Saturday, May 8, 2010

Holy ghost or hypnosis?

For those that have been following my blog and have seen some of my posts on youtube you will be aware that I have always likened the more charismatic aspects of Christianity to hypnotic trance states. One thing that I have noticed in hypnosis is that not everyone is able to be hypnotized, the reason for this lies in the suggestibility of the subject. One requirement of Christianity is that you submit your will to that of the will of your god; in hypnosis you are doing the same thing in essence, except that you are giving the hypnotist permission to put you in a trance.

One thing is for sure and that is that a person who is unwilling or too skeptical will not be susceptible nor a prime candidate to put under an hypnotic state. The New Testament has a parallel situation that can back up my statements regarding this matter in Hebrews 11:6 which states "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." As in hypnosis the first step is believing, and with belief comes submission. Matthew 13:58 is illuminating regarding this matter. Even Jesus was limited when he came back to his own town of Galilee: " And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief."

Most people don't know this but whenever you see some hypnotist doing a show on television, all of the subjects he uses out of the audience have been prescreened. He first runs a test to see which ones are the most highly suggestible to hypnosis with the entire audience participating. Then he hand picks those he will use depending on how they respond to his initial tests.

Inadvertently most religions use similar practices and I think this is why people in church can fall out and not get hurt physically, can jump around mindlessly babbling incoherently etc. They are unknowingly in a trance state which is usually brought on by the setting of the church, the music, and the preaching. It has been my experience that the more you participate and let go of your inhibitions the more you will experience in the so called spiritual realm.

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