But they explained to me that it’s more like, “I think maybe I was abducted by aliens. Can I find out in hypnosis?”
First, let me level with you: I have no training at all in forensic hypnosis. There really is such a thing as forensic hypnosis, with an idea of helping people remember things in a way that’s clean enough to help an investigation. But I have no training in it. And I’m no expert in aliens, either.
A True Story On a Related Theme
A client came to me and felt that her troubles lay in a past life. Well, past-life regression happens to be one of those things that we hypnotists do. I told her that this is done with no guarantees. I’m pretty confident that you’ll have an interesting hypnotic experience, and likely it will be moving and powerful as well. Will the things you remember be literally true? They often feel that way, but I can’t make any promises, because I don’t know! (But if a past-life experience leads you to buried treasure, please send me a post card.)
Because hypnotherapy makes extensive use of magical thinking, metaphor, dream logic, and the imagination, I know perfectly well that things that aren’t strictly true can still be helpful. For that matter, so can things that aren’t true at all. For example, I once suggested to a friend (just in an ordinary conversation) that she take revenge on a guy she was mad at by having twenty pizzas delivered to his house. Just contemplating this revenge put her in such a good mood that she couldn’t get her anger back. This was much simpler and consequence-free than doing it for real! And probably more effective, too.
Anyway, back to my client who wanted past-life regression. She was pretty sure her problem lay in a past life, but I told her that I don’t make such assumptions, because I’d only get in the way. In hypnosis, I use a fairly standard hypnotic age regression process to ask her unconscious mind to take her where she needs to go. If that turns out to be a past life — not unlikely — fine. If it’s somewhere else, that’s fine, too.
She went ahead, and she ended up not in a past life, but in this life, when she was very small. And she told me afterwards that it was definitely where she needed to go, and she got the results she was looking for.
There are people there who specialize in alien abduction (I still think that “alien abduction” sounds like they’re kidnapping the aliens, and not the other way around). If they’re any good, odds are that they’ll give you a vivid and moving alien-themed hypnotic adventure.
If you come to see me for some kind of hypnotic regression, I will be far less directive, and you’ll end up where you end up. Often we’re both surprised!