Warnings from Psychologists and Psychiatrists:
HYPNOSIS THE DESTROYER
THE TERRIBLE DANGER OF HYPNOSIS
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Hypnotism is rapidly becoming a
major part of psychological, psychiatric, and
professional counseling technique. Medical doctors
are also increasingly employing it. Its use has
dramatically increased since the development of
Ericksonian hypnotism a couple decades ago.
Classical (formal) hypnotism required that the
client be put into a sleep-like stupor, but
Erlcksonian (Informal) hypnosis enables the operator
to embed thoughts and feelings during casual
conversation, without the client's realizing where
they came from. This new method of hypnosis has
opened the way whereby, every professionally-trained
counselor can do what the psychiatrists used to do:
put people Into a hypnotic trance and suggest
changes In values, wishes, wants, likes, dislikes,
fears, and hopes.
All of the basics of a person's
personality and character can be affected through
hypnosis. You are a unique combination of
information, attitudes, and principles. But all that
can be changed through hypnotism.
Your character is your thoughts
and feelings combined, both easily changed through
hypnosis. "You should keep off from Satan's
enchanted ground and not allow your minds to be
swayed from allegiance to God. Through Christ you
may and should be happy and should acquire habits of
self-control. Even your thoughts must be brought
into subjection to the will of God and your feelings
under the control of reason and religion. Your
imagination was not given you to be allowed to run
riot and have its own way without any effort at
restraint or discipline. lf the thoughts are wrong
the feelings will be wrong, and the thoughts and
feelings combined make up the moral character. . "-5
Testimonies, 310 (italics ours).
In addition, hypnotism weakens
the will and the power of self-control, and those
are the two elements that determine the strength of
one's character. "Strength of character consists of
two things-power of will and power of
self-control."-Child Guidance, 161.
WHERE HYPNOSIS ORIGINATED
Hypnosis is basic to the Eastern
religions. Just as psychotherapy is taking the West
to the East, so hypnosis is having the same effect.
"The reader should not be
confused by the supposed differences between
hypnosis, Zen, Yoga and other Eastern healing
methodologies. Although the ritual for each differs,
they are fundamentally the same.” -William Kroger
and William Fezler, Hypnosis and Behavior
Modification: Imagery Conditioning, 1976, p. 412.
Torrey, a research psychiatrist,
tells us this:
"Hypnosis is one aspect of the
yoga techniques of therapeutic meditation."- Fuller
Torrey, The Mind Game, 1972, p. 70.
Kroger explains that hypnosis is
used to bring the subject to the gods of yoga.
“The fundamental principles of
Yoga are, in many respects, similar to those of
hypnosis. Yoga is not considered a religion, but
rather a 'science' to achieve mastery of the mind
and cure physical and emotional sickness . . There
are many systems of Yoga, but the central aim—union
with God—is common to all of them and is the method
by which it achieves cure. "-William Kroger,
Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (2nd Ed), 1977,
Those who wish to use hypnosis,
or consult those who do, need to realize what they
are getting themselves into. "We cannot call
hypnosis a science, but we can say that it has been
an integral part of the occult for thousands of
years."-Martin and Deidra Bobgan, Hypnosis and the
Christian, 1984, p. 43.
"For centuries, Zen, Buddhist,
TIbetan, and Yogic methods have used a system of
meditation and an altered state of consciousness
similar to hypnosis."-William Kroger, Clinical and
Experimental Hypnosis. (2nd Ed.), 1977, p. 126.
MORE ABOUT HYPNOSIS
Hypnotism can have powerful
effects on people. Not only can it radically change
their thoughts and feelings, —it can even remold
their mind patterns into something quite different.
By the choice of the hypnotist—or the spirits
guiding him,—the hypnotized subject can think he is
in a totally different location, or fully believe he
has become an animal!
"Like meditation and biofeedback, hypnosis can open the way for a person to enter a wide range of discrete states of consciousness, or, more rarely altered states." Daniel GoIeman and Richard Davidson, Consciousness: Brain, States of Awareness, and Mysticism, 1979, p. 46.
It is well-known among
professionals that the deepest states of hypnosis
are the ones that many psychologic counselors prefer
to put their clients into so the "most beneficial
therapeutic work can be done" on their minds. Yet
the deeper states are the most dangerous!
Francuch, a psychiatric
researcher, describes 500 levels of trance that
people can be put into by hypnosis. "Up to the five
hundredth, one goes through various states and
levels that reflect different states and levels of
the spiritual world and its conditions. At the 126th
level, there is a state that corresponds to the
state (Nirvana] described by the Eastern mystics.”
-Peter Francuch, Principles of Spiritual Hypnosis,
1981, p. 79.
Then he describes levels beyond
"The subject emerged from the
126th state, or state of void, nothingness, Nirvana,
as a new-born individual with a high level of
individuation, differentiation, and at the same
time, absorption of the Universe and creation within
and without, being simultaneously one with and
different from Creation. This state is impossible to
describe in words, because nothing exists in the
human vocabulary that corresponds to it.
"I was told that once we break
the 1,000 level, all laws, rules, and regulations as
they are known to all levels of spirituality and the
natural world will be broken, and something
completely new will appear."-Op. cit., p. 80. Such
mystical talk as that is given to convince foolish
people to let hypnotists work on them. But the
result is only changed personalities and heavily
weakened wills. Instead of producing some glorious
experience, it actually corresponds more closely to
a dog that has been trained by his master to respond
instantly, have no will of his own, and do exactly
as he is told.
Hypnosis is actually spirit
possession. Or to say it more clearly: demon
possession. Earnest Hilgard, a psychiatric
researcher, describes trances in which possession
clearly occurred. In one, the individual "becomes
possessed by the Monkey god.” In another, the one
under hypnosis is told to select from several
spirits that could possess him. (Which is somewhat
unusual; in this one instance the subject was
permitted to choose something himself! Usually it is
all done for him by other minds: the operator and
"The spirit would possess him and
then answer questions, particularly making
recommendations for the cure of illness, including
the special curative powers of a charmed glass of
water. "-Earnest Hilgard, Divided Consciousness:
Multiple Controls in Human Thought and Action, 1977,
You will recall in our earlier
set of studies, Hypnotism Enters Adventism, we told
of the "self-help" hypnotism cassettes that would
answer whatever questions you asked while they were
playing (!). Now we know how that is done. The tape
puts you into a low-level trance, and then you
imagine it is answering your questions,— when
actually a devil is talking to you.
Weakened will, control by men and
devils, and the embedding of strange, new atheistic
standards of thinking and believing;—all this comes
from hypnosis. But here is an associated danger: the
problem of mind emptying. During hypnosis and
afterward, there is a tendency for the mind to empty
out so that, passively, it awaits other minds and
powers to control it. What a dangerous way to live!
The following passage bears
strikingly on the subject at hand:
"Then he saith, I will return
into my house from whence I came out; and when he is
come, he findeth it empty . . Then goeth he, and
taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked
than himself, and they enter in and dwell there; and
the last state of that man is worse than the
"Any technique or practice that
alters the consciousness to an empty-minded state of
passivity should be avoided." -David Haddon,
"Meditation and the Mind," Spiritual Counterfeits,
January 1982, p. 2.
But hypnosis always brings that
empty-mindedness to the one foolish enough to fall
"While those kinds of [hypnotic)
techniques are often taken up for the supposed
benefits rather than as spiritual disciplines, the
user's intention will not prevent experience of the
passive mental state with its attendant hazards. .
It opens the mind to false ideas about God and
reality. . [and] opens the personality to demonic
DEVILS WORKING WITH MEN
Hypnosis is nothing more than a
contractual agreement between devils and men. The
men are given power to do unusual things, so that
thereby the devils may gain access to men and women
that they previously could not control. The operator
is proud of his strange power, and the demons are
enabled to gain control over new victims.
"What happens when a hypnotist
begins hypnotizing someone?
If a hypnotist leads an
individual into a state of hypnosis through a
process called induction. Few people realize that
hypnotic induction often involves subtle forms of
deception. Even if a hypnotist attempts to make only
true and honest statements, deception may enter in
through the distortion of reality, which begins
during induction and continues throughout the
"One form of deception employed
by hypnotists is double-bind suggestions. Medical
doctor William Kroger and psychologist William
Fezler, two well-known authorities on hypnosis,
describe induction by saying that it 'consists of a
sequential series of double-bind suggestions.'
Double-bond suggestions are comments made to the
subject to indicate that his response (no matter
what it is) is an appropriate one for moving into
the state of hypnosis. The suggestions are arranged
to elicit the subject's confidence and cooperation
so that he may relax. Kroger and Fezler suggest such
" 'If the patient's eyes blink or
the individual swallows, one can say, 'See, you just
blinked,' or swallowed, as the case may be. These
act as reinforces to suggest that the patient is
"Other such reinforcements are
used by Kroger and Fezler to lead the person more
quickly into the trance. "Milton Erickson, known as
the 'grand master of clinical hypnosis' [and the
originator of Ericksonian informal hypnosis], used
the double bind to give his patients a
pseudo-choice, the patient could choose a light
trance or a deep trance but, either way, the patient
ended up in a trance. Hypno-therapist Peter Francuch
says, 'It is very important to utilize every
reaction of the client to deepen his trance.' It
-Martin and Deidre Bobgan, Hypnosis and the
Christian, 1984, pp. 15-16.
Clearly, the entire process is
simple enough: low-level mind-control, ever
deepening into greater and greater mind control. It
begins by stating facts as though they were
suggestions already carried out, continues as
alternative suggestions leading to deeper levels of
control, sinks down to the giving of commands which
are followed, and ends with devils which already
control the operator-now controlling both operator
and subject. It does not sound very pleasant, does
Instead of a noble mind submitted
only to its' Creator, the God of heaven, the man or
woman becomes a kennel dog which obediently does
whatever another created being tells it to do.
Well, by now the takeover of the
will through hypnotism is a foregone conclusion. The
will would have to be overcome and brought into
total submission, in order for the operator-and the
devils he is knowingly or unknowingly working
with-to do such dramatic things with the vision,
hearing, senses, thinking, and feelings of the
victim, —pardon me, the client.
Here is an interesting statement
in the prestigious Journal of Personality and Social
"The relationship of a
hypnotizable patient to the hypnotist does not
differ in any essential way from the relationship
of a lunatic to the superintendent of an asylum."
-Martin Orne and Frederick Evans, "Social Control in
the Psychological Experiment: Antisocial Behavior
and Hypnosis," Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology, Vol. 1, No, 3, p, 199.
And the following statement is an
equally significant one, from a college textbook,
"Hypnosis can be described as an altered state of intense and sensitive interpersonal relatedness between hypnotist and patient, characterized by the patient's non-rational submission and relative abandonment of executive control to a more or less regressed, dissociated state."-Alfred Freedman, Harold Kaplan, and Benjamin Sadock, Modern Synopsis of Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry III, 1976, p. 905.
Hilgard says it well:
"Within the hypnotic contract,
they will do what the hypnotist suggests, experience
what they are told to experience, and lose control
of movements [not directed by him]."Earnest Hilgard,
"Divided Consciousness in Hypnosis: The
Implications of the Hidden Observer, " in Ericka
Fromm and Ronald Shor (eds.), Hypnosis: Developments
in Research and New Perspectives, 1979, p. 49.
Bowers explains it further:
"The perception of the world of
outer reality fades away . . and there comes a time
when the voice of the hypnotist is heard as if
within the subject's own mind, and he responds to
the will of the hypnotist as to his own will." -Margaretta
Bowers, "Friend or Traitor? Hypnosis in the Service
of Religion, " International Journal of Clinical and
Experimental Hypnosis, Vol. 7, No. 205, 1959, p.
OF THE PROCEDURE
In spite of all the high praise heaped upon hypnosis for its marvelous personality improving and medically healing powers, the experts, after using it for years, recognize among themselves that it is really useless. Because of this, they privately discuss its "placebo effect” to Because hypnotism helps no one, the professionals like to think that, at least, it makes a good placebo; that is, people imagine it is helping them, so they get better! ("Placebo": a preparation having no medicinal value, given to soothe or humor a patient.]
"The power of hypnosis is the
power of belief!"-William Kroger, Clinical and
Experimental Hypnosis (2nd Ed.), 1977, p.135.
Trying to find some medical
benefit in hypnosis, Kroger and Fezler declare:
"Faith in a specific cure leads
to the success of that cure! . . Every
psychotherapist owes it to his patients to utilize
his unquestioned placebo effect at the highest
level—hypnosis. " - William Kroger and William
Fezler, Hypnosis and Behavior Modification: Imagery
Conditioning, 1976, pp. xiii, 138.
By that they mean that the
patient comes to the doctor, believing in advance
that somehow he may be able to help him. So a
potential placebo effect is already there as he
enters the doctor's office, But in order to really
change that potential into reality, Kroger and
Fezler tell the doctors to be sure and hypnotize the
patient before he leaves! If they utilize
Ericksonian hypnosis, that should not be too
difficult to do.
"Our thesis is that if the
placebo is (to be made] effective, then hypnosis
employed prudently by a competent physician for a
valid indication will serve the patient's best
interests. "Op. cit, p. 139.
Shapiro and Gillis put it even
"Psychanalysis—and its dozens of psychotherapy offshoots—is the most used placebo of our time. "-Arthur Shapiro, in Martin Gross, Psychological Society, 1978, p. 230.
"Humanitarian fervor aside, it's
the therapist's job to take power over the patient,
push ahead with solving the problem, then convince
the patient he or she is better, even if it means
being devious." -John S. Gillis, "The Therapist as
Manipulator," Psychology Today, December 1974, p.
MEDIUMS AND SPIRITS
There is nothing as devious as
hypnosis. It is lying and deceptive from the start
to the finish of the hypnotic process, and also in
the "beneficial results" claimed for it before and
afterward. Janet, one of the leading early pioneers
in hypnotherapy, said this:
"There are some patients to whom
. . we must tell part of the truth; and there are
some to whom as a matter of strict moral obligation,
we must lie."-Pierre Janet, Psychological Healing: A
Historical and Clinical Study, Vol. II, 1925, p.
Not only are lies told in order
to put the client under hypnosis, lies are told to
"[We must convince the] client
that the therapy is definitely working, apart from
any objective evidence of change (or
improvement],"-John S. Gillis, "The Therapist as
Manipulator," Psychology Today, December 1974, p,
These mind-healers are working with lying spirits, and it is those spirits that guide both the operator and his client. You do not think that lying takes place? Read these lying "memories" embedded into a man during hypnosis:
"One man who suffered from
migraine headaches reports [under hypnosis] the
feelings he had when his mother suffered headaches
while he was in her womb. Then he 'remembers', In a
previous (reincarnated] life he was captured by
Indians and leather bands were twisted and tightened
around his head. He describes the intensity of the
pain. . later he moves into a 'different life' in
which he is an Indian and this time a metal band is
around his head. . After several other accounts, he
'recalls' the birth experience of his present life.
Voices are saying that his head is stuck and he
feels metal on his head as he is pulled through the
birth canal. After the fourth session of hypnotic
regression, his migraine headaches had
vanished."-Martin and Deidre Bobgan, Hypnosis, and
the Christian, 1984, p. 21.
Lying spirits embed lying
memories that were never there before.
"This [these so-called 'birth
memories'] all flies in the face of the well-known,
neurological, scientific fact that the myelin
sheathing (the coating on the nerves] is too
underdeveloped in the prenatal, natal, and early
postnatal brain to store such memories. David
Chamberlain, a San Diego psychologist, paradoxically
reports that people 'can indeed remember their own
births in extraordinary detail' through hypnosis,
but that the birth memory is not stored in the
brain! This raises a question: If memories are not
stored in the brain, where are they stored?"-Op.
cit., p. 22 (italics his).
They came directly from devils.
AND IMMORALITY UNDER HYPNOSIS
Half a century ago, there was a
controversy in professional circles over whether a
person under hypnosis could be told to kill
someone—and he would actually try to do it. It was
recognized that if a person could be made, under
hypnosis, to do this worst of all wrong acts, then,
surely, he could be made to do any kind of wrong
Then, in a well-known research
experiment, a man was placed under hypnosis, handed
a gun, and told to shoot the next man that entered
the room. When the man entered, he raised the gun in
a fury of anger and shot at him! Unknown to the
hypnotized subject, a thick glass wall separated him
from the doorway and the man who entered the room.
Thus it is clear that, hypnosis
can turn a kindly man into a vicious monster.
"We consistently underestimate the power of
techniques like suggestion and hypnosis. .. -E.F.
Torrey, The Mind Game, 1972, p. 107.
"Since a person under hypnosis would do something if it is made plausible and desirable, and since reality is distorted under hypnosis, violation can occur through the fact that the subject is in a more highly suggestible state and the trance propagator can make almost anything plausible and desirable. Hypnotist Simeon Edmunds cites numerous cases in his book, Hypnotism and Psychic Phenomena to illustrate his belief that it is possible for a hypnotist to perform an illegal act against a subject, and that is even possible for a hypnotist to cause a subject to perform an illegal act." -Martin and Deidre Boban, Hypnosis and the Christian, 1984, p. 35.
So there you have it. Hypnotism
ought to be outlawed! There is no valid reason for
any longer permitting this devastation of the human
mind. It is fiendish, devilish, and originates in
the most pagan savagery.
"How can witchdoctors, relying
primarily on such techniques as suggestion and
hypnosis, achieve as good results as Western
therapists who use techniques so much more
sophisticated?"-E. Fuller Torrey, The Mind Game,
1972, p. 107.
"Sophrology" is the latest fad in
the medical/psychiatric world. According to
Brain/Mind, it is a combination of Eastern and
Western lore and mind/body disciplines, and over
5,000 physicians in North America and Europe have
already been trained in its use and are now using
it! ("Sophrology: Neutralizing Stress, Enhancing
Physical Performance," in Brain/Mind, October 26,
1981.) It primarily consists of Raja yoga, Zen, and
Tibetan Buddhist religious exercises.
"Patients can no longer afford
the luxury of failing to determine the spiritual
status of those who treat them. Failure to ascertain
that may be more costly than a yearly medical bill.
Practices that look entirely innocent. . can become
the means of occult bondage."-John Weldon and Zola
Levitt, Psychic Healing, 1982, p. 7.
Intertwined with these hypnotic
practices is TM (Transcendental Meditation), which
is used both by medical doctors and
professionally-trained counselors and psychologists
to "heal" a variety of physical and emotional
problems. In addition to sophrology and TM, other
Eastern cultish techniques are being used by medical
and psychological personnel: yoga, astrology, the I
Ching, Tantr, Tarot cards, alchemy, and Actualism.
Yet all of these are occult practices derived from
It is significant that those who
have been "healed" through hypnosis, frequently
later develop a different physical or mental
problem-and often a worse one, within a year or two.
But, in reality, everyone who undergoes hypnosis
will have increased problems later. The reason is
simple: hypnosis was actually an initiation into
spirit control. Only resolute fleeing to God for
protection can stop the invasion of those spirits in
"The original organic illness is
shifted higher into the psychical realm, with the
result that while the physical illness disappears,
new disorders appear in the mental and emotional
life of the person concerned, disorders which are in
fact far more difficult to treat and cure. Magical
healings are therefore not really healings at all,
but merely transferences from the organic to the
psychical; level."-Kurt Kock, Demonology: Past and
Present, 1973, p. 121.
"We would expect that most if not
all of those who are occultly healed are likely to
suffer either psychologically or spiritually in some
way." -John Walden and Zola Levitt, Psychic Healing,
1982, p. 195.
The whole thing is really a
séance. The one doing the, hypnotizing is the medium
and the one hypnotized receives the spirits brought
"Although certain Christian
workers believe that some types of healing mesmerism
are dependent on neutral rather than mediumistic
powers, I would say that I have personally hardly
ever come across a neutral form. Many years of
experience in this field have shown me that even in
the case of Christian mesmerisers the basic
mediumship has always come to the surface in the
end." -Kurt Kock, Occult Bondage and Deliverance,
1970, p. 40.
A PSYCHIATRIC ATTORNEY LOOKS AT
Bernard Diamond is both an
attorney and a clinical professor of psychiatry. He
often appears as "expert testimony" in court trials.
Few men in America have the professional
qualifications that he has. The California Law
Review, asked him some Questions, and obtained the
"Can a hypnotized person be free
from heightened suggestibility? The answer is no.
Hypnosis is, almost by definition, a state of
"Can a hypnotist, through the
exercise of skill and attention, avoid implanting
suggestions in the mind of the hypnotized subject?
No, such suggestions cannot be avoided.
"After awakening, can the
hypnotic subject consistently recognize which of his
thoughts, feelings, and memories were his own and
which were implanted by the hypnotic experience? No.
It is very difficult for human beings to recognize
that some of their own thoughts might have been
implanted and might not be the product of their own
"Is it rare for a subject to believe that he was not
hypnotized when in fact he was? No. On the contrary,
very often hypnotic subjects refuse to believe they
actually went into a trance.
"Can previously hypnotized persons restrict their memory to actual facts, free from fantasies and confabulations? No . . Out of a desire to comply with the hypnotist's suggestions, the subject will commonly fill in missing details by fantasy or confabulation. "After the hypnotic subject is awakened, do the distorting effects of the hypnosis disappear? The evidence. . is that the effect of suggestions made during hypnosis endures. "During or after hypnosis, can the hypnotist or the subject himself sort out fact from fantasy in the recall? Again the answer is no. No one, regardless of experience, can verify the accuracy of the hypnotically enhanced memory." -Bernard L. Diamond, "Inherent Problems in the use of Pretrial Hypnosis on a Prospective Witness," California Law Review, March 1980, p. 333-337.
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