Does Cannabis have something deeper to teach us?
Being aware is in my opinion a very advantagable quality to posess. If one is aware they can better predict outcomes, or possible oppurtunities, obstacles are easily broken becasue one might be very aware of his situation. I’d say Wing Chun, the mentor to Bruce Lee in Ip Man (a fictionalised biopic of the grandmaster of martial arts, Yip Man….watch it if you havn’t) is probably very aware of himself, others and situations around him. And that is an advantage. He spent a good deal of time, effort, focus, and passion on achieving this advantage. And it is for his taking. Intention is a powerful thing. Once you are aware of what you want your intention moves with ease to your next destiny.
Sometimes you find many obstacles before you get to where you’re going. And I’d assume along the way you might learn a thing or two about what you need to do. And a couple things about what you ought not to do. Growing is natural. Growing spiritually as well. Everyone is on thier own journey. In a sophisticated life force or spirit I would think that would be the norm. Connecting with people, not controlling them. Growing together. There are still many pople following other people, following lights, and roads, and signs, and going to the same places every day, and not really growing per se. Yes, their vessel changes and they grow “as a person”, but as a spirit? Intention, Curiosity, Questions, Knowledge, Acceptance, Humbleness, integrity, and Respect for oneself prevails in the end.
Marijuana has been struggling for its freedom, maybe not always, but in the here and now, it has been a struggle. It grows everywhere, and anywhere it can. Without much complaint at that. It provides wonderful medicinal qualities, as well as cereberal effecs that can leave one feeling relaxed, and at times enlightened. A problem you were mulling over in your head, magically presents a solution. Or you enjoyed cleaning, and doing lawnwork so much a new project popped into your head for spring. A new drawing idea, or song. Either way it can be said that when one smokes the herb, they find inspiration. Something that is essential for life, or a least a life worth living. To be “content” and well off, taken care of, or just plain bored is something I never want to be. When you have passion for who you are and what you’re about, thats living. Marijuana has passion for life!
Marijuana helps us be what we want; meditative, relaxed, energetic, creative, respectful, healthy inside and outside. When you’re healing physically and mentally, catching that break so that you can realign and think “out of the box” you’re being you and it’s working great. Your intention can soar. Your smile is bigger and shared more often. You feel accomplished and happy, and want to share that feeling. Marijuana seems to only have good intention for us, and I hope we can revel happily in the love that has been gratefully recieved already. And Smile back.
We have all seen what happens when you love something that isnt real. Something like propaganda, or movies, (realistic all -day-action packed drama, and romantic expectations are lost on movies – two words; False Hopes) even a corrupt government, illusions that makes life hard, and seem not that much fun. It’s hard to say “trust no one”, “hide in a hole” but at times that’s what you may feel like doing. Because intention was misplaced. Maybe just lost on greed. It’s safe in my opinion, to say that something having been around far longer than any government or nation I have existed in, still pushing through has some pretty hardcore intent written in its past, present, and future destiny. Marijuana will not back down. You have to admit, as a plant that has been illegal in the United States for some time now, it sure got around anyways. I’m pretty sure my high school ceramics teacher smoked marijuana while on duty for the “saturday school kids” (being tardy and sorts gets you a fun filled four hour sat in classroom-quiet). I had one once, and I didn’t have Mr. Jones, I had some grouchy lady who could have benefitted from a little Marijuana in my opinion. My intention was to get out of highschool as fast as I could. And I did, 6 months early! woooheeee!
If you put your mind to it, anything is possible. We tell kids that all the time (I was told that) then proceed to shoot down their dreams in the most innocent of ways, without even knowing it. As well as other not so innocent ways becasue of reactions and consequences from outside factors of control beyond our reach that we cannot keep from their lives. I tell my son, “if you want your fire hose (stick) to have a water spout to put out fires, and a fire spout to throw flames, that can happen.” Job security right there. My first thought was to say “no, no that wouldn’t be productive you wouldn’t want to start more fires by confusing the buttons” but in reality, there’d probably be a safety switch, so that’s a non issue. Meaning it’s not a problem. Maybe while I amlost sqwashed a dream, or intention of creativity and spirit, I also recieved perspective. Which is important.
You can be shown pearls and becasue of ones lack in perspective, have them waste away. Intent must be recieved as it is sent out. Revolving so to speak; questions asked, acceptance, understanding, curiosity, respect, growth. These things help us move forward in so many ways. Marijuana can help us move forward in so many ways because Its intention is pure, and honest. Cannabis is Not hiding behind false hopes, and expectations. Just growing, there on the side of the road, or in a garden waiting to be read to or asked a question.
They pretty much ingrain into our little innocent minds that we want to get a career and become somebody….as if we’re not already. It would be wiser to teach kids in my humble opinion, how to be themselves and learn about what they are naturally curious and interested in then trying to teach them how to become someone important. There are many children I feel are much more intelligent than some other adults (thier natural skills lost in the assimilation). I have encountered many times where I just look at my son and think… “wow, you get it. You know something I have forgotten, or havn’t learned yet” Age is meaningless. Yes, wisdom exists beyond seniority. Well, possibly. I’m still working our reincarnation issues with that statement. Many times school has molded perfectly good kids into “respectable citizens” .. I’ve decided that what governments consider respectable people, I sometimes consider ignorant sheep without intent or passion. They do what their told, and they are happy they are being told what to do becasue they wouldn’t know what to do if they weren’t. Their intent has effectivly been lost on them. They might be due for a toke sesh. just saying.
There’s a couple great reads on the spiritual intent of marijuana and growth I found while exploring the idea of Marijuanas Higher Consciousness level. Both tie in so nicely becasue there’s a good example of how a person with poor intentions can effect the intent of Marijuana. That doesn’t mean it’s not okay to use for fun, but just shows that you can’t blame the messenger. Marijuana is not responsible for humanity, rather a bringer of knowledge, perspective, and possibly a new way to see ourselves, and become “A Higher Self”. Heh heh.
Resurrection of the Higher Self
[ Erowid Note: This document provides an interesting look into a group advocating the intentional, spiritual, and transformative use of cannabis. The views expressed in this interview share many similiarities with some other cannabis-positive writings and metaphysical viewpoints, but which are not well represented in the Erowid archives, despite their prevalence. ]
THE HIGHER SELF
Blake: “What I meant was, that marijuana can be a powerful tool for self improvement if used with the proper focus.”
MB: “What do you mean it can be a powerful tool?”
Blake: “This plant has the potential for use as a psychoactive booster of consciousness. It is a kind of ‘psychic vitamin’ that can expand ones’ abilities mentally, psychically and spiritually.”
MB: “In certain Native cultures substances such as peyote and psychoactive mushrooms are used for self exploration. Is this what you mean?”
Blake: “Self exploration is actually only a part of this. In native cultures, psychoactive substances are also used to gain what are considered spiritual powers, psychic enhancements, altered and deepened perceptions of truth, greater inner strength, energy, mental alertness and flexibility. Perhaps even more importantly, these substances are used to gain spiritual realization and refinement. They are even used as an aid to unify ones self with Nature and God.”
MB: “And you include marijuana as one of the substances which can accomplish these things?”
Blake: “Yes we do.”
MB: “Don’t you think that if marijuana had such potentials that people would have discovered them long ago? I mean, everyone ‘gets high’ at one time or another, but no one I know of gains any psychic powers or finds God through weed.”
Blake: “In reference to the first part of your question, people did actually discover the spiritual potentials of marijuana long ago. References to this herb in the ancient Vedic texts of India, indicate that it was being used by Rishis and Yogis at that time to gain deepened perceptions. As for the fact that ‘everyone gets high’ as you said, yet few find God or greater personal power, this is just a result of cultural influences. Lets look at it this way. Compare marijuana to driving a car. As soon as you take a puff you’re behind the drivers’ seat. The engine’s running and you can go anywhere you want. But just because you own a car though, does not guarantee that you will take it to useful, productive or enlightening places. You may just drive in circles, get in a wreck or simply drive it off a cliff. It all depends upon your intention when you’re driving as to where you end up, and what you’ll do when you get there. Marijuana is the same way. Although it contains great potentials for self-transformation and can take you to places you never dreamed of, its effect is still primarily limited to the mind that is driving it, so to speak.”
MB: “So you’re saying that the usual effect of just ‘getting stoned’ and oblivious to the world, is due more to user error than to the substance itself.”
Blake: “That is exactly what I mean, and what a pity! Most people just get high within the usual party mode of stimulating amusements, simply because this is the only intention they hold when smoking it.”
Here’s the socond…
By: Teal Swan
Cannabis and Spirituality (Is Pot a Beneficial Spiritual Drug?)
“Pot, otherwise known as cannabis or marijuana, is considered a spiritual medicine and has been used as such since 2000 BC because it is a psychoactive drug. Pot is considered psychoactive because it can alter one’s state of consciousness. Altering one’s consciousness helps them to break free of illusion and the restriction of limited perception.
All plants possess unique energetic frequencies and those frequencies can teach a new way of thinking and being. Cannabis teaches about a great many things including: The path of least resistance, oneness, surrender, release, letting go, present moment, “Livity”, communion, allowing, the impermanence and illusion of the physical dimension, the frailness of boundaries, inhibition, the unhealthiness of control, the fear that lies behind the bold, confident mask of the ego and effortless being.
People react very differently to cannabis; this is because the vibratory rate of the plant is in fact what is altering people’s state of consciousness. An individual human holds a unique vibration. When a person interacts with cannabis, the vibratory rate of that individual has to change in order to match the frequency of the cannabis in order to stay a match to sharing a reality where both the plant and the person coexist. In shamanic tradition, these psychoactive plants (including cannabis) were seen as gatekeepers or tunnel guardians between realms. This matching of frequencies or resonating between person and plant is called “friending”. Friending the plant, allows you to pass between realms. This resonance effect drastically increases when the medicine is ingested. The vibrational resonance causes a cascade of physiological reactions occur, most especially the inhibition of neurotransmitters. It inhibits the brain from functioning at normal capacity. This provides a great deal of relief to many people, who are bombarded by their own resistant thoughts.
The brain is a transceiver of information that is designed to create the illusion of a static 3-D dimension for the purpose of learning. The physical dimension is a learning hologram. When the transceiver is affected or inhibited by certain drugs, the illusion of the physical dimension begins to dismantle and a person can feel or see beyond this dimension into other dimensions and realities. When the transceiver is incapacitated, a person is enables to allow more of his or her own pure being to be fully present and unrestricted. But people react differently to the plant. The question is…why?
A person reacts differently to cannabis for two main reasons. 1) Because people have different vibratory rates. Your enjoyment of cannabis, or lack there of, is directly related to whether the plant holds a higher vibration than you do, or whether you hold a higher vibration than it does. If the plant holds a higher vibration than you do, you are most likely going to experience a sense of calm euphoria and a dramatic reduction of pain in your body. If your vibratory rate is higher, you will most likely experience paranoia and other unwanted side effects from the medicine. 2) Because cannabis is extremely responsive to intention. It enhances the truth of this reality, which is that intention directs energy and intention creates your experience. If you set an intention for what you want cannabis to help you do, it will have that effect. If you do not, it will respond according to the intention of your subconscious. This means if your subconscious wants you to know about something that is plaguing it, or if your subconscious fears the loss of personal boundaries, taking cannabis will enable your subconscious to fulfill it’s intention and you will come face to face with your fears.
The number one benefit of cannabis is that it helps people to release resistance. By affecting the brain like it does, it inhibits the brain from focusing on and translating the resistant, stressful thoughts that cause a negative emotional response within the body. This is why it is so effective at reducing stress. And this is also why it is so effective for the use of pain management. Pain is a symptom of resistance. By causing a person to release resistance and “flow downstream with life” a person is free to be who they really are. More of their true essence is present in the absence of resistance and this is why people often undergo such intense spiritual experiences while under the influence of cannabis. But this is also why it is used recreationally.”
Marijuana has shown, through the ages that its intent is TO BE. To be free, to be accepted, accepting, welcomed, welcoming, loved, loving, understood, overstanding, cared for, and connected to. Marijuana wants us all to connect. As we come closer to one another and understand our true selves. we shall revel in the fact that intention is all we need to do this.
I want to dedicate this Ode to a flower, a Marijuana flower. I found this sweet poem in a book I have called “Peace is Every Step” ” The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life” Forward by H.H. The Dalai Lama. It has a wealth of applicable information in it, along with really sweet poems and shorts essays”
In one Called Flower Insights this poem appears at the end. Said to be written ‘by a friend of mine who died at the age of twenty-eight in Saigon, about thirty years ago”
Stnding quietly by the fence,
you smile your wondrous smile.
I am speechless, and my senses are filled
by the sounds of your beautiful song,
beginningless and endless.
I bow deeply to you.
“You” refers to a flower, a dahlia. That morning he passded by a fence, he saw that little flower deeply and, struck by the sight of it, he stopped and wrote that poem”
“There is a story about a flower which is well known in the Zen circles. One day the Buddha held up a flower in front of an audience of 1,250 monks and nuns. He did not say anything for quite a long time. The audience was perfectly silent. Everyone seemed to be thinking hard, trying to see the meaning behind the Buddha’s gesture. Then, suddenly, the Buddha smiled. He smiled because someone in the audience smiled at him and at the flower. The name of that monk was Mahakashyapa. He was the only person who smiled, and the Buddha smiled back and said,”I have a treasure of insight, and I have transmitted it to Mahakashyapa.” That story has been disscussed by many generations of Zen students, and people continue to look for its meaning. To me the meaning is quite simple. When someone holds up a flower and shows it to you, he wants you to see it. If you keep thinking, you miss the flower. The person who was not thinking, who was just himself, was able to encounter the flower in depth, and he smiled.”
“That is the problem of life. If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. When a child presents himself to you with his smile,if you are not really there-thinking about the future or the past-then the child is not really there for you. The technique of being alive is to go back to yourself in order for the child to appear like a marvelous reality. Then you can see him smile and you can embrace him in your arms.”