Did you know that there are many people that place cannabis in the psychedelic category?
Seems strange, I know. As a culture, when we hear the word psychedelic, we think of the 1970’s and groovy colors. We think of magic mushrooms or other hallucinogens.
We recall horror stories that have been shared and passed around about “bad trips” and destructive behavior.
Although the term psychedelic does include compounds that produce hallucinations, it also includes compounds that expand consciousness.
Consciousness is a term that gets tossed around a lot these days, often with confusing and contradictory references, so if you’re new to a lot of this stuff, it may seem confusing.
In quick summary, there are two elements of consciousness that are separate, but also interchangeable. (I told you, it’s confusing.)
There is Universal or Divine Consciousness and then there is consciousness of man.
Universal Consciousness, also known as God, Source, or whatever word fits here for you, is the external Higher Power.
Consciousness of man is the synergy of your particular spirit and mind, and all that encompasses those two aspects of your being. From your spiritual connection to God to your conditioned beliefs about yourself, and everything in between. It Is your awareness of your internal and external experience.
The best way I can describe it is that Universal Consciousness or God is the ocean, and your consciousness is one single droplet of water from that ocean.
It is the same entity, but it expresses differently. God is expressing through you and as you, and you still carry human thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
The intention of a spiritual journey of any kind is to more intimately align your consciousness to the Divine Consciousness.
When you introduce a compound or plant that expands your consciousness, it opens up and reveals the human elements of your being so that you can more deeply connect to and understand the Universal Consciousness.
In this connection, you become aware of your conditioned beliefs, your patterns, your emotions, your suffering and your impact on the people around you and the earth.
This awareness can be challenging to face. It’s challenging to face and acknowledge the ways in which you were unconscious or unaware for so long. It’s challenging to face deep-seated pain and grief that you haven’t been able to see. It’s challenging to accept and acknowledge the harm done to you and the harm you may have done to others.
But only in this awareness, do we find our freedom.
We have to work through the emotional layers of our human experience in order to co-exist with God in heaven on earth.
We have to see, feel and release the emotional wounding that is expressing through us as unconscious behavior and actions.
We have to cultivate deep compassion for ourselves and for others as we heal.
We have to stop saying, “I’m fine.”
Cannabis serves as a gentle companion as you explore what this concept of expanding consciousness actually means. There is no teaching that will help you fully understand until you actually experience it for yourself.
As you begin to use cannabis with intention and respect, you will begin to notice shifts in your consciousness. As you become more aware and more compassionate, you become more like the Source of compassion, Itself. Like Spirit, like God.
This can be done in solitude or with friends. Set an intention, create an environment that is safe and nurturing. Consume cannabis and find stillness with yourself. Quiet the thinking mind. Feel the energy in your body. Relax and deeply surrender. Observe what comes up for you.
Afterwards, journal about your experience or share in a circle. And then repeat.
Cannabis is a tool. Its a psychedelic. Its a teacher and a guide.
Leverage its power for your growth.
I love you.