It amazes me how people can close their minds off to the size of the Universe. With billions of stars, millions of galaxies, and possibly a googol of planets, how can it be that human beings are the only thinking animal in creation?
~ Coriander Woodruff, Strange Tales of Floyd County, VA
The subject of ETs (extraterrestrials) and UFOs (unidentified flying objects) is at once intriguing and controversial. It's surrounded by speculation, coverups, zealots, and nay-sayers. With the evidence so elusive and often intangible, it's an area that remains an individual opinion. Yet the truth is out there. UFOs and ETs cannot be true and false at the same time. They either exist or they don't, but evidence for their existence is compelling.
“Setting aside the truth value of the UFO phenomenon, it is an interesting sociological reality that so many people are unwilling to discuss the most - and at times traumatic - experience of their lives. What does it say about our society that this is so? My feeling is that, by its very nature, it represents a form of repression. If you are a reader who believes UFOs to be nonsense of some sort, I can nevertheless assure you that you have a friend or relation who has seen one. They have simply learned not to discuss it. Many people can live perfectly well within the constraints of repression and denial; they simply learn to shut off certain parts of their mind. It is sad, but it happens all of the time.
But not everyone is the same. Not everyone is willing to do this, or even can do this. By any estimate, there are may millions of people on this planet who have had a powerful UFO experience. They cannot and will not be silenced indefinitely.”
― Richard Dolan, UFOs and the National Security State: The Cover-up Exposed 1973-1991
Some years back a client came to me, speculating that she had experienced alien contact. She wanted to verify her suspicions through hypnosis. During the initial interview, she revealed that she had previously sought the help of another hypnotherapist. In that previous session, and while under hypnosis, she began to describe her experience to him. The practitioner abruptly ended the session, telling her that her notion was ridiculous and fictitious. She was so disoriented from the experience that she said she had to sit in her car for about half an hour before being able to drive away.
It had taken her years before she had gathered enough confidence to attempt a session with another counselor, so we had to spend a great deal of additional time establishing rapport and trust in order to even begin our session.
Should you find yourself confronted with a client's issue that you are unable to handle, for whatever reason, it is vital that respect and courtesy be shown to that client. The session can be brought to a close in a gentle, supportive manner, and the client can be referred to an appropriate alternate therapist.
Although the discovery of an ET experience during hypnosis is not an everyday occurrence, it certainly has come up in my practice with some regularity. As in any session, it is essential that the practitioner remain as neutral and non-leading as possible. The session must be client-centered and non-intrusive.
Frequently, these memories will cause great physical and emotional discomfort, terror, anger, and a whole range of reactions. Be as encouraging as possible after the session, as well, giving your client resources for research and support.
UFO experiences, to most, conjure thoughts of science fiction and an overactive imagination. But for thousands and thousands of people, it is obvious that there are a variety of experiences, both seemingly real and seemingly fabricated. We can help clients to integrate the memories of these events and to be comfortable within themselves while making sense of it all.
In this Module, I present two experiences that are very different from each other. Larry's experience is more typical. He has memories of some bizarre events that need to be explored. Cara's is atypical. She was told by someone else that she might have had an experience and came to the office to find out if, indeed, she had.
Additionally, I share my own personal encounter with extraterrestrials.
Again, as practitioners, our job is not to judge truth or reality but to help our clients gain the understanding and assistance for which they came to see us.