Ian Cleary

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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Cute rabbits, perception and the brain

October 23, 2015IanChronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, In the News & Research, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Cute rabbits, perception and the brain

What can a fake rabbit teach us about neuroplasticity and the brain? There is a neat experiment known as the cutaneous rabbit illusion. If you tap two spots at distant places on your forearm in a particular timing, you experience the sensation of being touched in the middle of the two places as well. The brain […]

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5 Stages of Change

September 16, 2015IanInspirational & General Interest, Lightning Process, NeuroplasticityComments Off on 5 Stages of Change

Why is making change effortless for some people yet for others it seems impossible? This has been one of the driving questions that has influenced my work for many years. The Lightning Process training programme is a tool to make change. People who take the training are signing up to learn how to change their […]

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Depression – Beyond the myth of a Chemical Imbalance

September 8, 2015IanDepression, anxiety and other conditions, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Depression – Beyond the myth of a Chemical Imbalance

Beyond the myth of “Chemical Imbalance”   Many of the people I see with chronic illness will also suffer from depression. Some come to me with depression as their primary issue while others develop depression as a consequence of having another illness like chronic pain, anxiety or debilitating fatigue. A critical step in making change […]

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Where is pain?

July 17, 2015IanChronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Where is pain?

Understanding Pain I recently read an article about fibromyalgia that read “Pain is the body’s way of alerting your brain that there is a problem”. This fundamentally misunderstands modern pain science and that misunderstanding can get in the way of people beating many chronic pain conditions. Pain is not your BODY’S way of alerting your brain there is a problem. […]

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Trauma and the brain

Why do we remember anything? We clearly don’t remember everything. So why bother remembering anything at all? It’s pretty clear life would be difficult and potentially dangerous without memories. Memories play an important role in keeping us safe. We learn from a bad experience so we don’t make the mistake again. So while many of […]

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The day I broke my back

June 4, 2015IanChronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Neuroplasticity, The Stress ResponseComments Off on The day I broke my back

Back pain can be debilitating. I know. I’ve been there. I remember waking up one morning with horrific pain shooting through my back. The sort of explosive pain that stops you breathing and feels like a full body explosion. I lay there for hours until I realised I needed to get help. I slowly rolled […]

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Neuroplasticity and Anxiety

Neuroplasticity has been talked about as the greatest medical breakthrough in the last few hundred years.  The idea that our brain can change its structure and function through mental experience was considered heresy only a few decades ago. Now we know that the brain is CONSTANTLY changing and adapting to experience. So not only were […]

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Some Antics with words

October 29, 2014IanChronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Inspirational & General Interest, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Some Antics with words

“If we understood the power of our thoughts we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our weakness and and our own strength”  Betty Eadie     People who have taken a course […]

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Should I stay or should I go? Where to do your training.

June 28, 2014IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Depression, anxiety and other conditions, Lightning Process, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Should I stay or should I go? Where to do your training.

People often face a dilemma – to travel to a training to get it done sooner or wait for me to run one close by? I am often asked my advice on this issue so I thought I would answer this question in a blog post. For my wife to recover from ME/CFS she had […]

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