Alignment

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Alignment is the extent to which one's Bodily Ego is in concordance with the will and perspective of one's Spiritual Ego, and the extent to which one's physical reality is in concordance with the will and imagination of the Spiritual Ego. Alignment is one of six Connection Requirements listed in the LP Connection Framework.

Syncretic Terms

Alignment > Brahmacharya, Conversion Experience, Divine Perfection, Ethical Perfection, Heavenly Marriage, Holiness, Perfection, Purification, Purity, Rectitude, Renunciation, Repentence, Righteousness, Samyaktva, Sane Living, Taubah

Related Terms

Alignment > Disjuncture, Right Action, Right Environment, Right Thought, Steering Emotion, Wrong Environment

Notes

Alignment may refer to individual alignment, as when, as individuals, we are in alignment with and tuned to our own Highest Self. Alignment may also refer to collective reality, as when our institutions, our planet, and even the entirety of creation is "in alignment" with Consciousness.

Alignment is also a practice, in as much as we must practice alignment in order to achieve and strengthen Connection. Alignment is achieved via the Three Rs of Alignment which are Right Thought, Right Action, and Right Environment.[1]

Tolstoy discusses the significance of alignment in Chapter XII of The Kingdom of God is Within You." He conceives of alignment as a process of connecting and acting in accordance with one's conscience. He considers alignment to be central aspect of authentic freedom, and the only thing that can save humanity from the System based hell that continues only by virtue of humanity's capacity for Hypocrisy.[2]

St. Avila notes that achieving discipline and alignment is a necessary step on the way to Union with God. "Yet, although the soul which reaches the Third Mansions may still fall back, it has attained a high standard of virtue. Controlled by discipline and penance and disposed to performing acts of charity toward others, it has acquired prudence and discretion and orders its life well." [3]

Spontaneous Alignment is possible, particularly in cases of spontaneous or induced Connection.

Reality is "in alignment" with Consciousness when it is a pure and uncorrupted expression of Consciousness (with a capital "C").

Alignment may refer to the general state of physical reality as a reflection of Consciousness, or it may refer to specific instances/examples of alignment, as for example the alignment of Bodily Ego with Spiritual Ego. In this case, alignment refers to the extent to which the Physical Unit is acting as an “appropriate and responsive” physical unit for Resident Monadic Consciousness. The easiest way to think about this is to think about a car. If you get into a car and you hit the gas, but the car slows down, or if you turn the wheel left, but the car turns right, the car is out of alignment (i.e. unresponsive) to the intent of the driver. It is the same with your physical body. If the RMC that "owns" the Physical Unit wants the Physical Unit to do one thing, but it does another, the body is out of alignment with RMC.

To the extent that the Physical Unit is functioning as an appropriate and responsive vehicle for the resident monadic consciousness (RMC) we may say that the physical unit is in alignment with its RMC. A physical unit that is in alignment with its own RMC perceives, thinks and acts in accordance with the perceptions, thoughts, and desires of its own RMC (Sosteric, SA1). A physical unit which, because of (for example) Toxic Socialization and Indoctrination, thinks and acts in ways that are against the nature and/or wishes of its RMC, or a physical unit that is unresponsive to the wishes of its RMC, may be said to be out of alignment.

Alignment is a requirement of Connection (see Connection Framework) of the physical unit. A physical unit that is out of alignment may have difficulty with the process of awakening and activation (for more, see LPWKB3).

Alignment of the physical unit is a key developmental task. Alignment is one of the body's Seven Essential Needs. When not attained in childhood, alignment can be attained in adulthood by encouraging the physical unit with an Alignment Rule Set. The LP ARS encourages Right Thought, Right Action, and Right Environment.

Alignment of the physical unit with Consciousness/God is a common theme in traditional spirituality of the authentic variety, though the expression of it is often overcomplicated, confused, or distorted (for more, see the discussion page.

Sociology: Toxic Socialization undermines alignment and severs connection to Consciousness.

Alignment is a significant concern for knowledgeable kundalini practitioners. As GM CKS notes, "When the Kundalini is awakened, the positive and negative qualities of the person will be magnified to a very high degree. Kundalini energy is like fertilizer. Whatever seeds are in the ground will be stimulated to grow. So whatever ancient seeds a person possesses, whether good or bad, will be magnified. This is why a person going into the spiritual path experiences intense inner battles. Therefore, it is important to practice inner purification." (Sui, 2016).

In Sufism, alignment is characterized using lover's metaphors. "...when a human becomes a perfect slave of God, then God becomes the eye and ear of that person, who becomes all light and a perfect reflection of God's qualities." [4]

In Islam, perfect alignment is characterized as "total and utter submission to the Will of Allah."

Alignment is a primary goal of the Buddha. Speaking of the earliest teachings of the Buddha, "guidance. The initial response the Buddha intends to arouse in us is an ethical one. By calling our attention to our bondage to old age and death, he seeks to inspire in us a firm resolution to turn away from unwholesome ways of living and to embrace instead wholesome alternatives." [5]. Notice the distinction between wholesome (aligned) and unwholesome (disjunctive) ways.

The Beatles make a reference to alignment in their song All you need is love. "There's nothing you can do but you can learn how to be You in time. It's easy.

Further Reading

Sosteric, Mike (2019). Lightning Path Workbook One: Introduction to Authentic Spirituality. Lightning Path Press. [1]

Sosteric, Mike and Ratkovic, Gina (2019,BOOK2). Lightning Path Workbook Two: Healing. Lightning Path Press. [2]

Sosteric, Mike (BOOK3). Lightning Path Workbook Three: Connection. Lightning Path Press. [3]

Sharp, Michael (GA). The Great Awakening: Concepts and Techniques for Successful Spiritual Practice.


Footnotes

  1. Sosteric, Lightning Path Workbook Three - Connection. Vol. 3. Lightning Path Workbook Series. St. Albert, Alberta: Lightning Path Press, 2017.
  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.
  3. St. Teresa of Avila. Interior Castle. Kindle. New York: Dover Publications, 2007.p. 5 https://amzn.to/2GpC7NG.
  4. Ernst, Carl W. The Shambhala Guide to Sufism. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1997. https://amzn.to/2SoFmun. p. 155
  5. Bodhi, Bhikkhu, ed. In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon. Wisdom Publications, 2005. p. 17
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