Exploring the Movie Rewind Pattern: A Pathway to Emotional Liberation

Written by giles.hayes

April 26, 2024

Exploring the Movie Rewind Pattern: A Pathway to Emotional Liberation

Are you tired of being held captive by painful memories? 

Do past traumas continue to exert control over your emotions, hindering your ability to live fully in the present? 

Maybe it’s time to break free from the chains of the past and begin to explore the transformative power of the Movie Rewind Pattern.

Understanding the Movie Rewind Pattern

Originally known as the “Fast Phobia Cure” and sometimes “the Visual Kinesthetic Dissociation pattern (VKD)” in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), the Movie Rewind Pattern offers a revolutionary approach to neutralising the negative emotional charge associated with old memories. 

Developed by renowned NLP expert L. Michael Hall, this pattern is designed to help individuals liberate themselves from the grip of past traumas and reclaim their emotional well-being.

What Makes The Movie Rewind Pattern So Powerful

What makes the Movie Rewind Pattern so powerful is its ability to provide individuals with a safe and structured framework for revisiting and reframing traumatic memories. 

By mentally rewinding the “movie” of a distressing event and viewing it from a detached perspective, individuals can effectively disengage from the intense emotions associated with the memory. 

This process allows them to gain a new understanding of the event, diminish its emotional impact, and ultimately facilitate healing and resolution. 

Additionally, the technique’s simplicity and accessibility make it a versatile tool for addressing a wide range of traumas and phobias, offering individuals a pathway to greater emotional resilience and well-being.



Meet Bob – The Protagonist In Our Movie

Bob’s Story

It was on a hot sunny afternoon, in the bustling streets of a Mexican border town, Bob found himself in the midst of a terrifying ordeal that would test his courage and resilience to the core. 

It was a typical evening in the lively cantina where Bob had stopped for a drink, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of the bustling establishment.

In the dimly lit confines of the Mexican-style bar, tension hung heavy in the air like a thick fog. 

Bob, the lone American amidst the crowd of locals, found himself at the centre of a terrifying standoff. The gunman, his face obscured by a menacing mask, levelled his weapon directly at Bob, his intentions clear as day.

It wasn’t just chance that had placed Bob in the gunman’s sights; it was his nationality. The armed assailants saw an opportunity to leverage Bob’s citizenship for their own gain, using him as a bargaining chip to extract ransom money from his home country.

As the seconds ticked by, Bob felt a wave of panic wash over him. Trapped in a foreign land, surrounded by strangers turned adversaries, he knew that his fate hung in the balance. 

Every fibre of his being screamed for escape, for freedom from the iron grip of his captors.

Thankfully, and not a second too soon, the Mexican army, alerted to the unfolding crisis, descended upon the bar with swift and decisive force. 

In a flurry of gunfire and chaos, they engaged the terrorists, determined to neutralise the threat and free the hostages.

Amidst the chaos, Bob found himself caught in the crossfire, a witness to the violent clash between law enforcement and the armed assailants. 

Though the army’s intervention ultimately proved successful, bringing an end to the harrowing siege, the scars left behind ran deep.

For years after the ordeal, Bob carried the weight of his trauma in silence, the memories of that fateful night haunting his every waking moment. 

The sound of gunfire echoed in his ears, a constant reminder of the danger he had faced and the lives lost in the fray.

Haunted by nightmares and plagued by anxiety, Bob’s mental health suffered under the weight of his unprocessed trauma. 

Despite his best efforts to move forward, the spectre of that night loomed large, casting a shadow over every aspect of his life.

Desperate for relief from the relentless grip of his memories, Bob finally sought help from a therapist trained in trauma recovery. With trepidation and a glimmer of hope, he agreed to give the Movie Rewind Pattern a try, willing to do whatever it took to find peace of mind once more.

Under the gentle guidance of his therapist, Bob embarked on a journey of healing, confronting the ghosts of his past with courage and determination. 

Through the power of the Movie Rewind Pattern, he learned to distance himself from the overwhelming emotions that had plagued him for so long, finding solace in the ability to reframe his traumatic memories from a place of safety and control.

As the sessions progressed, Bob felt the weight of his trauma begin to lift, replaced by a newfound sense of resilience and inner peace. 

Though the scars of his past would always remain, he no longer allowed them to define him. 

With each passing day, Bob took another step forward on the path to healing, reclaiming his life and his sense of self from the shadows of his past.


So What Is The Movie Rewind Pattern?

The Movie Rewind Pattern is a powerful neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) technique designed to alleviate the emotional charge associated with past traumatic events. In essence, it involves mentally rewinding the “movie” of a distressing memory, allowing individuals to view it from a safe distance and in a detached manner. By stepping back from the intensity of the experience, individuals can gain a new perspective on the event, reducing its impact on their present emotional state.

This technique can be used to address a wide range of problems stemming from past traumas, phobias, and negative experiences. From childhood traumas to recent distressing events, the Movie Rewind Pattern offers a non-invasive and effective way to neutralise the emotional charge associated with these memories. Whether it’s overcoming a fear of heights, resolving the lingering effects of a car accident, or processing the aftermath of a traumatic incident, this technique empowers individuals to take control of their emotional well-being and move forward with greater resilience and clarity.

Moreover, the Movie Rewind Pattern can be particularly beneficial for individuals struggling with anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues. By re-contextualising traumatic memories and diminishing their emotional impact, this technique enables individuals to break free from the grip of fear and reclaim their sense of peace and stability. Through repeated practice and guided support, individuals can gradually reframe their perception of past events, paving the way for profound healing and personal transformation.


How Does The Movie Rewind Pattern Work ?

A word of caution before we dive into exactly how this pattern works.

We’re dealing with potentially serious ‘stuff’ here, so I should emphasise that this technique should only be used by well-trained NLP Practitioners – if you screw it up (e.g. by leaving the client associated in a movie of their traumatic experience) you could make their problem worse!

Make sure when you run this pattern you pick something fairly low level on the scale of 1..10 in terms of anxiety.

It’s not important to treat the trauma directly. What is important, is that the subconscious mind will understand the structure of this experience, and will naturally and automatically begin to apply it to all the other more serious events that have been causing the anxiety until now. 


The Step-by-Step Process



Bob Fully Associated Into The Movie

  1. Identify the troubling memory: Start by pinpointing a memory that activates strong negative emotions. What do you see, hear, and sense when you recall this memory? Take note of the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic elements of the mental movie playing in your mind. 


Bob Watching The Movie From The Spectator’s Perspective 

  1. 2, Step Outside: Mentally step out of the movie and imagine yourself sitting in a theatre, observing the scene from a comfortable distance. 

Turn the image into black and white and notice how your feelings shift as you view things from further away and the picture changes to black and white.


Observing The Younger Bob Just Before The Event

  1. Step back and observe: Move back to and Freeze-frame a snapshot of the younger you just before the unpleasant event and watch from this spectator’s position. By creating this psychological distance, you can begin to detach yourself from the emotional intensity of the memory. This could be as little as 15 minutes before the event began. It’s important that you pick a moment when you felt, comfortable, relaxed and safe. 

This important step serves two purposes: first it breaks the emotional state Bob was in as he recalled the event before he could get trapped in the trauma. Second It gives him a solid positive point of reference to jump into when we rewind the movie. 


View From The Projector Booth

  1. Float back to the control booth: Imagine floating out of your body and into the projection booth behind you. From this vantage point, observe yourself watching the movie, creating a sense of detachment and safety. This shift in perspective allows you to view the memory from a place of objectivity, enabling you to process it more effectively.

  Bob Adjusting The Intensity Of The Movie

  1. Edit the movie: Experiment with altering the sensory codings of the memory. Play with visual elements like colour and brightness, adjust auditory features such as volume and tone, and shift kinesthetic sensations to diminish the emotional intensity. 

By manipulating these sensory components, you can begin to change the way the memory is stored and experienced in your mind.

Bob Playing The Movie For The Last Time

  1. Play the memory for the last time: Let the movie play from start to finish, watching it comfortably from the projection booth. 

Fast-forward past the unpleasant parts and linger on scenes of safety or maybe even pleasure. By confronting the memory in its entirety from the comfort of the projector booth you can begin to desensitise yourself to its emotional impact.

That means you can now learn the lessons you need to learn without experiencing the emotional pain so you can be free to move on.


Bob Rewinding To The Moment Of Safety

  1. Step into the movie and rewind: Step into a scene of comfort and rewind the movie at high speed while inside it and go all the way back to the freeze Frame moment of safety in step 3. Experience the rush of sights and sounds as everything moves backward, erasing the negative emotional charge. This rapid rewinding process helps to disrupt the neural pathways associated with the memory, weakening its hold on your emotions. 

It helps to play circus music, cartoon music, or (for those of you old enough to remember) music from the Benny Hill show.

  1. Repeat the process: Repeat the rewinding process five times, gradually increasing the speed with each repetition. 

Clear the screen between repetitions to reset your mind and prepare for the next rewind. 

Through repeated exposure to the memory in a safe and controlled environment, you can gradually diminish its emotional potency. 

  1. Test the results: After completing the rewinds, try to recall the original memory and observe any changes in the intensity of the associated emotions. Notice how your emotional response has shifted over time, indicating the effectiveness of the Movie Rewind Pattern in neutralising the negative charge of the memory.


The Movie Rewind Pattern offers a powerful tool for emotional liberation, allowing individuals to break free from the shackles of past traumas and reclaim their emotional well-being. By rewiring the way old memories are stored and processed in the mind, this pattern empowers individuals to move forward with confidence and resilience, enabling them to live fully in the present moment.

So why continue to be held hostage by painful memories? Take control of your emotional destiny and embark on a journey of healing and transformation with the Movie Rewind Pattern. Your liberation starts now.

About The Author

Giles Hamer Hayes BSc(Hons), CHPT, MPNLP, is a seasoned real world hypnotist with a passion for guiding individuals towards self-discovery and empowerment.

Trained and certified in Real World Hypnosis, Identity by Design, Regression Therapy, and NLP by Dr. David Snyder of the San Diego Hypnosis Institute, Hamer brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his practice. As a member of the APHP, Hamer is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct in his work.

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Published : Apr 26, 2024