Monday, December 12, 2011

In a trance?

I conquered my fear of hypnosis. Well, more accurately, I avoided hypnosis and then ended up learning a thing or two about it. Confused? I was too until a few myths were dispelled. Now I have a better understanding. Trust me, you will too.

My husband, Greg, and I went to a comedy club over the weekend with some friends. This week's entertainer was a hypnotist. He began the show with a fairly lengthy explanation of what it means to be hypnotized. And wouldn't you know it, God showed me an interesting parallel.

“Everyone is capable of being hypnotized, but not everyone will allow themselves to be. Therefore, they feel like they are unable to fall under hypnosis.” the hypnotist explained. But then God whispered in my spirit, “The road to destruction is wide... only a few find the road that leads to life.” (Matthew 7:14)

The hypnotist further explained, “Hypnosis is not a trance. It is only a deeper level of relaxation. Your body and mind are far more relaxed, allowing you to be open to the suggestions I make.” To which God replied, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

“At no time will I suggest the participants do something harmful, embarrassing or reveal personal information that they would not normally share.” the hypnotist continued. God whispered, “ I plan to prosper you, not to harm you.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Finally, the hypnotist explained while under hypnosis, people still have free will. They are very much in control of their mind and body. They cannot be made to do something they would normally be unwilling to do. God whispered, “who the Son set free, is free indeed.” (John 8:36)

I always thought that hypnosis was some kind of trance-like state that could be forced upon you, willing or not. I didn't understand. You have to allow yourself to be hypnotized. Unlike a trance, you still have full control of your mind, body and the choices you make. It's really about allowing yourself to be still and open to suggestions.

I believe there is a similar misconception when it comes to being a believer. People incorrectly think once you give your life to Christ, you enter a trance-like existence. They think God tells us all what to do, what to think, and how to act like a puppet on a string. That couldn't be further from the truth! God is all about free will. He freely gave His life for us so we could accept the gift and live for Him.

I'm not trying to make you uncomfortable by comparing hypnosis and our faith walk. It's just a little reminder that when you spend time alone with God and are open to what He has to teach you... you'll see God in your every day!

Be blessed,



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