Authentic Spirituality is spirituality that encourages, supports, and facilitates Healing and Connection. You can recognize an Authentic Spirituality empirically by the presence of Connection OUtcomes, and theoretically by the presence of all seven Pillars of Authentic Spirituality
Stanislav Grof says
Authentic spiritual systems are based on ... systematic exploration of the psyche using well-defined mind-altering technologies. They are results of a process that in many ways resembles the scientific method.
Authentic religion is religion that "nurtures people's relationship with whatever they hold sacred."
Leo Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God is Within You provides an extended discussion of the difference between an authentic understanding of Christ's teachings, and an unaligned, hypocritical, an inauthentic reading used to justify the status quo, rather than emancipate humanity, as Christ had intended. As with Einstein, Tolstoy felt that an authentic spirituality provided a ready-made solution to humanity's ills. It "solves all the contradictions and all his sufferings."
Authentic spirituality makes a difference, not within the extended time frames of Old World Spirituality(i.e. years, decades, and lifetimes), but within short, workable, and verifiable time frames of days, weeks, and months. In other words, techniques and principles provided by an authentic spirituality will have an immediate and discernible positive impact.
The Lightning Path strives to provide an authentic spiritual path.
- Laszlo, Ervin, Stanislav Grof, and Peter Russell. The Consciousness Revolution. Las Vegas: Elf Rock Productions, 1999. pp. 38.
- Mahoney, Annette, and Kenneth I. Pargament. “Sacred Changes: Spiritual Conversion and Transformation.” Journal of Clinical Psychology, no. 5 (2004): 481-2.
- Tolstoy, Leo. The Kingdom of God Is Within You (Classics To Go) EBook: Leo Tolstoy: Amazon.ca: Gateway. Translated by Constance Garnett. CreateSpace, 2016. https://amzn.to/2Dg2jtj