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How to do a doyletic Speed Trace

Doyletics provides a fast and simple way to recode unpleasant states so they don't recur.

Here's the theory: Before age 5, memories of somatic and state information get stored in the amygdaline structures of the brain, separately from visual and auditory components of memory. These amygdaline somatic/state memories are called doyles. After age 5, somatic and state information get stored in the cortex along with visual and auditory content. But rather than storing this state information directly, the brain simply references doyles or combinations of doyles that allow it to construct these states.

This means that all states older children and adults experience get built from doyles.

Doyles are physical body states that can include muscle tension and feelings of movement, heart and respiration rates, blood sugar levels, "gut feelings" (visceral kinesthetics), itching, pain, etc. Apparently doyles form the basic storage unit for most of the body's automated operations, including coughing, yawning, scratching, blinking, walking, etc.

Deactivating doyles

State information stored in a doyle re-creates the state when the doyle gets accessed. But if we reprocess the doyle into a cortical memory, it no longer acts as template for creating states. Reprocess a doyle used to create the state of a food dislike or phobia, and the triggering stimulus no longer builds the state. Reprocess the doyles involved in painful memories, and they can no longer cause pain.

The doyletic Speed Trace recodes doyletic memories into cortical memories.

What to Speed Trace

You can speed trace unpleasant doyles such as a tight stomach, food dislikes, phobias, unsteadiness, stage fright, a sound or smell or sight that evokes terror or rage, or a physical illness such as flu. Some people have used doyletics to blow out pleasant states such as the thrill of gambling. In these cases, we prefer NLP interventions such as the Compulsion Blowout that add choices.

You can also Speed Trace the trigger in an automatic strategy that's a problem. For instance, if a person gets scared by a lot of different things, you can elicit the strategy they use to get from stimulus to feeling scared. Find the common element that's present across contexts -- it might be a picture, voice, or sensation that triggers the rest of the sequence. Anchoring and Speed Tracing that key element will often recode the sequence so it will no longer run.

What not to Speed Trace

If you recode one doyle, all memories that use it to reconstruct states will lose that state information. Henderson claims that if you recode all doyles of a state, you can never re-create or experience that state again.

Since anger, fear, and other "unpleasant" emotions are useful in some contexts, be very careful what you choose to recode. Only Speed Trace states a person can afford to lose completely, without ecology problems. Very unresourceful states of helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness, powerlessness, and self-judgment make good candidates.

Key elements of a Speed Trace

The critical elements of Speed Tracing are holding the state (doyle) while regressing through time to before it got installed.

There are at least two effective ways to regress through time:

  • Verbal age regression, where the person talks themselves backwards in time. This is the method taught by Bobby Matherne.
  • Verbal age regression is extremely easy to use on yourself and with people who have no knowledge of doyletics or NLP. However, it does not always work for people who use auditory as their most conscious representation system. (It didn't work for Jan.) For these people, use the synesthesia method:

  • Synesthesia of moving rapidly backwards through time, using a mix of auditory, kinesthetic, and visual representations. Make sure the person uses at least two sensory modalities.
  • Moving backward on a mental life timeline and off the end of it works very well. You can help the explorer make the kinesthetic element more real by having them lean forward at the beginning of the Speed Trace, and shift backward as they progress.

    Synesthesia works considerably faster than the verbal method, but takes a bit more setup for clients unfamiliar with the metaphor. Also, the person must regress fairly fast to make this work (usually a few seconds). If necessary, have them rehearse by watching a mental movie of themselves doing it, so they understand what to do.

How to do a Speed Trace

  1. Verbal method only: get the explorer's age. For our example, we'll use an age of 42 years.
  2. Have the explorer access and hold the state. You can anchor it kinesthetically (touch or self anchor). If the state has an eye access, have the explorer fix their eyes on it.
  3. Age-regress from the current age.
  4. Synesthesia method

    Have the explorer create a representation in at least two senses of moving backward through time. Do this very rapidly, so they reach the age of conception in a few seconds.

    Occasionally the person may need to go far past conception to get the whole doyle. Go to the Stone Age, or to the beginning of the universe if necessary. When the feeling of the doyle disappears completely, they're done. Make sure they got the whole doyle (step 4).

    Verbal method

    Use 10-year increments for people over 40 years old, or 5-year increments for those under 40. Stop at an age older than 5. To age regress, have the explorer say out loud:

    "I'm 42, and I'm experiencing this doyle.
    "I'm 32, and I'm experiencing this doyle.
    "I'm 22, and I'm experiencing this doyle.
    "I'm 12, and I'm experiencing this doyle."

    (Instead of "doyle," you could have them say "feeling," "sensation," or whatever is appropriate.)

    Once you reach age five, each time the explorer says the time increment, have them check whether the doyle is still present. You may get several state changes along the way, and intensity may go down a lot (and sometimes way up again) before you get to the incident. When in doubt, continue.

    When the doyle disappears completely, you're done. Make sure you got the whole doyle (step 4).

    Use these time increments:

    "I'm 5; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm 4; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm 3; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm 2; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm 1; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm 9 months; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm 6 months; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm 3 months; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm 1 month; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm 1 day old, the day after my birth, am I experiencing this doyle?"

    Many people have major birth trauma. Do them a favor and skip over the day of their birth.

    "I'm minus 1 day old, the day before my birth; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm minus 1 month; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm minus 2 months; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm minus 3 months; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm minus 4 months; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm minus 5 months; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm minus 6 months; am I experiencing this doyle?
    "I'm minus 7 months; am I experiencing this doyle?"

    Henderson and Matherne say that you do not need to go beyond 7 months before birth. Apparently the limbic region of the brain is not sufficiently developed to store doyles yet.

    However, we have found that sometimes doyles get coded as happening before conception. Go back as far as the explorer needs to. 

  5. To get any information the explorer may have coded (or miscoded) as happening even earlier, finish by saying:
  6. "Now go all the way back to the beginning."
    "Now go before the beginning." 

  7. Optional: Have the explorer ask the plausibility question:
  8. "What plausible thing could have happened to me at age [use the age when the doyle disappeared]?"
    "What plausible thing could have happened to me when I got this doyle?"

    This question often instigates further processing, sometimes in the form of muscle movements. This additional processing gets more change results in some people.

    Explorers can often learn about the original incident that created the doyle by playing close attention to whatever feelings, sensory experiences, thoughts, and body movements that occur just after the question. People may access strong memories they can make sense of, or content may seem vague and incomprehensible.

  9. Optional: Install a more resourceful state in the "parking space" left by removing the old doyle. I do this by stacking touch anchors: "What would it be like to go through life with a state of curiosity" (access state, set a touch anchor briefly), "resourcefulness" (access this state and touch the same anchor briefly), "and wonder?" (ditto) Build the resource state you want, then hold the anchor, get the combined state strongly, and rapidly move forward through time back to the present. Release the anchor.
  10. I used to routinely ask the plausibility question, but have now switched to installing a more resourceful state, as it seems to have more benefit.

  11. Check by trying to re-access the original state. If some of it remains, anchor that and do another Speed Trace. Strong states may get built by "stacking" several doyles, which you may need to Speed Trace separately.

When Speed Traces don't work

We have found two circumstances when Speed Traces don't work:

  • Using an auditory time increment for some auditorily conscious people. You want the person's unconscious mind to do the time recoding; therefore, have them imagine traveling backward in time as a visual/kinesthetic experience.
  • When the state isn't the original state, but a go-to from something else. For instance, if a person has a standard response of feeling frustrated about a lot of different things that happen in their life, a Speed Trace may not defuse the frustrated feeling. We don't yet know why.


The doyletic Speed Trace provides a very useful addition to the NLP tool set, because it works so quickly, and without getting a person deeply into state for more than a few moments. That makes it better than the Compulsion Blowout for states such as suicidal depression that are dangerous to ramp up. (Compulsion Blowout doesn't always blow out the state, and some people get stuck just short of going over threshold.)

Jan and I have also found it useful for blowing out chronic baseline states prior to installing new ones using the Global Swish.

— W. Keppel
© 2004, some rights reserved
posted March 2004
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Doyle Henderson, after whom doyletics is named, did the original research and developed software for eliminating doyles.

Bobby Matherne, "Basic Theory of Doyletics,"

Bobby Matherne, "Doyletics Training Exercise: Learn to Do a Speed Trace,", and "Instructions on How to Do the MOST™ Speed Trace and a List of Actual Traces," Matherne developed the Speed Trace.

W. Keppel is an NLP developer.


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