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Neuro-cycle By Dr. Caroline Leaf

Published: Oct 25th, 2023 02:49 pmBy Daisy Varun

The foundational principles of Neuro-cycle are simple: Embracing, Processing and Re-conceptualising. These can be further simplified in a 5-step process.

Step 1. Gather Awareness (Embracing)

Embracing means acknowledging, facing, accepting, and willingly and mindfully gathering awareness of the emotional and physical warning signals that your brain and body send you. Havingthe ability to recognize your current condition can be achieved through the clinical process of gathering awareness.

Example: I’m feeling very worried, my heart is fluttering and I am not able to sleep.

There are three warning signs that your thoughts are producing here:


An emotional alert (worry)


A physical alert (Heart palpitations)


A behavioral alert (Sleeplessness)


Remember, we are thinking beings and we think all day long! The goal in this step is to understand what you are going through. Choose the information that you are going to practice brain building with. Watch what you are thinking and how you are feeling. The minute you gather awareness all of the networks of protein bonds and chemical bonds loosen. When you don’t gather awareness, the bonds tighten and are harder to break.

Step 2. Reflect (Processing)                          


Processing is the mental autopsy. It entails deep, intentional and focused thinking, which forces the conscious mind and non-conscious minds to connect.

The aim of the step is too shift your focus from the behaviours to the thought that trigger these behaviours, then to the perspective, then to the root cause. 

It challenges the brain to move into a higher gear, which is what it designed for: deep intellectual thinking. Reflection is full of dimension and depth.It’s comprised of deep thought and putting thoughts on trial. Start by acknowledging the signal then asking every relevant question that can lead to answers and insights.

Ask-answer-discuss this with yourself.

Try to find the deep meaning behind the words and actions.

What are you going through? How are you hurting? What's making you react this way?

Don't absorb the negative energy and make it a part of your brain. Stop outside of yourself and choose to objectify the situation.

The aim of this focus thinking step is to learn how to think deeply and intentionally which will develop your phenomenal capacity to build effective long term memory into your dendrites.

Step 3. Write (Processing)

 Journal your thoughts and organise them. Put what you are going through down in your notes. This will help organise your thoughts which will release the emotional sting out of the pain. As we think, we create signals in our brain. As we write, we literally influence our genetic expression and grow our brain. Write everything down from your reflections, no matter how jumbled. Just get your mind and brain on to paper so you can really start seeing the mental mess and how to clean it up. You will soon start seeing how each event has its own information, emotions and physical reaction.


Step 4. Recheck (Processing/Re-conceptualising)


At this stage, you review what you have written to recognize the patterns. Get order and an antidote for what you’ve analysed.Re-analyse and examine what you have written down. Talk to someone else to get a wider perspective on the situation. Deliberately and intentionally go through what you have written.

See fit make sense and if it has all the necessary information to do the recheck steps.

Make sure you understand what you have written.

Sort information out to understand it and then compare it to the original content.

Make certain that you are satisfied with the information you have selected. Look for whether you have too much information or too little.

Ask yourself if it makes sense and if it does not, edit until it does!

Organise information in a logical way. Check for cross linkages.

Make the concepts easier to remember by adding or deleting more words, picture, symbols, and colours.

You might have to do this process over a few times before you actually go to step 5

You do not want to stay in a toxic state for hours, a mistake that most people make. One thing to really focus on in the recheck step is forgiveness. Unforgiveness keeps the toxic thought  strong  and powerful in your brain, which impedes your healing. This is due to the law of entanglement in quantum physics. When we forgive, we actually grow a part of our brain called the 'anterior superior temporal sulcus'. The more we grow this area the easier it becomes to transfer the 'pain energy' to 'recovery energy'.


Step 5. Active Reach (Reconceptualising)


This step is about re-designing the thinking, feeling, and choosing behind the thought. When you are reconstructing a thought you are examining the information emotions and choices that led to that thought. Re-conceptualisation helps you to build a replacement thought that has the lessons.

Speak the reconceptualized thought, saying it out loud - this will force you to focus on it.

Be very intentional about not allowing your mind to slip back into rehearsing the past.

This will change the energy patterns of the brain which will make your mind stronger and more resilient.

It literally redesigns your thinking and your brain, enabling you to progress forward.

Excerpts from: Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline Leaf

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