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Welcome to your Lightning Process Blog NZ!

This is the place where you’ll be able to read interesting articles about neuroplasticity, brain’s connections, how your brain functions and how it interferes with your mental or physical health.
It gives a solid and scientific background, backing up the tools we use in the Lightning Process.

Thanks to pond scum, toward a better understanding of the effects of chronic stress.

Pond scum?

You should listen to this Ted Talk that Elisabeth Blackburn did. She talked about this little fellow called Tetrahymena, more commonly known as pond scum. Why? Because she wanted to understand why those cells never get old or die …

Pond scum and chronic stress

While researching this, she discovered several things over time. Firstly that the very ends of chromosomes, known as telomeres never get old or die in the Tetrahymena (pond scum). Secondly, there was an enzyme that could replenish, make longer telomeres. Finally, she started to work with Elissa Epel. Her expertise is in the effects of severe, chronic psychological stress on our minds and our body’s health. And they discovered “something unheard of: the more chronic stress you are under, the shorter your telomeres, meaning the more likely you were to fall victim to an early disease span and perhaps untimely death”.

Of course, we already knew that with studies and observations. But we didn’t know why!

That is for me, another reason why the Lightning Process is worth being looked at.  Indeed, at the Lightning Process, one of our main teaching, is to give you the tools to stop or at least to drastically slow down the chronic stress which is one of the main cause of chronic illnesses.

Find the transcript below and don’t hesitate to contact me for more information about the Lightning Process. Continue reading Thanks to pond scum, toward a better understanding of the effects of chronic stress.

Do exercises aimed at increasing neuroplasticity work?

Neuroplasticity and brain exercises?

In this article from the Huffington Post, Nicole Gravagna debates the concepts of neuroplasticity, mind-body connection and brain exercises. It echoes nicely with what we do at the Lightning Process to help people regain control of their brain and their health.

“…The placebo effect is a neuroplastic response to a problem. The fact that the results of brain training looks like the placebo effect makes a ton of sense. The brain is solving the problem through neuroplasticity instead of relying on drugs or therapies. It’s actually a positive result when the placebo effect matches the brain training effect.

The placebo effect is often so powerful in improving a patient’s problems that it overshadows the effect of a real therapy. It’s not that the placebo effect isn’t a real solution, it’s that it’s such a good solution that it is often just as good as taking a medication…”

The Lightning Process… is in a way a brain exercise.

Lightning Process Brain Exercises With the LP, you can target specifically the area of your life that you want to improve. It might be : emotions, physical health, blood pressure, mental chaos. You then use the neuroplasticity of your brain to re-shape and re-wire your neurological pathways.

Neuroplasticity is the capacity of your brain to keep growing, changing, gaining or losing more skills. You can influence as well good of bad habits and redirect your mind on different neuronal paths.

Consequently, the results of your brain training are that you get exactly the kind of brain structure and behavior that you have decided.

Arguably, medication might get this to you in a very invasive and general way. However, most of the time we don’t have the success we would like. But you will get it yourself by applying this fabulous skill of your brain to your very own and special needs.

Don’t hesitate to contact me to know more on how you can use the neuroplasticity of your brain to get rid of your problems or improve your life!


Hooray! Phil Parker, originator of the Lightning Process, is coming to NZ!!!

We are really excited that Phil Parker will be visiting New Zealand in September 2017 to talk about the Lightning Process. His free afternoon talks will include:

  • Explaining how the Lightning Process works
  • Theories behind the Lightning Process
  • Teaching some Basic Tools
  • Opportunity to ask questions about the Lightning Process

The dates for these free talks are:

  • Auckland – Friday 8/9/17
  • Wellington – Tuesday 12/9/17
  • Christchurch – Thursday 14/9/17
  • Timaru – Friday 15/9/17
  • Dunedin – Mon 18/9/17

A second date may be added in Auckland on the 19th September, depending on demand. The venues are yet to be confirmed.

Please register your interest by emailing: Fiona will be away from her desk until 16th August. However, she will respond as soon as possible after that to confirm your place and details.

Why do some of us develop back pain and others don’t?

Why some of us develop back pain and why others don’t?

Silje Endresen Reme’s talks about the common phenomenon of back pain; why some people develop chronic pain and disability while others don’t, and what psychology has to do with it. Silje is a PhD. from Uni Health, Uni Research, Bergen & Harvard School of Public Health, Boston.

During her studies, she considered all the people having back pain but having no organic findings that could explain the amount of pain seen in this group. She realised that there is little corroletion of what we see on the scan of the back and the pain intensity experienced by the patient. Neither can the biomechanical and anatomical findings.

Back painIn 10-15 % of the case, there is a specific cause but for the vast majority of them, there is no physical cause that can explain this amount of disability or pain.

So what is going on? Is it all in the mind? And do we deal with it? Continue reading Why do some of us develop back pain and others don’t?

The mind body connection – Placebo and Nocebo


There are so many aspects we could develop about the mind body connection. For example, how you can control your thoughts, or how you react to your environment and how you can influence the neurophysiology (Physical Emergency Response).

One of them is the placebo and nocebo effect. The term “placebo” is familiar to doctors and lay people and is often used as a synonym for ineffectiveness, as in the phrase “only a placebo effect”. Continue reading The mind body connection – Placebo and Nocebo

The backfire effect – Let’s talk about beliefs!

A belief is a constructed and very personal thought of which we are firmly convinced that it is valid, true, real, authentic and genuine. It serves as a guide in our daily decisions and actions, our vision of the world, our judgments about others or ourselves. Sometimes, or even often, our resistances, blockages, and daily difficulties stems from some of these beliefs, which we can then qualify as limiting.

When you help people to improve their health, at some point, you have to work on values, perspectives and beliefs.

You may think that when beliefs are challenged by facts, one revises their point of view and adjust this information into their mindset and thinking.

But actually, often, we see that people’s beliefs are reinforced when your deepest convictions are confronted by contradictory evidence. Continue reading The backfire effect – Let’s talk about beliefs!

Neuroplasticity and Healing


Neuroplasticity and Healing – A clinical conversation with Norman Doidge, MD, and Robert Rountree, MD.

In this article, Dr Norman Doidge explains that neuroplasticity reaches beyond synaptic connections or dentritic growth. It occurs at a DNA, molecular and protein level as well.

It shows us as well how neuroplasticity is giving our brain a competitive advantage to a particular way of doing things (i.e. behaviour, thoughts or emotions).

At the end of this article, you’ll also read about Michael Moskowitz, MD, a chronic pain specialist. Dr Moskowitz got badly injured and broke his femur in several places. Norman Doidge explains how Dr Moskowitz got control of the pain by stimulating his neuroplasticity and using visualisations.

Neuroplasticity, visualisations, hormones are few of the tools the Lightning Process uses to help you get better. There is much more to it and if you want to understand and know more, please, don’t hesitate to contact me and read about the Lightning Process.