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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Further Developments in Eye Movement Interventions – IEMT, EMI, EMDR

This blog post will be of interest to the hypnotists, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and NLPers amongst us. It is a further development of my previous post here:

This previous post describes taking eye movements to 3D. Following that post I now have a host of observations and calibrations for the 3D model. In this post I’ll describe how I now take eye movements to multiple layers.

I had a talented young lady to work with the other day, who had a large number of multiple hub traumas to work with. My work was cut out with the time available. The lady was clever, IEMT/EMIplus was working well to alleviate all the negative emotion, yet, there were just a massive number of traumas for her to process.
So I started to think “how can we work quicker?” and an idea popped into my head. 

My original trade was as a Building Surveyor, and I still hold Chartered Status. I am a skilled CAD (computer aided design) operator. I also have skills with Photoshop. Both use something called ‘layers’. 

Think of layers as sheets of clear paper, acetate maybe even on an overhead projector. Different sheets can be laid on top of each other to form one image. I instantly wondered as to whether I can overlay one trauma on top of another – and process at the same time. 

Understanding Hebbs Law, and the plasticity of memories, I knew that initially the two memories would be combined together making the trauma worse. Yet I also knew that they would be being processed at the same time, neutralising the negative emotion. My work with this client already demonstrated she responded well to eye movement intervention. 

So I told her what I planned, and we started. 

We took two trauma memories and she managed to hold them both in her mind – overlapping on layers. We started the work. It took her intense concentration, yet she managed to hold both trauma memories at the same time, and we processed. It took just two passes and they were neutralised. 

The feedback was that it appeared as though they were one memory, before they were processed to neutralise the emotion, becoming dissociated along the way, with the submodalities going out of focus and distance being achieved. 

Testing confirmed it – the first double trauma layering had worked. 

So we repeated with two more, and yes, it worked. 

So we did three and achieved success once more. 

From memory, I think the most memories should could hold in layers was around five – all of which were processed. Interestingly, some of these memories jumped as would happen usually with processing, and the jumped memory continued one the same layer. The usual processes were happening – just all at the same time, each on individual layers.

My suggestion is to give this a go – when you feel the client is capable – remember we must put them first. I would suggest that not every client would have the resilience to hold several traumas in mind, let alone the concentration required to process. This first client could though – and it demonstrates what is possible. 

I feel it is our duty to share with each other our findings, especially when it can help us in our work. In this way we are putting our clients first. So please share this amongst others whom you know to be doing eye movement interventions, and hopefully we can all learn to be more effective in the future. Please let me know the feedback from this blog too – including what you notice, and any ideas you may have!


  1. Hi Gary

    Great post.

    I believe Robert G. Smith does something similar to this (stacking/layering) traumas with his FasterEFT.

    Great Stuff.
    Steve Green

  2. As I read, I was also wondering how this could be applied with EFT. And, I've had some clients that have become so effectively unfocused that 1 and 1/2 layers might do! Thanks for the share, Gary!

  3. Pleasure guys!

    There's quite a few interventions that work nicely in a layering scenario, and many ways I'm thinking of working with them too - plus others are already looking at it with constructive eye coming up with ideas and methodologies...

    Just nice to share ideas with people :)

  4. Hi Gary this is really interesting work many thanks for sharing. I am looking forwarded to see if you can replicate it with others. Personally someone with lots of layering I would explore their metaphor. This complex of experiences is possibly a pattern and the metaphor will shed light on how they have been attempting to deal with it. It would provide insight on how they can move themselves relative to the issue or pattern. Also with a trauma there us likely to be something holding this complex of thoughts, memories and feelings together. Exploring the model would again hopefully help the person to notice this perhaps consciously for the first time (or not). I am using the model really frequently even even in seemingly specific current issues as the perspective people gain on what they can and can't actually change helps bring clarity and for some a much quieter mind reducing the amount if time they spend thinking about the issue(s).
    Best wishes

  5. Hi Sonia, I've already replicated with two others with exactly the same results! One the traumas were worse, the other 'less' (as if any trauma could be less, being subjective to the individual, yet I know you more than understand all that - this is just for the 'lay person' in these brackets).

    I don't look to just desensitise the emotions of the trauma - that is just the opening wedge. Lots more work is done, and, yes most definitely metaphor work is used - though I tend to use the metaphors if 'offered' by the client.

    Love your (quick yet so much detail) breakdown of the metaphor suggestion - it adds so much more to the discussion than my blog post on its own. Great post, and thanks for sharing too!

    Its a reminder that it isn't just about desensitising a trauma - that work is just the tip of the iceberg.