For far too many years, I experienced definite hostility among many Americans, especially those holding to a particular religious faith, when I spoke openly regarding marijuana as a spiritual aid in one's life. Finally this theme is rising to the fore as a mainstream discussion, now that grass is more and more legal or at least semi-legal in our society. And the resounding echo coming from millions of Americans who use grass is that YES it is a great blessing to have 'the people's plant' active in one's spiritual explorations.
A new book is available now, called Cannabis And Spirituality, edited by Stephen Gray with 17 expert contributors sharing their perspective on the spiritual power of marijuana in contemporary lives. As Gray says, "... truly a medicine for body and soul, one of cannabis’s greatest gifts is its remarkable potential for spiritual healing and awakening."
In this authoritative guide, as mentioned in its reviews, "editor Stephen Gray and 17 other influential voices of the modern cannabis movement explore the spiritual benefits of cannabis, and offer guidance on how to interact with the intelligence of this plant ally, a companion and supporter of humanity for millennia. Revealing the potential of “the people’s plant” to enhance a wide range of spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, chanting, visualization, shamanism and spirit work, this guide shows how cannabis is an effective ally on the awakening journey, unlocking the receptive energy in us all and helping us to feel connected to nature, to each other, and to ourselves."
Either for individual reading or in a Cannabis Club setting, this book will help spur discussions on the topic of whether and how and why using a plant as spiritual medicine can help us heal our bent frames and aspire toward inner awakening and realization. The MindfullyHigh App has been designed to help encourage this meditational use of grass, and we are in deep resonance with the general movement to finally honor and employ cannabis in all spiritual practices, as an adjunct to inner exploration and wisdom.
However, a primary grounding principle of the MindfullyHigh team and our MindfullyHigh Cannabis Cubs is that a healthy balance of 'high and normal' is the best path - grass used with clear spiritual intent and mindful practice can definitely help expand consciousness and reveal inner secrets and potential - but being high too often can also dull the spiritual senses and actually reduce consciousness.
Each of us must find our own sense of balance in this regard. I personally love my non-high states equally to high states, and tend to never light up until the day's work is done and I'm off-duty and able to just 'be' for a couple hours. I've had years of no cannabis at all in my life, and yes, years when I smoked quite a lot. I did use grass in my twenties quite often to 'run away' from a world I found too materialistic and violent and close-minded to participate in.
But the solution wasn't to run away into a smoke haze, as we all must learn one way or another. The solution to dealing with the outside world was to take more responsibility for the quality of my own inner experience. That realization led to finding a healthy and often quite-spiritual balance between high and normal ...
Check out Steven Gray's book!
Cannabis & Spirituality
And here's a very intelligent video
based on the above book:
"Cannabis Spiritual Effects"