The Pattern

1. Calibrate. "What does it feel like (or sound like, look like, etc.) when you experience the presence of the allergen?" As you ask this question, watch the person's physiology, eye accessing cues, breathing, etc., in order to calibrate to their state and responses.

2. Frame the allergy as a mistake. Explain the concept that immune systems can make mistakes and get activated when nothing in the environment necessitates its response.

"Your immune system has simply made a mistake; somehow it thinks of something as dangerous when actually no danger exists. It has made a mistake about what it needs to attack and what it does not need to attack. We want to re-teach or re-train your immune system so that it can learn, quickly, how to function more effectively."

3. Ou'ck for ecology/secondary gain.

"How would you cxpericncc your everyday life if you didn't have this response? What does having this allergy do for you that may have some secondary benefit? Can you think of anything positive that comes from having this allergy?"

4. Identify and anchor an appropriate counter-example resource.

"What can you think of that would serve as a good counterexample to this allergy trigger that seems as similar to the allergen as possible and yet one to which your immune system reacts appropriately. Imagine yourself now in the presence of this similar agent."

Anchor the allergy response and hold the anchor thought the whole process.

5. Dissijciate. "Now imagine that right in front of you an impenetrable plexiglass shield exists that goes from wall to wall, from floor to ceiling..." While holding the resourceful anchor, ask the person to,

"See yourself over there on the other side of the plexiglass having your immune system functioning appropriately. As you watch, you can remember that this represents the you with the effective immune system which allows you to enter into the presence of allergens without reacting..."

6. Gradually, introduce the allergen.

"As you watch yourself over there behind the plexiglass shield, slowly introduce the allergen that used to cause a problem for you. Let the allergen gradually move behind the glass giving your immune system a chance to get used to it."

Wait at this point until you see a physiological shift indicating that the person's immune system has begun to adjust. Next, ask the immune system for a signal that it has absorbed the new information. The response will essentially signal you that "Yes, all right, I've got it. I'll change the notches on my flag so it doesn't match up with any of the T cells I have."

7. Re-associate. Continuing to hold the anchor, "Now allow yourself to step into the you, behind the plexiglass, and fully experience the allergen that used to create an allergic response for you."

8. Calibrate. See if the physiology, eye accessing cues, breathing, etc. have changed.

9. Future Pace.

"Imagine a time in the future when you will come into the presence of this allergen that caused a problem and you find has no effect now. Step into several of these times and notice how comfortable you feel."

10. Test. If you can actually test carefully, do so. If not, imagine the ┬┐illergen and re-calibrate to see that physiology remains changed.

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