Frequently Asked Questions



Does the Lightning Process® view Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) as a real physical disease, or a psychological disorder?

Answer: We believe CFS/ME it is a physical illness, most often triggered by an infection.  Research has demonstrated changes in the immune system and the patients’ physical health is affected – often to a disabling degree.  There is currently no consensus as to the nature of the offending infectious agent, and no agreement on (other than symptomatic) medical therapy.

Current ‘cure’ rates for CFS/ME) on conventional therapy are most discouraging.  The reason you have come upon this web site is likely the fact that you already have tried conventional therapy.

The Lightning Process® is based on the observation that the immune system and ones physical health can be powerfully influenced by the mind and certain physical movements.  Each of us possess untapped reserves that can be activated and contribute to physical healing.  Retraining the brain to take on such challenges is based a concept known as ‘neuroplasticity’.  It is possible to re-train the brain, and make use of it’s amazing power to improve physical health, clear ‘brain fog’ and restore energy.  The Lightning Process® is applied cutting edge psycho-neuro-immunology.

Who can take the training?

Answer: Anybody can take the training as long as they are committed to putting the ‘Process’ to work for them. This is why we put such emphasis on personal readiness. The Lightning Process is not difficult to learn, and we have had lot’s of different people go through the program. From very young children to octogenarians, all kinds of educational backgrounds (from not having finished grade-school to physicians, psychologists, lawyers and scientist, and people with all kinds of fitness levels. We have had people who were very physically ill go through the program, and also people who did not have any physical health issues, but who wanted to use the Process to improve their lives in other areas.

The Lightning Process is an investment in both time and money, and we think it is important that you are ready to make the most of your investment and effort. The program has had amazing results for a lot of people, but it is totally dependent on the participant putting the techniques to use, and making the tools work for them. If you want the same kind of results that most of our clients report, you have to use the Process the way you are thought, and any time you need to. If you don’t use the Process, you will have attended a fascinating three days of lectures, but you are not likely to get much change.

Is “hypnosis” part of the training?

Answer: One of the methods used in the program is termed “self hypnosis”.  This is by no means “stage hypnosis” or the kind where you allow someone else to take control of your mind, but rather the kind that allows you to consciously influence your subconscious responses to a variety of external and internal stimuli, thus allowing you to be more powerful in your own life.

What happens during the 3 days of training?

Answer: The Lightning Process training occurs over three consecutive days, and is taught in a small group workshop or in one–to-one sessions. It teaches basic neuroanatomy, physiology and neuro-psychology, and a practical way of influencing conscious and unconscious patterns in order to protect the body from stress and other physiological reactions. The Lightning Process is a training, not a cure or a therapy, and your success will depend on you taking an active part and putting what you learn to good use in your life.

The technique is easy to learn, you can use it anywhere, and applying it only takes a few minutes.

    • Day 1: You will learn applied basic neurophysiology and learn how to use The Lighting Process, allowing you to experience it’s potential in your life.
    • Day 2: You will learn the more advanced steps of The Lightning Process, get practice applying it, both under your practitioner’s guidance and on your own. You will learn how to access powerful states, and how to be more in charge of your brain and body.
    • Day 3: You will learn and apply additional techniques to help you be the most powerful you can be as you prepare for your future. This includes how to use The Lightning Process as you transition back into your everyday life.

After the training you will have to use the Process whenever you need to, until the changes you want become ‘automatic’ and stable.

Most people find that when they have resolved the original issues or symptoms, they continue making The Lightning Process work for them in other areas of their lives, as a toolbox that can be applied to many different life challenges and help you be the best ‘version of yourself’ possible.

How is the Lightning Process different from the other things I’ve tried?

Answer: Most of the clients we see have been on a pretty impressive journey of different approaches in order to resolve or improve their issues. In addition to traditional medical approaches, some very common ones are:

    • Nutrition
    • Homeopathy
    • Self-help books and classes
    • “Pacing”
    • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
    • Counseling
    • Exercise therapy
    • Meditation
    • Acupuncture

There are similarities between the Lightning Process® and some of these approaches, yet the Lightning Process is unique in how it combines elements that include NLP, osteopathy, CBT and life coaching.  I myself, and many of my clients had tried many of the above approaches with limited results before we were able to resolve our issues long term by applying The Lightning Process.

Somewhat unique to the Lightning Process is the fact that we aim to make you independent of costly long-term support.  Our aim is to teach you a powerful ‘tool’ that you can use to regain control of your own life.  The only fee you will be asked to pay is the all-inclusive fee that also cover a year of follow-up coaching to provide the support you might need.

The method certainly has it’s limitations, however, and is not a panacea for every ailment.  The purpose of the application and pre-training coaching process is to determine if the Lightning Process is right for you, and right at this time in your life. Remember, this is not a cure or a therapy, but training.  The results are totally dependent on your motivation to practice and apply what you learn.  If you don’t apply the Lightning Process, you will be limited to have experienced 3 interesting and informative sessions.

What research is available on the effectiveness of the Lightning Process®?

Answer: Phil Parker and the Lighting Process® are committed to being subjected to scientific scrutiny.   Data have been collected by the organization and practitioners, but this kind of data does not meet scientific standards for objectivity. Randomized, controlled trials conducted by independent research organizations are needed. Such studies are resource-intensive and very costly to perform. They must have independent funding to be considered unbiased. One such study is in progress and several in the planning stages.  Several surveys by independent organizations have been conducted. Surveys of this nature have their limitations (selection bias etc.), but may none-the-less be helpful.  The Lighting Process has undergone significant refinement over the past several years.  Some of the earlier surveys and published studies do not reflect the improvements/refinements that have been applied to the program – especially the intensified support  and follow-up now offered for an entire year following the initial training.  We are therefore eagerly awaiting more current and objective research.

Here is a brief summary of some of the studies currently available :

Harvard University and King’s College, London:

‘Experiences of young people who have undergone the Lightning Process to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Qualitative Study’

An independent study, published in 2012, found that of the 9 participants with CFS/ME  “7 were satisfied and were much improved”. Click here for more information

Read Phil Parker’s summary of the full article and response here.


National Health Service and Lightning Process®

The Lightning Process is working with the The National Health Service on a feasibility study.  Click here for more information.


Outcome Measures Study

The Head Office of the Lighting Process® is pleased to report on the results from the preliminary data collected in a study looking at outcome measures from 205 clients who attended a Lightning Process seminar. The study, which has been done using the RAND SF-36, is a pilot study that was designed to provide some preliminary outcome measures which can be used to add weight to future grant and funding applications for larger-scale Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT). The indications are that the LP is making a significant positive impact, resulting in increased health status at 6 weeks, persisting at 3 months, and demonstrating improvements in all areas that were covered by the RAND SF36 questionnaire.

Click here for the full report 


Other research headlines: 

ME Association’s survey: The statistics on the benefits of the Lightning Process. Read the report.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the Sussex & Kent ME/CFS Society survey CFS/ME ‘LP most helpful approach’.             Read the report.


Supporting Research

Dr. Bruun Wyller, who is considered to be one of Norway’s leading experts on M.E,  has published some interesting articles which concur with the clinical findings of the Phil Parker Lightning Process, which you can find here (1) (2).  An other recent paper in conjunction with Hege R. Eriksen, Kirsti Malterud who are university researchers from Bergen, can be found here (3).

Dr. Bruun Wyller says: ‘Recent research on CFS pathophysiology has revealed alterations of cardiovascular regulation and thermoregulation, characterized by enhanced sympathetic nervous activity and increased secretion of epinephrine. These findings indicate a state of permanent distress response – sustained arousal – in CFS patients.  Based upon our findings, we have formulated a theory of sustained arousal in CFS, which seems to correspond quite neatly to the theoretical considerations underlying the Lightning Process.’

Theoretical basis of the Lightning Process

For more information on the established scientific theories that underpin the Lightning Process, please click on the links below:

  • Neuroplasticity- the ability of the pathways of the brain to change and develop in response to learning and repetition. (4) (5)
  • The physiological effects of Adrenaline, Nor-Adrenaline & Cortisol in the “stress” response. (6)
  • The interaction of the body and mind. (7) (8)

A “proof of concept” study in a population of patients with Multiple Sclerosis is ongoing. Other studies are in various stages of planning.



How much does your training cost?

Answer: Check out my page on Fees / What’s Included for these details.

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