Re-Imprinting

Upgrade your deeper beliefs and your behaviors by changing the influence of role models. Improve the effect of negative role models, and create a stronger influence from positive role models. 

This technique is called re-imprinting because many problems, including physical symptoms, learning disabilities, phobias and other problems can be caused or exacerbated by influences that are active during key periods in our development (developmental windows). 

This concept should not be used to deny genetic, toxic and other influences that form a direct biological basis for many such problems.

a. Choose the behaviors, symptoms or beliefs you wish to change. Unless you are a beginner, choose behaviors or beliefs that seem to be deeply ingrained.

b. Float up over your timeline and look toward the future. 

c. Pay attention to the physical expression of your target as well as in the form of beliefs.

d. Walk backwards slowly. Pause at each location that is relevant somehow to the target. 

e. Continue back until you reach the earliest experience of the target (the initial imprint experience).

f. Access the state associated with this target and the experiences.

g. From that state, verbally express the beliefs that came from these experiences. 

h. Speak in the first person, for example, “I do not deserve protection and compassion.”

i. Move back in time to a point just before this first experience (the initial imprint experience).

j. Notice how this changes your state. You know that you have gone back far enough when you are in a very different state; one that has no sign of the imprint experiences or the beliefs that stem from them.

a. Float forward to the actual present, but stay in the observer (dissociated) position.

b. Looking back over your past timeline, notice how your imprinting experiences have affected your life; how they have helped generate the behaviors, symptoms or beliefs that you chose for this pattern, and any others that you can discover.

c. Talk to yourself, as if you were narrating a documentary about yourself, speaking in third person (he/she). Describe what you were just observing about your life.

d. Think about all this with positive intentions or secondary gain in mind. How have the behaviors, symptoms or beliefs that emerged from these experienced reflected an attempt, on some level, to cope with them. Even if the results were bad, seek the underlying positive intention or presuppositions. 

You may get your best results by looking for subtle feelings connected with these things, and then putting words to those feelings. 

If you discover that an irrational attitude has strongly affected your life, then you have found something especially important. 

Remember that these attitudes can range from simple to complex. They may show up in simple reactive measures such as avoiding responsibility or other fear-inducing experiences (because, for example, of an experience that lead you to believe that you would be harshly criticized any time you tried to do something). 

On the other hand, they may manifest as more complicated ways of managing (or manipulating, more likely) other people in the service of an agenda such as denial. For example, “I must carefully orchestrate interactions so that I am not exposed to any beliefs or ideas that would frame my pot consumption as a problem; my loss of motivation and mental clarity are not to be connected with that.”

a. Focus on any people that figured largely in these imprint experiences. Although we’re talking about “imprinting,” your experiences may or may not actually involve other people in a significant way. Pay special attention to any ways that you “absorbed” (modeled) another persons style or attitudes, so that you came to cope with certain situations in a characteristic, dysfunctional way.

b. For each person, associate into their perspective (the second perceptual position), and experience one or two of the most significant imprint experiences that they were involved in from their perspective. Describe the experiences in their terms, using first person (I, me, my) language in their style as much as possible.

c. Step off of the timeline, into an objective position (third perceptual position), and determine the positive intentions behind their behavior.

Do the following for each person involved in your imprint experiences, if any:

a. Decide what resources that the person needed at those times, but did not have, but that you can contribute now in some way now. 

b. Find a location on your timeline where you have had a very significant experience of being rich with these resources. (For example, a person dealing with drug use might recall being in a twelve step meeting that was very compelling and resulted in a period of drug avoidance and better functioning). 

c. Step on that point in your timeline. 

d. Amplify this rich state, and experience it as a kind of energy. 

e. Anchor the state.

f. Imagine that you can transmit this resource back through your timeline to each person who needs it.

g. When you feel that you have made a good connection, float back to the imprint experience, and associate into the position of the person that received the resource. 

h. Re-experience the imprint experience from their perspective, but with the resources actively in place. You can amplify the resource state in them by triggering the resource state.

i. Staying at this point in your timeline, move into your own perceptual position.

j. Notice how this experience has changed with the resources in place.

k. Experience how this upgraded experience stimulates beliefs and attitudes in you that are more resourceful.

l. Express this verbally in first person.

m. Do the previous two actions for each person that you identified as being significant in the imprinting experiences.

a. Move back to your present time, into an objective position.

b. Look back over the imprint experiences, and (as you did for the significant people), identify what resources would have been valuable to you during the imprint experiences.

c. Experience these resources and access the state that they inspire.

d. Anchor this state when it peaks.

e. With these resources, and in this state, float back to a point prior to your early imprint experience.

f. Transmit or give these resources to your younger self at that timeline point.

g. Imagine walking along your timeline from that point toward the present, and experiencing all the changes made by all the changes (re-imprinting) from this pattern.

In the coming days and weeks, notice any ways that this re-imprinting pattern has influenced the behaviors, symptoms or beliefs that you chose for this pattern.