Lightning as a metaphor

Lightning is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere between clouds, the air, or the ground.  Air acts as an insulator between the positive and negative charges in the cloud and between the cloud and the ground.  When the opposite charges builds up enough there is a rapid discharge of electricity that we know as lightning.  Lightning can occur from within the thunderstorm cloud or between the cloud and on the ground and is one of the oldest observed natural phenomena on earth. 

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The lightning logo is a metaphor for the moments of awareness and insight that can occur in the process of therapy.  The saying 'it hit me like a bolt of lightning' refers to such moments and I believe can signal the start of positive and therapeutic change.  Similarly, in the natural world, a bolt of lightning instantly and momentarily  illuminates the surrounding landscape that was previously in darkness.  

Lightning can be wonderous, scary and exciting and requires special  environmental conditions for the discharge of electricity, or a lightning bolt, to occur.  I understand that therapy can also be quite scary at first and that's why its important for you to experience a sense of trust, confidentiality and safety.  For that reason, it is my priority to develop a trusting and safe environment to set the scene for positive and therapeutic change.  

Just like the energy in clouds before a lightning strike, the neurons in our brains are constantly firing by discharging positive and negative electrical charges. When the opposite charges are strong enough, neurons fire in a flash of electrical current - which is what happens when we think, feel and behave.  This is all very nerdy and boring until we learn that we can change the way we think and feel by learning about how our brain works.  Yay for us! Yay for brains! 

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