The Reimprinting Pattern

Concept. Traumatic episodes and reactions can arise from traumatic experiences, negative input through stories, movies, and imaginings. As such, once we map out a "trauma," the trauma can come to function as belief and identity imprints that lead to limiting beliefs.

"Imprints" themselves can involve positive experiences as well as negative. Frequently, people abused as children will grow up and make unconscious choices that put them back into situations that seem to repeat the prototype trauma situation. By definition, an "imprint" codes people with a map that seems to function in a very ingrained way—one not so easily affected by conscious methods of cognitive restructuring.

Imprints may involve single experiences or a series of experiences. From them we may come to believe the imprint as reality, "This is the way things are." Imprints can even arise from the beliefs of significant persons, the belief of another person which becomes imprinted in the child. Sometimes the belief operates in a "delayed action" format. Thus, at the time, the person may reject the other's view, but later the other's beliefs (as internal representations) seem to "come alive."

Imprints, as beliefs, also work in a self-fulfilling way. When we try to argue with a belief, the person may have too much data, gathered over time, supporting the belief. By going back to the original imprint, we come to a time before the person's maps became cluttered by later confirmations. In imprint situations, often a person switches positions with a hurtful person and experiences the other's reality. A child in an intense ongoing relationship with parents often imprints or introjects some of the parent's beliefs and behaviors and makes them part of his or her own beliefs.

Children do not have a clear sense of their self-identity. They often pretend to think and act as someone else. Sometimes they take on the role model, lock, stock, and barrel, with very little discrimination about the consequences of what they have accepted. Our adult selves, in many ways, involve an incorporation of the models we grew up with. Our model of adulthood has the features of past significant others. In them we can find family beliefs, precedents, rules, scripts, etc., that have arisen from our childhood.

Introjection of a significant other frequently, although not always, occurs in the imprinting process. When this doesn't occur, we probably just have a problem with a person or certain behaviors. The key lies in what belief(s) a person developed via the imprint experience. Imprints generally operate outside conscious awareness.

The mechanism for discovery of the imprint comes from anchoring an imprint feeling (a negative emotion) and using the emotion as a guide to finding past memories. (See Change IIistory for the tmns-derivational search—TD$). Travel back with it to the point where you feel confused, to the point of "I don't know." At the impasse, we have probably come to "the right address." The emotion will lead to the experience out of which we made the limiting belief. If one encounters a "blank," anchor that blank as a dissociated state, and take it back in time to a significant past imprint.

When a person reaches an impasse or imprint, immediately interrupt them and anchor a powerful resource state (courage, power, etc.). Take that resource state back into the impasse to help the person get through it.

By finding the imprint experience and re-coding it with the resources that all the persons involved needed back then, people change their perspectives and the subsequent beliefs that derived from that experience. Re-imprinting creates a multiple perspective viewpoint which serves as the basis for wisdom in making decisions, dealing with conflicts, negotiating, relating, etc.

Re-imprinting helps with the updating of internal maps by highlighting resources one can use to resolve ¿ind/or avoid trauma situations. In re-imprinting, we even give (mentally in our minds) the people who perpetrated hurt the resources they needed in order not to have created such hurt. Doing this doesn't excuse or condone the hurtful behavior, but maps out appropriate resources and behaviors. Often, victims of crimes build limiting beliefs that are then maintained by anger and fear. These show up as revenge beliefs and create even more stuckness by creating a "victim" identity. Giving the perpetrator the resources they needed prior to the incident where the imprint occurred helps to resolve the episode in their memory.

Ke-imprinting helps a person to update the internal maps. It allows them to hold different beliefs and resources. It allows the imprint experience to mean something resourceful.

The Pattern

1. Identify the problem. What belief, behavior, emotion, etc., do you want to change? What associated feelings go along with it? Inquire about what the person has done to change that belief or behavior. Ask, "What stands in the way?" "What stops you?"

2. Locate the experience. With the anchored feeling, initiate a TDS using your Tune-line, etc., to locate the imprint experience.

3. Using a Time-line, travel hack with the emotion. Establish a Time-line and go back to the imprint experience. Have the person stay with the feeling (while you hold the anchor) and begin to remember the earliest experience of this feeling. When the person has reached an earlier experience, while associated in this regressed state, have him or her verbalize the beliefs (generalizations) formed from that experience.

"Take a moment and think about how frustrating (or whatever the negative emotion) everything has been. lake that feeling back in time What do you experience? Does it involve anyone else? ...Do you see the person looking at you? ...Go ahead and put yourself inside 'the you back then' for just a moment. WTiat beliefs do you have about this experience? ...What beliefs about others, about the world, about God?..."

Sometimes when the person verbalizes the belief, this will represent the first time he or she has become aware of it. The articulation of the belief itself will cause the misbelief to simply evaporate.

4. Break state and review the experience. Ask the person to step off the Time-line and review the imprint experience, identifying the situation and the other participants.

"I want you to come back here to this room now, and to leave that past memory."

Then have the person experience the episode as if watching a movie of himself.

"Ltx)k back at that experience you had, put it way out there so that it completely leaves, so that you no longer find yourself in it at all...and watch that younger you How has that experience affected you since that time?"

Ask the person to verbalize any other beliefs formed as a result of this imprint (those beliefs that arose "after the fact"). Sometimes people don't form beliefs at the time of the imprint, but later. We can build imprint beliefs both during and after the episode.

5. Find the positive intent in the feeling or belief. Determine the positive intent. You may have to ask the "character"/'What positive intent did you have in doing this?" (Note: "Character'' represents Robert Dilts' terminology and refers to a real or imagined part.) Did it seek to install this belief that you exist as a worthless person or try to screw you up? Would this part like it if it knew what is now going on with you?

6. Identify and anchor the needed resources. Ask the person to identify and anchor the resources and choices that he/she needed back then and didn't have. Do the same for any other parts in the situation.

"WQiat would you need to give those parts in order for them to respond differently?" "More acceptance." "So they need a realization that different people have different models of the world."

Get those resources. "I want you to vividly recall a time when you fully had that accepting feeling. Find a specific example." Anchor it.

7. Apply the resource. Ask the person to review the imprint experience, off the lime-line, from the perspective of each of the parts involved. Holding the anchor, give each part involved in the situation all the resources it would have needed to achieve a desired outcome—back then.

"Take these resources and give it to this other person. This other person is in your brain right now—that image or memory comes from your brain. So tiike this and give it to him. What does he or she do differently?... WTiat beliefs do you now build out of this experience?... Just go inside, and allow your unconscious mind to review each experience with this experience knowing that they now have the resources they needed. We know that this person didn't have that resource at that time, although as your resource, you can update that model now..."

"There is a younger self back in that experience that needs resources that he or she didn't have then. What resources do you have now that would have allowed you to build a different set of beliefs then?... What insights, skills, abilities...? What is the closest you have come to having that resource? Now take that light and shine it back through your history. Shine it on that younger you...so that as that younger you begins to feel this resource, you can allow yourself to imagine how that would have changed things. And you can now allow yourself to be relaxed and secure, calm and comfortable with yourself in that memory...see that younger self in front of you building resourceful beliefs and abilities."

8. Associate and relive the imprint experience. Becoming each part, have the person step onto the Time-line (holding the anchor) with all the resources previously given to that part. Then have the person update and/or modify the beliefs associated with the experience.

9. Receive resources. Ask the person to step onto the Time-line as their younger self and receive the qualities, attributes, they needed from each significant character.

10. Review and future pace. Ask the person to step off the Timeline and review the changed experience. When he/she feels satisfied with the outcome, have the person step back onto the Time-line, and then move up quickly into his/her future. Then stop and use the resources to see how they will think-feel and live in a new and different way.

Hypnosis Plain and Simple

Hypnosis Plain and Simple

These techniques will work for stage hypnosis or hypnotherapy, however, they are taught here for information purposes only. After reading this book you will have the knowledge and ability necessary to hypnotise people, but please do not practice hypnosis without first undergoing more intensive study.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment