Ian Cleary

RAS – A Piece of the Puzzle

The video below is a useful way to think about just how the brain processes all the information that comes its way. With the brain located inside our skull it relies on our nerves to send it important information. This includes information about the world around us and the working of our body. All of this […]

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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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Thought Suppression – Don’t think about it

“Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.” Dostoevsky 1863   While you are not thinking of polar bears, whatever you do now don’t think of dancing jellybeans. And definitely don’t think that embarrassing thought […]

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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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The perception of threat

May 18, 2016IanDepression, anxiety and other conditions, The Stress ResponseComments Off on The perception of threat

We give our brain far too much credit for being ‘smart’. Its real focus is PROTECTION. Good health requires the brain to have an accurate perception of what’s going on outside the skull (in the body and around the body). The accurate perception of threat is critical  and it is often way off. If you […]

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Getting better or just getting better at managing?

March 11, 2016IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Depression, anxiety and other conditions, Lightning Process, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Getting better or just getting better at managing?

The understanding of NEUROPLASTICITY has become a valuable tool in working with both physical and mental health. NEUROPLASTICITY is the process where the brain alters its structure and function as an adaptation to experience. The implications of this are huge. One implication is that the things that people do to ‘manage’ their problem are also […]

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The Fibromyalgia Test and what it means

November 17, 2015IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Depression, anxiety and other conditions, NeuroplasticityComments Off on The Fibromyalgia Test and what it means

The Fibro Diagnositic Test- Better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick (because that would hurt EVERYONE). There is normally a large and exhaustive range of tests that people undergo on their journey to get a diagnosis. But the simple diagnostic test for Fibro is pretty straight forward. Prod someone in various […]

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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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