Please don't get me started about the Lightning Process!!!
oh no, i've started... too late...
Esther12, the Lightning Process is definitely not provided by the NHS in East Sussex, although there is a symptom management course provided by the NHS in East Sussex which you can get referred to by your GP.
I've been on the NHS course and they are very friendly people who run it.
We're lucky to get anything on the NHS for ME so they aren't going to pay for us to go on an unproven lightning process course.
(please let me know if you discover otherwise)
The lightning process costs about 600 for a course, here in the UK.
The people who provide it have an enormous beautiful house in the middle of Sussex...
I can't believe that these people charge so much to people living in poverty on benefits and own an enormous mansion with vast beautiful gardens.
For your 600 you get about 6 one hour sessions, and there are about 10 people on each course.
If you do the maths... you can work out how they manage to own such a big mansion and why so many people promote the lightning process with such excitement...
Allow me to do the maths for you...
10 people paying 100 each per one hour session (gives them 1000 per session)... fit 4 sessions in per day with 4 different groups (4000 per day)...
4000 per day is 28000 per week, is 121,333 per month, is 1,455,999 (one and a half million pounds) a year for each individual 'trainer'.
For those of you in the USA, i think that's about 900,000 dollars, or a million dollars per year, per trainer.
I do know people who have been helped significantly by the Lightning Process, so we must all be careful not to dismiss their experiences, and to invalidate their personal journeys.
But it does anger me when the Lightning Process is advertised as a cure when there has been zero independent research on it.
Locally, some people have had a positive experience, some no change, and some a negative experience.
There definitely isn't any evidence within my local support group to show that there's an 80% success rate, and even if there was, the patients are self-selecting anyway...
only those feeling motivated, energised and well enough (and rich enough), would be able to attend the courses anyway, so this automatically excludes many who are severely or moderately ill.
The Lightning Process is based on NLP and teaches you to 'stop' your negative thoughts, and to replace them with words like 'i want to feel better, and i move forwards with energy'... something like that anyway...
it's as simple as that... it's a very simple course, but you just have to keep repeating the mantra.
My own personal theory about the successes is that maybe some of us get stuck in a deep rut after years of severe illness and a fear of doing any small activity that might harm us...
I know for myself, I am very fearful of over-stretching myself because of the hideous consequences of a relapse.
So maybe some people get physically better without actually knowing it or realising because they are stuck with fear in a place of inactivity. Some people might still believe that they are severely ill because of a fear to put their bodies to the test and a fear to stretch their self-imposed limits.
And maybe the lightning process might help these people discover that they had actually already physically recovered, without knowing it.
That's just my own thoughts about why it might be successful for some people, and I'm happy for anyone to challenge it, or to disagree.
I realise that this might be invalidating people's personal experiences, but I hope that people can understand my point of view without taking offense.
Until there is independent research carried out, I will find it difficult to understand how the Lightning Process can cure ME.
Also, 'positive thinking' might help people cope with any illness to a certain extent, but the whole concept of 'positive thinking' is something that i've always felt uneasy about.
Personally, it's not a concept that I've ever bought into, because I think it distorts reality, but I don't completely discount it.
I do believe that developing positive emotions is very helpful in many respects for a better quality of life, and maybe positive thinking helps some people with this.