the controversial ractice
of 0erman hysician Fran5 4nton Mesmer <+IDB)+A+*= who develoed a techni8ue known as Mesmerism. "is
ractice was !ased on a theory called ?4nimal Magnetism? which held that the human !ody contains an
invisi!le ?Nuid? that is afected !y the lanets and stars or !y magnets. 7lockage of the Nuid was thought to
!e the cause of much disease and Mesmer !elieved that he could release the !lockage through a crisis event
that consisted of a trance state utili5ing iron rods and ?magnetic Nuid.? 4s art of his treatment, Mesmer
?walked around, touched the atientsM they fell into convulsions, sweated, vomited, cried ) and were healed?
<?Mesmerism,? 7ncyclopedia o# <ccultis and )arapsychology, Pol. C, . *LA=.
1he medical esta!lishment largely re>ected Mesmer@s theories attri!uting the alleged healings to vivid
imaginations. /thers re>ected the animal magnetism eElanation !ut focused on the accomanying trance
noting that mesmeri5ed atients aeared to !e ?su!>ect to the least suggestion, whether !y word, look,
gesture or thought.? ,ventually, occult ractitioners such as clairvoyants and siritualists incororated
variations of Mesmer@s techni8ues further alienating Mesmerism from traditional medicine <I!id.=.
In 7ritain eforts to harmoni5e Mesmerism were made !y divorcing the induced trance from Mesmer@s
theories of 4nimal Magnetism. 1he Scottish hysician, 6ames 7raid <+IL*)+AGJ= coined the word ?hynosis?
after discovering that all of the efects of mesmeric trances ) including hallucination ) could !e achieved
without the resence of magnets. 7y +ALD a committee of the 7ritish Medical 4ssociation concluded that the
mesmeric state was diferent than the hynotic state and that the latter was !ene&cial in relieving certain
ain and disorders <I!id., . *LL=.
,Eerimentation with hynosis layed an imortant art in the early develoment of %sychiatry and
%sychology. Sigmund Freud <+A*G)+LDL= used hynotic suggestion as an integral art of his theray until it
was gradually relaced !y his ?free association? sychoanalytic techni8ue. Freud never re>ected hynosis.
Indeed, he claimed that it was the future of analysis, seeing his ?free association? as a natural outgrowth of
hynosis <?Freud, Sigmund,? ?"ynosis,? Daker 7ncyclopedia o# )sychology, . BDJ, *BD=.
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?"ynotheray? was later adated to descri!e ?the use of hynosis as a techni8ue to !e emloyed in
con>unction with other skills !y a trained sychotheraist, hysician, or dentist.? /ne oular techni8ue is
Indirect "ynotheray, develoed !y Milton ,rickson, in which elements of hynosis are su!tly introduced or
?em!edded? into counseling sessions without the client@s knowledge. 1his form of hynosis was inNuential in
the develoment of N)7/$1&#97&%,&0 P/$9/+66&#9 #eurolinguistic %rogramming !y .ichard 7andler and
Dr. 6ohn 0rinder. <?"ynotheray,? ?"ynotheray, Indirect,? ?#eurolinguistic %rogramming,? Daker, . *BI,
*BA, I*B.=
4nother form of "ynotheray involves the discovery of forgotten or reressed memories. 6ust as a hynotist
can efectively suggest that the su!>ect ?forget? events that take lace during the trance, he can also elicit
memories or details of events long forgotten !y the conscious mind. 2ritics warn that these ?recovered
memories? may not corresond with reality. 1he henomenon is too similar to the testimonies of those who
are a!le to ?remem!er? through hynosis !eing a!ducted !y aliens on a -F/ or to those who recount vivid
memories of reincarnation after !eing regressed !ack to some alleged revious lifetime <6ohn 4nker!erg, 6ohn
;eldon, 7ncyclopedia o# "ew Fge Delie#s, . DDB)DD*=.
Many of the early myths of hynosis have !een disroved and the medical and mental healthcare
communities have generally acceted the ractice. Many 2hristians, however, remain trou!led !y its occult
history, the lack of a scienti&c consensus on how or why hynosis works, the otential of unethical inNuence,
and its ossi!le link to !i!lical rohi!itions against ?charming? or ?enchanting? <I!id., . DJL)D+J=.
/ne of the trou!ling asects of "ynosis is that there is no generally acceted theory to eElain either
hysiologically or sychologically eEactly what is taking lace in the human mind under hynosis.
?%sychologically, hynosis has !een eElained as a role)laying resonse, a rimitive hylogenetic resonse,
a conditioned resonse, a secial from of transference, or a regressive henomenon. .esearch continues on
all these theories, and currently none can !e eliminated? <?"ynosis,? Daker, . *B*=.
;hile no one can fully eElain how or why it works, there is a generally acceted theory regarding the efect
of hynosis ) a su!stantially reduced a!ility to think rationally and a remarka!le susceti!ility to suggestion.
;hen a su!>ect is hynoti5ed, the result is a ?shift in concentration, eEecuted in a assive manner <such as
occurs in daydreaming or sleeing=, resulting in a state of consciousness distinguisha!ly diferent from
alertness or ordinary slee. It is characteri5ed !y narrowing of attention, reduced rational criticalness, and
increased resonse to suggestion? <I!id.=.
1his henomenon is demonstrated !y stage hynotists who can convince their su!>ects to !elieve
reosterous claims or erform ridiculous and em!arrassing acts. 1he hynoti5ed su!>ect has evidently lost
much of his or her a!ility to think critically and seems erfectly willing to !elieve as fact whatever the
hynotist suggests. 4arently, the su!conscious mind, under the inNuence of hynosis has diFculty with
eistemological and ethical discernment. 1he hynoti5ed su!>ect has a shar decline in his or her a!ility to
tell fact from fantasy or to decide !etween what is right or wrong. 1he loss of ethical or moral decision)
making skills is discussed !y 4nker!erg and ;eldon who cite Dr. 6. Meerloo, a sychiatric consultant in the
geriatric deartment of the Municial "ealth Service of 4msterdam, the #etherlands.
Meerloo warns, ?Several teEt!ooks on hynosis inform us that the atients@ suerego is strong enough to
rotect him against immoral suggestions given in a trance. ,Eerimental hynosis has shown that this is not
the case. 1he art of moral seduction is !ased on reeated fragmenti5ed suggestions that gradually ermit the
other arty to give in to what he or she would never have done without those reeated suggestions.. 1he act
of suicide, esecially, can !e suggested.. I called this criminal suggestive strategy psychic hoicide.?
<7ncyclopedia o# "ew Fge Delie#s, . D+A=.
2oncerning the otential dangers and(or misuse of hynosis, 4nker!erg and ;eldon cite seven u!lished
studies from (he 8nternational Eournal o# ,linical and 7&periental Hypnosis and the Ferican Eournal o#
,linical Hypnosis <I!id.=.
8nduction (echniBues'
Stereotyed !y cinema and television is the classic induction techni8ue of a swinging endulum or a ocket
watch waved !ack and forth in front of the eyes of the su!>ect. ;hile rofessionals may !e a!le to induce
hynosis using a variation of this techni8ue, the ractice of swinging a endulum seems to !e somewhat
$eslie M. $e2ron writes, ?0adgets of one kind or another are sometimes used in inductions, although they are
8uite unnecessary.? "e recommends induction techni8ues involving com!inations of the following' guided
imagery, visuali5ation, counting !ackwards, eye &Eation, !reath control and slightly swaying the su!>ect@s
uer !ody in a slight clockwise circle <(he ,oplete Iuide to Hypnosis, . GD)I+=.
0uided Imagery, considered one of the most owerful induction techni8ues, consists of talking the su!>ect
through an imaginary >ourney where with a soft voice the hynotist takes them on a walk through the forest
or a tri to the !each. ?0ood, now I want you to icture yourself strolling in the ark on a lovely summer
day... 0o to the hammock, let your !ody sink into it...? 1hroughout the eEercise the su!>ect is given
suggestions to reinforce or deeen the trance. ?4s you walk along feeling so eaceful, so relaEed.? <.achel
2oelan, How to Hypnotize Moursel# and <thers, . LB)L*=.
,Eercises like this are sometimes used in the worklace and are often used in schools <kindergarten through
college=. 1he ractice may !e called directed fantasy, guided meditation, day at the !each, mini)vacation,
etc. 7ecause of its oularity, it is distur!ing to know that this ractice is recogni5ed !y much of the oular
literature as one of the standard induction techni8ues for hynosis.
?Many styles of induction eEist, all incororating a gradual shift in attention with a reduction in eEternal
awareness.. Fre8uently the induction encourages the su!>ect to focus his attention, either through focusing
his eyes on something eEternal <eye &Eation techni8ue= or through focusing internally on !reathing or any
other sensation <e.g., muscle tension=. Further suggestions of comfort, relaEation, or rest are then clearly and
calmly given along with comati!le visual, auditory, or hysical images such as a !each, stairs, or Noating on
clouds? <Daker, . *BG=.
4 common misconcetion concerning induction is that one can never !e hynoti5ed against the will. Daker
7ncyclopedia o# )sychology notes that this is only a half)truth. ?4 hynotic induction does re8uire the
cooeration of the individual, and a trance can !e resisted. #evertheless, the individual@s articiation may
not !e a conscious resonse, and eole can enter into hynosis without knowing that they do so. ,rickson is
famous in this regard, due to his skill... to induce a trance without rearation or awareness !y the su!>ect.
1he ethics of this may !e de!ated.? <?"ynosis,? . *BB=. "ynotic induction can take lace without the
su!>ect@s knowledge or ermission. In theory, once induced suggestions and commands given can have long)
lasting efects through a henomenon known as ost hynotic suggestion.
Diblical Cesponse'
1he 7i!le warns against the ractice of ?charming?(chabar or lachash! and ?enchanting? (nachash!
<Deuteronomy +A'+J)++, Isaiah +L'D=. 1he eEact meanings of the underlying "e!rew words are de!ata!le.
7rown, Driver, and 7riggs note that the "e!rew root chabar rimarily means to unite, !ind together, or make
occult sells !ut it is sometimes used in reference to charming a snake ) a ractice ostensi!ly similar to
human hynosis <F Hebrew and 7nglish 0e&icon o# the <ld (estaent, . CAA=. 2onsistent with the voice of
the hynotist during induction, the "e!rew root word lachash translated charer can !e de&ned ?to seak in
a soft and gentle mannerM alied to the charming of serents, ro!a!ly !y soft and gentle sounds? <;illiam
;ilson, GilsonKs <ld (estaent Gord Studies, IB=.
It is diFcult to know if ?charming? is a direct reference to hynosis as the evidence is somewhat
circumstantial. 1he 7i!le, however, is relete with clear admonitions against involvement with the occult
<$eviticus +L'CG, D+M C Hings C+'GM Isaiah BI'L)+DM 4cts A'L)++=. 1his would rohi!it any 2hristian association
in those asects of hynosis that directly relate to the occult <siritualism, channeling, ast)life regression,
divination, etc.= 7ut what a!out non)religious use of hynosis such as medical or sychological` 6osh
McDowell and 6ohn Stewart see a ossi!le medical use <e.g., anesthesia= for hynosis !ut warn' ?4 theraist
may use hynosis for crime investigation, -F/ a!duction recall, Satanic ritual a!use recall, multile
ersonality investigation, or some form of theray. 1hese are all siritually dangerous !ecause they release
the mind to fantasi5e uncontrolled !y reason? <(he <ccult, . ++D=.
1here is general agreement that hynoti5ed individuals are somewhat vulnera!le to uncritically acceting as
true any suggestion given !y the hynotist. 1his factor alone creates the otential for misuse and decetion.
Some 2hristian researchers go a ste further warning that it is ossi!le for hynoti5ed su!>ects to !e
inNuenced !y voices other than that of the hynotist. 1hey !elieve that in a trance state one is more
susceti!le to demonic oression or even ossession ) esecially if the su!>ect has a history of occult
eEerimentation <7ncyclopedia o# "ew Fge Delie#s, . DCI)D+=.
"ynosis can !e indirectly linked to !i!lical admonitions against ?charming.? It is historically linked to agan
and occult ractices. ,ven roonents warn of the otential for misuse or unethical alication. 1hese factors
couled with the a!sence of a rova!le neutral, non)religious theory of hynosis make hynosis a otentially
dangerous ractice not recommended for 2hristians.
7ncyclopedia o# "ew Fge Delie#s, 6ohn 4nker!erg and 6ohn ;eldon. 1his very thorough and user)friendly !ook
contains a DL age chater on "ynosis and "ynotic regression that raises evangelical 2hristian concerns in
a !alanced and well)documented criti8ue. 7i!liograhy, indeE, GIJ age aer!ack. UCJ.
Hypnosis and the ,hristian, Martin and Deidre 7o!gan. 1he authors discuss from a 2hristian ersective the
ossi!le dangers of dee hynosis, the similarity to occult trance states, and a !i!lical evaluation. G+ age
aer!ack. UG.
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/ak 2reek, ;I *D+*B astordavidl!
?4t the heart of every ro!lem is a ro!lem of the heart.? I still remem!er that hrase. It came from a sermon
that I heard Dr. ;arren ;iers!e reach many years ago when he astored a 7atist 2hurch in 2ovington
Hentucky. I !elieve that he was right !ecause the 7i!le says in %rover!s B'CD, <H6P= Neep [*DB+] thy heart
[DACJ] with all diligence [BLCL]M #or out o# it are the issues [ABBB] o# li#e [CB+G]. 1he num!ers in the !rackets
are Strongs num!ers.
Xou do not have to !e a theologian to see that your heart is imortant according to this verse, so let@s
eEamine the verse closely.
;e are told to ?kee? our heart.
1he word translated ?kee? is the "e!rew word that means to guard, to rotect or reserve.
;e are told to diligently kee our heart.
1he word ?diligence? is actually another word that means to guard or rotect. It means to hedge a!out, to
ay close attention to or watch carefully. In other words rotect your heart dou!ly. Make it your riority to
rotect your heart.
7ut why`
1he heart is the control center of your !eing.
1he "e!rew word for heart is ?$,7? <ronounced la!e=. 1he Strongs num!er is DACJ. 1he 0reek counterart is
?H4.DI4? <C*AA=. ;hen we think of the heart, we think of the internal organ that ums !lood through our
!odies. 7ut that is not the rimary way the word is used in the 7i!le. ^odhiates says in his "e!rew $eEicon,
that the main use of the word heart refers to ?the totality of man@s inner or immaterial mature.? I venture to
seculate that this eElanation is not a lot of hel. So let me try a diferent angle. 1he heart is the seat of
your intellect, feelings and will. It is ?almost a synonym for mind.? C 2hronicles L'CD Fnd all the kings o# the
earth sought the presence o# Soloon, to hear his wisdo, that Iod had put in his heart. ;ith this in view,
!ack to %rover!s B'CD. 1he hrase ?issues of life? is a diFcult one to translate, !ut it refers to the heart !eing
the control center or source of our lives. ;hat haens if the control center malfunctions in a machine` 1here
are ma>or ro!lems. 1he same thing haens when the control center malfunctions in a human !eing. Since
the heart is the control center of life, it would !e wise for us to guard our hearts carefully.
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Don@t allow anything or anyone to control your mind eEcet the $ord through "is "oly Sirit and the 7i!le.
+ 2orinthians G'+C <H6P= Fll things are law#ul unto e, but all things are not e&pedient: all things are law#ul
#or e, but 8 will not be brought under the power o# any.
1he ;ord of 0od is to control your mind. ;e can see that from C 1imothy D'+G <H6P=
Fll scripture is gi$en by inspiration o# Iod, and is pro%table #or doctrine, #or reproo#, #or correction, #or
instruction in righteousness'
1he word of 0od is to !e used to !ring our thinking under 0od@s control. $ook at C 2orinthians +J'B)*. It says,
(For the weapons o# our war#are are not carnal, but ighty through Iod to the pulling down o# strongholds=!
,asting down iaginations, and e$ery high thing that e&alteth itsel# against the knowledge o# Iod, and
bringing into capti$ity e$ery thought to the obedience o# ,hristM
Further, 1he "oly Sirit is to !e allowed to control our minds. ,hesians *'+A veri&es this when it says, ?Fnd
be not drunk with wine, wherein is e&cess= but be %lled with the SpiritM? ;hen the "oly Sirit controls the
!elievers life, the Fruit of 1he "oly Sirit is o!vious in that erson@s life <0alatians *'CC)CD=. 1o the degree that
the Fruit of the Sirit is o!vious in the !elieverZs life, to that same degree that erson is 7i!lically siritual.
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Satan has a counterfeit sirituality that he is ofering as a su!stitute for 7i!lical sirituality. 6ust as a 2hristian
must oen u his or her heart <mind= to the control of the "oly Sirit in order to !e 7i!lically Siritual, so a
erson must oen u their heart <mind= to the control of the unholy sirits if they are to !e ?siritual.?
Siritual in this sense means devoted to and controlled !y a higher ower other the $ord 0od 4lmighty.
4nanias is an illustration of !eing controlled !y unholy sirits. 4cts *'D <H6P= Dut )eter said, Fnanias, why
hath Satan %lled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ihost, and to keep back part o# the price o# the landH
4nanias did what ,hesians B'CI calls giving lace to the devil. ?"either gi$e place to the de$il.? "e allowed
Satan to control his heart.
"ow Do %eole Make 1heir Minds Pulnera!le to Satanic 2ontrol`
#o!el scientist Sir 6ohn ,ccles said of the human mind that it was ?a machine that a ghost can oerate.?

Millions of eole are oening u their minds to ?ghosts? <unholy sirits= through +1,)/)* %,+,)% $.
0$#%0&$7%#)%%. So what is an altered state of consciousness` 4ccording to 6ohn 4nker!erg and 6ohn ;eldon,
it is ?the deli!erate cultivation of a!normal states of consciousness <states not normally eEerienced aart
from a seci&c techni8ue or rogram to develo them=. In fact, ?altered states may involve a large variety of
su!>ects )) everything from -!"#$%&% and other trance states to ossession states <as mediumism and
shamanism= to altered states that are characteristically athological <as in kundalini arousal and shamanism=,
to direct visuali5ation and imagery, lucid dreaming, drug)induced states of consciousness, meditation and
!io)feed!ack)induced consciousness, and many others.?

So what@s wrong with that` First, ?as a erson enters or is in an 4ltered State of 2onsciousness, he often
eEeriences fear of losing his gri on reality and losing his self)control.?
;hy, !ecause he does. Many !i5arre
things can and do haen when a erson is in an 4ltered State of 2onsciousness <4S2=. 1hat@s why the 7i!le
warns that we are not to !e under the ower of anyone eEcet "im.
1o !e sure, millions laud the !ene&ts of 4S2. Many ?roonents claim that altered states allegedly roduce a
@higher@ state of consciousness or @!eing@ including dramatic siritualistic <occultic= revelations, sychic
owers, ersonality alterations, and a @ositive@ reconstructing of the articiant@s worldview along
,astern(occultic lines.?
7ut, 4S2@s are not all they are cracked u to !e. In fact, ?many cases of temorary
and ermanent insanity, sirit contact, occult transformation and sirit ossession have resulted.?
In fact,
4S2@s can and often do oen a erson to contact with demon entities.
So why, when I am talking with handling the ast !i!lically, do I !ring u the issue of 4ltered States of
2onsciousness` %ro!a!ly the most common means counselors use in uncovering the ast aart from
sychoanalysis is hynotism. "ynotism !rings a erson into an 4S2. $et@s take a closer look at hynotism.
;hat is "ynosis`
?"ynosis, mental state of heightened suggesti!ility, characteri5ed !y trance)like slee. 1he !asis of hynosis
is the &Eation of the su!>ectZs attention uon a gradually narrowing source of stimulation, until he is
attendant uon only the directions of the hynotist. 1his is variously achieved !y reetition of instructions in
a low, level voice, or having the su!>ect &E his ga5e uon a light in an otherwise dark room. 1he su!>ect
remem!ers nothing of what he did during the hynotic eriod. 2ertain efects may !e suggested to continue
after the su!>ect returns to consciousnessM these are called ost)hynotic suggestions.?

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Xou do not have to go very far !ack in researching hynotism to see that it is associated with the occult.
4ccording to Dr. 2athy 7urns, %h.D. hynotists themselves referred to hynotism as s9ances as recently as CB
years ago.
In fact, historically hynosis has !een viewed as art of the occult. %revention maga5ine carried
an article !y Herry %echter that made that very clear. 1he article said, ?like alchemy and astrology, the
ractice of hynosis once !elonged to the world of the occult.?
4nother author went on to say,
?;itchdoctors, Su& ractitioners, shamans, "indus, 7uddhists, and yogis have racticed hynosis...?
In India,
"indu con>urers call it 6ar)hook according to an old !ook I have. It says, ?1he 6ar)hook of -er India [is] a
system of treatment racticed !y the Indian con>urors, or 6adoo)walla, !y stroking and !reathing on the lim!s
or !ody.?
7ut you don@t have to go across the ocean to &nd hynosis associated with the occult.
In fact, ?ritual hynosis and dance were integral elements of shaman@s communication with the sirits...?

among the 4merican Indians. 4 shaman is a medicine man. 7oth Sitting 7ull <1atankaya Iyotake= and 7ig Foot
of the SiouE used hynotism.
4n honest researcher cannot deny the occult connection of hynotism. Since that is true, 2hristians should
not have anything to do with the ractice. 4nd uon what !asis do I say this` Deuteronomy +A'+J)+C for one
1here shall not !e found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to ass through the &re, or
that useth divination, or an o!server of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, /r a charer, or a consulter with
familiar sirits, or a wi5ard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an a!omination unto the $/.D'
and !ecause of these a!ominations the $/.D thy 0od doth drive them out from !efore thee.
#ote the two emhasi5ed words, ?enchanter? and ?charer?. 4ccording to cult(occult researcher Dave "unt
the ancient ractice of enchanting and charming involved ?eEactly what has recently !ecome acceta!le in
medicine and sychiatry [known] as hynosis. I !elieve this !oth from the ancient usage of this word and
from occult traditions.
In light of this, hynotism is unacceta!le for !elievers to articiate in.
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"ynotism is dangerous for a num!er of reasons not the least !eing that it oens the mind to !elieve almost
anything. 4s one researcher ut it,
?hynotic induction...consists of a system of ver!al and nonver!al maniulation to lead a erson into a
heightened state of suggesti!ility )) more simly, a condition in which one will !elieve almost anything.?

1hat statement should alarm you !ecause in essence it is saying that a erson who is hynoti5ed can !e told
a lie and !elieve it. 7ut does this really haen` 1he answer is yes. 7ernard Diamond, a rofessor of law and
clinical rofessor of sychiatry wrote in an article for the 2alifornia $aw .eview that eole who underwent
hynotism would
?graft onto their memories fantasies or suggestions deli!erately or unwittingly communicated !y the
hynotist and that after hynosis the su!>ect cannot diferentiate !etween a true recollection and a fantasy
or a suggested detail.?

1he second reason that hynosis is dangerous !ecause the mind loses its a!ility to distinguish !etween fact
and fantasy <truth and error=. 1hat can !e dangerous !ecause if you can !e easily deceived, Satan can and
does take advantage of the oortunity. $et me give you one eEamle. /ver a &ve year eriod, in the late
IJ@s and early AJ@s, a massive study was done of more than G,JJJ eole who had undergone hynosis. It
was discovered that one)&fth of those eole who had !een hynoti5ed said that they had lived revious lives
on other lanetsY 1hat is !i5arre to say the leastY 7ut let me tell you a!out some other eEeriments.
4ccording to one of %eter Francuch eEeriments ?1he erson [who was hynoti5ed] was a!le very recisely to
descri!e in minute detail what was haening in another friend@s house DJJ miles away. 4t the same time,
the erson was a!le to descri!e eEactly what was haening a month ago, a year ago, and ten years ago in
the same lace...?
/ne might ask, ?"ow is that ossi!le`? My answer is !y demonic contactY /ne #ew 4ge author uts it this
way )) ?"ynosis can !e an oen door to sychic eEeriences of many kinds, and in an emotionally unsta!le,
insecure, or neurotic erson the ossi!ility of o!session or sychic invasion of one kind or another is always
It only takes a !rief look at 4cts +G'+G)+A to discover the source of sychic owers.
"ynosis is dangerous. 4t the least, it hinders one@s a!ility to discern the diference !etween real memories
and suggested(engrafted memories. ,ven more dangerous is the fact that hynosis oens the ?heart@s door?
<mind= to demonic invasion. If you have not !een hynoti5ed, donKt be. If you have !een hynoti5ed I suggest
that you renounce your association with the ractice !y raying ))
Dear $ord,
I come to you in the name of your Son, 6esus 2hrist. I confess that I have articiated in "ynotism. I ask
your forgiveness and renounce hynotism as contrary to the 7i!le which warns me not to !e !rought under
any ower other than yours <I 2orinthians G'+C=. I identify myself as a child of 0od !y faith in the $ord 6esus
2hrist who has !een redeemed !y "is <2hrist@s= recious !lood. 4men
Miscellaneous #otes .elated to "ynotism and 1hose ;ho %racticed It
F/+#F M)%6)/ <c. +IDD)+A+*=, a 0erman hysician. /ne of the earliest eEonents of hynotism, his
treatments !y hynotism known as mesmerism and oularly !elieved to !e !ased uon electricity and
magnetism, attracted a cultish and fashiona!le clientele in %aris. "is ractice was denounced !y a royal
commission. "ynotism was used !y 2harcot, 6anet, and Freud in the study and treatment of hysteria. It
roved imractical !ecause not everyone is caa!le of hynosis and efects are fre8uently temorary.
"ynotism has found its greatest use as an ad>unct to medicine in relieving or diminishing ain as in
child!irth or dentistry, esecially when use of an anesthetic is dangerous or imractical. "ynosis in medicine
was aroved !y the 4merican Medical 4ssociation in +L*A. <1he -niversity /ne)Polume ,ncycloediaM +LGIM
Franklin DunhamM .DL+=
E)+# M+/,&# C-+/0$,, +AC*)LD, French neurologist. "e was a ioneer in the use of hynotic methods of
treating hysteria, and inNuenced Freud with his !elief that some diseases have their origin in the emotions.
<1he -niversity /ne)Polume ,ncycloediaM +LGIM Franklin DunhamM .+*A=
P&)//) E+#),, +A*L)+LBI, French neurologist and sychologist. ;orking indeendently of Freud and using
hynosis, he made imortant studies of the origins of hysteria. <1he -niversity /ne)Polume ,ncycloediaM
+LGIM Franklin DunhamM .BC+=
S&967#* F/)7*, +A*G)+LDL, 4ustrian sychologist, !. Marovia. Formulating his early theories from
o!servation of hysterics under hynosis, he develoed the science and method of treatment of neurosis
known as sychoanalysis. <1he -niversity /ne)Polume ,ncycloediaM +LGIM Franklin DunhamM .D+J=
B/+&*&%6 )) 1he theories concerning the henomena attending arti&cial induced slee set forth !y Dr. 6ames
7raid <+ABC= <4 Scottish surgeon, +IL*)+AGJ, noted for research in mesmerism, which he named hynotism=,
develoed !y him from mesmerism. <Funk and ;agnalls #ew Standard DictionaryM 2oyright +L+DM .DCB=
E1)0,/$'&$1$9! )) Mesmerism
M)%6)/&%6 )) /riginally, the doctrine or theory, as roounded and eEemli&ed !y Fran5 Mesmer <+IDD)
+A+*=, that one erson can roduce in another an a!normal condition resem!ling slee, with or without
somnam!ulism, during which the mind of the su!>ect remains assively su!>ect to the will of the oerator.
<Funk and ;agnalls #ew Standard DictionaryM 2oyright +L+DM .+**I=
A/,&@0&+1 S$6#+6'71&%6 ))4rti&cial somnam!ulism an old name used for hynotism. 1his is not to !e
confused with natural or sontaneous somnam!ulism which is ?the act of walking and erforming other
ositive actions during slee? <Funk and ;agnalls #ew Standard DictionaryM 2oyright +L+DM .CD+L=. In
simle terms, slee walking.
N)7/$-!"#$,&%6 )) #ervous slee induced !y hynotic action <Funk and ;agnalls #ew Standard DictionaryM
2oyright +L+DM .+GGL=.
H!"#$%&%, ,lectro!iology, Mesmerism, 7raidism, Somnam!ulism, 6ar)hook, #eurohynotism are all names
that are related to hynotism.
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Hypnosis: ,ure or ,urseH Dr. 2athy 7urnsM +G agesM Sharing C+C ) " ,. Ith St. Mt 2armel, %4. +IA*+)CC++
Hypnosis and the ,hristian Martin and Deidre 7o!ganM G+ agesM 7ethany "ouse %u!lishers Minneaolis,
Minnesota **BDA
+. 4merica' 1he Sorcerer@s #ew 4renticeM !y Dave "untM "arvest "ouseM +L
C. 2an Xou 1rust Xour Doctor`M !y 6ohn ;eldon O 6ohn 4nker!ergM ;olgemut O "yatt %u!lishersM +BI
D. Frontiers of 2onsciousnessM !y 6ohn ;hiteM 4vonM +G
B. 1he Facts on "olistic "ealth and 1he #ew MedicineM 4nker!erg(;eldonM "arvest "ouse %u!lishersM L
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G. 1he -niversity /ne)Polume ,ncycloediaM +LGI ) Franklin DunhamM BC+
I. "ynosis' 2ure or 2urseM +LLD Sharing u!licationM B
A. %reventionM 6uly +LA*, Polume DI, #o. IM 4rticle )) ;hen I sna my &ngers, you will !e free of ainM !y Herry
L. "ynosis and 1he 2hristianM !y Martin O Deidre 7oganM 7ethany "ouseM +D.
+J. Mesmerism and "ynotismM 6uly +ALJ, CBB=
++. "istory of 1he /ccultM !y 1. ;ynne 0rifonM Mallard %ressM DD
+C. "ynosis 4nd 1he 2hristianM !y Martin O Deidre 7oganM 7ethany "ouseM *J
+D. I!id, +I
+B. 2alifornia $aw .eview, March +LAJM 4rticle' Inherent %ro!lems in the -se of %retrial "ynosis on a
%rosective ;itnessM !y 7ernard $. DiamondM D+B
+*. %rinciles of Siritual "ynosisM !y %eter FrancuchM Siritual 4dvisor %ress, +LA+M LCB
+G. Many $ives, Many $oves !y 0ina 2erminaraM ;m Morrow and 2omany, +LGDM AD
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HM)"<S8S: +edical, Scienti%c, or <cculticH 7y Martin and Deidre 7o!gan eEamines hynosis from scienti&c,
historical, and !i!lical ersectives. Shows that hynosis is the same whether racticed !y !enevolent
individuals, shamans, or occultists. 1he diference lies in the deth, which may not !e controlled !y even the
most eEerienced hynotist. 1he !ook eEoses !oth o!vious and hidden dangers. Soft !ound, +BB ages.
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C. ;hat is "ynosis`
D. Is "ynosis a #atural ,Eerience`
B. 2an the ;ill 7e Piolated`
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G. 4ge .egression and %rogression
I "ynotic Memory
A. Dee "ynosis
L. "ynosis' Medical, Scienti&c, or /ccultic`
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"ynotism is the rendering of a erson into a slee)like condition, during which he or she remains resonsive
to eEtraneous stimuli. 4 erson su!>ected to hynosis <0reek, hypnos' VsleeW= temorarily gives u full
control of his or her mental and hysical faculties.
2hristians should never involve themselves in such ractices. 1he 7i!le states, in I %eter +'+D, V0ird u the
loins of your mind.W ;e are to maintain control over all of our thoughts, so as to !e in o!edience to 2hrist <II
2or. +J'*=. 1his would not !e ossi!le if oneZs mind could !e controlled !y eEternal stimuli, while in a trance)
like state.
0od eEects us to focus on and &ll our minds with Vwhatever things are no!le\>ust\ure\lovely\W <%hil.
B'A=. 0od grants "is eole V\a sirit of\ower and of love and of a sound mindW <II 1im. +'I=. /ne of the
fruits of 0odZs "oly Sirit is temerance, or sel#/control <0al. *'CD=.
Xou may read our !ooklets F Gorld in ,apti$ity and -id Iod ,reate Huan "atureH and our article VXou 2an
/vercome and %revent Sin.W 1hey eElain the imortance of remaining in control of all of our thoughts,
attitudes, and emotions.
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4while !ack ago, I told 2arl this story. It !ears reeating !ecause there are many 2hristians who are not
aware of the dangers of engaging in this ractice.
/ne of my tyists !y the name of 0eorgia started working with me a!out a year ago. She is a very Sirit)
&lled, godly, 2hristian woman. She had one vice that she was trying to 8uit and that vice was smoking.
4 year !efore we had met and started working together, she had gone to a hynotist $#) ,&6) to try and
hel her 8uit smoking. She was warned !y her own mother and a few of her close friends not to do this as
they did not think that 0od would arove of her doing this. She went against the advice of her friends and
her own gut feeling not to do this and went for >ust the one visit.
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1his loss with her memory a!ility stayed with her for one solid year !efore she came to work for me and told
me a!out it. She was already working another art time >o! when she started working with me art time. She
was afraid that she was going to get &red on her other art time >o! !ecause her memory for detail that she
needed on this other >o! was so !ad.
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1his also alies for techni8ues such as transcendental meditation where you are told to try and !lank your
mind out and kee reciting mantras, which are !asic one or two sylla!le words. 1he goal of these techni8ues
is suosed to hel you &nd inner eace and relaEation ) !ut they are ma>or door oeners to the dark side
and demons can come in on you if you try to engage in these tyes of meditation techni8ues.
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1he 7i!le says that the "oly Sirit will guide you into all truth. /ne of the ways that "e will do this is !y
guiding your thoughts into what the correct answers are as you are trying to &gure something out. "e@ll also
communicate to you through the inner knowing.
7ut these inner knowings will either come in on you while you are thinking a!out what you are trying to &gure
out or while you may !e thinking a!out something else entirely diferent.
1he 7i!le says in C 2orinthians +J'* that we are to !ring every thought into cativity to the o!edience of
6esus. 1his means that we are directly resonsi!le for what we choose to think a!out and dwell on. 1his right
does not !elong to anyone else ) including any hynotist who may want to lant his thoughts and his
suggestions into your mind.
4s she was telling me the story, I was taing in to see what the "oly Sirit would give me. I immediately
icked u from "im that a demon had come in on her and had attached himself to that art of the !rain that
had to do with her memory a!ilities. 1he demon was not on the inside of her.
She was already Sirit)&lled and the "oly Sirit had rotected her from allowing the demon to get in on the
inside of her. 1he demon was !asically resting on her shoulder so to seak. I icked u eEactly what she was
suosed to do to get the demon of of her and have her memory fully restored.
1he other reason that I knew it was a demon on her was that no one all of a sudden loses *JK of their
memory a!ility within CB hours. 1here is no hysical or chemical damage that could have occurred to her
!rain during the hynotism session that could have caused something like this to occur ) so the only other
logical eElanation to eElain this raid of a memory loss in such a short eriod of time was that it had to !e
"ere is what I told her she would have to do in order to get 0od to fully restore her memory a!ilities !ack to
She had to go !efore 0od the Father in rayer and 0$#.)%% this activity as a sin and ask for "is forgiveness.
She then had to /)#$7#0) this activity !efore 0od the Father. She had to tell 0od that she would never do it
again. ;henever you engage in something that draws demons in on you such as this tye of activity, you
have to !oth confess and renounce it !efore 0od. 2onfess it as a sin, and then renounce it !y telling 0od that
you will never, ever go !ack to this tye of activity again.
/nce the a!ove C stes have !een done, you have then taken away the 1)9+1 /&9-, for that demon to stay
attached to her. 4t this oint, you have to ver!ally seak out loud to the demon and tell him that he now has
to leave you and that he no longer has any more legal right to stay attached to you since the sin has now
!een fully confessed and fully renounced !efore 0od the Father.
I then gave her the following !attle command on engaging with the demon after she had already confessed
and renounced this sin !efore 0od the Father.
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1his was the !asic gist of the !attle command. She did it !efore she went to !ed that night. ;hen she got u
the neEt day, she started to notice an immediate return of her memory. "owever, her memory did not return
all at once. It imroved little !y little on a daily !asis over a eriod of two months. 4fter two months, she had
regained +11 of her memory a!ility !ackY
1his is what you call a rogressive healing as versus a sudden and 8uick healing. 0od could have given her
an immediate healing of her memory loss, !ut I think "e took the slower and more rogressive aroach in
order to teach her a lesson and to make sure that she would never, ever consider doing it again. She then
told me you really don@t reali5e how imortant your memory is for everyday living until you lose art of it.
4nd the great thing a!out this story was that when her memory was fully restored !ack to her !y 0od, she
said her memory is even !etter now than what it was !efore she lost it due to going to the hynotist. 0od, in
"is loving mercy, decided to !less her with a little !it !etter memory a!ility than what she had !efore.
I thanked 0od that "e allowed me to have access to her story !ecause it really hel to con&rm for me that
2hristians are not allowed to engage in this tye of activity. "er story may !e a!le to hel and warn others of
the risks and dangers associated with hynotism.
4s a ostscrit to the a!ove story, I recently ran across someone else who got in trou!le after !eing
hynoti5ed several times. She was an artist and she had 1$%, +11 $. -)/ +/,&%,&0 +'&1&,&)% as a result of !eing
hynoti5ed several times !y her then !oyfriend.
She had no idea that !eing hynoti5ed could have done all of this. I gave her the a!ove D)ste rocess to get
deliverance from this demonic attack and she too started to gradually get her artistic talents and a!ilities
restored !ack to her after going through the a!ove D ste rocess.
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1he henomenon of hynotism has eEcited curiosity from the most ancient times and is still somewhat of a
mystery today.
Fran5 Mesmer of France in the late +Ath 2entury was the &rst to emloy the eculiar mental state in the
ractice of medicine. "e eElained the cause of a disease as a loss of ?animal magnetism,? which he
ersonally restored !y his method of ?mesmerism.? 7ut Mr. Mesmer and his theories were &nally discredited.
1hen around +AB*, Mr. 6ames 7raid of ,ngland coined the term ?hynotism? to descri!e this unnatural state,
which is still of 8uestiona!le scienti&c value.
1he a!normal sychological condition is induced !y the reetitious and ersuasive suggestion of great
fatigue and drowsiness. 1he hynotist sort of talks the su!>ect to ?slee? using a tone of authority as in a
father)child relationshi. In fact, children around eight years of age are the easiest to hynoti5e.
Sleewalkers, an oddity in themselves, are also easy to hynoti5e. 1he su!>ect must cooerate and trust
themselves into the hands of the oerator. 1he deth of hynosis may !e light or rofound. 1hey !ecome
very assive and less aware of their surroundings. If told they are araly5ed, they can@t move. If they are told
they are insensitive to in ricks or the Name of a match, they seem to feel no ain at all.
"istorically, hynotism was a great art of vaudeville eEhi!itions, stage magicians, and amateur arlor tricks.
4 hynotist can make a comlete fool out of someone, ordering them to !ark like a dog, cluck like a chicken,
or erform other silly acts. "ynotists commonly deceive their su!>ects into !elieving a lie, such as telling
them that a encil is a red)hot oker that will !urn them. 1he su!>ect wails in ain and can get a real !lister.
"ynotists have erformed all kinds of torment on eole to rove that their su!>ect was under their ower
and control. 4 hynoti5ed erson can !e made to see and hear all manner of hallucinations. If told a ghost is
in the room, they watch the ghost with great horror. 1hey may manifest great eEcitement, hysterical fear, and
weeingM 4nd if awakened suddenly they may eEerience severe nervous shock. 7ut such harmful efects
usually wear of in a few days. "owever, some ost)hynotic suggestions to carry out irrational !ehavior,
such as throwing their hat out the window, may cause eEtreme confusion for years, and is therefore very
1he tyical techni8ue of the hynotist is uttering in a monotone voice such words as ?slee? or ?you@re so
tired? until the desired efect is roduced. It@s 8uite comara!le to agan religions wherein the charmer
chants on and on to the accomanying of drum !eating until the su!>ect is no longer in their right mind, and
fall under the sell of the witch doctor. #arcotics are sometimes administered along with hynosis to eEtract
the truth out of sies.
,ssentially, hynotism is sychological dominion of a erson wherein the hynotist imoses his will over the
free will of the su!>ect. Devious men have always !een fascinated with the idea of ruling others. 2ult leaders,
like 2harles Manson, en>oyed hynotic)like ower over his followers. "e used music, drugs, and force to
demand un8uestioning o!edience to himself. Mo! !ehavior resonsi!le for arson, looting, and eEecuting
innocent victims, is also akin to the mindless hynotic condition. ,Eerts say the "itler@s ranting and raving
seeches induced a form of mass)hynosis. 1he very heart !eat of witchcraft and satanism is the am!ition to
control others. Demons love to ossess and maniulate eole. 4 so)called ?!lackout? can sontaneously
occur for eEtended eriods of time, where the oor su!>ect has no memory of where they have !een or what
they have done)))recisely as in a hynotic trance. #um!ers of eole have committed ghastly crimes when
some other ?ersonality? has hynotically taken them over. 1he voodoo ractitioners at "aiti delight in
making stoical ?5om!ies? out of eole, who aear to !e ermanently hynoti5ed.
;e grant that there is a conscious and su!conscious mind, em!odied in the soul and sirit, and that all our
eEeriences are stored in our memory. 1he hynotic state seems to !e neither fully conscious nor
unconscious, !ut in a sychological twilight 5oneM 7ut so)called age)regression !eyond !irth lends credence
to the error of reincarnation, which is a atent lie of the devil, for ?it is aointed unto man once to die, !ut
after this the >udgement? <"e!rews L'CI=. reincarnation, which is the eEtension of evolution, runs contrary to
the whole message of the 7i!le. 4fter death, a erson simly goes to heaven or hell. 1he classical ?2ase of
7ridyG Murhy? used as roof that an 4merican housewife had lived !efore, was o!viously nothing !ut a
demon sirit that had ossessed 7ridy Murhy, revealing details to the latter woman. 4ll this was eretrated
in and through reeated hynotic sessions. G;herever selt ?7ridy?, it should read
as ?7ridey?) Michael
1he su!>ect of hynotism has cret into some institutions of learning through the sychology deartment,
and sadly, into some undiscerning seminariesY
,ven though hynotism is utterly foreign to the "oly Scritures, some try to e8uate it with simle meditation.
7ut there are two kinds of meditation)))that which is of 0od and that which is of the devil. .emem!er, Satan
is a counterfeiter who imitates the things of 0od. 1here are divine miracles and dia!olic miraclesM true
rohets and false rohets. 1hey !oth re8uire relaEation, !ut there is a lot of diference !etween the
meditation of false eastern religions, such as "induism)))and 2hristian meditation, which is akin to rayer. In
agan meditation, such as Xoga, they try to emty their mind of everything and go !lank, which oens the
door for demonic entrance. 2hristian meditation focuses of 6esus "imself, concentrates on the ;ord of 0od,
and muses on the wonderful things of 0od. 2hristians don@t need to focus on their navel, stare at a siral on
the wall or a swinging medallion. ;hat@s the diference !etween auto)hynosis and the trance state of a
medium or so)called ?channel? through which diferent demon voices eEress themselves` Self)hynosis is
widely racticed !y so)called sychics and siritualists like ,dgar 2asey.
"ynotic ractitioners claim that they use the strange ower for good, not for evil, which is eEactly what the
?u!lic)image)conscious? witches and so)called sychics claim. <4s if the end >usti&es the means= 1here is
little or no roof of any lasting theraeutic value of hynotism in the treatment of mental disorders. 4nd even
if some individuals have 8uit smoking or over)eating through hynotism, they have merely traded one !ad
thing for a worse !ondage.
.eally there is no such thing as ?sychic ower?)))there@s >ust 0od@s ower and demonic ower. /ur soul
<syche= is >ust an inner faculty of our !eing that cannot eEtend itself to efect things such as the antics of
oltergeist sirits. %arasychology, also known as sychical research, is really >ust laying with familiar
sirits, such as in teleathy.
4 hynotist resumes a role that only 0od has a right to. ;e should never yield our mind, will, and soul over
to another human !eing. ;e are to surrender ourselves to the Sirit of 0od only. 2hrist alone as our $ord and
Master, not the hynotist. 2all no man master and let no one lord it over you.
"ynotism is similar in nature to incantation and con>uring, which draws the resence of evil sirits. 4ll such
things are condemned in the 7i!le under the terms of ?charming? <%salm *A'* and 6eremiah A'+I= and
?enchantments? <,Eodus I'++M $eviticus +L'CGM Isaiah BI'L, +CM C 2hronicles DD'G=. It is well known that
hynotism was an ancient art of ,gyt, and Isaiah +L'D condemned those in ,gyt, who sought to the
charmers, those who had familiar sirits, and to wi5ards.
Xou can tell a lot a!out something !y who is for it and who is against itM and hynotism has many shady
!edfellows. For instance, most cults and occults ractice mind control. Many mediums are eEert hynotists,
using secial lighting and sounds as aids. 7ut no evangelical 7i!le teacher or fundamental astor eddles
such rituals as hynotism. "ynotism never leads sinners to a salvation eEerience or to the 7atism into the
"oly Sirit. "ynotism never motivates folks to go to church, read the 7i!le, or win souls to 2hrist. "ynotism
was never a art of the 2hristian faith and racticeM and it is still totally outside 7i!lical 2hristianity.
0od doesn@t need hynotism to accomlish "is works of grace and you don@t either. My advice is that you
turn your !ack on all forms of hynotism and a!andon such a!ominations forever. <See C Hings +I'+I and
Deuteronomy +A'L)+D=.
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1he !ene&ts of hynosis are de!ata!le. "ynosis or hynotheray is widely used in a myriad of clinical, self)
hel and theray rograms. 2linicians view hynosis as a techni8ue that may !e included in a hysicianZs
theraeutic course of action for a atient. "ynosis theray has !een used !y medical rofessionals to
alleviate ain during dental work or child)!irth, to control such things as !ladder functions and to restore
other dysfunctional organs.
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"ynosis has !een used !y criminologists, sychologists, and other mind secialists to control !ehavior in a
atient. It has !een used to treat ho!ias, allowing a su!>ect to face and endure situations that once may
have immo!ili5ed them.
"ynosis has !een used in many self)imrovement categories, such as weight loss, nail)!iting, and smoking.
It has !een used to control !ed)wetting and thum!)sucking ha!its in young atients.
Many of the rograms that enhance intelligence or education)related skills involve the use of hynosis ))
seed reading and memori5ation imrovement are two eEamles. Individuals simly seeking to !etter
themselves in their rofessional careers may seek the services of a hynotistM the same holds true of artists
of all kinds )) actors, musicians, writers.
"ynotheray has !ecome more and more widely acceted !ecause it does not involve otentially ha!it)
forming drugs, has no serious side)efects and is ineEensive.
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In hynosis, the VatientW oens his(her mind to !e controlled !y another erson. 1his can !e very
dangerous, !ecause the erson loses control of >udgment. /ftentimes, the erson who is hynoti5ed !elieves
anything he(she is told.
1here is a risk of !eing eEloited !y the hynotist or another erson.
-nder hynosis, the VatientW has the otential for doing something illegal or unethical.
%hysical accidents sometimes occur as a result of hynosis.
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"ynosis theray is like asirin )) it is a Vtechni8ueW which many eole !elieve in, !ut a techni8ue that is not
fully understood. Many eole view hynosis theray with susicion and distrust.
/ne hundred years ago, hynosis was seen as a state that was imosed uon individuals !y a charlatan or
VSvengaliW tye seeking to harm or control the su!>ect. It was !elieved that the hynotist could force a
su!>ect to do something against his or her will, to !e eEloited. Fifty years ago hynosis was re)de&ned !y the
general u!lic as a erformance, magic to !e enacted on a stage. 1he hynotist might cause a mem!er of
the audience to laugh hysterically or 8uack like a duck. %eole have reorted that once a hynotist has
esta!lished a raort with an individual, that individual may !e induced to see clairvoyantly or ossess and
demonstrate other VsuernaturalW a!ilities. 1he erson might !e a!le to read the ast, take VsiritualW
eEcursions to distant laces or make a correct medical diagnosis without eEamining a atient.
Many modern VhelW rograms are linked to hynosis, though they may not !e !illed that way. Some seed
reading techni8ues and other suer)learning rograms use hynosis theories. "ynosis theraies are often
used to control !edwetting, in hynosurgery, to enhance weight loss, reduce addictions, and control !ehavior.
2ontemorary techni8ues also include .elaEation .esonse, meditation, acuuncture, !io)feed!ack, Vfaith
healing,W ,S1, visuali5ation methods, and suggestology are sometimes associated with hynosis theray.
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"ynosis theray, also called hynotheray has !een shown to !e more successfully eEerienced !y eole
with a articular ersonality tye. Dr. "er!ert Siegel, %sychiatrist and leading eEert in the &eld of hynosis,
has groued the oulation into three categories according to their Vhynoti5a!ilityW and ranked them with a
numeric score to indicate their susceti!ility.
1hose scoring lowest <scoring J to += are termed V4ollonians.W 4ollonians are generally not resonsive to
hynosis or make very oor su!>ects. 1hey are rational, guarded, and inhi!itedM they will not susend critical
>udgment and are not trusting.
4t the other eEtreme are the VDionysians.W Dionysians will score B on the hynoti5a!ility scale. 1hese ersons
are trusting, imaginative, and creative. 1hey are ruled !y the heart and make the !est hynosis candidates.
Dionysians may also score a *, which is the highest ratingM these individuals have !een known to sli
sontaneously into a VtranceW state. In the middle are the V/dysseans,W who score a C or D. 1hey make fair
hynosis su!>ects. In ersonality, they tend to vacillate !etween head and heart.
Dr. Siegel has also associated oneZs a!ility to roll his eyes uward as another indicator of hynoti5a!ility.
1hose scoring J to + have a very low eye rollM those scoring B and * can roll their eyes uward 8uickly until
only whites will show. 1hose in the mid)category, scoring C to D have a moderate a!ility to roll their eyes.
Siegel has asserted that oneZs hynoti5a!ility cannot !e imrovedM eole are !orn with the tendency to one
of the three levels and will remain so for life.
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"ynosis theray can !e a!used and misused. Individuals who su!mit themselves to the control of another
for theray or medical hel most certainly run the risk of !eing eEloited. If the clinician or hynotist is
unscruulous or erhas careless, he or she may take advantage of an unsusecting su!>ect. 1he hynoti5ed
individual is in a state of high trust and suggesti!ility, which makes him(her 8uite vulnera!le.
7eyond the clinical ossi!ilities for misuse and danger, lies the 8uestion of the advisa!ility of using hynosis
as a theraeutic or self)hel tool. ;hether a erson !elieves in other)induced hynosis or self)hynosis,
concern should !e focused on the future imlications of emloying hynosis for current ro!lems. ;ill a
erson !ecome nonfunctional without the continued use of hynosis theray to aid them in their trou!les`
;ill a erson unnecessarily seek to eEist in this VunnaturalW state of consciousness` Does hynotheray
!ecome an escae` Is it a lasting cure or a temorary &E` 7efore an individual su!mits to a course of
hynosis treatment, he or she should !e a!le to suly themselves with honest answers to these 8uestions.
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"ynosis 1heray leads to an altered state of consciousness in which your mind will !e very susceti!le to
outside suggestion. 1hat susceti!ility is what the hynotist needs in order to modify your !ehavior. 2onsider
these 8uestions'
4m I willing to give u control of my mind to another individual`
4m I willing to su!mit the control of my actions to the hynotist`
4m I willing to run the risk of !eing eEloited` If under hynosis, I commit a crime like murder or rae, am I
willing to sufer the conse8uences`
;ill the theray rovide long)term results or >ust short)term imrovement`
;ill I !ecome addicted to the theray in order to get the desired results`
2an I &nd lasting hel through other means, like counseling or medical hel`
"ynosis involves the transfer of control, away from yourself to another erson. Many eole !elieve that
self)control is one of the greatest 8ualities you can have. ;hy give it away` 1he 7i!le even values self)
control, stating that 0od gives a erson this 8uality.
1hrough 0odZs hel, we can &nd lasting hoe and healing. 1he answers to your recovery do not lie in
hynosis theray.
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Is 2hristian hynosis !ene&cial` "ynosis is a highly focused state of attentive concentration. During
hynosis, whether it is induced !y a hynotist or self)induced, the su!>ect is in a state of high vulnera!ility
and suggesti!ility. It is a condition that a erson, generally, has willingly su!mitted to or has stimulated within
themselves. 1hose who emloy the techni8ue of hynosis in their lives do so for various theraeutic or self)
hel reasons. "ynosis has !een used to deal with such things as ho!ias, ain, !ehavior ro!lems and
erfection of skills, to name a few. 1he danger lies in relying for hel, wisdom, imrovement and cure on any
source outside of 0od.
"ynosis is relin8uishing control to another erson or relying on our own inner a!ilities for hel. /ur inner
a!ilities are not suFcient to give us the deliverance that we need. 0od has romised to do that for us. V 4
righteous man may have many trou!les, !ut the $ord delivers him from them allW <%salm DB'+L=. 2hristians
should carefully research and eEamine the known facts regarding hynosis and tread with caution !efore
su!mitting to it.
"ynosis leads to an altered state of consciousness. In this state the mind is very susceti!le to outside
suggestion. 1he 7i!le says, V7e carefulY ;atch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. "e rowls
around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. <+ %eter *'A=.
"el comes from 0od. In the 7i!le, the %salmist declared hundreds of years ago that his hel came from 0od.
VMy hel comes from the $ord, the Maker of heaven and earthW <%salm +C+'C=. Deendency is not >ust on any
god, !ut the 0od who made the heavens and the earth. ;e can !e assured !y that knowledge of the ower
of 0od that nothing we !ring to "im would !e too diFcult for "im to &E.
1his truth was aFrmed !y the rohet 6eremiah' V/ Sovereign $ord, you have made the heavens and earth
!y your great ower and outstretched arm. #othing is too hard for youW <6eremiah DC'+I=. 2hristians !y no
means are eEemt from trou!le. ;e have sickness, ain and diFculties. ;e strive for eEcellence and have
goals and dreams like everyone else. 2hristians sufer with addictive !ehavior, fears, and stressful
7ut 2hristians have the romise of the continual hel of the Sirit of 0od who indwells them. 0od has
romised to give us renewal and deliverance. 2hristians should not !e looking into themselves for the hel
that they need. #or should 2hristians look to another to !ring them into any Vunreal or unnatural stateW to
com!at ro!lems. 0od is a!le to do all that needs to !e done. Xes, it will take faith and atience, !ut 0od is
a!le to do whatever we ask of "im. V1herefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in rayer, !elieve that you
have received it, and it will !e yoursW <Mark ++'CB=.
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4lthough hynosis may !e useful in some situations, there are a num!er of otential dangers as well. In what
follows, I have simly cut and asted from a teaching outline on hynosis. 1he outline comes from a chater
on ?"ynosis and "ynotic .egression? in 6ohn ;eldon and 6ohn 4nker!erg@s !ook 7ncyclopedia o# "ew Fge
Delie#s. It@s imortant to reali5e that ;eldon and 4nker!erg are looking at hynosis rimarily as it relates to
the occult and #ew 4ge Movement. It M4X !e ossi!le for a 2hristian theraist to make some !ene&cial use
of hynosis in treating atients. "owever, I am honestly not knowledgea!le enough in this area to know for
sure. 4t any rate, one must certainly !e careful, for as ;eldon and 4nker!erg oint out, there are many
otentially negative efects arising from the use and(or a!use of hynosis. "ere are a few sections from my
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4. It is a deli!erately induced condition of dee mental relaEation, or trance <i.e. an 4S2=, in which a erson
!ecomes highly suggesti!le and otentially caa!le of !eing dramatically maniulated.
7. ;hen the 4S2 has !een achieved, ?various theraeutic maneuvers in the form of suggestions or other
sychological interventions are erformed and are called the ractice of @hynotheray.@? <D+J= 2. ItZs #ew
4ge and occult alications include' sychic develoment, sirit contact, automatic writing, astral travel, etc.
For instance, "arers 7ncyclopedia o# +ystical and )aranoral 7&perience declares, ?Self)hynosis is
used...!y mediums and channelers to communicate with sirits.? <D++=
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4. 1his usually involves using hynosis to take a erson !ack in their ast to uncover !uried memories and
resolve hidden conNicts.
7. In #ew 4ge and occult alications, such regression may go !ack into a erson@s alleged ?ast lives.?
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4. #o one really knows for sureY 1here is still no generally acceted scienti&c theory a!out it.
7. ?Daniel 0oleman, who has a %h.D. in clinical sychology from "arvard -niversity, o!serves, @4fter CJJ
years of use, we still cannot say with certainty what hynosis is nor eEactly how it works. 7ut somehow it
does.? <D+J=
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4. ?"ynosis may !e related to the !i!lically for!idden ractice of @charming@ or @enchanting@M to the eEtent
this relationshi holds true, the ractice should !e re>ected.? <D+J=
7. 2hristians are to !e ?&lled? and controlled !y the "oly Sirit. 1o the eEtent that the hynotic trance oens
one u to the inNuence of other sirits, it has the otential to !e 8uite harmful.
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4. 4!out +J)CJK of eole cannot !e hynoti5ed.
7. 4!out +J)CJK can !e easily hynoti5ed.
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4. /ne sychiatry teEt!ook states, ?,verything done in sychotheray with hynosis can also !e done
without hynosis.? <D+B=.
7. 7ut if this is really so, we may ask whether the otential risks are worth the otential !ene&ts`
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4. %erverse motivations to satisfy ulterior needs on the art of the theraist or atient.
7. It may increase a atients overdeendence on the theraist.
2. 1raumatic insight when reressed memories are uncovered.
D. %reciitation of a sychosis.
,. Sudden anic reactions occasioned !y the eEerience of hynosis.
F. 2omlications from miscommunication.
0. -nscruulous use of hynosis.
". DiFculty in waking su!>ect and unfortunate efects of incomlete waking.
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4. 1he religious, ethical, and hilosohical orientation of the theraist.
7. 1he emotional history and condition of the client.
2. 1he degree of technical eEertise and ast eEerience of the theraist.
D. 1he motive and urose for engaging in hynosis.
,. 1he hynotic state itself.
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She warns that hynosis can oen @. . .the door to your mind which can !e inNuenced !y other intelligences,
some greater than your own. In such a assive state, an entity can get in and o!tain control over you.@ <DCA=.
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?/ne of the leading 2hristian authorities on the occult, the late Dr. ;alter Martin, acceted the medical
ractice of hynosis, while warning against its occult use. #oted sychiatrist %aul 1ournier, on the other hand,
is oosed to any use of hynosis? <DDC=.
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4. It may !e generally rohi!ited in a assage like Deuteronomy +A'+J)+C <e.g. divination, witchcraft, sorcery,
casting sells, mediums, siritists, etc.=. 7ut of course this is not entirely clear.
I hoe this information hels you in your understanding of hynosis. ;hile it@s not a clear)cut issue, 2hristians
should ro!a!ly !e very careful <and rayerful= !efore either recommending or receiving hynosis.
Shalom, Michael 0leghorn [all !old emhases a!ove are the authorZs) Michael]
%ro!e Ministries 2001 ;. %lano %arkway, Suite CJJJ %lano 1R I*JI* <LIC= BAJ)JCBJ infofro!!
Michael 0leghorn is a research associate with %ro!e Ministries. "e earned a 7.4. in sychology from 7aylor
-niversity and a 1h. M. in systematic theology from Dallas 1heological Seminary. "e is currently ursuing a
%h.D. in theology from Dallas 1heological Seminary. 7efore coming on staf with %ro!e, Michael taught history
and theology at 2hristway 4cademy in Duncanville, 1eEas. Michael and his wife "annah have a daughter. "is
ersonal we!site is
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A#%B)/; "ynosis is ro!lematic for a 2hristian for several reasons'
+= 1he fruit of the Sirit is self)control <0alatians *'CC)CD=. 4s we follow the SiritZs lead, "e will give us the
ower to !etter control our own selves. "ynosis involves the transfer of control away from ourselves to
another erson.
C= ;e are to yield ourselvesd!ody, soul, and siritdto 0od. .omans G'+C)+D gives us the formula for
overcoming sin' V1herefore do not let sin reign in your mortal !ody so that you o!ey its evil desires. Do not
ofer the arts of your !ody to sin, as instruments of wickedness, !ut rather ofer yourselves to 0od, as those
who have !een !rought from death to lifeM and ofer the arts of your !ody to him as instruments of
righteousness.W ItZs a!out controldas 2hristians, we can let sin control us, or we can let 0od control us. <See
also .omans G'+G)CDM + 2orinthians G'L)+CM and 6ames B'G)I.= 1he scritural formula leaves no room for
hynosis <yielding ourselves to a fellow human !eing=.
D= "ynosis leads to an altered state of consciousness in which the mind is very susceti!le to outside
suggestion. 1hat susceti!ility is what the hynotist needs in order to modify the !ehavior of his su!>ect.
"owever, the word Vsusceti!leW should concern us. Scriture says to !e watchful and V\ self)controlled and
alert. Xour enemy the devil rowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devourW <+ %eter *'A=. 1he
hynotist is not the only one who wants to modify our !ehaviorM Satan also wants to do some modifying, and
we should !e wary of giving him any oortunity to make his suggestions.
B= "ynotism is often romoted as a simle way of VrefocusingW ourselves and &nding the answer within us.
4s !elievers in 2hrist, our focus is to !e on our Savior, not on ourselves or anything else <"e!rews +C'C=. ;e
know that the answers do not lie within us <.omans I'+A=M the solution we need is found in 2hrist <.omans
*= Many of the techni8ues used in hynosis are shared !y mystical, hilosohical, and religious systems,
including the occult. 1he Vfather of hynotism,W Fran5 4nton Mesmerdfrom whose name we get the word
Vmesmeri5eWdwas himself a ractitioner of the occult. "is method of inducing a trance was very similar to
the way a medium conducts a s9ance. "ynotism, along with yoga and transcendental meditation, has
always !een linked to siritual darkness. 1he newfound resecta!ility of these ractices has not changed
their underlying nature.
R)0$66)#*)* R)%$7/0); 1he 1ruth 7ehind 0hosts, Mediums, and %sychic %henomena !y .on .hodes.
V1he word hynosis is derived from the 0reek word hynos, meaning slee.... hynotism is a means of
!ringing on an arti&cial state of slee to the articiant ...more accurately descri!ed as a state of reduced
consciousness while one is a awake.
;e need to understand that it is a very serious matter to entrust ourselves over to another erson, even if we
trust them. 1he hynoti5ed erson comes under the will and !idding of the hynoti5er. /ur will is essentially
neutrali5ed and can !e suggested to !elieve and do whatever is asked !y the hynoti5er. /ur control
su!>ugated to the will of the hynoti5er can afect the mind as well as the !ody. %utting oneself in a hynotic
state is yielding oneself to a vulnera!le osition.
Some wonder as to whether or not a hynotist can cause the su!>ect to do something against his will. Many
hynotists claim that the will cannot !e violated. "owever, we see eole do whatever is asked no matter
how outrageous it isM from clucking like a chicken to getting u and singing and dancing in front of strangers.
In a hynotic state one can !e convinced that they are going to !e murdered and kill the other erson in self)
Some even are a!le to coe with fear ho!ias from one session. "ynosis claims to heal deression, cure
asthma even imrove the mindZs memory. 1hose who are hynoti5ed do not usually remem!er any of their
acts while in that state, and often the after afects are tiredness and feeling drained. ;hile it suosedly
increases recall, it also increases error, as su!>ects were a!le to recall twice as much !ut made D times the
;hile hynosis was once admitted as legal evidence in court cases, what was found is that some eole saw
things they could not have ossi!ly seen done !eing too far away.
Xet "ynosis is nothing new. It has !een used for thousands of years !y witch doctors and shaman sirit
mediums alike. "ynosis has always !een a owerful tool of the occult. Four ways to get in touch with the
siritual realm 8uickly is !y hynosis, drugs, meditation, and visuali5ation. 4nytime we interfere and change
the normal !rain attern we !ring ourselves into an altered state of consciousness, and if radical enough in
touch with the siritual realm. 4 hynotist may encourage the articiant to enter a light or medium trance,
!ut he cannot guarantee the hynoti5ed su!>ect from sontaneously entering the danger 5one. 1his is where
real and ermanent damage can occur. /ne can eEerience a sense of !eing searated from their !ody,
hallucinate, or go into a mystical state similar to those of mystics and meditators.
2urrent trends are eole !eing hynoti5ed who are !rought !ack into memories of a few days or from the
wom! and rior to !irth, eEeriencing ast lives. "owever this is scienti&cally imossi!le !ecause of the
scienti&c fact that the myelin sheathing is too underdeveloed in the renatal, natal, and early ostnatal
!rain to reserve such memories. Some C*,JJJ cases have !een documented !y a doctor. It certainly aears
as if familiar sirits were there during these eoleZs lifetimes to give a somewhat accurate reading,
convincing those involved.
%ast life regression is done to hel su!>ects overcome some tye of ho!ia or fear such as swimming <which
usually means they drowned in their ast life=. Most everyone is a some!ody in the ast, even though they
may not !e now.
1he fact is no one knows eEactly how hynosis actually Vworks,W and though they may have intentions of
using it for good it is still an uneElored area that afects the mind. Some use it for self)healing. 1he /ccultist
,dgar 2ayce also used self)hynosis to enter a trance state and diagnose disease and rescri!e treatment to
atients he never saw, some from far away laces. Self)hynosis can !e occultic and >ust as dangerous as a
trance induced !y a hynotist. 1his is the same state mediums go into to contact the Vdead,W or when
clairvoyants receive information of events they could not know !y natural means.
6ust !ecause hynotists use scienti&c terminology does not mean their a!ilities are mental or from natural
henomena. Most hynotists do not !elieve in the occult and are neither oen to considering this henomena
!eing from a siritual <demonic= source. 1hey feel it is either latent human ower or something undiscovered
as yet. 4s one surrenders himself to a doorway into the occult, under the disguise of VscienceW or Vmedicine,W
he has oened himself to the owers outside himself, and ro!a!le decetion.
;e are warned !y 0od not to ractice sorcery, divination, or enchantment. ;e are not to follow after
mediums, wi5ards, enchanters, charmers, and those who have a familiar sirit <Deuteronomy +A'L)+B=.
"ynosis, as it is racticed today, may !e related to what is identi&ed in the /ld 1estament as VenchantmentW
<$eviticus +L'CG=.
In a recent news reort) "ynosis \ it measura!ly changes how the !rain works, says a -H researcher.
"ynosis signi&cantly afects the activity in a art of the !rain resonsi!le for detecting and resonding to
errors, says 6ohn 0ru5elier, a sychologist at Imerial 2ollege in $ondon. -sing functional !rain imaging, he
also found that hynosis afects an area that controls higher level eEecutive functions.
V1his eElains why, under hynosis, eole can do outrageous things that ordinarily they wouldnZt dream of
doing,W says 0ru5elier, who resented his study at the 7ritish 4ssociation for the 4dvancement of Science
Festival in ,Eeter, -H.
"ynosis is !eing used to hel cancer atients deal with ainful treatments...
V1he team screened su!>ects !efore the study and chose +C that were highly susceti!le to hynosis and +C
with low susceti!ility. 1hey all comleted the task in the fM.I under normal conditions and then again under
...under hynosis, 0ru5elier found that the highly susceti!le su!>ects showed signi&cantly more !rain
activity in the anterior cingulate gyrus than the weakly susceti!le su!>ects. 1his area of the !rain has !een
shown to resond to errors and evaluate emotional outcomes...W
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rushing and !irds singing or melodic music one is taken into a lace of tran8uility to relaE. - to +JJ,JJJ
messages are umed into the mind that is unguarded with ositive aFrmations such as I am successful, and
I can do whatever I set my mind to.
4ll this is done while youZre sleeing, and who knows what else is umed in since there is no government or
commercial agency to monitor the messages in this industry. ;hen you ass the conscious mind, which is our
rotector, anything goes in. ;e have no rotection, there is no critical thinking, no >udgment eEercised to
rotect yourself !ecause you are in a assive state. 1hereZs even 2hristian su!liminal taes of the 7i!le !ut
this contradicts the very reason for it !eing written. 1he 7i!le says faith comes from hearing, which instead is
done when we are conscious. ;e are to use our faculties in understanding the word. 1his is what 7i!lical
meditation is, to think on what you have heard or read.
2hristian "ynosis 2ounseling services sounds good on the surface !y romising to hel you lose weight, 8uit
smoking, release your stress, etc. Xet we can@t 2hristiani5e what 0od has for!idden. From a comanyZs
!rochure <2hristian "ynosis 2ounseling center= you discover their true occultist overtones. It states,
V-niversal energy takes you into a >ourney as you meet your siritual guides.W Mediums go into hynotic
trances and contact sirits as they use a tye of hynosis to !ring them to that oen su!conscious state of
1his is the deadly miEture that can oison 2hristian@s and non)2hristian@s alike. 1erminology that sounds
scienti&c or 7i!lical causes many undiscerning !elievers to involve themselves in what is ortrayed as
suosedly neutral innocent techni8ues. 1hey are su!tly seduced to !e involved in counterfeit ractices and
eEeriences. 6ust as the serent seduced ,ve, many are led away from a ure devotion to 2hrist and "is
Xou may overcome your ha!it of smoking or gluttony through hynosis !ut do you know what haens` 4 few
days or weeks later another ro!lem manifests instead, some other area of your life is out of control and you
have to kee going !ack !ecause you didnZt deal with the real ro!lem. Xou were >ust dealing with the
symtom and 0od wants to get to the root cause which is your need for disciline and self)control and that
comes from o!edience to "is ;ord and the transforming work of the "oly Sirit.
/ccult eEerts ;ilson O ;eldon write in their !ook, <ccult Shock' V/ur reasons for distrusting the use of
hynosis involve'
<+= Its ossi!le similarity to the for!idden 7i!lical ractice of charming.
<C= Its historic origin to the occult in !oth the ,ast <yoga= and ;est <Siritist movement=.
<D= 1he fact that a wide variety of occult owers can !e develoed from hynosis.
<B= /ften ast lives VouW during standard hynotic regression, even when there is no eEectation or
searching for them.
<*= 2ases of ossession that have resulted.
<G= 1he will must !e surrender to another erson'
<I= 4 similarity to mediumistic trance states...
4s far as !eing a 2hristian and !ecoming involved in this ractice, it is to !e avoided at all costsM your
siritual welfare may !e at stake. 1his is >ust like @charming@ for!idden in Deut.+A'+J)+C. If you traFc in the
occult you may soon ay the conse8uences of oversteing the !oundary 0od has clearly made. It has the
otential to oen an individual to siritual eEeriences and sirit oression.
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4cceted in +L*A !y the 4merican Medical 4ssociation as a theraeutic techni8ue, hynotism has not only
!ecome a socially acceta!le medical ractice !ut it has also !ecome a oular way of dealing with a variety
of lifeZs ro!lems))from weight loss, allergies, and smoking to cancer.
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1he word hynosis is derived from the 0reek word hynos, meaning slee. It is a means of !ringing on an
arti&cial state of slee or a state of reduced consciousness </ccult 472, . L*=.
"ynosis can !e traced !ack in to a sychic named 4nton Mesmer <from whom we get the term mesmerism=.
7ut the ractice !ecame widely used in 4merica through a man named %hineas %. _uim!y <+AJC)+AGG=. /ne
of his &rst atients was a woman named Mary 7aker ,ddy <founder of the 2hristian Science cult= who after
!eing hynoti5ed !y _uim!y, received new interretations of the 7i!le, which !ecame the !asis of 2hristian
Science doctrine.
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1he rocess of hynotism is descri!ed !y #o!el %ri5e winning !rain researcher Sir 6ohn ,llis, who argues that
the eEistence of Vconsciousness or mind ... is not reconcila!le with the natural laws ...W <;onder, . DI=. "e
concludes this !ased on the fact that the mind and the !ody searate at death. In other words, the !rain
<hysical= uses the mind <siritual= to send messages to the !ody.
6on Hlimo summari5ed ,llis as follows' V1he argument is that mind oerates !rain <and the rest of the !ody=
at all times in a !asically sychokinetic manner ... Xet, if your own mind can afect your own !rain, then the
similar nonhysical nature of another mind might also !e a!le to afect your !rain, giving rise to your hearing
a voice seeing a vision, or having the other mind seak or write !y controlling your !ody the same way you
normally control your own !odyW <2hanneling, . CBL=.
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+. 4 woman sufering from a fear of siders was tormented !ecause she was seeing them day and night all
over her house. She saw a doctor who hynoti5ed her saying, V;hen you awake, you will see no more
siders.W ;hen she awoke the siders
were gone !ut a new ro!lem immediately arose. She was free from siders, !ut totally enslaved to alcohol.
1his eEerience
and another similar made the doctor resolve never to use hynosis again. "e said that in !oth cases it was an
issue of altered symtoms !ut not of deliverance <emhasis mine= <Hurt ,. Hoch, /ccult 472 . LG=.
C. 4 woman came for counseling after her thirteen)year)old son was hynoti5ed at a high school sonsored
get)together. 1he woman said that from that very night on he has sufered from horri&c nightmares that have
continued for years. /ften in his slee she would hear him cry out, V1he man is coming, the man is coming,
lease take the man away from my throatW <I!id, . LI=.
D. 4t an end)of)the)year college arty, a hynotist was hired to amuse the graduates. 4fter he had asked his
volunteers to erform many tasks, he released them from their hynotic state. 4ll resumed consciousness
eEcet one student. "e tried reeatedly to release him !ut the !oy remained in an unconscious state.
,ventually the aramedics were called who rushed him to the hosital. #one of the secialists were a!le to
hel the !oy and he remained in a coma. 4fter siE days, the !oyZs father, !eing convinced that his hynotic
state was demon controlled, stood over the !oy saying, VIn the name of 6esus 2hrist, the Son of 0od, I
command you dark owers to withdraw.W 4t once the hynotic sell was !roken and the !oy regained
consciousness <I!id.=.
1here are many ro!lems or dangers associated with hynotism, Vnot the least of which is the release of
oneZs mind to the suggestions and control of another erson ...the 2hristian is to !e &lled with the "oly Sirit,
he is not to ermit his mind to !e controlled !y another erson or to ermit the ossi!ility of inNuence !y sirit
entitiesW <(he Facts on Holistic Health, . CL=.
4ccording Dave "unt, author of <ccult 8n$asion, Vhynosis involves a highly suggesti!le state in which one is
controlled !y the hynotist. It is entirely reasona!le to !elieve that a demon would take advantage of this
assive state to inter>ect its inNuence as wellW <. CCL=.
V"ynosis is a ma>or doorway to the occult and has layed a key role in the occult invasion of western
society. It is one of the oldest occult ractices. #o one should ever su!mit to hynosisW <"unt, . B** and
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1he word hynotism is not in the 7i!le, !ut the 7i!le does have a lot to say a!out the ractices of the occult
and of mind control. 7ecause hynotism involves maniulation of the mind, the hynotist is a form of siritist
or sorcerer.
4s for the erson who turns to mediums and to siritists, to lay the harlot after them, I will also set My face
against that erson and will cut him of from among his eole <$eviticus CJ'G)A=. See also Deuteronomy
+A'+J)+DM Isaiah BI'L)+CM 6eremiah CI'L)+JM and Malachi D'*.
1he human mind is our most owerful asset, yet eEtremely volatile. /ur mind directs our tongues to, !less
our $ord and FatherM and with it we curse men, who have !een made in the likeness of 0od <6ames D'L=. /f all
our faculties, a!ilities, and resonsi!ilities, which 0od has given us, none need our constant attention like the
mind. "ave you ever wondered why 0od ermits drinking alcohol !ut for!ids drunkenness` 7ecause, at the
oint in which we lose control of our mind, we sin and !ecome dangerous to ourselves and others.
1herefore, gird your minds for action, kee so!er in sirit, &E your hoe comletely on the grace to !e
!rought to you at the revelation of 6esus 2hrist <+ %eter +'+D=.
1he steadfast of mind 1hou wilt kee in erfect eace, !ecause he trusts in 1hee <Isaiah CG'D=.
1his !ook of the law shall not deart from your mouth, !ut you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you
may !e careful to do according to all that is written in it ... <6oshua +'A=.
%aul is very clear a!out keeing control of your own mind and what you should do with it. ...set your mind on
the things a!ove <2olossians D'C=. ... whatever is true, whatever is honora!le, whatever is right, whatever is
ure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good reute, if there is any eEcellence and if anything worthy of
raise, let your mind dwell on these things <%hiliians B'A=.
Solomon, who was given secial wisdom from 0od, said, I set my mind to seek and eElore !y wisdom
<,cclesiastes +'+D=. 2onsider the other ways in which he uses and is always in control of his mind. I set my
mind to know ... <+'+G=, I eElored with my mind <C'D=, I directed my mind ... <I'C*=, I alied my mind ...
<A'L=. In fact, it was not someone else who was in control of his mind or that was guiding his su!conscious,
my mind was guiding me wisely <C'D=, claims Solomon.
In conclusion, demonic involvement is a reality, and is de&nitely ossi!le, if you choose to make yourself
vulnera!le to it. "owever, !eing eEosed to a hynotist, whether it worked on you or not, is !i!lically
irresonsi!le and very dangerous. It is imossi!le to say eEactly what will haen to you if you ut your mind
under the control of another individual.
6ohn 4nker!erg is an accomlished writer on issues of the occult. In one of his !ooks entitled 1he Facts on the
/ccult, he 8uotes a man named 7rooks 4leEander, senior researcher for the Siritual 2ounterfeits %ro>ect in
7erkeley, 2alifornia. 4leEander o!serves that when it comes to any form of sychic involvement and the
ossi!ility of demonic contact, Vit is a little like entering a cage with a man)eating tiger. Xou may or may not
!e eaten, deending in art on how hungry the tiger is. 1he signi&cant oint is that once you enter the cage,
the initiative asses to the tigerW <. CD=.
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4' "ynotism results when control of the mind is forfeited to another erson. 1he result is an arti&cial slee or
a state of reduced consciousness.
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4' 1he mind oerates the !rain <and the rest of the !ody= at all times in a !asically sychokinetic manner ...
Xet, if your own mind can afect your own !rain, then the similar nonhysical nature of another mind might
also !e a!le to afect your !rain, giving rise to your hearing a voice, seeing a vision, or having the other mind
seak or write !y controlling your !ody the same way you normally control your own !ody.
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4' Xes. 1he seci&c efects uon each individual cannot always !e known. 7ut !ecause of its occultic ties, the
numera!le negative and demonic eEeriences we do know of, not to mention the !i!lical warnings a!out
sorceries and all the verses dealing with mind control, it will always !e siritually dangerous to !e eEosed to
a hynotist.
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EXTRACT; 1he voca!ulary of occultic ideas is interchangea!le with the voca!ulary of agan religions.
%sychic owers, reincarnation, mind control, astral travel or teleorting, casting sells, multile gods, magic,
evolution, karate, 6)%6)/&F+,&$#, -!"#$%&%, crystals, magnetic stones, and transcendental meditation,
>ust to name a few, are found in %okemon. 1he only sureme ower in this world is the ower of 4lmighty 0od
1he only other source of aranormal owers is $ucifer and his devils. 1here is a!solutely no eEcetion. If you
encounter or lay games with any descrition of aranormal owers, you are clearly having fellowshi with
) Drow5ee ) 1hese %okemon ?will use their sychic a!ilities to make other %okemon fall aslee during
com!at.? Drow5ee evolves into H!"#$, who ?survives !y utting its rey to slee and consuming their
dreams.? "yno holds in his hand a swinging endulum used in hynosis.
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H!"#$%&%; %lacing a erson in an altered state of consciousness making them susceti!le to the will of
another entity or erson.
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EXTRACT; 4re occult ractices or #ew 4ge sym!ols found in the characters and cards` Xes for !oth. 4sh the
main character who is wanting !ecome a %okemon master has a )^) lightning !olt across !oth his cheeks
disguised as cheek indentations. 1he $ightning 7olt is used as a Satanic sym!ol reresenting the gods of
thunder <1hor, Set, ^eus, and 6uiter=. Satanists use the lightening or thunder!olt. It is destructive.
Meoth learned to talk a long time ago so he can say his full name <most %okemon cannot= For eEamle
%icachu says % 2hu 2harmander says 2har. In the game and the cartoon the creatures can only say their
name or art of it, so they chant their name over and over ) 0-+#,&#9 &% + .$/6 $. %)1. -!"#$%&% and shuts
down our conscious mind oening one u to suggestions. Sometimes they will say their name to oint out
something like a !arking dog would, other times they say it over and over !efore they enter !attle.
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talk they are really chanting their name ) 0-+#,&#9 &% + .$/6 $. %)1. -!"#$%&% and, as mentioned, is
utili5ed !y many occultic religions to call forth siritsY
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1ransersonal' In the #ew 4ge world, a term descri!ing levels of consciousness a!ove and !eyond the strictly
ersonal. /ften associated with #ew 4ge spiritual discilines and ractices and the intuiti$e.
1ransersonal %sychology' 4 vast and !ewildering constellation of sychological ractices and theraies that
incororate sirituality into counselling. 1hey would include their own !lends of syncretis from inNuences
such as ^en 7uddhism, Su&sm, 1ranscendental Meditation, -!"#$,&%6, gnosticism, 1aoism, mysticism and
much more.
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EXTRACT; Xoga is clearly a #ew 4ge concet that is deely religious and antheistic in its origin. It is widely
racticed and suorted !y #ew 4ge roonents. 1he #ew 4ge movement denies the reality of sin and total
deravity, and !elieves that man is generally good and is divine. 1hey teach that there is a god within us,
and we are to harness that and develo it through meditation and other metahysical techni8ues. 1hey teach
that the only thing eole need is enlightenment regarding their divinity. 1hey !elieve that through
reincarnation man is reunited with 0od. 1hey !elieve in kara, which is a de!t one owes !ecause of his
revious life.
1hey also !elieve and teach the evolution of man as oosed to the 2reation that is taught in the 7i!le. Xoga
is also associated with &6+9)/!, 8&%7+1&F+,&$#, -!"#$%&%, 6&#* 6+9&0, 0-+#,&#9 $. mantra, ositive
thinking, and Silva mind techni8ues, which are not only un!i!lical, !ut are otentially dangerous. ;hen
racticed !y rofessing !elievers, it allows a certain eEternal siritual inNuence in our lives, which is
inconsistent with, and disallowed <C 2orinthians G'+B)+A=, in the teachings of the "oly Scritures <C
2orinthians B'B=. 1he ractice of Xoga is
agan at !est, and occultic at worse. Its teachings emanate from the ,astern religions, all of which teach that
sel# is 0od, only we >ust don@t reali5e it'
?1he goal of Xoga is @self)reali5ation@ )) to look deely within what ought to !e the temle of the one true 0od
and there to discover the alleged @true Self@ or @higher Self@ and declare self to !e 0od. #othing could !e more
religious than that, yet with straight faces all of the Xogis insist that racticing Xoga will not change anyone@s
religious !eliefs. 1his is the religion of 4ntichristM and for the &rst time in history it is !eing widely racticed
throughout the ;estern world as 1ranscendental Meditation and other forms of Xoga.? <Source' (he Seduction
o# ,hristianity, . *B.=
Xoga calls itself science. ?7y calling itself science, Xoga <which is the very heart of "induism= has within the
last [DJ] years !ecome an integral art of ;estern society, where it is taught in nearly every XM24 or X;24,
in clu!s, in u!lic schools, in industry, and in many churches. Dressed in ;estern clothes, Xoga has gained
accetance in medicine, sychology, education, and religion under such euhemisms as @centering,@
@relaEation theray,@ %)1.-!"#$%&% @self)hynosis,@ and @creative visuali5ation.@ Xoga is designed to lead to the
@reali5ation@ of one@s true @godhood@ through an inward meditative >ourney that &nally locates the ultimate
source of everything within the human syche.? <Source' (he Seduction o# ,hristianity, . ++J.=
\6ohn ;eldon and 2liford ;ilson wrote in <ccult Shock and )sychic Forces that Xoga is really ure occultism.
"ans)-lrich .ieker, in his !ook (he Moga o# 0ight, also warns that misunderstanding the true nature of Xoga
can mean ?death or insanity.? 4nother little known fact is that virtually every ma>or guru in India has issued
warnings similar to theseM i.e., dee)!reathing techni8ues such as the ones taught in Xoga are a time)honored
method for entering +1,)/)* %,+,)% $. 0$#%0&$7%#)%% and for develoing so)called sychic ower.
N$,); Xoga is one of the !asic means of reaching this +1,)/)* %,+,) $. 0$#%0&$7%#)%%. 4nd the altered
state is the doorway to the occult. Sir 6ohn ,ccles, #o!el %ri5e ;inner for his research on the !rain, said the
!rain is ?a machine that a ghost can oerate.? In a normal state of consciousness, one@s own sirit ticks of
the neurons in his !rain and oerates his !ody. ;e are sirits connected with a !ody. 7ut in an altered state,
reached under drugs, Xoga, -!"#$%&% hynosis, etc., this assive !ut alert state, the connection !etween the
sirit and the !rain, is loosened. 1hat allows another sirit to interose itself, to !egin to tick of the neurons
in the !rain, and create an entire universe of illusion. Xou@ve then oened yourself u. It@s called sorcery.
%eole are literally teaching themselves how to !e demoni5ed, all in the name of develoing one@s full
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witching?, used in the ;est, reveal an early, close association with witchcraft. Some dowsers enter a trance
or +1,)/)* %,+,) $. 0$#%0&$7%#)%% when dowsing. It has !een comared to a mild state of -!"#$%&%, or
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?I don@t want you to mess with my head.? were the words of a lady with a weight ro!lem who needed hel
!ut had mistaken ideas a!out hynosis. 4nother one said, ?I do not want you to have control over me.? Some
religious eole say that hynosis is non)2hristian. 1hey frown uon such a treatment and call it evil.
Some who use hynosis or entertainment may only want u!lic admiration, fame or wealth. Such ractice
usually gives hynosis a negative image. 7y seeing what transires on the stage, it is east to understand how
eole could arrive at the conclusion that the hynotist had the hynoti5ed under his(her control. Surely, to
the uninformed viewer, such control would aear to !e real.
4s they make hynotists look like ?lords and masters? of their hynoti5ed ?victims,? movies, radio and
television rograms have often resented hynosis in a negative way. ;ith this understanding, some
religionists condemn hynosis and u!licly !rand it ?a work of the Devil?.
In order to overcome this view some 8uote the 7i!le to show that hynosis is in accordance with its teaching.
"ynosis is neither a !elief nor a religion. It is not even a matter of conviction. -sed in theray, it is simly
another tool, furthermore, hynosis has no need to !e defended. ;hen roerly used !y a trained
rofessional, it defends itself !y the results o!tained. 1he good it does seaks !y itself on its !ehalf. It is far
fetched to say or retend that 0od used hynosis when "e ?...caused a dee slee to fall on 4dam...?
<0enesis C' C+=. <Dur!in ) 1his is an area of friendly disagreement !etween 0us and me. ;as formal hynosis
used in 7i!le, ?#oY? ;as hynotic techni8ues used` I !elieve ?XesY? %aul seaks of !eing in a trance <4cts
CC'+I= and %eter ?fell into trance? <4cts +J'+)BA= %aul ga5ed into his eyes and he was healed <4cts +B'L)+J=
_uoting the 7i!le to retend it roves that 6esus used hynosis is not only far fetched, !ut making 7i!le say
what is not there. ;e might as well make 6esus a lain theraist, derive "im of "is divine ower and credit it
all to mere human skill and talent, regardless of how outstanding or eEtraordinary it might have !een.
Something else is evident. #ot for his own !ene&t, !ut rather for the sake of those "e heled, 6esus very
fre8uently used the ower of suggestion in his ministry. In fact in all his ara!les "e suggests some seci&c
truth regarding his Hingdom. "e said' ?1he kingdom of heaven is like unto...? ;e see what may !e considered
the classical eEamle of 6esus using the ower of suggestion in "is great ara!le of 1he 0ood Samaritan. "e
ends the incident !y telling the lawyer' ?...go, do likewise.? 1hat lawyer nor any of those with him or anyone
resent was hynoti5ed !y 6esus. Xet, they received the same suggestion. ;hat they did need !ut had failed
to recogni5e was the one thing 6esus suggested' ?Show mercy to him who is in needY? 7e his neigh!orY?.
In all his teaching, 6esus often used metahors. "is message of the assing of a camel through a needle@s eye
can readily !e understood as teaching a!out values and riorities. "ow can anyone miss the message
conveyed in 6esus@ statement a!out faith ena!ling the individual to cause mountains to !e removedY 4
owerful suggestion this is of self)con&dence !ased not on self)suFciency, !ut on divine hel. 7esides 6esus@
divine ower working, in many of his signs and wonders we can see the ower of the suggestions.
1rained in 2linical "ynosis !y instructors who teach the ,ricksonian 4roach, I think it is reasona!le for me
to su!mit these views.
"eling eole meet their needs, solve their ro!lems or &nd a feasi!le way to coe with them is the goal of
theray. "ynosis is merely one more means of heling the client reach his(her goals. I have the rivilege of
heling my su!>ects ascertained that hynosis will hel them work toward their good. %eole with whom I
have worked have corrected revious misconcetions and have actually !een comlementary a!out
hynosis. Many have remarked that it heled them signi&cantly and some have simly stated that ?It is >ust
lain wonderful?
"ynosis is not a misconcetionY It is a great and wonderful tool and many more rofessionals should use itY
Many ractitioners in the various areas of health care have incororated it in their ractice. More and more,
regardless of their secialties, medical doctors use hynosis to !etter treat their atients. Many of them are
now referring their atients to hynotheraists. For a long time most scientists oosed the use of hynosis
in theray. 1hey considered it as of little or no value. Many discarded it as ?hocus ocus?. #evertheless,
thanks to the constant, indefatiga!le eforts of those who see its true value, "ynotheray is now recogni5ed
as a true science in the medical &eld. Surely this should hel the general u!lic to have a !etter view a!out
It is hoed that clergy will increase their use hynosis in their ministry. 1hey may or may not claim divine
ower to heal !ut a functional training in 2linical "ynosis will ena!le them to render !etter service to their
arishioners. $ike the $ord 6esus, they could do the one without neglecting the other.
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"ynosis is an altered state of consciousness.
It haens when a state of mind is achieved in which suggestions alter someone@s awareness, memory, or
thinking in a way that the hynoti5ed erson resonds to the alteration as if it were reality.
It@s suosed to !e done with a seci&c, clear short)term aim )) to get to the !ottom of something that the
atient is not a!le to !ring to mind or to consciously sto doing.
"ynosis is not a form of slee, !ut of concentration that !yasses the usual critical or evaluative activities of
the mind to get to underlying matters. 1he atient !ecomes much more oen to suggestion and guidance ))
not so much a loss of control as an oenness, agreeing to what someone else is suggesting.
Most studies suggest that a!out C*K of eole can !e easily hynoti5ed, while a!out CJK >ust won@t allow it.
Xou can@t tell if someone is easily hynoti5a!le !y how easily suckered they are, or how 8uickly they go along
with whatever someone tells them to do. 1he hynoti5a!le erson is more often the one who gets totally
caught u in a movie or 1P show )) they can !lock of what@s haening around them, susend their dis!elief,
and enter into the story as if it were real and haening in their resence. 1hose who ractice "indu
meditation techni8ues also &nd it easier to enter hynosis )) they@re used to !eing in a concentrative state.
4lso, children are usually easy to hynoti5e, since their imaginative minds &nd it easier to fully enter into
what the hynotist is leading them to. 2hildren also have not yet develoed a large we! of eEerience that
matches what they see or feel to what they think, so it@s easier for them to simly follow the attern the
hynotist suggests to them. 1he focus it takes to stay in a hynotic state can !e harnessed for recovery from
mental illness or addiction.
2ritical thinking is resent during hynotism, !ut it@s @!racketed out@, not acted uon. ;e do such !racketing
without hynotism, for instance, while having fun, in sorts, in worshi, on retreats. 7ut those forms of
!racketing are done with safety nets' the Scritures, feed!ack from others, use of means of discernment, and
hard thinking be#orehand. "ynotism sets the nets aside for a while.
4n efect much like !racketing is @trance logic@, where real and hallucination coeEist as e8uals. If asked to say
which o!>ect is real, the hynoti5ed erson can usually tell the diference. 7ut the diference doesn@t matter
to themM under a trance, they@ll deal with the real and the unreal in the same way. <1here are some who fear
that modern life is starting to resem!le trance logic. 1o many others, the diference doesn@t matter.=
1hose who were in very dee states of hynosis sometimes reort that they can@t remem!er anything that
haened, even when given simle reminders. 7ut this is rare, and only in the deeest states of hynosis.
/ther than in those dee cases, the atient remem!ers what haened once reminded, even if told not to
remem!er. </ccasionally, memories can !e distorted !y severe emotion, strong fantasy images, or drug
a!use.= 1he atient@s remem!ering often !ecomes an imortant art of treating their mental disorders.
"ynotheray hels them to know what they otherwise would not consciously know, so they can come to
terms with it.
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1he ancients of many lands used hynosis, esecially in India, %ersia and Mesootamia. 1hey usually used it
on themselves, and usually without mysterious window)dressing. 7ut hynotism was introduced to oular
culture !y Fran5 4nton Mesmer <+IDB)+A+*=. Mesmer was a sort)of)scientist, in a &eld which was the alchemy
of his day, that of magnetism and electricity. "e !elieved that the hynotic state was an efect of magnetism,
and set u some fairly hokey demonstrations that for a while seemed to have trendy France... well...
eserized. Mesmer@s demonstrations were 8uickly icked u !y occultists and entertainment magicians,
!ecause eole found it so interesting. <Stage hynotists are still oular today.= 1hough Mesmer@s theories
were soon disroved, his fame caused scientists to study the henomenon of hynosis he was ointing to. In
+ABC, ,nglish eye scientist 6ames 7raid gave it the name @hynosis@, from a 0reek word for @slee@. 6ean
2harcot !rought it to modern investigative scienti&c study, and Xale rofessor 2lark "ull@s work in the +LDJs
did much to develo a scienti&c understanding of it. 1oday, the study of hynosis is closely tied into !rain
science. Since hynosis changes the way the !rain rocesses information, it shows us a lot a!out the atterns
of certain activities in the !rain, when matched to the modern technologies for !rain scans.
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"ynosis is used medically for many things. Studies say that it works well for'
1reating nausea and stress)related !odily symtoms.
Managing some asects of addictive !ehavior.
1reating ain from small incisions, !urns, or !reakage, and ain from cancers or ulcers.
Immediate or short)term relief from the ain of migraine headaches.
.educing the level of drug use for cases of chronic ain <like, say, ains of the !ack or of misaligned hand or
>aw >oints=.
1reating those who regress or go !ack to !ehaviors from their childhood.
Short)term concentration on one seci&c thing.
4ccessing reressed or hidden memories.
"ynosis@ imact is mild, on)and)of, or on only a small roortion of eole, for'
Managing !ehaviors caused !y deression and some other mental disorders.
Irrita!le 7owel Syndrome.
Managing moderate)to)strong fears and anEiety, working on !oth symtoms and sontaneous !ehaviors.
2ertain kinds of rote study and memori5ation.
.elaEation and stress management.
4nesthesia. 4 century ago, hynosis was widely used in arts of 4sia when doing large oerations, including
amutations, !ut its usefulness for that kind of ain was not consistent or lasting. B),,)/ B+!%G <ether,
+07"7#0,7/)G, and then modern anesthetic drugs= soon took its lace.
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Some eole claim that hynosis works for these, !ut most evidence says not'
asthma, heart disease, reducing the cancer itself <rather than >ust the ain from it=, medium) or long)term
relief from the ain of migraine, !ackache, arthritis, etc., long)term weight loss, stoing an addiction itself
<such as to cocaine or to smoking=, rather than >ust certain related !ehaviors, chronic sleelessness, hysical
strength, seEual erformance, getting others to want seE, healing of skin lesions or shingles not caused !y
stress, sociali5ation, overall, long)term con&dence)!uilding, romting o!edience or su!mission when not
under hynosis, creating coherent thought amidst confusion, overall healing, root sychological ro!lems,
achieving understanding of a su!>ect.
%lease remem!er that on these kinds of su!>ects, reorts in the oular ress, word)of)mouth, aranormal
!logs, and romotional materials are almost always untruthful in some way. "ye a!ounds, esecially with
claims that hynosis <or the regular use of a hynotic state= is the secret to lose weight or 8uit smoking. ,ven
ress reorts on solid medical tests are often written !y those who have little understanding of testing or the
su!>ect tested, and thus they give a surface interretation of the tests.
H!"#$%&%H 6$%, 0$#,/$8)/%&+1 7%) &% $# /)"/)%%)* 6)6$/!. "ynotheray works, and works well, !y
!yassing the methods we use on ourselves for stiNing a ainful or traumatic incident or accident <like a
rae, or a car accident where a loved one died=. /nce the incident comes out, !oth atient and theraist can
work on it. 7ut those inner controls are there for good reasons, and often hynosis simly !yasses these
reasons when it !yasses the controls. In the hands of careless or unscruulous theraists or untrained self)
aointed hynotists <and there are many of each=, false memories are created, or eEisting fantasies are
mistaken for reality. 1hese can !e as weird as -F/ a!ductions and !ody)snatchers or as serious as false
accusations of sodomy and seEual attack <as haened with the accuser of 2ardinal 7ernardin=. In such cases
the false memories add yet another trauma to the ile the atient already has. 1he most risky situation is
when a hynotist says something which triggers the hynotic su!>ect@s active ho!ia <an eEtreme, irrational
fear of a articular thing=.
1here are forms of +1,)/)* 0$#%0&$7%#)%% that are called @%)1.-!"#$%&%@, and it has its uses too, though it
is not as useful as its roonents sell it to !e. In a way, nearly all hynosis is really self)done, >ust that it is
usually done with someone@s guidance. ?S)1.-!"#$%&%? is the version that uses your own guidance. 1he
hynotic state takes away many kinds of self)generated distractions, and imroves concentration. It can also
hel as a self)treatment for recurring ains. It can !e downright dangerous for use !y those rone to self)
decetion, delusion, self)mutilation, fantasies, or denial )) a art of the oulation that@s larger than you
think, and might include you. "ynotism can !e a art of self)!rainwash, of talking ourselves into something
we ought to know !etter than to do. Some @self)hel@ seakers even suggest using self)hynosis to create a
form of @hainess@, though real life generally intrudes fairly 8uickly on that. Some religious neo)
devotionalists actually &nd the idea of @!rainwashing toward 0od@ attractive, !ut that@s not the way the 0od of
Scritures calls on us to think, and not the way the Sirit chooses to work. In the 7i!le, the constant refrain is
for us to choose goodness freely in each moment, and !e resonsi!le for that choice.
1he clinical use of hynosis is as a means of suggestion. Some eole love to give orders, !ut most of us
communicate what we want done !y suggesting and asking. 6esus sometimes gave orders, !ut more often
suggested. So did your mother. 1he devil doesn@t have much command owerM he usually works through
twisted suggestions and nagging whisers. 4dvertisers also make suggestions. 7y using reetition and
cleverness, they can sometimes get their way. 1his suggests a su!tle !ut evil otential in anything that
enhances suggestion. 1hat@s why it@s used !y those who want to !uild for themselves a cult following. 7ut the
truth is that hynotism !y itself is not of much use as a mind control tool. It would have to !e one among a
wide range of measures to control what is haening to the erson, done together to gain some level of
control or leverage.
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%rohets and aostles entered into trances <for instance, Daniel C'+L and 4cts ++'+*=, !ut a rohetic trance
is not the same as hynosis. "ynosis is something we ut ourselves or each other into. 1he rohetic trance
is something that overtakes the rohet or aostle, imosed on them from 0od, whether or not they want it
at that moment.
Deuteronomy +A'+J)++ seaks against a lot of ways to get altered states of consciousness' sorcery,
charmers, mediums, sells. 7ut none o# these words translate to hypnosis. 1he assage is talking a!out
ractices that assign ower and value to agan gods and occultic ractitioners. "ynotism was clearly used
that way !y some of its ractitioners !ack then, and is !eing used that way even today. 7ut !ecause it works
through the !rain@s natural ways of working, -!"#$%&% &% #$, &,%)1. $0071,&0. I# ,-+, B+!, &, &% 1&()
+07"7#0,7/), !$9+, $/ ,+& 0-&, something that haens in the natural hysical world which the ancients
discovered or develoed and then used their non)2hristian culture@s resources to eElain. If so, then it is fair
game to look at the hysical)world henomenon of hynosis through a 2hristian lens.
;hy did the traditions o!>ect`
So why do most 2hristian, Moslem, and 6ewish sources <unlike "indu sources= get so trou!led !y hynosis`
1he main historical reason is that these living religions encountered hynotism !y way of the ancient
religions they most desised' Mesootamians, ,uroean agans, early 4ra! olytheists, and 2anaanites. For
those ancient oonent religions, hynotism was a tool <among other tools= for oening u their minds and
sirits to the kind of activities that today@s faiths strongly oosed, such as seEual o!session, rostitution,
war, vengeance, !etrayal, and child sacri&ce. ;hen several 2hristian devotionalists tried self)hynosis
<mostly in the DJJ)+JJJ 4D era=, it roduced little siritual light or worthwhile action for the time sent with
1he other reason is that in dealing with us, 0od chooses not to !yass the normal mental mechanisms that
hynosis !y)asses. 1here are artial eEcetions to that <rohetic trances, momentary conversion
eEeriences, and such=, !ut all of those eEcetions are artial and Neeting, are done for a seci&c urose,
and haen more to !ody controls than to the mind.
1he Sirit does not ski over our will, our conscience, or our sense of moral or ractical limit, or even talk
around them. Instead, the Sirit works to transform them, transcend them, and work through them. 0od
loves and resects each of us too much to do it diferently. If 0od so rarely does even slight !yasses of these
self)control systems, why should we do it as a siritual ractice` 4re we out to trick ourselves` Don@t we value
our freedom` ;hy would we do what 0od won@t do, and then claim we@re following 0od`
7oth these o!>ections seak to core matters of faith and ractice, and either one would !e cause for a
2hristian to re>ect hynosis as a spiritual practice, even >ust to try it out. Xet, its use as edicine is a very
diferent matter, and the 2hristian is free to utili5e hynosis for those uroses. "owever, if you do go that
route, go to someone who is trained, eEerienced, and credentialed. "ynosis is not a game.
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la!oratory material. .e!irth, !iofeed!ack, sensory isolation, holotroic !reathing, -!"#$%&%, 6+#,/+%,
fasting, slee derivation and transcendental meditation are attemts to control these states and to
eEerience them continuouslyW.
1hese ractices all create an atmoshere of sychic weakness <and
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/ne of the most common elements in "ew Fge VsiritualityW is a fascination with eEtraordinary
manifestations, and in articular with aranormal entities. %eole recognised as VmediumsW claim that their
ersonality is taken over !y another entity during trances in a "ew Fge henomenon known as
V0-+##)1&#9WG, during which the medium may lose control over his or her !ody and faculties. Some eole
who have witnessed these events would willingly acknowledge that the manifestations are indeed siritual,
!ut are not from 0od, desite the language of love and light which is almost always used.... Some nature
sirits are descri!ed as owerful energies eEisting in the natural world and also on the Vinner lanesW' i.e.
those B-&0- +/) +00)%%&'1) '! ,-) 7%) $. rituals, drugs and other ,)0-#&W7)% .$/ /)+0-&#9 +1,)/)*
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Develoing our human otential will ut us in touch with our inner divinity, and with those arts of our selves
which have !een alienated and suressed. 1his is revealed a!ove all in A1,)/)* S,+,)% $. C$#%0&$7%#)%%
OASC%P, which are induced either !y drugs or !y various 6&#*)D"+#*&#9 ,)0-#&W7)%, articularly in the
conteEt of Vtransersonal sychologyW.
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%sychology is used to eElain mind eEansion as VmysticalW eEeriences. Xoga, 5en, transcendental
meditation and tantric eEercises lead to an eEerience of self)ful&lment or enlightenment. %eak)eEeriences
<reliving one@s !irth, travelling to the gates of death, !iofeed!ack, dance and even drugs Q +#!,-&#9 B-&0-
0+# "/$8$() +# +1,)/)* %,+,) $. 0$#%0&$7%#)%%= are !elieved to lead to unity and enlightenment.
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.eview?, DCJ 2athedral Street, %./. 7oE III, 7altimore, MD C+CJD EXTRACT;
14. ;hile 0nosticism seeks to oen the door to a suerior intellect, esotericism and occultism ofer a
assage to suerhuman activity. 1hese two currents, sisters of 0nosticism, strive in distinct ways to emower
the human will, making use of suosed secret, cosmic forces. 7y means of a thousand techni8ues, new and
ancient, they would come into contact with angels, disem!odied siritual guides, with so)called ?revious
lives? according to the myth of reincarnation, etc. #umerous eole and organi5ations ofer services such as
fortune telling and horoscoes, -!"#$%&%, magic, 0-+##)1&#9, <medium=, astral ro>ection, and other e8ually
a!surd activities that are causing lasting damage to their clients, who, for the most art, are confused and
vulnera!le eole. In short, V#ew 4geW commerciali5es what is irrational and harmful to the human soul and
sells it !y guaranteeing the transformation of the consumer.
20. Few &elds have !een as susceti!le to maniulation !y #ew 4ge as sychology and !iology. Starting from
the research of the father of sychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud <+A*G)+LDL=, and the theories of the ?collective
unconscious? and of archetyes roounded !y his discile 2arl 0ustav 6ung <+AI*)+LG+=, there has !een a
varied succession of currents of thought in sychology that are connected to a greater or lesser degree with
#ew 4ge@s ideas and theraies.
In articular, so)called transersonal sychology, founded !y the Italian sychologist .o!erto 4ssagioli <+AAA)
+LIB=, attemts to go !eyond the individual@s sychic eEerience in search of a suerior collective
consciousness that would !e the door to discovering a ?divine rincile? lying at the core of every human
!eing. T-&% 9&8)% /&%) ,$ + 671,&,7*) $. N)B A9)H% ,!"&0+1 ,)0-#&W7)%; !iofeed!ack, -!"#$%&%,
re!irthing, G)%,+1, ,-)/+"!, +#* ,-) "/$8$0+,&$# $. +1,)/)* %,+,)% $. 0$#%0&$7%#)%%, including the use
of hallucinogenic drugs.
2:. 1he oular literature insired !y V#ew 4geW a!ounds with ?testimonies@? and stories that suosedly
rove not only the fact of ?revious incarnations,? !ut also the ossi!ility of remem!ering them fully and
consciously 1he ew religious movements related to V#ew 4geW often recogni5e their leaders as
reincarnations of other historical or mythological &gures who have returned to life to continue their work of
enlightening humanity.
1he alternative theraies of some human emowerment rograms try to hel their clients discover the roots
of their resent ro!lems in their ?ast lives? through -!"#$%&% and other auto)suggestion techni8ues. 4ll of
this has sown dou!t in the minds of numerous 2hristians.
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1he 4rch!isho of Miami worried a!out the !reakthrough of this new movement and noting the su!tle
damage that occurs in the faithful, a concise and thorough study a!out the characteristics, ractices and
hilosohies of the #ew ,ra.
1he #ew 4ge Movement, as it is known today, had its start in 2alifornia in the@GJs with the sread of ,astern
hilosohies, esecially 7uddhism, which was so oular among middle class 4mericans disillusioned with
the then Pietnam ;ar. 1his movement, as we know it today has its roots in a num!er of religious ractices
and discilines, hilosohical and 1heosohical\
1he #ew 4ge Movement emhasi5es that the traditional olarity !etween male and female must !e
overcome. 1he ractices of this ?#ew ,ra? include witchcraft, astrology, re)!irth <through hynosis !ack to a
time when !orn=, ie <evoking the voices of sirits through half human=. 1hese and other ractices are full
of the #ew 4ge Movement also !elieves in reincarnation.
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1o give some indication of the comleEity and am!iguous nature of this su!culture of ?#ew ,ra?, we will try to
resent a list of concets, issues and interests associated with, or aroriate for the #ew 4ge Movement
through which makes it so diFcult a theological evaluation. 1his list is not conclusive, gives us an idea of the
diFculty in characteri5ing this ower move. 1his list has !een formed in diferent catalogs, !rochures and
!ooks associated with the ?#ew ,ra?.
4!sent healing, acuressure, acuuncture, aikido, alchemy, +1,)/)* %,+,)% $. 0$#%0&$7%#)%%, alternative
"atha yoga, knowledge of her!s, her!al health, homeoathy, hydrotheray <holy wells and srings=,
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4lthough -!"#$,&%6 is now used sometimes !y resecta!le doctors, dentists and theraists, it was linked in
the ast with the occult and with suerstition. ,ven when it is legitimate, there are certain real dangers that
must !e very carefully considered. In hynotism, one surrenders for a time his own caacity to reasonM there
is a deendence of the one hynoti5ed on the will of the hynotistM also there can !e unfortunate after efects
that result from this techni8ue. ,Ecet for a very serious reason, avoid su!mitting to a hynotistM never do it
for the urose of entertainment.
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/ur analysis will descri!e the following elements'
\trance channelling' #4M siritual eEerience\
\counterfeit rayer' communing with self or the unknown\
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1he trance channelling rocess involves the medium@s ersonality !eing taken over !y this other entity, so
that the medium is @a!sent@ in some way. During the channelling the medium has no control over her !ody or
any of her faculties. 7oth !ody and mind are oerated !y the sirit, who seaks, @walks around@ etc. through
this erson. During the seminar the sirit aears to use mass hynosis on the audience while it teaches its
doctrines, works miracles, and romises to work others.
7aer con&rms that the revelations given through
trance channelling come from the sirit world, !ut not from 0od. 1he source is the occult, !ut cloaked in
words of love and light in order to deceive.
1he tye of teachings given !y these sirit entities are' @Xou are your own saviour@M @there is no death@M @love
yourself and !e hay@ and @Xou are god. 2reate your own reality@.
1heir teachings are consistently occultic
and anti)!i!lical.
1he altered states of consciousness re8uired for this trance channelling are usually
induced !y seci&c techni8ues, rituals, drugs and other volitional eforts of those involved.
7aer descri!es
the #4M as Satan@s we! of @luminous darkness@.
"e claims that millions of eole are allowing their lives to
!e guided directly or indirectly !y these sirits through !ooks dictated !y them, or tae recordings of their
"elena 7lavatsky warns her readers that @one of the Seven 4ccursed Sciences ) or the Seven 4rts of
enchantment of the 0nostics ... is now !efore the u!lic, regnant with danger in the resent as for the
future. 1he modern name for it is hynotism. In the ignorance of the seven rinciles <used !y occultists=,
and used !y scienti&c and ignorant materialists, it will soon !ecome Satanism in the full accetation of the
term@ <caitals hers=.
"ere we have the greatest teacher of #4M ointing out the danger of using the
techni8ue of hynotism, yet it is used widely and is considered to !e harmless !y society today.
2=. 8nside the "ew Fge "ightare, .andall #. 7aer, . +JD)B. See also (he Deauti#ul Side o# 7$il !y 6ohanna
Michaelson, who was ersonal assistant to a sychic surgeon in MeEico for fourteen months, witnessed
astounding feats which were acclaimed as miracles, and then went on to discern their source.
24. 8nside the "ew Fge "ightare, .andall #. 7aer, . LL.
25. F ,rasb ,ourse in the "F+, ,lliot Miller, .+GL.
2:. I!id., . +**.
30. Straight Fnswers <n (he "ew Fge, 7o! $arson, ch. *.
31. 8nside the "ew Fge "ightare, .andall #. 7aer, . CJ. See also Understanding the "ew Fge, .ussell
2handler, ch. L.
32. Fnthropogenesis: volume two of (he Secret -octrine, "elena 7lavatsky, . GB+.
C$7#,)/.)&, "/+!)/; 0$667#&#9 B&,- %)1. $/ ,-) 7#(#$B#
1he #4M ofers a new sirituality. In fact, it is all a!out siritual transformation.
0rou meetings are often called @rayer@ meetings, which is confusing for the 2hristian. ,ach erson must
discover their @"igher Self@ or their own @divinity@. 1hey are encouraged to reach out for transcendental
eEeriences in order to reach the new enlightenment ) which is the discovery of their own divinity and their
own unlimited otential. 4ny means that works to achieve this end is ermitted. /ne of their catch)hrases is
that if a thing works for you, it is for youY
Many of these grous a!use rayer techni8ues such as H0)#,/)&#9H. 1hey also use relaEation techni8ues, or
mind control techni8ues in order to achieve @eace@ or 8uiet in mind and !ody.
1he centre is the self, not 0od, therefore there is no rayer. 1he urose of achieving this relaEed mind and
!ody is often for material gain in !etter work outut in the market)lace, or !etter health. Sometimes the
ray)er wants @sirituality@ in out)of)the)!ody eEeriences which they call @mysticism@. 1he means used to
achieve +1,)/)* %,+,)% $. 0$#%0&$7%#)%% are drugs, tarot cards, crystals, endulums, yoga, 1M, 6+#,/+%,
fasting, isolation, %)1.-!"#$%&%, s9ances, and + .$/6 $. 6&#* 0$#,/$1 ,-+, &% 6)*&,+,&$# $# $#)%)1.
+#* + "/$9/+66&#9 $. ,-) 6&#*.
@Images of #ew 4ge@ in Ceiagination o# the Gorld, . CLDD. Sangler admits that sirituality and
transformation are the goals of #4M.
8nside the "ew Fge "ightare, .andall #. 7aer, . +JC.
HYPNOSIS; 1here are also video cassettes availa!le called @Pideo "ynosis@. 1hey are meant to !e used for
self)hynosis for gaining self)con&dence, losing weight, relaEation, accelerated learning etc. It should !e
suerNuous to oint out the dangers of self)hynosis, for whatever reason, for how can one seek hel if
something goes wrong while locked into a hynotic state`
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#eo)gnosticism is a new religious henomenon today. 0nosticism was one of the earliest threats to the
roagation of 2hristianity in the early 2hurch. 4s the 2hurch desired for the urity of its doctrines and faith,
0nosticism !ecame a ma>or hindrance to 2hristian sirituality. 0nosticism !elieves that there are hidden
mysteries and owers in the Sacred Scritures that may !e decoded only to a few ossessing enlightened
mental owers and gifts. 1he thrust for suerior knowledge and a revival of esotericism &nd their rivilege
lace in the #ew 4ge !eliefs.
1he re!irth of these 0nostic teachings !ecame a new religious henomenon through various ractices that
would ?emower the human will, making use of suosed secret, cosmic forces.? <"orberto Ci$era ,ardinal
,arrera, F ,all to Tigilance, 2PPQ, no.+I= 6ohn %aul II aFrms that there is a ?return of ancient gnostic ideas
under the guise of the so)called #ew 4ge'
;e cannot delude ourselves that this will lead toward a renewal of religion. It is only a new way of ractising
gnosticism Q that attitude of the sirit that, in the name of a rofound knowledge of 0od, results in distorting
"is ;ord and relacing it with urely human words. 0nosticism never comletely a!andoned the realm of
2hristianity. Instead, it has always eEisted side !y side with 2hristianity, sometimes taking the shae of a
hilosohical movement, !ut more often assuming the characteristics of a religion or a ara)religion in
distinct, if not declared, conNict with all that is essentially 2hristian?. <,rossing the (hreshold o# Hope, . LJ=.
#ew 4ge is oriented toward intuition which attemts to aroriate the mysteries, the unknown, and
undeveloed owers of the !rain. 1ransformational >ourneys are common which are manifested in a revival of
clairvoyance, teleathy, sychic healing, sychometry, out)of)the)!ody eEeriences or //7,s, eEtra sensory
ercetions <,S%=, -!"#$,&%6, and !rain(mind technology, sychokinesis, meditation, %7'1&6&#+1
"/$9/+66&#9, search for consciousness, astral ro>ection, +#* $,-)/ $0071, "/+0,&0)%. ,dgar 2ayce
mentioned that a ersonZs involvement and attuned with the unconscious and the deeer levels of the mind
may make eole ossess the a!ility to communicate with sirits, the angels, the sirit guides, ascended
masters, and the archangels. It is !elieved that man has to know the eEistence of divine energies the cosmos
ossesses. 4 cosmic knowledge and an esoteric eEerience of these laws will ofer man the otential through
the rocess of awakening a gradual transformation of his consciousness ending u with the reali5ing his true
divine nature.
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2haracteristic concerns of #ew 4ge include ecology, lanetary healing, holistic health, self)imrovement, and
the rights of women, minorities, and animals. #ew 4ge grous tend to favor non)conventional or ?alternative?
health care modalities, such as acuuncture, !iofeed!ack, her!al medicine, -!"#$%&%, massage, ranic
healing, organic gardening, vegetarianism, theray with crystals, colors and aromas, and so forth.
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Swiss sychoanalyst, 2arl 0ustav 6ung, reared a $utheran, a!andoned the 2hristianity of his arents for the
occult. 6ung@s entire life and work were motivated !y his detestation of the 2atholic 2hurch, whose religious
doctrines and moral teachings he considered to !e the source of all the neuroses which alicted ;estern
man. In his +L+C !ook, "ew )aths in )sychology, 6ung wrote that the only way to overthrow the neuroses
inducing 6udeo)2hristian religion and its ?seE)&Eated ethics? was to esta!lish a new religion)the religion of
6ung@s drive to formulate a [!etterZ religion was the result of his trying to >ustify his own sins. ;hat 6ung was
increasingly concerned with was >ustifying seEual li!ertinism, and his eforts eEtended not merely to reviving
the lost gods of aganism, !ut in transforming 2hrist and 2hristianity to serve his own uroses. "is search
was for a [scienti&cZ >usti&cation for incest, atricide, sodomy, sun)worshi and hallus worshiM and what
suort he could not &nd in the works of his contemorary neoagan archaeologists, -) %$79-, ,$ @#* '!
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M+#*+1+6+(&#9 is one of many meditative techni8ues used !y the ,astern religions to ma the syche,
the [indwelling sirit.Z 1he word mandala is Sanskrit for [circle,Z and the mandala is reresentative of the
cosmic whole. In the form of religious icons they are used for a multitude of uroses. Mandalas are designed
in a attern that creates the illusion of !eing drawn into a center of concentration. H&#*7% +#* B7**-&%,%
-+8) ,/+*&,&$#+11! 7%)* &, +% + -!"#$,&0 ,$$1, + B+! $. +0-&)8&#9 +# +1,)/)* %,+,) $. 0$#%0&$7%#)%%
&# $/*)/ ,$ ,+" &#,$ -&**)# (#$B1)*9). 6ung saw the signi&cance of the mandala as a sym!ol of the [god)
within.Z It is the em!odiment ar eEcellence of the 2ult of Self. 1he eEerience of the [god)withinZ was always
a key romise of 6ung. It was the central art of 6ung@s reudiation of 2hristianity. "aving the [god)withinZ
could lead to the eEerience of !ecoming one with 0od, or merging somehow with a 0od)force.
C+/1 E7#9, N)$G#$%,&0&%6, +#* ,-) M!)/%B/&99% T)6")/+6)#, I#*&0+,$/ [MBTI]
htt'((wwwD.! 4 reort !y .ev. ,d "ird, %ast #ational 2hairman of
A#91&0+# R)#)B+1 M&#&%,/&)% $. C+#+*+, .ector, St. SimonZs 4nglican 2hurch, Pancouver. .evised March
6ung@s family had occult linkage on !oth sides, from his aternal grandfather@s Freemasonry involvement as
0randmaster of the Swiss $odge, and his maternal family@s long)term involvement with s9ances and ghosts.
6ohn Herr, author of F +ost -angerous +ethod, comments that E7#9 B+% -)+8&1! &#8$18)* .$/ 6+#! !)+/%
B&,- -&% 6$,-)/ +#* ,B$ .)6+1) 0$7%&#% &# -!"#$,&0+11! &#*70)* %N+#0)%. E7#9 )8)#,7+11! B/$,)
7" ,-) %N+#0)% +% -&% 6)*&0+1 *&%%)/,+,&$#. 6ung ac8uired a sirit guide and guru named @%hilemon@
[who was descri!ed !y 6ung as @an old man with the horns of a !ull...and the wings of a &sher@]. 7efore !eing
%hilemon, this creature aeared to 6ung as @,li>ah@, and then &nally mutated to @Ha@, an ,gytian earth)soul
that @came from !elow@. It may !e worth reNecting uon why 6ung designated his 7ollingen 1ower as the
Shrine of %hilemon.
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E7#9C% "%!0-$1$9! was not scienti&cally neutral. "e included all sorts of agan religions in his writings
relating to what he called the 2ollective -nconscious. 7ut we@ll let 6ung seak for himself' [;hat is so secial
a!out 2hrist, that he should !e the motivational force` ;hy not another model ) %aul or 7uddha or 2onfucius
or ^oroaster`Z [I am for those who are out of the 2hurch,Z 6ung wrote in a letter to 6oland 6aco!i when he heard
she had !ecome a 2atholic. In a letter to Freud' [I think we must give [sychoanalysis] time to in&ltrate into
eole from many centers, to revivify among intellectuals a feeling for sym!ol and myth, ever so gently to
transform 2hrist !ack into the soothsaying god of the vine, and in this way a!sor! those ecstatic instinctual
forces of 2hristianity for the one urose of making the cult and the sacred myth what they once wereda
drunken feast of >oy where man regained the ethos and holiness of an animalZ.
In his +L+C !ook, "ew )aths in )sychology, 6ung wrote that the only way to overthrow the neuroses inducing
6udeo)2hristian religion and its [seE)&Eated ethicsZ was to esta!lish a new religion)the religion of
6ung@s drive to formulate a [!etterZ religion was the result of his trying to >ustify his own sins. ;hat 6ung was
increasingly concerned with was >ustifying seEual li!ertinism, and his eforts eEtended not merely to reviving
the lost gods of aganism, !ut in transforming 2hrist and 2hristianity to serve his own uroses. "is search
was for a [scienti&cZ >usti&cation for incest, atricide, sodomy, sun)worshi and hallus worshiM and what
suort he could not &nd in the works of his contemorary neoagan archaeologists, he sought to &nd !y
lum!ing the unconscious through ,astern meditation techni8ues and ancient agan rituals. 6ung
areciated faith and ritual, !ut only of ,-) $0071, 8+/&),!; -!"#$,&%6, siritism, s9ances, cults of Mithras
and Dionysus, [liturgiesZ that unlocked the owers of darkness.
In +L+C he announced that he could no longer !e a 2hristian, and that only the [newZ science of
sychoanalysis) as he de&ned it through [6ungianismZ )could ofer ersonal and cultural renewal and re!irth.
For 6ung, honoring 0od meant honoring the li!ido. It is truly ama5ing that 2arl 0ustav 6ung, dedicated to the
destruction of the 2atholic 2hurch and the esta!lishment of an anti)2hurch !ased on sychoanalysis, has
!ecome the remier siritual guide of 2atholics. /ne cannot, however, !e !oth [2atholicZ and [6ungianZ. 1hey
are mutually eEclusive ad>ectives\
Y$9+, literally, ?yoking? and refers to ?-nion with 7rahman.?
1here are many schools of Xoga, and various techni8ues, !ut all have the same ultimate goal of, ?union with
the 4!solute.? T-) '$*&1! "$%&,&$#% +#* '/)+,- 0$#,/$1G are intended as aids to ?,astern Meditation? and
are a means of controlling the !ody in discilining oneself to renounce all desires which the !ody might
otherwise imose uon the mind.
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Y$9+ &% *)%&9#)* %")0&@0+11! ,$ &#*70) + %,+,) $. ,/+#0) which suosedly allows the mind to !e drawn
uward into a yoking with 7rahman. It is a means of withdrawal from the world of illusion 1+aya6 to seek the
one true .eality.
1here are Xoga eEercises for hysical &tness only, !ut no art of Xoga can !e searated from the hilosohy
!ehind it\ 4fter all, if Sister so and so, or Father so and so taught it to you, then it must !e /k. ;ell, consider
the ?words? you have !een taught to use. %erhas when you 8uestioned them, you were told that, ?It doesn@t
matter, we are only using the techni8ues, we have 2hristianised it?. If you ask if it@s some sort of "indu thing,
they simly tell you to ?Ignore it?.
4lso consider what ractices that you have !een taught' 7reathing eEercises whilst keeing your !ack
straight, emtying your mind, reetitions of words, imagining 6esus in front of you, then imagining 6esus
coming into you. %erhas you have !een ?guided? to imagine yourself neEt to a sarkling !rook and walking
u a ath to a house on the hillto where you enter for some form of encounter.
Xou may have sat in a cross legged osition and gone through some form of ceremony using &re, water,
Nowers and incense and, ossi!ly in front of the ,ucharist to give it credi!ility. Xou may have !een taught to
count down from 1en to /ne as you go deeer into %$ 0+11)* "/+!)/ %,+,)% 3which in reality is self
hypnosis4 to get in touch with ?the 2hrist within?. Focusing on the end of your nose and concentrating on
the area !etween your eyes. 1his area is one of the seven ?chakras.? 1hese are the sychic energy centers
located in various arts of your !ody through which your soul can suosedly leave to travel astrally.
Xoga 7ody Discilines 1Hatha Moga6 are designed to rotect these chakra centers when the ractitioners
1Mogi/ale, Mogini/#eale6 are eEeriencing an out of !ody eEerience 1astral >ight6 to communicate with the
ascended masters on their lanetary domains. If you recognise any of these techni8ues, then know they are
taken directly from "induism 1or Duddhis6 and you may !e racticing these religions without realising it.
2ertainly, keeing your !ack straight, focusing and dee !reathing eEercises also aear to have their roots
in these ractices.
Dlaze +agazine <nline is the <Acial )ublication o# Flae +inistries 8nternational.
F "eo/)entecostal ,atholic <rganisation o# 0ay 7$angelists/)reachers #ounded in Gestern Fustralia.
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1his 2atholic aologetic aer has !een written in answer to the following email message'
)eace be with youU 8 a a high school youth inister at a ,atholic church. Cecently a debate has arisen
aong ebers o# our parish sta; about Moga. (he basic debate is thus: is it possible to separate the
o$eents and positions o# yoga #ro the spiritualityH Se$eral ebers o# our sta; do yoga at the church
once a week and they clai that itKs 'ust e&ercise // totally separate #ro any sort o# religious ties. 8Kd be
interested in reading your treatise and hearing the results o# your research in this area. (hanksU 8n ,hrist,
Xoga originated as one of the systems of orthodoE "indu hilosohy. In Sanskrit it means VunionW and it seeks
the union of the individual with the divine !y means of eEercise, !reathing, osture, diet and meditation. T-)
)Q)0,% $. !$9+ +/) %&6&1+/ ,$ -!"#$%&%. "ave you ever seen a magician hynoti5e someone and make
them act out at their command without the erson !eing conscious of their action` In !eing hynoti5ed !y
the magician, the individual is giving u his or her free will and conscious control. ;hen the individual goes
into a trance !rought a!out !y yoga, who or what is in control` 1he erson is giving away its mind to
something. If a erson was comared to an airlane, it has >ust given away the controls of the lane to
another erson or entity. ;hat is that something to which the free will of the individual is surrendered` It is
not 0od as we 2hristians know it. 1he erson may never know. /ne is dealing with the occult owers of the
mind. /ur mind is the VilotW at the VcontrolW of our will. ;hen we let go, who is doing the VilotingW`
;hat are we doing` ;e are eEerimenting with an unknown. "ynosis is an area not comletely understood.
;hen we emty ourselves of every human desire and search into the VdethW of our souls\ what are we
looking for` I fear the loss of a soul to agan ractices, !ecause 2olossians says, VSee to it that no one
cativate you with an emty, seductive hilosohy according to human tradition, according to the elemental
owers of the world and not according to 2hrist.W 2olossians C'A
\In todayZs health issues, we can see how hynosis can use the mind to maniulate !ody rhythms and lead
eole in ways that are not usually ossi!le. I# 1:34, P&7% XII *)%0/&')% -!"#$%&%, JH)/) + 1$B)/&#9 $.
0$#%0&$7%#)%% &% &#,)#*)* ,$ ') '/$79-, +'$7, ,-+, ,-) -&9-)/ .+071,&)% 6&9-, ,-)/)'! ') *711)*
&# %70- + B+! +% ,$ "+/+1!F) ,-) "%!0-&0 0$#,/$1 6)0-+#&%6 B-&0- 6)# 0$#%,+#,1! 7%) .$/ %)1.
6+%,)/! +#* %)1. *&/)0,&$#SK [0ormley, ;illiam 6., 2.M., S.1.$. +edical Hypnosis, Historical 8ntroduction to
8ts +orality in the 0ight o# )apal, (heological and +edical (eaching V F -issertation. 1he 2atholic -niversity of
4merica %ress, ;ashington, D.2. <+LG+= +CG.]

Xoga eEercises are geared toward detaching the mind from Vreality.W ;e do it to ourselves. ;e need to
rotect our ways and ractices. 1he mind can !e distur!ed !y tamering with it. In yoga, we are dealing with
the mind. /ur !ody and soul are so closely knitted that it is hard to searate them. /ur human !ody is made)
u like one of !ody, mind and sirit.
1he !ody is similar to my comuter hardwareM the mind is the rogram that runs itM and the sirit or soul is
the hand that guides it. ;hen you tamer with the !ody you afect the way the mind may see things and
imair the sirit to guide it.
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It is a ity that Xoga has widely sread all over from kindergarten to all form of educational institutions in
medicine, sychology, etc. calling itself as a science while it is not a science at allM and it is sold under the
la!els [relaEation therayZ, X%)1.-!"#$%&%C, [creative visualisationZ, [centeringZ, etc.
F$/6)/ O0071,&%, I% C$#8)/,)* B! M+/! A#* W+/#% O# N)B A9) I# T-) U.S.
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4 while ago we osted a rayer to nature sirits that aeared inside a diocesan we!site in 2alifornia.
Fortunately, it was immediately removed <and ro!a!ly got there in the &rst lace without the !isho@s
7ut ro!lems ersist, and they are strikingly, fascinatingly ointed out in a highly reada!le !ook !y M$&/+
N$$#+# )) a 2alifornia woman who sent twenty years with the #ew 4ge in many diferent roles, including
direct involvement with sychics, -!"#$,-)/+"!, reincarnation, .eiki, 0-+##)1&#9, crystals, clairvoyance,
and other occult ractices. In fact, she herself was once an occult instructor, a sychic, and a -!"#$,&%,
').$/) ')0$6&#9 + C+,-$1&0 )8+#9)1&%, )) her mission eEosing recisely what she once racticedY
1he !ook is R+#%$6)* ./$6 D+/(#)%%, and in it we &rst learn that while raised a 2atholic, Moira, like so
many others, was never roerly instructed in the dangers of the occult. ?In -euteronoy and elsewhere,
0od makes it very clear' Stay away from mediumshi, sorcery, and fortune)telling of all kinds,? she writes.
?1he 7i!le makes it clear, over and over' Don@t go to these kinds of laces. (hat was a essage 8 ne$er
It is something that has alicted countless 2atholics' a lack of instruction a!out the occult. 4s a result,
#oonan traversed deely into this dark territory, and when she came !ack to the 2hurch )) when she reverted
to the faith of her childhood )) she couldn@t !elieve what she saw'
?In the rocess of rediscovering my 2atholic faith after a C*)year a!sence, I B+% $.,)# %-$0()* ,$ %))
-$B ,-) C-7/0- -+* .+11)# "/)! ,$ N)B A9) &#I7)#0)% I ,-$79-, I B+% 1)+8&#9 ')-&#*,? says
#oonan. ?1hat@s one of the reasons for this !ook' I want to hel 2hristians, esecially clergy, recogni5e -$B
N)B A9) ,-&#(&#9 -+% &#@1,/+,)* ,-) C-7/0-. It@s an ultimately destructive resence that needs to !e
addressed whenever it aears.?
-sually it starts with a church grou that em!races ,astern)style meditation, or something like -!"#$%&% or
the enneagram )) which seem harmless, even !ene&cial, on the surface. 7ut in reality, such techni8ues can
!e 1ro>an horses for the wrong kind of sirits. ?For eEamle, much of the miracle merchandise sold in 2atholic
stores now )) angel stones, aFrmation !ooks and so forth )) are designed to change our way of thinking,? the
author warns.
T-) C-7/0- +#* ,-) N)B A9) M$8)6)#,
htt'((*D.shtml 7y Dr. 6ohn 7. Shea, M.D., F.2%<2=
#ovem!er, CJJ*
$orraine Pincent of ^ehner, Saskatchewan alerted us to a u!lication of interest, Cansoed #ro -arkness:
(he "ew Fge, ,hristian Faith and the Dattle #or Souls !y M$&/+ N$$#+#. 7orn into a 2atholic family, #oonan
lost her faith at a secular !oarding school, and sent twenty years searching and ministering in the #ew 4ge
movement. 4fter mastering several successive VrerogrammingsW and imarting the teachings to others, she
was graced with conversion !ack to 2atholicism through the hel of the 7lessed Pirgin Mary.

Deuteronomy +A'L)++ reads' [;hen you come into the land which the $ord, your 0od, is giving you, you shall
not learn to imitate the a!ominations of the eoles there. $et there not !e found among you anyone who
immolates his son or daughter in the &re, nor a fortune)teller, soothsayer, charmer, diviner, or caster of
sells, nor one who consults ghosts and sirits or seeks oracles from the dead.Z
#oonan warns that' VIf we were to write this same list in modern terms, it would include the following'
A10-)6&0+1 H!"#$,-)/+"!M 4lchemyM 4ngel 0uidesM A#9)1&0 C-+##)1&#9M 4stral 2artograhyM 4stral
%ro>ectionM 4strologyM 4ura ;orkM 4utomatic "andwritingM 2hakra 7alancingM C-+#)1&#9M 2lairaudienceM
2lairvoyanceM 2rystal "ealingM 2rystal DivinationM DowsingM ,ckankarM ,nergy ;orkM ,S1M ,theric $ight 7ody
;orkM FirewalkingM 1he ForumM 0eomancyM "ands of $ightM H!"#$,&%6M 1he VI 4mW MovementM I 2hingM $aying
of StonesM Medicine ;heelM #ecromancyM #ew 1houghtM #umerologyM /ut)of)7ody ;orkM %ast)$ife .egression
1herayM %sychic DevelomentM %sychic "ealingM .e!irthingM .eikiM ShamanismM Silva Mind 2ontrolM Soul
1ravelM Sirit 0uidesM Siritual %sychotherayM SiritualismM 1a!le)1iingM 1antraM 1arot 2ardsM T/+#0)
M)*&76%T T/+#0) W$/(T V&%7+1&F+,&$#M ;icca.W
#oonan ofers owerful testimony a!out the idolatry of the self found in occultism, and the authentic wisdom
of 6esus 2hrist as taught !y the 2atholic 2hurch. 1he u!lisher is' #orth 7ay 7ooks, %. /. 7oE C+CDB, ,l
So!rante, 24 LBACJM
+)AJJ)AIJ)D+LBM e)mail >ohnfnorth!ay! <CJJ*, IS7# J)LIBLJLA)I)B, Soft cover, . +IG, U+*.JJ
2atholic Insight -dated' May +G
, CJJA htt'((
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htt'((www.thefreeli!'cacnewcreligion)aJ+BGADGCG+ !y 6ohn 7. Shea, MD, F.2%)
Fellow of the .oyal 2ollege of %hysicians C+,-$1&0 I#%&9-,, 6une +, CJJG
-r. Eohn D. Shea has also published "The 2hurch and the +ew ,ge Movement" (,atholic 8nsight, "o$.
JSSR, pp. 55/5Q! and "Therapeutic Touch5 a criti*ue," (,.8., "o$. 2PPP, pp. 24/JR!.
4 sychology rofessor has !een 8uoted as saying that 2% is self)hynosis that can !e veri&ed hysiologically
!y a dro in !lood ressure, resiratory rate, lactic acid in the !lood and the galvanic conductivity in the skin.
<I= 4!!ot Heating denies that reetition of a ?sacred word? is a 6+#,/+ %70- +% $#) 7%)* &# %)1.-!"#$%&%
and transcendental meditation <1M=. 2%, however, shares all its characteristics and claims with 1M. 7oth 2%
and 1M use a twenty)minute meditationM use a reeated word to erase all thoughts and feelingsM teach that
you ick u vi!rationsM teach one how to reach a mental void or altered level of consciousness <4$2= and
have a common goal of &nding your god centre. 1M is the techni8ue used !y "indus and 7uddhists when
they try to reach what they call ?god)consciousness.? Father Fin!arr Flanagan, who was involved in !oth 2%
and 1M, says that Father %ennington has endorsed 1M ?without hesitation.? <A=\
1he views of 4!!ot 1homas Heating and Father 7asil %ennington, the original romoters of 2%, have !een
resented along with relevant authoritative statements !y St. 1eresa of 4vila and the Magisterium of the
2hurch. 1hese riests claim in efect that 2% can ena!le one to &nd the 1rue Self, that the 1rue Self and 0od
are the same thing, and that this form of union with 0od can !e achieved !y a sychological self)
maniulative techni8ue of word reetition and !y access to utative ?energies? <which have no real
eEistence=. T-) B-$1) )D)/0&%), &# 6! $"&#&$#, 0$#.7%)% ,-) "%!0-$1$9&0+1 +#* ,-) %"&/&,7+1, &%
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P)1+9&+# ')1&). ,-+, $#) 0+# /)+0- %+18+,&$# '! $#)H% $B# )Q$/,% 7#+&*)* '! G/+0).
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I will not discuss cases here, other than to say that the use of certain forms of rayer like 2%(contemlation or
its eEternal oosite [charismatic rayerZ often cause ro!lems. Sticking to 2%'
+. /&%( $. &#*70&#9 + .$/6 %)1.-!"#$%&% &# 8)/! %799)%,&'1) ")/%$#%T %$6) CP ,)+0-)/% )8)# 7%)
"-/+%)% 7%)* &# -!"#$%&% ,$ 9), ")$"1) ,$ ,-)&/ J0)#,)/K. For instance, I have heard this, and I have
seen this mentioned either in this forum or elsewhere of eole reorting that 2% instructors have !een
asking the eole to imagine !eing in an elevator, then going down to the ++
Noor, the +J
Noor and so on..
[these are hrases sometimes used in hynosis]. I donZt think the leaders were aware of it, they usually tend
to !e teaching with a genuine desire to hel eole.
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2entering %rayer is neither 2hristian nor rayer. I, &% )%%)#,&+11! + .$/6 $. %)1. -!"#$%&% ,-+, 6+()%
7%) $. + ?6+#,/+?, + B$/* /)")+,)* $8)/ +#* $8)/, 0$#0)#,/+,&#9 $# $#) ,-&#9 +#* &#,/$*70&#9 +
-!"#$,&01&() %,+,). 0od is seen as a art of the universe who can !e @eEerienced@ at the center of one@s
!eing, and not as one who is transcendent, who is other than us, and is a loving Father.
It takes these characteristics from "induism, through the medium of 1ranscendental Meditation <1.M.=. 1he
introductory ceremony to 1.M. involves worshi of a dead "indu guru and the mantras given those !eing
initiated are in fact, the names of "indu gods.
Fr. 6ohn Dreher says, ?I (#$B $. +# &#0&*)#, B-)/) %)8)/+1 ,-$7%+#* ")$"1) +,,)#*&#9 + 0-+/&%6+,&0
0$#.)/)#0) B)/) '/$79-, &#,$ 0)#,)/&#9 "/+!)/, +9+&# B&,-$7, )D"1+#+,&$# $/ 0-$&0). T-&%
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)8)# '$,-)/ B&,- + C-/&%,&+# ?6+#,/+? '7, 7%)* +# )D"1&0&, -!"#$,&0 ,)0-#&W7).?
Rev. John D. Dreher is the pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Coventry, Rhode Island.
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(his Cock, Pol. A, #o. ++, #ovem!er +LLI. %./. 7oE +IBLJ, San Diego, 24 LC+II, AAA)CL+)AJJJ
htt'(( 2atholic 4nswers, CJCJ 0illesie ;ay, ,l 2a>on, 24
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In the following 8uote taken from a new article osted to the we! site, the !olded hrasesG are mine, and are
tyical !u55 words revealing the #ew 4ge origins of ?2entering %rayer?' ?$ove is 0od@s 7eing? !y M. 7asil
%ennington, /.2.S./. JD(JL(JJ Gaccidentally deleted
when coying and transferring)Michael
?;hen we go to the center of our !eing and ass through that center into the very center of 0od we get in
immediate touch with this divine creating energy. 1his is not a new idea. It is the common teaching of the
2hristian Fathers of the 0reek tradition. ;hen we dare with the full assent of love to unleash these energies
within us not surrisingly he initial eEerience is of a Nood of chaotic thoughts, memories, emotions and
feelings. 1his is why wise siritual Fathers and mothers counsel a gentle entering into this eEerience. #ot
too much too fast. 7ut it is this release that allows all of this chaos within us with all its imrisoning stress to
!e !rought into harmony so that not only their might !e eace and harmony within !ut that the divine energy
may have the freedom to forward the evolution of consciousness in us and through us, as a art of the whole,
in the whole of the creation.?
T!"&0+1 $. N)B A9) 6)*&,+,&8) "/+0,&0), the soul !ecomes the ?center?, energy relaces grace, 0od
actually !ecomes a antheistic energy, and the unleashing of this ?energy? leads to chaos and then,
mysteriously, an evolution of consciousness <re#er to article on this web site on the dangers o# unleashing
occult power through kundalini yoga=. $egitimacy of this occult techni8ue is sought in o)sychology,
comaring it to seeking insight through !io)feed!ack or %)1.-!"#$%&%.
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htt'((`idarticleaIDBL 7y Susan 7eckworth 6anuary G, CJJI EXTRACT;
1hroughout his newsletters, Fr. Heating advocates use of the ,nneagram. 1he ,nneagram is a new age tool
used to determine ersonality traits. Fr. Heating states' ?4s we ractice 2entering %rayer, we !egin to get
insight into the dynamics of our unconsciousM erhas through the ,nneagram, we can !ecome aware of our
ersonality traits, which is useful.? G),,&#9 &#%&9-, &#,$ ,-)? *!#+6&0% $. $7/ 7#0$#%0&$7%?, +% F/.
K)+,&#9 %,+,)%, &% A7%, +#$,-)/ "-/+%) .$/ -!"#$%&%.
1arot card reading and use of the ,nneagram are witchcraft and urely demonicM yet most eole do not even
know that all of these ?#ew 4ge? ractices are entirely for!idden !y 0od in the First 2ommandment.
St. 1eresa of 4vila was well aware of the tendency to stray of course and so she insisted that meditation
always !e directed to and with 2hrist. ;e have a ma>or crisis in the 2hurch today with 2entering %rayer.
1here are owerful eole !ehind it, so we must kee seaking the 1ruth.
V;rong is wrong, even if everyone else is doing it. .ight is right, even if no one else is doing itW Q St.
+s. Susan Deckworth is a ,atholic "ew Fge e&pert. She writes about the in$ol$eent o# ,atholic hierarchs in
the "ew Fge o$eent at the -e#ender website.
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2hristian .esearch Institute 6ournal, Fall +LL+. ,ditor)in)2hief, ,lliot Miller. EXTRACT;
Many diferent 0urd>ief grous formed after his death, such as 0urd>ief)/usensky 2entres, .o!ert 7urton@s
Fellowshi of Friends, the 1heater of 4ll %ossi!ilities, and the Institute for the Develoment of the "armonious
"uman 7eing. 1he one most inNuential in the sread of the enneagram of ersonality is the 4rica training
<named for a city in northern 2hile=, a ?human otential? rogram founded !y /scar Icha5o.
Icha5o and 2laudio #aran>o, a 2hilean sychologist and former ,salen instructor, are !oth disciles of
0urd>ief, and together <according to #aran>o= originated the enneagram of ersonality tyes. 1heir ideas are
closely related to 0urd>ief@s thought, esecially regarding the structure and use of the enneagram.
4t age siE Icha5o !ecame disillusioned with the 2atholic church !ecause its teachings contradicted what he
learned through occultic out)of)!ody eEeriences.
"e re>ected what his 6esuit teachers said a!out heaven and hell, claiming to have !een there and learned
more a!out it than 2hrist and the church. "e came to !elieve that living in one@s su!>ectivity was the real
hell, !ut eole could !ecome free of it. "e then studied /riental martial arts, ^en, yoga, shamanism,
-!"#$,&%6, and sychology, and eEerimented with 4ndes Indian sychedelic drugs, to learn techni8ues to
free himself from hellish su!>ectivity.
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htt'((`Erca*AL Susan 7rinkmann, Secial to the "erald, 4ugust
1o gain control of his own consciousness, Icha5o studied /riental martial arts, ^en, 4ndes Indian thought,
shamanism, yoga, -!"#$,&%6 and sychology. "e >oined esoteric grous in 7olivia and 4rgentina and
traveled to "ong Hong, India and 1i!et to study mysticism.
Icha5o claims to have received instructions from a higher entity, called ?Metatron, the rince of the
archangels.? Mem!ers of his grou contact lower sirits through meditation and mantras, and are guided !y
an internal master, known as the 0reen _uZ 1u!, who makes himself known when a student reaches a
suFciently high stage of develoment

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1he human !eing' is there one universal !eing or are there many individuals`
V1he oint of #ew 4ge techni8ues is to reroduce mystical states at will, as if it were a matter of la!oratory
material. .e!irth, !iofeed!ack, sensory isolation, holotroic !reathing, -!"#$%&%, 6+#,/+%, fasting, slee
derivation and transcendental meditation are attemts to control these states and to eEerience them
continuouslyW. 1hese ractices all create an atmoshere of sychic weakness <and vulnera!ility=. ;hen the
o!>ect of the eEercise is that we should re)invent our selves, there is a real 8uestion of who VIW am. V0od
within usW and holistic union with the whole cosmos underline this 8uestion. Isolated individual ersonalities
would !e athological in terms of #ew 4ge <in articular transersonal sychology=. 7ut Vthe real danger is
the holistic aradigm. #ew 4ge is thinking !ased on totalitarian unity and that is why it is a danger...W. More
moderately' V;e are authentic when we @take charge of@ ourselves, when our choice and reactions Now
sontaneously from our deeest needs, when our !ehaviour and eEressed feelings reNect our ersonal
1he "uman %otential Movement is the clearest eEamle of the conviction that humans are divine, or contain
a divine sark within themselves.

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Healing (ouch 8nternational or H(8 is an international organi5ation founded in +LLD !y 6anet Mentgen and
$inda Smith, two nurses who desired to !ring the inNuence of #ew 4ge ?energy channeling? techni8ues to
hositals, schools and arishes worldwide. 1he "1I we! site
htt'(( descri!es the techni8ue as ?energy !ased healing
theraies from a 6udeo)2hristian ersective?. 1hey teach ways to ?integrate Healing (ouch into
church(arish healing ministry?. 1he site claims that ?arish nurses, rayer teams and clergy alike are using
this work to !ring a!out 0od@s healing comassion?. C$7/%)% &#017*) ,-) %,7*! $. ?%)1. -!"#$%&%...
/)0$9#&F&#9 #+,7/+1&%,&0 ,/+#0)%S -!"#$,-)/+")7,&0 ,)0-#&W7)%...` )#)/9),&0 "+,,)/#&#9?. 1he
rogram of study is an eclectic !lending of energetic techni8ues of a num!er of well)known healers, including
Dolores Hreiger@s ?1heraeutic 1ouch?. ?"ealing 1ouch? teaches the use of one@s hands and will to inNuence
health at hysical, emotional, mental, and(or siritual levels. ?1heraeutic 1ouch? was develoed !y Dolores
Hrieger, %h.D., ..#., <%rofessor ,merita of #ew Xork -niversity= and her mentor, Dora Hun5, in the early
@IJs. 11 is now racticed !y thousands of health care rofessionals and is oular in many hositals and
nursing homes. 1he techni8ue is taught at scores of universities and hositals.
4 !ook entitled, Healing (ouch: F Cesource #or Health ,are )ro#essionals, !y "over)Hramer O Mentgen,
descri!es "ealing 1ouch@s energy)!ased healing and rovides descritions of the layers of the human energy
&eld and energy centers. 1he we! site also sells a musical tae of reeated
mantras <"indu chants= of eace and healing.
1he main resource age of the we! site has as its rincial recommended teEt, Hands o# 0ight, !y 7ar!ara
7rennan, the insiration of this techni8ue and the most well known #ew 4ge ?healer? in the -.S. 1he rest of
the recommended teEts on the we! site include !ooks on 1heosohy, ,astern thinkers and #ew 4ge leaders,
reresenting a miE of eastern and 0nostic traditions.
;hat is Healing (ouch` It is a newer version of a dangerous and siritually invasive system of
energy maniulation which may !e legitimately descri!ed as magic. "ow is it a magical art` -sing a
distortion of eastern mysticism, now !ecome occult techni8ues, #ew 4ge healers attemt to maniulate
matter through an act of the will. Most #ew 4ge ?energy techni8ues? and ?healing modalities?, as they are
called, are forms of this magic.
In the case of "1I, this magical art has now !een modi&ed and disguised for 2hristian ministries, schools and
hositals. Many hy!rid forms of ?energy channeling? have grown from the earlier versions of such
techni8ues as yoga, the ?healing science? of 7ar!ara 7rennan and .eiki. 1heraeutic 1ouch and its ofshoot,
"ealing 1ouch, are >ust two of these variations.
.eal healing is never a techni8ue. .eal healers never take mini)courses or charge money. .eal healers do not
use ?energy?. If you know a hosital, school nurse or mem!er of a arish astoral team romulgating these
techni8ues, lease ass this article on to their !isho.
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In +AAC there was organi5ed in $ondon the ?Society for %sychical .esearch? for the scienti&c eEamination of
what its rosectus terms ?de!ata!le henomena?. 4 motive for investigation was sulied !y the history of
-!"#$,&%6, which had !een reeatedly ascri!ed to 8uackery and decetion. #evertheless, atient research
conducted !y rigorous methods had shown that !eneath the error and imosture there lay a real inNuence
which was to !e accounted for, and which &nally was eElained on the theory of suggestion\
;hatever the eElanations ofered for the medium@s ?owers?, their eEercise sooner or later !rings a!out a
state of assivity which cannot !ut in>ure the mind. 1his is readily intelligi!le in the hyothesis of an invasion
!y eEtraneous sirits, since such a ossession must weaken and tend to eface the normal ersonality. 7ut
similar results may !e eEected if, as the alternate hyothesis maintains, a disintegration of the one
ersonality takes lace. In either case, it is not surrising that the mental !alance should !e distur!ed, and
self)control imaired or destroyed\
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these several classes of henomena have also !een treated under the same general head in the discussions
of theologians and in the decisions of ecclesiastical authority. 1he 2ongregation of the In8uisition, C* 6une,
+ABJ, decreed'
;here all error, sorcery, and invocation of the demon, imlicit or eElicit, is eEcluded, the mere use of
hysical means which are otherwise lawful, is not morally for!idden, rovided it does not aim at unlawful or
evil results. 7ut the alication of urely hysical rinciles and means to things or efects that are really
suernatural, in order to eElain these on hysical grounds, is nothing else than unlawful and heretical
1his decision was reiterated on CA 6uly, +ABI, and a further decree was issued on DJ 6uly, +A*G, which, after
mentioning discourses a!out religion, evocation of dearted sirits and ?other suerstitious ractices? of
Siritism, eEhorts the !ishos to ut forth every efort for the suression of these a!uses ?in order that the
Nock of the $ord may !e rotected against the enemy, the deosit of faith safeguarded, and the faithful
reserved from moral corrution?. 1he Second %lenary 2ouncil of 7altimore <+AGG=, while making due
allowance for fraudulent ractice in Siritism, declares that some at least of the manifestations are to !e
ascri!ed to Satanic intervention, and warns the faithful against lending any suort to Siritism or even, out
of curiosity, attending s9ances <Decreta, nn. DD)B+=. 1he council oints out, in articular, the anti)2hristian
character of Siritistic teachings concerning religion, and characteri5es them as an attemt to revive
aganism and magic. 4 decree of the "oly /Fce, DJ March, +ALA, condemns Siritistic ractices, even
though intercourse with the demon !e eEcluded and communication sought with good sirits only. In all these
documents the distinction is clearly drawn !etween legitimate scienti&c investigation and suerstitious
a!uses. ;hat the 2hurch condemns in Siritism is suerstition with its evil conse8uences for religion and
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<0reek hypnos, slee=
7y Hypnotis, or Hypnosis, we understand here the nervous slee, induced !y arti&cial and eEternal means,
which has in our days !een made the su!>ect of eEeriment and methodical study !y men of science,
hysicians or hysiologists. It does not difer, however, essentially from the ?animal magnetism? which for a
hundred years achieved such remarka!le success in drawing)rooms without reaching the oint of forcing the
doors of the scienti&c academies, nor from the ?Mesmerism? or the ?7raidism? which will have to !e
eElained in the course of the historical eEosition of the su!>ect. 1he causes of hynotism have !een
discussed and are still oen to discussionM !ut what has !een ascertained !eyond ossi!ility of 8uestioning is
the eEistence of a secial kind of slee, arti&cially !rought on !y means of ?asses?, of acute or rolonged
sensations, of a sustained attention, or of an efort of the will. 1he !elief in a su!tile, imala!le Nuid,
analogous to that of mineral magnetism, !ut eculiar to living !eings d the ?magnetic? or ?vital Nuid? d does
not date from the eighteenth century, as some have thought, !ut goes !ack to a high anti8uity. %liny, 0alen,
and 4retmus !ear witness to its eEistence. In the &fteenth century, %omonacius remarks that ?certain men
have salutary and otent roerties which are !orne outward !y evaoration and roduce remarka!le efects
uon the !odies that receive them?. Ficinus, on his art, says that ?the soul, !eing afected with assionate
desires, can act not only uon its own !ody, !ut even uon a neigh!ouring !ody, a!ove all if the latter !e the
weaker?. $astly, it is %aracelsus who for the &rst time <in ?De %este?= gives !ody to the doctrine !y the
hyothesis of a Nuid emanating from the stars and lacing living !eings in communication, as well as a ower
of attraction which ena!les ersons in sound health to draw the sick to themM this force he comares to that
of the loadstone and calls it agnale. 4nd this is the original, fundamental constituent of ?magnetism?. 1he
doctrine of %aracelsus is later on taken u and develoed !y a num!er of writers d 7artholin, "ahnemann,
0ocl9nius, .o!erti, and Pan "elmont, the chamion of ?magnetic medicine?, .o!ert Fludd, Father Hircher,
author of a famous treatise ?De arte magneticn?, ;irdig, MaEwell, 0reatrakes, 0assner, and others. 1hey do
not all eEeriment in the same wayM some use unies <talismans, or magic !oEes= to direct the Nuid, others
oerate directly !y touch, ru!!ing, or ?asses?.
7ut no comlete theory is found until we come to Mesmer <+IDD)+A+*=. 1he Piennese hysician suoses
that there eEists a universally difused Nuid, so continuous as to admit of no void, a Nuid su!tile !eyond
comarison and of its own nature 8uali&ed to receive, to roagate, and to communicate all the sensi!le
efects of movement. "e rooses to aly the name of animal agnetis to that roerty of the living !ody
which renders it susceti!le to the inNuence of the heavenly !odies and to the recirocal action of those that
surround it, a roerty which is manifested !y its analogy with the magnet.
?It is !y means of this Nuid?, he says, ?that we act uon nature and uon other !eings like ourselvesM the will
gives motion to it and serves to communicate it? <M9moire sur la d9couverte du magn9tisme animal=.
Mesmer came to %aris in +IIA, u!licly eEounded his system, and soon gained name and fame. "e neEt set
u as a healer, and o!tained some successful resultsM the sick soon Nocked to him in such num!ers that he
could not treat them individually, !ut had to grou a num!er of them around a baBuet and magneti5e them
all together. 1he magnetic !a8uet worked admira!ly. It was an ordinary tu!, closed with a lid, from which
issued a num!er of olished iron rods, !ent !ack, and each ending in a dull oint. 1hese iron rods, or
!ranches, conducted the magnetic Nuid to the atients who stood in the circle. 1he !a8uet was the most
famous and most oular means of roducing the magnetic condition, !ut not the only one. Mesmer used
other methods very much like those emloyed !y hynoti5ers today' movements of the &nger or a small iron
rod !efore the face, &Eing the atient@s eyes on some o!>ect alication of the hands to the a!domen, etc.
Mesmer, unfortunately, dealt with sick eole, and around his !a8uet he had the oortunity of o!serving
more &ts and hysterical convulsions than somnam!ulistic states. 7ut these ?convulsionaries? of a new kind,
far from in>uring the magneti5er or discrediting his method, added to his credit and his renown. 1he 4cademy,
re>udiced against the innovator, and ill)leased at the noisy advertisement he was receiving, could not
remain heedless of the results he roducedM it soon had to yield to the ressure of an eEcited and enthusiastic
u!lic oinion. 4 commission was named in +IAB to eEamine Mesmer@s theory and racticeM among its
mem!ers were the most illustrious savants of the time d 7ailly, $avoisier, Franklin, de 6ussieu. 1o surrender
to the evidence resented, and to recogni5e the reality of the facts, was inevita!leM !ut all the mem!ers of
the commission, with the single eEcetion of de 6ussieu, refused to attri!ute the facts to any cause !ut
imagination or imitation.
1his direct !low at Mesmerism did not retard its rogress. It made many adets, among whom must !e
mentioned Deslon, %Sre "ervier, and a!ove all the Mar8uis de %uys9gur, founder of the ?"armonie?, one of
the most cele!rated magnetic societies. It was on his estate of 7usancy, under the ?magneti5ed tree?, that M.
de %uys9gur achieved his most slendid successes and renewed the marvels of his master@s !a8uet. "e did
!etterM he discovered the curious henomenon of somnam!ulism. 7ut the hour of this science had not yet
come, and, in site of ositive results and incontesta!le cures, magnetism did not recover its vogueM it was
neglected or forgotten during the .evolution and the ,mire. It was reserved for an Indo)%ortuguese riest, a
man of strange !earing, the 4!!9 Faria, to recall u!lic attention to animal magnetism and to revive the
science. 1he 4!!9 Faria was the &rst to efect a !reach in the theory of the ?magnetic Nuid?, to lace in relief
the imortance of suggestion, and to demonstrate the eEistence of ?auto)suggestion?M he also esta!lished the
truth that the nervous slee !elongs only to the natural order. From his earliest magneti5ing s9ances, in
+A+B, he !oldly develoed his doctrine. #othing comes from the magneti5er, everything comes from the
su!>ect and takes lace in his imagination. Magnetism is only a form of slee. 4lthough of the moral order,
the magnetic action is often aided !y hysical, or rather !y hysiological, means d &Eedness of look and
cere!ral fatigue. "ere the A''N F+/&+ showed himself a true ioneer, too little areciated !y his
contemoraries, and even !y osterity. "e B+% ,-) 0/)+,$/ $. -!"#$,&%6M most of the retended
discoveries of the scientists of today are really his. ;e need only recall here that he ractised suggestion in
the waking state and ost)hynotic suggestion. 0eneral #oi5et, who was the immediate discile of the 4!!9
Faria, had for his intimate friend a young magneti5er, Dr. 4leEandre 7ertrand, who !elieved in the eEistence
of the magnetic Nuid. 7etween the eEtreme and mutually eEclusive doctrines of his master and of his friend,
he had the intelligence and the courage to form his own oinion half)way, recogni5ing e8ually the share of
the imagination and that of the magnetic Nuid. ;e are inclined to think that his view of the matter was a >ust
one, and at to lead u to the de&nitive solution.
1hanks to the la!ours of those >ust mentioned, the revival of magnetism was assured. 4 num!er of writers d
Pirey, Deleu5e, the 7aron du %otet, .o!ouam, 0eorget, and others d aroused contemorary thought !y their
u!lished works, their lectures, and their eEerimentsM one of them, Dr. Foissac, in +ACG, succeeded in
!ringing a!out the aointment !y the 4cademy of Medicine of a commission to eEamine and register the
strange, !ut ositive, facts of magnetism. 1his second commission of the 4cademy took its work seriously,
and for &ve years conscientiously studied the 8uestion. Dr. "usson was charged with the rearation of the
reort, which aeared in 6une, +AD+. "e descri!es the roerties of magnetism at length and with great
imartiality, roclaims its virtues, and concludes !y asking the 4cademy to encourage the study of the
su!>ect as one of imortance for hysiology and theraeutics. 1his victory of magnetism, in a 8uarter where it
had until then met only with disdain and re!ufs, was highly ri5ed, !ut it had no se8uel. 1he academicians
were afraid of the truth, they reserved an o!stinate silence, and the reort of "usson was thrust away in the
archives without !eing accorded the honors of tye. Shortly after this, a violent attack on magnetism !y
Du!ois <of 4miens= met with a cordial recetion from the 4cademy, in site of "usson@s rotests.
4t last, on + /ct., +ABJ, after some unro&ta!le tests, the learned assem!ly de&nitively !uried the 8uestion,
declaring that thenceforward no rely would !e given to communications on animal magnetism. 2ast out !y
science, magnetism fell, !y inevita!le necessity, into commerce on the one hand and siritism on the other.
2lever adventurers eEloited it, oening deosits of the Nuid in %aris and in the country to heal the ills of
humanity. /thers had recourse to ?ta!le)turning? to know the ast and foretell the future. Suerstition and
8uackery ut an end to all honest scienti&c research. #evertheless, the ideas of the 4!!9 Faria were not
a!andoned, they had !een collected and clari&ed !y a num!er of eEerts, and they soon found in 6ames
7raid <+IL*)+AGJ=, an intelligent and rudent commentator.
.esuming the old eEeriments, this lain Manchester doctor set himself to destroy comletely the Mesmerian
edi&ceM he only succeeded in develoing it. #o dou!t he a!solutely re>ects the transmission of any magnetic
or vital Nuid, !ut he recogni5es that the magnetic slee is mainly of a nervous kind. Most authors have
thought d and on all sides reeated d that he attri!utes this slee to suggestion aloneM this is a grave
misarehension against which 7raid rotested energetically.
"e is generally considered the founder of hynotism, and that slendid title is suFcient for his fame. "is
contemoraries disregarded him and did not areciate his doctrine as they should. 1hey refused to see in
nervous and sensory concentration the cause of the slee, and they maintained that, like Faria and 7ertrand,
the Manchester surgeon acted only on the imagination of his su!>ects. 7raid@s decisive answer to his
detractors was' ?Faria and 7ertrand act, or retend to act, !y the aid of a moral imressionM their means is of
the mental orderM mine is urely hysical, and consists in fatiguing the eyes and, !y the fatigue of the eyes,
roducing that of the !rain.? In fact, as Dr. Durand de 0ros has >ustly remarked, 7raid was an ingenious
discoverer who did not know how to make his discovery areciated at its true worth' he !rought to the art of
Mesmer and of Faria its necessary comlement, its suer! castone, and thus in very truth transformed it. 7e
recogni5ed that the act of ga5ing &Eedly at one oint for a certain length of time induces not only slee, as
hysiologists !efore him had o!served, !ut ?a rofound modi&cation of our whole !eing which renders it at
to receive the magnetic inNuence and mental suggestion?. From 7raid to our own days hynotism has grown
and develoed without interrution. 1he artisans of magnetism, momentarily discom&ted, have not laid
down their arms, and, while acceting the new theories of nervous fatigue and suggestion, have continued to
maintain the eEistence of a Nuid. 1he theories of 0rimes on electro)!iology <+ABA=, and of Dr. %hilis
<seudonym of Dr. Durand de 0ros= on vital electrodynamism <+A**= deserve to !e recalled in this conneEion.
7ut theoretical schemes have little attraction for the masses, and the greater num!er of writers have
esta!lished themselves on the ground of eEeriment and clinical ractice, multilying eEeriments in order to
reconnoitre the vast &eld of hynosis. ;e may mention, from amongst these, Dr. $i9!eault of #ancy, Dr.
45am of 7ordeauE, %rofessor 2harcot of %aris, Dr. 7ernheim of #ancy. 1heoretical discussions could not,
however, remain forever aart on their own ground, since every efect demands a causeM they naturally
followed the discovery of facts and soon !rought on a nota!le division of oinions. 1wo clear)cut schools, as is
known, divided the world of science' the school of #ancy, and the SalTtriSre, or %aris, school. 1he former,
reresented !y Drs. $i9!eault, 7ernheim, 7eaunis, and others, recogni5es, under diferent forms, !ut one
cause of hynosis, and deli!erately ronounces it to !e suggestion. 1he latter, of which 2hareot was the
renowned chief, !elieves in a hysical cause, and not a moral. It attri!utes hynosis to a nervous or cere!ral
modi&cation of the su!>ect, which modi&cation it attri!utes to a malady of the nervous system d hysteria.
7oth of these doctrines are suorted !y arguments and facts the force and value of which it would !e vain
to contest in either case. 7ut, if !oth views are e8ually worthy of consideration, they are too a!solutely
oosed and mutually eEclusive to !e !oth comletely true. Suggestion does not eElain all the henomena
of hynosis, any more than does neurosis account for them. 1he nervous slee, with the strange and
manifold henomena which accomany it, is !eyond comrehension in the light of our actual knowledge. 1he
intimate nature of that cere!ral and nervous modi&cation which 2harcot regards as a necessary condition is
not known, and there is nothing to revent its reconciliation with the hyothesis of the nervous or magnetic
Nuid. 4s to the theory of suggestion, so dear to the #ancy school, it !elongs to the sychical order, and is
manifestly insuFcient to account for the hysiological distur!ances of the nervous slee. %rofessor 7eaunis
himself does not hesitate to confess its weakness. 4ll this !eing so, it would seem oortune to in8uire if the
two hostile d or, rather, rival d schools of %aris and #ancy, either of them singly incaa!le of eElaining
hynosis, might not &nd additional light and a welcome means of reconciliation in that hyothesis of animal
magnetism which science in its earlier days too readily a!andoned. 1he ro!lem is only indicated hereM its
solution !elongs to the future.
"ynotism, we have said, is an arti&cial nervous slee. It is !rought on in many ways' !y &Eity of look, !y
visual concentration uon a !rilliant o!>ect, !y convergence of the aEes of vision, !y a sustained and
monotonous sensation, !y a vivid sensory imression such as that roduced !y the sound of a gong, !y a
!rilliant light, etc. 4ll these means roduce the efect only uon one vitally imortant sychic condition d the
consent of the su!>ect, the surrender of his will to the hynotist. #o one can !e hynoti5ed against his willM
!ut once a erson has given himself u to an oerator, and gone through the eEercises !y which the efect is
o!tained, the oerator can ut him to slee at leasure, and even without the su!>ect@s knowledge. More
than this, hynosis can !e induced without warning during natural slee, though the feat is rare and is
erformed only with redisosed su!>ects. #ot all ersons are e8ually hynoti5a!le. Most ersons who are
sound in !ody and mind resist hynosis or are afected only very suer&cially. Idiots and lunatics are
a!solutely refractory. #euroaths and hysterical ersons, on the other hand, are very susceti!le and make
ideal su!>ects. It is through their failure to make this caital distinction that writers come to such widely
diferent conclusions. Dr. $i9!eault estimates the roortion of hynoti5a!le ersons at L* er centM other
scientists are content with a smaller roortion, *J to GJ er centM Dr. 7ottey admits for women a roortion
of only DJ er cent. In short, the #ancy eEerts have greatly eEaggerated the &gures !y including in their
statistics all cases, !oth the slightly marked and the comlete. 1he slee induced may last for a long eriod
d for some hours d !ut ordinarily is of rather short duration. Some hynoti5ed ersons awake
sontaneously, others at the dearture of the oerator, or at some noise. Most often the return to the waking
state is !rought a!out !y a command or !y !lowing lightly on the su!>ect@s eyes. /nce hynoti5ed, the
su!>ect may ass through three distinct hases' catalesy, lethargy, somnam!ulism. /n this oint there have
!een lively de!ates !etween the %aris school and the #ancy school. 1he latter contends that these three
states do not eEist, and that suggestion suFces to eElain all the henomenaM in this it is gravely mistaken.
7ut the %aris school, too, has !een wrong in maintaining, contrary to o!served facts, that every hynoti5ed
su!>ect asses successively, and always in the same order, from catalesy into lethargy, and from lethargy
into somnam!ulism. 1his order is not always followedM some hynoti5ed ersons fall directly into
somnam!ulism, or into lethargy, without assing through catalesy. ;e will consider the three states
2atalesy reduces the su!>ect to the state of an inNeEi!le corseM it is characteri5ed !y imassi!ility and
muscular rigidityM the su!>ect kees every osition into which the eEerimenter uts him. "e can !e caught
and thrown this way or that, inched, ricked, slaed, without showing the least sign of sensi!ility.
"e is so rigid that he can remain inde&nitely suorted on the !acks of two chairs, touching them only with
the !ack of his neck and his heels, without !etraying the least weakness or the slightest fatigue. 1he
eEerimenter can clim! uon his !ody without causing it to diverge from the hori5ontal straight line. 2ertain
movements communicated to the atient are continued automatically and without variation. ,ven words are
sometimes reeated mechanically. 7ut what is still more curious is the reaction of a gesture uon the facial
eEression, and vice versa. If the su!>ect is laced in a ugilistic attitude, his features, until then imassive,
straightway eEress determination and de&ance. If his eye!rows !e drawn downward and inward <!y the
oerator= his whole countenance !ecomes sad and gloomy. $et the hands !e taken u and alied to the lis,
and the corners of the mouth move aart and communicate a tender and smiling air to the whole
hysiognomy. Make the su!>ect kneel as for rayer, and immediately the hands clas, and the face eEresses
recollection and adoration.
1o !ring the cataletic into lethargy it is suFcient to close his eyes or to gently ru! his el!ow or the to of his
head. in the waking state this hynotic condition is roduced !y ressing the eye!alls under the closed lids.
In lethargy, the head falling !ack as if wearied, the Naccid lim!s and the whole !ody resent the henomena
of rofound slum!erM there is no longer either consciousness or intelligence, memory or sensation. 1he
contraction of the muscles resonds with eEtreme readiness to the least eEcitation.
4 gentle friction or ressure alied to the to of the head !rings on somnam!ulism. "ere the slee is lighter.
1he su!>ect@s eyes are oenM he is insensi!le to ain, !ut his muscular strength and the ower of his senses
are increased to a remarka!le degreeM he sees, hears, seaks, and walks with uncommon vigour, and avoids
the o!stacles in his way. "e has the aearance of !eing awake, !ut is not in ossession of himselfM he is only
an automaton, with the oerator ulling the strings at his leasure. 4ll the activity of the somnam!ulist is
under the oerator@s control !y means of ver!al suggestion. If a suggestion !e made to the hynoti5ed
su!>ect that it is cold, he straightway shivers. 1ell him it is hot, he ants and fans himself, wies his forehead,
and tries to take of his coat. "and him a glass of cold water and say ?Drink this glass of good 7ordeauE?, and
he sis and smacks his lis. 1ell him it is vinegarM he !arely tastes it, and uts it away in disgust. %ersuade
him that he is listening to a !eautiful iece of music, and he hears it so well that he !eats time to it. 1he
somnam!ulist sees and hears in imagination all that it is ossi!le to suggest, and nothing is more amusing
than his animated conversations with his a!sent relations and friends. 6ust as the a!sent can !e made
resent to him, so a erson who is really resent can !e made to disaear d can !e eliminated. ?7y
suggestion?, says M. 7eaunis, ?we can lay an interdict on an o!>ect or a erson actually resent, so that the
erson or o!>ect shall !e, for him, non)eEistent. . . . More than this, we can make a erson disaear artiallyM
the su!>ect will not see him, !ut will hear himM or he will !e a!le to see and hear him, !ut not !e aware of him
!y contact.? 2harcot often erformed this eEeriment at the SalTtriSre' ?;hen you awake?, he would say,
?you will not see M. R.? "e awoke the su!>ect, and, in fact, the interdicted individual was invisi!le to him. M.
R. laces himself directly in his ath, and he takes no notice of the o!structionM M. R. stands !etween him and
the window, and he sees only a cloud shutting out the daylight. 4 hat is ut on the head of M. R., and the
su!>ect halts in astonishment at seeing a hat susended in the air without anything to suort it. 4 still more
comlicated eEeriment is ossi!le' out of ten cards, all eEactly alike, one is ointed out to the somnam!ulist
which he is told will !e invisi!le to him, and another on which he is shown an imaginary ortrait. 1he ten
cards are miEed u, and the somnam!ulist discovers the non)eEistent ortrait on the same card on which it
was reviously shown to him, while the other of the two indicated cards asses a!solutely unerceived.
2utaneous insensi!ility is general, !ut the hynotist can remove it or locali5e it at his own leasureM he can
trace a circle, for eEamle, on an arm and make that ortion of the lim! insensi!le, while the other art of the
arm continues normal. Dr. 7arth makes a retence of touching an hysterical su!>ect on the forearm with a
lighted cigar, and immediately a white sot develos on the skin, as large as a !ean and surrounded !y a
circle of red. Itchings and inNammations can !e roduced. /n the other hand, the aearance of water
!listers, or phlyctWnW, vesication, and cutaneous hmmorrhages <eEeriments of Focaehon, 7ourru, and
7urot= are among the most seriously 8uestioned and most 8uestiona!le eEerimentsM they have never !een
veri&ed, even in the case of su!>ects afected with dermograhism. Suggestion not only works uon the
sensi!ility, !ut also acts very owerfully on the motive faculty of the su!>ect. It determines either
contractions or aralyses, the rigidity of one mem!er, the Naccidity of another. 1he su!>ect is told' ?Xour
&ngers are glued togetherM searate them if you can.? 1he man makes strenuous eforts to searate his
&ngers, !ut cannot. 1he arm is for!idden to make this or that movement, the hand to write certain letters,
the larynE to ronounce a vowel, and the rohi!ition is efectualM a su!>ect can !e made to stutter, to fall
dum!, or !e alicted with ahasia at the oerator@s discretion. 1he consciousness, the ersonality, or, more
recisely, the memory, may !e su!>ected to strange metamorhoses. ?I say to a su!>ect' @2., you are siE
years old, you are a little child. 0o and lay with the other children.@ 4nd u he >ums, leas, goes through
the motion of taking mar!les out of his ocket, sets them in the roer order, measures the distance with his
hand, takes aim carefully, runs and uts them in a row, and thus kees u his game with an attention and
recision of detail most astonishing. In the same way he lays at hide)and)seek and at lea)frog, vaulting
over one or two imaginary laymates in succession and increasing the distance each time d all with an ease
of which, considering his illness, he would !e incaa!le in the waking state. "e transforms himself into a
young girl, a general, a curX, an advocate, a dog. 7ut when you saddle him with a ersonality a!ove his
a!ility, he tries in vain to reali5e it? <7ernheim=.
1he hynotist can modify his su!>ect, can make him !elieve that he is changed into another erson, and even
set side !y side in the same erson two eEistences d one real, the other suggested d which are arallel and
mutually inconsistent. M. 0urney calls out a word or a num!er !efore a hynoti5ed su!>ect, or tells some
story, then he awakens her and shows lainly that she remem!ers nothing a!out it. 1hen taking her hand he
uts a encil in it and interoses a screen so that she cannot see it.
%resently the hand !egins to move a!out and, without the knowledge of the awakened su!>ect, writes the
word, or num!er, or story that was ronounced in the resence of the sleeing su!>ect. It is a trick of the
under)self, an automatic act of memory. Suggestion does not always roduce its efects immediatelyM the
oerator can retard develomentM he can defer the eEecution for many weeks or months after the su!>ect@s
awakening. ?I give an order to $. like this' @4t the third stroke your hands will !e raised, at the &fth they will !e
lowered, at the siEth the thum! of one hand will !e alied to the ti of your nose, and the four &ngers
eEtended <un pied de nez=, at the ninth you will walk into the room, at the siEteenth you will fall aslee in an
arm)chair.@ 1here is no memory of all this, when the awakening takes lace, !ut all the acts are erformed in
the order desired? <6anet=. 1he idea of the act suggested remains !uried in the memory and revives only at
the eriod assigned and uon the given signalM and when the su!>ect then acts he knows nothing a!out the
origin of the imulse, !ut thinks he is following his own initiativeM he is, without knowing it, the uet of a
!rain function. .etroactive suggestions are no less curious. 4 su!>ect can !e made to !elieve that at such and
such a time he has seen a certain event take lace, heard a sermon, or erformed some action, and the
illusory memory !ecomes so &rmly &Eed in his mind as to ass for truth and carry conviction with itM he is
ersuaded when he awakes that he really has seen and heard these things d in one word, that the things
have taken lace.
4re all suggestions ossi!le and reali5a!le` 2an a suggestion once given !e resisted` 1he answer is
nowadays no longer in dou!tM !ut for a long time the 8uacks fostered a !elief that they a!solutely controlled
their su!>ects, and that there was no such thing as an imossi!le suggestion. 1his is an error. ;henever a
thing is disleasing or reugnant to him, the hynoti5ed erson yields slowly and with diFcultyM if the act
roosed is a for!idden or a cula!le one in the sight of his conscience, he refuses oint !lank. 4n honest
woman in the hysterical condition will not ermit the least tresass on decency. /f course erverted su!>ects
show no resect for good morals, nor do those who in their normal state are victims of evil ha!its and yield to
the lowest instincts. #evertheless, there is a certain danger that the clever, owerful hynotist, who is also
unscruulous, may o!tain his ends if he resents rerehensi!le acts to his su!>ect as innocent and
ermissi!leM the will, in hynosis, is so weak and so unsta!le that the idea of duty !ased uon good ha!its
may not always counter!alance the oerator@s action, and the reetition of alluring suggestions may at last
result in drawing the su!>ect into evil. Such cases are not urely hyotheticalM we shall come !ack to their
consideration in conneEion with the dangers of hynosis. Fanatical artisans of the suggestion method do not
see its dangers, while they vaunt its merits and its ractical alications. "as it the theraeutic virtues with
which the #ancy school credits it` ;ith the leaders of the %aris school and with %rofessor 0rasset of
Montellier, we decidedly 8uestion this. 1hat hynosis easily con8uers hysteria, esecially the more locali5ed
and circumscri!ed manifestations of it, no one can deny. 1he conneEion !etween these two a!normal states
has !een esta!lished, and it is so intimate that 0illes de la 1ourette could say' ?"ynotism is only an induced
aroEysm of hysteria.? It is not wonderful that symtoms of monolegia and of limited anmsthesia should !e
made to disaear !y suggestion, !ut the cure cannot !e counted on in any given case, nor is it enduring
when it does result. 4s to neurasthenia, 79rillon and 7ernheim aFrm that >ust as good results have !een
o!tained in it as in hysteria, !ut %itres, 1errien, and other hynotists strongly 8uestion this.
;riters also note the curative action of hynosis in a certain num!er of more or less locali5ed nervous states
<St. Pitus@s dance, tic, incontinence of urine, sea)sickness, vertigo, menstrual trou!les, constiation, warts,
etc.=, !ut this action is in fact o!served only in hysterical cases, and it is not constant. Is hynotism
alica!le to the treatment of sychosis d of the divers forms of mental alienation d in a word, of madness`
Forel, %itres, 1errien, $loyd, 1uckey, all agree in confessing its imotence. 4uguste Poisin alone !elieved in its
ower, and he was o!liged to admit that only ten er cent of the mentally deranged were hynoti5a!le. ,ven
this was too much to sayM for mania is characteri5ed !y the loss of volition, and we know that hynosis is
roduced !y a &Eing of the attention. 4gainst the widesread vices of alcoholism, morhinism, the ether
ha!it, etc., hynotism has !een successfully emloyed, !ut it has not revented seedy and fatal relases.
Still, when all other means have failed, this method could not !e altogether ignored. It may !e dou!ted
whether organic maladies are amena!le to hynotic treatment. 7ernheim claims to have remedied nervous
and sinal afections. ;etterstrand declares that he has cured or relieved atients alicted with ?rheumatism,
hmmorrhages, ulmonary hthisis, maladies of the heart, 7right@s disease?, etc. 4s to $i9!eault, he knows no
malady that has resisted its suggestions. It is needless to remark that these marvellous cures have not !een
demonstrated, and that hysicians refuse to !elieve in them. 1he !ene&ciaries of the hynotic method are
nervous and hysterical suferers, and ermanency of cure is not assured in their cases. 7esides, it is
incontesta!le that hynotists have forced the note and outrageously eEaggerated their successes.
1he alications of hynosis in surgery, as a means of inducing anmsthesia, have not !een fre8uent, !ut the
cases are remarka!le. 4s early as the year +ACL, 2lo8uet amutated the !reast of a hynoti5ed woman. 4t
2her!ourg, in +AB*, Dr. $oysel erformed the amutation of a legM at %oitiers, in +ABI, Dr. .i!aud took out a
very large tumor of the >awM 7roca, in +A*L, oened an a!scess on the !order of the anus. It was 0u9rineau
who amutated a thighM and, later, 1illauE erformed with hynosis a serious oeration of colorrhahy.
"ynotism !egan to !e alied in o!stetrics less than thirty years ago. %rit5el erformed an accouchement in
this way in +AA*. Dr. Dumontallier had less success with a &rst child)!irth, !ut secured comlete
ainlessness for his atient in the earlier stages of la!our. $i9!eault, Mesnet, 4uvard and Secheyron, Fanton,
Do!rovolsky, $e Menant des 2hesnais, Poisin, 7on>our, 6oire, and 7ourdon have u!lished o!servations which
leave no dou!t as to the reality of the anmsthesia roduced !y hynosis. 7ut here, as in surgery, it is an
eEcetion, a mere o!>ect of curiosity. #o one dreams of setting u a comarison !etween hynosis and
chloroform, or of su!stituting the one for the other. 7esides, hynosis is successful only with nervous and
hysterical su!>ects, and that not uniformly.
"ynotism has not only !een cried u as a theraeutic resource, it has also !een alied in ediatry and in
edagogy. Durand <of 0ros= is the true initiator of this method, !ut it is 79rillon who has claimed a lace for it
in science, failing to distinguish !etween ediatry, which is related to medicine, and edagogy, which is the
rovince of the directors of free and conscious education. Suggestion would !e in lace for serious
erversions or inveterate vices d kletomaniac imulses, imulses to lying, de!auchery, sloth, indecency,
indocility, onanism, etc. ;ithout going so far as 79rillon, $i9!eault and $i9geois of #ancy claim to have
reformed vicious and deraved children in this way and to have made eEcellent ersons of them. 1hey have
cited some cures, !ut have not stated how long the good efects lasted. ,ducation !y hynosis alone is not to
!e taken seriouslyM it does not corresond to the essential demands of education, which is the >oint work of
two d an intelligent, voluntary, efective colla!oration of uil and teacher.
"ynosis is not only owerless to efect a moral or hysical cure, to heal radically any malady whatever, !ut
it is also, and a!ove everything else, a dangerous method. It is right that this oint should !e insisted on. In
the ractice of hynotism there are hysical or hysiological, sychic or intellectual, and a!ove all moral,
dangers. 1he wonders of hynosis as achieved in the la!oratories at the SalTtriSre are astounding and
incontesta!le, !ut one must not fail to consider the rice at which they are o!tained. "ynosis is not a
casually imrovised thing, it is an induced, arti&cial state, reared for in advanceM an ?intensive culture? is
necessary, a scienti&c and atient rearation d at least in so far as the aim is to o!tain anything more than
the common nervous slee. "ysteria is the true soil for its growth d it sulies the !est su!>ects, those who
resond to the most diFcult suggestions and eEhi!it the most striking efects. ,Eerimentation on those
afected in this way, when carried to eEtremes, is calculated to !ring on the most harmful results. 1heir
sensi!ility, already erverted and eEaggerated !y neurosis, cannot fail to !ecome comletely un!alanced
and lead to madness as a se8uel of the long and arduous s9ances. Many of them halt on the road, having
ceased to !e caa!le su!>ects. 7ut, even when it succeeds, hynotic education &nds as its reward a
corresonding failure of the sycho)sensitive life, a growing distur!ance of the emotional or general
sensi!ility. ;e may oint to the case of a nervous young girl, whose malady was aggravated !y hosital
s9ances until restraint in an asylum !ecame necessary. "ynosis is a two)edged weaon, caa!le of doing
more harm than good. Distur!ance and erversion of the higher faculties follow those of the sensitive. 1he
cere!ral mechanism is of the most delicate kind, and the intensive ractice of hynosis has the efect of
throwing that mechanism out of gear. "ynotic suggestions set ideas and sentiments, senses and reason, in
conNict, and vitiate the functioning of the mind. 1his efect is all the more fatal as the su!>ects are, to !egin
with, enervated and redisosed to lose their mental !alance.
"ynotism, therefore, is a dangerous, if not a morally detesta!le, ractice. In the rocess of suggestion the
individual alienates his li!erty and his reason, handing himself over to the domination of another. #ow, no
one has any right thus to a!dicate the rights of his conscience to renounce the duty towards his ersonality.
It has !een o!>ected to this view that there is the same efect in intoEication or in the use of chloroformM !ut
the argument is of no validity. Drunkenness is not >usti&a!leM it is a grave sin against temerance. 4s for
chloroform, it has its recise indications strictly marked. It is only lawfully emloyed in medicine to make
insensi!le sick eole who are a!out to undergo a surgical oeration. 2an hynotism !e emloyed in the
same way as chloroform` "as it any social utility, or does it lay a humanitarian role in any way` Its
suorters have vainly endeavored to endow it with ractical uses, in order to give it a scienti&c turn, !ut in
site of all their eforts, hynotism remains, not only an idle curiosity, !ut a dangerous game. Such is the
certain conclusion to which we are led !y a study of hynotism in its relation to civil and criminal law. It is a
generally recogni5ed fact that criminal or unlawful acts have !een, or can !e, committed on sleeing
su!>ects. ,ven without roceeding to actual crime, the hynotist may make insidious and imroer
suggestions. Many have !oasted of having o!tained delicate secrets from young girls, humiliating avowals
which they certainly would not have made had they !een awakeM such rocedure is an odious a!use of
con&dence. ;e ass on to the consideration of crimes due to hynosis' women have !een made the victims
of attemts on their honour, and even of actual rae. Sometimes, too, !y means of suggestion, the su!>ect is
made to consent to the crime, as criminal records show. ;e have no roerly ascertained cases of fraud or
theft successfully ractised !y means of hynosis, !ut such things are nevertheless ossi!le. 1he evidence
given in all such cases should !e regarded with mistrustM the su!>ect may !e deli!erately trying to deceive, or
he may !e in good faith mistaken, and so accuse an innocent erson. /f this the famous $a .onciSre case
<+ADB= is a sad illustration.
1he hynoti5ed erson is not always a victimM he may !e the criminal. 7ut it is necessary to know the
circumstances of each case, and not confound hosital atients with normal su!>ects. 1he suggestion of intra)
and ost)hynotic acts is a usual oeration of hynotists, and the eEistence of ?la!oratory crimes? d i.e.,
crimes suggested in the course of eEeriment d no longer needs demonstration. 7ut from these >ocose
crimes we cannot infer the eEistence of real crimes. "ynosis, moreover, is comlete or artialM only in the
former <true somnam!ulism= is there a total a!sence of resonsi!ilityM in the latter, resonsi!ility is only
lessened <auto)suggestion, suggestion, ersuasion=. 1hen, too, resistance to suggestion is fre8uentM there is
an inward struggle, a mental de!ate, roortioned to the standard of education imarted to the su!>ect, the
moral strength of the individual. In the administration of >ustice the testimony of those who have !een
su!>ected to hynotic inNuence should !e acceted only with the most decided reservations. 4art from the
hynosis, the su!>ect can lie and deceive like any other hysterical erson. 4nother cause of unconscious lying
is retroactive amnesia' the su!>ect, on awakening from hynosis, may manifest a comlete forgetfulness of
what took lace, not only in the hynosis, !ut also in the eriod receding it <7ernheim=. ;riters are divided
on the 8uestion of spontaneous falsehood in hynosis, !ut they are at one in recogni5ing the fre8uency of
suggested lies and false testimony. It is dou!tful if any one could succeed in causing a will or a deed of gift to
!e made !y mere suggestion, !ut it is a suFciently serious thing that the ossi!ility of such a crime should
even !e thought of. It has !een roosed to use hynosis as a means of eEamining risoners. In this
conneEion $i9geois has formulated the following conclusions'
#o one has a right to hynoti5e a risoner in order to o!tain from him !y that means confessions or evidence
against other ersons which he refuses in his normal state d that is, when he is in ossession of his free will.
If, on the other hand, an accused erson or the victim of a crime should aly for it, it would !e roer to
resort to this rocess in order to elicit indications which the alicant might think likely to !e favoura!le to
1he same conclusion for civil acts, contracts of every kind, !onds, loans, ac8uired from hynotic suggestion,
and for donations or wills.
1his system would !e fertile of a!uses and odious in most cases. d ?1his kind of in8uisition [Buestion] would
!e no more >usti&a!le than the old kind? <2ullerre=.
1he 2hurch has not waited for the verdict of science to ut the faithful on their guard against the dangers of
magnetism and hynotism, and to defend the rights of human conscienceM !ut, ever rudent, she has
condemned only a!uses, leaving the way free for scienti&c research. ?1he use of magnetism, that is to say,
the mere act of emloying hysical means otherwise ermissi!le, is not morally for!idden, rovided that it
does not tend to an illicit end or one which may !e in any manner evil? <.esonse of the "oly /Fce, C 6une,
+ABJ=. 1he encyclical letter of the Sacred %enitentiary, 1ri!unal of 4ugust, +A*G, only con&rms this, and %Sre
2oconnier has referred to it in his famous work ?$@"ynotisme franc?, in which he studies the su!>ect aart
from all eEtraneous considerations. 1aking u the latest teachings of .ome, 2anon Moureau, of $ille, writes'
?"ynotism is tolerated, in theory and in ractice, to the eEclusion of henomena which would certainly !e
reternatural.? 1his is the oinion of most theologians, and it is the utterance of reason.
4fter the siritual, the civil authority was concerned at the accidents resulting from the use of hynotism, and
has sought to regulate the ractice and revent its a!uses. 1he task was not an easy one, and the French
0overnment has found it a!ove its owers to efect. Some eforts have !een made in other countries, !ut
without result or harmony of oinion. In 4ustria, Italy, and 7elgium, in conse8uence of serious comlaints, the
olice have for!idden u!lic s9ances. In Denmark and 0ermany they have done !etter' laws have !een
assed making the diloma of Doctor of Medicine a necessary condition for the ractice of hynotism. 1hese
are eEcellent measures, !ut they do not rovide for the ossi!le malractices of a dishonest or avaricious
hysician. 1here is no solid !asis of duty eEcet in the conscience, and of this the civil law cannot take
cogni5ance. M+#! $. ,-) -nited States -+8) "/$%0/&')* -!"#$,&%6 7#*)/ ,-) %)8)/)%, ")#+1,&)%, !ut
even there no uniform and eFcacious legislation eEists. %u!lic oinion demands of the various nations some
concerted action to ut a sto to the crying a!uses of hynotism, !ut a resect for human li!erty and human
conscience will never !e secured eEcet !y the o!servance of religious morality. Meanwhile the scienti&c
world contemlates with interest the henomena of hynotism, though it is evident that those henomena
move always in the same narrow circle. It cannot !e denied that they have lost much of their novelty and
their vogue. %hilosohers confess that sychology has derived !ut little illumination from hynotism, and
hysicians recogni5e that, from a theraeutic view)oint, suggestion is almost void of results. In the hositals
the ractice of hynotic methods is manifestly on the decline. It is regarded rather as a source of social
amusement, a game attended with some risk, than as a clinic rocess. 1he masters of the art themselves
rarely emloy it, and the successors of 2harcot at the SalTtriSre tend more and more to have recourse only
to ?waking suggestion?, a surer and less dangerous means of o!taining the same results.
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+C. ?%eole@s memories of their ast lives rove that reincarnation is true and that the 2hristian view of "eaven
and "ell is not.?
4s society !ecomes increasingly fascinated with the aranormal, we can eEect to see claims of ?ast life
memories? increase. Indeed, there are now organi5ations who will hel take you through your revious lives
using hynosis.
;hile this may !e convincing to some, it certainly isn@t to anyone familiar with the mechanics of hynosis.
4lmost since the !eginning, researchers have noted that atients in dee hynosis fre8uently weave
ela!orate stories and memories...which later turn out to !e utterly untrue.
.euta!le theraists are well aware of this henomenon, and weigh carefully what the atient says under
Sadly, though, this isn@t the case with those interested in &nding ?roof? for reincarnation. %erhas the
greatest eEamle of this carelessness is the famous 7ridey Murhy case. If youZre not familiar with it, here@s a
8uick outline' In +L*C, a 2olorado housewife named Pirginia 1ighe was ut under hynosis. She !egan
seaking in an Irish !rogue and claim )ed to once have !een a woman named 7ridey Murhy who had lived in
2ork, Ireland.
"er story was turned into a !estselling !ook, ?1he Search For 7ridey Murhy,? and received much oular
attention. 6ournalists com!ed Ireland, looking for any erson or detail that might con&rm the truth of this
ast)life regression. ;hile nothing ever turned u, the case of 7ridey Murhy continues to !e used to !uttress
claims of reincarnation.
1hat@s a shame, since Pirginia 1ighe was eEosed as a fraud decades ago. 2onsider' Pirginia@s childhood
friends recalled her active imagination, and a!ility to concoct comleE stories <often centered around the
imitation !rogue she had erfected=. #ot only that, !ut she had a great fondness for Ireland, due in art to a
friendshi with an Irish woman whose maiden name was )) you guessed it )) 7ridie.
;hat@s more, Pirginia &lled her hynosis narratives with numerous elements from her own life <without
revealing the arallels to the hynotist=. For eEamle, 7ridey descri!ed an ?uncle %la55,? which eager
researchers took to !e a corrution of the 0aelic, ?uncle 7laise.? 1heir enthusiasm ran out though when it was
discovered that Pirginia had a childhood friend she called -ncle %la55. ;hen a hynoti5ed Pirginia !egan
dancing an Irish >ig, researchers were astounded. "ow, after all, would a 2olorado housewife have learned the
>ig` 1he mystery was solved, when it was revealed that Pirginia learned the dance as a child.
4s the 7ridey Murhy case shows, the claims of ast)life regression are always more imressive than the
reality. 1o this day, not a single veri&a!le eEamle eEists of a erson !eing regressed to a former life.
2ertainly, many tales have !een told under the control of a hynotist, !ut nevertheless, evidence for
reincarnation <like that for the 1ooth Fairy= continues to elude us.
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is a cometitor with $andmark Forum, 1ony .o!!ins, and legions of other enterrises which, like the Sohists
of ancient 0reece, travel from town to town to teach their wisdom for a fee\
#$%, consciously or unconsciously, relies heavily uon <+= the notion of the unconscious mind as constantly
inNuencing conscious thought and actionM <C= metahorical !ehavior and seech, esecially !uilding uon the
methods used in Freud@s 8nterpretation o# -reasM and <D= hynotheray as develoed !y Milton ,rickson\
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and 7%&#9 %)1.-!"#$%&% to motivate and change oneself. Most #$% ractitioners advertising on the ;;;
make grand claims a!out !eing a!le to hel >ust a!out any!ody !ecome >ust a!out anything\
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which may have nothing to do with either the models or the sources of the models. #$% makes claims a!out
thinking and ercetion which do not seem to !e suorted !y neuroscience.
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utili5ing conscious and unconscious levels. Dr. ,rickson also taught us <his uils= how to utili5e and bypass
client resistance by ebedding theraeutic interventions in seemingly casual conversation,? <8bidM emhasis
1hese techni8ues, which the #$% freely admits adoting to its uroses, are the same rocesses that .adio
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,ve involved a rocess of ersuasion <al!eit used against 0od@s will=. 1hus, #$% can !e used in a harmful way
>ust as a car can !e used to kill someone <as it can also transort eole=. #$%, unfortunately, is used among
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?Seems you know a !it a!out the su!>ect. I was articularly interested in how efective #$% is in retraining
yourself in atterns of good !ehaviour. I have icked u some !ad ha!its over my life, such as
rocrastination, fear of dancing, which I want to eradicate. 2an #$% eradicate these things``` 2an it turn me
into an average dancer so to seak` 4lso how do I go a!out using #$%` Do I &nd an #$% coach and tell him
my ro!lems and he kinda coaches me out of it or do I >ust read a !ook or listen to an audio` Sorry I donZt
know much a!out the su!>ect.?
O# M+! >0, 2005, E+%$# B/$,); ?In any case, for those interested, this ageG on #$% was written !y
rotestant christians and it draws ma>or distinctions !etween #$% and new age.?
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B! K)"-+% A797%,&#); 4re hynosis shows at carnivals immoral` ;hat a!out hyno)theray sessions in
rivate counseling` I heard somewhere that they take the mind ?of)guard? and that the devil can get inside
your mind, !ut how immoral are these shows` It all seems like good fun onstage, and it is a terri&c way to
relaE on your own. I don@t mean some kind of satanic mind control or anything, !ut as a way to get the !ody
and mind relaEed it seems retty safe. 2an anyone shed light on this for me`
B! AA; Doesn@t seem to !e anything immoral during hyno)sessions on carnivals, unless o!viously
hynotheraist doesn@t force you to do anything immoral, usually they don@t. ?I heard somewhere that they
take the mind ?of)guard? and that the devil can get inside your mind?
"ynosis is a state of mind in which a su!>ect !ecomes more aware and focused actually, your mind doesn@t
go ?of)guard?, !ut the erson also !ecomes very oen to suggestion, so immorality of hynosis will deend
on suggestion.
?It all seems like good fun onstage, and it is a terri&c way to relaE on your own. I don@t mean some kind of
satanic mind control or anything, !ut as a way to get the !ody and mind relaEed it seems retty safe. 2an
anyone shed light on this for me`? Satanic mind control` I wonder what you mean !y that... Some eole turn
hynosis in to an interactive activity for the audience in order to gain some money or oularity, !ut usually
hynosis is used to hel eole in diferent ways....
If you are deely concerned a!out immorality and satanic mind control, you can always consider self)
hynosis, when X/- are in full control of the suggestion you give to yourself and situation around you. It can
not only hel you relaE !ody and mind, !ut could also hel you in achieving some goals, everything deends
on your !elieves, ower of suggestion and your suggesti!ility. I@d say that "ynosis and .eligion work in the
same ways...
B! K)"-+% A797%,&#); 1hat@s more or less what I thought. 1hanks.
F)'/7+/! 15, 2005 '! A1 M+%),,&; If you do a search here on 2atholic 4nswers Forum for ?hynosis?, there
are a num!er of osts !y certi&ed hynotists and hynotheraists that eElain a lot of what goes on.
M+! 10, 2005 '! G)##! P+/(;
1he study of hynosis is closely tied into !rain science. Since hynosis changes the way the !rain rocesses
"ynosis 1heray ) 2an you &nd relief from ro!lems !y entering a trance` 2an another erson guide your
mind to imrove your thought atterns` "ere is the %ath\ htt'(("
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\;hat I can do is to refer you to some folks such as Michael Xako, who writes encycloedia articles and who
has written many !ooks on the su!>ect. 1here is also .o!ert Dilts, who has an eEhaustive ;e! site on the
toicM he focuses a lot of attention on an asect of hynosis called #$%.
1here is also .on Hlein who has the 4merican "ynosis 1raining 4cademy, and who has develoed a concet
called ,ye Movement Integration for treatment of %ost 1raumatic Stress Disorder.
1here are numerous individuals and organi5ations who have develoed outstanding materials ...starting from
Milton ".
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Dear Fr. "ank #unn,
Do you also use hynosis or hynotheray as art of the treatment for schi5ohrenia or any other mental
disease at 4tma Shakti Pidyalaya`
1hank you, Sincerely,
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Dear Michael,
;e do not use hynosis or hynotheray ) we have no one really trained in that. /ur aroach is to have the
atients !ecome aware of the negativity in their attitudes, !eliefs, decisions, feelings. 4ny of these can !e
changed and need to !e changed if the erson with mental ro!lems is to function with the needed
awareness to function and take his or her lace with others ersons.
1he aroach to hynosis could hel the erson to take charge of himself or herself ) !ut I !elieve it is more
fruitful to go the deeer reason for the ro!lem and free the erson from that.
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