Derek Watson – Medical Student
I think the Lightning Process is for everyone, regardless of your background, story, or where you want to be. I wanted to use the LP for low mood and perfectionism etc. and because most of the testimonials are for ME (chronic fatigue), it is easy to second-guess. However, having done the LP I learnt that its less about curing a specific illness, and more about learning the tools to make whatever changes you need in your life, and then having a foolproof way of implementing them.
Doing the Lightning Process continues to teach me new things about myself every day, and it has improved my life to the extent that I often forget about why I did the lightning process in the first place (because I’m already using it for other things)!
I strongly recommend it if you want to learn how to love yourself and your life the way you deserve. Which I guarantee you do.
Thank you so much to Sam and the LP team for being so helpful and supportive, and most of all to myself for finally supporting me too!
I first took the Lightning Process training in early 2008. I had just had a glandular fever type virus and was mid–divorce – basically totally physically, mentally and emotionally burnt out. I don’t remember much about the course and I don’t know how much I managed to practice or apply it but it definitely didn’t have my full focus and 10 years of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome then ensued. I changed many things in my life and got myself to a point of being just about functional but I was still not able to work (I had previously been running my own business), not able to exercise other than very gently, and still needing daily naps and early bedtimes to get through the day (I had 2 young children to look after too). Definitely not an unrestricted or joyful way of living.
In January 2018 I read a book called Cure by Jo Marchant which spoke not just of a mind-body connection but of how the brain can actually heal the body. It had a chapter specifically on fatigue and reading it literally gave me goose bumps. Having tried countless conventional and alternative treatments for CFS over the years to no avail, I now felt very strongly that the original physical illness, the emotional stress, the personality traits and habits which had made me ill were not actually present any longer but that this pattern of tiredness had become totally hardwired in both my brain and in my body. I wanted a way to re-wire them and at this point the Lightning Process came back to the forefront of my mind.
I found and spoke to a local LP practitioner – the lovely Sam Judah – and I listened to the Audio Part 1 of the course. My personal experience of CFS totally concurred with the science explained on the audio and I had lightbulbs going off internally all over the place. I signed up to do the 3 day training in mid-April. I worried about how I would manage to focus and stay awake for the training itself since brain fog and sleepiness were strong daily symptoms for me but this wasn’t an issue. The training was only about 4 hours a day and Sam was ever-warm and vibrant and engaging. I had deliberated about doing the training on my own or in a group and I’m very pleased that I decided on the latter. My group was a lovely collection of people with an assortment of issues, and their questions and issues and concerns were always helpful to hear asked and answered.
I decided from day 1 of the training to do something different that would be a very significant and tangible change for me and that was to drop my afternoon nap. I remember coming home from day 2 of the training feeling totally depleted but rather than going upstairs to bed, committing to try doing the process first instead. This provided my first tangible experience that I had the power to change my state and my energy levels in the moment and it gave me great faith in the rest of the course and in the process.
Change was immediately tangible but not immediately complete unlike some of the wonder stories I’d read on the LP website. This didn’t bother or dishearten me because I was making moment by moment positive changes which on Sam’s recommendation, I kept a diary of and regularly read through. It really started filling up.
I would say I worked hard at the Process. I had had CFS for 10 years and it felt like that wiring was so strong in me. But I just used the process every time I noticed I wasn’t in the state I wanted to be in, however often that needed to be. And I had other great tools at my disposal that I had picked up over the years – elements of yoga and meditation and qi gong which I also used as state shifters within the framework of the LP.
I’d say it took me 3 months to feel total confidence that CFS was firmly gone and that it wouldn’t ever be returning. If I felt an energetic or emotional dip it was only ever for an hour or two, never even a whole day, and it certainly never snowballed into days or weeks of slump. Like a ‘normal’ person I guess!
This period of training and practice also coincided with quite a turbulent one in my life, with a serious of deaths and serious events around me, and this is where I really began to appreciate the scope of the LP. Having undertaken it originally just for my energy, I now realised I had a tool to use for absolutely anything and everything, any time I noticed I was in a state that wasn’t helpful or healthful. It was, and is, a constant reminder that even if I don’t always have a choice or an influence over things going on in the outside world, I always have a choice to change my internal world, my state.
When I spoke to Sam for my initial consultation back in March, he asked me what I dreamt of doing when I was better. I said I would love to go on a trek somewhere beautiful, immersed in nature and in the sunshine. I recently booked to go and visit my best friend in Australia at Christmas and to do a 4 day trek in Tasmania while I’m out there. I have started learning pottery and Spanish which have also been on the dream list for a long while and I feel like both my body and my brain are regenerating massively and joyfully day by day. I feel hugely grateful to Sam, to Phil and to all the things that lead me to them.
Rebecca Osbourne – Public Relations
I remember feeling nervous before the training but was so glad I booked up. The tools I learned have made a massive difference to my life and I was surprised how simple it was to start feeling my energy returning. Working with Sam was straightforward as he completely understood what needed to be done and was very encouraging and supportive. I did have to work hard applying the tools but it was definitely well worth the effort. One year after completing the training I now have so much more energy and it is consistent, not like the boom and bust cycle I was stuck in before. I felt so positive afterwards and am confident that I am going to be okay and that I never have to go back to CFS/ME.
Mikey Georgeson – Professional Musician
The Lightning Process has been fantastic for me. It’s given me a new lease of life. Having been in a completely helpless and hopeless place it has given me the skills to find a way out. When looking for cures and solutions to Chronic Pain / Fibromyalgia it is very easy to be overwhelmed by the various theories and recovery programs so what I love about the LP is the simplicity.
The simplicity is that the answer is within you. The Lightning Process uses this simple idea in a very powerful way and in doing so is empowering. I’ve managed to become pain free for over a year and in the times when my symptoms have threatened to resurface I’ve been able to cope and steer a way back to the life I love. I would definitely recommend the Lightning Process to anyone stuck waiting for a cure to a so-called invisible illness or anyone who is simply stuck.
Richard Beak – Student
After having an undiagnosed episode of chronic fatigue when I was younger, I started experiencing it again just before beginning my first year at university leading on from a virus I had. This time I was diagnosed with ME. I made it through my academic year but by the end I was prioritising my lectures and spending most of the rest of my time in bed.
After other avenues of treatment plateaued I was encouraged to do the Lightning Process with Sam Judah. Since then so much has changed. I am back to my old self and better, still at university, doing exercise and sport almost every day as well as going out with friends whenever I want to. A year on and I am healthier than I have ever been! My outlook on life is really positive because of what I learnt on this course! It is truly amazing.
Dr Phil Edwards – Head of Department of Population Health (2008-2015)
Sam tailored and delivered a training day for the personal development of staff in my academic department in summer 2015. I was overwhelmed by the positive responses I subsequently received from a wide range of staff, including junior professional support, research fellows, and senior professors, who all declared the day to have been a tremendous success. Sam is a professional with integrity, sincerity and a big heart, who re-energised us all.
Timothy Hopkins – Volunteer
I had ME for 14 years. This meant missing out on most normal experiences like going to school full time. I had become increasingly isolated over the course of my illness and hadn’t been to see or have a friend over for several years. My symptoms made going out and travelling nearly impossible, and had been getting worse. In the last year I hardly left the house and made almost no car journeys.
After attending the Lightning Process in September I’m now back on my feet and feeling the best I’ve felt in years! In the last few weeks I’ve been for walks, car journeys, used my bow and arrow (which I haven’t been able to use for 5 yrs!), worked at a local voluntary education centre and attended a bonfire party!! I now know that I can be healthy and live my life again. So so happy!!!!
Dan Holloway – Professional Musician
I’m a 22 year old professional musician and it’s been just over a year since I did the Lightning Process. I had suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for around 8 months during which time I was unable to work. My life had come to a standstill and the slightest exertion left me exhausted.
I was sceptical about the Lightning Process as what it offered seemed too good to be true, but I was willing to try anything! After leaving the seminar on the final day of the course I began to see real results and within a few weeks I had regained significant amounts of energy. I was able to resume seeing my friends and it was amazing to be able to leave the house without feeling overwhelmed or worrying that I might become tired.
In less than three months I was able to perform at music festivals around the country and do all the work and social activities that previously seemed impossible. Here I am a year later 100% healthy and able to get on with the rest of my life.
Sam was a fantastic help during the course but even more important was his support during the weeks that followed when I started to get back out in the world. Sam’s help and encouragement in this period gave me the confidence and self belief I needed to make a full recovery.
Melissa Francis – Pharmacist
I developed ME in 2010. It destroyed my career and began to damage my marriage. In 2013 my marriage was over. All of a sudden my life was empty.
I’d thought about the Lightning Process before, and now all of a sudden there seemed no reason not to do it. I had concerns, but I spoke to Sam on the phone, and he told me all I needed was determination. I knew I had to do it, I have determination in spades.
The first day was a tough one, I had a long journey to get there. I began to put the process into practice that evening and was able to go to a party. It still wasn’t easy but I refused to give up, the next day was even tougher, but with the help of the Lightning Process I managed a good night’s sleep.
The following morning I walked along the Thames. I sat down and looked at the river. It was cold, damp and misty, not a morning conducive to revelations. As I got up I felt the fatigue descend again. ‘No! This is not what I want!’ I applied the Lightning Process tools that I’d learned and walked off. As I did the fatigue lifted off me like a weight rising off my shoulders. I was astounded. I kept walking in a daze, hanging onto the sensation of relief and lightness. I could feel tears filling my eyes, I couldn’t believe I was free of the fatigue that had been part of me for so long.
The fatigue never returned in full force, and the more I worked at the Lightning Process the more things improved.
Less than two months later I have started a job where I am on my feet continuously for at least 5 hours a day, I have joined a choir and started going to a Pilates class. I walk my dog almost every morning. I have my life back! The future has opened up before me and it feels good. I will never again be the ‘ill person’.
Whatever life throws at me I have a healthy, happy future ahead.
Mioby Hewitt – A Level Student
For almost 4 years I suffered from Chronic Fatigue / ME and during this time my life had almost stopped completely. I could no longer continue my education properly, and on my bad days I couldn’t even engage in physical activity as mild as walking up the stairs. After being told there was no cure for the illness, I felt completely in the dark and my dreams for the future were forgotten as I felt it was no longer possible to fulfil them with the illness.
I was then told about the Lightning Process, a training which involves changing the brain’s thought patterns to bring about physiological changes within the body.
During the weekend just gone I took part in the training, and from day one I immediately felt better. I felt energized and happy as I had begun the process of re-training my brain to create physical changes in my body. I was recovering. It felt like a weight of fatigue and chronic pain was lifted.
After finishing the training today, I feel like a completely different person. The energy and clarity I had lost for years has finally returned and I am stronger and happier than ever. I find it amazing how a few days training can help recover a person from a long-term chronic illness and provide them with the tools to live an enhanced, healthy life. I now find myself thinking of the future again knowing I can approach it with physical and mental well-being and I can leave behind years of chronic illness.
I wanted to thank my practitioner Sam Judah at Neurologica Practice for being a motivating, compassionate, incredible trainer and helping me on my journey to recovery. I also wanted to hugely thank Phil Parker, the designer of the Lightning Process, who has transformed the lives of thousands of people with his ground breaking work. And I wanted to thank my beautiful sisters and my mother and father for their continued support and care whilst I was sick. It’s beautiful to be well again.
Olivia Caven – A Level Student
I suffered from chronic fatigue for 4 years and eventually it became impossible to do anything! So I contacted Sam Judah about the Lightning Process and whether it was right for me and I have to say it totally was!
It’s been 4 days since I successfully completed the training and I feel amazing! I have so much energy and happiness that I was strutting through London Town smiling so much, saying hello to everyone and anyone! (I actually live in Harrogate, which is 6 hours away, so shopping in London was completely new to me) I loved every minute of it! Poor parents, it was my 18th birthday during the lightning process weekend and I may have splashed out a little!
I am finally me again and a hundred times better and never going back. Using the tools I have learnt over the weekend has had a fantastic effect on me although I have to work at it and keep using the tools. I can now look forward to achieving my dreams, even though this is work in progress I can see the bright light at the end of the tunnel.
Brandt Maybury – Taste Specialist at Green & Black’s Organic
In 2006 my life suddenly changed whilst snowboarding in the French Alps. Whilst showing off in the board park, I managed to seriously misjudge a big jump, and broke my back as I landed.
After several scans and spinal surgery, it turned out I had been very lucky as there was no known nerve damage, and was told I would make a full recovery. A year later I was snowboarding again, but then gradually my health started to decline. I started with things such as IBS, headaches, fatigue, and gradually got worse until one day in 2009 I collapsed at work. At hospital they told me I just had a bad virus, and to go home and I would get better……but I didn’t. I got worse.
I was fortunate to get an early diagnoses of ME/CFS, as I had had so many tests already to rule out most other possibilities, and my symptoms were textbook ME/CFS. At my worst I was completely bedbound, unable to sit, eat, hold a conversation, or even watch TV. The doctors told me there was nothing they could do, and that I could be like this for the rest of my life.
After several months of feeling sorry for myself I decided I wasn’t going to accept it. That instead of searching the internet for all the sob stories of how bad my illness was, how bad it would get, how slim my chances of recovery were, etc. etc…I was going to start searching for anything that could get me better! I was convinced my back injury must have played some part, and so I went to see a chiropractor.
This started my journey of understanding how the body’s nervous system works, and how the physical and mental sides of your health are so closely linked together. I went for treatments 4 times a week, followed a strict diet/supplement plan, and within a few weeks my condition stabilised, and I made some very tiny improvements.
Meanwhile, I had heard about something called ‘The Lightning Process’. At first it sounded insulting to think that a ‘talking therapy’ could help with such a physical illness, so I dismissed it. But I kept hearing more and more success stories, and as my understanding of my illness grew, the more it made sense – so I booked myself on a course.
I turned up for my first day at the course barely able to walk, and slumped myself in the chair wondering how I would even manage to pay attention for the next few hours. But that evening, using what I had learned on the course, I went for a walk around a field for nearly 15 minutes, and felt no worse afterwards. One week later I walked non-stop in a forest for nearly an hour, and felt fine afterwards.
It was like a miracle, only I knew that it wasn’t, it was just me taking back control of my nervous system, and ultimately my health.
The following months were hard, I had many doubts along the way, but through using the Lightning Process and other NLP techniques I have now made a full recovery. I work 50 hours a week as a chef, go the gym 3 times a week, go for nights out with friends, and I’m actually already healthier and stronger than I have ever been. But the best part is it doesn’t stop there – I have used the LP to resolve my fear of dentists, to perform better in job interviews, even to be more confident on first dates. The Lightning Process just shows you how your brain and nervous system works, and then gives you the tools to make the changes you want, and then the possibilities are endless!
Emma Coften – Mental Health Consultant
Having worked with other qualified NLP practitioners in the past with less success, Sam’s natural ability to instil calm and trust allowed me to work on my issues with swift effect.
Thank you Sam for working with me and giving me the opportunity to experience how it is possible to quickly and effectively make positive change in my life!
Jay Turnbull – Fashion Stylist
Working with Sam has helped me to focus on what I want from my life and has given me the tools to make it happen. Understanding what my limiting beliefs were and seeing how much I was sabotaging opportunities was a real eye opener. Sam helped me to grow my confidence to ask positively for what I want and not be afraid to keep going when things that I asked for in life were given to me in abundance.
Hannah Rose – Teacher
Last year I was thinking about doing the Lightning Process and a mutual friend put me in touch with Sam. He spoke so passionately and enthusiastically about the process and everything that it had done for him and met all my questions with clarity and openness. I felt inspired and excited about doing the process myself and it was an absolutely brilliant experience and was deeply transformative for me.
Molly Flatt – Journalist
Sam is a wonderful trainer with fantastic instincts and complete integrity. Having taken the Lightning Process seminar under his guidance I have transformed my life in so many ways. My eating disorders are now 100% resolved and I am continuing to use the Process to create the life I want in ways I couldn’t have imagined before. Sam is patient, warm and down to earth with a great sense of humour. He is not afraid to challenge you when necessary but his energy and sensitivity provide all the support you need through big changes. Thank you so much Sam for starting me on my journey!
Santiago Diaz de Tuesta – Therapist
Freedom from old nagging fears and doubts has given me my life back. This is exactly what Sam managed with me by helping me through one of the most important moments in my life where all my knowledge had to be put to test in order to get my licence to work as a therapist in the UK. His wisdom, ability to communicate and amazing techniques transformed my fear into a fully enjoyable experience that let my knowledge come out naturaly without any mental restriction. Thank´s to this I passed all of my examinations with distinction and now have my dream job and am having more fun than ever before.
Jeremy Head (with son Oswin) – Environmental Scientist
I had ME or CFS for approaching 2 years. Before I went into ME, I was having an amazing time as a 27 year old man: successful, full time job, manic social life; auditioning with bands; late nights, early mornings and lots of daytime work.
It started with a flu-like illness that wouldn’t go away. It went on day after day, leaving me feeling progressively worse. Weak, tired out and getting more and more anxious by the day, I started to worry about what was happening to me.
I started to visit my local doctors. They reassured me that I was just ‘post-viral’, and needed to rest. But rest I did and I just got worse and worse by the day. 6 weeks after the virus, I was so ill that I was struggling to walk up the stairs to my flat. Just getting dressed for work was enough to leave me totally exhausted and soaked in sweat I had to lie down for an hour then gently pick my way into the office. Then it got really hard – I couldn’t process thoughts. My brain had started to reduce in function. I started to become trapped in a body that wouldn’t move and a mind that couldn’t work.
The doctors couldn’t help anymore and referred me on to a specialist. The waiting list was so long and I had private health cover so I went for a private appointment. He did tons of tests and concluded after 2 weeks that unless they find anything else it could be ME (or CFS). Finally the appointment with the NHS specialist came and the diagnosis was ME (CFS). At this point, the private health care provider cut all ties with me and sent me a bill for £1500 worth of tests and consultations that weren’t covered because the illness “ME” wasn’t covered under their policy.
Just at this point I had taken so much sick leave from work that they didn’t want to pay me anymore, so not only was I severely ill, I was jobless, and in debt .
The next 6 – 9 months were absolute hell. Me and my girlfriend moved out of our apartment because I couldn’t walk up the stairs. It was in a ground floor apartment in Battersea, thanks to the generosity of family, that I started the road to recovery.
There wasn’t a day that I didn’t look up ways of getting better. My mum heard a radio article about the Lightning Process on Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2, got hold of a CD copy of it and sent it to me – it sounded too good to be true as there were a lot of people around at the time who would take money off vulnerable ill people looking for the ‘cure’. However I was starting to embrace a ‘holistic health’ idea of diet and yoga that enabled me to survive each day, sometimes getting good results, sometimes bad.
When I could walk, I walked with the aid of a stick, and managed perhaps 200 yards at the most. For a 28 year guy who was in great shape this was really tough. My doctor’s prognosis was 5 – 10 years, possibly more. It felt like a jail sentence yet I had done nothing wrong.
The yoga taught me that I was capable of changing this myself. Then I heard more about the Lightning Process and the successes that were happening – there were too many stories for it to be a lie. I signed up, and 3 weeks later was attending a course with a Norwegian (6 years ME) and two others (one woman with ME for 25 years, and a female student who had suffered for 8 years).
On Day 1 it made sense to me, but the others took more time. From that day I started making these amazing changes that looking back I can hardly believe I achieved it. Something as simple as walking around a supermarket, choosing foods for a great meal, or walking to Battersea Park suddenly became possible.
3 weeks after the Lightning Process course, I went to a friend’s festival (Standon Calling) and was lucky enough to play records in between bands all day on the Saturday with no ill effects! I was completely better. 6 weeks later I proposed to my girlfriend, got a new job and moved house. Now, we have children, a great job and I am loving every day like I never thought possible.
So if you’re having any doubts at all or if you’ve had a difficult time with conventional doctors, I encourage you to talk to someone involved in the Lightning Process. This process has so much potential to help so many people!
Ann Allen – Classical musician
Working with Sam has been an incredible experience that has led to some dramatic shifts on how I feel about myself, and how I perceive the world. The work we did together has removed the fears that were holding me back from achieving what I wanted in my life. Sam is warm and welcoming to work with and possesses an insightful intelligence that cuts straight to the core of an issue. I would recommend anyone wanting to make changes in their life to get in contact with Sam knowing they are in safe hands.
Emma O’Meally – Training project officer
What struck me immediately about Sam is his intuitive and insightful nature. He possesses a rare ability to get to the heart of an issue and to adeptly lead you to find solutions where previously you may have considered there were none. His warm and empathetic nature, combined with skilled professionalism, allowed me to feel immediately at ease and to fully focus on making the changes I desired. I would have no reservations in recommending Sam to others, or to seeing him again should I ever need some extra support or guidance.