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What people say about the course
Watching Clare at work, one is immediately struck by her integrity and
passion for every one of her clients and their brilliant futures.
Phil Parker, designer of the Lightning Process
** Read below for personal testimonials ... or see what doctors are saying about the LP
"It has been a decade since I first did the lightning process with you and I have been free from chronic anxiety and loving and relishing my life since."
update from Colin, 2018
"...my skeptical, analytical mind became suspicious...I made the mistake of doing a bit of research online...just to know both sides of the story, I thought, just to put my mind at rest. Of course I found some, and what I read confused and disturbed me, and threw me into turmoil! Here is strong evidence if you need it of the importance of our thinking for our general state of wellbeing...Before reading the negative testimonials, I'd been happy, excited and looking forward to getting better...Thankfully, my personal connection with my trainer (Clare Hudman)...kept me on board...I hung on in there and I'm so glad I did...Without a doubt it is the most transformative thing I've ever done...As well as completely sorting out my physical health, it improved my life in profound ways I wasn't at all expecting it to. Above all, it's incredibly empowering...I chose to do it in spite of my doubts and it's the best choice I ever made."
Read Kit's complete story here (link to blog page)
"I'd get SO frustrated because I knew I was smarter than the majority of people I was at school with in so many ways, but on paper I was average at best ... really poor academic performance from secondary school to my first year of uni at Cardiff where I dropped out, all as a result of anxiety where I was just too anxious to study. I'd avoid it because I was so scared of the exam, then have panic attacks in the exam because I just didn't know anything! That's pretty much where I was when I came for the course with you. So having fixed that - I've literally gone from dropout, to passing with a First at a top 5 uni and being asked to speak at graduation!"
update from George, 2018
Read more from George here (link to blog page)
| "Magical" Sarah's word to sum up her wedding day.
"I've never seen such a chilled out bride in all the weddings I've been to", Sarah's friend said to her on the day.
Sarah did the LP to get better with me in Stroud in February 2018.
I have very recently completed the Lightning Process course
with Clare Hudman and I am amazed at the profound
changes that I and others around me have noticed. I have
been searching for an answer ...
for over 25 years now, severely enough over the last 10 years to
have been effectively bed bound for years at a time ... but at
long last I realistically see that I am going to be able to
realise all my dreams for a future!
Already my dreams have happy endings
Corinne, four days after finishing the course with Clare
After leaving you I was extremely elated and looking forward to the rest of my life and I couldn't wait to get started on everything. That night I baked hundreds of muffins to share with everyone in school to celebrate new beginnings and all that. Everyone was very excited for me and it's lovely to have people commenting on my appearance in a good way. I was still doing a bit of anxiety and was using the LP loads (about 20-30 times). School was fantastic and I even have the children capturing the feeling of success and calling on it when things don't go so well. We call it the sunshine feeling and they are really enjoying being my little rays of bright sunshine which has meant a calmer, happier environment for all.
I did worry about the weekend in Belfast, mainly because of late and early flights and people misinterpreting real tiredness for the other kind. It was fine. I just slept in a bit on Saturday and on my return (4.30 am start) had a guiltfree nap. The weekend was great and we managed to do things we haven't done in years like climb mountains (well a jolly big hill) and eat out late at night. Mum and Dad were thrilled though, as predicted, Dad was a tad sceptical but felt much better when he discovered that Phil Parker isn't some shouty American evangelist! Had a whole week in school and even arranged a ukulele concert without doing stress and panic.
The initial euphoria has worn off as I become used to being me again and I'm finding that I have so much more time to do everything and learning that it's ok to just do things for me. In fact today has been a tiny bit of school work, a teeny bit of housework, a big bit of curled up reading a new book and I'm just in from the garden having sorted out my hanging baskets and playing ball with the dog. As I finish this email I'm shooting off to have my injections for India which is next week.
I'm still doing the LP but maybe only 5 times a day and sometimes I only remember it when I realise I haven't done it-if that makes sense.
Thanks for everything,
Due to various problems in my life, I had anxiety and depression for about 2 years. I had been taking increasingly strong doses of antidepressants and seeing a psychotherapist. This helped contain the problem but was not solving it and I really felt as though my life was outside my control. Then a friend said that her son had done the Lightning Process with Clare Hudman and had completely got rid of his depression and she suggested I gave it a go. This took some courage as investigation of the Lightning Process showed that I would have to take responsibility for my condition and I was not sure I could manage this. However, I was desperate to do something for the sake of my family and contacted Clare. That was the best thing I have ever done as under Clare's gentle and committed guidance I worked through the Lightning Process course with a small group of lovely people and have turned my life around. It is now six months on and I have come off all tablets and therapy and feel in control once more. The problems are still there but I have learned how to deal with them using the Lightning Process. My friends say that I look so much more relaxed these days and my husband says that he has his old wife back again. It really has made a tremendous difference and I would definitely recommend it as a way of dealing with anxiety and depression.
I was recommended to The Lightning Process by my daughter aged 21 ...
Through Clare's hard work and professionalism I am finally putting behind me old patterns of thinking gained over 25 years, I am beginning to enjoy life and viewing the future with optimism.
The changes in me are remarkable and as a result my GP has agreed that I can come off the antidepressants that I have been taking for the last 2 years.
Medication treated my symptoms and helped keep me going in the short term, whereas The Lightning Process has addressed the root of my problems and enabled me to treat the causes.
I just want to thank you, and my family want to thank you, for your
wonderful course - you must be one of Phil Parker's stars! I can't think of
anyone who would not go away having mega benefits. When I came home
my husband opened a bottle of champagne and we all had a celebration.
Thanks a million.
Adrienne (aged 74 yrs)
i'm about 2 weeks late but thought i'd celebrate my first anniversary with you and tell you how i have been 'getting on'!
where to start???
i had just started a part time party plan job when i met you last November and was worried how I'd cope!!! Well, cope? tosh!!! i am now a manager slowly building my own team, with Christmas looming large i am 'partying' almost every night too!! Wow, i'm SO pleased with that, energy levels not a problem - almost manic sometimes with excitement and the thought that the world is my oyster and 'I can do anything' rings in my head.
But not only am i building an income for the first time in 14 years but this year I took on the responsibility and mantle of school Christmas Fair Chairperson and all that entails, if I wasn't working for money i was slogging away on trying to get raffle prizes, designing programmes, coordinating pta helpers etc etc - it has been absolutely non stop, and i have totally thrived and enjoyed every minute!!!
You and the process have completely changed my life - its wonderful and i will forever be thankful i met you!
Now I do have slight wobbles from time to time but very slight - and i find its only when i've been chatting to Mum or friends who were so close to me when i was ill, without realising i can come off the phone aching and bodychecking cos mum's been saying i shouldn't over do it etc. but i just do the process and i'm fine again! So i do keep an eye on that and what or who triggers it!!
Anyway, if i don't find the time (as i'm SSSSSSO busy working!!!!! - i love being able to say that) to email you again Clare - I wish you a fantastic and healthy and wonderful Christmas and 2011 from me and my ever so grateful family.
I accompanied my daughter Jodie to the Lightning Process course that
Clare ran in December 2007.
As a facilitator for Jodie attending, my experience was very much one
of being "at ease" on the course. Clare's approach was clear, kind and
sensitive whilst being very much in control of the course flow,
structure and organisation required to complete the programme of
I've had quite an eventful week: on Thursday a 400 miles round trip by car...and guess what? I drove most of the way home doing the M23 and the M25 and the M4. It felt great, just like old times. I am so pleased, I can hardly believe it! I know there is still plenty of work ahead but results like that really spur you on, don't they?
Today, for the first time in 18 years I feel completely 'normal', it is so amazing and I would have never thought it possible! I have even been eating spicy food!
In the meantime work is challenging and, incredibly, going really well, even to the point that staff said they have never felt so supported.... I didn't realise how much I would owe to the LP and just how far reaching its effects would be. Phil Parker and all of you guys are very special people and I just have to thank you so much for all that you have taught me. I feel I have a whole new life happening!
The LP was about 10 weeks ago, and I am still going "strong". Three weeks ago I travelled on a group tour of N Wales for 4 days. The best day went like this:
Woke early and went for a wade in the sea. Met up and chatted with groups on the Prom. Breakfast came after that! Tour of Snowdonia, then Portmeirion, with a pretty thorough explore of all the nooks and crannies. All this on a Bank Holiday and enjoying the muted hubbub of happy and relaxed crowds! Last minute booked a taxi to the top of The Great Orme and a tram ride down before dinner … tight on time. Chat and relax on Prom before bedtime with energy to spare!!! This would have been completely unbelievable to the lady that I was, before I understood the LP. Actually, I still find it extraordinary! Thank you for changing lives for so many, from our previous half-lives.
Well, after doing LP with you for three days ... I then had 1 day before I started a 4 day course with work. I did the LP to help me focus on concentration. We all passed the exam with flying colours and I got a massive 92%. I was really chuffed. ...
I had my hair cut for the 'new me'. ...
On the Friday I drove to Welshpool for the music fest, even after a two hour drive I was still good to go out to see my brothers band playing in a local pub. ...
All weekend I was stewarding or serving refreshments in the kitchen and still had the energy to have a boogie in the evenings. I also felt much easier with talking to people and interacting. I even think I was less knackered than my sister, just aching legs and ankles which is only to be expected!
On the Sunday I had a free afternoon so I drove the kids to Shrewsbury, we went shopping and for a walk in the park and had a picnic by the river. It was absolutely beautiful. I had a lovely, lovely day and still had the energy to go out to the pub that night. ...
I drove back on Tuesday and was fine for work the next day. I was really pleased with how it went and with the knowledge that I can build on this for the future. ...
I treated myself to a pamper session, leg and foot massage at my local beauty salon. I also had an eye test and have ordered some new glasses, for the 'new me'.
About 10 years ago at a low point I wrote a poem called A Life With A View:-
I'd like a life with a view
A picture postcard won't do
A photograph is not always true
Id like a life - a life with a view
I'd like a life with a view
A misty morning heavy with dew
Seasons colours in every hue
I'd like a life - a life with a view
I'd like a life with a view
Cotton wool clouds in skies of blue
A rainbows smile I'd capture for you
I'd like a life - a life with a view
I'd like a life with a view
Each day shining hopeful and new
Warmth and tenderness to see me through
I'd like a life - a life with a view
Well now I feel I have a life with a view - I am going to have to re-write it.
Pam, three weeks after doing the course
Since doing the
L.P. I've been a busy bee - going out for meals, enjoying time with
friends and generally living life to the full! I even use the L.P.
before I play poker with friends now and I've never played better!
Last weekend a group of us went to the Bristol Cider Festival which
was in the huge function room of the museum next to Temple Meads. It
was great to take interest in all the people (and ciders) around me.
One of the most rewarding parts of the whole L.P. journey is the
reaction that I now receive from others. Those that knew me before
are delighted that I'm back to myself and the smiles I get even from
people in passing as we walk/slide through the snow is brilliant.
I'm also back at uni now and feeling so much more positive - I'm using
the lightning process at the moment for when I do stuckness and it's
now almost automatic. I'm really looking forward to the next few
weeks when I'll be getting the results out from the experiment which I
designed and of course to this weekend when I'll be going to a friends
pirate fancy dress birthday party!
Anyway thanks again for teaching me the tools I needed to feel well and
I hope all the others are also healthy and happy.
With Clare's training in the Lightning Process I now have a tool that
I use to get my life back on track. Where I used to orientate
everything around fears and anxiety, coping rather than enjoying my
life, I now realise that I can allow compassion towards myself and get
on with relishing my family and my work. I am beginning to feel like I
did when I was nineteen again, full of hope, vigour and enthusiasm.
I really enjoyed it. Clare has a very enthusiastic and humorous way to bring to life new ways of thinking. These empower me in those tricky day-to-day life situations.
| I'm doing brilliantly... I've now set up the web site for my temping business and have already had some work. The welly pullers are coming along nicely too - it's a good balance.
In fact, I have 'the life I love' - which is brilliant.
On Sunday we went to the seaside - walk on the prom, ice-cream and coffee for lunch, then a four mile walk across sand dunes to the beach with the dog. Utterly brilliant.... the attached photo from Sunday is now my new computer background, it nicely sums up the way I'm feeling and will always remind me of the 'new me'.
HUGE thanks for helping me get my life back.
** Read You Have to be Joking! - an update from Sarah on Clare's blog
It's been a busy couple of weeks - my car is now clean and
polished again after I spent a solid three hours working on it the day after
the Lightning Process course ended. I've been using the LP when I've felt my
concentration flagging but other than that I haven't needed to. The quality
of my sleep is improving - instead of waking up 4 or 5 times a night its
only once or twice now. Emily and I have been out and about taking advantage
of the decent weather - we caught the train to Worcester last Thursday and I
was dragged to all the clothes shops! Everyone is really pleased with the
improvements in my health and I'm optimistic that things will continue to
get better. The next big challenge is a family holiday at the end of next
week - there will be nine of us (including my 2 year old niece) in a cottage
in Scotland for a week!
Just thought I'd write myself and tell you that
he has been a completely different person since completing the training.
It's so nice to have the old Alan back and seeing him doing things again. I
am enjoying going out with him, like the shopping trip to Worcester, without
worrying about how tired he will be. I still can't believe how different he
is and how much happier he is. We can't thank you enough and now we are
looking forward to a family holiday together in Scotland. This will be a
challenge but I truly believe he will enjoy himself, go out, have fun, relax
and get through the whole week unscathed! I learned a lot from the LP
myself and so I've benefited as well!! I just want to thank you for
changing our life and I can't wait for the future.
The Lightning Process - A Year On
It was with great trepidation that I set off to do the lightning process a year ago today. I had no idea what the course entailed and had nightmares that I'd be made to run around a huge field naked! However, I was so fed up with being in pain and tired all the time that I was willing to give it a go and had read lots of success stories.
After a three-day training course with a trainer who was most inspiring and positive, I came away with a positive attitude that change was in my hands, and however hard I had to work I was determined to make this work. And work it has. Over the last year I've gradually got better and better with a few blips on the way, when I've had to do the lightning process frequently. But I now work more than before, and cook and clean for my family. We bought a new puppy eight months ago, who I walk daily, and I've just started piano lessons again, which I gave up 14 years ago, due to the pain in my arms. I have got my life back!
In the past year we've been to France a few times and I've done lots walking, which was one of the aims that I gave to my lightning trainer. My husband has started his own business, which he would not have been able to do before as he was spending a lot of time helping in the house. I have also driven a 250 mile round trip to visit my daughter, on my own, which I never would have attempted before.
Selfishly I have been too busy in the last year to take time out to write about my experience, but I now want to take the opportunity to thank both my personal trainer (Clare Hudman) and Phil Parker who invented the lightning process and say to anybody who is thinking of doing - go for it!!
Children, young people, teenagers and the Lightning Process
Katie [age 8].
Clare was fantastic on the course and delivered it in a very child friendly way. She dealt with any emotions very skilfully and her great sense of humour made her the perfect choice for our little girl.
see more about Katie and other children at Clare's blog
Ellie [age 12] is a different girl to that of the previous 18 months, I have my
excitable chatterbox back! Thank you for your help in getting her feeling
better; your enthusiasm, humour and support during the course were
invaluable, and I will always be grateful to you.
Since I have done the Lightning Process I have felt a lot better!!
I ran a cross country race on Monday in my school and came 2nd!
I have not missed a day off school since I saw you (or even an hour!)
And I'm better at juggling now!!!!
I have lots of things to look forward to until the end of term,
including sports day, a trip to Cattle Country, my leavers play and
end of year disco, and on the last day of term I get to go in a
stretch hummer from school to play bowling at Cribbs Causeway!!
I went to look around my new school last week and got to meet my
tutor, he was very kind and I know I am going to do really well. I am
looking forward to starting in September. We are due to go on camp a
couple of weeks after we start, so that will be a real challenge for
me and a chance to prove how well I am doing.
George - age 11
Just a note to let you know we have no objections to you using
George's email on your website. The more people you can help the
Since George wrote to you last week, he has continued to go from
strength to strength. He had his sports day at the end of the week
and managed to get a 2nd place in the sprint race and 3rd in the sack
race, he was really pleased, and so was I, it was great to see him
joining in and looking so happy instead of looking worried. Today he
was in the school talent/dance competition and managed to get 2nd
place. Again I am thrilled he had the confidence to enter, a few
months ago I am sure he wouldn't even have considered it.
Thank you so much for helping George, it has made a huge difference to
the whole family, especially me, as trying to juggle work and George
over the past 3 years has been exhausting!! I can now see a light at
the end of the tunnel and I have a very different, confident, boy when
he gets up in the morning. He is back to the 'old' George - happy and
full of life.
I will keep in touch over the coming months and let you know how he is
progressing. As he told you, he is really looking forward to
secondary school and next week he has an induction day. He can't wait
to go and I know he has the 'tools' to help him through.
Once again thanks for all your help
... and 2 years later ...
George hasn't looked back since the day he left you. He is doing really well at school and is the happy, cheeky boy we missed for sooo long! He has just returned from a trip to France with the school and loved every minute of it. Also this year he was awarded 'Manager's Player of the Year' in his football team, and was really pleased.
I can't thank you enough for your help with George.
Just to let you know I'm so proud! On Friday and Saturday Carlos
took part in a Junior Arts Festival for singing in Bristol. For the
last 12 months, he has only managed to attend approximately 4 singing
A few days before we went to Stroud to do the LP, he tried to practice but unfortunately he ended up in tears saying he wasn't feeling confident, so we left it. On Thursday when we got home, he felt confident to have
a singing lesson, and on Friday and Saturday he got up early!!!! and took part in the competition. While I sat in the back row and blubbered!!!! I was so proud of him, he used to take part in lots of competitions and lets hope he can go back to do some more.
It was lovely to meet you all, Carlos and I have spent a lot of time
talking about you and wondering how you're all getting on, we both
really enjoyed the course.
Nikki (Mum of Carlos 13 yrs)
I'm really feeling well, and happier than ever. Had a 3 hour cricket session
yesterday which was brilliant, I can hardly walk this morning though,
but neither can my brother, who also played cricket!
I will get back to you if I ever feel I need any more coaching but I'm
really good at the moment, and looking forward to going back to school
on Wednesday (beginning of term).
Guy aged 15
I am feeling great; holidays have been packed full of parties, horses (and
some revising!). I have learnt to switch off my alarm, and to not
do stress over silly things. I have even had a job over Christmas to earn some money to fund all
of the nights out!
Overall I feel I have a much more positive outlook on life and am doing a
lot less stress, anxiety and tiredness than I used to. However, today I am
physically tired because of all of the parties I have been to, so I am going
to have a few early nights and I will be back perfect again!
I benefited greatly from coming on the Lightning Process Course and I can't
thank you enough for the changes it is making in my life.
Helen aged 17
see more about the Lightning Process for children, teenagers and young people at Clare's blog
What our trainees say about Christianity
I am a born again committed Christian. I did the L.P. in March 2008
and was able to attend church weekly by May 2008. I have quite a few
Christian friends who said I should not do the L.P. due to its
"demonic influences" but I personally found none of these! For me it
has been an answer to 11 years of prayer and I do not see how that can
be a bad thing. God Bless all the practitioners involved!
and the Lightning Process
I am a committed Christian (lay preacher) who has benefited from
doing The Lightning Process and wholeheartedly commend all aspects of
the training programme. Interestingly, I registered for the programme
because my daughter aged 21 (also a committed Christian) recommended
it to me as it has truly transformed her life. My daughter takes her faith seriously
and was herself recommended to the process by another practising
Interestingly the bible talks about two states of mind - the mind of
Christ (spiritual) and the mind of the flesh. In my view the Lightning
Process is in harmony with developing an attitude of faith / trust
i.e. a positive state, which requires ongoing effort and commitment.
(For example the Psalms say "this is the day that the Lord has made,
let us rejoice and be glad in it").
A Christian also relies upon God rather than him / herself for
strength and guidance. The Lightning Process does not conflict with
this but can be a help to attaining a life in tune with the fruits of
the spirit (e.g. love, joy, peace, contentment).
I recently came across a poster at a local church with the words
"God made you to be Completely You"
When I was ill for 15 years I was
unable to be completely me.
Having completed the Lightning Process course I have found that it is
uncovering the real ME, who I'm meant to be.
I was never able to attend church on a regular basis, but am now able
to and everyone has remarked on how much happier I am. I can now be
of service to people in a way I wasn't able to before and I light up
whenever I talk about the Lightning Process with such passion and
The L.P. is purely science based, altering the neural pathways in the
brain that are "stuck in illness". The L.P. deals with people's
illness and issues that they have in a very loving way and the
practitioners are totally commited to the student's well being.
Yes, the L.P. is unique and hard to describe, but it is certainly not
the work of the devil, more like the work of God bringing people to health and wholeness!
You (Clare) and Phil have given me life in abundance.
The L.P. has not changed my Christian faith in anyway whatsoever.
The Lightning Process is a life-changing training course spanning
People often travel to my courses from Swindon, Bath, Newport, Somerset, Cheltenham, Cardiff and Swansea. I have also had several clients travel from Switzerland, France, Portugal and Germany and I keep in touch with them by Skype! I have trained many children and young people too.
3 days, which I teach in various venues in the South West of England including the lovely setting of Hawkwood College on the edge of Stroud (near Nailsworth, Tetbury and Cirencester) in the Cotswolds.
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