MATRIX REIMPRINTING UPDATES, REFINEMENTS AND DISTINCTIONS
Over the last few years Matrix has evolved and improved in some subtle, yet profound ways.
Because those practitioners or trainers who trained a long time ago may not necessarily be aware of these changes, I’ve put together a summary of some of them, as well as some refinements and distinctions that I find useful.
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KEEP THE INTRODUCTIONS SHORT & DE-TRAUMATISE THE ECHO ASAP
There is usually no need for long introductions when we meet ECHO’s, e.g.
- Explaining to them that you’ve come from the future to help them
- That you are their future self
- Thanking them for holding on to the problem, etc.
As soon as you encounter the ECHO, start tapping right away.
NO EFT REMINDER PHRASES OR RAMBLING REQUIRED
When you tap on ECHO’s, there is no need for
- repetitive ‘EFT-type’ phrases, repeating the feeling e.g. ‘This fear’, ‘This fear’, ‘This fear’
- never-ending rounds of intuitive (or rambling) tapping rounds, offering numerous reframes and aspects, or
Instead, start tapping through all their points whilst talking to them as you would if you came across someone ‘real’ who was distressed e.g.
- If the ECHO is young and scared, talk to them as you would to a scared child while you tap, e.g. “You’re really scared that he’s going to hurt you, and that’s ok, you’re safe now, and I and I’m here to help you.”
After a round or two, check with the ECHO who they feel; 9 times out of 10 they’re de-traumatised and are ready to move on to the next step
SUDS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR ECHO’s
There’s no need for SUDs in the Matrix; the ECHO becomes the SUD i.e. if the ECHO is still upset, we know there’s work to be done.
ECHO’S DON’T NEED TO BE ‘UBER-HAPPY’ TO MOVE ON; DE-TRAUMATISE, THEN MOVE TOWARDS RESOLUTION
Let’s say you step into the matrix and encounter an ECHO that is in a traumatising situation. As soon as you’ve made it safe for them (see proviso about ‘taking them elsewhere’ below) and you start tapping on them right away (as explained above), there is no need for the trauma to feel neutral or good about the situation (as you may want to do with EFT).
As soon as the echo is de-traumatised (even if still upset), move on with the rest of the process, remember that that the real resolution comes with reimprinting the resolution picture.
WANT TO TAKE THEM SOMEWHERE ELSE? RATHER FIND A RESOLUTION CLOSELY RELATED TO THE ORIGINAL MEMORY
In the early days it was quite common to take echoes away from the original scene for resolution/reimprinting purposes. E.g. if an ECHO was ridiculed for forgetting their lines during a school play, we may have taken them to a beach and ended up reimprinting a picture where they were having a great time with their family, friends, dogs and fairies.
As beautiful as the new picture may be, the issue here is this: if the original belief they took on was ‘I have to be perfect else I’ll get hurt’, reimprinting the scene on the beach will hardly reverse the original belief.
Therefore, always work with your client and ECHO towards a resolution picture that is as close as possible (yet, that installs the positive opposite belief) the original one.
In the example above, the ECHO may want to re-create the event so that they remember their lines and get a standing ovation (new learning ‘It’s safe and feels great to be creative’) or they may want to still forget their lines but be loved and supported by everyone so that it’s not a ‘big deal’ (possibly learning that ‘I’m loved even if I am not perfect’); remember to never, ever assume what’s right for the ECHO.
ALWAYS CHECK FOR BELIEFS
Sometimes the ECHO seems to be in a situation that is not particularly traumatising, or even seems positive; you may even wonder why the memory is even showing up, since it all seems ‘fine’.
Even so … always ask the ECHO what decision they made/belief they took on there
REMEMBER TO ASK THE ECHO HOW THEY WANT IT RESOLVED
Make sure that the ECHO tells you how they want the issue to be resolved, keeping in mind that we want to end up with a resolution that allows the reimprinting of the positive opposite of the limiting belief.
Especially if the physical client (in your chair) responds very quickly when you ask them ‘Ask the ECHO how they’d like to resolve this?’ – check with them if the response was really the ECHO’s, e.g.
“Great, we can do that …. and just check … did that come from the echo or was that perhaps you answering?”
THE SUE (SUBJECTIVE UNITS OF EXPERIENCE) SCALE
Where SUDs range from 0 – 10 and we typically want to bring it down to 0 (neutral), the SUE scale runs from minus 10 (negative) to plus 10 (positive).
Before you imprint pictures, make sure that it’s as close as possible to a 10 on the SUE scale by asking, “When you look at that (new) picture now, how positive/high would you rate it on a scale of 0 – 10?”
If the answer isn’t ‘10’, then follow up with “What needs to change for it to be a 10?”
Once it’s a 10 – imprint away.
CREATING COMMUNITY FOR THE ECHO
Always create community (friends, family, loved ones, fairies, angels, animals) for the ECHO in the resolution picture.
If they do not want it, find out why by asking a clean language question e.g. “Ask the ECHO what it is about having friends there that they don’t want it?”
This often leads to the uncovering of unresolved issues e.g. that the ECHO still doesn’t feel safe with other people, are afraid of being rejected etc. Once you’ve uncovered it you know what to do with it
- revisit the memory you’re currently working with to make sure it’s all resolved,
- and/or regress to an earlier echo where they learnt that belief.
ALWAYS GET CLIENTS TO NOTICE HOW THE LIMITING DECISION TAKEN ON ALL THOSE YEARS AGO ARE STILL PLAYING OUT
Once an ECHO has identified the limiting belief, ask the client if they can see how that belief is still playing out in their lives today. Often this gets them totally by surprise, and the understanding of WHY things have been the way they’ve been and where it comes from, is hugely helpful.
WHAT’S THE CONNECTION?
When you do ‘ECHO to ECHO’ regression, and end up with multiple memories, whether you work with each one or not, it can be very useful to ask a client ‘What is the connection between this memory when you were 21 and got fired, 12 and got really sick, and 3 years old and being hit by your brother?’
Often the connections clients make and the insights they come to are priceless.
Be sure to ask this as an open question (as above) rather than the closed (yes/no) question ‘Is there a connection between these events’ which is more likely to get a ‘no’ answer.
ALLOW THEM TO DO THE WORK
Remember that as MR practitioners, we are simply the facilitators. Remind yourself that your client and the ECHO are 100% capable of coming up with the solutions that are right for them; be comfortable with silence.
After you have explained the next step of the process to the client, you can say to them ‘You can do that out loud or silently, inside yourself; if you do it silently, let me know when it’s complete or any time if you need help” = and then you just tap with them, in silence, and wait.
STRATEGISING WITH YOUR (PHYSICAL) CLIENT OUTSIDE THE MATRIX
Remember that you and your physical client are both there to help the ECHO’s. It is therefore not just OK, but advisable, to actively engage your physical client during the session; pull them out of the matrix at any time if you’re not sure how to proceed of when the echo wants something that you’re not sure is OK, decide the next steps with your (physical) client, and then go back into the matrix
TEST AT LEAST THREE TIMES
Testing is important because:
- It immediately tells you if more work is needed
- If the event has totally cleared up, it provides immediate proof to the client that something has shifted
- playing the new movie is in fact, a mini-reprint, strengthening
Good times to test:
- immediately after the event has been reimprinted, e.g. ‘When you play that old movie now, what happens?’
- a day or two after
- at the beginning of your next session
REIMPRINT, REIMPRINT and REIMPRINT – AFTER AND BETWEEN SESSIONS
Help clients to take responsibility for their healing by telling them to reimprint their pictures daily between sessions.
I often get my clients to draw it, tap on it and reimprint it; good times to reimprint is early morning before you open your eyes, and night-time as you drift off to sleep.
Enjoy the wonders of Matrix!