Ned and Anna’s Journey Through the Lightning Process
In May 2012, when I was 9 years old, I had a really bad asthma attack. After about 3 weeks, the coughing stopped but I felt really tired all the time. I had lots of tests at hospital and was diagnosed. I couldn’t get up for more than an hour and a half at a time before needing to rest, and whenever I tried to do a bit more, I ended up having to rest/sleep for longer.
The Lightning Process has changed my life. Helen was really understanding, helpful and kind; she really cared. She kept encouraging me, lifted me up and made me smile. The day before I was in bed all the time, I was really bored and fed up because I couldn’t do anything, I was tired constantly. The first day of the LP, my goal was to stay up till 8pm, see my uncle and watch Tom and Jerry. I managed to do all that, have fun and enjoy life more than I had in the whole of the 8 months I had been ill. The second day, my mum and I went out for dinner with my godfather and I stayed up till 9pm. I hadn’t been out for dinner for a long time – it felt great. On the third day, I woke up, did the LP, felt great and had another great afternoon with Helen. I just loved it. When I got home, I told my dad and brother all about it and we were all so happy. I managed to do a full day of school which I hadn’t done for 8 months and I was really happy and proud of myself.
The LP helped me overcome my illness, it gave me the confidence to get back to acting. I think it’s great. The Lightning Process is amazing – how it works, how it can make you feel instantly better. Now I’m playing rugby and I’m getting fitter. I go to school every single day (except when I get a bug). I just love it. I’m happy; I feel I’ve done well to overcome this; I’m spending more time with my friends; I’m not bored; I feel great.
Anna (Ned’s mum): a parent’s perspective
I was very skeptical about the Lightning Process and gave Phil and Helen something of an interrogation! I wanted to make sure that they weren’t charlatans. Phil explained the physiology underpinning how the Lightning Process works and my husband (a doctor) and I agreed that it made sense.
It still felt rather a leap of faith to entrust my child to strangers, but I was reassured that Helen actively encouraged our involvement. I participated in the training with Ned, so at no point did I have to hand him over to someone else.
Helen was wonderful throughout the training – easy to warm to; encouraging; great at explaining things and managing to engage a 10 year old boy and a 42 year old woman simultaneously.
The Lightning Process requires commitment to be effective: on the first day, Ned needed to use the LP 40 times; on the second, 30; on the third, 20; but by the end of the week Ned was able to go through the whole day without needing rests and only needing to use the LP a couple of times a day.