Activation Experience

From The SpiritWiki

An Activation Experience is a low to moderately intense, short duration type of Connection Experience that leads to a state of enhanced personal empowerment.

Related LP Terms

Activation Experience > Activation, Power Archetype

Non-LP Related Terms

Activation Experience > Power Quest

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


Technically, an activation experience is a brief increase of CQ resulting from a temporary removal of Bodily Ego defences, either spontaneously, by engaging in Connection Practice, or using Connection Supplements. An activation experience leads to a significant enhancement in one's sense of power and self-efficacy.

Michael Harner describes a unity experience, coupled with an Activation Experience of absorbing spiritual power in the form of the energies of the horse and bison, he had, while isolated alone in a cave.

"Then, as I was sitting there, an immense indescribable power rushed toward me from the same direction that the herds had come. But this time, there was no sound, no warning. It swept overwhelmingly through my body like a freight train. A surge of immense energy filled my body. I was astonished. The power had come! Then the animal was gone.

As it bounded soundlessly away through the darkness beyond the recesses of the cave, it called back to me: “I am XXX, XXX, XXX!” It said, “I am one and all. You and I are one.” Then there was only silence.

I felt indescribable awe and gratitude." [1]


  1. Harner, Michael. Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 2013.