Lightning Path Readings and Annotations

This page contains a list of Lightning Path readings and annotations. Readings are articles and resources intended to enhance your LP study and learning. Annotations are readings where I (Michael Sharp) or some other advanced LP student has “highlighted and annotated” the text. Annotations are designed to provide context, direction, and additional insight into significant, important, and or complex readings. Note that annotations and readings  are be organized by level of study. Guests to the website have access to guest readings. In all other cases, student membership and access upgrades are required.

  • Are Scientists Spiritual

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  • Ding Dong the Alpha Male is Dead

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  • Dangerous Memories – Slavery, Mysticism, and Transformation

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  • The Brain as Filter: On Removing the Stuffing from the Keyhole

    This is a remarkable article. It is a strong statement that you can’t simply reduce consciousness to the neural operations of the brain. Well worth the read. Student Level: View Resource

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  • Pure consciousness events and mysticism

    A philosophical article that attempts to provide support for the fact that mystical experiences actually do exist, and are not just delusions or constructions. The author concludes, essentially, that if some people report having these experiences then these experiences do in fact exist. This is much like saying “cold air” exists because of our experience […]

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  • The Use of LSD D Lysergic Acid Diethylamide in the Therapy of Children*

    An early article from the sixties that summarizes pioneering research on the use of LSD to treat autistic and schizophrenic children. As a comment, if this is  true and if LSD was a “new hope” for the treatment of hardcore psychosis, the folks who made this illegal, and those who still fight it, should be […]

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  • Treatment of Childhood Schizophrenia Utilizing LSD and Psilocybin

    An article that discusses the profound healing capacity of entheogen induced connection experiences. Student Level: View Resource Quotes from the ArticleThe ward in which these children lived was in a state of constant pandemonium. The ward housed some sixty children ranging in age from four to twelve who were the most severely disturbed children of […]

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  • The Phenomenon of Quantum Change

    This is an article that points to transformative change as the result of mystical experience. It is based on a small research study conducted in Albuquerque New New Mexico. Describes two types of quantum change, a “Mystical Epiphany Type” and an “Insightful Type”. Student Level: View Resource Quotes from the ArticleIt is the stuff of […]

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  • Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why*

    This is a fascinating look at how often the "Word of God," as represented by the Christian Bible, has been interferred with. Anybody reading this is left with the uncomfortable impression that a lot of critical details of Jesus's life and teachings have been lost, suppressed, and/or otherwise destroyed by people who simply didn't want the people to have access to the authentic teachings of Christ.

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  • Jesus Uncensored: Restoring the Authentic Jew*

    This book points to the fact that the Jewish people did not murder Jesus. Starr marshals a ton of scriptural and historical evidence to show that this is the case. In the process he inadvertendly points the fingers directly at the people who are actually responsible for Christ's murder.

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  • Understanding the stress response

    An article that details the body’s stress response, which includes rapid breathing, a cascading hormonal response, and physiological changes. Chronic stress leads to significant bodily damage. The significance of deep breathing to calm the bodies stress reaction. Student Level: Beginner View Resource Quotes from the ArticleDr. Herbert Benson, director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for […]

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  • Toxic Socialization

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  • What is Socialization?

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  • Gospel of John

    This content is available to LP Students Only. To access this content, register and login.Additional ReadingsJesus Uncensored: Restoring the Authentic JewMisquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

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  • The New Narcissism

    An article that reveals old energy ideology in "new age" spirituality and spiritual therapies.

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  • The Book of Jude

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  • The Sociology of Tarot

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  • Antisocial and Psychopathic Personality Disorders: Causes, Course, and Remission—A Review Article

    A strong article that reviews decades of research in support of the link between toxic environments and the development of mental and emotional disorder, in this case antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) or psychopathy.

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  • Early experience in humans is associated with changes in neuropeptides critical for regulating social behavior

    A study that finds key brain neurbiological mechanisms of emotion, empathy, attachment, and social functioning are seriously damaged by simple lack of physical contact (read emotional, psychological, and physical neglect) in early infanthood.

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  • I Am/We Are

    This resources is labeled as a lp_read_master resource, but it is made publically available. Keep in mind, however, that as an lp_read_master level resource, its full meaning may not be clear to guest or students studying at a foundational level of study.I Am/We Are is a poem by Michael Sharp. The poem is written from […]

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  • January 2017 Issue of Yoga

    An introduction to Hatha Yoga from the Bihar School of Yoga in Bihar, India.

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  • How to Safely Awaken the Kundalini

    An article on chakra/kundalini activation.

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  • Cannabinoids promote embryonic and adult hippocampus neurogenesis and produce anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like effects

    A fascinating article that suggests cannabis is possible of promoting neurogenesis (i.e. growth of new nerve pathways) in the brain. The implication is that cannabanoids may be used to rewire the human brain and fix damage done in childhood, adolescence!

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  • Psilocybin-assisted treatment for alcohol dependence: A proof-of-concept study

    An example of a growing body of science that demonstrates the healing impact of entheogens. This one covers Psilocybin

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  • The Sophia of Christ

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  • The Construction and Preliminary Validation of a Measure of Reported Mystical Experience

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  • A Theory of Human Motivation

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  • Eupsychia -The Good Society

    The article Eupsychia: The Good Society is an article from 1961 outlining Maslow’s thinking concerning utopia. It is included here because of a) clear linkages to LP concepts and ideas, basic (but useful) statements about the nature of healing and awakening.

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