Like anything, there isn’t a simple answer, but this seems to be a bit of a controversial and divisive issue in some circles and it something I really just want to start a conversation about. A person’s faith and religious conviction was not something I really contemplated when I became a hypnotherapist, it actually never occurred to me that hypnotherapy may conflict with some belief systems. For me, I was and am all about helping people and this is my gift to the world and how I like to give back and work with people from all walks of life. What I gain and learn from the experiences of my client’s is invaluable, enlightening and inspiring because with more than 7.5 billion people in the world, I have this notion that there are 7.5 billion ways to do things. Some perhaps similar, whilst others couldn’t be further apart.
While I was researching I found there was plenty of opinion pieces out there which were quite authoritative and full of biblical references, however I felt there were some inaccuracies around what hypnotherapy actually is and how it works which I found conflicting. I really based this blog on objective articles and talking to a range of people from Christian faiths (including my beautiful Grandma who is a has a very strong catholic faith). I had spoken with several people about my work and they were somewhat dismissive due to their faith and I noted there were some pretty big misconceptions, so I get the concerns people may have. Several months ago, I offered to help somebody with an issue they were having, and the offer was quickly dismissed, and I was advised that they had their faith they did not believe in what I did. To be honest, I was a little bit confused and really wanted to get to the bottom of it to find out more and see if there was some sort of biblical conflict of interest.
I absolutely respect everybody’s right to choose what works for them and respect the opinions that perhaps hypnotherapy just isn’t for everybody. However, I also strongly believe in making an informed decision and to do that, one needs knowledge and understanding. Having grown up as a Catholic and having attended catholic schools I wondered if there was a definitive conflict between hypnotherapy and Christianity. I spoke with a good friend of mine who from the USA and he said he had wanted to experience hypnosis, however, just wasn’t sure as he couldn’t find anything specific that said it was acceptable either way. He approached the Pastor of his church who was also unsure. I am fortunate enough to have a family member who is a Christian pastor. I love this guy and pretty much everyone that meets him or knows him thinks he is pretty awesome with incredible integrity, so I have confidence in his opinions. So, I asked him straight out if he was aware of any issue between Hypnotherapy and Christianity. He admitted that he didn’t know enough about it at that point to make an informed comment, however, was really open to hearing about how I worked and what was the evidence and basis for this work.
As I explained to him, hypnotherapy is rooted in science and evidence-based practice and it utilised in medical settings, natural health settings and working with people to build their own internal resources and strengths to effect positive change. However, as in any field in this day and age, there are certain practices and/or practitioners that may not align with certain faiths and belief systems such with a focus on spirituality or past lives. It’s really important that you do your due diligence and find out who you will be working with and if that aligns with your beliefs and values so it is great experience for everyone.
I do plan on discussing these matters further and doing some more research about how belief systems may impact their hypnotherapy experience. My personal opinion is that given hypnotherapy builds on your own resources and strengthens your abilities to heal hurts, remove fears help people on their paths in life, it has potential to be incredibly beneficial to people from all corners of the globe.
Want a little further reading? Here is a blog written by a pastor and teacher and I found helpful and objective when I was researching my own blog.