The Lightning Path in a Nutshell
In developing its model/paradigm for human healing and connection, the LP blends scientific humanism, Authentic Spirituality, and progressive economics into a powerful system of healing and connection.
Humanism is a philosophical and ethical position that emphasizes human agency, human value, and the inherent goodness of human nature. Humanists prioritize human development and the full expression of human potential and look to science to understand the human world.
The LP is humanistic to the extent that it asserts that humans are by nature good, prioritizes humanity’s Seven Essential Needs, and relies on empirical evidence and scientific theory to help understand humans and their place in the world.
As defined in Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Authentic Spirituality, authentic spirituality is spirituality that connects you to “something more” than your day-to-day Normal Consciousness. Authentic spirituality teaches you how to connect and have Connection Experiences.
There is nothing revolutionary about this statement. As noted in the article everybody has a connection experience, and as emphasized by many psychologists and philosophers, everybody is capable of having connection experience. Establishing the internal and external conditions conducive to Connection Experience is what the Lightning Path is all about.
Realization of full human potential and persistent and consistent connection requires an economic system devoted not to unfettered accumulation and private profit, but to the creation of environments and institutions that can advance human evolution, meet all our Seven Essential Needs, and support the realization of full human potential and connection.
Capitalism, while a powerful force for human progress, can only take us so far. What’s more, as the unfolding ecological crises of this planet attests, Capitalism is past its “best-before” date. The only thing keeping it in place now is is a dangerous (for humanity) addiction to money. The LP book Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Money and the Economy (RSGME) reveals the nature of “accumulation economies” and the addictions that drive them. The RSGME offers some suggestions for moving forward towards a more progressive economic future, more compatible with the development of full human potential.
The LP framework isbuilt up around two concepts (Consciousness and the Physical Unit) and one principle (Connection). When you understand the concepts and the principle, you will clearly understand the intent and goal of the LP.
Humans are, first and foremost, beings of pure Consciousness. As such, they have a reality and existence independent of physical matter.
The Spiritual Ego is part of the Consciousness from which You derive. Your Spiritual Ego is your Real Self, your True Self, your Atman, or your Highest Self, as we often say on the LP. Your spiritual ego is that part of your identity which is eternal and that exists independently of your Physical Unit.
The human body, a.k.a. the Physical Unit, is a vehicle specifically designed to enable full expression of Consciousness within the material universe.
The Bodily Ego is that part of you which is attached to, and emerges from, your brain and central nervous system. Neurologists have associated your bodily ego with the Default Mode Network of your brain.
The goal of human development, the goal of human evolution, and the goal of the Lightning Path, is to help you make a pure and powerful connection between your spiritual ego and your body ego. The stronger and purer your connection, the healthier, happier, more satisfied, and more powerful you are. The more connected you are, the more you will become your true and powerful Self.
Healing and Connection
In order for your bodily ego to connect with your spiritual ego, your physical unit needs to be healthy, your mind has to be uncluttered by Wrong Thought, your bodily ego has to be strong and fully developed. In order to help you develop a healthy body and mind, in order to help you unclutter your thoughts and create conditions conducive to healing and connection, the Lightning Path offers the Healing Framework and Connection Framework. Follow the LP frameworks for guidance, insight, and assistance.
The LP is a sophisticated system of human development that introduces new spiritual, psychological, and sociological concepts, and redefines many more. For best progress it is helpful to get started at the beginning by visiting the LP Teachings Page and reading the available materials. Get started with LP Workbook One, which provides basic concepts, and move on to work with either the HEALING Framework (LP Workbook Two) or the Connection Framework (LP Workbook Three) as you are intuitively guided.
If you require assistance or would like access to more advanced materials, readings, and assessments, you can signup and register as an LP student. Registering as a student gives you access to advanced materials, readings, psychological/spiritual assessments that can help you track your progress towards healing and connection, and LP forums where you can seek advice and guidance. You can also book a Connection Coach session where you can ask questions, seek healing and guidance, and explore in more detail the LP HEALING and Connection frameworks.