The RIM® Institute
RIM® (Regenerating Images in Memory) is a body-centered, transformational technique that frees you of negative thoughts, feelings and memories, so you are empowered to live your best life.
The RIM® process allows you to re-generate your neurologically grounded sense of self in a profound way. Neuroscience findings support the efficacy of RIM® by explaining that the brain and nervous system is “plastic” or changeable. In 2000, a researcher at the College of William and Mary discovered that recalling a memory biochemically destabilizes it, so it can be recreated in an affirming way.
Since your nervous system imprints an imagined experience similar to an actual experience, you can re-generate emotional body memory to create neurological-rooted positive endings to old hurt and pain. All the while, factual memory remains stable. Finally, during the RIM® process, you integrate a new body-centered feeling that automatically stimulates health in your mind, body and spirit. You begin to trust that life wants you to thrive and succeed.
The RIM® Institutes story began in 1995 when my dad had a cardiac arrest in Kansas where I grew up. His blood pressure wasn’t holding and the nurse called to say he was dying. As I hung up the phone, spontaneously, a vision came into my mind’s eye, and I saw him walking toward the horizon. I also saw myself upset and yelling, “I”m not ready for you to leave.” Slowly, my dad turned to look my way. With a radiant face he said, “Oh, I didn’t know you felt that way.” When I flew to be at his bedside the next day, I discovered that sometime during the night, his blood pressure had stabilized. He went on to live five of what he called “the best years of his life.”
I was shocked by the power of this imaginary experience; “It was all in my mind, wasn’t it?” Intrigued, I committed to understand and learn how to harness this curious power. At that time, I was a very successful psychotherapist with twenty-five years of practice and a strong academic background with a Master’s in Psychiatric Nursing and a Doctorate in Human Communication. I had taught at the University of Colorado and conducted research through the University of Denver. None of that, however, seemed very significant as I faced my dad’s potential death.
Over the last twenty years, I have been on a journey to weave together my knowledge of psychology and communication with an unbounded curiosity to know more of what is available to us in those unused parts of the brain. I have sought to expand the work beyond the psychological to the miraculous.
RIM® initially began as a synthesis of techniques that access the subconscious mind directly-Somatic Therapy, Ericksonian Hypnosis and Interactive Guided Imagery and has continued to expand and evolve. Originally, the acronym RIM® stood for my book Releasing the Inner Magician so it could be conveniently referenced as a research intervention for people suffering with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). This study found that RIM® significantly decreases the symptoms of stress-related illness and significantly increases one’s quality of life (Boxwell Dissertation, Holos University, 2004). As it has evolved into a scientific method, the meaning of RIM® has become Re-generating Images in Memory.
At the RIM® Institute, we have seen remarkable recoveries. Clients stuck in grieving from earlier events like a loved one’s suicide or murder find peace in one session.
Clients with physical conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s have gone into remission. One client with a “complete” spinal cord injury is walking in braces. Psychologically, clients have freed themselves from traumatic memories, and others have learned how to use RIM® to make wise decisions in a split second. We have learned from client feedback that, “When [clients] leave a psychotherapy session [they] feel good. After a RIM® session, [they] feel different.” RIM® clients look and act different too! One spouse remarked about her husband, after his session given as a birthday gift, “He looks ten years younger.”
In fact, the RIM® process allows clients to re-generate their internal neurologically grounded sense of self in such a profound way, we believe their emotional memory is permanently altered for the better. The latest neuro-science findings support the efficacy of RIM® by explaining that the brain and nervous system is “plastic” or changeable. According to researcher Dr. Candace Pert (Molecules of Emotion), our emotional experiences are stored in the body at feeling-specific neurotransmitter sites and can be re-keyed to create different emotions than those feelings to which we have previously been addicted. Since the brain registers an imagined experience similar to a real experience, we can re-generate emotional memory to create neuro-pathways for new endings to old stories. All the while, factual memory remains stable. Finally, during the RIM® process, clients integrate a new felt body-experience that translates to automatic or reflexive behavioral, physical, and psychological changes.
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