Imprinting starts with imitating our parents. As time goes on, we lose our authenticity and adopt our parent’s patterns and characteristics as our own. Eventually we cannot tell the difference except by the degree of effort it takes to show up. What people believe about us becomes how we express who we are, even when it is inaccurate. The more deeply we are attached to our imprinting, the more we create a separative reality that empowers only conditioned responses to environmental circumstances. There are seven main creative Imprints: Orchestrator, Compassionate, Implementer, Inventor, Investigator, Visionary and StoryTeller. The degree and level of creativity of the sponsor affects the nature of the imprint. Healing Our Imprinting awakens our natural responsiveness so we do not fall into the limitations and constraints of our past. The main cost of imprinting is inner creative confusion and denial.
Imprinting, Defenses and Pretenses are false ways we invest in developing an inauthentic personality. Imprinting is particularly driven by the fear of being ostracized or rejected. The more our primary caretakers do not see us, the more likely we will compromise ourselves to get the attention we crave. The more stressed we are the more our imprints become predominant. The more we identify with our Imprinting, the more obvious our insecurities. By confronting our fears and recognizing we have natural authentic abilities, we step away from false beliefs to embrace our inherent capabilities. Healing Our Imprinting means being more conscious when these patterns emerge and humorously over doing them so we can release them. After 50 years of age our imprints polarize and crystalize so if we have not consciously addressed them our fear of change increases.
Patterns That Waste Our Energy
Imprinting is how we learn to fake it to gain the approval of our parents, teachers, or society. When we interact with society, we formulate ideas of what we have to be to get seen as effective. Ironically, these false patterns, while creating a front or façade, do not offer help in getting the job done. By being artificial, we trigger other people into rejecting us, particularly when they naturally represent the expression we are copying. This is reflected in the ways we interact and in our expectations about how others should be with us. Over time, we create standards for how to get seen, which deny our natural creativity. Our main focus (in this discussion) is with Creative Expression imprinting, which is about half of the problem, although the combined impact of all forms of imprinting frequently consumes up to 25% of our energy. Whenever we pretend we are someone, or need to prove that we are a certain way, it leads to imprinting energetic losses.
Imprinting begins with our parents. When we are not seen, it encourages us to adopt their way of operating in order to get attention. While this works at first, it gets old for our parents, and we are stuck trying to do more, and end up feeling trapped in ways of being where we get even less attention. Attention is the first way we get validated for being who we are. When we are not ‘seen’, and end up adopting imprinted patterns as a substitute, we create a greater need for attention. Imprinting impacts our Self Esteem and Self Respect and reduces our enthusiasm. Imprinted individuals become crystallized and get caught in patterns of Inertia where they cannot respond to new opportunities. Ironically, every imprint has a different quality, because we get caught ‘trying’ to be a certain way, which creates indicators of that creative imprint. There are three degrees of imprinting based on how much we have lost our Authentic Self. There are also three types of imprinting based on the creative sequence of our parents and how they overlap (each other). Most individuals have four to five imprints. We may even have an imprint on top of our three Authentic Expressions that limits our ability to be who we are. This reflects how imprinting is cumulative and increases Conditioning.
Irritation, Frustration, Intolerance reveals the amount of imprinting we have. Imprinting commonly triggers jealously, envy and competition because we are always comparing ourselves to others. This is amplified as those who react are usually the same creative expression as our Imprint. Each Imprint is impacted by the degree of creative denial expressed by the person we are trying to imitate. The more we believe our imprinting the more we trap ourselves in no self-love circumstances. This also means we are often confused when others do not accept our imprint as our caretakers or parents did. The lack of self-affirmation can make us suicidal. We heal Imprints by seeing the inauthentic patterns and calling them out to others and ourselves, so they are no longer energetically fed by our lack of awareness. It is also helpful to use humor to explore how the patterns deny the connections we seek.