Connection

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Connection occurs when your Bodily Ego unites, even if only briefly, with your own Spiritual Ego, or some other monadic location within the Fabric of Consciousness.[1] [2] Connection is the ostensible goal of Authentic Spirituality, and the explicit purpose of the Lightning Path. Connection leads to Connection Experiences and Connection Outcomess

Syncretic Terms

Connection > Altered State of Consciousness, Channeling, Descent of the Holy Spirit, Divine Marriage, Divine Union, Drawing Down the Moon, It, Liberation, Lightning Strike, Mystical Experience, Mysticism, Perfect Contemplation, Shamanic State of Consciousness, Spiritual Marriage, The Dreaming, The Unity, Union, Union with Reality

Related Terms

Connection > Attainment, Authentic Spirituality, Automobile Metaphor, Bodily Ego, Connected One, Connection, Connection Life Coach, Connection Manual, Connection Outcome, Connection Pathology, Connection Practice, Connection Supplement, Connection Therapy, Connection Triggers, Consciousness Quotient, Disconnection, Grounding, Highest Self, Holy Grail, Home, Human Development, Initiate, Lighting Path Workbooks, Lightning Path Connection Practice, Power Archetype, Spirit Guide, Spiritual Ego, The Flow, Trance Connection, Water Glass Metaphor, Water Glass Visualization

Physical Unit > Bodily Ego, Connection, Default Mode Network, Highest Self, Seven Essential Needs, Spiritual Ego, The Blindfold, Toxic Socialization

List of LP Connection Experience Types

Connection Experiences > Activation Experience, Aesthetic Experience, Ascension Experience, Awakening Experience, Birth Experience, Clearing Experience, Completion Experience, Death Experience, Deep Flow, Diminutive Experience, Dream Experience, Flow Experience, Forced Connection, Healing Experience, Intuitive Glimmering, Nadir Experience, Peak Experience, Push Experience, Restorative Experience, Spiritual Catastrophe, Zenith Experience

LP Categorization

Process: Connection, Awakening, Activation, Ascension, Triumph of Spirit (i.e. union)

Foundation: Accountability, Atonement, Alignment

List of Connection Obstacles

Connection Obstacles > Egotism, Fear, Hypocrisy, Interference, Passion, Resentment, Three Poisons, Toxic Attachment, Undisciplined Mind

List of Connection Frameworks

Connection Framework > Arica School, Gnosticism, Shattari, Sufism, The Lightning Path, Vedanta, Zen

List of Connection Practices

This is a multi-cultural list of connection practices. Research is included where available.

Connection Practice > Affirmation of Compassion, Affirmation of Self, Cocooning, Connection Affirmation, Connection Visualization, Deprivation, Detachment, Drumming, Fasting, Flow Purification, Great Invocation, Holotropic Breathwork, Hypnotism, Hypoventilation, Intent, Intent to Connect, Meditation, Mysticism of the Historical Event, Poetry, Power Quest, Receptive Seeking, Relaxation, Spirit Canoe, The Method of the Lamp, The Way of the Hollow Bone, Vajra Breath, Visualization, Wicca, Writing, Yoga, Zazen

List of Connection Appliances

Connection Appliance > Bible, Drums, Quartz Crystals, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Triumph of Spirit Archetype Deck, Triumph of Spirit Archetype System

List of Connection Supplements

Connection Supplement > Ayahuasca, Cannabis, Chloroform, DMT, Haoma, Kaneh Bosm, Kava, Ketamine, Kykeon, LSD, MDMA, Maikua, Nitrous Oxide, Peyote, Psilocybin Mushroom, Santa Rosa, Soma, Tobacco, Yaqona

Notable People who Have Experienced Connection

Mystics > Agehananda Bharati, Bernard of Clairvaux, Emanuel Swedenborg, Howard Thurman, Ibn al-'Arabi, Julian of Norwich, Maria Sabina, Michael Harner, Oscar Ichazo, Thomas Merton

Studying Connection

When one connects, one feels connected to "something more."

Freeman suggests that "mystical experience entails not only an encounter with the other... but also the sense that "this encountered Other is larger than me, or comes 'before' me, that it embodies a dimension of reality that is prior to the more mundane spheres ordinarily inhabited."[3]


Connection Account, Connection Literature

Connection Tools

Connection Tool > Connection Affirmation

Notes

The benefits of connection: "...indigenous shamans worldwide know that spirit power is basic to one’s health, survival, and ability to heal others. Without this power, one is not resistant to illness or misfortune." [4]

"Religious experience, the mystic experience, the peak experience, and all paranormal experiences may have one thing in common. They are the encounters with consciousness as such..."[5]

Stace called mystical experience "a psychological fact of which there is abundant evidence." He further went on to say that, "To deny or doubt that it exists as a psychological fact is not a reputable opinion. It is ignorance and "very stupid." [6]

William Harmless in his study, Mystics (2008), quotes Gerson: “The saints use various names to describe these interior forms of experiential knowledge of God … They speak of contemplation, ecstasy, rapture, liquefaction, transformation, union, exultation. They talk of a jubilation beyond the spirit, of being taken into a divine darkness, of tasting God, of embracing the bridegroom, of kissing him, of being born of God, of obeying his word, of being brought into the divine cellars, of being drunk in a torrent of delight, of running into an odor of his perfumes, of hearing his voice, and entering into the bedroom, and of finding sleep and rest in peace in him”.[7]

The Western Catholic church has worked hard to contain connection within cloistered monastic walls, but according to Lossky,[8] mysticism and mystical experience, specifically union with God, has remained a more "in the open" goal of the Church, something even layman could achieve (p. 19).

Connection is important because, as William James says, they are the foundation from which religion emerges. As Bender notes, practitioners reassert and reinforce this basic "narrative," when they assert that is religious experience which drives them forward towards spiritual practice. [9]

John W. Nevin felt that Christianity was "grounded in the living union of the believer with the person of Christ." [10]

Connection is often (always?) initiated via an Intent to Connect of some sort.

Connection experiences are "pleasing in and of themselves, but they also have been said to eventuate in long term positive changes, such as increased creativity and insight; improved intellectual, emotional, perceptual, and physical functioning; a holistic perception of the world and the self; a sense of objective understanding and wisdom; a naturally arising moral and ethical sense; and an experience of inner peace and freedom" [11]

St. Teresa of Avila, a medieval mystic Christian Nun, felt that everybody could have mystical experiences. [12] Underhill notes everybody is capable of connection: "It is a natural human activity" requiring no special talent or ability.[13] Contemplative Consciousness

Connection leads to expansion of Consciousness into the body, i.e., increased Consciousness Quotient.

The LP Connection Framework provides guidance on how to prepare for and facilitate stronger Connection.

Awakening and improvements in Acknowledgment, Atonement, Alignment, Activation, and Ascension facilitate stronger connection.

Connections may be characterized along five Connection Axes.

Connection may be facilitated with Connection Supplements (where legal in your area) and Connection Practices

The opposite of Connection is Disconnection. Connection Supplements enable controlled and metered reconnection.

Think of connection in internet terms. Like your computer/device connects to a website 'server, so your little self connects to your Self, Highest Self, or some other monadic location in [The Fabric of Consciousness]]. Make sure you have the right "web" address before you connect.

Connection is the ostensible and overt goal of Authentic Spirituality.

The ability to connect with Consciousness is a natural ability of the Physical Unit. It is facilitated via proper Development of the Physical Unit, or when the physical unit is damaged, via the use of Connection Supplements designed to overcome the psychological and emotional damage of Toxic Socialization. In this regard, Huxley notes that the ability to connect (what he calls mystical union) is "as all the evidence seems to show, a state which man [sic], as man [sic], has always had it in his power to realize..." (PP). Further Connection (what Huxley refers to as "direct awareness of the 'eternally complete consciousness,') is a "possibility occasionally actualized by some human beings at almost any stage of their own personal development, from childhood to old age, and at any period of the race’s history."

Proper development of the physical unit includes a socialization process, satisfies all Seven Essential Needs, and that teaches, encourages, and facilitates Right Action, Right Thought, and Right Environment.

Connection is thwarted by Wrong Thought, Wrong Action, and Wrong Environment, all of which lead to Disjuncture, Disconnection, and Disconnection Pathology.

Connection may be visually represented with the Water Glass Metaphor.

Some think that connection is the root of all(!) great scientific discoveries. Evidence appears to exist, but is largely forgotten these days.

Altered states of consciousness have been responsible for all great successful scientific discoveries. Science really has its genesis in the phenomenon of intimate, immediate and even normally inaccessible states of consciousness. Nikola Tesla's induction motor was born early in this century out of a spontaneous vision of incredible exactitude. F. A. Kekule was similarly struck in his discovery of the idea of the benzene ring, which began modern organic chemistry. So much so that he published an account of his ouroboros-type revelation in the 1890 proceedings of the German Chemical Society, ending with the memorable sentences: “As though from a flash of lightning I awoke [and] occupied the rest of the night in working the consequences of the hypothesis .... Let us learn. to dream gentlemen."

Henri Poincare similarly left us a record of his ultraconscious finding of automorphic functions-s0 important in modern mathematics. The discovery of the laster by an American scientist in a visionary experience in a park at dawn is a well-known .twentieth century addition to the evidence.

Finally, the quantum physicist Max Born, in a letter of his of 1967, wrote that he had experienced during his lifetime "perhaps a dozen flashes of ideas which proved to lead to scientifically significant...results.” He compared the quality of his experience: to that of Kekule and added that ".I know for certain that in the few cases where I have discovered something of importance it came like a flash, and a minute before I knew nothing of it” [14]

Further Reading

Sosteric, Mike. (RSGAS). The Rocket Scientists' Guide to Authentic Spirituality. St. Albert, Alberta: Lightning Path Press. [1]

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Sosteric, Mike & Ratkovic, Gina (2019). Lightning Path Workbook One: Introduction to Authentic Spirituality. Lightning Path Press. [2]

Sosteric, Mike and Ratkovic, Gina (2019,BOOK2). Lightning Path Workbook Two: Healing. Lightning Path Press. [3]

Sosteric, Mike & Ratkovic, Gina. Lightning Path Workbook Three - Connection. Vol. 3. Lightning Path Workbook Series. St. Albert, Alberta: Lightning Path Press, 2017. https://press.lightningpath.org/product/the-lightning-path-book-three-connection/

Footnotes

  1. Sosteric, Mike, and Ratkovic, Gina. Lightning Path Workbook One: Basic Concepts. Vol. 1. Lightning Path Workbook Series. St. Albert, Alberta: Lightning Path Press, 2016. https://press.lightningpath.org/product/the-lightning-path-book-one-authentic-spirituality/. You can read the chapter where the concept is introduced online here
  2. Sosteric. “Mysticism, Consciousness, Death.” Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research 7, no. 11 (2016): 1099–1118. https://www.academia.edu/30527026/
  3. Freeman, M. “The Priority of the Other: Mysticism’s Challenge to the Legacy of the Self.” In Mysticism: A Variety of Psychological Perspectives, edited by Jacob A. Belzen and Antoon Geels, 213–34. New York: Rodopi, 2003. p. 213.
  4. Harner, Michael. Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 2013.
  5. Ramakrishna, K. Rao. “Some Reflections on Religion and Anomalies of Consciousness.” In Body, Mind, Spirit, 68–82. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads, 1997. p. 80
  6. Stace, Walter Terence. Mysticism and Philosophy. London: Macmillan, 1960. https://wudhi.azurewebsites.net/mysticism/ws/wts-mp%20-%20index.htm. Also Stace, Walter Terence. The Teachings of the Mystics. New York: Mentor, 1960
  7. Harmless, William. Mystics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. p. 5
  8. Lossky, Vladimir. The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church. New York: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2002.
  9. Bender, Courtney. The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
  10. Quoted in Hewitt, Glenn A. Regeneration and Morality: A Study of Charles Finney, Charles Hodge, John W. Nevin, and Horace Bushnell. New York: Carlson Publishing, 1991.p. 101.
  11. Havens, R. A. “Approaching Cosmic Consciousnes via Hypnosis.” Journal of Humanistic Psychology 22, no. 1 (1982): 105–16.
  12. St. Teresa of Avila. Interior Castle. Kindle. New York: Dover Publications, 2007. https://amzn.to/2GpC7NG.
  13. Underhill, Evelyn. Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness. New York: Dover Publications, 2002. https://amzn.to/2C91xNY.
  14. Muses, Charles, and Arthur M Young, eds. Consciousness and Reality: The Human Pivot Point. New York: Discus Books, 1972. p. 89