NLP re-imprinting is the term of a process used in conjunction with NLP Timeline.
An imprint is a significant experience (leaving a memory imprint) or period of life from the past in which a person formed a belief or cluster of beliefs, often at the level of identity, eg “I believe …….. this about myself”.
An imprint experience also often takes place at the time of a Gestalt – a significant emotional event.
The purpose of re-imprinting in NLP is to find the resources necessary to change the beliefs and update the role-models that were formed
We have included the process of imprinting for completeness, however it is not expected that it will mean anything to you unless you have some understanding of NLP Timeline work. The first step is to discover your Timeline and this is something that we cover at both NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner level training.
It is not expected that you follow the process below unless you have identified where your timeline is. You can do that by taking one of our NLP trainings, as above.
NLP Re-imprinting is a technique used in NLP for personal development and sometimes in therapy.
The following re-imprinting process is included for reference purposes.
- Identify the specific physical manifestation of the symptoms to be addressed. Stand (or do it metaphorically) in the physical location on your time line representing the present and face the future direction. Focus your attention on the physical expression of your symptoms, and any beliefs associated with them, and walk slowly backwards pausing at any location that seems to be relevant to the symptom or the accompanying beliefs. Keep moving back in time until you reach the earliest experience associated with the symptoms and/or the beliefs.
- Keeping in the associated or “regressed” state verbalize the cluster of generalisations or beliefs that were formed from the experience(s). Make sure you speak in first person, present tense; i.e., “I am feeling…”
- Take a step backwards to a time before initial imprint experience. When you do so you should feel differently – as if the imprint had not yet effected you either mentally or physically.
- Step off of the time-line and return to the present and look back at the imprint experience from ‘meta-position’.
- Notice the effect that earlier experience has had on your life. Verbalize any other generalisations or beliefs that were formed as a result of the imprint experience. (Beliefs are often formed “after the fact.”) This time, speak about the events you experienced in third person, past tense; i.e., “He/She (or ‘The younger me’) thought that…”
- Find the positive purpose or secondary gain of the symptoms or responses formed at the imprint experience. What positive function did the symptoms serve in relations to those past events?
- Identify any significant others involved in the imprint.