Heather Thomas Advanced Lightning Process® Practitioner
Clinical Hypnotherapist MBIH, NLP Master, BSc (Hons). Examiner and Mentor for new students at Phil Parker Training Institute, Elected member of Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee at Phil Parker Training Institute.
Heather is a highly experienced Advanced Practitioner of the Lightning Process, she has trained hundreds of people through the course since starting work as a full-time practitioner in 2007. A number of GPs, Consultants, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and other Complementary Practitioners refer directly to her. She regularly works as an Examiner at the PPTI for new students and has been a coach to many of the students training in NLP/hypnotherapy. She is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and NLP Master Practitioner and a Member of the British Institute of Hypnotherapy. She is an elected member of the ‘Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee’ at PPTI. She is fully DBS checked to the highest level (previously known as CRB), and works with children and adults, 8 – 80 years. She has travelled to work with many bed-bound or house-bound people and was the first practitioner to run regular group courses in Norway.
Personal experience and thoughts about The Lightning Process®
I was 24 when I became severely unwell with ME/CFS, however after taking the Lightning Process course in 2006, I was utterly transformed and my energy and health returned remarkably rapidly. My doctor and I believe that I am in fact fully well. I lead a full, happy life, working full time as an Advanced Practitioner, exercising and enjoying a social life. I no longer fear the return of that condition ever.
I first heard about the Lightning Process at a time when I had been ill with ME for sixteen years. I had been diagnosed as a ‘classic case’ by Professor Pinching at Barts Hospital, London, a top specialist in the condition and former Principal Medical Adviser to ‘Action for ME’. Other Consultants over the years had also diagnosed the same condition. For twelve of those years I was severely affected and bed-bound 24 hours a day. I had pain, digestive problems, sleep disturbances, concentration difficulties and I was mostly unable to walk at all. I experienced most of the usual range of ME symptoms and I had tried almost every possible treatment, supplement and approach, to try to find a way back to health and a life. A long period of psychotherapy was an interesting journey, but made no difference to my health whatsoever. The health problems had actually started even earlier when I was much younger with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). The ME itself started with probable viral meningititis. From then on I never fully recovered and eventually spiraled down into total confinement to bed, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I was unable to do anything for myself. I had given up trying any new approaches to recover after so many cycles of disappointments. I had spent a lot of money over the years and gained no real lasting improvements.
When I first heard stories about the Lightning Process course helping people with chronic illness so dramatically, I was very sceptical. My experience to that point had shown that this just couldn’t be possible. But the stories I heard were particularly intriguing because of the speed of the improvements. I decided that if there was a chance to make such a change I had to take it, and I applied for a place on a seminar. The idea of making such a turnaround in my health seemed incredible and maybe too much to hope for, but I had to believe that if others could do it, then it could be possible for me too.
After a long six-week wait for my date for the first day, I struggled to get to the course at Phil Parker’s clinic in London for 10.00am. This was a BIG challenge as I felt particularly bad in the mornings and rarely functioned at all before midday. It seems incredible but only three life-changing days later, I had been taught how I could completely influence my body and my symptoms, how to use a process to improve my health and energy. Those three days were an amazing journey. I proved to myself that it was working as I walked further than I had in 16 years, and suffered no symptoms afterwards except aching feet and muscles that weren’t used to walking. This is the normal feeling which occurs after using a muscle which is functioning normally, but not used to exercise. This is very different from the feeling in your muscles when you have ME/CFS.
The following week I continued to make remarkable progress, I was sleeping well and waking at 8am, my body was functioning healthily, I could eat everything I wanted, and what was truly wonderful was that, I was making it work; it wasn’t luck or chance or someone else giving me a pill or a treatment; I was getting back in charge by using the tools I was taught. I was then able to begin to build up my muscles, strength and stamina with regular walking and exercising.
At long last I had an explanation that made perfect sense to me about what had been happening all those years; I recognised and believed that I was stuck in a negative spiral where my immune system, sleep, healing and digestion were not able to function properly. I was then taught the method to break that spiral and that resulted in a rapid improvement in my energy and health.
During the 3 days of training I had also watched the other people in the group be able to do and achieve things which were previously impossible for them. It seemed to me that this was a ground-breaking approach. I wasn’t only taught how to influence my health and energy, I learned how to improve my way of dealing with stress in other areas of my life too. I was able to be the best of myself
I had to decide what to do with the next stage of my life. After 16 years with chronic illness I realised that the only thing that made sense to me would be to train to teach others this process. I undertook the Practitioner Training with Phil Parker and I now run seminars mainly in Kings Langley, near Watford and Hemel Hempstead, Herts and also in Weybridge, Surrey.
My life has been utterly transformed, I now have a very happy life. I feel healthy and well, and no longer have problems with what I can eat, I no longer have symptoms of IBS. My 16 years of ill health were important years of learning; I believe I am able to use my experience and knowledge, to very good effect. I am very grateful and privileged to be able to do the work. I care about every person who takes the training with me and I am passionate about helping everyone to get the best possible results, and a full understanding of what I see as a truly amazing process.
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