Each day I hear some expert share their knowledge about what seems to be the most effective way to release trauma. Lo and behold they are espousing some aspect of what we are already doing with Matrix Reimprinting!
Here are just a few:
- Add more play to your life. “Play” reduces stress, improves brain function, stimulates creativity, strengthens connections to others, and facilitates healing. Many Matrix Reimprinting sessions end with the younger child simply playing in the yard or a place in nature with the “now-self”.
- Some trauma survivors have difficulty regulating emotions such as anger, anxiety, sadness, and shame—this is more so when the trauma occurred at a young age. (van der Kolk, Roth, Pelcovitz, & Mandel, 1993) With Matrix we can easily target long buried memories from childhood.
- Traumatic memories are not only encoded in the brain but are also felt throughout the body as sensory information.
- To integrate negative past events one can disconnect erroneous beliefs formed at the time as well as the corresponding sensations in the body. This can be done by bringing in an awareness that the present is not the past and yes, in fact the younger self did survive.
Here are some case studies in Matrix Reimprinting from my practice:
Sally wanted to grow her business but the feeling of being exposed haunted her whenever she started to write an article for her website, or considered accepting a speaking engagement or when she thought about offering a workshop. She also had a constant stomach ache. The ECHO (Energetic Consciousness Hologram) that showed up in her session was as a 6 year-old throwing up on stage during a performance in kindergarten. She re-created the new scene with the empowering belief that she made it through the performance, then later got sick in the bathroom with her loving mother helping her to feel better. Afterwards she went outside to play with friends. This session included releasing the negative experience through the body, play, and assigning a new understanding. Sally went on thrive in her business as a result. She also stopped having stomach aches.
Lisa Marie wanted to work on her fear of her husband cheating at work. In addition, her relationship suffered as she had developed chronic vaginal infections which prevented her from being more intimate with her husband. We found an ECHO at age 10 where her mother told her that her father was leaving them as he’d been having an affair with his secretary at work. The core belief she created as a result was, “I’ll always be abandoned”. The reimprinted scene involved playing outside, and a deep sense that she is never really abandoned. Shortly after this session the infections subsided and the fears were gone.
So, as you can see, the integration of adding Matrix Reimprinting into a tapping practice can be profound and offers many options that don’t exist in EFT alone.