*Edit, now realize this comment may be unrelated to your brother's situation.
"recapitulation consisted of "recollecting one's life down to the most insignificant detail" and that when a woman's recapitulation was complete she "no longer abided by the limitations of her person." She further explained that in the process of recapitulation one recounts all the feelings they invested in whatever memory they were reviewing."
"According to Kristopher Raphael, author of The Mastery of Awareness, Seeing Through the Eyes of a Jaguar, published in 2003, emotional charges blind one from perceiving reality as it truly is. Recapitulation is used to discharge one’s emotions so that they do not react and one can perceive clearly."