For far too many years, I ran into definite hostility among many Americans, especially devout church-goers and political conservatives, when I spoke openly of marijuana as a spiritual aid in one's life. Finally this theme is rising to the fore as a mainstream discussion, now that marijuana is more legal or at least semi-legal in our society. And yes, a growing number of Americans who use cannabis are joining the chorus singing pot's praises as a meditative aid.
To reinforce this new vision of marijuana as an adjunct of meditation, a new book is available called Cannabis And Spirituality, edited by Stephen Gray. In the book, 17 expert contributors share their professional perspective on the spiritual power of marijuana in our contemporary lives.
As Gray says, cannabis is "... truly a medicine for body and soul. And one of cannabis’s greatest gifts is its remarkable potential for spiritual healing and awakening."
In this authoritative guide, as mentioned in its reviews, "Stephen Gray and 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.
By 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 that cannabis is an effective ally on the awakening journey, unlocking the receptive energy in us all, and helping us feel connected to nature, to each other, and to ourselves.
Both for individual readers and in a Cannabis Club setting, this book will help spur discussions on how using a plant as spiritual medicine can help us heal our bent frames and aspire toward inner awakening and realization.
MERGING MEDITATION & MARIJUANA
A primary grounding principle of our High Together team and MindfullyHigh Cannabis Cubs is that a healthy balance of 'high and normal' is the best path. When marijuana is approached with clear spiritual intent and mindful practice, it's use can definitely help expand consciousness and reveal inner secrets and potential ... but from my observation, 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 pot in my twenties quite often to 'run away' from a world I found too materialistic and violent and close-minded to participate in. But ultimately the solution wasn't to run away into a smoke haze - we all must learn this fact one way or another.
The solution to dealing with a challenging and often depressing outside world seems to be to take more responsibility for the quality of our own inner experience - and to use our high times to also advance our meditative journey. This combination will lead to finding a healthy and often quite-spiritual balance between high and normal.
Steven Gray's book will help!
Cannabis & Spirituality