Safety Questions

From The SpiritWiki

Safety Questions are questions you ask yourself before you engage in any Advanced Spiritual Practices. Safety questions are designed to make you think about any mental, emotional, social, or environmental issues that might hamper or undermine the spiritual process.

Basic Safety Questions

Advanced spiritual practice requires a healthy human Physical Unit. A healthy human physical unit requires its basic needs be sufficiently met. Therefore, before engaging in advanced spiritual work, make sure your basic needs are sufficiently met. If you feel your needs have not been met, make sure you understand how neglected needs can interfere with the spiritual process before proceeding.

For background on needs, consult the Seven Essential Needs. You can use the LP Needs Assessment Tool to help you think about your various needs.

  1. Have my physiological needs been met? Am I thirsty. Am I hungry? Am I well-rested?
  2. Have my environmental needs been met? Is my environment pleasant, calm, safe, and secure. Is there a chance I could be interrupted by toxic angry people?
  3. Have my psychological psychological needs been adequately met? Do I have a solid self-esteem or am need and dependent on others for positive reinforcement. Do I have a good sense of my own power? Do I feel like I can make a difference in my world, or am I depressed and feeling powerless.
  4. Have my emotional needs been met? Do I feel loved and included? Do I feel connected and supported?
  5. Have my cognitive needs been met? Do I have a good sense of reality? Have I cleared out old energy archetypes?

Often when our essential needs are not met, when we grow up in a Toxic Socialization process, we become damaged. This damage can manifest itself as psychological trauma (PTSD), obsessive and controlling behaviours, fear and paranoia, cognitive deficits, addiction, personality disorders, and so on.[1] For this reason, an additional set of safety questions revolving around an honest assessment of any mental or emotional damage you sustained is also necessary.


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  1. For all the gory details, see Mike Sosteric and Gina Ratkovic, “Toxic Socialization,” 2016, https://www.academia.edu/25275338/Toxic_Socialization.