On this page, you will find book, article, and video recommendations designed to help you explore issues relevant to healing and connection. Let your intuition be your guide here. Read what you are drawn to/what seems interesting to you. You can discuss your readings and ask questions on the site forums.
A Connection Supplement is a substance, like Cannabis, DMT, LSD, MDMA, etc., that facilitates brain activation and connection to higher levels of Consciousness. An ongoing and growing body of research is demonstrating the contribution these substances can make to mental and emotional well being, and healing.
- Positive psychology in the investigation of psychedelics and entactogens: A Critical Review. A critical review of 77 studies demonstrating that connection supplements can produce acute and long-term positive effets on well-being, empathy, creativity, cognitive flexibility, openness, spirituality, transcendence, and mindfulness.
Toxic masculinity is a model of masculinity that emphasizes power and domination 0ver others. Various forms of violence (emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical) are used by toxic males to establish dominance and enforce whatever rules they seek to enforce.
Toxic males often view themselves as more masculine, stronger, and more fit (in a physical and evolutionary sense) then the “snowflakes” who display empathy and concern with other people’s feelings and well being. However, as the articles “How environment creates the ‘alpha’ male’ ” and “Toxic alpha wolf or sick puppy,” alphas are, arguably not the epitome of male evolution, but puppies made sick by a social system that has isolated them from their families and neglected their Essential Needs. (also integrate “Alpha wolf or sick puppy“) and https://www.lightningpath.org/healing/bullies-alpha-males-sick-puppies/
Toxic masculinity is unhealthy, for the men themselves and for the people they harm.
Evidence of the importance of healthy, non-toxic environments.
- Stress hormone cortisol linked to early toll on thinking ability. An article that points out the toxic effect of stress on the brain. Imagine what your brain might be like after 20, 30, or 40 years of the chronic stress caused by The System, and how hard healing and connection might be for those who have experienced long term chronic stress. Studies like this have important implications for healers and the advice they give to their clients.
The “Mental Health” Profession
- Thomas Szasz, a psychiatrist, had little respect for the psychiatric establishment. He felt that psychiatry was an “arm of the coercive apparatus of the state” and as such was more about finding a way to fit miserable and damaged people to fit into and accept The System that it was about authentic healing and connection. You can read more about Thomas Szasz and his “myth of mental illness” by reading this blog post.