Ian Cleary

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

I sent out this poem recently to my Lightning Process Graduates and so many replied to say how much they related to it. The process of getting out of auto-pilot and retraining our brain / body to respond differently is not always smooth. It’s a journey that this poem captures well. Autobiography in Five Short […]

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Aha Moments

I love the look on someone’s face during a training when they get an ‘aha moment’ – the penny drops, the light bulb goes off, something finally makes sense.   These moments come when people are receptive, searching and open. There’s a willingness to recognise that there may be a mis-match between what is true […]

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The future looks bright

February 8, 2017IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Inspirational & General InterestComments Off on The future looks bright

The Lightning Process is not just about getting your health back. It’s about getting your LIFE back. Chronic Illness impacts every facet of one’s life and so with recovery comes so much more than good health. A limited life becomes one filled with possibilities again.  Well done to LP Graduate Georgia who has gone on […]

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Back in the Saddle – Herald Sun Article

February 5, 2017IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, In the News & Research, Inspirational & General Interest, Lightning ProcessComments Off on Back in the Saddle – Herald Sun Article

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Ode to Spontaneity

After years of physical illness people often loose trust in their bodies and life becomes a carefully managed routine to avoid crashes or flare ups. While people are busy planning all the things they want to do after the training, one of the joys of recovery is the ability to be spontaneous again. The ability […]

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Be your own Neuroplastic Surgeon

I wrote a recent post “If Pain persists BE your own Doctor”. This one could be  “If you are stuck BE your own Neuroplastic Surgeon”. To live a brilliant life you don’t need understand the brain at the level of a Neuroscientist like Michael Merzenich. But you would be foolish to ignore his message. And […]

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I’ve tried everything

Many people I see have been sick for a long time & come to me with a long list of failures, having ‘tried everything’. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible or even hard. It is just a comment on the approaches they have tried or how they have used the approaches. Maybe it means it’s time […]

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Self-Sabotage or Self-Protection

I call the work I do self-directed NEUROPLASTICITY change. I train people. I guide them. I point out blind spots. I am their cheer squad and coach. But I am not able to do the work. That is up to them. Only they can do it. So in the course of discussing whether someone is […]

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Neuroplasticity and the Sudoku myth

February 25, 2016IanInspirational & General Interest, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Neuroplasticity and the Sudoku myth

You may have heard that maintaining high cognitive function and memory is a simple as doing your daily Sudoku or crossword puzzle thanks to the wonders of Neuroplasticity. REALLY? Will doing Sudoku really change your brain at all?  It turns out that the answer IS yes…. but only because everything does. However if you think […]

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Stress? Coping well vs just not doing it. You CHOOSE.

You may know the boiled frog experiment. Put a frog in a pot of warm water and it will detect the warmth and jump out. But the bizarre thing is if you put it in a pot of water at room temperature then heat it slowly, the frog can’t detect ANY change and will stay there […]

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