Hypnosis for Alien Abductions? Is That a Thing?

The first time someone asked me about hypnosis for alien abductions,Cow being abducted by aliens in a UFO I was a little taken aback. “You want to abduct an alien? With hypnosis?”

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.) Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

Hypnosis-Like Techniques

Guided imagery and progressive relaxation are forms of hypnosisThanks to Hollywood and pulp fiction, hypnosis tends to bring to mind a villain with a pencil-thin mustache and possibly an opera cape. That’s really a stage hypnosis thing. So far, I’ve never met a hypnotherapist who greets clients in evening dress  and a silk hat or a turban with a jewel in the center. That’d be weird!

Some clinicians are put off by the Hollywood thing, so the first thing they do is stop using the word “hypnosis” when they do hypnosis. The second thing they do is to drop most of the hypnotic techniques from their repertoire, focusing on just one or two. Eventually, these subsets of hypnosis  get accepted by mainstream practitioners as stand-alone interventions, or even as stand-alone modalities. I call these hypnosis-like techniques.

So there are a lot of doctors and therapists out there who are using hypnotic techniques without admitting it, and sometimes without knowing it! Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

Mind-Body Self-Hypnosis

I use self-hypnosis every day. It’s pretty easy, and I’ve recently discovered a particularly elegant shortcut to success, based on the idea that every thought in our mind creates some kind of reaction in the body. Actually, two shortcuts:The mind is not a machine, and neither is the body

  • Mind-body feedback during direct suggestion.
  • Focusing on discomfort until it changes.

These aren’t original with me, but I think I may have found their simplest possible forms.

When Good Suggestions Feel Bad: That’s Useful Mind-Body Feedback

While there are a lot of ways of using self-hypnosis, the simplest is to use direct suggestion, with a list of positive suggestions that you repeat to yourself over and over during the session. The rules are pretty simple:

  • Say it the way you want it: “I’m a valuable human being,” not “I’m not worthless.”
  • Put it in the present or present progressive tense, since the unconscious mind may choose to procrastinate forever if you use the future tense. “I am a nonsmoker,” not “I will be a nonsmoker.”
  • Specify the desired outcome, and leave the method of achieving it completely unspecified: “I am confident,” not “I get confidence from my lucky rabbit’s foot.”
  • When in doubt, use general suggestions: “Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better” is traditional. I’m also rather fond of the childlike, “I am good. I am great. I love me.”
  • Repeat them many, many times, exactly as written. One advantage of hypnosis is that it allows you to tolerate and even enjoy verbatim repetition. Sometimes you’ll feel like each repetition is opening another door.

You can write them on a card and open your eyes if you want: self-hypnosis works fine if you open your eyes for this purpose.

Anyway, if you’re like me, suggestions like “I am good. I am great. I love me” will initially spark some internal resistance, which you will feel in some way, somewhere in your body, or through some kind of internal dialog or imagery. This is good! Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

Are the Holidays Stressing You Out?

Are the holidays stressing you out? Too much to do, too many demands, gloomy weather, annoying relatives, high expectations?Stressed out by the holidays

You can’t change the weather, or your relatives, or the timing of the holidays (and neither can I), but hypnosis can help! The very first thing hypnosis does for you, besides giving you a time to put your feet up, close your eyes, and relax, is to put you back in touch with you sense of centered, calm relaxation, and take it with you when you leave the office. There’s nothing like it for relieving stress. And hypnosis is easy. With modern techniques, everyone is a good hypnotic subject; you’ll do just fine, no matter how rushed and stressed and jangled you might feel at the start.

Hypnosis is a brief therapy, so it’s not like you have to start during summer vacation to get ready for the holidays. You can start during the holidays and it’ll work just fine. Perfect for last-minute shopping for that hardest-to-please person: you. Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.

Need a Speaker Who Won’t Put The Audience To Sleep?

Looking for a good speaker in the Corvallis area? Look no further! I give fun, free interactive talks on hypnosis anywhere in the Corvallis area.

Will the audience cluck like a chicken? Why yes: yes, they will. But not because I do a stage show, because I don’t. I just ask the whole audience to do it first thing, to get it out of the way (people don’t need to be hypnotized to cluck like a chicken; just asking will do!).

How do these talks go? I’ll describe a recent one: I spoke at my mom’s retirement community in McMinnville (Hillside) for their annual Health Fair. I asked the audience to cluck like a chicken, just to break the ice, and they were pretty good! Then I had the audience do the “magnetic fingers” suggestibility test, and over half of them succeeded on the first try, as usual. I spoke about hypnosis for a while and answered questions, then walked the audience through a simple relaxation process followed by guided imagery, which included recalling a happy childhood memory that they hadn’t thought about in years. Continue Reading...

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of reprinted classics, including Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which covers treating PTSD in veterans. Robert and his wife Karen sell free-range chicken and eggs at the Corvallis farmers' markets. Robert's hypnotherapy office is in downtown Corvallis.