You will never again need to 'think' -about- "weight loss". It will just be a 'part of' you. The person will just 'naturally' eat healthy. This mentality will be with the person for a 'lifetime'. The person doesn't need to 'work' to remember 'healthy' habits. The procedure just gives a certain "mind-set". It becomes PART OF their subconsciousness. It's as if it was now part of their 'essence'.
What is "hypnosis"? A 'sleeplike' state -induced- by a second party. In this state the person can be made to bring to the forefront 'repressed' memories, or be given new 'suggestions'. It is my understanding that the person "yields" control of their mind, soul and spirit to another party. They relinquish self-control. And if it was the purpose of this article to talk -about- 'hypnosis', we would also delve into the demonic aspects, how a person who yields themself to it is in danger of demon-possession.
One of the things Christians are exhorted is to maintain "Self-control" (Ga5:23, 1Ti2:15, 2Ti3:3, 2Pt1:6) Thus, by deductive reasoning, would it not be safe to assume that a Biblical Christian should NOT engage in hypnosis.
What they do in hypnosis is related to how the Christian life works... ONLY... to a 'different' -MASTER-.
To "present" something is an act of 'giving'. It was in -my- 'power' of possession, but is now yours. To "yield" is like sitting at a round-a-bout; two vehicles could equally go at the same time; but one 'yields' to the other, allowing them to go first. And once that person is now 'going', and you are behind them, you can no longer rush in there and regain a lead position. You have 'yielded' to them, and can't take it back. Whereas, to 'present' something, that thing -can- be taken back...such as an old expression: "indian-giver". (In these days of PC sensitivity, I hope that expression doesn't cause offense; but I can't think of a better expression, because such a deed was deemed offensive)
But you see, the Christian life includes two aspects: Nature and Will. Nature can exist without will; but Will cannot exist without the nature. Well...sort of.
But if we have not been "transformed by the renewing of [our] mind" (Rom12:2), we are still in the old 'dog' bodies. We cannot sing or fly. All we can do is 'bark'. And no matter how much we may try, the best we can do is jump and strain at getting over the fence.
(Well...dogs can 'sing'...sort-of. Since I've been retired I go for walks regularly, and go through different areas around my neighborhood, so I don't get bored going the same route over and over. For some time over the past year I've occasionally heard dogs perhaps 3-4 blocks away making a racket, almost as though they were in collective 'pain'. Well, the other day in my walking I happened to go past where these dogs live, and they were making their racket. Perhaps four dogs? And the "racket" they were making was "howling". Being behind this tall fence I couldn't see them. They each had their own individual sound quality, pitch and timing. But they were "singing". And in spite of its crudeness, it was rather a 'delight' to listen to as I stopped a few minutes and listened to them)
Across one of my fences is a dog who 'likes' the birds. During certain seasons the berries on the bushes entice them, and they get 'drunk' on the berries. I haven't seen it, but the neighbor tells how the dog will see them wobbling around on the ground in their drunken state, and he will pick them up in his mouth and 'fling' them into the air. Birds are supposed to fly: C'mon, FLY!!! And the drunken birds soar through the air as far as he flung them, and 'plop'. Back on the ground.
What does it require to be a Biblical Christian? The -desire- to be a Christian? To -love- Jesus? To -want- to be saved? To -go- to church and sing the songs? To sit in the pews and nod in agreement with the preacher's sermon? To walk around and at "fellowship" time shake people's hands and hug them? To hear the testimony of how somebody repented, in Faith Received Jesus; and to -rejoice- in 'their' salvation? If somebody asked you 'how' to be saved, could you spell it out succinctly, and you can go door-to-door with tracts and invitations? And you can -plead- with them emotionally to "get saved"? And sure: the dog with great gusto tosses those birds into the air: Fly! Fly! Fly!!! But he's a dog. He has great desire, but it is not his 'nature' to fly. And this person, also, is only a "natural" man. He does not have the "seed".
Many today have been told to "give your life to Jesus". Thing is, in the unsaved state a person has NO LIFE -TO- GIVE. We are all
How do we get this Eternal Life? Do we grunt and strain REAL HARD, try REAL HARD to BE GOOD? Do we go the hypnosis route? Many do that: They go the "spirituality" route, repeat mantras, sing/hum songs, empty their minds, and ask to be "spirit-filled". And the spirit/s oblige. Perhaps they will feel this "great power" coming over them. Perhaps they will be surrounded by a haze or fog, and when it has past there will be "gold dust" all over. Perhaps, like in hypnosis, they will be (as though) passed out, and then 'come to' with new 'powers'?
These experiences are -REAL-. Do not pass this off as somebody's imagination. The evil demonic forces in the world are real. Satan offered rulership to Jesus, and Jesus did not deny that satan had the authority. (Lk4:6) The forces that Christians are fighting against are -REAL-; they are the "rulers of the darkness of this age" the "spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies" (Eph6:12) If they function in the dark, they also have the ability to make themselves visible. They can appear in dreams. As I read the writings of certain people and combine it with things I already know, I have to wonder about some things like women who choose to be single and independent; if perhaps they are not 'single' at all, but in some weird way are mating with fallen angels. It happened "in the days of Noah" (Ge6:2), and mythological records are filled with women being 'taken' by demon creatures. Is it the case that if women did not abandon their "natural use" of the man (Ro1:26), that their "sanctification" (1Co7:14) in marriage would protect and guard her from these demonic beings?
Years ago I was having dreams, the origins of which I was not sure; but then one night there was a 'prophetic' dream, which I questioned. It -seemed- true. It even had the "bright light" that people talk about. But the 'message' of the dream did not come to pass 'as' told to me. If it was God's dream, God's prophets are 100%. If they are not 100%, they are not of God. (De18:22) And furthermore when God exhibits 'brightness', the -entity-, itself, is bright. It is not some light in the 'background', and the entity itself is dark; like was the case in my dream.
If you have experienced some OVERPOWERING PRESENCE. Perhaps, ladies, you had a dream that "jesus" was appearing to you at your bed, offering to have sex with you. (Yes, demons are doing this) Remember Jesus said, "Behold, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say...Behold, He is in the inner rooms, do not believe it" (Mt24:25-26)
All these wham-bam, thank you ma'am; or you are shaking yourself to wake up from having been bowled over to the floor....these are -NOT- how a person is saved. Some great 'presence' does not come over you and give you "peace" and "tranquility".
Naaman was upset because Elisha didn't perform a BIG SHOW for him by waving his hands over the leprosy, lift up his voice loudly with big words of 'prayer', and perhaps 'bonking' him on the forehead with his Bible. (2Ki5:11)
Jesus finds the blind man He had healed: the temple rulers had evicted him from the temple because he had confessed Jesus. I can imagine he might have been a bit 'down'; feeling a bit 'low'. Jesus finds him in the throng and asks, "Do you believe into the Son of God? Who is He, Lord, that I may believe. It is He who is talking with you. Lord, I believe!" (Jn9:35-38) Jesus had promised elsewhere "By no means will I ever leave you nor ever forsake you." (Heb13:5)
When a person is saved do not be fooled by the surroundings of a huge statium filled with people, people filing up to the platform, and perhaps some people shedding tears and sobbing, and perhaps some 'counselor' reading a rote prayer for you to "repeat after me". That is not how you get saved. The blind man, even, was not saved when Jesus asked him, "Do you believe?" By his testimony to the temple rules he was showing he was -already- saved, in his heart, when they kicked him out. If you -truly- are saved at a crusade invitation, it doesn't happen while 'praying' with the counselor. It -already- happened when the Holy Spirit moved your heart, clear back where you were sitting. (That counselor might not even be -truly- saved!!!)
Where God had communication with Elijah was NOT at the great big things of the wind, earthquake and fire, but the "whisper of the small voice". (1Ki19:12)
Certainly God demonstrates His -GREATNESS-. But His invitation is...
"...and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." (Php4:7)