Major religions endorse hypnosis as a safe and effective way to improve
Most major religions see Hypnosis the same as they would any other tool you may use to help you with self improvement.
The Catholic Church approved the use of Hypnosis in the 1950’s. The American Medical Association approved the use of Hypnosis in the 1950’s. Most mainstream religions realize Hypnosis has many positive benefits and are in no way anti-religious. Of course, there are still some religions that forbid their members to use medical services and the use of blood transfusions.
Hypnosis gets a thumbs-up from the Catholic church in 1956
Pope Pius XII is credited as giving the official nod to hypnosis from the Catholic Church. He stated in comments before an audience of obstetricians and gynecologists on January 8th, 1956 that he believed the judgment of the morality of hypnosis would ultimately be based on sound medical opinion.
The Catholic Church, while thought by congregational members to oppose hypnosis even into the 21st century, has never condemned the practice of hypnosis. A decree of the sacred Congregation of the Holy Office on July 28, 1847 stated in part that, “the use of animal magnetism (the earliest form of hypnosis) is indeed merely an act making use of physical media that are otherwise licit and hence it is not morally forbidden, provided that it does not tend toward an illicit end or toward anything depraved.”
Objections continued to be raised by some theologians stating that if not applied properly hypnosis could deprive a person of their faculty of reason. Saint Thomas Aquinas specifically rebutted this stating, “The loss of reason is not a sin in itself but only by reason of the act by which one is deprived of the use of reason is licit in itself and is done for a just cause, there is no sin; if no just cause is present, it must be considered a venial sin.”
In general, clergy of faiths who respect their member’s right to make their own decisions have no problem with Hypnosis.
Professional associations for Hypnotherapy (hypnosis as a method of therapy) include:
• National Association of Clergy Hypnotherapists.
• The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy
• National Guild of Hypnotists
• American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association
• The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
• International Association for Doctors of Clinical Hypnotherapy
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