Hypnosis is not just about stopping smoking or facing your fear of spiders. A few days ago a friend of mine asked if I could help her find some money she’d lost. She’d spent a whole week worrying where she’d put it and had gone over and over it in her mind. She clearly remembered putting it in her purse but when she went to look for it, it wasn’t there.
I explained that if, for example, someone had taken it or that it had fallen out of her purse then hypnosis wouldn’t help but, understanding that, she still wanted me to try.
Using a hypnotic technique called regression, I helped her go back to the moment she put the money in her purse and then she slowly retraced her steps. As soon as she came out of the hypnotic trance she said “I must go and check the drawer of my dressing table”. In hypnosis, she recalled taking some receipts out of her purse and putting them in the drawer. She rushed home to check and sure enough, the money was tucked in between the receipts.
I’m not sure which one of us was happier. My friend had found the missing money but I was able to remind myself that hypnosis can produce remarkable effects. In this case, almost instantly.