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Relaxation

Relaxation

  1. A critical component of [spwiki]Connection Practice[/spwiki] (and indeed of bodily health) is physical, psychological, and emotional relaxation. [spwiki]Connection[/spwiki] is facilitated when in a state of complete mental, emotional, and physical relaxation.
  2. To enter into a state of relaxation, release all accumulated tension in your body's muscles. Use techniques provided in this patch's reading.
  3. Tension in the body and mind arise when the [spwiki]Bodily Ego[/spwiki] experiences or thinks about threats to survival.
  4. Tension in the body and mind arise when the [spwiki]Bodily Ego[/spwiki] experiences or thinks about things that cause physical, psychological, and emotional pain and distress.
  5. Proper relaxation requires more than simple deep breathing and the manipulation of muscles with massage, etc. Also pay attention to your thoughts and how these thoughts increase tension in the body. The best time to do this is at night when you are falling asleep. Totally relax your body and then notice how the tension returns when thoughts of the day enter into your consciousness's stream.
  6. To counteract thoughts of the day, "challenge distorted cognitions" by reprogramming your thinking process. If the day's drama at work enters your mind, tell yourself to rise above and let go of the drama.
  7. Relaxation is not something you should practice only once or twice a day. To improve and facilitate constant connection, practice relaxation constantly throughout the day.
  8. Relaxation is not something that you achieve only with mental reprogramming and deep breathing. To achieve complete and ongoing relaxation, you must also establish safe, calm, non-violent environments ([spwiki]Right Environment[/spwiki]) at home, at work, and in your social groups. Environments that contribute to stress also contribute to disconnection.

Teacher's Affirmation

The following Teacher's Prayer is taken from chapter one of the Taittiriya Upanishad, LP version. Say it before you sit down to coach/teach others.

May I be filled with wisdom. May I be the bearer of immortality. May my body be healthy and full of life. May my words be kind and sweet. May I be ever observant and attentive.

May fortune bring me prosperity, cloths, food, and a comfortable place to sit. May students seeking sacred knowledge find me. May students come to me prepared, respectful, peaceful, and of tranquil mind.

May I become famous. May I be more famous than even the most wealthy on Earth. May I connect with the wisdom and knowledge of Consciousness. May my mind be purified. May the Truth be revealed to me. May I understand it. May I be a fountain of wisdom and knowledge.

Further Exploration

  1. The Teacher's Prayer is taken from the LP version of the Taittiriya Upanishad. Read it here.

Boundary Visualization

A boundary visualization is a visualization you do to help protect yourself from manipulation, negativity, and assault. The easiest and most effective boundary visualization you can do is to simply visualize a ball of light around your body, your children, your family, your home, and anything else you want to protect. Make this ball bright, powerful, and impenetrable, but also, and this is important, don’t totally block yourself off. Visualize arrows of light getting in, but see darts of darkness bouncing off. Depending on your situation, you should do boundary visualizations before you go to sleep at night, when you wake up in the morning, and throughout the day as required. Be careful, these work. You will notice that negative energies and negative people slowly dissipate out of your when you use this visualization.    

Affirmation of Compassion

An Affirmation of Compassion is an affirmation you do to help rid yourself of bitterness, anger, hatred, and other negative emotional consequences of Toxic Socialization. AOCs help you clean and treat your wounds by helping you remove negative emotions caused by the experience of chronic Violence.  As always, repetition in a state of connection will facilitate reprogramming work.  

I wish peace, completion, perfection, and happiness to all beings. I wish peace, completion, perfection, and happiness to all beings. I wish peace, completion, perfection, and happiness to all beings. I wish peace, completion, perfection, and happiness to all beings.

Affirmation of Self

An Affirmation of Self is an affirmation you do to help clean and treat the psychological, emotional, and spiritual wounds that result from your exposure to Toxic Socialization. Affirmations like this help you remove negative ideas about Self and facilitate “neurolinguistic” reprogramming, especially when combined with focussed Connection Practice and, if legal in your area, safe and guided connection supplementation.  

I am powerful, I am healthy, I am beautiful. I am worthy, I am connected, I am strong.

I am powerful, I am healthy, I am beautiful. I am worthy, I am connected, I am strong.

I am powerful, I am healthy, I am beautiful. I am worthy, I am connected, I am strong.

I am powerful, I am healthy, I am beautiful. I am worthy, I am connected, I am strong.

SAAR Affirmation

As noted in LP Workbook Two section on “Why Healing?” SAAR stands for See, Accept, be Accountable, and take Responsibility. A SAAR affirmation helps you move forward on your healing journey by encouraging you to See the toxicity that surrounds you, accept that it is unhealthy and disconnecting, be accountable for your part in the toxicity, and take responsibility for your part in the old energy toxic show, so that together we can heal, connect, and transform the world. Use the following SAAR affirmation to help you focus your day, and your energy, on these important aspects of the healing and reconnection process.

Today I will see the toxicity that surrounds me, Today I will accept that it is unhealthy and disconnecting. Today I will be accountable for my part in the show. Today I will take responsibility for the bad things I can change.

Awakening Affirmations/Mantras

As noted in Lightning Path Workbook One, an awakening mantra is a phrase designed to help you willfully focus on the process of spiritual awakening, i.e. pouring water into the vessel. Any phrase that helps you willfully focus on the initiation, process, or outcome of spiritual awakening may be considered an awakening mantra. The more precise, willful, and focused, the better the mantra. Some examples are provided below, but if you feel you need to fine tune your intent, feel free to make up your own.
  • I wish to wake up
  • I wish to gain enlightenment
  • I wish consciousness to descend into the vessel.
  • I wish to move forward as fast and as safely as possible.
  • I wish to move forward. I wish to awaken. I wish to activate. I wish to ascend.

Awakening Visualizations

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The Water Glass Visualization

The Water Glass Visualization is a visualization that helps you draw Consciousness into the body. To do it, simply visualize your body as an empty glass and visualize water/light/consciousness pouring into “the glass” through the top of your head. Visualize it filling you up from toe to tip and then, if you want, visualize the water flowing over the edge of the glass and spilling out into the world around you. You can also modify this to be more directly, by simply visualizing light streaming into your body through your head (i.e. crown chakra) and dispersing in scintillating, diamond-like patterns, out through the various “pathways” (i.e. nerve cells, arteries, etc.) of your body. The key here is to visualize Consciousness flowing into your body. In this regard, visualizing Consciousness as either water or light works just as well. https://youtu.be/4GbA90ygSUQ

What is the Physical Unit?*

Cleansing Visualization

As you gradually awaken, activate, and connect (i.e. ascend), you will find yourself more and more intolerant of anger, negativity, and the pissy attitudes of the people around you. You will reject drama and emotional/psychological chaos, and naturally, gravitate towards calm and peaceful environments. You may even find yourself cocooning more and more, i.e. just staying home in your safe places in order to avoid the toxicity of our advanced industrial societies.

Unfortunately, unless you are fortunate enough to be able to work from your home, you are going to have to go out. When you go out, you are going to find yourself swimming, from time to time, in the toxic muck of our technologically lopsided world. When that happens, and especially if you find yourself getting sucked down by the negativity, fear, and anger that surrounds you, try a cleansing visualization. A cleansing visualization helps you clear off the muck and the mud of any toxic environments you find yourself in.

Cleansing Visualization One

See your body covered with a thick coating of wet, gloppy, mud. This is the mud and dirt that is slopped on you as you work and live among those who flail in darkness, confusion, and despair. Don’t let this energetic negativity drag you down. Stand up tall and strong and visualize your hands scooping this gloppy mess off. Start at your head and work down to your toes, scrapping the glop with your hands, and wiping it off your body. As you do this, as you clean more of the putrid and disgusting glop from your body, you slowly begin to reveal a beautiful, white, glowing figure. Undertake cleaning strokes from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. When you have finished scraping the muck off your body, all the glop is gone and you stand there strong, proud, and filled with the light of your own higher Self. Smile, release, and repeat as necessary. As you scrape, take deep breathes. As you exhale, feel your tension, anger, and negativity dissipate away from your body. With each deep breath, your body relaxes more and more.

Required Reading

 

Banishment Visualization

Banishment visualizations are used to actively excluded toxic people from your energetic and personal spaces. Banishment visualizations are similar to boundary visualizations but are generally more powerful as they are focussed on specific individuals. If there is some individual or group of individuals that you do not want in your life, perhaps because you are in danger, or perhaps because they need more help than you can provide, or perhaps because you are “done” dealing with the negativity, drama, and toxic assaults, a boundary visualization will help separate them from your life path.

Visualization One

Visualize the individual or group of individuals in your mind’s eye. Now, visualize them slowly moving away from you. Visualize them receding into the distance, fading away until they vanish beyond the horizon of your mind’s eye.Push them away, but do so with love and compassion. Tell them that they have a different path home than you, that you longer require their assistance, and that you no longer desire nor welcome their karmic entanglements. There is nothing pernicious or negative here. This is simply an assertion of your boundaries and your right to choose those you welcome into your energetic space.

The Great Invocation Visualization

The Great Invocation (GI for short) is the basic awakening and connection (ascension) tool of the LP. The GI is a chakra activation, kundalini connection sequence, and planetary activation visualization, all rolled into one powerful invocation. To engage this ascension/graduation invocation, view the animation and put yourself in the picture. Focus on the descent of consciousness through the crown chakra. As the energy travels down through your body, visualize each of your seven bodily chakras lighting up with energy. The energy flows out from your body in streams. When your system is fully activated, push the connection into the ground. Reciereceive energy and expand your power and light to the world around you. Visualize cascading balls of light emanating from your heart center. Don’t be shy. Join with others and envelop the whole planet in the power and light of highest Consciousness.

The Great Invocation

Opening a Channel

To open a channel to your guide network (or to any point in the Fabric), visualize a connection of some sort. The easiest, and therefore most powerful, visualization is to visualize an energy pipe starting from your brain center and passing through your skull up into the spiritual world. Simply see a tube exiting your skull. See the pipe as it exits your skull widen and expand into a huge cosmic funnel where energy flows. Then, see the cosmic energy flowing into your physical unit through a narrow “point of contact” into your skull. From there the energy/information flows into your brain and central nervous system (CNS). Focus in on the energy and notice how it enlivens your entire nervous system. As the energy enters, your brain lights up, your nerves sparkle with energy, and your body glows with the light and power flowing through you. Now, as you visualize this scene in your head, notice how you can control the flow of energy. You can squeeze the energy flow and cut yourself off from the funnel that connects you to the Fabric of Consciousness, or you can speed up the energy flow and even expand the funnel at the top to encompass the entire universe and beyond. There is no limit to how wide that funnel can become, and no external control over the process. You turn the spigot on or off. You specify the energy flow. You control how wide or narrow the channel is (Sharp, GA).

Activation Affirmations

Activation mantras are about establishing stronger connections to Consciousness, and empowerment of the physical unit. An activation mantra or visualization is a mantra or visualization that encourages connection and empowerment. The #metoo movement is an excellent example of the outcome of “taking your power back” and refusing to be pushed back down anymore. It is also a reminder of the importance of collective unity. Standing alone, we are easy to suppress. Standing together as a unified force, thousands of years of patriarchy can be dismissed in the cosmic blink of eye.  
  • I am powerful, capable, worthy, strong, and experienced
  • I take my power back
  • I refuse to be pushed down anymore.
  • I will use my energy and my power for my purposes only
  • I take my power back and use it for the highest good of all of creation
   

Activation Visualization

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Activation Visualization I

The Triumph of Spirit archetype deck (which is part of the “activation” level of LP study, contains a powerful empowerment visualization. To use this visualization, memorize the image, close your eyes, and put yourself in the picture. As you activate and empower, please be careful about the people that surround you. Don’t hold back. Use your power to transform, but be as gentle and understanding as possible. Don’t make things worse and isolate yourself. Try not to bowl people over. Release anger. Release resentment. Don’t be defensive. Instead, gently help others to see.  

Activation Visualization II

The Star archetype from the Triumph of Spirit Archetype System (which is part of the “activation” level of LP study, contains a powerful empowerment visualization. To use this visualization, memorize the image, and run through the sequence listed below. Chi/prana/oxygen. We need energy to initiate the process. We need energy to activate the body. We need energy to light the fuse. We get energy by inhaling, by breathing. With reference to Star, with the imagery of Star in mind… Breathe deeply and meditate. Breathe deeply and visualize. Breathe deeply and awaken. Breathe deeply and activate. Breathe deeply and ascend. Connect with your highest Star. Draw energy from above, send energy down below. Realize and embrace the reality that is around you. Realize and embrace the divinity within. Align and activate your chakras. Request release of your kundalini. Masterfully manifest the will of Self. Take responsibility for the world. Transform the planet. Graduate and ascend this glorious creation.

What is Spiritual Ego / Bodily Ego?

  1. Your Bodily Ego is your body's ego. It is the ego and sense of identity that your body's brain develops as a consequence of its neurological functions.
  2. In neurology, the body's ego is associated with what neurologists call the Default Mode Network.
  3. Think of your bodily ego like the artificial intelligence (AI) that manages and drives an autonomous physical vehicle. The function of the bodily ego, like the function of the vehicle AI, is to protect the car from damage, and (of course) keep the passengers safe. Just like the AI in an autonomous vehicle is responsible for keeping itself and the passengers safe, the bodily ego's prime directive is survival and the avoidance of all forms of pain.
  4. Under conditions of Normal Consciousness, the bodily ego "drives" the physical vehicle.
  5. Moving forward, keep in mind, when the body is threatened in any way, when it experiences emotional, psychological, physical, or spiritual threat and assult, the bodily ego directs all available energy and resources towards survival and the mitigation of  emotional, psychological, and physical pain.
  6. Your spiritual ego is your soul, your atman, your Highest Self, your true self, etc.
  7. Your spiritual ego exists eternally and is independent of the material world.
  8. Your spiritual ego is much bigger than your bodily ego. If you think of your bodily ego as  a candle flame and your spiritual ego as the sun, you'll get an idea of the order of magnitude.
  9.  Toxic Socialization damages us and leaves us in Normal Consciousness. While in normal consciousness, your spiritual ego is disconnected from your bodily ego.
  10. The goal of Authentic Spirituality is to connect your spiritual ego to your bodily ego, to create a union between the two.
  11. When a connection occurs, your bodily ego begins to heal, mature, and expand. Eventually, with persistent and disciplined Connection Practice, your bodily ego expands, attains Permanent Connection, and completely merges with your spiritual ego. In Christianity, this is called "entering the Kingdom of Heaven" or the Kingdom of God. In Vedic spiritualities, this is union, the attainment of Nirvana.

Required Readings

  1. Lightning Path Workbook Two

CC Notes

  1. The key here is to teach the individual the difference between the bodily ego and the spiritual ego, and to convey the key message that authentic spirituality is about connecting the spiritual ego and the bodily ego.  Make sure you understand what bodily ego and spiritual ego are.
  2. Use the concept of a vehicle with artificial intelligence to help distinguish between spiritual ego and bodily ego.
  3. Use the Waterglass Metaphor to illustrate connection.
  4. Spend time exploring the various elements of toxic socialization. Spend time getting the student to reflect on toxic socialization. Get the students to reflect upon the violence, neglect, chaos, attachment, and ideology in their life. Get them to share and discuss their assessments.
  5. It helps if the Connection Coach shares their own toxic experiences, and how these experiences impacted them.

The Basic Elements of Consciousness

Mind is by its very nature a singulare tantum. I should say: the overall number of minds is just one—Erwin Schrödinger What is Life?
  1. In the beginning, Consciousness was Undifferentiated (UC). In the beginning, there was only bliss and awareness of bliss.
  2. For an eternity. Consciousness existed in bliss and awareness of bliss but eventually, Consciousness became bored. Boredom caused irritation. Awareness of boredom caused Consciousness to coalesce. As Consciousness coalesced and intensified around the question, Consciousness gradually awoke and realized "I am." When Consciousness realized I Am, Self was born. This is known as the Intensification of Consciousness. This is the First Birth.
  3. When Self was born, Self considered Self. Realizing it was Alpha and Omega, beginning without end, pure awareness, and pure cosmic bliss, Self fell in love with itself. For an eternity, Self thus existed, awash in bliss and feeling cosmic love for itself.
  4. After Self was born, Consciousness was  bliss, awareness,  and Self awareness caused by the awareness of boredom, and love for Self caused by Self's awareness of its own grandeur. Bliss, awareness, self awareness, and love for self are the Basic Elements of Consciousness,
  5. After an eternity of bliss, awareness, and love of Self, Consciousness once again became bored. Because Consciousness is eternal, Consciousness always becomes bored. This is the Problem of Ennui.

Required Readings

  1. The Book of Light Part One: Air

Isha Upanishad

The Īsha (owner) Upanishad is a short Upanishad that provides basic commentary on the importance of cause and effect and the difference between Spiritual Ego and Bodily Ego The Īsha Upanishad also provides some guidance on proper intellectual orientation, that is Right Thought. Consider it an early vedic "owner's manual" for your physical unit. Note, the version below is modernized version. This version uses, and is consistent with, LP concepts. You can evaluate the modernization by visiting this link.

Isha Upanishad

That is The Fabric of Consciousness, This is The Fabric of Consciousness. From The Fabric, The Fabric comes out. Taking the Fabric from the Fabric, what remains is The Fabric.

1. Everything on the planet, including all life is a manifestation of, and is pervaded by, The Fabric of Consciousness. You do not own it. Creation is here for the enjoyment and benefit of all. 2. Remember, this is a material world and your experience of it is impacted by your actions at all times. If you want to live a hundred years, take actions that support this goal. 3. Disconnection leaves you blind and covered in darkness. It is important you make a connection  to your Highest Self while alive. If you don’t have this realization, if you do not make a connection, you will live in a world covered in darkness, and your next birth will start in darkness as well. 4. Your Higher Self, a.k.a. your Spiritual Ego (a.k.a. Atman), is eternal and far more intelligent then your Bodily Ego. It does not exist as a physical substance and therefore you cannot see, hear, or touch it. Nevertheless, it provides the breath from which all life emerges. 5. Your higher self, your Consciousness, pervades all things. It is constant and immovable, yet it moves all things. It is far away and eternal, but is also present in the very atoms of this universe, and also deep inside you. 6. Once you realize that all this is Consciousness, that all this is Self, that all beings are an expression of Self, you will have no reason to fear. 7. One you realize that all this is Consciousness, that all beings are part of your own Self, you will free yourself of delusion and sorrow. 8. Self is everywhere, shining in everything. Self is without body and hence undamaged. Self is pure and untouched by disjuncture and disconnection. Self is the endless source of all creative emanation. 9-10. Keep in mind, to make this work, to make a proper connection, to avoid being confined in blinding darkness, you have to understand Self and creation. If you don’t, if you cling to ignorance and misunderstanding, or if you delight in the sophistry of “knowledge” that is not grounded in truth, you will only be drawn into darkness and disconnection. 11. If you understand this, you’ll be able to move beyond ignorance and empty knowledge and make a stronger connection. 12. The same goes for your orientation to creation (the manifest), and also to the Fabric of Consciousness (the unmanifest). Don’t worship the unmanifest or the physical world. If you do, you’ll get stuck in disconnection. Don’t get hung up on words like “the manifest” or “the unmanifest.” If you do, you’ll get stuck in disconnection. 13. Self is not equivalent to physical creation, nor is it equivalent to The Fabric. All the wise folk say this. 14. Once you understand that “It” is beyond all things, once you understand that “It” is the source of all that is, once you understand The Fabric and Physical Creation are one, you will be able to attain stronger connection. 15-17 Now let us pray, “I ask that my Spiritual Ego, my Highest Self, the spark of divinity within me, reveal to me the truth. Make me steadfast in the truth. Help me to see. Let my life breath join with your immortal breath. Let my self be connected to my Self. Help me remember what I’ve learned. Help me understand all the teachings. Lead me on a good path to prosperity. Lead me away from disjuncture and sin and show me the way to alignment.

That is The Fabric of Consciousness, This is The Fabric of Consciousness. From The Fabric, The Fabric comes out. Takingthe Fabric from the Fabric, what remains isThe Fabric.

What Is Connection?

  1. Connection is a term that the LP uses to describe the ideal relationship between your Spiritual Ego and your Bodily Ego.
  2. The ideal relationship between your spiritual ego and bodily ego is connection. Ideally, your spiritual ego and bodily ego should be fully connected.
  3. Connection is a positive and empowering thing which leads to positive and empowering Connection Outcomes. When you are connected to your spiritual ego, you are connected to your Highest Self (Highest Self is another name for spiritual ego, soul, atman, Buddha-self, etc.).
  4. When you are connected to your highest self, you are more likely to live a happy, empowered, balanced, peaceful, and content life.
  5. Connection is an endpoint. Connection is the goal of Authentic Spirituality.
  6. Connection is a process. Connection is the process of attaining your highest conscious state. A high conscious state is when you are operating with your clearest sense of Self, and at your fullest potential.
  7. Connection takes time and practice. Initially, an individual is able to accomplish only brief, low intensity Connection Experiences.

Required Readings

  1. Lightning Path Workbook One

Connection Coach Notes

    1. This is a simple rod. Simply emphasize that authentic spirituality is all about connection. Explore the SpiritWiki Connection page. Emphasize the health benefits of connection. Emphasize the fact that connection makes you smarter, more intuitive, more insight. See more on Connection Outcomes
Discuss peak and transcendent experiences.
  1. Discuss the fact that all authentic spiritualities offer "paths" to connection, sometimes literally called paths.

Why Healing?

  1. Your body, your Physical Unit, is a container for your Spiritual Ego. In order for your body to contain Consciousness, in order for consciousness to not “leak” out of your body, your body has to be healthy, whole, and fully functioning.
  2. On this planet, children, adolescents, and adults are exposed to a Toxic Socialization process.
  3. Toxic Socialization is characterized by violence, neglect, chaos, destruction of attachments, and Ideological Indoctrination.
  4. Toxic Socialization damages the Physical Unit and makes it difficult for the physical unit to contain higher levels of Consciousness.
  5. If the  physical unit is damaged by toxic socialization, it is disconnected and unhealthy. If you want to  reconnect, you must heal the physical unit.
  6. The Lightning Path Healing Framework can help you with the healing process.

Further Exploration

  • Taittriyo Upanishad Chapter Two – Bodily Sheaths

Affirmation with the Student

The following Teacher/Student Affirmation is taken from chapter two of the Taittiriya Upanishad, LP version.

May light from The Fabric protect us both.

May we be aligned and in tune with our Self.

May we work together with vigour.

May our study make us illumined. May our study make us connected.

May there be no dislike between us.

Om. Peace to all beings. Peace to the planet. Peace in the cosmos.

Further Exploration

  1. The Teacher's Prayer is taken from the LP version of the Taittiriya Upanishad. Read it here.

LP Healing Framework - Guiding the Process

  1. The Lightning Path Healing Framework is a framework of seven focus points you need to pay attention to if you are going to properly heal and reconnect. The Focus points include: "H" - getting Help if you need it "E" - paying attention to your Environment, "A" - eliminating Addiction, "L" - dealing with Lies, "I" - clearing Ideology, "N" - focussing on your seven essential Needs, "G" -  getting your physical unit into Growth Mode. (HEALING)
  2. Note that the Healing Framework is NOT a therapy. You can choose any established and effective therapy you like, including LP Connection Therapy to help you with your healing and reconnection efforts. The Healing Framework is simply a roadmap to guide your healing journey.
  3. The Healing Framework does NOT provide a linear roadmap. It is"pick and  choose" affair. Follow your intuitive guidance and focus on elements of the healing process you are drawn to. Take an interative approach. Expect to read materials more than once. Grow your understanding as you heal and reconnect.
  4. The Healing Framework is NOT a magic wand. If you want to heal, personal effort is required.

Required Readings

  1. Lightning Path Workbook One - Introduction: Why Healing?

The Fabric of Consciousness

In the beginning, the Self (Ātmā) alone was here. Nothing else blinked. He thought, “Let me create worlds.” Aitareya Upanishad.1
  1. To overcome the Problem of Ennui[wiki],  Consciousness begins to think and imagine. Thus were thought and imagination born.
  2. For an eternity, Consciousness thought about Self. Consciousness thought I am bliss, awareness, boredom, alpha, omega, beginning, loving, wonderous, amazing, beautiful, and eternal.
  3. For an eternity, consciousness thought of other things, like line and movement, form and shape.
  4. After an eternity of bliss, awareness, love of Self, and imaginative thought, after having exausted the potential of its solipsistic and navel gazing imagination, Consciousness once again became bored.
  5. To overcome boredom, Consciousness created a [wiki]Fabric of Consciusness, a mind mush, for creative play.
  6. The Fabric of Consciousness was God's new toy. Into this Fabric, Consciousness would pour its intent.
  7. As initially created, The Fabric would be totally flexible, would have no limitation, and would instantly and exactly respond to intent. These are the Foundations of Creation.

Required Readings

  1. The Book of Light Part One: Air

What is a Connection Coach

May I be filled with wisdom. May I be the bearer of immortality. May my body be healthy and full of life. May my words be kind and sweet. May I be ever observant and attentive.



May fortune bring me prosperity, cloths, food, and a comfortable place to sit. May students seeking sacred knowledge find me. May students come to me prepared, respectful, peaceful, and of tranquil mind.

May I become famous. May I be more famous than even the most wealthy on Earth. May I connect with the wisdom and knowledge of Consciousness. May my mind be purified. May the Truth be revealed to me. May I understand it. May I be a fountain of wisdom and knowledge.

Required Readings

What is Connection Coach?

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Summary

Further Exploration

The Damage Caused by Toxic Socialization

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules A working class hero is something to be A working class hero is something to be. John Lennon – Working Class Hero
  1. Toxic Socialization is a socialization process characterized by
    1. Violence
    2. Neglect
    3. Chaos
    4. Destruction of Attachments
    5. Indoctrination
  2. Toxic socialization causes depression, adolescent delinquency, suicidal ideation and suicidal attempts, addiction, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders, conduct disorders, and contributes to post-traumatic stress disorders.
  3. Toxic socialization also destroys the cortical regions of the brains, causing atrophy and degeneration. It undermines critical thinking capacities and diminishes our ability to empathize (see documentary).
  4. Toxic socialization increases the risk and incidence of physical disease.
  5. Toxic socialization undermines school performance and leads to maladjustment, absenteeism, low academic ability, lower test scores, school avoidance, and destruction of self-esteem
  6. Toxic socialization stunts intellectual, emotion, and physical growth, increases the risk of metabolic syndrome, and contributes to impaired neuro-endocrine functioning and altered cortisol responses, insulin resistance, weight gain, gastrointestinal problems, IBS, suppressed immune function, and brain damage
  7. Toxic socialization contributes to the development of Fascist Personality Architecture, which includes conduct disorder, antisocial behaviours, violence, hatred, lack of empathy, and psychopathy.

Further Exploration

  1. HBO Documentary "One Nation Under Stress."An excellent documentary on the terrible impact of stress. Damages your neocortex, destroyes your thinking capabilities, undermines empathy, and shortens your lifespan.
  2. John Lennon song Working Class Hero – A song about the impact of toxic socialization
  3. Pink Floyd Album Another Brick in the Wall – An album chronicling the toxic socialization of one band member, and its psychological and emotional impact.
  4. The Psychopath Test - A book examining the impact of toxic socialization and the pathologies of capitalism.

I Am/We Are

He (the supreme soul) desired. Let me become many, let me be born. Taittirya Upanisad
  1. For an eternity, Consciousness played with The Fabric in blissful, imaginative, play.
  2. For an eternity, Consciousness imagined form and function, up and down, darkness, and light, an a million scintillating colours.
  3. After an eternity of bliss, awareness, Self, and imaginative play with The Fabric, Consciousness became bored. Since Consciousness had already created the perfect toy, and since Consciousness had fully exausted its imaginative potential, to solve the Problem of Ennui, Consciousness needed something new.
  4. In order to overcome the devastating problem of ennui, Consciousness decided to create playmates. But, what kind of playmates to create?
  5. For a moment or two Consciousness thought. Consciousness realized that in order to ensure maxiumum creative interest and variation, in order to avoid boredom too soon, the new playmates should be equal and independent egos, because only independent egos would add sufficient creative interest and variation to stave of boredom.
  6. And so, Consciousness thought, and from that thought, two new eyes, two new I's, two new egos where born.
  7. Thus, I became we and together we would play with the Fabric and construct a new Creation.

Required Readings

  1. The Book of Light Part One: Air

Orientation

[spwiki]Connection Experience[/spwiki] is a real thing. There's lots of anecdotal and scientific evidence to prove this, and just about everybody has at least once when they are growing up. As individuals, there are different ways we can orient and approach the reality of [spwiki]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 [spwiki]Connection[/spwiki]. 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 experience of connection. These orientations are organized by increasing awareness of the significance of connection to human health and survival, 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 about connection, and have devoted their lives to helping others understand and connect. Note, these "orientations" are more or less reflected in the spiritual literature of this planet. That is, each traditional [spwiki]Connection Framework[/spwiki] has some sense of attainment, understanding, and commitment. Examples from other traditions, like Zen Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity, are provided where appropriate.

The Wanderer

The first orientation to connection is the wanderer. The 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, and not practicing, connection.
  • In Zen, a person not interested in connection is labelled the [spwiki]Zaikejin[/spwiki] or staying home person. Why staying home? In Zen, the expectation is that if you are interested in connection, you will go find a monastery to live in and a master to train under. Thus, you've "left home" to go find a temple where you will learn about and practice connection.
  • In the world of Harry Potter, a "muggle."
  • In Islam, an kafir or infidel, someone who rejects the notion of Consciousness and Connection.

The Unsighted

The second orientation is that of the unsighted. An unsighted is a person who is interested in human spirituality, but they haven't had a connection experience, don't remember having one, or have completely suppressed previous experiences. They are blind to the reality of connection and connection experience. Such a one approaches their study of [spwiki]Human Spirituality[/spwiki] from a purely intellectual standpoint.

The Experiencer

Someone who has had one or more [spwiki]Connection Experiences[/spwiki], but who does not, for whatever reason, engage in disciplined [spwiki]Connection Practice[/spwiki] is an experiencer. 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.

The Naive Initiate

A naive initiate is an individual who accepts the reality of the experience, and maybe even pursues subsequent experience, but doesn't engage in systematic investigation and study, and therefore doesn't deepen and expand their understanding of connection, connection experience, spiritual ego, and other aspects of connection. There are many reasons why an individual may avoid systematic and disciplined study, including lack of time and resources, distraction, misconception, or mental illness.
  • In Zen [spwiki]Shukkejin[/spwiki] (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

The needy novice is someone who has had one or more connection experiences and who has shifted onto what they believe to be an authentic spiritual path. We call them "needy" because they are typically a bundle of unmet (or distorted) psychological, emotional, and intellectual needs. These needs can only be met by authentic instruction, authentic healing, authentic relationships, and authentic efforts to meet all [spwiki]Seven Essential Needs[/spwiki].
  • In Zen [spwiki]Koji[/spwiki] (residence/dwelling man)
  • In Gnosticism, this is the initiate, somebody who has had an authentic connection experience within the

The Practitioner

The practitioner is someone who has resolved psychological issues, healed trauma, and make progress towards the establishment of [spwiki]Right Thought[/spwiki], [spwiki]Right Environment[/spwiki], and [spwiki]Right Action[/spwiki]. A practitioner is someone who actively intends and achieves connection every day, and who works towards achieving strong, pure, and [spwiki]aligned[/spwiki]  [spwiki]Connection[/spwiki]. A practitioner is someone who is focussed, who has put aside extraneous concerns, who avoids or is above the drama, and who has enough energy to spare so that they can engage in disciplined, daily, [spwiki]Connection Practice[/spwiki].  How much daily study/practice? Regular daily reading plus maybe an hour a day in safe, quiet, calm, undisturbed [spwiki]Connection Practice[/spwiki].
  • In Buddhism, [spwiki]Śrāvaka[/spwiki]
  • In Zen Unsai ([spwiki]Battan[/spwiki], [spwiki]Nakatan[/spwiki], [spwiki]Unsai[/spwiki])
  • In Islam, the devotee. One "who knows" 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 [spwiki]CQ[/spwiki]. Someone who understands the critical importance of, and has established consistent, [spwiki]Right Environment[/spwiki], [spwiki]Right Action[/spwiki], and [spwiki]Right Thought[/spwiki]. Someone who has consummated union between [spwiki]Spiritual Ego[/spwiki] and [spwiki]Bodily Ego[/spwiki]
  • In Buddhism, an [spwiki]Arhat[/spwiki]
  • In Zen [spwiki]Inka[/spwiki]
  • 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, [spwiki]Bodhisattva[/spwiki]
  • In Zen [spwiki]Osho[/spwiki], [spwiki]Shoshigata[/spwiki], [spwiki]Roshi[/spwiki]
  • 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, [spwiki]Tathagata[/spwiki]
  • In Islam, Prophet
  • In Hinduism, Brahman, Avatar
  • In Catholicism, Saviour
  • In Judaism, Messiah

What is Authentic Spirituality?

The assumption of being an individual is our greatest limitation. Pir Vilayat Khan
  1. Authentic Spirituality is spirituality that teaches you how to  Connect. Specifically, authentic spirituality teaches you how to connect your Spiritual Ego (a.k.a. your soul, atman, higher self, etc.) to your Bodily Ego.
  1. The goal of any Authentic Spirituality is to help you develop a direct, unmediated, and pure connection between your Bodily Ego and your Spiritual Ego.
  2. Authentic spiritualities work by teaching you the truth about Connection, the truth about your Spiritual Ego, Bodily Ego, and the truth about the obstacles that block and interfere with your ability to develop a strong connection.
  3. Note, not all spiritualities, not all teachers, not all gurus, not all traditions, are authentic. Some start out authentic but end up corrupted. Some were never really about authentic connection at all. It can be hard to tell when a spirituality is authentic or not, especially if you are a novice on the path.
  4. As noted in Rocket Scientists' Guide to Authentic Spirituality, you can tell a spirituality is authentic by the presence of Connection Outcomes like Healing, Awakening, Activation, and Ascension.
  5. Sometimes, the presence of connection and connection outcomes are not enough to ensure a spirituality is authentic. Therefore, you should also look for the  Seven Pillars of Authentic Spirituality. When these pillars are present, you can be more certain that a spirituality is teaching you how to connect.

Further Exploration

Some examples of spiritualities that are inauthentic, even dangerous.
  1. The Dark Legacy of Carlos Casteneda
  2. Kohl, Laura Johnston. 2010. Jonestown Survivor. iUniverse. https://amzn.to/2WJFtoK.
  3. Layton, Deborah. 2010. Seductive Poison. New York: Anchor Books. https://amzn.to/2wxOse4.
  4. Miller, Russell. 2015. Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard. London: Silvertail Books. https://amzn.to/2ESbMI5.
  5. Miscavige Hill, Jenna. 2013. “Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape EBook: Jenna Miscavige Hill, Lisa Pulitzer: Kindle Store.” 2013. https://amzn.to/2W796kl.
  6. Sosteric, Mike. 2014. “A Sociology of Tarot.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 39 (3).
  7. ———. 2018. “From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Science and Technology of Mass Human Behaviour.” 2018. https://www.academia.edu/34504691.

Connection Coach Notes

  1. The Key here is to spend time exploring Sonnection Outcomes like healing, awakening, activation, and ascension. Also spend time discussing the Seven Pillars of Authentic Spirituality. If anybody has experiences with inauthentic spiritualities, encourage them to share their experiences.

What are Connection Outcomes?

  1. As explained in Rocket Scientists Guide to Authentic Spirituality (RSGAS), [spwiki]Connection Outcomes[/spwiki] are the real and observable outcomes you experience when you make an authentic connection to your [spwiki]Spiritual Ego[/spwiki]. When you exercise properly, there should be exercise outcomes, like better health, improved stamina, etc. Similarly, when you engage in an authentic [spwiki]Connection Practice[/spwiki], there should be real and observable connection outcomes.
  2. The Lightning Path identifies four basic connection outcomes, these being [spwiki]Healing[/spwiki], [spwiki]Awakening[/spwiki], [spwiki]Activation[/spwiki], and [spwiki]Ascension[/spwiki].
  3. Healing is the healing of the mind and physical body. Healing is a prominent feature of authentic spirituality. Healing may be self-directed. As an individual awakens and becomes more aware of the conditions they live in, as they activate and become motivated to change, they slowly begin to improve life conditions and these improvements lead to healing outcomes.Healing may also occur spontaneously, as a direct consequence of connection. Such healing can occur in [spwiki]Caring Moments[/spwiki], [spwiki]Healing Moments[/spwiki],  even powerful spiritual experiences which can instantly cure people of addiction and other afflictions.
  4. Awakening is a growing awareness of reality and the way things really are around you. Evidence that you are awakening includes growing personal reflection and insight, and growing awareness of the realities around you. For example, when you awaken, you are more likely to think about yourself, your actions and behaviours, and what you need to do to improve yourself and your life conditions. Evidence of awakening also includes growing awareness of the realities that surround you, especially toxic realities which contribute to emotional, psychological, and physical discomfort, pain, and disease.
  5. Activation is a growing desire for change and growing action in the world. As we realize the truth of the realities around us, there immediately grows a desire to change and improve things. It is important to act on the growing desire for action. Taking action to improve conditions in our life is critical since more advanced connection practice requires, among other things, [spwiki]Right Evironment[/spwiki]. Right environment is an environment that is safe, calm, non-violent, and peaceful.
  6. Ascension is the merging of your [spwiki]Spiritual Ego[/spwiki] and [spwiki]Bodily EGo[/spwiki]. Ascension, or the gradual merging and union of spiritual ego with bodily ego, requires consistent and persistent discipline. Ascension is an advanced connection outcome discussed later.
  7. More information on the various outcome measures can be found in Rocket Scientists' Guide to Authentic Spirituality.

Further Exploration

The LP Healing Map - Assessing the Damage

  1. The first step forward on the healing path is assess damage. [why]
  2. Use LP healing map to assess damage [link]. filli t out before moving forward.
  3. Once completed, use to guide your process. Or, want guidance from Healing Map Analysis. Helps you fill it out, helps you understand and aim your way forward.

Required Readings

  1. Lightning Path Workbook One - Introduction: Why Healing?

Stretching the Imagination

The Tao gives birth to One. One gives birth to Two. Two gives birth to Three. Three gives birth to all things. Tao Te Ching

The Fabric of Consciousness

  1. For an eternity, we played. We thought of form and of shape, of width and height, of colour and contrast. For a while, it was fun but then, boredom returned.  To overcome boredom, to add interest, we instantiated  many new playmates (1,723), many new egos, to help with the imagination of things and their manifestation within The Fabric.
  2. With the new playmates, creation was again interesting and fun. But also, with this many monads frolicking with the Fabric, intent started to bleed and "random" events started to occur. At this point we may say that a new dimension had been added to the Fabric of Creation.
  3. These random events were not bad, since they added variety and creative interest. [ccc](Parable of the Canvas)[/ccc] But in the long run, they were not enough and a new level of creation had to be added.

Required Readings

  1. The Book of Light Part One: Air

How do I Initiate Connection

  1. To initiate connection you have to want connection, that's all. If you want to make a connection, and if you are not frightened of it, connection is easy. Just  intend connection (see Intent to Connect).
  2. You can initiate connection using a Connection Affirmation or a Connection Visualization.
  3. The most powerful connection affirmations include direct and willful statements like "I wish to connect to my Highest Self."
  4. The most powerful connection visualizations include visualizations that show "light" streaming into your head, from the top. An example is provided in the first four seconds of the Great Invocation visualization, linked below.
  5. To make a connection, say "I wish to connect" and visualize light streaming into your skull. For best effect, repeat the affirmation and visualization often throughout your day.
  6. To stop a connection, say the opposite. Say, "I need a break and with to disconnect." Visualize the flow of light into your skull stopping.
  7. Keep in mind, things can happen when you begin the connection process. Be mindful and prepared to respond.

Required Readings

  1. Lightning Path Workbook One

Getting Help

...no other factor [has] ever been found to correlate so highly with psychological balance as ... mystical [connection] experience. Norman Bradburn1
  1. The damage to your physical unit that is caused by Toxic Socialization may be profound and challenging. As a consequence, you may need to seek help.
  2. Some signs you made need to get help include
    1. Feelings of generalized anxiety, especially when accompanied by thoughts that you should be doing something to move yourself forward.
    2. Feelings of being stuck in the same place and making no progress forward.
    3. Ongoing issues with your self-esteem and self-worth. Ego Inflation. Ego Deflation.
    4. Depression, addictions, anger, power tripping, volatile relationships, toxic life spaces.
    5. Behavioural patterns that include avoidance, apathy, anger, defensiveness, compulsivity, and excessive rumination.
  3. Trust your intuition and gut instinct. If you feel you need to get help, don’t be ashamed about it and don’t succumb to people trying to shame you. Simply get the help you need, either with a healer or therapist, or from a competent and qualified professional healer who has written a competent book.
  4. If you do decide you need help, get it; but, be careful and attentive to the type of help you get. Not all help is competent or appropriately qualified to help you on your way.
  5. Qualified help will be help with a specialization in your particular mental, emotional, or connection health issues.
  6. Competent help is help provided by a healer who has made significant healing progress themselves. Healers who purport to be healers but who are stuck in their own pathologies probably don’t know what they are talking about.
  7. Competent healers maintain professional emotional boundaries.
  8. Competent healers do not enable toxic behaviours. Competent healers coach and always encourage Right Thought, Right Action, and Right Environment.
  9. Family and friends are not help. Family and friends are good for love, inclusion, hugs, and companionship, but they are not good sources of help, even if they are therapeutic experts. There are several reasons why you should avoid getting help and seeking guidance from friends and family.
    1. Family are often the root of toxicity and damage. Our first violent experiences are always at the hands of our parents who hit, shame, and otherwise assault us, all in the name of “discipline.” The fact that parents and siblings are the source of violence and toxicity obviates the possibility they might provide assistance, and raises they possibility that they will find ways to assault and slow/halt your progress.
    2. Family and friends know you, know your sensitivities and weak spots, and will use these if they feel threatened by your progress towards healing and connection. Because family and friends know your weaknesses, they can easily do more damage. Be aware of the potential and avoid exposing yourself if necessary.
    3. Conflict of interest often gets in the way of authentic guidance and support. Parents, siblings, and friends may benefit from status-quo pathologies. Parents, siblings, and friends may not feel comfortable with the challenge healing and connection will bring. Efforts you make to change the status quo may feel threatening to established family patterns and traditions and may be resisted as a result. Resistance can slow you down and, when violently imposed, cause more damage.

Required Readings

  1. Lightning Path Workbook One - "H" is for Help

Fixing Your Environment

  1. If you want to heal and reconnection, you must be in a healthy, safe, non-toxic environments. Toxic environments which are characterized by violence, neglect, chaos, and indoctrination prevents healing and reconnection.
  2. If you fall off a bike and shred your knee, the first thing you must do is clean and treat the wound. The second thing you must do is protect the wound from further damage. If you do not clean and protect the wound, if you expose the wound to further assault, the wound will not heal and will, in fact, get worse.
  3. This is the same for emotional, psychological, and spiritual wounds. If you want them to heal, you have to protect the wounds from infection and further assault. The only way to do that is to eliminate violence and toxicity in your environments. If you don’t clean, treat, and protect your psychic wounds, Emotional Infection (i.e. psychological pathology) can result.
  4. To protect your wounds you must establish Right Environment. To establish right environment
    1. detoxify your home environments so you are not exposed to toxicity behaviours (violence, aggression, etc.) and toxic thought at home.
    2. stay away from/get out of other toxic environments that might infect you.
    3. get away from toxic people who expose you to toxic thoughts and additional harm.
  5. To help shift your realities towards right environment, we recommend a total commitment to non-violence in your life. Non-violence means that no violence is allowed. In a non-violent environment, there is no yelling, no name-calling, no emotional assault, no physical violence, and no aggression of any kind. Committing to non-violence provides solid foundation upon which to build healthy environments where healing can occur.
  6. If you experience guilt and shame when undertaking these surveys do not turn away. Guilt and shame are Steering Emotions. If you want to eliminate guilt and shame and not just repress it, face the truth the about your life, take deep breathes, calm yourself, and make an authentic to reducing and eventually eliminating the toxicity they reveal. The only authentic way to eliminate guilt and shame caused by disjuncture and misalignment is to change your behaviours. Anything else is just repression.
  7. Assess the level of violence in your life using the LP “How Toxic is my World” online survey.
  8. Assess the level of chaos in your environment using the LP “How Chaotic is my World” survey.
  9. Assess the extent to which you contribute to the toxicity of your environments by using the LP “How Violent am I" survey.

What Can I Expect When I Connect?

  1. When you make a connection to your Highest Self, you are making a connection to a Fabric of Consciousness that is much bigger than your day-to-day Normal Consciousness. The order of magnitude difference is the difference between a candle flame (your "normal" your Bodily Ego) and the sun (your Spiritual Ego).
  2. Consciousness in the Fabric consists of awareness, will, and a sense of self. Therefore, when you connect, all other things being equal, more of your powerful Consciousness fill up your body. As this happens, your awareness, your will to act in the world, and your sense of self and self-esteem will slowly begin to strengthen and grow.
  3. As a consequence of growing awareness, growing empowerment, and a growing sense of Self, you will also find yourself motivated to heal from the damage caused by Toxic Socialization, motivated to learn, and motivated to improve your life conditions.
  4. As you make moves to make changes, as you heal and reconnect, you may experience forms of Internal Resistance and External Resistance from family, friends, coworkers, corporations, and even governments who are threatened by your awakening and activation, and are concerned to maintain the status quo.
  5. External Resistance can be experienced as emotional, psychological, intellectual, physical, and even spiritual violence directed at you to prevent you from continuing on your spiritual path. If you do experience resistance, it is important to protect yourself and seek help.
  6. Internal Resistance is the fear, self-doubt, guilt, shame, overinflated expectations, and other negative internal emotions and ideations that slow you down or even prevent you from moving forward. If you experience internal resistance, seek psychological assistance. Also, be sure to establish right thought through a disciplined process of archetypal cleansing.
  7. To overcome resistance, deal with challenges and work to improve your Connection Practice.

Further Exploration

Initial Challenges

  1. When you begin to connect, you will experience several challenges. For connection to proceed and strengthen, these challenges have to be met.
  2. You will be challenged to accept the truths that you see around you.
  3. You will be challenged to reconsider you ideas about self, the nature of this world, and of all creation.
  4. You will be challenged to change aspects of your life.
  5. You will be challenged to deal with resistance, both internal and external.
  6. You will be challenged to stay focussed, persistent, and disciplined.
  7. You will be challenged to remember your visualizations and affirmations.
  8. You will be challenged to deal with self-doubt and overinflated expectation.
  9. If do feel challenge, don't give up, don't get bent out of shape, don't get bumped off the path. Go as slow as you need to make the changes that are required for persistent and consistent forward movement.
  10. Be aware, for connection to proceed and strengthen, these challenges have to be met.

Required Readings

  1. Lightning Path Workbook One

Further Exploration

Treating and Healing Your Wounds

  1. Establishing Right Environment helps you protect your emotional, psychological, and spiritual wounds from further damage, but it is only the first step towards healing. The second step is to actually treat your wounds.
  2. Treating your wounds means cleaning, disinfecting, and scaffolding the wound (if necessary) so the body/mind can repair itself.
  3. To clean and disinfect a physical wound, you get rid of physical dirt and grime, and disinfect to kill any lingering bacteria. To clean and disinfect a psychic wound, get rid of psychic (i.e., emotional, psychological, and spiritual) dirt and grime in the wound, and disinfect the wound to kill any lingering psychic bacteria. To clean the wound of psychic dirt and grime, eliminate Wrong Thought.
  4. Wrong thought is dirty and infectious thought-grime that undermines and prevents healing and connection, and causes psychic infections. Wrong thought is thought that diminishes you and makes you feel unworthy, impotent, and “less than.” Wrong thoughts include thoughts like “I’m stupid,” “I’m a loser,” “I’m a sinner,” “I’m weak,” “I’m not worthy,” “I’m being punished for my sins,” “It’s my bad karma,” and so on. Wrong thought makes you feel powerless. Wrong thought makes you feel weak and impotent. Wrong thought makes you think you deserve bad things in your life because bad things are a “life lesson.” In short, wrong thought infects your psychic and emotional wounds and prevents healing and connection.
  5. Wrong thoughts are inserted into your mental and emotional systems like bacteria is inserted into your physical systems. Insertion of wrong thought happens “accidentally” when you are psychically assaulted and exposed to negative environments, and it happens intentionally when people (parents, friends, teachers, coworkers, etc.) call you names, make you feel stupid, make you feel “less than,” make you feel unworthy, make you feel like a “sinner, and teach you archetypes and ideologies that diminish you, make you feel small, or make you feel like you deserve to be punished.
  6. Eliminating wrong thought so you can disinfect your wounds is a challenge. It involves clearing out ideology and removing Old Energy Archetypes[wiki]. The bulk of this work is done in LP Workbook Four: Archetypal Study, but you can begin the work now by using an [wiki]Affirmation of Self to help clean and disinfect your wounds. An AOS is like a disinfectant wipe you use to clean out dirt and grime from your psychic wounds. To begin cleaning your psychic wounds, take time out of your day for quiet reflection and repeat the following AOS.

    I am powerful. I am healthy. I am beautiful. I am strong. I am worthy. I am connected to my Highest Self. I am beautiful. I am strong.

     
  7. In order to eliminate wrong thought and disinfect your psychic and emotional wounds, you must be persistent and consistent with your affirmations. Do it constantly until you have reprogrammed your neural pathways. Also keep in mind, you can’t do this while existing in a toxic environment and being exposed to chronic assault. If you do an affirmation and clean your wound, but then go back into a space where the wound is re-traumatized, you will never make any progress forward.

Improving Results

  1. If you want to improve your [spwiki]Connection Practice[/spwiki], be consistent, persistent, disciplined and focussed. The easiest way to do that at the start is to find a [spwiki]Connection Affirmation[/spwiki] and recite often.
  2. Also, be open-minded and forgiving, esp. of yourself. It is much easier to forgive others. Don't kick yourself for "sins" committed while disconnected. Acknowledge where there is [spwiki]misalignment[/spwiki] and [spwiki]disjuncture[/spwiki], atone, and let go.
  3. Pay attention to the damage caused by [spwiki]Toxic Socialization[/spwiki] and your need to heal.
  4. Take your environment seriously. You need a safe, non-violent space (e.g., [spwiki]Right Environment[/spwiki] to study, meditate, visualize, and practice. You can take the How Toxic is My World quiz to get a sense of where you need to improve your environment.
  5. As a step towards creating right environment, establish emotional, psychological, intellectual, physical boundaries
  6. Be sure to act upon a desire for change. If something requires change and you know it, change it. You cannot move forward towards a stronger connection without also making necessary changes.
  7. Don't overinflate your expectations. Experiences of pure bliss and transcendence, while nice, are a distraction from the real work at hand, which is healing and connection practice. And besides, permanent connection comes only a planet where everyone is included and involved.
  8. Recognize, this is real work. Connection practice involves processing emotions, grounding new insights, and even shifting your view of the world and your self/Self. Work requires time and effort. Be sure to put that time and effort in.
  9. Practice deep breathing. Learn to deep breathe properly. Deep breathing will calm you and ground you when you struggle to handle stronger connection.
  10. Finally, be positive, not in the don't worry be happy sense, but in the electrical sense, in the power to act and change sense. Don't give in to internal resistance, fear, guilt, shame, and self-doubt. You know what you need to do; you know what needs to be changed. Keep your nose to the grindstone and do it.

Required Readings

  1. Lightning Path Workbook One

Further Exploration

PSST Infections and Sepsis

  1. Chronic long term toxicity (e.g., violence, neglect, chaos, indoctrination, destruction of attachment) leads inevitably to Psycho-Social-Spiritual Trauma and even Psychic Sepsis. The type of infection is determined by the type and length of trauma.
  2. Infections can be identified by irregularities in emotional and psychological response, including “mood dysregulation” (i.e. chronic anger and frustration), defensiveness, low self-esteem, negative ideations, anxiety, paranoia, obsessive compulsive behaviours, depression, PTSD, somatoform manifestations, eating disorders, disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct adaptations, addictions, and so on.
  3. Sepsis includesserious and debilitating emotional and psychological irregularities, including bipolar emotional responses, schizophrenia spectrum, personality disorders, and psychotic disorders.
  4. Triggering is a sign of infection and sepsis. Triggering is when something (an event, a person, a thing, a smell, a sound) “triggers” a negative emotional and behavioural response. Triggering is the sign of unhealed psychic and emotional wounds. If you are triggered easily, it is because your psychic wound(s) are not healed; if your psychic wounds are not healed, you need additional protection and treatment.
  5. It is important to identify your triggers because your triggers lead back to trauma and injury. The LP Healing Map can help you identify and explore triggers, by yourself, or with a client.

Exercise: How to Identify Your Triggers

  1. Triggers are ideas, behaviours, situations, etc., which trigger a strong emotional response, may be signs of psychological infection and sepsis. Triggers can be anything from movies, songs, individuals, situations, thoughts and idea that floats by in your mind. Knowing your triggers and the situations that cause them can help you and your therapist identify toxicities and traumas in your current life situation, or in your past socialization, that undermine mental and emotional health, and block connection.
  2. Use the following exercise to identify your triggers. Before doing this exercise, be aware this may cause anxiety and stress. If you have a therapist, consult with them first. If you don’t, if you feel too much anxiety, stop the exercise and return when you are calm. Mindfulness exercises and deep breathing exercises can help you calm down and control your emotions.
  3. Find a quiet, private place. Take out your Healing and Connection Journal and write four columns on a page: "Trigger," "Emotion," "Response," “Needs.”
  4. Try to remember the last time you had an intense negative emotional response. This could have been anger, anxiety, fear, sadness, shame, loneliness, emptiness.
  5. Under the "Trigger" column, write whatever event was happening at the time.
  6. In the "Emotion" column, write you emotional responses.
  7. In the "Response" column, write the response you had to the emotions you identified in the second column. For example, perhaps you felt intense anger, after which you became depressed and sullen. Or, maybe you felt great anxiety, but used mindfulness techniques and deep breathing to manage your anger effectively. Record what happened.
  8. Under the “Needs” column, try and identify a particular need that was threatened by the triggering event. Did you feel unsafe? Was your self-esteem threatened? Where you feeling excluded? Where you feeling controlled? Where you feeling undervalued and insulted? Refer to the Seven Essential Needs for a list of needs to consider.
  9. Do this for as many events as you can recall, and keep a running tab. After an event, when you have calmed down, write your trigger, your emotion, your response, and where you feel your well-being and needs have been threatened. Eventually, you may notice patterns emerging. Keep coming back and adding to your trigger list after events. When you are ready, share and discuss with your therapist or healer. They can help you come up with ways to better.

Fight, Flight, or Follow: Notes on an "Invisible" Adaptation

Fight, Flight, or Follow

Most people are familiar with the “fight-or-flight” response. This survival response was first described by Walter Bradford Cannon in 1915 (Cannon 1915) The fight-or-flight response is a physiological reaction that occurs in a living body (physical unit) when any form of threat is perceived, real or not. When a physical unit feels threat, the sympathetic nervous system is activated and the body produces a hormone cascade that prepares the body to defend itself by either fighting the threat, or fleeing the vicinity. The choice to fight or flee depends on a largely unconscious assessment of the strength of the threat, and the likelihood of success, should a fight ensue. As biological organisms, humans have this same physiological response to threat. A human confronted with a physical threat will prepare, consciously or unconsciously, and with the help of the autonomic nervous system, to address the physical threat. Important to note, however, that humans respond to more than physical threats. As only a moment of self-reflection will attest, humans feel psychological and emotional pain. Consequently, they recognize and perceive psychological and emotional threat. The fight or flight response will thus be activated when humans feel psychologically or emotionally threatened, or when they are under physical, emotional, or psychological attack. Also important to note, humans (and animals) have a third biological strategy available to mitigate threat and attack, and this is the “follow” or “comply” response. When a human experiences a physical, emotional, or psychological threat, it can fight and lash back, flee and avoid the pain of assault, or follow by findings ways to mollify and otherwise comply with the dictates of the threat. For example, a child in a grade one classroom who is being assaulted by a teacher can neither fight (the teacher is much stronger) nor flee (children are not permitted to leave the classroom). Their only option is to “follow” the dictates of the teacher and find ways to comply with rules as set out. Similarly, a child at home subject to emotional, psychological, or physical “punishment” (read abuse) learns that it cannot fight back (adults are so much stronger than children and parents who choose physical violence can easily make it worse for the child), cannot flee (at least until they reach adolescence and can fend on the streets for themselves), and so must follow along and comply. One does not require intensive psychological or sociological research to demonstrate the existence of the follow component of the Fight-Flight-Follow response. Once again, a bit of basic observation and a modicum of self-reflection will demonstrate this is a ubiquitous, if inexplicably or wilfully invisible, response to psychological, emotional, and physical threat and pain. Hormonal and neurological evidence can likely be found for the existence of this response. What is required at this point from a psychological perspective is deeper consideration of the nature of this response, its impact on the health, well being, and proper development of the physical unit. From a sociological/historical/political perspective, consideration of how this response is exploited by System Agents and agents of toxic socialization1 to ensure compliance with rules, and maintenance of the system. We have a few preliminary thoughts.
  1. The follow response is often exploited by authority figures in institutions to enhance compliance. Psychological shaming and emotional assault are common techniques in schools where toxic teachers use guilt and shame (mostly unconsciously) to trigger the follow response, and enhance the compliance of students.(Sosteric 2013). You often find guilt and shame used in religious cults (Kohl 2010; Miller 2015) social cliques, home spaces, workplace environments, and other institutional settings where it is used, sometimes consciously, by authority figures to enforce compliance.
  2. The follow response is physiological and autonomic, just like the fight or flight response. It is important to recognize this, since “followers” are often pathologized and characterized as spineless and weak. In fact, however, “following” is an adaptive response, and sometimes the only one available, to the chronic and existential threats imposed on humans by the modern capitalist system. Recognizing the biological and adaptive nature of the follow response helps to depathologize what is a prevalent, functional, and adaptive (if easy to manipulate and exploit) aspect of human behaviour. It also puts the focus not on individual failings, but on the economic, political, and social conditions, and intentional toxic socialization practices, which advertently or inadvertently reinforce, trigger, and exploit this response.
  3. In response to the actual success of a particular response, individuals may develop a habituated primary survival response. For example, an emotionally, physically, spiritually, or intellectually strong individuals may come to prefer a “fight” response to protect it from threat.2 Individuals who have been emotionally or psychologically traumatized as children (when we are all weaker than the adults around us) may come to prefer flight or, more likely, follow strategies.
  4. Although an individual may come to prefer a specific response, individual’s will likely avail themselves of all three responses, when deemed as appropriate. Thus, an adolescent who prefers to “follow” the dictates of abusive parent may, outside the home and amongst weaker peers, choose a rebellious fight response.
  5. Unlike the fight or flight response, which leads to immediate discharge of stress through the resolution of the threat, the follow response may be chronically active--for example, in abusive households, workplaces, social networks, or even whole societies where physical, psychological, or emotional intimidation is used. In situations where the “threat” is never satisfactorily resolved, chronic activation of the follow response ensues.
  6. Following” may be an adaptive response when experienced acutely, but it is a stress response. Consequently, it is physically, psychologically, emotionally, and behaviourally toxic when experienced chronically. It should be easy to confirm the neuro-endocrine toxicity of chronic activation of the follow response with modern medical technologies. Psychologically and emotionally, it would be hard to argue that an individual who has learned and habituated a chronic follow-response has the independence, strength of ego, and healthy psychology required to understand and satisfy its own essential needs,(Sosteric and Ratkovic 2018), much less grow into a highly functioning physical unit characterized by systemic/wholistic health.
  7. One can easily hypothesize that institutions and environments that rely on various forms of physical, emotional, or psychological assault to garner compliance will have a higher percentage of “followers,” and also higher levels of emotional, psychological, and physical dysfunction within them.
  8. Military training, which closes off the “fight” and “flight” options during basic training (you can neither fight back nor leave) is specifically designed to trigger and habituate the follow response by engaging in toxic levels of assault.
  9. An individual’s survival responses may become self-defeating and even pathological over time. An individual who experiences constant threat as a child or adolescent may eventually come to feel a constant, diffuse sense of threat. This may leave them in a state of chronic arousal, primed to engage some type of survival response. Thus primed, people may misinterpret cues and engage in maladaptive responses. Their priming may make them easy to “trigger.” Thus triggered, they may, for example, attack and “lash out” (fight) when , hide/avoid social contact (flee), or engage in subservient behaviours (follow). Primed survival responses are one source of an individual's psychopathological ”triggers.”
  10. Survival responses that are habituated and primed, and that trigger maladaptive behavioural responses, may require healing effort.
  11. To correct maladaptive behavioural responses caused by habituated and primed survival responses,
    1. identify the environments (childhood environment, work environment, etc.), people (parents, teachers, etc.), and violent situations that elicited. Habituated, and that now trigger the survival response. If extant environments are toxic (e.g., emotional, psychological, or physical violence, chaos, neglect in the home, workplace, etc.), address and eliminate this violence. In the case of domestic abuse, this might mean couples/family therapy, or even termination of the marriage contract. In schools and other institutions, this may mean pushing for greater awareness of the deleterious impact of toxic cultures on creativity, satisfaction, health, and well being, and working for cultural/corporate change. The paper Toxic Socialization(Sosteric 2016)provides a run down of the deleterious impact of abuse and stress.
    2. Use established and effective therapies (e.g., CBT, etc.) and, where legal, Connection Supplements,3 to enhance awareness, insight, and reprogram defective responses.
  12. Therapeutically, one might ask oneself or one’s client, what their “primary survival response” is. One might also engage in reflection of daily interactions in order to identify the situations where the FFF responses are triggered.
  13. Sociology: Elite actors in government often engage in various activities that stress, even terrorize, populations. For example, tax cuts that target the poor and middle classes, police suppression tactics which terrorize individuals or groups, etc. The corporate media fans the flames of anger and fear, sometimes in absurd and comical ways,4 and sometimes with real and deadly consequences for victims targeted in this fashion. Examples of this under the GOP Gulf war, Iran war, nuclear threats, etc.
  14. Institutions and governments which fan fear, raise threat levels, or engage in actual economic, social, and psychological attack may be deliberately working to trigger habituated survival responses. They do this in order to manipulate their population. Individuals under stress of foreign invasion, military or economic,5 real or imagines, will be more likely to follow an authoritarian leader, fight for the “safety” of their country, or at least stay home and not object to the authoritarian dictates. and use them to perpetrate otherwise indefensible actions (colonial/imperial war, suppression of a revolutionary citizenry) and, when preserve the System, when the System is under duress.
  15. A planetary “ideology” of good versus evil is used to invoke, intensify, and reinforce the FFF response. See “From Zoroaster to Star Wars” and “Star Wars is a Religion that Primes us all for War.”(Sosteric 2018a, 2018b)
  16. Individuals who are heavily traumatized from an extremely violent childhood and adolescence may be more susceptible to authoritarianism (follow response). They may also be more prone to violence (fight-response), especially when their fight-response responses can be aim at specific groups (Jews, Muslims, Infidels, etc.). Authoritarian leaders and the people who “handle” them, manipulate the fight-flight-follow response in order to achieve violent economic and political ends.
  17. Hate groups draw highly traumatized individuals with habituated and primed fight (the Blacks, the Jews, etc.) and follow (the dictator, the saviour, the father, the lord high kahuna, etc.) responses.
  18. To eliminate the ability of bad actors to manipulate the FFF physiology, educate people about the reality of their FFF response and eliminate toxic socialization. In other words, put an end to indoctrination and interpersonal violence, and improve human economic conditions to the point where no individual experiences the threat of poverty, starvation, unemployment, war, violence, etc.

Refs

Baumgarten, H. G., and Z. Grozdanovic. 1998. “Role of Serotonin in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.” Br J Psychiatry Suppl, no. 35: 13–20. Cannon, Walter Bradford. 1915. Bodily Changes in Pain, Hunger, Fear, and Rage. Appleton-Century-Crofts. “Is It a Myth That Cannabis Can Help Regrow Brain Cells?” n.d. MERRY JANE. Accessed June 17, 2019. https://merryjane.com/health/cannabis-neurogenesis-brain-cell-regrowth-myth-march-2018. Kohl, Laura Johnston. 2010. Jonestown Survivor. iUniverse. https://amzn.to/2WJFtoK. Miller, Russell. 2015. Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard. London: Silvertail Books. https://amzn.to/2ESbMI5. Sosteric, Mike. 2013. “The Emotional Abuse of Our Children: Teachers, Schools, and the Sanctioned Violence of Our Modern Institutions.” The Socjournal March (October). ———. 2016. “Toxic Socialization.” Socjourn. https://www.academia.edu/25275338/Toxic_Socialization. ———. 2018a. “From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Science and Technology of Mass Human Behaviour.” 2018. https://www.academia.edu/34504691. ———. 2018b. “Star Wars Is a Religion That Primes Us for War and Violence.” The Conversation, 2018. https://theconversation.com/star-wars-is-a-religion-that-primes-us-for-war-and-violence-89443. Sosteric, Mike, and Gina Ratkovic. 2018. “Seven Essential Needs.” 2018. https://www.academia.edu/38114100/The_Seven_Essential_Needs.

Endnotes

1For a definition of Toxic Socialization, see https://spiritwiki.lightningpath.org/index.php/Toxic_Socialization

For a rundown of the deleterious impact, see (Sosteric 2016) https://www.academia.edu/25275338/Toxic_Socialization

2Personally, my primary survival response was an intellectual fight response. In order to stave off and defend against emotional, psychological, or even physical assault, I engaged in aggressive intellectual fight tactics.

3A Connection Supplement is a dietary supplement (like Cannabis, Psilocybin, Peyote) or substance (like DMT, LSD, Ketamine, MDMA, etc.) that forces and facilitates stronger Connection to Consciousness. Connection Supplements are often referred to as psychedelics or entheogens ("God Containing"). For reasons outlined elsewhere, Connection Supplement is a superior term because it clarifies and demystifies. Note that research is increasingly demonstrating the neurogenic power of various connection supplements. See for example (Baumgarten and Grozdanovic 1998; “Is It a Myth That Cannabis Can Help Regrow Brain Cells?” n.d.). The point? When used with effective therapeutic practice, connection supplements can help reprogram neurological pathways, eliminate dysfunctional responses, and help assert healthy thought and behavioural patterns.

5 The current concern North American concern with Chinese economic invasion (the stealing of patents, etc), comes to mind here as a government invoking fear and threat in order to manipulate and control a population.

What is Toxic Attachment (i.e. addiction)?

You don’t wake up one morning and decide to be a drug addict. It takes at least three months’ shooting twice a day to get any habit at all.... [It is] no exaggeration to say it takes about a year and several hundred injections to make an addict. William S. Burroughs, Junky.
  1. Read chapter “A” is for Attachment in LP Workbook Two).
  2. A Toxic Attachment (i..e addiction) is anything upon which your Physical Unit is dependent. A toxic attachment is anything that you cannot stop without serious emotional, psychological, and physical distress. A toxic attachment is an attachment that causes you or the ones that surround you harm.
  3. Toxic attachment is caused neurologically by Dopamine Attachment. Dopamine is a “learning chemical.” When a substance or behaviour makes us feel good, dopamine is released. This release tells our brain to attach to the substance or behaviour so we can feel good again. This is natural and sensible. This builds neurological attachments to things that are good for us, usually. However, when the dopamine release attaches us to behaviours and substances that are otherwise toxic, our attachments are toxic attachments. Because attachment  is a natural neurological attachment, we prefer to call addictions Toxic Attachments.
  4. Toxic Attachments are caused sociologically and psychologically by Toxic Socialization. Toxic attachments arise when we cannot change our environment (i.e., when we cannot halt the toxicity). In these cases, we find things to make ourselves feel better, to self-sooth, to self-medicate. When we cannot halt the toxicity, we
    1. Seek out things to calm us (drugs, alcohol, shopping, ex))
    2. Look for ways to escape (e.g., running, heroin, sex)
    3. Consume things that make us feel good (opiates, sugars)
    4. Find things that help satisfy unsatisfied need (e.g., smoking to belong)
  5. Toxic attachment develops over time as dopamine releases attaches us to the things that make us feel better. Attachments become toxic when a) the substances, behaviours, or people you are attached to are toxic, b) when we cannot stop or withdraw, and c) we justify and make excuses for our substance abuse and toxic behaviours.
  6. You can develop toxic attachments to anything, any behaviour, or any person. Anything that gives escape, relief, or pleasure, and that repeatedly triggers dopamine expression in the brain, can become a toxic attachment.
    1. Substance Attachments are attachments to substances (i.e., alcohol, cannabis, opioids, etc.).
    2. Behavioural Attachments are attachments to behaviours (i.e., shopping, exercise, sex, smartphones, social media, etc.),
    3. Relationship Attachments are codependent attachments to people.
  7. Prepare to treat toxic attachments by conducting an LP Attachments Analysis. An form for addictions analysis in included in the LP HEALING Map file.

Required Readings

  1. Lightning Path Workbook One – “A” is for Toxic Attachment
  2. No, Dopamine Is Not Addictive, 2017, Psychology Today.
  3. Money: The most dangerous addiction in the world
  4. Facebook addiction

Further Exploration

  1.  Carlton K. Erickson and Richard E. Wilcox, "Neurobiological Causes of Addiction," Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions 1.3 (2001).

Treating Addiction - Reducing Toxic Attachment

    1. Read chapter “A” is for Attachment in LP Workbook Two).
    2. All forms of attachment impact the brain. Toxic Attachments impact the brain in a particularly negative way. Toxic attachments corrupt our brain’s reward circuits and rewire the brain. A brain that is rewired to be attached to shopping, alcohol, food, etc., is damaged.
    3. Our brains are plastic and can heal. Healing, i.e., rewiring, the brain is required if toxic attachments are going to be overcome.
    4. To rewire your brain, identify, clarify, detoxify and rectify.
      1. Identify toxic attachments.
      2. Clarify the source and reasons.
      3. Detoxify your environments and your relationships (important, see chapter “E” is for Environment in LP Workbook Two). Educate friends and family. Develop strong boundaries around toxic people. Institute a “no violence” rule.
      4. Rectify your attachments by
        1. Learning to pay attention to your feelings and your triggers. Identify your toxic attachments (shopping, drugs, alcohol, running, sex, etc.). Identify the needs the attachment meets (relaxation, safety, self-esteem, sedation, etc.). Identify the emotional triggers associated with the trigger (loneliness, exclusion, stress, guilt and shame, etc.)
        2. Finding alternative behaviours/substances to meet your needs. Instead of eating donuts, back some healthy muffins. Instead of lighting a cigarette, take a few deep breathes and go for a calming walk first.
    5. Understand that toxic attachments are complex and it may need assistance sorting them out, (important, see chapter H” is for Healing in LP Workbook Two).
    6. The LP HEALING Map has a template you can use to help you analyze, understand, and reprogram your toxic attachments.
 

Lying

You can't heal what you never reveal. Jay Z.
  1. Read chapter L” is for Lying in LP Workbook Two.
  2. If you are going to heal and connect, you must accurately assess your life situation and your condition. To do that, you have to be able to listen to guidance and you have to be honest with yourself and others about the realities of your life. If you are not honest about your realities, you can’t see what needs to be healed, and you will not understand why you are being disconnected.
  3. Unfortunately, we all have a tendency to dishonesty. We all have a tendency to lie about our realities, to deflect criticism, to blame others, and to avoid confronting the truth.  As one author says, we're all in denial about something.
  4. There are many ways lie to ourselves. Two of the more prevalentand pernicious ways we lie include the "It's not so bad" lie and the "I'm a big successs" lie.
    1. We tell ourselves the “It’s not so bad” lie. In other words, we minimize the destructive impact of toxic  thoughts and actions, ours and others. We tell ourselves, “It’s not that bad,” even when it really is. Running, for example, is a healthy activity and it is easy to argue that there is nothing wrong with it, even when your attachment to it impacts your family and children in a negative way. A few beers a day is “not so bad.” Spanking children is “not so bad.” Fighting in our relationship is “not that bad.” My life is "not so bad." The “it’s not so bad” lie allows us to  avoid awareness of the impact of toxicity and illness, and deflect criticism. and guidance. To reinforce the "it's not so bad" lie, we  compare ourselves to somebody worse off, to prove to ourselves and others how good we are. Our behaviours might be bad, we might hit our kids, we might shame our partner, we might engage in toxic behaviours, but we are not as bad as some other person, and so we can't bo that bad after all.
    2. We use our employment and financial success as indicators. We use our material success to lie, deflect, avoid, and blame. We tell ourselves and others that we are rich and powerful and therefore we must be doing something right. I’m OK because I have financial success. I’m OK because I can still function. I’m OK because I go to work everyday. I’m OK because I have lots of friends.
  5. Understand, the only indicator of mental health and connection are mental health and connection. If you are not mentally healthy and if you are not fully connected, then you’ve still got work to do. And note, as any schizophrenic can attest, you don’t have to be mentally healthy to achieve a full connection. Schizophrenic attain connection despite a shattered ego and psyche. Don’t fool yourself. You need connection and mental health.

Further Exploration

  1. The Show. A poem about lying.
  2. Daniel Paul Schreber, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness (New York: NYRB Classics, 2000), https://amzn.to/2U8Se6Q. A schizophrenic’s account of their Connection Experiences.

Why We Lie

Self-deception is a constant problem as we progress along a spiritual path - Chögyam Trungpa
  1. Lying to ourselves is something we all do, but it impacts our spiritual progress. To make progress towards healing and connection, we have to learn to tell ourselves the truth. To do that, we need to interrogate the reason we lie. There are several reasons we lie to ourselves.
  2. We lie because lying was modelled to us. We lie because we see our parents, teachers, and other authority figures lie. Our bodies are programmed to model others and so we learn to lie when we see others doing it.
  3. We learn to lie because it is safer. Telling the truth can put us in jeopardy, from adults and others who do not want to hear the truth. Telling the truth can get us verbally, emotionally, and even physically assaulted by others who are in profound and deep denial. This is especially true when we are children and have no ability to defend ourselves or escape from toxic adults.
  4. We lie in order to avoid painful guilt and shame. Actions that are unaligned cause disjuncture. Actions that go against our Highest Self[wiki] causes painful guilt and shame. In order to avoid the painful, we repress awareness of the true nature of our actions and lie to ourselves about our actions.
  5. We lie because we are “truth entitled.” We lie because we have been taught that the truth is relative, and meaningless. I have my truth and you have your truth, and we’re both entitled to our “truths.” When we become truth-entitled, we no longer think critically about our “truths” and we accept lies just because we want to, because they prop us up, or because they comfort us emotionally.
  6. We lie because it allows us to avoid all the hard work. Real change, real transformation, real healing, and real connection, take real individual and collective work. Much easier to lie about our accomplishments, feign [wiki]completion, and pretend everything is OK in our lives and with our family, rather than do the hard work necessary to make the required changes.
  7. We lie because it allows us to preserve our privilege and the status quo (i.e. it preserves The System). CEOs lie about the dangers of smoking because they generate profit from cigarettes. Fast food managers lie about the dangers of fast-food because when you eat it, they profit. We lie to ourselves about how our phones are made (i.e. by exploiting labour) because it this way we can buy the guilt free.

Required Readings

  1. Lightning Path Workbook One

Further Exploration

Ideology

  1. Read LP Workbook Two: “I” is for Ideology
  2. Read the Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Money and the Economy.
  3. Ideology is a set of beliefs and ideas that teaches us ways of thinking and behaving (i.e., Wrong Thought and Wrong Action) that make it harder to heal and connect. Ideology is deliberately designed to diminish and disconnect us so that we can fit in and function withinThe System
    1. Ideology is present in the school systems. Working class schools teach working class ideas and behaviours that prepare people to suffer in working class jobs (permissions to move about, rote memorization, assembly line jobs, submission to authority). Middle class schools teach ideas and behaviours that prepare people to suffer in middle class jobs (figuring things out, limited decision making and choice, thinking within the box, respect for authority). Professional schools: creativity in science and art, creative thinking, creative autonomy. Executive schools: freedom of movement, theory building, decision making, command and control, the reduction of human compassion. Notably, no stream teaches authentic spirituality and connection.
    2. Ideology is present in religions, spiritual traditions, and familial and cultural traditions. Spiritual and cultural/familial ideology often revolves around around the related ideas of hierarchy (patriarchy, monarchy, etc.), conflict between good and evil, judgment, and excuses and justifications for punishment.
  4. Ideology is inserted into your brain by Agents of Consciousness in a process called indoctrination . Indoctrination is one part of a Toxic Socialization process which shapes us into productive workers, and diminishes and disconnects us. Indoctrination is accomplished via repetition and reinforcement.
  5. Ideology can be difficult to identify because it
    1. is taught to us as children, when we are trusting and absorbent, and when our mind and sense of self is undeveloped and still in formation. When taught as children, ideology becomes part of our being, and taken-for-granted.
    2. is “spun” to make it look palatable and progressive. “Spare the rod and spoil the child” is more palatable than “hit your kids so they will accept low paid, factory work.”
    3. is obscured behind a patina of mysticism and “sacredness.”
    4. is presented as traditional “wisdom” handed down.

Required Readings

  1. The Sociology of Religion -- "I" is for Ideology

Further Exploration

Basic Rods Summary

  1. Your psyche consists of two basic component, the Bodily Ego which orginates in the brain and CNS of your Physical Unit[wiki], and a [wiki]Spiritual Ego which is exists independently of material reality. The goal of authentic spirituality is to connect your spiritual ego with your bodily ego and, through persistent and consistent Connection Practice connect and merge the two.
  2. Authentic spirituality is all about connection between your spiritual ego and your bodily ego. Connection leads, over the long term, to improved mental, emotional, and physical function.
  3. If you want to improve your connection, take this process seriously. Be disciplined and focussed, establish right environment, do the hard work to heal, ground, and connect, keep your expectations reasonable, breathe if you're feeling afraid, panicked, or like you are losing control, and stay positive. If you do these things, you'll make steady and consistent progress forward.</p>
  4. An authentic spirituality is a spirituality that connects you to your spiritual ego, a.k.a. your soul, atman, or higher self. Not all spiritualities are authentic. To assess for yourself whether a spirituality is authentic, look four Connection Outcomes and the presence of all Seven Pillars of Authentic Spirituality
  5. Authentic spirituality should lead to real and verifiable connection outcomes, like awakening, activation, healing, and ascension. These outcomes should begin to occur immediately upon beginning an authentic spiritual practice.
  6. When you connect, you connect to a much brighter Consciousness than your day-to-day Normal Consciousness. As you connect, you will become more aware, more active, and more desirous of change. As that happens, as you make changes, your first experiences may be experiences of resistance. To overcome resistance, stay focussed and work hard.

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