Lightning Process ® – Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any research on the Lightning Process® (LP)?

There is a growing body of research on the LP with 18 clinical studies published by 2021, including the gold standard of research, a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT), conducted in the UK in conjunction with the National Health Service (NHS) and the University of Bristol.

Additionally, there have been two papers reviewing, describing, and comparing the intervention to other approaches. Importantly, a Systematic Review has been published, a huge milestone in research terms, which brings together the results of all the studies to date. It concluded that there is “an emerging body of evidence supporting the efficacy of the LP for many participants with fatigue, physical function, pain, anxiety and depression.”

Research is important for providing clarity about the effectiveness of interventions, but it often takes years from designing a study, to ethics approval, funding, running a project, analyzing the data, and writing and publishing the results. And for many, the results are often written in an academic language that is difficult to understand.

The most important LP studies, with highlights from the papers (for those who want the key facts) and links to the papers (for those who wish to read them in full), are presented via the link below.

How effective is the LP?

Pursuant to the RCT referenced above, which involved young people with mild to moderate Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgia Encephalomyelitis, the trial compared Specialist Medical Care (SMC) to SMC plus the LP and found that those receiving SMC plus the LP had reduced fatigue, pain, anxiety, and depression compared to just receiving SMC and that difference continued at 6 and 12 months.

A satisfaction survey of 1,297 people following Day 3 of the LP training showed that 81.3% of clients reported having achieved the changes they wanted from the training. Only two people felt the training was not right for them.

In the experience of LP Practitioners, when you fully engage in the training and commit to practicing the skills you are taught to retrain your brain, it is possible to achieve your health and well being goals.

Do the results of the LP last?

The above research suggests that the results do last. In many ways the LP is like joining a gym. At the beginning, you must work hard to create the level of fitness you want, but, once achieved, maintaining that fitness is much easier. This is the same for the LP. You will need to put the work in to get the results you want and continue to use the tools as you have been taught to maintain them.

Once you have completed your training, I will provide support to help you establish yourself. The LP then becomes a tool for life, it is there for you to use when you face any new challenge. You just need to ensure you use it.

What conditions is the LP used for? What else can it be used for?

While the LP was initially designed to resolve a very specific condition (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), it was quickly found to be effective with a wide range of different conditions.

Thousands of people have reported rapid improvements and often completely recover from a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Allergies and intolerances
  • Asthma
  • Auto-immune issues
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Chemical sensitivity
  • Digestive issues
  • Eczema
  • Fatigue
  • Food and chemical intolerances
  • Fibromyalgia (FM)
  • Hay fever
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Long COVID
  • Lupus
  • Lyme disease
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Noise/light sensitivity
  • Post viral fatigue
  • Psoriasis
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo

Many people also have used the LP to change old patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors into more useful and beneficial ones to create more calm, ease, and joy in their lives. They report very positive outcomes for a wide range of issues, including: 

  • Addictive behaviors (drinking, smoking)
  • Anger issues
  • Anxiety & panic attacks
  • Confidence
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Fear of failure
  • Guilt
  • Insomnia
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Overwhelm
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias/fears
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Procrastination
  • Prolonged grief
  • Relaxation and sleep
  • Shame
  • Social anxiety
  • Stress
  • Stuckness
  • Weight issues

Some people also have chosen to learn the LP simply because they want to have skills and tools to maximize their potential in their work, relationships, and lives. They report very positive outcomes in a wide range of areas, including: 

  • Habits
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Life balance
  • Motivation
  • Focus
  • Direction
  • Performance
  • Relationships
  • Work issues

Everyone is different so the best way to find out if the LP is for you is to speak to me, so I can talk to you about what is going on, what you want to change, your suitability for the training, and if this is the right time for you to take it.

There also is more information about what the LP can be used for, the science behind it, and how it has helped different clients in the LP Phase 1 Audio Program.  

Are LP Practitioners medical professionals? Do they provide medical advice?

The LP is a training program (not a medical treatment or cure) and its practitioners are trainers who do not act in any capacity as medical professionals. Most practitioners are not medical professionals, and, while some are, they do not act in that capacity as practitioners, only as trainers. Practitioners do not provide any medical advice. Because of this, I cannot advise on diagnoses, medication or the treatment of symptoms or conditions, but I can talk with you about my experience and the experience of other practitioners working with clients who want to make similar changes to their health and lives.

Does the LP work for everyone?

LP Practitioners find the LP is very effective for people who decide it is the right approach for them as demonstrated by the satisfaction survey where only two people out of 1,297 felt it was not appropriate for them.

In common with other training programs, like learning mindfulness, a new language or eating healthier, the three factors below seem to help those taking the LP to get the results they want:

  • A strong desire for change
  • A firm belief that the changes they want to make are possible with the right tools
  • A determination to do the work necessary to retrain their brain until the changes are established.

How would I find out about the experiences of others who have taken the LP?

Phil Parker has thousands of success stories from those who have used the LP to change their lives and health – take this chance to read/listen through many of them and see what can be achieved via the link below.

How old does a child have to be to take the LP?

This totally depends on the child – practitioners have worked successfully with children as young as seven years old. They must be mature enough and happy to interact with me. The aim is to make it fun for any children attending and include stories and examples they can relate to. 

Children are usually used to learning via school and open to trying new things. It is important the child wants to do the training themselves and they are not doing it because they are being told to – as the LP is about empowering them to do the work and make change. 

Am I too old to learn the LP?

LP Practitioners have taught the LP to clients from age seven to those in their late 90’s. In their experience, mature clients can achieve the same great results as their younger counterparts, and in the same timeframe. Practitioners help all clients to prepare for their training in advance so they are confident and relaxed and can make the most of the sessions.

Is the LP just positive thinking?

Although a positive approach is important to the LP, it combines concepts from Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Coaching, Hypnotherapy, and principles from Osteopathy. These approaches have been woven into a highly effective training that teaches you versatile tools you can use, and which empowers you to influence your health and life based on the way the brain and body interact.

Does the LP suggest health problems are all in the mind?

Absolutely not! Many clients experience physical issues that affect multiple systems in their bodies. The LP considers the important interaction between the brain and body and how you can influence what is happening. This allows you to promote good physiology such as energy, comfort, wellbeing, and calm.

Is the LP the same as CBT or any other approaches?

The LP is a unique training and was designed by Phil Parker independently of any other approach. There will be elements you have heard of and some crossovers, but it is the way the LP has been structured and developed over the years that makes it such a powerful way to influence your health and life. You can read more about the similarities and differences between other approaches and the LP via the link below,

Why don’t you offer a guarantee?

Like the other training approaches mentioned earlier, such as going to the gym, mindfulness, learning a language or eating healthier, it is not possible to guarantee results as everyone is different. It also relies on the client putting the skills they are taught into practice both during and after the training to achieve the same results as others.

Is it true clients cannot discuss the LP with other people?

Absolutely not! The LP is yours to use and you can share the details with whoever you choose. It is recommended that if you choose to share it, be selective with your audience to ensure they are supportive and will assist you on your journey.

Do you have any more questions about the LP?

Please contact me if you have any more questions and I will be happy to answer them.