Active Memory Synthesis

Active Memory Synthesis (AMS) is a powerful technique which helps the mind disassociate and release the emotional charge from a memory allowing it to be stored passively in the mind. When the memory is passive, the experience is remembered as a simple memory and is stored as uncomplicated memory patterns without causing any disabling symptoms. Using specific hand positions, eye movements and tapping, it creates positive results in releasing the emotionally charged memories that are trapped and causing distress in the mind and body. AMS is one of the BodyTalk protocols created back in the 1990s. After more training and research, Monique has found that it works most effectively in it's own therapy session.  

 What is an Active Memory

Active memory is a state where a memory is connected to an emotional charge. This is usually the result of a psychological, emotional or physical stress or trauma in one’s life. These traumas can exceed the person’s ability to cope and cause stress on all the functions of the mind, body & emotions.  Active memories are not stored or processed properly in the brain and end up in form that gives them the ability to be replayed and cause distress over and over again.

 Persons who have aggressive active memories sometimes suffer from mental disorders and illness such as PTSD, C-PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, DID, Bi-Polar Disorder etc They often will have triggers which can be debilitating and can bring about an intense emotional state or physical pain.. These triggers are unique to each person and can be as simple as a smell of a certain perfume or seeing a car accident in a movie. The results of triggers vary from nightmares, panic attacks, reliving the event in their mind over and over to mental health issues and physical disabilities. They can bring up strong and disabling emotions such as guilt, shame, fear, loathing, anger and more.

Active memories may also be stored subconsciously in a person's brain. In these cases the person is not aware of the association of the distress to the memory. These sometimes are found during a BodyTalk session.

 How Active Memory Synthesis Works

Step 1 - Discussion:

During the 1st session with a client an intake form is filled out and a plan is developed. After a brief chat, a list is made of recent and past traumas or fears and phobias is made. After a list is made, emotions attached to those traumas and listed using labeling words that surround each event. Then those are rated on a scale from 1-10 how they are felt at that moment. Positive emotions are then listed opposite the negative emotions to be used during the session.

If there are a number of traumatic events in a client’s life, decision on which to work on first can be done in a few different ways.

1.      The highest emotion rated on the negative scale

2.      The one which the client truly wants to work on first

3.      Using Neurobiofeedback and asking which is priority

NOTE: The client DOES NOT need to go into details at all! It can be one simple sentence such as “something that happened to me when I was 6” or "my  car accident" etc. This is important to understand! Monique does not want to bring on triggers. A client can explain as much or as little as they are comfortable with. AMS can be done with or without in depth descriptions and it will be just as effective. 

 Step 2 - Implementation of Active Memory Synthesis

Hand Positions:

Clients will be shown a hand position that they will hold during the session. This will activate specific Chinese Meridian acupuncture points: the Yintang & the Zygoma (the cross point of Meridian SI18 and Triple Burner). These points are known in Chinese Medicine for their calming effect on the spirit, calming anxiety, calming infantile fright, lifting depression and for regulating & stabilizing consciousness.


Monique will implement specific tapping techniques to the top of head and the heart during the active part of the session. Tapping top of the head activates acupuncture point GV20 which calms and reduces stress and also stimulates both sides of the brain. Tapping the heart activates the acupuncture point linked to heart and pericardium which brings calm, love and joy. The heart also stores what has been balanced.

Eye Movements:

It has been scientifically proven in other therapies that utilize the similar eye movements, the brain's ability to restore active memory into a more passive state during these session. These eye movements resemble the Rapid Eye Movement we do during sleep, which repairs the mind by sorting and consolidating the information you have learned during the day into your memory.  Active memories are ones which the brain was not able to sort and store properly due to their emotional and traumatic effect on the mind and body. All eye movements during sessions are guided by Monique.

·        First eye movement is Surfacing: in this first step clients will make clockwise eye circles.  This may be done a few times in a row.

·        Second eye movement is Disassociating: in this step clients will make counter-clockwise eye circles. Again they will be asked to focus on the specific event or memory being worked on and any emotions or pain connected to it and repeat it in their mind over and over. 

·        Third eye movement is Synthesizing: now clients will move their eyes quickly in a side to side motion.  This time clients are asked to focus on, and repeat over and over, the opposite positive phrase or emotion discussed earlier in the session. 

·        Fourth eye movement is Release: this final movement is done with very deep belly breaths. Clients will be asked to focus on the breaths which has a gentle guided rhythm. 

 After the steps are completed, clients will be asked on a scale of 1-10 how they feel emotionally about this specific event. If it is a not a satisfactory number showing a shift, the process can be repeated. Monique does do this process more than twice in one session as it can be very emotionally draining to clients.

If you have any questions about Active memory Synthesis please contact Monique

 At times it only takes one session to release the emotional charge of an active memory. Other times, especially when dealing with multiple events or traumas it may take up to 5 sessions. Sessions can last from 30 - 60 minutes. Please read the disclaimer note from Monique on home page. 


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