On this page, you will find books, articles, and video recommendations designed to help you explore issues relevant to healing and connection. You will get the most out of these readings after you have completed the LP Workbooks. Let your intuition be your guide. Read what you are drawn to/what seems interesting to you.
Healing modalities are techniques you can use to facilitate your healing process. These include things like western psychology, yoga, mindfulness, reiki, and so on. As research is demonstrating, various modalities can be helpful in your healing journey, though always consult a medical professional when necessary.
- Yoga and Meditation reduce chronic pain and depression – A study that demonstrates that Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Yoga provides significant relief of symptoms of chronic pain and depression.
- Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong also demonstrated as effective mediators of pain.
In the LP HEALING Framework “E” is for the environments you exist in (i.e. your home, work, school environments). Here is evidence of the importance of healthy, non-toxic environments.
- Stress hormone cortisol linked to early toll on thinking ability. An article that points out the toxic effect of stress on the brain. Imagine what your brain might be like after 20, 30, or 40 years of the chronic stress caused by The System, and how hard healing and connection might be for those who have experienced long term chronic stress. Studies like this have important implications for healers and the advice they give to their clients.
The “Mental Health” Profession
- Thomas Szasz, a psychiatrist, had little respect for the psychiatric establishment. He felt that psychiatry was an “arm of the coercive apparatus of the state” and as such was more about finding a way to fit miserable and damaged people to fit into and accept The System that it was about authentic healing and connection. You can read more about Thomas Szasz and his “myth of mental illness” by reading this blog post.
Connection is the goal of human development. We raise successful children when we raise them to be connected to their own Self and purpose, and connected to the others that surround them.
The Scientific Study of Connection
Over the years, some psychologists and neurologists have studied Connection, though they often call it by different names like Self Actualization or Quantum Change. Here is a select list of some scientific studies of connection which you might find interesting to read.
- Everybody Has a Connection Experience by Mike Sosteric is an article demonstrating how prevalent Connection Experiences are.
- “Quantum Change” by Miller and Baca is a book of case studies revealing and analyzing the healing and transformative power of Connection Experience, what they call quantum events or quantum change. What makes this collection particularly interesting, other than the empirical focus, is that one of the writers, William Miller, a psychologist who had been studying these things for a few years, only remembered his quantum change event after he “completed the research for this book.” One day, he says, after thinking about these “life-changing” encounters, a little lightning flash went off in his head and suddenly he remembered that he too had a profound quantum experience, “… a powerful, sudden moment of consciousness that did set me on a new course.” This experience is evidence that all people have them, but that for many and various reasons, they overlook, forget or repress them.
- Pass it On is the story of Bill Willson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Pass it On is an interesting case study of Toxic Socialization leading to psychological dysfunction and addiction, and the transformative power of Connection. This book recounts Bill’s one and only Connection Experience, which instantly cured him of his alcohol addiction and activated him to help other alcoholics also cure their addiction by encouraging, in the early years, their own connection experiences. This case study is a testament to the transformative and healing power of even one-off connection experiences.
A Connection Supplement is a substance, like Cannabis, DMT, LSD, MDMA, etc., that facilitates brain activation and connection to higher levels of Consciousness. An ongoing and growing body of research is demonstrating the contribution these substances can make to mental and emotional well being and healing, and how these studies facilitate connection.
- Positive psychology in the investigation of psychedelics and entactogens: A Critical Review. A critical review of 77 studies demonstrating that connection supplements can produce acute and long-term positive effets on well-being, empathy, creativity, cognitive flexibility, openness, spirituality, transcendence, and mindfulness.
Toxic masculinity is a model of masculinity that emphasizes power and domination 0ver others. Various forms of violence (emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical) are used by toxic males to establish dominance and enforce whatever rules they seek to enforce.
Toxic males often view themselves as more masculine, stronger, and more fit (in a physical and evolutionary sense) then the “snowflakes” who display empathy and concern with other people’s feelings and well being. However, as the articles “How environment creates the ‘alpha’ male’ ” and “Toxic alpha wolf or sick puppy,” alphas are, arguably not the epitome of male evolution, but puppies made sick by a social system that has isolated them from their families and neglected their Essential Needs. (also integrate “Alpha wolf or sick puppy“) and https://www.lightningpath.org/healing/bullies-alpha-males-sick-puppies/
Toxic masculinity is unhealthy, for the men themselves and for the people they harm.
- Star Wars is a religion that primes us all for war. An article that looks at the Good versus Evil archetype and show how it is used by elites to encourage violence against others.
- From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Art, Science, and Technology of Human Manipulation. An advanced article that looks at the origin of Old Energy Archetypes
- A Short Sociology of Archetypes. Another advanced article examining the origin of old energy archetypes