I have very major misgivings about the way the Lightning process is marketed & the way it is promoted as a cure, but If you want to save $1,600 here it is for free: How to do the LP Mark a rectangle out on the floor or stand on a rectanglar doormat. Note that it has four edges and four corners. The far left edge is THE PIT - this is where we go when we are 'doing' ME... Someone standing in the STOP position stands outside the doormat with their toes pointing towards the left edge. So they are at your left and facing you. Someone in the CHOICE position stands at the front left corner of the mat, on the outside with their toes pointing towards the centre of the mat. So they are at the left corner in front of you and facing you. Someone in the COACH position stands directly in front of you like a mirror image. You will move through all these positions. So the first step in the process is to recognise when you’re in THE PIT. Maybe sometimes or all the time It’s important to recognise what you say to yourself as you go into the pit. For example “I’m feeling really ill this morning”, “if I do this, then I’ll get exhausted”, “last time I did this I got really ill for days”, “I can never eat this” etc. This takes some practise but we were assured that you always say something in your head as you go into the pit. As soon as you spot one of your “pit” phrases you want to STOP yourself right away. So imagine you’re on the mat and you start to say “I feel really ill today”. Before you get to the end of this phrase you will interrupt with a very firm, loud “STOP” (yes, talk out loud to yourself!) and jump into the STOP position as described above. So you jump outside the mat, to your left. Now you’re here you have interrupted your bad thought patterns. In NLP terms (this wasn’t taught in the LP course) I think this is called breaking state. Now you move to the choice position (as above). So you move slightly to your left. Stand as if you’re weighing two things up in your hands. To your right is the pit and to your left is the coach’s position. So what choice will you make? Will you go into the pit and carry on with your old thinking? Will you do something different and move to the coach’s position. Of course the idea is that you will do something different. It’s pretty important to be very firm about this choice and not just move on without thinking. You need to really mean it when you say you are going to avoid the pit. Uncertainly at the choice position can lead to you looping round the process without too much effect. Once you’ve decided to do something different then step into the coach’s position. Now you imagine you are coaching yourself. So a version of you is in the middle of the mat and the coach (whose part you will play) stands directly in front of you and coaches you. You need to write this in permanent ink on your mind: the first thing the coach always says is “well done”! He/she says it in a very enthusiastic and genuine way. (at this point you might want to pant like an excited doggy - oh sorry - I added that bit...) The point is that you have made the choice to do something different and that is a big achievement and you should be praised for it. Now step back onto the mat as yourself (i.e. facing the coach) and say, “thank you” to the coach and fully accept his/her praises. Now back to the coach’s position and give yourself a little motivational speech. It can be something along these lines: I’m here for you every step of the way, I’m going to coach you all you need and I’ll never let you feel alone. I’ll be here to kick your backside when you need it, because I’m your coach. You’re doing really really well. Hang in there – you’re great!” Then as the coach you ask yourself “what would you like?” Now step back into yourself and answer the question. This could be one of a few things: energy, a comfortable back , to 'do' calm. There’s an endless list and you’ll choose the right thing for you at the time. It could be something very simple like “to go and chat with a friend”. Then get back to the coach’s position and ask “how are you going to do that?” The answer might be simple, like “phone up my friend Fred” or something. But let’s take the example of energy. Here’s what you do… Give your energy right now a rating out of ten. You remember a time when you had lots of energy (if you can’t remember then imagine). Get really into this memory and make sure you remember it in minute detail – totally recreate it in your mind. What did you feel? Where were you? Who were you with? What did you see? Shut your eyes and totally transport yourself to that time. Feel that energy you felt then. Now when you’ve really got that feeling: imagine taking it and pouring it into yourself as you stand on the mat in the present time. Remember also to position your body as you would if you had energy. (Poised and upright with shoulder back etc) Now rate your energy again. Anyway, that’s an illustration of the process. One thing to point out is that the STOP at the beginning must be very firm. We had to do a hand signal (a bit like a policemen) to emphasise it. The idea is that using the LP, we constantly start accessing good memories and then these become more easily accessible and the bad ones start to fade. We’re kind of wiring up our brains to access positive things. Imagine that it’s like walking through a field of golden grasses. Our pathways to the bad memories (feeling sick and tired) are well worn but we need to let those grow over and walk some new pathways to more deeply buried good memories. If we imagine things vividly enough then the subconscious cannot tell the difference between our imagination and real memories (apparently) so if we haven’t got the memories we need, then we just imagine them for the purpose of the process. Gradually this process interrupts our stressful negative thoughts and the idea is that it breaks the adrenalin loop and adrenalin levels start to fall. The key thing is that you must be totally consistent. You have to jump on every single negative thought and LP it right away. I think people can end up saying STOPs 30-40 times even in one morning. OK - so now you can all try it. Be warned it has put people into major relapses, who have then been told they're not doing it properly..