Connection Technique

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A Connection Technique is any single technique, such as meditation, writing, etc., that helps one strengthen and purify Connection.[1] Connection techniques, along with Connection Appliances and Connection Supplements, constitute the Connection Procedures that an individual may use to initiate, maintain, and strengthen Connection.

Connection Procedures

Connection Procedure > Connection Appliance, Connection Supplement, Connection Technique

Connection Techniques

Connection Technique > Affirmation, Affirmation of Connection, Autogenic Training, Biofeedback, Bornless Ritual, Breathing, Caloric Reduction, Cocooning, Connection Visualization, Dance, Deprivation, Detachment, Dhikr, Drumming, Fasting, Flow Control, Flow Purification, Graduation Invocation, Holotropic Breathwork, Hypnotism, 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

Syncretic Terms

Connection Technique > MindApp

Related LP Terms

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Connection Techniques are one of three different Connection Procedures

"A core aspect of shamanism identified by Eliade was “ecstasy,” an altered state of consciousness (ASC) that was used to enter the spirit world.  The ASC was induced through the effects of drumming, singing, chanting, dancing, and a variety of other procedures, including in some cases the use of psychoactive substances.  These ASC are thought to enable them to enter the spirit world and acquire supernatural powers through a vision quest experience. Other procedures used to induce these experiences included fasting and water deprivation, exposure to temperature extremes, extensive exercise and painful austerities, sleep deprivation, sleep and dreams, and social and sensory deprivation.[2]

Grof speaks of various "mind-altering techniques," like breathing, drumming, dancing, fasting, social and sensory isolation..." that can induce connection (or Holotropic States, as he says).[3] He also speaks of "systematic spiritual practice" like meditation, concentration, breathing, and movement exercises,'[4] but separates these from "mind-altering techniques' which are presumably not systematic and not spiritual?? Perhaps this is Grof attempting to assert a Eurocentric boundary. See "The Sociology of Religion: A Decolonizing Approach" for more on this Boundary Problem.[5]

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  1. ———. Lightning Path Workbook Three - Connection. Vol. 3. Lightning Path Workbook Series. St. Albert, Alberta: Lightning Path Press, 2017.
  2. Winkelman, Michael. “The Shamanic Paradigm: Evidence from Ethnology, Neuropsychology and Ethology.” Time and Mind 3, no. 2 (January 1, 2010): 159–81.. p. 161,
  3. Grof, Stanislav. “Psychology For the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research.” Spirituality Studies 2, no. 1 (2016): 3–36. p. 5.
  4. Grof, Stanislav. “Psychology For the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research.” Spirituality Studies 2, no. 1 (2016): 3–36. p. 5.
  5. Sosteric, Mike. The Sociology of Religion - A Decolonizing Approach,” n.d.