One approach for possible recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the UK is the Lightning Process. It is offered in some other countries too. This article continues to offer my opinion on this controversial process.
Please note that at this time there is no official treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I feel strongly that no one should pressure a loved one with ME/CFS to undergo an alternative approach which may not be right for them.
The Lightning Process is not a treatment but a training.
There are many other articles on this website on
Recovery From ME/CFS and
Living With Illness. Please note that my CFS recovery was not total. Though healing was dramatic I continue to live with the illness Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / CFS.
Positive Self Talk
The Lightning Process™ incorporates lessons in positive self talk. It calls this self coaching.
For example, we are often very belittling of our successes when we are ill.
We meet the presence of symptoms with self-criticism.
We tell ourselves:
“I should be better.”
“I should be able to do more already.”
The Lightning Process™ can be used to help us, instead, to be realistic about what we can do right now and notice and focus on any progress made.
“I am doing the best I can.” “I am able to do what I am able to do right now.”
Click for an article on positive self talk when ill.
Please note that with its raising of your expectation for the possibility of quick improvement or even recovery, the LP can also be misused by the practitioner or the participant to give yourself a hard time for not being able to do more.
The Lightning Process™ techniques draw on and synthesize approaches from the following healing modalities:
The LP works by setting up new neural pathways to positively impact the immune system. See
The Experiment of Rober Ader – the birth of pni.
A 3 Day Course
According to the founder Philip Parker, they tried to do the Lightning Process™ in a way that made it more accessible to people with ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome UK, many of whom are housebound. This set up of 3 days was the only one to produce the level of positive results.
To my mind, all 3 days were necessary.
I cannot explain in a single article what the Lightning Process™ includes.
Even if I could it would not be a substitute for being taken through the processes with an experienced practitioner who has seen the process work and is able to communicate belief in healing to you.
NLP can be used to help with health problems. I have seen it advertised as helping with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome UK.
I know a very experienced and lovely NLP practitioner who has had success in reversing a case of blindness and cancer.
However, he does not advertise as being able to help in such cases, and wouldn't want me to put his name here.
He is rather humbled that those healings occurred and wouldn't feel able to guarantee such results.
I am trained up to practitioner level in NLP. NLP training to practitioner level does not work specifically with illness.
Qualifications at a higher level, such as Master Practitioner, are more likely to include working with health.
Many NLP practitioners would be wary of working with health issues including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
However, many of the NLP techniques can be successfully applied to health issues, so it very much depends on the individual practitioner.
If you know the NLP practitioner and have reason to think they have good experience of healing in their own life or experience of working with others with their health, then go with them.
If not, I would recommend the Lightning Process™ above NLP to deal with health issues. The Lightning Process™ incorporates much from NLP but works it into a combination with other techniques.
Please see my notes about choosing a practitioner, and my disclaimer.
For those with ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome UK, there are plenty of Lightning Process™ practitioners to choose from.
If you live in a country which does not have The Lightning Process™, and you are interested in these ideas, then look around for an NLP practitioner or someone else who is using the mind body connection in their work.
Neurolinguistic Programming originated in the USA, so there will be many practitioners there who do work with the mind body connection to facilitate healing.
I believe the Lightning Process can help many physical illnesses.
I did some Lightning Process techniques with someone with chronic back pain, for example, and she was free of pain for a day.
She was my carer – and this was before I had trained in the Lightning Process™; I used a visualisation technique I developed.
It only lasted a day but it shows that we can use our mind to influence our body.
I, personally, would say, however, that the expectation of the practitioner that you can heal is an important ingredient in the success of the Lightning Process™. This expectation naturally increases each time the practitioner sees someone healed of that particular illness.
At this point in time, because there is no treatment available for the illness, people with ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome UK or elsewhere are willing to experiment more than most with mind-body medicine. They have accessed the Lightning Process™ more. The experience and expectation of Lightning Process™ practitioners that people with ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be helped is therefore high.
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