Explorations

This page contains a list of Lightning Path explorations. Explorations are articles, annotations, audios, and films aimed to get you thinking about the content provided in the LP curriculum. The explorations can contain some additional commentary, useful for providing context and additional information, as well as significant quotes, etc.

Explorations are organized by LP level of difficulty. Beginner explorations assume you have read or are reading beginner level spiritual material, intermediate  level explorations assume you’ve read intermediate level LP materials, and advanced level explorations assume you are reading (or have read) advanced level materials. There’s a lot of information at each of the LP levels so be sure to take your time going through the various materials.

Some more advanced scholarly articles are included in the explorations. Where possible, summaries of the content are provided, just in case you find the articles dry, arid, and overly complex.

  • Klaatu: We’re Off You Know

    Introducing the band Klaatu, a Canadian band from the 1970s with music and songs that are remarkably aligned and in tune. I'll be posting their songs as explorations, at appropriate levels, and the first song I'd like to post is the first song from their second album Hope. The song is entitled We're off you know and it perfectly captures the intent and feeling that I want to convey to you now, which is that moving forward is not about judgment, punishment, worthiness, testing, or anything of that dark ilk. It's just about opening your eyes, facing the warmth of the sun, and Joyfully climbing on board.

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  • Understanding the stress response

    This is a an article that details the body’s stress response, which includes rapid breathing, a cascading hormonal response, and physiological changes. The message of the article is clear. Chronic stress leads to significant bodily damage. In the context of LP teachings, which counsel an individual to avoid damage, the lesson is clear; avoid chronic […]

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  • Are Scientists Spiritual

    There is an erroneous assumption, really more of an indoctrinated meme, that scientists are, by virtue of their higher intelligence and rationality, essentially atheist. The masses are told that scientists don't believe in God. Heck, scientists are told, in no uncertain terms, that they don't believe in God. If they do, and as I have learned, they are opened to ridicule and attack from what we might want to call "system gatekeepers." As it turns out however, the assumption is wrong. While most scientists wouldn't believe in what I call Church God, they do believe in something.

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  • Ding Dong the Alpha Male is Dead

    This is an article about the notion of the “Alpha Male.” As I point out in this article, there is no such thing as an alpha male. Even the scientist who coined the term has retracted it, or attempted to. The university press through which he published his book won’t let him. Hmm? Now that’s […]

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  • Toxic Socialization

    Most traditional spirituality, be they Eastern or Western, have something to say about pain and suffering, and that something is usually that it is a part of life. Buddhists say don't be attached. Hindus say, part of your karma. Christian's say, it's God's way of testing you or making you stronger. None of this is true. As you learn on the LP, there's no such thing as Karma, God doesn't test and punish with suffering and violence, and non-attachment is no way to deal with the avoidable suffering caused by greedy, power grubbing human hands. You can believe that crap is you want, but be aware, as more and more science is showing, and as this article summarizes, suffering and violence doesn't make us stronger, it hurts us to the core, causing physical, emotional, psychological, and even spiritual trauma and disease. More to the point, violence and toxicity disconnect us from Consciousness, which is the exact opposite of what you want to do when following an authentic spiritual path. My advice to you is, don't buy the BS. If you want to follow an authentic spiritual path, quit justifying violence and abuse and see it for what it really is, an assault on our essential spiritual nature and attempt to shut our connections down and reduce us to the instincts of animal survival.

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  • What is Socialization?

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  • Dangerous Memories – Slavery, Mysticism, and Transformation

    Since Marx first declared religion to be the opiate of the masses, institutions of religion and spirituality have often been resisted by scholars. The assumption of many seems to always be that religion is either a reactionary response to difficult realities or a mere illusion, delusion, or epiphenomenon of brain/social function. This paper looks at the “authentic core” of religious institutions, religious experience,and, using biographical examples from the literature, argues that far from being a reactionary holdout of our primitive past, religion and spirituality are, in fact, essentially revolutionary in content. It is suggested that, in the context of a growing global ecological, political, and economic crises, the revolutionary core of religion and spirituality has to be examined, recovered, and even embraced as part of any local or global strategy of 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. It references quite a few key sources that will be interesting for any scholar or scientists willing to take shallow dive into the rabbit hole, so to speak. This is not a very good "how to," but it is useful to get you thinking in the right direction. After reading this article you'll be asking yourself, how to you go from "reducing" consciousness in the body to expanding it. That is of course what the Lightning Path is about. The Lightning Path is all about moving the physical unit forward into better/higher connections with the Consciousness of creation.

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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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  • 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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  • From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Science and Technology of Mass Human Behaviour

    Superficially, it appears that humans enjoy a wide variety of spiritual and religious traditions. In fact, the vast majority of human belief systems are rooted in the same proto-Iranian soil and share many identical “old energy” archetypal nodes. These nodes, while they may have once been an appropriate part of humanities evolutionary drive forward, are no longer sensible, can no longer be sustained, and, if the human race is to survive, must be quickly, and definitively, replaced. This paper explores the origin of this plant’s archetypal nodes, the dangers (violence, holocaust, ecological destruction) they now represent, and some nascent alternatives that may provide an initial model on how to proceed with the discovery and replacement of ancient old energy nodes.

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  • Greater Bundahishn

    The “Greater Bundahishn” is a Zoroastrian document that provides the basic, protoype statements of judgment, punishment, end of the world, and damnation. The translation linked to here is an interesting read and bears frighteningly close resemblance to the Catholic Church’s version of things, leading me to think that the Catholic Church’s founding “fathers” directly stole […]

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  • Michael Jackson – All I Want to Say is They Don’t Really Care About Us

    Most people are unaware of this, but towards the end of his life, Michael Jackson became increasingly political, calling out the PTB and inciting peaceful global revolution. In this song, Michael gathers "the people" (the poor, the incarcerated, the disenfranchised) under his wing and takes direct aim at the The System and PTB, actually goosing them at one point. This, and a few other songs and albums, show his increasing awareness of The System and the problems it brings.

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  • Klaatu – We’re off you know

    This is a song from the second album of my favorite band in the whole world. In my view, this is a wholly positive message about the shifting of consciousness and the ascension of physical creation.

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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

    The Book of Jude is the penultimate book of the Christian Bible. It appears just before the final book, which is Revelations. The Book of Jude is a short book with a simple message which is simply this: be on your guard because the Faith has been infiltrated and The Word compromised. In the annotation, […]

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  • The Sociology of Tarot

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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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  • Gospel of John

    The Gospel of John is one of the four main gospels chosen by the Church at the Council of Hippo to be included in the 27 books of the Holy Bible. It is also part of five books (known as the Johannine literature) attributed to John the Apostle. A few key themes run through this […]

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  • Sons of the Doctrine

    As I was researching this morning, searching for the origin of the ideology of tarot, and reading the introduction to A.E. Waite’s Pictorial Key to the Tarot, I came across the proper noun “Sons of the Doctrine.” Being extremely fortunate to live in the age of the Web, I used a private web search engine […]

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  • I Am/We Are

    I Am/We Are is a poem by Michael Sharp. The poem is written from the perspective of your higher Self or Resident Monadic Consciousness. In this poem higher Self greets a bodily self (i.e. Bodily Ego) that just realized its relationship. The greeting is warm and loving. As part self’s awakening to Self, self self […]

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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

    The Sophia of Christ is a gnostic text. It is part of collection of wisdom texts, which are transcriptions of teachings that Jesus Christ gave to his disciplines in an elevent year period after the resurrection of his body. This text is annoted by Michael Sharp. The annotations contain explanations, where possible, links to LP […]

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  • Medical Marijuana for Psychiatric Disorders

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

    This article details the creation of a Mysticism Scale or M-Scale. This scale has been used by researchers to identify/research/analyze mystical experiences for decades. Work continues on validation and refinement of this scale. External ResourceView Reource

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  • A Theory of Human Motivation

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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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  • 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 held accountable for over a half century of unnecessary psychological and emotional suffering.

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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. External ResourceThis is an external resource. Click the following link to view

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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”. External ResourceView Reource

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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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  • 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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