[quote="InspiritCarol, post:12, topic:282372"]
As I said also above... I've heard that explanation ad nausium.
Sorry, CopticChristian, it is almost impossible to explain because reality itself is completely different depending on one's perspective.
There isn't any middle ground.
Either one's paradigm allows for interaction with the preternatural, or it does not.
I can see how as a professional you have witnessed countless people helped through your service. That is certainly commendable.
Hopefully both a subjective explanation and a more objective explanation will complete the picture for you.
I'll be straight with you. This place where I am right now is inexplicably bad. I'm not kidding, I'm not alone in my estimation; and I have tons of empirical evidence. Yes, an exorcist is involved.
Now, I neither require nor expect your belief (I might think you a fool if you did just take me at my word); all that is required is your comprehension that *that *is my perspective.
We (my family and others in the community and elsewhere) are constantly praying to keep some very bad stuff at bay. God protects us, don't get me wrong, but we have learned to never lower our guard.
Hypnosis lowers one's guard. Simple as that. Sort of like St. Pio would not allow anesthesia to be used on him for surgery.
Thank you for taking a moment to consider this alternate perspective.
Hopefully this is clearer to you.
A little more Objectively
Surprisingly Wikipedia has this to say regarding hypnotherapy:
A person who is hypnotized displays certain unusual characteristics and propensities, compared with a non-hypnotized subject, most notably hyper-suggestibility, which some authorities have considered a sine qua non of hypnosis, this is why it is very dangerous and can be used to inject anything into somebody's mind.
Clark L. Hull, probably the first major empirical researcher in the field, wrote
If a subject after submitting to the hypnotic procedure shows no genuine increase in susceptibility to any suggestions whatever, there seems no point in calling him hypnotised...
So, regardless of your comprehension or belief in my perspective, doesn't it strike you as being a conflict of interest when hypnotherapists assure us that hypnotherapy is safe?
How can one truly judge whether a person *would *have done a thing or not?
Prayer itself is very transformative. That is one of its main purposes. Hypnotherapy is like prayer in that way, it is supposed to transform. With one, God is the goal; with the other what? What is transforming us with hypnotherapy? The therapist? Us?
Ultimately, I can only trust God.
I actually read books and learned about hypnosis to rid the body of evil spirits. "The unquiet dead" is a good book about that by Edith Fiore..another book "Many lives, many masters"..yes I read these books...
Richard Sutphen makes it his practice to rid bodies of attached spirits. I heard his wife and he give a talk about what they do..
Do I believe it. I formed the opinion that it does not matter what I believe here it is what the person seeking aid believes...
So while you may believe that hypnosis is a way to render yourself weak..reading on this material you will see that it is a means of strengthening yourself against these things...and coming to terms with ridding these demons...it is not as you say...