Fatigue and pain turned around with the Lightning Process

I remember when Odette came into the room on the first day of the Lightning Process Seminar in  experiencing pain and fatigue early 2016, and I am amazed at what she has achieved since that day. Since writing the testimonial below she has since made it to Everest base camp whilst on her second volunteering project, this time in Nepal!

Odette’s story

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Odette back to fencing

“The lightning process completely changed my life and without it I’d still be sat on my sofa doing nothing along with most other chronic fatigue sufferers. After a long process of deciding what was making me so ill, I had stopped training at fencing (my passion) and was struggling to stay awake in class. I no longer did anything a normal 17 year old would do! I sat at home and barely moved because every move was too tiring. I was told by the hospital I would never fence again and that I wouldn’t complete my A levels. This is when i found the lightning process and i’m so glad i did! After day 1 walking in very fragile, I came out walked my dog and went into the gym (something I’d missed doing for a long time). The lightning process changed my life! 

After completing the process I began training again, I completed college, and got into my first choice university! On top of this, I also completed one of my biggest dreams and went volunteering in Tanzania for 7 weeks, where we built girls toilets, and also completed a 19 day trek of which we walked 270KM with at least 25KG bags. Before the lightning process that would have been totally impossible! I am now on a gap year living in Paris and training full time with Rio Bronze medallist and will be going oDisplaying image2.JPGut to Nepal to volunteer again and trek to Everest Base Camp. Without the lightning process none of these things would of been possible and I am forever grateful. I cannot thank Heather enough for all the help through the process and afterwards, you have truly changed my life! 

 

On the volunteering project for the children in Tanzania

Chronic Fatigue and The Lightning Process: Charlie’s experience

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I remember the first conversation with Charlie over 6 years ago when she had Chronic Fatigue, she was determined to change her life and was prepared to do whatever it took to get her health back in the way she had heard about from other people who had used the Lightning Process. The rest is history for her and it was so lovely to catch up with her again recently.

Charlie’s Story

“I completely transformed my life with LP. Having illness for seven years and ‘hermit life’ for four, I’d resigned myself to a future of severe limitations and not much joy, achievement or fulfilment. Then came Heather, and LP! What a miraculous experience. I immediately stopped chronic fatigue, and in the six years since, life has literally transformed.

I was able to build myself into a brand new person, and there have been countless ‘milestones’ and achievements along the way. Highlights include owning and running a business, driving myself wherever I want, taking an amazing yoga holiday in Ibiza, adventuring with friends in Thailand, getting qualified in Reiki Level One, usually being the last person on the dancefloor, and taking up acting and singing. Performing was a secret dream I used to tell myself I’d never be brave enough to realise, and now I have my own band and perform in theatre productions three or four times a year! Being the person I always wanted to be and meeting amazing people I’d never have otherwise met is quite an amazing feeling.

Heather is a true inspiration and often pops up in my LP visualisations as the epitome of energy or positivity! I feel lucky that my experience of LP was so phenomenal that I have recommended it at any opportunity, with the result that a number of friends or acquantainces have taken the course, all with brilliant results.

LP has left me with a thirst for exploring all the ways I can continue to develop my ideal self – I love reiki, guided meditations (Jason Stephenson and Michael Sealey – highly recommended!) and reading books about neuroplasticity, brain rewiring etc. But the best thing about LP is that I know I’ll never have chronic fatigue again, because I have a toolkit for life.

If you’re considering LP, don’t… just do it!”

ME/CFS, Food Intolerance, Surgery and the Lightning Process, Jessica’s story

“It’s one thing to intellectually believe in the power of the Lightning Process but quite another to experience it!”

Jessica found that for her, M.E. and general anaesthetic for surgery didn’t mix! She describes how an experience of surgery which had in the past lead to a severe reaction to the general anaesthetic. She then describes how she was able to use the Lightning Process tools to help her body react normally and recover from the anaesthetics normally.  She’d had M.E., food intolerance and gut problems for years, trying so many different approaches before she finally decided to take the Lightning Process route. She embraced it totally and hasn’t looked back since, even her osteopath noticed the improvements in her body straight away and she can now walk for miles easily and her life has changed dramatically for the better!

Jessica’s Story

      

“When I first opened my gluey eyes after the general anaesthetic in October, my body began to shake uncontrollably with the growing awareness of acute pain (not quite a 10 but near enough to scare the bejeebers out of me) and unsurprisingly a part of me dîd panic – thinking I was right back to day one of M.E.

Seventeen months earlier I’d woken from the same operation to find that within 36 hours I couldn’t propel one leg in front of the other due to the anaesthetic.

BUT, BUT, BUT this time was different. Thirty six hours came and went and I was still walking, I dîd feel lousy of course, but who wouldn’t? Then, on the fifth day, I found myself striding along the Euston Road with a huge grin on my face, in the full and clear knowledge that I was not going to react to the anaesthetic as before because my body, my brain, my belief system were and are completely different. It’s one thing to intellectually believe in the power of the Lightning Process but quite another to experience it!

I completed the L.P. in mid-September and every day and in every way I notice the difference in me, from all the different foods I can now gorge on to the miles and miles I’ve walked to letting the stressy things go.

Without the genius of Phil Parker and the kind, patient, humorous and wise tuition from Heather Thomas, I wouldn’t be writing this now. Thank you to all the people who’ve made the Lightning Process a reality. I feel I’ve been given a second chance or, more accurately, I’ve given myself a second chance. Hooray!”

Six years of ME/CFS Abbie is now happy and healthy since taking the Lightning Process

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Abbie’s story is below describing her experience of turning around 6 years of ME CFS with the Lightning Process. It’s been such a great start to 2017, already some 2017 Lightning Process graduates starting out with new lives ahead, I’ve also caught up with some clients who did the LP years ago and it is exciting to hear what they have achieved!

Abbie was one of the people in 2016 that the kind and very generous woman who wanted to help fund other people to do the LP course (who prefers to remain anonymous but used the LP to get rid of the pain of fibromyalgia herself), provided some financial help in 2016 to do the LP. Another person who benefited was a 16 year old who also had the diagnosis of ME/CFS is now back in school full time. Another person has made fantastic progress with stopping chronic regional pain complex and is now doing things she hasn’t been able to do for a long time. Her story will follow.

Abbie’s Story

“Since undertaking the LP in July this year I finally feel alive and living. After suffering from ME for 6 years, since I was 15 years old I took initiative and it’s paid off tremendously. I can now join in with my contemporaries in everything! I have been shopping, to the gym, walking. I’m able to concentrate for long periods of time, stay up late and wake up early. The biggest achievement so far has been to be able to go clubbing, something I always missed out on. This picture (not a great one- I had quite a few celebratory drinks!) just shows how happy and content I am to be able to be healthy and happy, with nothing holding me back.”

 

 

 

 

 

Fatigue to Energy with Lightning Process, Charlotte’s Story

Charlotte suffered a lot of health issues including dizziness and fatigue before coming to the Lightning Process in November 2014. For anyone who wonders if it’s possible to live life to the full after suffering from chronic fatigue read this story!

Charlotte’s story:

“The Lightning process has given me my life back and some! I am now in full time work, have travelled to many different countries, driven further than I have ever done, hula hooped until my heart is content, had some drinks dancing into the early hours and have found a new love with disco spinning at my gym! I have gained confidence and take great joy with running round with my 3 and 5 year old nephews who have bundles of infectious energy! I now consider myself an early bird and night owl, whatever suits me in the situation. Heather is a joyous, patient and kind teacher who guided me to get the best out of myself and believe in my ability. I felt very comfortable with her and now pursue an exciting life! I even enjoy letting my hair down going to concerts on my own and making new friends along the way! Thank you so much Heather! 

The Lightning process has been the pinnacle turning point for my life. Having been through the mill with medical tests, it was a sheer delight when I heard about the Lightning process. Heather was a dream teacher being very patient, encouraging and an absolute expert with the LP. I would have described myself to be a positive individual before, but this was on a whole new scale! Since the Lightning process I can now do yoga, go on day trips to London, enjoy my Church at the Dominion theatre complete with flashing lights and loud band, and enjoy the buzz of the Christmas crowds in Oxford Circus! I can now plan things like birthdays and Christmas and had a fun filled day for my 30th which I welcomed in with a trip to Buckingham Palace, tea and scones at Fortnum & Mason and a great night out dancing!

I’m back in full time work, being stretched and stepping up to big responsibilities at work, also being chosen by senior people for things out of my assistant role, which shows how happy they are with me! I have been going to the gym for an hour and a half minimum, a few days I’ve even done 3 hours of exercise over my day and felt fantastic! I’m now doing disco spinning, driving longer than I used to, running around happily with my 3 and 5 year old nephews, and have lots of bubbly energy. I’m calmer in myself and can walk with peace even when life can throw me a curve ball. I’m loving life being single and am going out loads with confidence to meet more people. I even prefer to go to concerts on my own so I can meet others of like mind and it is so much fun letting my hair down! I’ve now even been asked to do a semi-professional gospel choirs PR for them and I’m not even in the music industry, but my confidence and skills have shone so brightly that they wanted me on their team. I even flew to Amsterdam to meet my singing idols 3T (Michael Jackson’s nephews) and was so calm, friendly and down to earth at their meet and greet, sound check, and concerts, that they invited me to their after party and knew my name by the end of the weekend. I had one of the best weekends of my life, with hardly any sleep, yet I was so peaceful, calm and joyful with bundles of energy! I had the confidence to go alone and now have made some great friends! I am so thankful to Heather and the Lightning process! It’s made my dreams come true!”

Medical student’s story: Post-viral Fatigue to Half-Marathon with the Lightning Process

Jilly describes so well what the Lightning Process means to her in her story below. She is passionate about it and has used it for great success! A very inspiring young woman.

Medical student Jilly’s story of overcoming Post-Viral Fatigue with the Lightning Process

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Jilly at the finishing line, post-viral fatigue overcome completely

While the Lightning Process is powerful in its near-immediate potential to heal and restore, for me the sense of empowerment it brings about is especially wonderful; you acquire vital skills at your fingertips, allowing you to quickly and reliably deal with all manner of challenges that may arise long after the seminar.

The LP can be hard to define in exact terms but I can liken it to Roadside Assistance for your mind and body, which quickly restores optimal conditions, so that, post-seminar you are raring to go. Crucially, however, when you ‘drive’ off, you do so in the knowledge that the LP has provided you with an amazing DIY repair kit within the metaphorical boot. A tool kit that lasts for life, is timeless, free to use and versatile in its far-reaching applications, yet perfectly problem-specific in its capacity to repair.

I completed the LP seminar with Heather Thomas in November 2015 to overcome post-viral fatigue syndrome and the results were amazing. Attending the course however was not a decision I made lightly. Initially I was sceptical, a lot was promised and the medical student in me was wary of the minimal evidence-base. On enquiry though I found that the LP is simply neat package of evidence-based methods, formatted and delivered in a forward-thinking way that yields outstanding results.

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Since completing the LP, I have returned to medical school, and beforehand spent five weeks hiking and hostelling in Peru and Ecuador, worked as a science tutor, completed a half marathon and most recently completed my first triathlon. It has been great and my body has facilitated rather than limited this, which was a welcome role reversal!

The LP is an integral part of all aspects of my life now. This sense of trust in my personal toolkit that is the LP is what makes me excited and hopeful for the future, physically and mentally more robust than I have ever been.

Ending 20 years of infections fatigue and depression with Lightning Process, Marion’s Story

Marion’s Lightning Process Story   “Learning the Lightning Process with Heather was by far the best training in anything I have ever had”

Marion on top of a Scottish Munro she climbed only 6 weeks after taking the Lightning Process Seminar in 2012

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I was recommended LP, and Heather in particular, by a friend who helped me believe that with the LP tools I could change a 20-year cycle of infections, fatigue and depression. Indeed I have – and have changed SO much more. Four years on I am a positive, happy, active, healthy 42-year old, with endless energy, a fantastic immune system and a life I LOVE! Six weeks after my initial LP training, I climbed my first Scottish Munro – 3,100 feet – to the top of the world! The next day I laughed at my stiff, aching and rather surprised legs, and started planning my next challenge! I’m currently training for my first triathalon…

So many wonderful, positive changes have come as unexpected (to me!) consequences of learning and using LP. I am comfortable in my own skin, enjoy my own company and see a wonderful friend reflected back at me in the mirror. As I now value and love myself, I truly believe and accept others’ love for me. Everyone around me benefits as I am duing the best mother, wife, daughter, friend relationships I can.

Every Monday evening I have the best time ever – confident and relaxed as I stand in front of the 80-strong community choir I have founded and grown, inspiring them to sing – and to laugh, and to love life.

Learning the Lightning Process with Heather was by far the best training in anything I have ever had. Using LP has become a way of life. And when I occasionally stray into the pit, and realise I’m a little rusty, genius-coach Heather is fantastic on the end of the phone – although usually I don’t get as far as making the call, as simply imagining what she will say gets me right back on track!

From ME/CFS to Triathlon and Ironman using Lightning Process: Peter’s story

Peter turned around years of ME/CFS using the Lightning Process in 2011, Great to hear what he has been up to since he did the LP. He keeps on showing just what can be achieved in health and fitness when you have the Lightning Process

“In short, the Lightning Process has been nothing short of transformational in my life.  Not only has “life after LP” included several promotions and international placpeter-mac-linkdin-photoements with work, but it has also sparked off a passion in amateur triathlon.

You will see on LinkedIn that I took part in a couple of Long Distance Open Water swims a couple of years ago (shortly after taking the LP) to raise money for ME (and gave a plug to the Lightning Process on my Just Giving narrative).

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This past two years I have also completed a couple of triathlons in 35 degree heat in Thailand where I now reside.

Last year’s Sprint Triathlon took just over 2 hours. 2 weeks ago I finished the Olympic Triathlon in Hua Hin, Thailand in under 4 hours. Photos attached.

I will be competing in Ironman 70.3 Thailand in 2017. Just got back from a 65km bike ride in fact as training distances

Peter finishing the Olympic Triathlon in Hua Hin, Thailand in under 4 hours

Peter finishing the Olympic Triathlon in Hua Hin, Thailand in under 4 hours

are increasing.

In summary, Heather did a wonderful job and I will be forever thankful.

With gratitude and love,

Peter”

Elisa and Lightning Process

Sharing an update from Elisa who did the Lightning Process in 2014 and has gone on to achieve so much! She is keen to inspire others with her experience! What brilliant success she has made of her life, using the Lightning Process tools! 

Hi Heather,

Apologies for the delay but here is my testimonial below. Sorry it’s a bit long but it’s hard to summarise the full effects of the Lightning Process! 🙂

‘The fact that I am writing a testimonial for the Lightning Process is a true reflection on how significant and life chanElisaging it has been for me. I have suffered many long periods of chronic fatigue in my life since I got Glandular Fever at 14 years old. Since then, I was so susceptible to viruses and infections all the time, severely impacting my quality of life. In 2012, at 30 years old I was in the prime of my life; an international business woman, national league hockey player, wild party animal! I was living the dream. So to be crippled with ME for months at this time of my life just wasn’t right. I had to do something about it.

Over the years, I had tried pretty much all I could think of or find. So much medication, so many referrals to specialists, but nothing could make this crippling condition go away or prevent it from coming back. I always lived in fear that if I got ill, it would turn into chronic fatigue again.

Then one day in February 2013, by a series of co-incidental events that seemed too spooky to ignore, I came across the Lightning Process and felt compelled to read into it. Through Google I found Heather’s website. No word of a lie, by the time I read through all the information on her website, I was already feeling better! I showed my family the website and asked my mother to take me to one of Heather’s talks (as I didn’t have the energy and strength to drive), so we could meet her and see if the course was actually genuine and find out more about it. We loved it. The talk was so informative and I couldn’t wait to get on the seminar!

By the time I had got to the seminar with Heather, having read the Lightning Process book a few times, I had gotten my life back on track and was feeling energised and exercising again! It was amazing. But I knew I needed the seminar to get closure on the past, find out what the tools were exactly, and also see how it could help me with my self confidence as I always struggled with this, particularly at work. I had no idea it would completely turn my life around like it did! The information I learnt, and the tools you gain, are invaluable. Instantly, I was back on form and back to a life full of fun and energy. My mindset and approaches to challenges and situations in life completely changed for the better. This has all become a natural way of life now, and the Lightning Process principles are always there in the back of my mind, guiding me. My immune system is getting stronger and stronger. I get ill less frequently and if I do, it doesn’t last long at all!

One year on, I have met the man of my dreams and we are now engaged. I have moved houses, renovated a property, purchasing another, am back playing hockey, and doing lots of physical activity including gruelling mud obstacle races! All thanks to Heather and the Lightning Process and how they have taught me to turn my life around. It will stay with me forever now. And Heather is always on hand for any advice and support. It makes such a big difference, knowing you have the person who helped you turn your life around, there always happy to talk and help. Thank you Heather!’

 

Lightning Process and Mountaineering

I had an email sometime ago now, from someone who used Lightning Process tools to climb mountains in a new way for him… and to deal with a personal challenge while up on the mountain… I thought it was beautifully expressed and a very interesting story.

Dear Heather,

I just want to tell you a little bit about my success applying the lightning process to achieve what I want.

Last weekend I went to the highest mountains in Norway together with groups of friends and colleagues. Since November last year I think I have had a remarkable recovery in my physical health.. In November I was skiing usually about 3 km or so, and I did enjoy that a lot. Already in December I was able to ski up to 10 km, and then the rest of the day I was usually very satisfied and relaxed. In March I was able to go skiing for up to 4 hours! And now I didn’t feel any fatigue at all! I was just energised and feeling good!

And now last weekend I went to the highest mountains in Norway with very experienced fit athletes. It was more than 3 1/2 years since I was in the big mountains with my old mountain friends, so it was a remarkable experience just to go up there again knowing that I could participate and go skiing like I used to do several years ago!

The first day we were heading for a peak that was around 2100 m above sea level. These are very steep mountains but nevertheless we headed straight forward towards the peak. For the first hour or so I was doing more than moderate pain in my leg because the kind of equipment to be used for these trips are very heavy and the resistance is considerable for the whole body. But I just kept calm and used the process to do comfort, calm and joy, and gradually I did not do any pain anymore or very little! Truly amazing!

After about four hours who reached the peak and the view was more impressive than I could imagine 🙂 I was the last to arrive on the peak, I knew I could have been among the first , but I wanted to go my own flow and rhythm, so I was happy about being the last! Probably for the first time in my life 🙂 I realised that it is not about reaching the peak, but how you reach the peak, how you enjoy the journey – in a new way. We then skied down on the other side of the mountain through a narrow valley and finally reached our cabin after about seven hours! For me it was strange that some other very fit athletes were much less energetic than myself as we arrived the cabin and the following hours. I did not want to compare myself with any others, but it was really striking in that I was doing much more energy than many of the others.

The day after I went for a three-hour trip just to relax a bit and enjoy the mountains on my own. It is strange in the mountains because what seems like one-hour often turn out to be two or three hours. .
The third day we headed for another big mountain where we had to climb from 1000 m above sea level to 2000 m above sea level. I had some problems with my ski equipment so the others in my group were walking faster than me, but I told them that it was okay and that I would catch up with them later.

Then after a few hours I was approaching the peak again and this time it was very steep but I did not mind because I was expecting a plateau on top of the mountain. I didn’t see anyone from my group but I didn’t mind because I was just looking forward to the beautiful scenery and to have a nice cup of coffee on the top of the plateau. However, as I made my final baby steps to the top climbing the last 200 m almost straight up , I was very surprised. There was no plateau. There was almost nothing, only a very narrow 30 cm edge of snow and rocks, some places much less, and then just an abyss! Here I was on the top of the world, at least on the top of the Norwegian roof. What should I do? This was definitely the time to do the process as I was heading clearly towards the pit, and I could not afford that as you can easily imagine. I did a very focused stop and instead of looking down which was not necessary because I knew what was expecting me if looking down, I was looking up. I enjoyed immensely the beautiful mountains and used this image to facilitate a very focused choice towards the life I love. And in a very short time I was remarkably calm and comfort. This was truly lightning process magic for real! I used the process whenever I needed it as I headed towards the edge to find my way back to an area where it was possible to put on my skis, and then cruised down safely to the valley and our this base camp. I am very happy that I used the process in such a powerful way in this critical situation. It is possible that I could have made my way down to the valley again without using the process, but that would have been much less elegant and much more difficult.

On the train back home I was feeling very good, I was having a feeling that I could do anything, and I was very grateful that I had managed to do what was necessary to find my way back to base camp.Thank you very much for having introduced me to the lightning process, I am very grateful for what I have achieved applying the process since the seminar in Oslo last year.