Connection occurs when your Bodily Ego unites, even if only briefly, with your own Spiritual Ego, or some other monadic location within the Fabric of Consciousness.  Connection is the point of Connection Therapy, the goal of Authentic Spirituality, and the explicit purpose of the Lightning Path. Connection leads to Connection Experiences which typically result in one or more Connection Enhancement.
Connection > Altered State of Consciousness, Descent of the Holy Spirit, Divine Marriage, Divine Union, Drawing Down the Moon, It, Lightning Strike, Mysticism, Shamanic State of Consciousness, Starlight Vision, The Dreaming, Trance, Union
Related LP Terms
Connection > Authentic Spirituality, Automobile Metaphor, Big Bang Theory of Connection, Bodily Ego, Bright Light, Connected One, Connection, Connection Coach, Connection Enhancements, Connection Manual, Connection Outcome, Connection Outcome Category, Connection Pathology, Connection Practice, Connection Supplement, Connection Technique, Connection Therapist, Connection Therapy, Consciousness Quotient, Disconnection, Initiate, LP Stages of Attainment, Lighting Path Workbooks, Lightning Path Connection Practice, Permanent Connection, Power Archetype, Spiritual Ego, Spirituality, Stages of Human Development, The Flow, Theoretical Approaches to Connection, Water Glass Metaphor
Non-LP Related Terms
List of LP Connection Experience Types
Connection Experiences > Activation Experience, Aesthetic Experience, Birth Experience, Clearing Experience, Completion Experience, Death Experience, Deep Flow, Diminutive Experience, Dream Experience, Flow Experience, Forced Connection, Healing Experience, Nadir Experience, Peak Experience, Plateau Experience, Push Experience, Rebirth Experience, Restorative Experience, Union Experience, Unity Experience, Zenith Experience
Connection Outcome Categories
List of Connection Outcomes
This is a draft list of connection outcomes cited in the voluminous sacred and scientific literature of this planet. This is a list only. Empirical claims must be sorted out in the research and evidence cited in each outcome.
Note the extent of this list. This is an indication of Nomenclature Confusion.
Connection Outcome > Connection, Connection Pathology, Déjà vu, Emotional Cleansing, Emotional Satisfaction, Enhanced Affective Response, Enhanced Connection, Enhanced Empathic Response, Enhanced Intellectual Function, Enhanced Morality, Enhanced Positive Affect, Enhanced Power Over Creation, Existential Terrors, Healing, Liberation, Perfection, Permanent Connection, Physical Sensations, Psychotic Mysticism, Realization of Self, Ritambharapragya, Spontaneous Alignment, The Unity, Transformation, Union
Types of Connection Pathology
List of Connection Obstacles
List of Connection Frameworks
Connection Framework > Arica School, Baha'i, Buddhism, Eupsychian Theory, Freemasonry, Gnosticism, Jainism, Karma Yoga, LP Connection Framework, Monastic Christianity, Neo-Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma, Shattari, Sufism, Taoism, Theosophy, Transpersonal Psychology, Wicca, Yoga, Zen
List of Connection Practices
This is a multi-cultural list of connection practices. Research is included where available.
List of Connection Techniques
Connection Technique > Affirmation, Autogenic Training, Biofeedback, Bornless Ritual, Breathing, Caloric Reduction, Cocooning, Connection Affirmation, Connection Visualization, Dance, Deprivation, Detachment, Drumming, Fasting, Flow Control, Flow Purification, Graduation Invocation, Holotropic Breathwork, Hypoventilation, Intent, Intent to Connect, Japam, Mantra, Meditation, Mindfulness, Mysticism of the Historical Event, Poetry, Power Quest, Receptive Seeking, Relaxation, Sensory Deprivation, Spirit Canoe, The Method of the Lamp, The Way of the Hollow Bone, Thought Control, Vajra Breath, Vision Quest, Visualization, Writing, Zazen
List of Connection Appliances
Connection Appliance > Archetype Deck, Bible, Drums, Guardian Boards, Quartz Crystals, Sacred Stones, Spirit Lodge, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Triumph of Spirit Archetype Deck, Triumph of Spirit Archetype System
List of Connection Supplements
Connection Supplement > Ayahuasca, Cannabis, Chloroform, DMT, Haoma, Kaneh Bosm, Kava, Ketamine, Kykeon, LSD, MDMA, Maikua, Manna, Nitrous Oxide, Peyote, Psilocybin Mushroom, Santa Rosa, Soma, Tobacco, Yaqona
Notable People who Have Experienced Connection
Mystics > Agehananda Bharati, Alan Watts, Bernard of Clairvaux, Emanuel Swedenborg, Howard Thurman, Ibn al-'Arabi, Julian of Norwich, Maria Sabina, Michael Harner, Oscar Ichazo, Romain Rolland, Shihäb al-Din al-Suhrawardi, Thomas Merton
- todo, add connection outcome categories (i.e., Enhanced Intellectual Function))
The Phenomenology of Connection
Connection may be identified by its phenomenology. When one connects, one feels like they have moved into an abnormal (not normal) space. They feel connected to "something more."
Freeman suggests that "mystical experience entails not only an encounter with the other... but also the sense that "this encountered Other is larger than me, or comes 'before' me, that it embodies a dimension of reality that is prior to the more mundane spheres ordinarily inhabited."
Hood  provides a classification of mystical triggers, including natural triggers (all aspects of nature), sexual triggers (sexual intercourse, note he restricts this to "heterosexual" intercourse), drug triggers, religious triggers (religious settings and religious activities, rituals, and prayer).
There are three general approaches to the study of connection experience, an reductionist approach, an adaptive approach, and a transformative approach.
The reductionist approach reduces mysticism, often in a normative and dismissive manner, to neurological/psychoanalytic phenomenon (i.e. an infantile state).
The adaptive approach frames mysticisms as healing enterprise.
The transformative approach frames mysticism as capable of leading to profound personal, psychological, sociological, political transformations. 
additional notes on the Discussion Page
Grof speaks of mystical experiences as "connection with the spiritual realm..." 
The benefits of connection: "...indigenous shamans worldwide know that spirit power is basic to one’s health, survival, and ability to heal others. Without this power, one is not resistant to illness or misfortune." 
"Religious experience, the mystic experience, the peak experience, and all paranormal experiences may have one thing in common. They are the encounters with consciousness as such..."
Stace called mystical experience "a psychological fact of which there is abundant evidence." He further went on to say that, "To deny or doubt that it exists as a psychological fact is not a reputable opinion. It is ignorance and "very stupid." 
William Harmless in his study, Mystics (2008), quotes Gerson: “The saints use various names to describe these interior forms of experiential knowledge of God … They speak of contemplation, ecstasy, rapture, liquefaction, transformation, union, exultation. They talk of a jubilation beyond the spirit, of being taken into a divine darkness, of tasting God, of embracing the bridegroom, of kissing him, of being born of God, of obeying his word, of being brought into the divine cellars, of being drunk in a torrent of delight, of running into an odor of his perfumes, of hearing his voice, and entering into the bedroom, and of finding sleep and rest in peace in him”.
The Western Catholic church has worked hard to contain connection within cloistered monastic walls, but according to Lossky, mysticism and mystical experience, specifically union with God, has remained a more "in the open" goal of the Church, something even layman could achieve (p. 19).
Connection is important because, as William James says, they are the foundation from which religion emerges. As Bender notes, practitioners reassert and reinforce this basic "narrative," when they assert that is religious experience which drives them forward towards spiritual practice. 
John W. Nevin felt that Christianity was "grounded in the living union of the believer with the person of Christ." 
Connection is often (always?) initiated via an Intent to Connect of some sort.
Connection experiences are "pleasing in and of themselves, but they also have been said to eventuate in long term positive changes, such as increased creativity and insight; improved intellectual, emotional, perceptual, and physical functioning; a holistic perception of the world and the self; a sense of objective understanding and wisdom; a naturally arising moral and ethical sense; and an experience of inner peace and freedom" 
St. Teresa of Avila, a medieval mystic Christian Nun, felt that everybody could have mystical experiences.  Underhill notes everybody is capable of connection: "It is a natural human activity" requiring no special talent or ability. Contemplative Consciousness
Connection leads to expansion of Consciousness into the body, i.e., increased Consciousness Quotient.
Connections may be characterized along five Connection Axes.
Think of connection in internet terms. Like your computer/device connects to a website 'server, so your little self connects to your Self, Highest Self, or some other monadic location in [The Fabric of Consciousness]]. Make sure you have the right "web" address before you connect.
Connection is the ostensible and overt goal of Authentic Spirituality.
The ability to connect with Consciousness is a natural ability of the Physical Unit. It is facilitated via proper Development of the Physical Unit, or when the physical unit is damaged, via the use of Connection Supplements designed to overcome the psychological and emotional damage of Toxic Socialization. In this regard, Huxley notes that the ability to connect (what he calls mystical union) is "as all the evidence seems to show, a state which man [sic], as man [sic], has always had it in his power to realize..." (PP). Further Connection (what Huxley refers to as "direct awareness of the 'eternally complete consciousness,') is a "possibility occasionally actualized by some human beings at almost any stage of their own personal development, from childhood to old age, and at any period of the race’s history."
Proper development of the physical unit includes a socialization process, satisfies all Seven Essential Needs, and that teaches, encourages, and facilitates Right Action, Right Thought, and Right Environment.
Connection may be visually represented with the Water Glass Metaphor.
Some think that connection is the root of all(!) great scientific discoveries. Evidence appears to exist, but is largely forgotten these days.
Altered states of consciousness have been responsible for all great successful scientific discoveries. Science really has its genesis in the phenomenon of intimate, immediate and even normally inaccessible states of consciousness. Nikola Tesla's induction motor was born early in this century out of a spontaneous vision of incredible exactitude. F. A. Kekule was similarly struck in his discovery of the idea of the benzene ring, which began modern organic chemistry. So much so that he published an account of his ouroboros-type revelation in the 1890 proceedings of the German Chemical Society, ending with the memorable sentences: “As though from a flash of lightning I awoke [and] occupied the rest of the night in working the consequences of the hypothesis .... Let us learn. to dream gentlemen."
Henri Poincare similarly left us a record of his ultraconscious finding of automorphic functions-s0 important in modern mathematics. The discovery of the laster by an American scientist in a visionary experience in a park at dawn is a well-known .twentieth century addition to the evidence.
Finally, the quantum physicist Max Born, in a letter of his of 1967, wrote that he had experienced during his lifetime "perhaps a dozen flashes of ideas which proved to lead to scientifically significant...results.” He compared the quality of his experience: to that of Kekule and added that ".I know for certain that in the few cases where I have discovered something of importance it came like a flash, and a minute before I knew nothing of it” 
- Sosteric, Mike, and Ratkovic, Gina. Lightning Path Workbook One: Basic Concepts. Vol. 1. Lightning Path Workbook Series. St. Albert, Alberta: Lightning Path Press, 2016. https://press.lightningpath.org/product/the-lightning-path-book-one-authentic-spirituality/. You can read the chapter where the concept is introduced online here
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