“The Lightning Process has provided me a magical key to living my life with more confidence, ease and joy.”

San Jose, CA


“I used the Lightning Process throughout my entire labor. This was physically and emotionally the hardest situation I have ever been through, and my OB and midwife were astonished that I was able to push out Jaxen at nearly 12 pounds (without medication!).”

Chicago, IL


Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Lightning Process®.  If after reading these you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. 

What is the Lightning Process®?

The Lightning Process® is a three-day training course that empowers people to influence their health and their life by changing the way their brain and body interact. The brain’s ability to change rapidly when used differently (the process known as neuroplasticity) allows people to create new brain pathways to promote renewed health and enhanced quality of life.  

How does the Lightning Process® work?

The brain works very much like a muscle: the more pathways are used, the stronger and more automatic they become. The Lightning Process® works by teaching you how to spot any destructive unconscious patterns that activate brain pathways leading to illness or limiting conditions in your life. You then learn how to change these patterns to create new pathways that lead to health and vitality.

The Lightning Process® is particularly focused on the stress response. When the body experiences a threat (such as a physical injury, a virus or infection, drug reactions, or an emotional shock or trauma) it mounts a strong physical stress response, often referred to as the “Fight or Flight” response. This response stimulates the body to produce a cascade of different stress hormones and neurotransmitters in order to respond to the threat.

While the stress response works extremely well when the threat is short-lived, long-term arousal of this system creates havoc with the hormone, immune, digestive, and muscle systems. It also switches off the body’s natural healing system. The results are disruptions to sleep, immune function, healing, digestion, muscle function, clear thinking, and overall mood.

For many of us, even if we have not experienced a significant threat, simply living in the fast-paced, complex world of today is enough to create a heightened stress response that leads to some of the same patterns and dysfunction.

The Lightning Process® teaches people how to spot when the stress response is switched on and how to influence this physical process through a series of simple, yet highly effective exercises (that create new, more helpful brain pathways) to calm the body down. Once the body is calm it can naturally re-balance and restore itself. 

Is the Lightning Process® just positive thinking?

The Lightning Process® is a lot more than positive thinking. It combines Neuro Linguisitic Programming (NLP), life coaching and principles of physiology and osteopathy. These tools have been woven into a highly effective training program that empowers people to take charge of their life in a new way by influencing the ways the body and mind are interacting. 

What conditions is the Lightning Process® used for?

While the Lightning Process® was initially designed to resolve a very specific condition, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME), it was quickly found to be effective with a wide range of different physical issues. Thousands of people have reported rapid improvements (and often complete recovery) from the following conditions:

  • Lupus

  • Lyme disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

  • Muscle fatigue

  • Psoriasis

  • Tinnitus

  • Vertigo

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

  • Chemical sensitivity

  • Exzcema

  • Food and chemical intolerances

  • Fibromyalgia (FM)

  • Headaches & migraines

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Many people have also used the Lightning Process® to change old patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors to create more calm, ease and joy in their life. They report very positive outcomes for: 

  • Perfectionism

  • Procrastination

  • Prolonged grief

  • Quitting smoking

  • Shame

  • Social anxiety

  • Stage fright

  • Stress

  • Weight issues

  • Addictions

  • Anger

  • Anxiety & panic attacks

  • Depression

  • Eating disorders

  • Fear of failure

  • Guilt

  • Insomnia

  • Low self-worth

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

What else is the Lightning Process® used for?

Some people choose to learn the Lightning Process® simply because they want to have a tool to maximize their potential — in their work, their relationships and their life. This powerful training technique allows them to create a future of wholeness and possibility, boosting confidence, vitality and overall well-being. People are able to access their potential in new and inspiring ways, often making huge changes that lead to greater ease, happiness and success. One of the key teachings of the Lightning Process® is how to relate to ourselves with more compassion. This alone is transformational for those looking for enhanced levels of inner peace and equanimity.

Does this mean that illnesses such as CFS are “all in the mind”? 

Absolutely not. CFS — and many other conditions for which the Lightning Process® has produced positive results — are physical illnesses that often effect multiple body systems. The Lightning Process® by no means suggests that they are psychosomatic. Rather, the Lightning Process® focuses on the interrelationship of body and mind and how each interacts with the other. By learning how to change the automatic processes of the mind (by creating new brain pathways) we can powerfully influence the physical health of our body as well as the overall quality of our lives. 

How effective is the Lightning Process®? 

A snapshot survey of 1,297 people showed that 81.3% of clients reported having completely resolved their issues and symptoms. Only two people of the overall group did not experience improvement. In general, if people fully engage in the training and commit to the simple homework they need to do to retrain the way their mind and body are interacting, they are able to make rapid improvements to their health and well-being.

Will the results last?

One of the reasons we offer follow-up support after the three-day training is to make sure that clients are both getting the results they want, and then maintaining them. Most clients see immediate results and are already well on their way by the end of the three-day seminar. But the Lightning Process® is a training and the training process takes longer for some than for others. Once the new patterns are firmly established, most clients find that they easily maintain the changes they want, so long as they use the process to reinforce the new patterns when they need to. They also find, to their delight, that they have a life-long tool that they can use to improve many other issues in their life.

In many ways the Lightning Process® is like joining a gym. At the beginning you have to work hard to create the level of fitness you want. But maintaining that fitness is much easier. In the case of both the Lightning Process® and the gym membership: you will get results only when you do the work!

Will it work for everyone?

As the snapshot survey data indicates: The Lightning Process® is very effective for most people who choose to do the training and have been assessed as ready by their practitioner. In my experience, the people who get the most results from the training have several things in common:

  • A strong desire to change their situation

  • Belief that the changes they want to make are possible once they have the tool they need

  • Commitment to do the work of retraining their brain until the changes are automatic

How do I sign up for the Lightning Process®?

If you believe the Lightning Process is the right approach for you, here are your next steps:

  • Read An Introduction to the Lightning Process by Phil Parker (available at amazon.com) to learn more about the principles behind the training.

  • Ask yourself these questions to decide if you are ready to take the training.

  • Contact me at aba@amanda-ashley.com or by phone at 503-887-0997 to ask any questions you might have about any aspect of the Lightning Process® to make sure you understand what it entails.

  • Complete an Application form.

  • Schedule a time when we can discuss your application together to make sure you are fully ready to undertake the training. If, for any reason, I feel you are not ready to get the benefits you want from the Lightning Process®, I will suggest ways for you to prepare yourself to be ready in the future. If you are ready now, we simply need to schedule a time for the seminar.