1. Spiritual practice involves healing our mind and emotions so we can engage in effective Connection Practice. There are many forms of effective connection practice. These include
    1. indigenous dreaming and visions quests 1,
    2. drumming
    3. western, eastern, and indigenous meditative practices 2,
    4. practices of fasting 3
    5. Mindfulness4 mindful/controlled breathing 5.
    6. the use of Connection Supplements
  2. There are also many benefits of authentic connection practice. When one achieves even a very brief connection, one may experience
    1. Scientific insight and inspiration 6
    2. Enhanced intellectual power. 7
    3. The expansion of existential and life meaning 8, and actualization of one’s higher self 9
    4. Epiphany 10, enhanced insight, and sudden enlightenment 11
    5. Expansion of love and empathy 12
    6. Gradual or even dramatic improvements in mental and emotional health, what psychologists refer to as Quantum Change or Transformational Change 13, including a release from suffering. Brian Wilson, founder of AA, was cured of his alcoholism by a powerful Connection Event 14.
    7. Dramatic improvement in physical health and well-being 15
    8. Ecstasy 16
    9. Transcendence 17
    10. And more…

Footnotes

1Ignatia Broker, Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrative (Minnesota: Minnesota Historial Society Press, 1983), https://amzn.to/2UFatVZ; Vine Jr. Deloria, The World We Used to Live In: Remembering the Powers of the Medicine Men (Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 2006); Holger Kalweit, Dreamtime and Inner Space: The World of the Shaman (Boston: Shambhala, 1988); Julian Rice, Before the Great Spirit: The Many Faces of Sioux Spirituality (University of New Mexico, 1998), https://amzn.to/2C9fM5E.

2“How To Meditate: Zazen Instructions,” Zen Mountain Monastery, March 19, 2018, https://zmm.org/teachings-and-training/meditation-instructions/; James Cowan, “Wild Stones: Spiritual Discipline and Psychic Power Among Aboriginal Clever Men” 17, no. 1 & 2 (1985); Andrew Newberg, “The Neurobiology of Spiritual Transformation,” in Spiritual Transformation and Healing: Anthropological, Theological, Neuroscientific, and Clinical Perspectives, ed. P Hefner and J Koss-Chioino (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006); St. Teresa of Avila, Interior Castle, Kindle (New York: Dover Publications, 2007), https://amzn.to/2GpC7NG.

3Michael Harner, Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality (Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 2013); Spencer L. Rogers, The Shaman: His Symbols and His Healing Power (Illinois: Charles Thomas Publishers, 1982).

4D.T. Suzuki, An Introduction to Zen Buddhism (Grove Press, 1994), https://amzn.to/2Tp6gWG.

5Stanislav Grof, “Technologies of the Sacred Part Two,” The International Journal of Humanities and Peace 15, no. 1 (1999): 93–96; Christina Grof and Stanislav Grof, The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crises (Penguin, 1990), https://amzn.to/2UtkgP1; Thich Nhat Hanh, The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh (Boulder: Shambhala, 2012); Michele Jamal, Shape Shifter: Shaman Women in Contemporary Society (New York: Arkana, 1987).

6Charles Muses and Arthur M Young, eds., Consciousness and Reality: The Human Pivot Point (New York: Discus Books, 1972).

7Karl Hanes, “Unusual Phenomena Associated With a Transcendent Human Experience: A Case Study,” The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology 44, no. 1 (2012): 26–47.

8Alan Watts, This Is It and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience, Kindle Edition (Random House, 1973), https://amzn.to/2IYr2rv.

9Abraham Maslow and Clark E. Moustakas, “Self-Actualization People : A Study of Psychological Health,” in The Self: Explorations in Personal Growth (Harper Colophon, 1956), 160–94.

10Martin Bidney, “Epiphany in Autobiography: The Quantum Changes of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.,” Journal of Clinical Psychology 60, no. 5 (May 2004): 471–80.

11William L. White, “Transformational Change: A Historical Review.,” Journal of Clinical Psychology 60, no. 5 (May 2004): 461–70.

12Bobbi Parish, Create Your Personal Sacred Text: Develop and Celebrate Your Spiritual Life (Harmony, 1999), https://amzn.to/2I4zRi7.

13Thomas H. Bien, “Quantum Change and Psychotherapy,” Journal of Clinical Psychology, no. 5 (2004): 493; William R Miller and Janet C’de Baca, Quantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives (New York: The Guildford Press, 2001), https://amzn.to/2D1gYZo; Emmylou Rahtz et al., “Transformational Changes in Health Status: A Qualitative Exploration of Healing Moments,” EXPLORE 13, no. 5 (September 1, 2017): 298–305, doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2017.06.005.

14Alcoholics Anonymous, ‘PASS IT ON’ The Story of Bill Wilson and How the A.A. Message Reached the World, Kindle (New York: AA World Services, 1984), https://amzn.to/2XKQNP5.

15Larry Dossey, Space, Time, and Medicine, vol. 11 (Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1982), https://amzn.to/2Vs6nBL.

16Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, trans. Grace Warrack (Christian Classics Ethereal Library, 1901), https://amzn.to/2I1hnyZ; R.C. Zaehner, Mysticism Sacred and Profane (New York: Oxford University Press, 1969), https://amzn.to/2LcdkCl.

17A. H. Maslow, The Farther Reaches of Human Nature (New York: Viking, 1971), https://amzn.to/2FW0vpX.

 

 

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