In developing its model/paradigm for human healing and connection, the LP blends scientific humanism, Authentic Spirituality, and progressive economics into a powerful system of healing and connection.
Humanism is a philosophical and ethical position that emphasizes human agency, human value, and the inherent goodness of human nature. Humanists prioritize human development and the full expression of human potential and look to science to understand the human world.
The LP is humanistic to the extent that it asserts that humans are by nature good, prioritizes humanity’s Seven Essential Needs, and relies on empirical evidence and scientific theory to help understand humans and their place in the world.
As defined in Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Authentic Spirituality, authentic spirituality is spirituality that connects you to “something more” than your day-to-day Normal Consciousness. Authentic spirituality teaches you how to connect and have Connection Experiences.
There is nothing revolutionary about this statement. As noted in the article everybody has a connection experience, and as emphasized by many psychologists and philosophers, everybody is capable of having connection experiences. Establishing the internal and external conditions conducive to achieving spiritual connection is what the Lightning Path is all about.
Realization of full human potential and persistent and consistent connection requires an economic system devoted not to unfettered accumulation and private profit, but to the creation of environments and institutions that can advance human evolution, meet all our Seven Essential Needs, and support the realization of full human potential and connection.
Capitalism, while a powerful force for human progress, can only take us so far. What’s more, as the unfolding ecological crises of this planet attests, Capitalism is past its “best-before” date. The LP recognizes that fundamental human growth and transformation will require a system reset. The LP book Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Money and the Economy (RSGME) and points us in the direction of such a system reset.