Connection Experience is a real thing. There’s lots of anecdotal and scientific evidence to prove this, and just about everybody one at least once when they are growing up.

As individuals, there are different ways we can orient and approach the reality of [swiki]Connection[/spwiki]. We can, for example, be ignorant of it. We can simply not know it is a thing, either because nobody has ever really talked about it to us, or because we’ve never “discovered” it on our own. Another possibility is that we can know it is a thing, maybe even have an experience of it or two, but for whatever reason (we’re busy, we’re skeptical, it scares us, we’ve seen examples of how connection is misused, etc.), we avoid it, deny it, don’t practice it, or even suppress our knowledge and experience of it. Finally, we could accept it and, with more or less effort and discipline, pursue and enhancement of Connection.

What follows is a listing of various ways we can orient ourselves to the reality of connection and connection experience. They are basically different ways we face or not face, handle or avoid, accept or reject, this rather common experiential phenomenon. These are organized by  increasing awareness of the significance of connection to human health and survival, and increasing commitment to both personal and collective connection, and increasing understanding and skill. We start with  “wanderers” who are neither aware of nor committed to connection and we end with avatars who are acutely aware of the importance of connection, have sophisticated knowledge and skill, and have devoted their lives to helping others understand and connect.

The Wanderer

A wanderer is someone who isn’t aware of connection at all, either because nobody has pointed it out to them, or because they haven’t discovered it on their own. They are naive about the reality and significance of connection and wandering about doing other things. They are not aware of, not focused on, not practicing, connection.

  • In Zen Zaikejin (Staying home person). Why staying home? In Zen, the expectations is that if you’re interested in connection, you’ll go find a monastery to live in and a master to train under. Thus, you’ve “left home” to go practice connection.

The Unsighted

An unsighted person is someone who is interested in human spirituality, but who is blind to the reality of connection and connection experience. Such a one approaches their study of Human Spirituality from a purely intellectual standpoint. Someone interested in human spirituality, but unaware of, or rejecting of, the reality and significance of Connection Experience.

The Experienced

Someone who has had one or more Connection Experiences, but who does not, for whatever reason, engage in disciplined Connection Practice. People who have had experience can be broken down into two sub-categories, those who a) accept the reality of the experience but, for whatever reason, don’t bother to investigate further and those who b) who reject and/or deny the reality of the experience.

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Those who accept the reality of the experience but don’t engage in additional investigation or connection practice are called ????. Many reasons why avoid more work for many different reasons. sometime sfear, connectin experience frightens them and they swear of. some times survival. poor, impoverished, need to work all the time just to survive. some times distrated, by social media, consuming, sports, movies, etc.

  • In Zen Shukkejin (Left home person)
  • In Islam those who still “love the world.” Those who recognize there is something authentic in spirituality, but who remain preoccupied with worldly things.<ref>Ernst.Teachings of Sufism. Boston: Shambhala, 1999. https://amzn.to/2EyVaFg. p. 8-9.</ref>

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Those who accept the reality of experience but intentionally reject it called ????. In Islam, they are called infidels. Consciousness and deliberate rejection of connection experience, or (worse) consciousness and deliberate corruption, manipulation.

The Needy Novice

Someone who has had one or more connection experiences and who has shifted onto a spiritual path. Someone who has registered and is studying with the Lightning Path. We call them “needy” because they are typically a bundle of unmet psychological, emotional, and intellectual needs, which can only be met by authentic instruction, authentic healing, and authentic efforts to meet all Seven Essential Needs practice.

  • In Zen Koji (residence/dwelling man)
  • In Gnosticism, the initiate.

The Practitioner

Someone who has resolved issues and healed trauma. Someone who actively intends and works towards achieving strong and pure Connection.Someone who has enough energy to spare that they can engage in disciplined, daily, Connection Practice.  How much daily study/practice? Regular daily reading plus maybe an hour a day in safe, quiet, calm, undisturbed Connection Practice.

  • In Buddhism, Śrāvaka
  • In Zen Unsai (Battan, Nakatan, Unsai)
  • In Islam One the devotee. Also, one who knows the reality and is able to  make periodic connections.

The “Perfectly” Connected

Someone who has attained permanent (or relatively permanent) connection. Or, someone who can handle acute bouts of high CQ. Someone who understands the critical importance of, and has established consistent, Right Environment, Right Action, and Right Thought. Someone who has consummated union between Spiritual Ego and Bodliy Ego

  • In Buddhism, an Arhat
  • In Zen Inka
  • In Islam, the Saint

The Teacher/Mentor/Healer

An expert level 5 or higher person who teaches connection and/or helps people healing.

  • In Buddhism, Bodhisattva
  • In Zen Osho, Shoshigata, Roshi
  • In Hinduism
    • Advaita Vedanta – Shankaracharya (teacher of the way, specifically head of a monastery)

The Avatar

An individual who devotes almost all their energy to improving humanities understanding and practice of connection.

  • In Buddhism, Tathagata
  • In Islam, Prophet
  • In Hinduism, Brahman, Avatar
  • In Catholicism, Saviour
  • In Judaism, Messiah

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