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The Dangers of Hypnosis

The Dangers of Hypnosis. Christians should not participate in this practice.


You’ve most likely experienced different states of awareness, whether having been lost in thought while driving a familiar route, singularly focusing on a project, or watching a movie with rapt attention. These scenarios all have the hallmarks of a hypnotic trance–slight amnesia, time distortion, and loss of awareness of your surroundings and of your body. It’s probably happening now to some extent, or did you realize your tongue was touching the back of your teeth?

While these altered states of awareness are a normal everyday part of being human, I must underline that the act of inducing trance states– regardless of the purpose and person doing it–is abnormal.

What is Hypnosis?

There are many definitions; however, this one from freedictionary.com explains it well: “An artificially induced state of relaxation and concentration in which deeper parts of the mind become more accessible”.

Generally, hypnosis is used for pain relief in place of anaesthesia, to cause psychological change, and in occult practices.

How Hypnosis is Induced

When I was a practicing hypnotherapist, and upon meeting clients for the first time, I would begin to build rapport by matching how they spoke, breathed, and positioned themselves; furthermore, I’d used various other methods, which I’ll discuss in a future post. My point is that I used techniques outside the awareness levels of my clients–all for the sole purpose of affecting and building agreement with their subconscious minds.

Fun fact: Who hasn’t seen a hypnotist swinging a watch in front of someone’s eyes? The deft practitioner would then tell the client, “You are getting sleepy”, or “Your eyelids are getting heavy”. Well, this procedure aids in inducing a hypnotic trance: As the client keeps his or her head level and following the pendulum-like movements of the watch, the client’s eyelids do get heavy. Go ahead…try it! While keeping your head level and still, gaze up and pretend to follow an imaginary watch that is swinging a few inches in front of your forehead. I’ll wait.

Exhausting, isn’t it? When the hypnotist remarks how tiring it is, the subconscious mind agrees and is primed for further agreement.

Next, as I instructed my clients to relax, I would use manipulative language patterns to help them go into a trance, and then to bypass the “critical mind”. Every waking second, we are being fed tons of information–from sights and sounds to words and thoughts. Once someone is in a trance, the hypnotist can bypass the factor that judges information and may then implant suggestions for change.

(Note: No, a person will not go rob a bank if that particular suggestion is planted nor will someone be able to recall the information in a set of encyclopedias should one be read to that person while under hypnosis.)

Outside of my practice, I consulted for a chain of hypnosis centers that used a light and sound machine to affect the brain waves of clients. The machine looked much like this one:



I don’t recall receiving any specific knowledge regarding this machine. My instructions were simply to make sure the lights and sounds were not loud and to be careful not to use the machine on epileptics, as it could cause seizures. Scary, eh?

Limited Training

The majority of my clients wanted relief from addictions, phobias, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Astonishingly, my certification to become a hypnosis practitioner and master practitioner took only about one month; the training for the chain of hypnosis centers was much shorter.

And then this revealing piece from a decades–long practicing veteran and one of the leading hypnotists in the world: “Right now, our view is that most certifications mean nothing anyway. The certifying bodies are usually owned by the trainer, and some of the larger certification bodies provide what we consider garbage training.”

Garbage training; I agree. Truth be told: not a single hypnosis practitioner, despite reputation, has the right to dig around in the minds of others.

Is Hypnosis Mind Control?

This is a common question. Naturally, opponents of hypnosis say it is mind control while defenders claim it is not. 

This site claims that hypnosis is not mind control. It says:

Hypnosis is no more mind control than watching TV, listening to a political speech, or attending a worship service. It is my belief that a person will not do anything under hypnosis that is against his/her will.”

This statement makes hypnosis seem like an innocent and non-invasive technique. Don’t people go to a hypnotherapist so that another person (the therapist) can control their minds in order to bring about therapeutic change? These defenders can’t sit on the fence by claiming their technique is as innocent as watching TV, and yet attempt to attract clients by proclaiming hypnosis is powerful enough to help people overcome their battles. A little logic, please.

While people will not do anything while under hypnosis that is against their will, the clients certainly are seeking techniques that will override their will. For instance, people without the willpower to stop smoking are seeking another person to change their wills for them in order to quit.

The Arguments from Professing Christians Who Defend Hypnosis

Look at the last sentence in this quote from a United Methodist pastor (bold is mine):

I’ve been a hypnotist for 17 years. And for 17 years I’ve had to deal with people who think hypnosis is of the devil. Where do they get such a notion? Usually, it comes from the non-expert, expert. People who think they know, but they don’t know. People who make blanket statements without researching the facts. People whom you would think know better, but they don‘t. Usually, most objections come from Evangelical Christians who believe the Bible is inerrant [without error]. If the Bible says it, it must be true.”


john macarthur


Exactly, John MacArthur! There’s the problem right there. Anyone who believes the Bible is errant can make up the rules as he or she goes along.

Oddly, the Methodist pastor then goes on to teach us exegesis and attempts to defend his practice of hypnosis; he states there are no verses in the Bible that prohibit hypnosis. There are also no verses in the Bible that prohibit eating sand, but guess what’s not on the menu tonight?

This pastor also brings out the overused “people fear what they do not understand” defense. Well, many others and I perfectly understand. May I respond with, “people promote the evil that they do not discern”?

Then there’s this  minister and director of hypnotherapy who says,

Some would say that there is no place in religion for hypnosis. I believe that hypnosis and religious faith can work hand in hand to bring about a better life. Jesus said in St. John 10:10, “I am come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”

Well, in that case, if a better and abundant life is what we’re after, then anything goes.


Joel Osteen


I think he is, Joel!

This minister goes on to say,

There are certainly some strong prohibitions in some Christian books, but the readership is, I think, restricted to fundamentalists.”

So it’s all occult fun and games until those pesky “fundamentalists” show up–you know, the ones who believe the Bible is inerrant and authoritative.

He continues, “Hypnosis is one of the gifts of God which help people experience the ‘more abundant life'”.  Really? What’s the chapter and verse for that?

There I go, getting all “fundamentalist” again.

What Do the Fundamentalists Say?

In Occult Invasion, Dave Hunt says,

Spontaneous “memories” of past and future lives (about one-fifth involving existence on other planets) often surface. Hypnotic trance also duplicates the experiences common under the stimulation of psychedelic drugs, TM and other forms of yoga and Eastern meditation. Moreover, hypnotized subjects spontaneously manifest psychic powers, clairvoyance, out-of-body experiences, and the whole range of occult phenomena (p.454)”.

Hunt also says,

“If the human spirit operates the brain, which in turn operates the body, then…hypnosis…and any other technique for altering consciousness could very well loosen the normal connection between the spirit and the brain. That temporary disconnection could allow another spirit to operate the brain and thereby subject that person to occult bondage and delusion (p. 67)”.

In The Kingdom of the Occult, Walter Martin gives an example of another spirit operating the brain in this chilling account of Hollywood star Glenn Ford, who submitted to hypnosis to explore his “previous lives”:

He [Ford] discovered he had been killed in a duel in one of his past lives. A sword penetrated his body, and Ford described the pain under hypnosis. But as real as this sword wound seemed to be, the whole story was nothing but a clever occult farce.

When Glenn Ford awoke, the hypnotist pointed to a birthmark as the exact spot where his wound occurred in a previous incarnation, and Ford believed it after listening to himself speak fluent French on audiotape – a language he had never learned. And it was not modern French. UCLA experts analyzed the tape and determined that Ford was speaking a Parisian dialect common in seventeenth-century France (p.254-255)”.

Dave Hunt explains: “Satan is behind the world of reincarnation, and he supplies all the data. He details all the regressions, so it is not surprising when the details check out” (p.255).

Past life regression (PLR), psychic communication, seances, automatic writing, and hypnosis have long been connected to the occult. Hypnosis is dangerous not only because another person is affecting your mind, but also because Satan is always looking for any opportunity to destroy (1 Peter 5:8).

What Does the Bible Say?

  • The fruit of the spirit is self-control (Galatians 5:22). Hypnosis is giving someone else control.
  • Above all else, guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23). The heart is what affects speech and conduct. We must guard our heart, not let down our guard.
  • Renew your mind by studying the Word of God and meditate on it day and night (Psalm 1:2). Do not empty your mind.
  • We are to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). We can’t do that when we’re in a trance state and under suggestion by another. 

Hypnosis does not glorify God or lead to Jesus. Beloved, walk in the truth of the Lord (Psalm 86:11), conquer your thoughts with spiritual warfare (2 Corinthians 10:4-5), and submit yourself to God only (James 4:7).

Soli Deo Gloria,


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Reiki – Satan Masquerading as An Angel of Light

As alternative medicine continues to gain in popularity, confusion will continue to increase over which practices–both medical and spiritual– are acceptable in the eyes of God. In the Old Testament, God explicitly warned the Israelites not to participate in pagan practices of the land He was about to give them (Deuteronomy 18:9-14). However, in these times, the pagan practices have come to us.

My entrance into the occult came via Reiki, an ‘energy healing’ technique that hid behind the innocuous title of ‘alternative medicine’. (I participated in many occult practices, but none ever manifested demonic activity more than Reiki did.) What is most alarming is that this practice has become an acceptable alternative treatment (and even a profession) to many Christians, and it is in this vein that I write and warn.

My Dark Journey with Reiki

Here is my story; it started in 1995.

I had just come out of atheism; in fact, I was busy getting my feet wet in the seas of agnosticism and the New Age movement when something attracted my attention. At the time, the idea of ‘synchronicity’ (simply another name for pagan ‘confirmation’, to be honest) was being bandied about in various ‘enlightenment’ circles. I found it extremely seductive that the Universe evidently crafted events to occur in my life, specifically.

All the while, I was experiencing chronic pain; as such, I was on a search for healing. One afternoon, as I was while walking through a mall, I spotted a woman working in a kiosk; she was busy reading James Redfield’s book, The Celestine Prophecy. I had just finished that book, and so I identified this chance encounter as a synchronous event–the type that Redfield mentioned in his book! After the woman and I had gushed over the book, I left, but not before visiting a health store to get her some tea for her sore throat. Beside the tea–surprise, surprise–were brochures for the alternative healing technique called Reiki. Since I was looking for healing, I interpreted this as another synchronous event. 

That same week, I began chiropractic treatments, but I showed up too early for my first appointment. I looked for a place where I could kill some time, and guess what I saw across the street? Yes…a Reiki centre! (I’m sure it was even called The Reiki Centre.) In any case, back in 1995 in North Toronto, this type of establishment was very rare. The synchronicity was not lost on me: I was convinced. I signed up for the next workshop–not to be a client, but to become a practitioner; that’s when my journey in the dark and demonic world of Reiki began.

One night we–the Reiki trainees and practitioners–each brought a picture of someone who needed healing (this specific person didn’t need to be physically present); these pictures were then handed out randomly to those present. During the distant healing session, we wrote down every thought and image that came to our minds about the people who were being healed; the writing was needed for the healing energy to ‘ground’. Next, we read aloud what we had written. The other practitioners were spot-on as they spoke accurately about people they had never met. I had written many pages of either fantasy/fiction or imparted words of accuracy myself, but I had no idea which it would be.

After I read my words aloud, a woman I’d never met instantly verified mine as truthful. In my mind, I had ‘seen’ a woman in a psychiatric institution, and I had commented specifically on her hair; I had also seen a couple of boys sailing. (Altogether, I had many pages full of information.) In reality, the woman I had ‘seen’ was indeed in a psychiatric institution because of trichotillomania (the irresistible urge to pull out one’s own hair), and she had been sailing with her nephews. As the confirmations of my impressions and visions continued, I grew confident that I had tapped into true power and truth.

Reiki is often described as a hands-on healing technique that transfers universal (Rei) life force (ki) energy to a client (or yourself) in order to promote healing and restoration. To undiscerning folk, this description makes Reiki appear to be just a step away from common, acceptable forms of physical therapy. However, what is not widely known is that Reiki students and practitioners have to undergo initiations, called ‘attunements’ or so-called sacred rites, as they move up the Reiki ladder towards becoming a Reiki Master (my initiation took place in a storage room of The Reiki Centre-cum-bookstore). As you can plainly see, Reiki incorporates secret or hidden knowledge–the very definition of occult. In addition, we initiates were taught secret hand movements and symbols that are used to give power to the healing energy. This universal energy is referred to as ‘thoughtforms’–something that allowed us to have the psychic impressions. Whenever I laid hands on a client, noticeable heat and warmth would flow from the energy that was streaming through me; and many times, as I touched clients’ shoulders, their shirts would become soaking wet.

At the time, I was attending university and living with my parents. Once into Reiki, I noticed that my room had become considerably colder than the rest of the house. I also felt touches on my arms, and I saw objects move by themselves. These abnormal events concerned me, but my Reiki Masters reassured me that these presences were my spirit guides, who were just letting me know they were ‘there’. The Reiki Masters told me that if I got scared, I could call on the Archangel Michael, and he would take away the bad spirits. Understandably, I was a bit confused as to who the ‘good’ and who the ‘bad’ guys were, but I was a novice, and I thought I would learn in time.

One night, I ordered a spirit to leave my room. Moments later, something in the doorway whispered my name. ‘Pam’, it said, in my mother’s voice…but it wasn’t my mom! (Only my mother calls me Pam; everyone else calls me Pamela.) That demon counterfeited my mother perfectly; such is the magic of Satan and his demons.

The voice imitation was not the end of the supernatural activities: I also felt puffs of breaths on my forehead every night after I’d gone to bed. One night I decided to allow a breath flow inside me and through me (I don’t know how I knew to do that, as I had not read about it anywhere). I also don’t know how this demonic energy sensed that it had the ‘permission’ to flow through me, as I had not said anything; I’d only thought it. So I simply relaxed and let this breath in. At once, I felt a swirling sensation inside of me, and I immediately fell asleep. I woke up in the middle of the night, feeling dehydrated and nauseated. I wonder now if I was on the brink of full demonic possession. Fortunately, I didn’t take this ‘allowing breaths’ practice any further; unfortunately, I figured the scary parts were simply part of the deal.

Regardless, I went on to my second level of Reiki certification and then pursued and learned various New Age practices and techniques for another five years and a bit. Reiki was my gateway into everything occult, and it eventually led me into witchcraft. The moment that God revealed the truth about His Son Jesus and the Gospel was the moment I knew Reiki and every practice I had been participating in was terribly wrong.

It is only by God’s mercy and grace that I am no longer deceived and that I am able to warn about this demonic practice today.

Reiki: A Warning

See how the writer at  this ‘Christian’ website defends Reiki and makes it appear biblical by twisting theology and mauling Scripture. I’ve included the link only to show what some in the faith are facing. If you have questions, or if you can’t see the aberrant viewpoints on the website, please email me or ask your question in the comment section; I will be happy to respond.

As seen on the website, many deceived people think Jesus used Reiki to heal people. Well, Jesus is God–He doesn’t need a ‘technique’ to heal.

I have heard people say, “I don’t experience anything demonic when I receive Reiki”. Friend, Satan is a con man. He’s not going to scare the daylights out of you or you just might repent and stop what you are doing! I think I had the manifestations because I was a practitioner and directly channeling demons. Also, I didn’t know my Savior, so whom was I going to run to? These dark forces seemed like my only option, as I didn’t know I was on the wrong side.

There is such a focus on healing in the occult: Energy medicine, crystal healing, chakra healing, feng shui, hypnosis, acupuncture…the list is long. It’s no wonder then that aberrant church movements focus on healing so much (healing crusades, health and wealth gospels, affirmations, “binding” diseases, etc.).

I do believe God still heals today, and I do not deny the existence of miracles–my conversion was a miracle. However, I do see the obsession with healing as concerning, as it forces us to focus on ourselves, our comfort, desire to escape pain, and our obsession to achieve optimal health. Because of sin, we will never be fully healed this side of Heaven.

I pray that God reveals the truth behind this Reiki deception and that He frees the captives. Reiki is a very dangerous and demonic practice; so please, if you know of a friend who is involved in it, please pray for them and warn them!

Soli Deo Gloria,


Note: I am not saying fear is a measuring stick to determine what is evil (that was my experience though.) Evil practices don’t always (very rarely) result in fear to participants, as there is no benefit for Satan in making us afraid of these practices. Satan wants us to let our guard down; he wants us to feel comfortable, so he can capture us. He’s a con man, a master manipulator.

Further Resources

Reiki and Energy Healing – Ray Yungen

Energy Healing: Reiki and Therapeutic Touch – Entertaining Devils Unaware

Got Questions – Energy Medicine and Reiki 

Testimony from an Ex-Reiki Master



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