As noted in the Lightning Path introductory booklet, the Lightning Path is organized into three levels of study, the LP Core, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. While the core level of study is relatively straightforward, focused on defining basic spiritual concepts, and giving you basic foundational technique to get you started on the awakening, activation, and ascension process, the LP Intermediate level can get a little funky, not because spirituality is difficult or problematic by nature, but because of the crap poured into us (and on us) as a result of the System that we live under.
Now, one of the first things that you might encounter at the intermediate level of study is fear. Now I do spend a lot of time at the LP Core preparing you for this encounter (which may occur multiples times, and around multiple issues, depending on your particular religious and/or scientific background). Nevertheless, in some cases the fear you experience may be extremely difficult to deal with, even overwhelming. I consider my own case of awakening as one of the more difficult that might occur, just because I was so filled up with the dogma and fear of early religious indoctrination that any movement outside of “the box” elicited deep paranoia and panic. Because there was absolutely no assistance available to help me (even my friends did not have a clue, or made things worse because of their own ignorance), it literally took me thirty years. Every time I approached the barrier, and every time I peeked through the Blindfold, I was literally overcome with the fear of God. In the end I eventually walked through my terrible fear of God (a fear inculcated by the priests of the Catholic Church) by standing before “him” one night and telling “him” that if “his” idea of creation involved some sick and twisted experiment where the failures ended up “incarcerated” in hell, racked in an oven, and roasted for all eternity, well then he could just #$&* right off because I did not want to have anything to do with that kind of bullshit. And if that meant eternal damnation, if confronting God and telling “him” to take his sick and twisted little game meant that he would use “his” greater power to burn me in hell, then so be it. As far as I was concerned the whole spiritual rubric taught to me by the Catholic Church was bullshit, abusive, and I no longer gave a shit.
In essence, I confronted God and told him to #$&* off.
In essence, I made a choice.
I chose to reject the evils of violence, pain, punishment, hell, and damnation.
I chose to reject the fires of hell, the autocratic abuse of authority, and the use of incarceration to punish: And I made this choice in a very powerful, profound, and pre-emptive sort of way. I made no bones about it at the time and I did not doubt my decision at all. I knew, with absolute certainty, the Path I chose, and I said it in a way that meant no turning back. I stood before God, the ultimate authority figure, and I said that if “he” wanted to take “his” power and punish me for making the “wrong” choice(s), if “he” wanted to burn me in fire, or roast me in hell, then so be it, but I would never, ever, ever have anything to do with the evils of pain, punishment, exclusion, hell, and damnation, ever.
So what happened?
Well, not what you expect. It was immediately after this experience that my life changed. It was immediately after making this choice, immediately after telling God that I wanted nothing to do with game of exclusion, violence, punishment, hell, and damnation, immediately after choosing “life” over violence and “death,” that I was freed to become the person I came here to be. To be specific, it was immediately after this experience that all the information and energy began to flow, and boy did it flow. In fact, it was a gusher. The very next day after telling God where he could shove the violent and abusive rubric of punishment and damnation, I sat down and I began to write. I wrote, in rapid succession, the Song of Creation, the Book of Life, Dossier of the Ascension, and the Book of Light. And I did not stop with those books. I just kept writing and writing until a decade later here I am, still writing, and still building the Path. Choosing life over death, choosing freedom over enslavement, and making a clear statement that I wanted nothing to do with the exclusion, hell, punishment, and damnation that the Catholic Church had said was the core and essence of God and spirituality made all the difference in the world and set me on the path that I am still on today.
Looking back, it seems almost absurd that I bought into that hogwash.
A punishing authority figure God?
A psychotic need to dominate others?
As a representation of elite authority structures (i.e. as a reflection of the actual operation of the Earth based System) it makes perfect sense. After all exclusion, judgment, punishment, and damnation (to the hells of prison) is what a human judge working for the System will do when another human doesn’t follow the rules, or makes trouble for the System. In this context the Catholic Church can be seen as providing ideological support for the System. If the ultimate authority figure and judge , God, thinks it is OK to judge and punish, then it must be OK for a human judge to do it. The Church provides a conceptual/ideological foundation that makes it look OK. But from a cosmological and psychological perspective it is just dumb, dumb, dumb.
It is an image of God as a psychopath, and of authority as callous, violent, and corrupt.
Who throws a sinner in hell just for breaking the rules?
Who burns their children alive for an eternity but a seriously sick and twisted puppy?
Who could believe that God would do such a thing, that the universe is based on such a violent rubric, or that children must suffer such violent consequences?
The absurdity is quite clear when you get past the fear that blocks you from looking at it, and I suppose the abject absurdity of it is why we are indoctrinated when we are children. Trying to instill these and fears into a fully functioning adult would be quite difficult, I think. Telling an adult not exposed to the lies of the Catholic Church the nonsense about hell and damnation would likely elicit incredulous disgust and even disdain. However, use scary tales on children and that is a different story. Children believe what an authority figure (a parent, a priest, a teacher) says with an openness, innocence, and trust that is as beautiful as it is easy to exploit. The truth is, children are defenseless against the lies of the adults who socialize them. They believe what you tell them without question.
Tell them there is a monster under the bed and they will believe you.
Tell them the astral realms are filled with demons and devils and it gives them nightmares.
Tell them that God is a punishing, asshole, patriarch and that they better do exactly what they are told to do or else they will burn, burn, burn, and they will openly and innocently believe.
When you think about it this way you can see, this is a horrible violation of trust, and a catastrophic violation of our responsibility. As adults whenever we abuse our children, whether that is through physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, neglect, or by telling them lies that they will believe because they are children, we violate a sacred trust. We use our great power to abuse and exploit another living being, and that is a “sin” in any book. This is why, I suppose, the things that we (as parents), priests, and teachers do to them is so spiritually offensive. When we do the things we do to our children, when we fill their heads with violent ideological lies that support the System, we demonstrate that we have no respect for those who are weaker, and no sense of nurturing, loving responsibility for those entrusted to our care. I am not saying this to judge and point fingers, we are all culprits here. I am just saying it so we can see the truth of how we behave, make the choices we need to make, and make the changes we need to make in order to bring ourselves back to a path of authentic awakening, activation, and ascension.
I am Michael Sharp