Hence for the topic of imprints I will be breaking it down into several posts all examining the same subject through various different ways of working with imprints. Some of what I say might seem insightful and other things that I state might seem dead wrong. My intention here is not to get to the right answer as it is to convey different ways of viewing this phenomena and working with it.
It we were to think of an imprint in terms of memory it could be likened to something such as a flashblub memory in that they are often events that occur that are highly vivid to the individual that they occurred with in.
Something that does appear to be particularly interesting about Imprints is that they appear to effect the functioning of an individual for years to come unless appropriately altered. People that are familiar with Time Line work in NLP will see Imprints referred to as Significant Emotional Events (S.E.E.).
In one of the very first books on NLP, "Frogs into Princes" John Grinder and Richard Bandler detailed a pattern called, "Change Personal History" this pattern allows the user to track any in 'limiting feeling' that they might be experiencing back to the initial 'reference experience' (Imprint/S.E.E/Flashblub Memory).
After a brief 'break state' the individual receives the opportunity to conjure from their personal history any resources that had they had them back then the situation in question would not have been an issue.
I have had experiences in the past where I have had individuals say that had they had a sense of safety, security, confidence, etc... that they would have been able to deal with the situation in question more appropriately.
Utilizing anchoring techniques from NLP we were able to take those resources from various contexts in the individuals life and apply them to the problem context in order to transform the 'reference experience'.
What then is often done is that they are then instructed to take this new and altered perception of the event and to imagine moving forward and to notice what things they would have done differently given this new and transformed experience.
Often times the person being worked with will notice quite a few things.
Typically a person once they make it to the present moment what is then done is that the are asked to clear their mind and then to think of future contexts that will be affected by having made this change and to notice what they do differently.
This pattern "Change Personal History" is very useful for assisting people to clear up all kinds limiting experiences. I'm impressed at how often people are haunted by past experiences that were beyond there control. This pattern along with "Reimprinting" pattern developed by Robert Dilts work wonderfully in transforming limiting imprints into resources that allow people to move on with their lives using those past experiences in a way that serves them.
The book that I am recommending has both "Change Personal History" and "Reimprinting" patterns in them. I would suggest anyone check them out.