Master NLP Practitioner & Gestalt Therapist
What is the process involved in the Godiva chocolate pattern?
Examine current emotions and behaviours and find something that has a strong pull for the client. The more powerful the emotional response, the more effective the pattern will be. Understand that the experience doesn’t have to be related to the new behaviour and it just needs to have a power positive motivation for the client.
Associate into Experience – Source Image:
Recall an event where the compulsion was in full force and associate (step in to) the memory capturing as much sensory information as possible. Here the client needs to be able to instantly step into the experience and expose themselves to the entire force of the event.
It can be helpful to anchor this state for the client should they have a problem recalling the event.
Define this event as the Source Image for easy reference.
Clarify Desired Behaviour – Destination Image:
What is it that the client wants to attach compulsive feelings to? Define the behaviour and then have them create a dissociative image where they are watching themselves ‘do’ the activity. This is the Destination Image.
Set-Up ‘Pull Through’ Swish:
Put the associated, compulsive image (Source Image) in the foreground with the dissociated, desired image (Destination Image) hidden behind it, in the background. Connect the two images with a thread going through the centre of both images.
Swish and Link Experiences:
Looking at the Source Image and absorbing the positive compulsion, create a hole in the middle and ‘pull’ through the Destination Image, expanding it until it covers the whole of the Source Image whilst retaining the compulsive state.
With the destination Image in front feel the compulsiveness and after a few moments ‘push’ the image back through the hole in the Source Image to re-experience and re-align the motivational emotions.
Repeat Swish until Feelings ‘Fixed’:
Go through the swish process as many times as necessary until the client is unable to think about the desired behaviour without the associated compulsive feelings.