What Do the 3 Circles Mean?

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2018 04:48PM UTC

The objective of the Versus exercises is to get the 3 circles to converge. The underlying goal is to help your brain to produce and maintain a more optimal brain state, according to your NPA-assigned Performance Protocol. Your exercise protocol will require you to work toward either a more calm, relaxed, observational state or a more focused, attentive state.

When you are able to create the desired brain state, the circles will come together. As soon as you begin to lose that brain state, the circles will move apart. It takes a lot of practice to keep the circles converged for long periods of time, but make this your goal and you will get there.

Each circle represents a component of brain wave activity, and all three must work together to create the desired mindset. Below, you'll find additional information about each circle and tips that will help you be successful with Versus.

While exercising: Avoid any excessive movement, muscle tension, or conversations, as they can affect the results.

 

Stress Exercises

Recovering from stress requires rest for the brain. Achieve this during your exercise by attaining a calm, quiet state of mind and simply observing the circles move in and out. Take in the overall task, not focusing on any one specific aspect. Relax your mind and body.

 

Orange = Under-activated  (Drowsy, Spacing Out)

Stay awake and do not daydream. When you are successfully staying awake and aware during the exercises, this component of brain wave activity will be reduced and the orange circle will move toward the center. If you feel tired, you may notice it is more difficult to hold the orange circle near the center. Exercising when overtired may make it more challenging.

This circle will converge when you are awake and aware of exercise and your current goal.
This circle won't converge if you are too 'tired' or 'drowsy', or are envisioning being somewhere else.

Green = Present Brain State  (Relaxed, Meditating)

Relax, calm your mind, and try not to focus or dwell on thoughts as they come in. When you are successfully increasing this component of brain wave activity by producing a relaxed, calm brain state, the green circle will move toward the center. If you feel anxious or are focusing on other tasks, you may notice it is more difficult to hold the green circle near the center. As you use Versus more, it will become easier to generate a neutral brain state and remain in that calm, relaxed state of mind for longer periods of time. 

This circle will converge when you maintain a present awareness with little processing or 'complex thinking'.
This circle won't converge when you feel anxious, focus on a specific detail, or dwell on a single thought.

Blue = Alert Brain State  (Alert, Intense Thinking)

Calm your mind, do not ‘try’ or ‘think’ too intently. Avoid ‘trying’ or thinking too hard. When you are successfully quieting repetitive thoughts, this component of brain wave activity is decreasing and the blue circle will move toward the center. If you experience a high amount of internal chatter, you may notice it is more difficult to hold the blue circle near the center. As you use Versus more, it will become easier to let thoughts go and stay in a quiet state of mind for longer periods of time. 

This circle will converge when you calm your mind and decrease any 'active thinking'.
This circle won't converge when you think too hard or have a constant inner dialogue.

 


Focus Exercises

Process what is happening. Be ‘in the moment’, while not overthinking. Think about details and ‘zone in’ on the task.


 

 

Orange = Under-activated  (Drowsy, Spacing Out)

Stay awake and do not daydream. When you are successfully staying awake and aware during the exercises, this component of brain wave activity will be reduced and the orange circle will move toward the center. If you feel tired, you may notice it is more difficult to hold the orange circle near the center. Exercising when overtired may make it more challenging.

This circle will converge when you are awake and aware of the exercise and your current goal.
This circle won't converge if you are too 'tired' or 'drowsy', or are envisioning being somewhere else.

Green = Alert Brain State  (Alert, Intense Thinking)

Pay attention to the details and think intently about the task at hand. Zone-in and think about the circles converging. When you are successfully noticing small details, this component of brain wave activity is increased and the green circle will move toward the center. If you experience a high amount of confused or 'fuzzy' thoughts, you may notice it is more difficult to hold the green circle near the center. As you exercise more, it will become easier to concentrate your thoughts on the goal for longer periods of time. 

This circle will converge when you intently zone-in on the goal.
This circle won't converge when your thoughts become confused or you have a constant inner dialogue

Blue = Highly Active Brain State  (Complex Problem Solving)

Create a quiet, focused mind while taking in the entire experience. When you are successful at managing extremely complex thoughts, this component of brain wave activity is decreased and the blue circle will move toward the center. If you experience a high amount of overly focused, intense thought, you may notice it is more difficult to hold the blue circle near the center. As you use Versus more, it will become easier to stay in a restfully aware state of mind for longer periods of time. 

This circle will converge when you settle your mind and reduce any 'critical thinking'.
This circle won't converge when you focus in on one detail or have excessive problem solving thoughts.