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Spiritism & Spiritualism: BEWARE

Recent readings:

Often called spiritualism, the practice of spiritism played a notable role in 19th-century thinking.

“The belief that the dead are alive in another sphere or condition of being is not new. It was part of the religion of the ancients, and was the very root of all mythology.”

“the unscriptural idea of the dead communicating with the living “has given cover and force to the deceptions practised by ‘demons’ under the guise of dis-embodied spirits of men. They have eagerly availed themselves of this mode of concealing their identity, and have thus perpetuated their sway over the minds and lives of many.” The early booklet What Say the Scriptures About Spiritism? gave similar warnings…”

 I cannot put up with the use of uncanny power.—Isa. 1:13.

Interesting scriptures:

“There should not be found in you anyone who . . . binds others with a spell.”—DEUTERONOMY 18:10, 11.

Is the claim that hypnotism is linked to the occult just a figment of someone’s imagination? Fantasy tales in movies and novels may have nurtured the idea, but the connection between hypnotism and spiritism has a real basis. Regarding hypnotism, the Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology explains: “Its history is inextricably interwoven with occultism.” Religious trances, which have been a part of sorcery and magic throughout history, are commonly viewed as a form of hypnosis. Also, the priests in ancient Egypt and Greece induced a type of hypnotic state when trying to cure illnesses in the name of their false gods.

The above-quoted encyclopedia notes: “Even today much hypnotic phenomena is classed as ‘Spiritualist.’” While it is difficult to determine to what extent various forms of hypnotism may have to do with the occult, the fact is that God clearly condemns all forms of spiritism. (Deuteronomy 18:9-12; Revelation 21:8)

What about the effect of hypnosis on a person’s mind and behavior? Are there any risks involved? One valid concern is that while hypnotized a person may have little control of his behavior. Stage hypnotists utilize this feature, impelling volunteers to do things they would not normally do, even to seem to be drunk.

The Encyclopedia Americana says of these public displays of hypnosis: “The hypnotized subject may be openly susceptible to even veiled suggestion, he may have ready access to his more usually heavily veiled unconscious drives, and he may while hypnotized feel that all social and personal curbs on his behavior have been removed.” Collier’s Encyclopedia states: “The hypnotized subject enjoys an undiverted concentration of his faculties, which makes him intensely attentive to the hypnotist’s suggestions and cooperative in carrying out suggestions.”

Does this sound harmless?

“Each one of you should know how to get possession of his own vessel in sanctification and honor.” (1 Thessalonians 4:4) Clearly, hypnosis would hamper one’s ability to follow such counsel.

Hypnosis is defined as “a sleeplike state usually induced by another person in which the subject may experience forgotten or suppressed memories, hallucinations, and heightened suggestibility.”—The American Heritage

“Present your bodies a sacrifice living, holy, acceptable to God, a sacred service with your power of reason. And quit being fashioned after this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”—Romans 12:1, 2.

For me personally…i want my mind fully AWAKE…i want to exercise my own power of reason & self-control & choice…i’m not going to open my self-controlled-awakened-mind up to masked manipulators…who may want to influence/control me in a sleep-like state for selfish reasons…say to use or abuse me!

i read these interesting points:

HYPNOTISM has been the subject of much debate and controversy.* Even experts in the field find it difficult to explain. It is generally understood that hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, or trance. Most people, however, are more interested in what hypnotism can do than in what it is.

In recent years it has become common for health practitioners in some lands to recommend hypnotism as a treatment. For instance, the magazine Psychology Today states: “Hypnotherapy can treat headaches, ease labor pains, help you quit smoking, replace anesthesia, and improve study habits—all without side effects.” On the other hand, many associate hypnotism with spiritism and the occult.

What is the Bible’s viewpoint? Of course, the Bible is not a health textbook, and it does not comment directly on the subject of hypnotism. But the principles found in God’s Word can help us determine God’s view.

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Today’s Date is July 10, 2014, correct??

Can somebody pinch me please!!…i need a reality check!

It is the year 2014, right??? (and not “1984”)…

Watch out all us so-called “free” people here in the USA (enjoying a measure of privacy?!) …prejudiced thought/belief police do indeed exist...and are suppressing/persecuting  beautiful-fragile-life in Taganrog, Russia…how sad/outrageous!!:(

who knows & when…the thought/belief police could target anyone of us  (thinkers, believers, non-believers, non-thinkers)…shouldn’t peaceful loving people be allowed to think…monitor (or exercise freedom of self-control) their own personal/private thoughts/beliefs/minds any where they happen to live?!

Have you ever been forced to renounce any cherished thought/belief?!

check out this excerpt (i read):

Conquering Prejudice

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that all races are equal in the sight of God. (Acts 10:34, 35) Through Bible education, we try to help people overcome even deep-seated prejudices.

Additionally, we do not support any movement motivated by racial or ethnic hatred. During the Nazi era, for example, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany and elsewhere refused to support Hitler’s campaign of hatred. Hundreds paid the price of refusal with their lives.

Similarly, the Witnesses did not encourage their members to take part in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. In fact, some risked or lost their lives while protecting those who were being hunted and killed.

Because we desire to help all peoples, we produce and distribute Bible literature in about 600 languages. Consequently, our congregations embrace people “out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues.”—Revelation 7:9.

Prejudice should be renounced, eh?!

 

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SNAP, snap..SnApPiNg to it: Life that is!

It’s a snappy new day…(for snappy context check out previous post: Won’t You Be…)

Each day is a gift..FULL of GIFTS…IF You’re looking & listening!:)

i LOVE the sound of ?…the ocean…(among other things):

Dreams do come TRUE…takes patience, perseverance, prayer.

A Prayer Dare: IF there is a God that really cares about You personally…He WILL hear You and Answer Your prayer: try it!

Here’s some tips (i read) and remember, be specific/detailed: Talk from the Heart!

Prayer—How?

WHEN it comes to prayer, many religious traditions focus on physical issues, such as posture, wording, and ritual. However, the Bible helps us to set such issues aside and focus on more important aspects of the question, “How should we pray?”

The Bible depicts faithful servants of God as praying in many settings and postures. They prayed silently or aloud as the circumstances dictated. They prayed while looking up at the sky or while bowing down. Rather than using images, beads, or prayer books as aids in prayer, they simply prayed from the heart in their own words. What made their prayers effective?

“All the things you ask in prayer, having faith, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:22) Faith does not mean gullibility. Rather, it means believing in something that even though unseen, is supported by very strong evidence. (Hebrews 11:1) The Bible is packed with evidence that Jehovah, whom we cannot see, is real, is reliable, and is willing to answer the prayers of those who have faith in him. Furthermore, we can always ask for more faith, and Jehovah loves to give us what we need.—Luke 17:5; James 1:17.

Here is yet another essential aspect of how to pray. Jesus said: “No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) So Jesus is the means of our approach to the Father,  Jehovah. Thus, Jesus told his followers to pray in his name. (John 14:13; 15:16) That does not mean that we should pray to Jesus.

{This is 1 of my oldie, but goodie posts…for whatever reason, i was Very pleased with this post and how it turned out: Hope You like it 2: Did You Hear That Sound?!}

i’m learning to accept the parts of my life that are beyond my control…learning to accept the “stuff i would change if i could”…but then IF i took away “that”…(e.g., family health issues, etc.) how could/would i learn compassion, love, endurance, patience…forgiveness….??

laughter…finding the funny helps.  i accept my responsibilities..some of which (pain) i brought on myself by my decision making. (i’m choosing to focus on the positives pain has brought my life.)

Thinking about my youth & my kids:

Why is it when we are young, we rush to decide/choose/exert our free will at every turn?! Now that i’m older…i rush to patience/investigation/neutrality…

waiting…is appealing…it’s not life passing you by.  The rushing to a wrong/negative choice is worse….(than acquiring patience.) i can be proactive and wait at the same time.

Waiting on God, trajectory…life, snaps -lol:)

{Busy day(s)..taken on another huge/organization project..finished one yesterday and tackling yet another today…work keeps my mind/heart/body occupied and outta trouble, eh? aka well/healthy-lol}

HAPPY SNAPPING to YOU!:)

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