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 ostensible goal of Authentic Spirituality, and the explicit purpose of the Lightning Path. Connection leads to Connection Experiences and Connection Outcomess
- 1 Syncretic Terms
- 2 Related Terms
- 3 List of LP Connection Experience Types
- 4 List of Connection Outcomes
- 5 Types of Connection Pathology
- 6 LP Categorization
- 7 List of Connection Obstacles
- 8 List of Connection Frameworks
- 9 List of Connection Practices
- 10 List of Connection Techniques
- 11 List of Connection Appliances
- 12 List of Connection Supplements
- 13 Notable People who Have Experienced Connection
- 14 Studying Connection
- 15 Notes
- 16 Further Reading
- 17 Footnotes
Connection > Altered State of Consciousness, Channeling, Descent of the Holy Spirit, Divine Marriage, Divine Union, Drawing Down the Moon, It, Lightning Strike, Mystical Experience, Mysticism, Perfect Contemplation, Shamanic State of Consciousness, Spiritual Marriage, The Dreaming, The Unity, Trance, Union, Union with Reality
Connection > Authentic Spirituality, Automobile Metaphor, Big Bang Theory of Connection, Bodily Ego, Connected One, Connection, Connection Life Coach, Connection Manual, Connection Outcome, Connection Pathology, Connection Practice, Connection Supplement, Connection Technique, Connection Therapy, Connection Triggers, Consciousness Quotient, Disconnection, Fear, Grounding, Highest Self, Holy Grail, Home, Human Development, Initiate, LP Stages of Attainment, Lighting Path Workbooks, Lightning Path Connection Practice, Permanent Connection, Power Archetype, Spirit Guide, Spiritual Ego, The Flow, Water Glass Metaphor, Water Glass Visualization
List of LP Connection Experience Types
Connection Experiences > Activation Experience, Aesthetic Experience, Ascension Experience, Awakening Experience, Birth Experience, Clearing Experience, Completion Experience, Death Experience, Deep Flow, Diminutive Experience, Dream Experience, Flow Experience, Forced Connection, Healing Experience, Intuitive Glimmering, Nadir Experience, Peak Experience, Plateau Experience, Push Experience, Rebirth Experience, Restorative Experience, Union Experience, Unity Experience, Zenith Experience
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 > Absolute Sensation, Activation, Alignment, Altered State of Consciousness, Ascension, Awakening, Beatific Vision, Bliss, Bodhisattva, Breakthrough, Buddha Mind, Center, Christ Consciousness, Clarification of Consciousness, Clarity, Connection Psychosis, Consciousness of Presence, Cosmic Bliss, Cosmic Consciousness, Cosmic Religious Feeling, Daigo, Dark Night of the Soul, Direct Mental Interaction With Living Systems, Dissonance, Déjà vu, ESP, Ecstasy, Egoic Collapse, Egoic Explosion, Emotional Cleansing, Emotional Satisfaction, Enhanced Creativity, Enhanced Intellectual Function, Enhanced Psychological Function, Enlightenment, Epiphany, Existential Terrors, Expansion of Meaning, Experience of Admixture, Feeling of Immortality, Flooding, Gifts of the Spirit, Glimpse, Gnosis, Healing, Improved Relationships, Insight, Intramonadic Communication, Kensho, Language, Liberation, Love, MEPF, Mahabbah, Meanification, Moksha, Moral Quickening, Morality, Mushi-dokugo, Noesis, Past Life Memories, Perfect Contemplation, Perfection, Permanent Connection, Physical Sensations, Piercing The Veil, Positive Affect, Power over the Material World, Psychotic Mysticism, Pure Consciousness Event, Quantum Change, Rapture, Realization of Immortality, Realization of Self, Recollection, Religious Ecstasy, Revelation, Ritambharapragya, Shogo, Spiritual Emergence, Spiritual Emergency, Spiritual Marriage, Spontaneous Alignment, Telepathy, Teleportation, The Family of Spirit, The Unity, Tolerance, Transcendence, Transformation, Transsubjectivity, Triumph of Spirit, Turn to the Left, Union, Union with God, Union with Reality, Unity, Warmth
Types of Connection Pathology
Communication Error, Connection Catastrophe, Connection Psychosis, Constricted Connection, Double-N Mysticism, Ego Inflation, Egoic Bloating, Egoic Collapse, Egoic Explosion, Flooding, Gurutitus, Jadhb, Learned Helplessness, Majdhub, Spiritual Megalomania
List of Connection Obstacles
List of Connection Frameworks
List of Connection Practices
This is a multi-cultural list of connection practices. Research is included where available.
Connection Practice > Affirmation, Bornless Ritual, Cocooning, Detachment, Fasting, Flow Purification, Holotropic Breathwork, Hypnotism, Hypoventilation, Magic, Meditation, Mindfulness, Mysticism of the Historical Event, Power Quest, Receptive Seeking, Relaxation, Spirit Canoe, The Method of the Lamp, Vajra Breath, Vision Quest, Visualization, Wicca, Writing, Yoga, Zazen
List of Connection Techniques
Connection Technique > Connection Affirmation, Connection Visualization, Deprivation, Detachment, Drumming, Fasting, Flow Purification, Great Invocation, Hypnotism, Hypoventilation, Intent to Connect, Mysticism of the Historical Event, Poetry, The Way of the Hollow Bone, Thought Control
List of Connection Appliances
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
When one connects, one feels 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).
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. (RSGAS). The Rocket Scientists' Guide to Authentic Spirituality. St. Albert, Alberta: Lightning Path Press. 
Sosteric, Mike & Ratkovic, Gina (2019). Lightning Path Workbook One: Introduction to Authentic Spirituality. Lightning Path Press. 
Sosteric, Mike and Ratkovic, Gina (2019,BOOK2). Lightning Path Workbook Two: Healing. Lightning Path Press. 
Sosteric, Mike & Ratkovic, Gina. Lightning Path Workbook Three - Connection. Vol. 3. Lightning Path Workbook Series. St. Albert, Alberta: Lightning Path Press, 2017. https://press.lightningpath.org/product/the-lightning-path-book-three-connection/
- 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
- Sosteric. “Mysticism, Consciousness, Death.” Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research 7, no. 11 (2016): 1099–1118. https://www.academia.edu/30527026/
- Freeman, M. “The Priority of the Other: Mysticism’s Challenge to the Legacy of the Self.” In Mysticism: A Variety of Psychological Perspectives, edited by Jacob A. Belzen and Antoon Geels, 213–34. New York: Rodopi, 2003. p. 213.
- Ralph W. Hood, Jr. “Differential Triggering of Mystical Experience as a Function of Self Actualization.” Review of Religious Research 18, no. 3 (1977): 264. https://doi.org/10.2307/3510214.
- Harner, Michael. Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 2013.
- Ramakrishna, K. Rao. “Some Reflections on Religion and Anomalies of Consciousness.” In Body, Mind, Spirit, 68–82. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads, 1997. p. 80
- Stace, Walter Terence. Mysticism and Philosophy. London: Macmillan, 1960. https://wudhi.azurewebsites.net/mysticism/ws/wts-mp%20-%20index.htm. Also Stace, Walter Terence. The Teachings of the Mystics. New York: Mentor, 1960
- Harmless, William. Mystics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. p. 5
- Lossky, Vladimir. The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church. New York: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2002.
- Bender, Courtney. The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
- Quoted in Hewitt, Glenn A. Regeneration and Morality: A Study of Charles Finney, Charles Hodge, John W. Nevin, and Horace Bushnell. New York: Carlson Publishing, 1991.p. 101.
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- Underhill, Evelyn. Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness. New York: Dover Publications, 2002. https://amzn.to/2C91xNY.
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