This page includes article recommendations, weekly readings, aimed at deepening your understanding of healing, awakening, connection, human spirituality, The System, and other LP topics. Some of these articles are openly available, but some are available only to LP subscribers. All these readings assume you’ve read through LP Workbooks and absorbed LP content. If you haven’t, visit our homepage for free access LP Workbooks so you can get started on your healing and connection journey.
A second order translation of the Isha Upanishad Īsha Upanishad
The following is a Zen fable, a Zen koan, a "teaching story," about a Zen master who was turned into a fox after suggesting that somebody who "practices with great devotion" is somehow above cause and effect, somehow above the natural laws of nature, and the rules of...
Here is something for ya. A rather negative assessment of the sham shaman Carlos Castaneda, an anthropological graduate student who lied about his credentials, lied about his contact with Shamans, and fooled such luminaries as John Lennon and Michael Murphy (founder...
This week's reading is an article by Martin H. Teicher is a fascinating look at the neurological "damage" caused by child abuse and neglect. In this article, Teicher notes several changes to the hippocampus and amygdala (parts of the limbic system) caused by the...
What was Albert Einstein’s view of religion? As you’ll see in this week’s reading, he thought religion developed in three stages; a magical stage of causal confusion, an intermediate stage of pastoral comfort, and an advanced and authentic stage of religious experience, which led to cosmic religious feelings, and the ultimate salvation of humanity.
Archetypes and ideas are not all created equal. Some are meant for the poor, and others meant for the rich. Jean Anyon shows us how.
Do medical doctors believe in the healing power of connection? Some don’t but, as this research study shows, some do, and they are starting to look into it.
Are scientists spiritual? Some are, some aren’t. Those that are tend to adopt an Identity Consistent Spirituality that eschews theism but embraces logical, sensible, empirical spirituality.
An article that provides several examples of Constricted Connection, several ideas about why people have trouble with connection, and a couple of ideas about what, if anything, could be done about that. The examples are interesting, the theorization is flat.
This is an article by George N. Lundskow who is a sociologist of religion. This article is an attempt to offer Neopagan spiritualities up as what on the LP we would call but what he calls Progressive...
Decades of research have provided evidence of the importance of healthy environments to human development and the actualization of human potential. This reading summarizes some of that research.
Chaos, crowding, instability, noise, etc., in the family, community, and school environments is toxic to human development. It undermines health, functioning, and our ability to connect.
Huston Smith was a religious studies scholar in the United States with an interest in Connection Supplements. In this book, he provides a long list of testimonials to the healing and connecting power of Peyote, a Native American Connection Supplement.
Endorphins are the body’s “bliss”/pain chemicals and learning about them is important if you want to heal and live a happy and connected life.
Here are some articles on the healing and connecting properties of LSD, psilocybin, and other Connection Supplements of longer duration and deeper penetration. Feel free to suggest resources in the comments section.
There is a great book by Alfi Kohn entitled No Contest: The Case Against Competition. This reading, linked below, is a summary of the basic argument of that book.
Carl Sagan had a lot of nice things to say about Cannabis. In this crazy world increasingly spiraling out of control, maybe it’s time for us to listen.
Here is a short little article from an Asian newspaper that reports on ten years worth of research at Minnesota's Jane Goodall Institute Center for Primate Studies. This study shows that "alphas" are not typically the "bully type," but in fact use multiple...
An article of mine recently published in the Conversation. It helps clarify the purpose of religion and ideology, as well as locating our current “old energy” religious systems in the activities of ancient elite priests.
Here is an article about the therapeutic efficacy of cannabis, from the magazine Psychology Today. This article was published in 2013, but as I write these words, it is old news by now. Since this has been written, we know a lot more about the miraculous healing magic of this remarkable, easy to grow, plant.
A peak experience is another name for a Connection Experience. This article by Abraham Maslow explores the nature and prevalence of these secular connection experiences