If you think the idea of cannabis as a sacrament that’s used to become one with God is silly, consider that this is exactly what it’s been used for throughout history.
It was a huge part of religious ceremonies for various ancient cultures that were aware of the power of this and other ‘teacher plants’ to induce spiritual awakening, and if we could shift the way we see this plant, we’d see why they held it in such high regard.
These days, it’s written off as a drug that makes you lazy and unmotivated to contribute to society. In reality, it doesn’t take most cannabis users long to become motivated to address our problems when they realize how broken the world in which they live really is.
Spiritual Cannabis Use
Not every cannabis user is religious or spiritual, but you’d be surprised to find how many use it for a specifically spiritual purpose. For many, cannabis is an intrinsic part of their spirituality; they may feel that meditation or other practices are incomplete without it.
Depending upon the specifics of their spirituality, they may also learn to spend time away from the plant so they can clear their head and reduce their chance of relying on it.
It’s just as possible to become psychologically hooked on cannabis as it is fast food, gambling or anything else that makes you feel good.
However, for the religious or spiritual cannabis user, it’s not about feeling good but exploring new territory and bringing back something of substance for the rest of humanity.
They’re not catching a buzz or escaping reality; they’re transcending the limited aspects of this reality and stepping into a new state of consciousness free of the distortions and distractions that cloud our awareness.
The plant gives them the freedom to explore this vibrant, refined state, and many find it necessary to rebel against a world that pushes them to conform. This is different from ceasing to contribute to society out of laziness or a lack of motivation. This is driven, determined rebellion, and their motivation is a higher vibration and a new world.
Intention, Intention, Intention
According to Emily Syane at Smoking With Style, many spiritual cannabis users are aware that what you get from the herb depends upon what you intend to get. She advises being clear on your intention when using it, whether you use it to eat, get to sleep, treat pain, meditate, or for any other purpose.
What you think it’ll do for you is exactly what it’ll do.
Various factors are involved with cannabis use (potency, the sensitivity and mindset of each user, etc.), and among the most important is what you intend to experience.
If you’re aware of this, you can use the plant to help you with virtually any area of life; especially meditation and creativity.
Emily writes that cannabis can not only assist meditation, but aid energy body and the expansion of consciousness.
It’s been known as the ‘sacred herb’ for eons because of its association with religious transformation, and most people who experiment with it spiritually can confirm that it awakens something that was previously inaccessible.
Cannabis and the Chakras
Vedic literature explains the concept of the seven chakras (or energy centers) in the physical and spiritual body.
They run from the base of the body to above the top of the head, and some believe cannabis opens them and creates a flow of energy from a higher consciousness to be used for meditation, creativity and any other worthy pursuit.
It’s as if the plant grants short-term enlightenment (though the cannabis high probably doesn’t hold a candle to actual enlightenment), and it can have long term positive effects for those who want to know themselves and share their self-knowledge with the world.
As a result of the opening of the chakras, the spiritual cannabis user is often able to connect with others more openly and authentically. Their connection with God and nature is also enhanced.
These positive personal changes require conscious intention like every other aspect of the plant’s use, and Emily recommends being centered in the heart during a cannabis experience to get the most out of the connection you’ll feel with every living thing.
(Continued in part 2 tomorrow. Sources embedded in article.)
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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness, June 10, 2016 – http://tinyurl.com/gshaag2