It is easy to snicker and joke about the topic, but there is something worthy of exploration here. And in full disclosure, this is a subject I have studied my whole life - literally. For me the journey of learning about this activity began for me in second grade when I read a book about Barney and Betty Hill and their experience.
When I started as a professional hypnotist, despite being an avid researcher of the abduction phenomena and unidentified flying objects (UFOs), I did not mix the two areas of interest. My philosophy was to allow them to come together naturally if that was the case. Recently that has happened.
Several years back a fellow hypnotist friend of my spoke to me about this issue in a demeaning and off-putting manner. I didn't say anything about it, but just let him go on about how he thought the idea was crazy and that he refused to see a client reporting such an issue. I don't take the same position and believe the he was operating with a closed mind.
After years of study, I have come to the conclusion that people that claim such alarming encounters are experiencing something real. Look to the work of the late Dr. John E. Mack, a Harvard trained psychiatrist that studied and documented this phenomena as a great introduction.
Scott Howard is an NGH certified consulting hypnotist and the President of the Baltimore City Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Scott is dedicated to helping everyday people with everyday problems through hypnosis.