If you could change the past, what event would you change first? There may be dozens of events that you wish had played out differently. Well, the cool thing is that this idea may not be as far-fetched as you think. Obviously, I’m not so naïve that I believe you can undo things that have changed the course of your life. What I am saying, however, is that we put a lot of stock into certain events by holding them close in our memory. And in that brief moment, when those events took place, our memories of them changed our beliefs about ourselves, others and the world in general. Often, these kinds of beliefs limit us, and they become disempowering. Moreover, we know that our experiences are subjective. In other words, what we believe to be true could easily have been misunderstood or incorrectly interpreted by a young child who did not have all the facts. Suppose we could alter our memories and make ourselves believe that something very empowering occurred in the past, rather than something disempowering. How would that change our outlook?
This idea could be the key to dealing with all kinds of emotional and physical diseases. For example, if a phobia can be traced back to a particular event, doesn’t it stand to reason that if that event never happened then the phobia would not exist? We also know that the mind has the capacity to create thoughts and images that have a visceral effect on the body. This means that a part of us can’t tell the difference between imagination and “reality.” And if we had a systematic way to substitute what we believe happened with what our “younger self” wished had happened, who would be the wiser? This was the central theme of the movie Back to the Future. Marty traveled back in time and changed an event in his father’s life, which made McFly feel empowered rather than disempowered. Ultimately, this changed McFly’s behavioral patterns in a way that affected his future—and the future of his offspring, Marty.
This may sound futuristic, but it is real, and it is helping thousands of people overcome debilitating problems all over the world. The process is called Matrix Reimprinting, and it was developed by Karl Dawson. He and Sasha Allenby wrote a book on the subject, called Matrix Reimprinting Using EFT: Rewrite Your Past, Transform your Future.
So, where exactly are our memories stored? Are they stored somewhere in the body? We know they’re not in our brain. Musicians can attest to the fact that their fingers have memory, and studies reveal that memories are stored in every cell of the body. However, since our cells split, replicate and die, cells are not permanent. Our body is never the same as it was several months ago. Memories, much like cells, are fluid and constantly changing. Consequently, our past experiences exist in what we can call a matrix. Our subconscious mind has access to this matrix, and it operates based on the beliefs and decisions that we formed at various points in time. When impactful events occur, the freeze response can cause us to disassociate with our central being. Dawson calls these younger versions of ourselves “ECHOs,” or Energetic Consciousness Holograms. He also thinks of them as the “Outer Child” as opposed to the “Inner Child,” since they are frozen in the matrix. They are assigned the task of holding a particular event as a way to protect us from its impact, so that we can continue to move forward in life. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of effort to keep these events from impacting our daily lives, and after a while most of us will succumb to the effects of our past.
We know that EFT is a great way to reduce the emotional impact of stress. In addition, it can do the same for the ECHOs that we mentally locate in the matrix. Clients imagine introducing themselves to the ECHO (the younger self) as their future selves, who came back from the future to help. Then the clients ask for permission to tap EFT on the ECHO. And once the emotion is reduced, clients can also glean some insightful information that the ECHO was asked to share, including what it needs, who else could be included in this interaction and what to do next. Sometimes the client and their young ECHO go to a safe place to enjoy the process and regroup. Next, the new events and emotions are internalized and synthesized in the mind and in the trillions of cells, the new memory returns to the matrix through the heart. Finally, the original memory is tested to see if the impact has shifted—and chances are it has. If there is some residual emotion, or if something was left undone, clients can repeat the process until they sense it is complete.
So, we tried psychoanalysis to dig deep and discover the root of the problem. While the experience was interesting, it didn’t do much to solve the problem. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helped us become more aware, and it encouraged us to practice new behaviors, but it didn’t exactly create lasting improvements in the associated feelings and emotions. At this point, it seems to me that the time has come to find a modern approach to healing emotional trauma. The use of EFT, combined with Matrix Reimprinting, allows you, the client, to travel back in time and empower the child before he or she is wounded. This new experience changes the belief system in a way that supports your goals and desires. In turn, this leads to new behavioral patterns, and it transforms the energy state to attract more desirable experiences into your life.