Connection Experience

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A Connection Experience (a.k.a. Connection Event) is an experience of Connection that is sufficiently above one's average daily CQ as to be perceived by the individual as a qualitatively different state of awareness, consciousness, and being.

Syncretic Terms for Connection Experience

Connection Experience > Conversion Experience, Mystical Experience, Peak Experience, Pure Consciousness Event, Religious Experience, Spiritual Experience, Transcendental Experience

List of LP Connection Experience Types

Connection Experience Types> Activation Experience, Aesthetic Experience, Ascension Experience, Awakening Experience, Clearing Experience, Completion Experience, Deep Flow, Diminutive Experience, Dream Experience, Flow Experience, Forced Connection, Healing Experience, Intuitive Glimmering, Nadir Experience, Push Experience, Restorative Experience, Unity Experience

List of Connection Outcomes

Connection Outcomes > Absolute Sensation, Activation, Alignment, Ascension, Awakening, Beatific Vision, Bodhisattva, Breakthrough, Breakthrough Experience, Buddha Mind, Christ Consciousness, Clarity, Consciousness of Presence, Cosmic Consciousness, Cosmic Religious Feeling, Daigo, Dark Night of the Soul, Dissonance, Déjà vu, ESP, Ecstasy, Egoic Explosion, Emotional Cleansing, Emotional Satisfaction, Enhanced Intellectual Power, 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, Love, MEPF, Meanification, Moksha, Moral Quickening, Mushi-dokugo, Noesis, Perfect Contemplation, Perfection, Physical Sensations, Piercing The Veil, Positive Affect, Power over the Material World, Psychotic Mysticism, Quantum Change, Rapture, Realization of Immortality, Realization of Self, Recollection, Religious Ecstasy, Removal of The Blindfold, Resurrection of Consciousness, Revelation, Ritambharapragya, Satori, Schizophrenia, Self Awareness, Shogo, Spiritual Emergence, Spiritual Emergency, Spiritual Marriage, Spiritual Psychosis, Spontaneous Alignment, Telepathy, Teleportation, The Family of Spirit, Tolerance, Transcendence, Transformation, Transformational Change, Transsubjectivity, Triumph of Spirit, Union, Union with God, Union with Reality, Unity

Notes

The LP identifies several different Connection Experience Types and many different Connection Outcomes (see below). We also recommend analyzing Connection Experience along five Connection Axes.

R. A. Naulty: R. A. Naulty[1] says "...there [is] something wonderful and powerful about them [connection experiences]" which places them beyond ordinary experience."

There is an issue with Nomenclature Confusion, many different names for the same experience. Linda Bourque and Kurt Back note there is "descriptive coincidence" between different types of transcendent/"aesthetic" and drug experiences and wonders if this "indicates there may be a complex of phenomena derived from different conditions which have a common expression and which may have a common function in human action."[2]

Shear notes that there is considerable congruence between the connection experiences reported in various cultures and traditions concluding "we now, I think, have good reason to think that these experiential accounts reflect congruent experiences." [3]

Connection experiences may be positive (i.e. zenith experiences) or negative (i.e. nadir experiences). Whether or not a connection experience is a zenith experience or a nadir experience depends in large measure on how the individual receives the revelation/expansion/insight from the experience. Even very glorious truths and insights can be experienced with terror if the physical unit is unprepared or if the thinking processes have been corrupted by indoctrination and Toxic Socialization.

Dreams can be connection events. "It is not denied...that a divine influx could take place in dreams..." (Jung, 1938: 22)

The Q-Scale may be used to estimate the intensity and quality of a connection event.

A connection event may occur spontaneously under conditions of relaxation and deep contentment. R. M. Bucke: "His mind...was calm and peaceful. He was in a state of quiet, almost passive enjoyment. All at once, without warning of any kind, he found himself wrapped around as it were by a flame-colored cloud."[4]

A connection experience may be facilitated via Connection Technique, with a Connection Supplement, and by exploiting naturally occurring Connection Supplements.

Connection experiences may be understood neurologically, as what occurs when the Default Mode Network (otherwise known as the Bodily Ego of the individual's brain releases control and allows Consciousness to flow into the Physical Unit (Sosteric, SOA1). Release may occur naturally, under conditions of aligned safety, or it can be forced by exploiting powerful Connection Supplements.

Causes

Neurological/Biological

Leary: "those aspects of the psychedelic experience which subjects report to be ineffable and ecstatically religious involve a direct awareness of the processes which physicists and biochemists and neurologists measure."[5]. Also "We considered the hypothesis that the human being might be able to become directly aware of energy exchanges and biological processes for which we now have no language and no perceptual training."[6]

Incidence

67% of psychotherapists surveyed indicated having seen at least one client during a twelve month period who had reported a Connection Experience.[7]

Sosteric[8] suggests connection experiences are a ubiquitious feature of human existence and that they occur naturally in healthy individuals.

Further Reading

Sharp, Michael (BOOK1). Lightning Path Workbook One: Introduction to Authentic Spirituality. Lightning Path Press. [1]

Sosteric, Mike (SOA1). The Science of Ascension: Mysticism, Consciousness, Connection. Unpublished Manuscript. https://www.academia.edu/28919294/The_Science_of_Ascension_A_Neurologically_Grounded_Theory_of_Mystical_Spiritual_Experience


Footnotes

  1. Naulty, R. A. “J L Mackie’s Disposal of Religious Experience.” Sophia 31, no. 1 (July 1992): 2. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02772348.
  2. Bourque, Linda, and Kurt Back. “Values and Transcendental Experiences.” Social Forces 47, no. 1 (1968): 34. https://doi.org/10.2307/2574709. 34.
  3. Shear, Jonathan. “Mysticism and Scientific Naturalism.” Sophia 43, no. 1 (May 2004): 83–99. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02782439.
  4. Bucke, Richard Maurice. Cosmic Consciousness (Kindle Locations 350-351). Book Tree. Kindle Edition. See Talk:Glimpse for the full account.
  5. Leary, T. “The Religious Experience: Its Production and Interpretation.” Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 3, no. 1 (1970): 76–86. https://doi.org/10.1080/02791072.1970.10471364.
  6. Leary, T. “The Religious Experience: Its Production and Interpretation.” Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 3, no. 1 (1970): 345. https://doi.org/10.1080/02791072.1970.10471364.
  7. Allman, Lorraine S., Olivia de la Rocha, David N. Elkins, and Robert S. Weathers. “Psychotherapists’ Attitudes toward Clients Reporting Mystical Experiences.” Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training 29, no. 4 (Win 1992): 564–69.
  8. Sosteric. “Everybody Has a Connection Experience: Prevalence, Confusions, Interference, and Redefinition.” Spirituality Studies 4, no. 2 (2018).
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