- 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
- There are also many benefits of authentic connection practice. When one achieves even a very brief connection, one may experience
- Scientific insight and inspiration 6
- Enhanced intellectual power. 7
- The expansion of existential and life meaning 8, and actualization of one’s higher self 9
- Epiphany 10, enhanced insight, and sudden enlightenment 11
- Expansion of love and empathy 12
- 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.
- Dramatic improvement in physical health and well-being 15
- Ecstasy 16
- Transcendence 17
- And more…
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.