Magazine for Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

By Dr Irene Hickman


This paper is an overview of the various ways hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be utilized for the benefit of those who seek assistance in dealing with problematic aspects of their lives.


There are four distinct, but somewhat overlapping areas that I use in hypnotherapy. It is my opinion, based on nearly forty-nine years of both research and therapy using several hypnotherapeutic procedures, that all four are of importance.


1. Directive Hypnotherapy:

Most of us begin in hypnosis and hypnotherapy by learning first how to induce the hypnotic state, how to recognize the degree of relaxation, how to give direct and post-hypnotic suggestions and how to return our subject to full waking consciousness. This is a very important and ideal starting place. Direct suggestions have been useful in pain control, habit change, sports performance, confidence, increased learning and in many other areas.

2. Non-Directive Hypnotherapy:

For me, direct suggestion was never enough.  My intense curiosity led me to explore the mind to find its potential.  I did this exploring by asking questions of the hypnotized subjects.  It soon became obvious that somewhere within us is a source of greater wisdom then we ordinarily have access to. I chose to call this source the "Inner Wisdom."

Before long came to use this non-directive technique almost exclusively.  This is a bit risky, as there is no way of determining what the answers will be beforehand. This uncertainty requires a high level of flexibility on the part of the hypnotherapist.  Answers cannot be anticipated with any degree of certainty.  When hypnotized subjects are asked to go back in time and find the origin of a problem, the distance they travel can be a surprise. Some will find the cause of a problem or illness in a current traumatic experience or one in childhood, or they may report finding it in a distant past time long  before the birth of the present body.

3. Regression of Past Life Therapy:

Without some understanding of our true nature (the fact that we are eternal and have had earlier lives) and that events from earlier lives do impact on our present life, we will be completely lost when one of our hypnotized subjects reports this sort of information.

It has proven to be very helpful to trace problem areas to their origin and release the emotion attached to the earlier event or events. One of the surprising developments having to do with past-life therapy is the consistency between the reports of one subject as compared with the reports of others. Whereas the waking belief systems my be very diverse, under hypnosis there is unanimity that is quite remarkable. I marvel that in the many years of my personal involvement in hypnotherapy, all of he information unearthed using regression techniques has been generally compatible, from one patient to another.

Symptoms and problems that respond to suggestion can be quite different from those that respond to regression techniques. In my experience  allergies to foods, animals or in one case an extreme allergy to cold water, relationship problems with relatives or associates, digestive, respiratory, circulatory conditions and various fears and phobias responded to non-directive hypnotherapy when more conventional treatment had been ineffective.

Some problems have been alleviated in one session using regression therapy but the average is about  four sessions for most conditions.  There are some cases that do not respond to any of the above methods.  For these we need to use----

4. Spirit Releasement or Depossession:

It is important to be aware that some problems are precipitated by the presence of attached spirit entities, either Earthbound or 'dark.'  When such is the case, the problems cannot be resolved except be removing the attached entity that caused the problem. Spirit entities may be removed by dealing directly with the effected person using techniques developed by William Baldwin PhD and Edith Fiore, PhD.

I prefer using the term and the technique of 'Remote Depossession'. This method requires two persons, a hypnotized subject who is requested to send a bit on their consciousness a short or long distance, locate the target person at a particular place and time, scan the targets body to detect possible 'presences'; and a hypnotist-facilitator, who 'dialogues' with any entity found, to persuade it to leave the host and go to a better place. When the entity leaves, the problems leave with them.

A variety of problems have been resolved using Remote Depossssion.
Patterns of habitual criminality, drunkenness, depression, incorrigibility, serious physical illness and Attention Deficit Disorder are a few of the cases treated using this technique.

The techniques are easy to learn and relatively easy to use. The principal requirement seems to be a degree of assertiveness on the apart of the facilitator. Timidity would be a liability.  With remote techniques, there seems to be no possibility of making the problem worse. I have helped patients in prison, a comatose person in a hospital and many who would not voluntarily seek help. The target person need not know that the procedure is being conducted. However we always ask permission from the high self of the target at the beginning. Unless we have a clear signal indicating permission, we do not proceed.

Some cases may need only one of these four approaches to treatment. Others may need two, three of all four. Without knowledge about all four and some skill in using the various techniques, we may not be complete hypnotherapists.

I am well aware that much of this work does not fit into the usual 'scientific' paradigm and may disturb some belief systems. I also admit that there is need for much more research in all areas of hypnotherapy.  I have found all four approaches to be effective and found that most cases required more than  the usual directive approach.

Hickman, I., D.O. Mind Probe--Hypnosis, 1983

Hickman, I.,D.O., Remote Depossession. 1994

Fiore, Edith, Ph.D., The Unquiet Dead, 1987

Jarmon, Robert, M.D., Discovering the Soul, 1997

Weiss, Brian, M.D., Through Time Into Healing, 1994

Lucas, Winifred,Ph.D., Regression Therapy, A Handbook for Professionals, 1993

Moody, Raymond, M.D., Coming Back, 1994

Baldwin, Wiliam, Ph.D., Spirit Rleasement, a Techniques Manuel, 1992


This paper was presented in October of 1995 to: 
The Eastern National Hypnothrapy Conference and The First African Congress on Clinical Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine in Sun City, South Africa.

Irene Hickman was Born May 21, 1915, in Iowa, USA

BA Simpson College 1938, Doctor Of Osteopathy, College of Osteopathic

Physicians and Surgeons, Los Angeles, California, June 1949.

Hypnotherapy research and practice since Sept, 1950. 

Clinical Depossession since May, 1989.

Her books include:
I Knew Patience Worth, 1971

Mind Probe--Hypnosis, 1983,  

Remote Depossession, 1994. 

The Lucifer Diary, awaiting publication.

Wide experience speaking and leading seminars throughout the United States and internationally.

In January, 1996, founded Depossession Institute with an Evanton Il
address. This is (in 1999) being reorganized as Deposession Groups Online with internet connections with other groups and with the headquarters in Kirksville, MO 63501.

There are several email addresses the first is

In February, 1998, Dr Hickman sponsored the Hickman Healing Foundation, the purpose of which is to further research into the healing effects of Non-Directive Hypnotherapy and Remote Depossession particularly with cases in which more traditional therapies had been unsuccessful.

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