Techniques for CE-IVs : Memory Discrimination in Client-Centered Investigation

By Karin Hoppe Holloway, BA, CHt, CEA Instructor

There are therapeutic techniques for the modern, non-therapist, investigator that will help you both collect reliable data and help the Close Encounter Experiencer regain his emotional and cognitive balance. You need not know how to hypnotize anyone, nor how to counsel therapeutically; you only need some very simple 'tools' you can share with the CEEer. Tools such as a Comparison of CE-IV, ASP, OBE and Negative Entities, a Time Line, Pie Charts, a complete bibliotherapy, advice for journaling, and exercises for discerning memory from fantasy are invaluable aids for both of you.

As in any other investigation, you must remain open minded and non-committed about the data you collect. You must record all of it, even if you doubt its reality or truth. The Truth of a report is not your call to make; your business is to make sure you get it all and that you get it ethically. Dan Wright'si booklet, "Interviewing the UFO Witness", is unparalleled for advice on how to do the investigative intake, or interview. It tells you how to avoid making value judgments, how to ask non-leading questions, and how to remain objective. Dan writes, "We are neither cynics nor apologists concerning the reality of alien visitations. The desire on the part of each of us to improve our interviewing methods underscores the search for truth."

The most important area a CEEer needs help in is in telling what is "real" for themselves. You cannot possibly tell them what's 'real' although if you are very well versed in CE phenomenon you may be able to tell them that others have Experienced similar events. Unfortunately, this information is hard to come by. Optimally, the CEEer needs to be able to tell for themselves if their memories are 'real'. You can help them immensely by sharing the Discrimination of Dual Images exercise with them.

The Discrimination Of Dual Images
"Chose a fantasy image, such as a scene from a day dream, and a real memory image from your own past that you're sure is your own. Neither of them should be traumatic nor about Close Encounters; 'normal' life, happy images are best.

One at a time, look at each image very closely and see what happens as you (inwardly) stare at it. Do this to the whole, entire image …. and then focus on just individual aspects or parts of each image.

Usually, if what is stared at changes as though it doesn't have a set character to begin with it's fantasy. If the thing stared at stays the same during the staring, it's memory.

The memory image will remind you of many other associations, prodding you to recall other images, but it will not easily melt or transform under your gaze. A well-rehearsed fantasy, such as a visualization made from pieces of memory, i.e. a beach scene or a meadow scene used often for relaxing or comforting, will easily alter when you choose to alter an element. A real memory will not easily alter; try it!

Below are a number of other discernable attributes of real memory and of fantasy. Notice each while inspecting your dual images. Go through this discrimination of dual images exercise again and again until you're sure of the differences between your memory and your fantasy images.

Some Attributes Of Memory

The sequencing of memory is effortless, whilst the sequencing of imagination requires making choices and using will.ii

The emotional content of memory has depth whilst the memory stirred by imagination has little or no emotional content.iii

Personal emotions are felt in the body, usually in our stomach or heart. They are swiftly felt, sometimes acutely, and are familiar. Emotions that we feel for others will feel differently; they are thought about before being felt, and their impact won't be as powerful.

If you are an empathic person, if you are very psychic or intuitive, especially if you too easily loose your emotional boundaries, you may find this a difficult discernment to make. You'll have to notice what the differences are between feeling something in your own body and feeling someone else's feelings first.

In the recall of a memory the details can't easily be altered; they'll become more detailed or they'll bring in associated memories the longer they're concentrated on. In imagination details are easily changed and the more changes that happen, the more you realize that this is made up.

Memory is often a whole recording, i.e., it has associated sensory parts such as sounds and smells which come with it. There may be spontaneous physical experiences involved in memory. For instance, when remembering a first love you may automatically also remember the smell of their leather jacket or the sound of the music you listened to with them. In imagination the sensory details aren't spontaneous although they'll be produced if suggested.

Memory's REAL TIME review is unlike imagination's faster pace.

A simple memory exercise is to recall a childhood pet. Put that memory aside, and imagine another animal in that scene. Switch between the memory and the fantasy. Stare at both animals. Touch, smell and listen to them. See which one brings up other sensory memories. Notice how you know one image is the 'real' memory and the other is fantasy.

[Past Life therapist Bettye Binder has created wonderful exercises for differentiating fantasy from memory. Her Past Life Regression Guidebook is very helpful guidance for self-exploration. iv]

You've begun the exploration of your own past. You are now prepared to tell for yourself if something you recall is "real".

It's best that you, the investigator, try this exercise for yourself first. It's best to be alone in a quiet spot but it's not necessary. Keep in mind that everyone will have a different set of sensory abilities: most are visually minded, some are more kinesthetic, and a few will have trouble being able to "see" anything and will rely on an interior 'knowing'. All sensory sets are fine and will retrieve valuable, "real" information when the interviewee is able to tell, for themselves, whether they are recalling fantasies or memories.

i Former head of MUFON investigations, Project Manager of the Alien Abduction Transcription Project, and researcher.
ii An exception is when trauma blocks memory in self-defense.
iii " The exception is a depressed person who, when imagining something humorous, may feel the reality of the humor having more depth than their own feelings." Bettye Binder, Past Life Regression Guidebook, Pg. 20
iv You can find it at her website,

This article was originally posted in the MUFON Journal and was submitted to UFOINFO by the author.

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