The Alien Interview is a way to get more detail from a dream by working with a specific Part of the dream. It might be a character, like your spouse. Or someone famous, like Johnny Depp.
It could be an object, like a car. Or a book. Or soup.
It could be something really obvious, like a camel grazing in the dining room. Or it could something peripheral, like a fly on the wall.
A Part can be virtually anything. The flame on a candle. Car keys. Rain. Even a shape or a color.
If you have training in Parts Therapy you’ll appreciate how much insight you can get from your dreams. Simply pick something in the dream and interview it!
In other words, dialogue with it!
How to Conduct an Alien Interview
- Choose a Part of the dream; an object or character to interview.
- Let the conscious, thinking Part of you play the role of interviewer.
- Let the dream Part respond as if talking to an alien from another planet.
In other words, imagine that you are that Part. Step into the role of being it, while the thinking part of you pretends to know nothing about the Part, its world, or way of being.
If the Part is a car, for example, you have no idea what a car is. Ask the Part to describe itself to you. What you’re after is a quality, function or feeling, not a literal description.
Using this technique in your dream journal will help you develop two skills you can transfer into your hypnotherapy practice:
- Associating into the image.
- Listening objectively, without trying to interpret.
“Everything you are looking for lies within what you are looking with.” – Anthony Robbins
Dreams don’t come to show us what we already know. They come to show us what we don’t know. Or don’t want to know. What we’ve been avoiding. So we need to be open to listening to what the dream has to say. And not superimpose our ideas on it.
Just allow the dream to speak. Just let the subconscious mind speak.
Develop your skills as an “alien interviewer” and discover how much better your uncovering skills become. Why?
As you practice staying naïve you develop the habit of avoiding making assumptions or jumping to conclusions when working with clients.
As you learn what it feels like to associate into the dream image, you learn how to incrementally guide your client to associate into their images. And the more they associate into an image, the deeper they go into hypnosis. Which eliminates the need for a formal induction giving you more time to work on the client’s presenting issue.
Whether the Part emerged from a dream or during a regression, the techniques are the same. Associating into a younger self during regression makes the Child Part fully available to be transformed. Associating into the Offender Part provides the opportunity to increase empathy, understanding, and forgiveness.
As your skill at working with your own dreams increases, you’ll notice how easy it gets to access subtler Parts of yourself. (Try carrying on a conversation with a drop of water. Or a shadow. Or the gum stuck to your shoe!)
You’re increasing your rapport with your own subconscious mind. And this ability will teach you how to dance with your client’s subconscious mind!
Which reminds me … Check out my interview with Joe Vitale!
Plan to join me in May 2012 on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC and learn:
- How dream work can make you a better hypnotherapist!
- Why, as a hypnotherapist, you’re already doing dream work.
- Magic Questions that make uncovering work a dream!
- Why dream work makes age regression easier.
- How much fun Dream Coaching is!
- How you can increase your income by facilitating dream working classes.