Is marijuana OK from a spiritual point of view?

No, it’s not the magical doorway to cosmic consciousness that many hope for.

Now it’s possible that you didn’t want to hear that brief and definite answer. However, this negative response is not a vague bias. There are specific adverse effects that marijuana has on your aura and on your soul, and this affects your spiritual development. You won’t generally hear about these insights, because the people speaking about this topic, whether in favor or against, generally lack the subtle energy sensitivity to describe what happens to your energy field when you put marijuana in your body.

Of course, it is possible that you agree with these conclusions about the inadvisability of smoking this substance, but it’s important to clarify exactly why marijuana is a problem, because otherwise, the argument about it can get sidetracked. For example…

One of the superficial reasons often given for avoiding marijuana is the argument that because it is illegal in many locales — at least at the time of this writing — it “must” therefore be a bad substance. However, there are actually other historical reasons for marijuana’s illegality, having mostly to do with the economics of hemp.

As is well known, hemp is an inexpensive replacement for paper, for oil, and for many other products. In other words, legal hemp would be an economic competitor in various industries. It is for that reason that various large industries seek to demonize marijuana, so that public opinion will continue to believe that marijuana and hemp must be kept illegal.

Yet another reason claimed by those who hold negative views about marijuana is that it is not as safe as alcohol. The spiritual problems with alcohol can be detected through subtle energy sensing, and there are unfortunate similarities between alcohol and marijuana, especially in how they both adversely affect the aura and the soul. In spite of the obvious differences in how people drinking and smoking behave, the basic issue remains the same…

Marijuana and alcohol interfere with the connection between the body and the soul, and both substances, in their own way, create a dissociated condition that interferes with spiritual growth and well-being.

There are various arguments that marijuana proponents make to support their choice, and they are all based upon beliefs that seem, at first, to be acceptable. However, the essential problem with marijuana is that it creates a split between the body and the soul. This is something that can be detected with subtle sensing, and so those who have not developed this sensing ability will probably entertain doubt about these assertions. I am not the only energy-sensitive person who detects these issues, and so I am going to describe them as I sense them, and you can reach your own conclusions.

Marijuana proponents say that smokers tend to be peaceful, in contrast to alcohol drinkers. Though this can be observed easily enough, it still doesn’t validate the use of a substance that creates an energetically fragmented condition in the aura. I observe that the fragmented aura condition of marijuana smokers keeps them seemingly peaceful, but at a price. The fuzzy aura condition of smokers keeps them from fully feeling their emotions, and when you understand this, it reveals a different, and somewhat less happy explanation regarding their preferred emotional suppression method.

When people have emotions or thoughts that are troubling, they tend to want to leave their body so that they won’t have to feel their discomforts. People wanting to not feel their feelings have some popular choices: They can drink alcohol, they can eat devitalized junk food, they can space out in front of the television — which is known to induce a quasi-meditative alpha state — or they can smoke marijuana. All of these choices can create a fragmented energy field, in which the clarity of the aura is compromised. But the spiritual problems from marijuana use seem to last longer than the side effects from the other methods.

The alleged peacefulness of smokers is their convenient excuse. They may feel more peaceful than they would if they weren’t smoking, but unfortunately, they are not transcending their pain in any useful way. Their escape from emotional discomfort is temporary. This means that they can’t really address the pain, and that leads to a problem. If you can’t address something, because you don’t feel it anymore, then you have to keep pushing the denied emotions down, so that they are out of your conscious awareness.

This may explain the notion that marijuana is not physically addictive, but is psychologically addictive. After all, if you need to keep smoking in order to not feel what you don’t want to feel, then that may well be a psychological addiction.

The popular expression with marijuana smokers that smoking helps them “take the edge off” is a euphemism that hides the emotional pain they seek to avoid. And to be fair, it is reasonable to acknowledge that emotional pain can be frightening, and that confronting it takes a great deal of courage and determination. However, smoking isn’t going to build courage and determination.

This is because the focus required for determination is associated with a strongly linked soul and personality within a coherent aura — and marijuana interferes with that.

Ideally, the body, the emotions, the mind, and the soul are all united in a coherent energy field — your healthy aura. Uniting these aspects within yourself is key to being aligned with your true self, so that you can do the things that you came to this lifetime to do. Anything that muddies the clarity of your aura is slowing your progress on all levels. It is better to be clear in your perception– even if this involves challenging realizations — so that you can confront your emerging feelings and thoughts, rather than hide in a fragmented, diffused understanding of yourself.

You could imagine your soul as the eternal divine essence of your being. Your soul carries the spark of the creator, and so your soul is your connection to higher spiritual awareness. Ideally, your body, heart, mind, personality, and soul link as one, with the soul being your cosmic cohering energy presence — the divine glue that holds you together.

When your divine soul is integrated with your body, you become more conscious about how you treat your body. When your soul is able to shine into your emotions and mind, you can achieve a unified level of consciousness that lets you confront issues. You can move in a positive direction in your life. Marijuana disrupts this unity, and creates a muddy aura that short-circuits your spiritual empowerment.

Another concern with this substance is that it mimics spiritual experiences, but actually interferes with spiritual realization. To understand how that happens, imagine the spectrum of consciousness as a range of vibrations. At the lowest part of the awareness scale, there is low, unaware consciousness. At the highest level of the awareness scale, there is cosmic consciousness, or divine consciousness.

Now suppose that a person is stuck in a narrow, exclusively earth-bound level of perception. Such a person might find that marijuana helps them feel and see beyond their narrow material range of perceptions. And that seems impressive, at first. It even seems to suggest that marijuana might be a consciousness expanding substance.

The problem, however, is that marijuana can, in a limited way, seem to help those who are stuck in a narrow materialistic perspective. It seems, at first, to give them a more expanded view of the universe. However, this benefit is limited by marijuana’s intrinsically lesser quality of vibration. When a substance keeps you at an intermediate level of consciousness, then try as you might, you will be chemically limited from attaining higher states of spiritual realization.

The so-called consciousness-expanding benefits of marijuana are only somewhat broader than the narrow materialistic worldview of the uptight, tense person. This means that when a person who feels rigid or stuck smokes, they get a temporarily expanded sense of things, and this impresses them. They believe they have a found a solution that frees them from limitation.

Unfortunately, marijuana has only raised their consciousness somewhat. Especially troubling is that the marijuana, though seeming to raise the consciousness a bit, keeps the smoker at a level of awareness that is only somewhat expanded beyond the lower materialistic range. To understand this, imagine that there is a range of consciousness between one and ten. One represents limited, stuck consciousness. Ten represents cosmic consciousness.

A person stuck at level one or two could go to level three or four with the help of marijuana. They might be impressed by this shift. As they would argue, their consciousness has been expanded, they feel more creative, and they have a broader sense of reality.

It seems like a convincing validation, until you realize that the marijuana is keeping them from going above level four. And this is the problem with marijuana that smokers would rather not consider.

In addition, the marijuana inhibits their ability to heal their own problems — their level one and two problems, so to speak. These are the energy blocks that they were trying to escape. However, unaddressed problems stay stuck. Your ability to honestly sense your own energy blocks is a vital element in your self healing.

You are a spiritual being. Your soul is made from the eternal cosmic essence of the creator.

You incarnated to bring your eternal soul into the experience of this lifetime. To receive the light of your soul, you need to create a fit physical vehicle that can be in harmony with your soul. In spite of the claims of marijuana proponents, marijuana cannot provide you with assistance if you want to progress spiritually.

The popular claim that marijuana generates peacefulness is based on a limited definition of what peace is — peace is not merely the absence of strife or violence. This limited definition of peace leads people to pay a spiritual price that isn’t worth the alleged benefits — your soul alignment is worth more than any temporary peace. And when you realize that this so-called peace is just a dissociated condition that ultimately inhibits your well-being, you may be empowered to re-examine this topic with a deeper understanding

If there were no other options for attaining inner peace, or for dealing with your emotions, then the beliefs of marijuana proponents might be convincing, but there are, in fact, many options:

– Learning to feel your feelings is a powerful teaching that builds strength in many levels of your being. It’s not always easy, and often not fun, but when you gently breathe through your feelings you discover that you are stronger than your fears.

– Learning to question your automatic self-talk lets you get out of the mental and emotional loops that can trap you in negativity. Learning to talk to yourself in an empowering way puts you, metaphorically, in the driver’s seat of your life, rather than in the back seat with your subconscious patterns in control of the steering wheel.

– Learning to move and exercise, by whatever means you choose, gives you an option to raise your vibration every day, so that your feelings and thoughts don’t sink down to the lowest levels of your problems.

– Learning to meditate, visualize, concentrate, and create a coherent aura helps you discover your true spiritual identity as a multidimensional being. Spiritual practices empower you to live in alignment with your true divine identity, so that you are less affected by the negative influences from the media, from other people, and from the world in general. You observe the world with a deeper wisdom that expresses your true self.

One spiritual concern with marijuana use is that it causes users to get stuck in an intermediate spiritual dimension known as the astral plane. These intermediate dimensions of consciousness, though not bad in themselves, are the levels of illusion. Ideally, the astral dimension is a state of consciousness in which you can invent and create. However, the astral dimension is only safe for you if you are also aligned with higher levels of divine consciousness, and safely grounded within your own physical body. Without this higher divine alignment, and without your grounded physical presence, the astral plane is merely the plane of illusion and fantasy, taking you further from your true center.

This is important to you if spiritual awareness is your goal. I don’t pretend that this article will change the minds of those who are committed to using marijuana, although I do hope that any user will consider the options to using a spiritually negative substance.

But what if you are undecided about this topic, and spiritual awakening is important to you? Have you let yourself be impressed with the glamorous images presented in the media, in which creative people or celebrities are associated with marijuana use? It is to you that this article is specifically written, because glamorous images are only superficial descriptions of a false reality — that is, they are not real.

False images are reflections of the astral plane — the dimension of illusion. And when millions of people hold false images, the effect can be powerful. Fortunately, even powerful false images can be seen for what they are — fake realities that only interfere with spiritual awareness. When you have real spiritual experiences that integrate you, uniting your body, heart, mind, and soul with your spiritual potential, then you build clarity in your consciousness. You learn to recognize fake realities as superficial images with no spiritual core.

Spiritual realization is something that you develop over time. It is not something you can put on like a coat, or take like a pill, and for this reason, you want to develop your spiritual awareness as a daily practice. In the same way that you can build physical muscles through exercise, you can build spiritual strength through cultivating your awareness. One of the benefits of a regular spiritual practice is that your alignment with your soul wisdom grows. And this lets you see illusions as the deceptions that they really are.

When you don’t have a spiritual means of connecting with your soul, you can be easily influenced by the powerful distorted energy fields of millions of people who are trapped in fake illusions. And marijuana doesn’t help you grow or evolve beyond that, because it gives the illusion of expanded consciousness, while trapping you at a merely intermediate level of consciousness. It claims to take you beyond the average state of human consciousness, and then leaves you at a muddy, intermediate level.

And the energy at that intermediate level, I notice, is sticky. That might sound a bit strange, but the aura quality of marijuana smokers is sticky, fuzzy, and open to entities. That is the opposite of the brightness and clarity associated with those who are in alignment with their divine soul.

But no matter where you are in your spiritual development, whether you are smoking or not, you can always make the choice to move in a healthier direction each day. In the same way that the public is moving towards the realization that healthy food is better than junk food, and in the same way that the public is moving towards the understanding that exercise makes you feel more alive, so too are people becoming aware that anything that interferes with their soul development is to be avoided.

If you’re already moving in the direction of seeking healthy food choices and exploring exercise, then you are able to appreciate how negative substances can interfere with your vibration. When you consider how a seemingly popular substance, marijuana, can lower your spiritual vibration, it invites you to make some new healthy choices. Anything that disrupts your body-soul unity is worth avoiding. It’s time to tune in to your true divine essence, and make some healthy decisions for yourself.

Your essence is made of divine substance. If you want to feel your aliveness, then realize that your emotions, your thoughts, and your body all need to be aligned with your soul — so that you can be truly alive on all levels. And that may mean, at times, that you will feel emotions or thoughts that you don’t enjoy. However, you can learn to breathe through your challenges. You can learn to stabilize and integrate your mind-body-spirit energy. You can learn to bring the divine light of your soul — and the cosmic intelligence of the universe — into your life.

And when you align in this way, you get a sense of what it means to be in tune with the cosmos. You can feel in alignment with the eternal vibration of the creator, humming within you. You are in alignment with the truth of your being, which is a spiritual vibration that is alive in the deepest sense of the word. It is the higher consciousness that is capable of knowing its true infinite nature.

And you want to be aligned with that infinite universal consciousness, because it is who you are — you are one with the source of all reality. Breathe it into your being. It is the true elixir that you can partake of every day. Let every breath unite you with the aliveness that wants to vibrate joyously within your every cell. Welcome to this moment.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living – transformational home-study mp3’s, and private consultations

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Resource: This site looks useful – their approach looks similar to the 12 Step programs: https://www.marijuana-anonymous.org/

 

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224 Responses to Is marijuana OK from a spiritual point of view?

  1. Samir says:

    Hi there Joel,
    Amazing article, been looking for this sort of clarity! I just have a question. What about shamans, particularly in the americas,where they sometimes use ayahuasca as part of their spiritual process? And also the use of cannabis(bhang) in hinduism, and different schools of yoga? I share your view on the matter, but I’m a bit confused because im sure many of theses ‘ganja’ yogis and shamans in my mind, are very spiritually developed (for lack of a better word).

    much love

    • Brian says:

      I’ve worked for lengths with Ayahuasca and I must say you come to this realization about marijuana quite early in your practice. I find it fascinating how many people drop smoking seeing that they start to understand the connection to high vibration.

  2. Samir,

    Glad the article was helpful!

    Here is the situation with spiritual teachers. Many of them are very accomplished in their wisdom and experience. However, those who indulge in unhealthy mind-altering substances are able to function in spite of their drug problem, and not because of it. Never assume that wisdom or genius requires drugs.

    In the 50’s, the famous saxophonist, Charley Parker, was a heroin user. Other musicians assumed that if they used that drug, it would help their music. It didn’t. Charley was a genius, and would have been a healthier, longer-lived genius if he wasn’t using drugs.

    Regarding ayahuasca, when you scan people who have used it, they lose their healthy aura boundary. Whatever spiritual awareness they develop is at the expense of their healthy aura. If they wanted to be more spiritually aware, there are much healthier ways to do that, without injuring the aura boundary.

    • Bogdan says:

      Dear Joel,
      I’m writing you this comment, hoping you can clarify something for me. About a couple of days ago, I was smoking marijuana with a friend of mine. We smoked about a gram of weed, mixed with a little bit of tobacco. After 15 minutes I’ve started to experience lots of horrible symptoms like dizziness, hyperventilation(heart rate being around 200 beats/minute), loss of perception and time( everything felt incredibly wrong and surreal like I wasn’t on that realm anymore, but I could interact with it) and the loss of my coordination. I was basically fighting hard for my life. My friend told me that I should get some sleep, but I was too afraid to die in sleep.

      Another weird experience was when I looked in the mirror. It was like I was there, but wasn’t actually there, something like seeing a picture but not my true self in the mirror. That experience was similar like when you are between the state of consciousness and dreaming ( or sleeping). I remember that I was praying a lot to God to escape from this nightmare. After an hour it was getting better, although I felt my head being really heavy, literally. Previously I’ve smoked only a couple of time, but never experienced symptoms like this.

      After browsing the Internet, I found out that a cause of my symptoms can be a low vibration or possibly negative thoughts, or just some subconscious fears.

      Sorry for my bad english, but I’m not a native speaker.

      • Bogdan,

        Combining marijuana with tobacco could be a confusing combination:
        Marijuana is very yin, and tobacco is very yang.

        Marijuana creates a subtle disconnect between body and soul. Some people find that floating feeling to be relaxing, but the disconnect creates unfortunate side-effects – openings in the aura that can lead to you being open to astral entities. You evidently experienced this problem in a somewhat dramatic way.

        Visualize any negative energies releasing away from you, and imagine your aura as radiant protective light.

        Your English is excellent, by the way.

  3. newbornspirit says:

    This is an interesting article but I found there to be quite a few assumptions regarding marijuana and psychedelics. Assuming that anybody who smokes marijauna is consciously trying to avoid feelings of pain or grief etc, I find to be grossly incorrect. From my own experiences and that of friends who use marijuana, it has nothing to do with avoidance and everything to do with relaxation. Also, drugs which induce altered states of awareness such as DMT, have already been shown to be quite profound by the research of Rick Strassman. I don’t think it’s logically possible to categorise someone who uses psychedelics as somebody with a ‘drug problem.’ This is because psychedelics aren’t addictive and there are no known records of major abuse of psychedelics. Psychedelics are used primarily to achieve a higher sense of awareness, which they do, often and easily. I am not saying this article is invalid however. I would question the need for any spiritual marijuana-lover to stop smoking it though. Surely the cleansing meditations would be okay to do after they had used it and this would be sufficient to clear out ones aura if they felt it necessary?

    • Thank you for bringing this issue up.

      The users of drugs are not consciously trying to avoid pain. This avoidance is taking place at the unconscious level.

      (Those people trying to avoid their world consciously would more likely use opiates or pills.)

      The relaxation you refer to is from the soul shifting from the physical level to the subtle realms of the aura. While this is not bad in itself, it creates a subtle disconnect between the body and the soul. This is interpreted as relaxing, and it is, but it also comes with a problem — it fragments the person.

      This is described in the article, as a re-read will reveal. It will describe why continued drug use seemingly continues to open the doors of perception, but unfortunately keeps the users in a somewhat fragmented state. They are the last ones to notice this, because the disconnect between their higher and lower bodies is maintained by the continued drug use. When their soul is tired of the disconnect, they will seek more natural non-drug methods.

      When the smokers are ready to find ways to remain integrated, without marijuana, they can examine non-drug ways to relax, and this will include learning to breathe consciously, learning to breathe through their thoughts and feelings, and learning how to improve their nutrition and lifestyle so that they can access the states they need without chemical assistance.

      • Swich says:

        Although this is true it is still Implying that ANYONE who uses cannabis is unconsciously seeking some sort of fulfillment. For many this is not the case. And it is NOT “chemical” assistance as it is not man made…..
        You cannot SAY that this is how it is and no other perspective is correct…that is limiting…for some cannabis may be the greatest spiritual teacher there is…You are already identifying yourself with an idea….
        We each know, in our heart of hearts, whether what we are doing is true to our path or not. The answer differs from person to person.

        • True, Swich, marijuana is from the earth, and in that sense is natural.

          I can say that I observe marijuana creating a subtle separation between soul and body, even in those who believe it is helping them, as that is my perception of what happens energetically.
          This is not a mere idea, but is a subtle energy perception, also shared by many healers I have spoken with.

          • Markku says:

            I agree. Having tried marijuana a couple of times previously I am now doing energy healing and I’ve gained more clarity as my own aura and ether bodies have healed. I have too heard from other healers that all drugs make holes especially in ether body, which takes time to repair. For some it may be part of their spiritual path to explore these things such as shamans. Talking about frequency, nature, is not highest in frequency, but still limited. And shamans are stuck in their level of knowledge. Eventually the path of no substance will lead to even higher frequencies.

          • Calvin says:

            Interesting Joel. I might have Asperger syndrome and I’ve found cannabis to have a different effect on my aura than what you explained. I can back up what you said when it comes to my friends they seem to have a separation, but it takes me out of the confusion of my mind and makes anything possible. Scoring 100s in all of my college classes, becoming social and good at communicating when I’d usually be awkward in conversation, making art and learning 20+ step martial arts forms in ten minutes before being able to graduate to the next form. I also love that cannabis helps me express my love towards my family, my Mother has BPD and usually it’s a bit hard to show her affection. Do you think it’s different for a person with Asperger syndrome?

            thanks, -Calvin jc

          • A unique point of view, Calvin.

            It does seem that you are getting some special benefits for your individual situation. And you’ve noticed that for non-asperberger friends, there is a sense of separation, and this is what energy sensitives have observed about cannabis use.

            So that brings up the question: Over time, as you normalize, how will you retain the benefits? Presumably, you’ll need to taper off the cannabis so that you can internalize the positive qualities. I’m wondering if hypnosis may be valuable for doing that, as it helps with establishing new patterns. And possibly cranial-sacral balancing, to stabilize the electrical flow in the body, as well.

        • When I read your comment I’m feeling a lot of denial. If you use marijuana to relax you are avoiding the feeling of being tense. It’s as simple as that. Thank you.

      • Santino C says:

        HEY EVERYONE! My name is santino and i started smoking marijuana at 17. i learned of my first metaphysical enlightening info at 18. Now, there are no coincidences so of course needless to say yes, my being was lining up higher truths that i had sought all my life. Well, long story short, two years down the road from hearing of real concepts instead of ignorant USA concepts, i can now hear the voice of God, my higher self or soul, angels, ghosts, which i call beings on this level and are kinda lingering, but are as helpful as posssible and observant. What i am getting at is that i developed to a fine degree even though i was smoking marijuana very very regularly.

        but like this writer says, at some point you realize that it gave you that push outside your box, among other drugs, but it will not permanently keep you there, so what does that tell you? There is something inherently wrong with relying on an outside substance to maintain a level of being i guess. But I also wanna point out that the MAIN thing i learned to do first and foremost WAS to sense my energy . And no one taught me this. i mean no one really taught me too much at all, but im just saying you should reconsider your conclusion that a energetically sensitive person wouldnt smoke marijuana bc starting out i considered mary jane as my training wheels that i can use fear to live with, but if i observe fear for what it is, i would take of the wheels.

        But ive experienced very much and have used marijuana the whole time. I am NOW coming to the conclusion that i must halt my REGULAR use , but as long as i am not dominately in the marijuanic state, meaning i use it sparingly and sacredly, it would boost, not hinder It IS given to us. But mostly for the sick, not the healthy. It is here to heal. Like we are here to heal :) Also, i would focus my energy without marijuana, then smoke, and the stronger the instrument i smoked out of, the stronger my energy sensation was. It was one of the things that proved to me that metaphysical things were tangible.

        • Santino,

          Now that you’re aware of the subtle energy realms, you’re ready to go deeper. But what does it really mean to have deeper awareness?

          Depth is not what many people imagine – they suppose that it is an altered mysterious state of consciousness. However, real spiritual depth is actually a state of clarity. This clarity comes from being able to know what is happening, without any interference from an altered state.

          As you become more aware of subtle energy, you need to be ever-more discerning, because you are accessing realms that can become overwhelming or confusing. Marijuana opens people up to energy, but it also opens the doorway to astral entities who create spiritual confusion, masquerading as a spacey feeling of happiness or mellow vibes.

          When you let go of smoking, you develop your ability to discover deeper truth, unblocked from astral delusions.

    • Swich says:

      I agree and felt the same way… your are making many assumptions that someone using “cannabis”( The correct Term) are doing so as a way of avoidance or escape. This is not the case for many. As I….I use cannabis but am not happier when I have it or more at peace…It may be easier to be at peace or happier but I do not use it as a crutch either. I can achieve the same state of being and stillness if I were not smoking. The truth is cannabis is here for our use. It is here for our growth and can be a insightful herb if used correctly.

      • Insightful, yes. Temporarily, that is true for many people.

        In time, you gradually recognize the subtle body-soul separation created by THC, and you choose to not introduce that substance into your body. It’s definitely a more conscious substance than alcohol, but for most people, the higher path eventually evolves to non-use of marijuana. You awaken to the promptings of your highest self, and even the insights associated with marijuana are no longer enough to satisfy your soul.

  4. newbornspirit says:

    maybe my newness to the spiritual path came through there! Am I completely naive in thinking that? I have seen many articles online and by readers/mediums etc who say that you can clear out your aura with meditation?

    Have you read DMT; the spirit molecule? I cannot disregard it as a source of spiritual enlightenment because that book blew my mind with the things people experienced. Psychological healing, travel to other dimensions etc and since DMT is produced by the brain, specifically – the pineal gland/third eye, then couldn’t we also say that it isn’t a drug if it’s produced by our bodies, and in fact every other living creature and plant?

    • Good question, NewBornSpirit

      There are different levels of enlightenment.

      It is true that something like DMT can open you up, but we’re looking for something deeper than such revelations. Although drugs can seemingly open the door in a way, they can’t keep it open. Rather, when you go through the door too quickly, the experience isn’t grounded in as safe a way as it ought to be.

      This is why drugs have traditionally been seen as a fast, but unsure path. While they open you up, they also fragment you in various ways, and putting the fragments together creates its own challenges.

      When you can choose, without drugs helping you, to tune into the center of an atom, for example, you will have an experience that is more genuine. When you can choose, by your own conscious volition, to access cosmic reality, while being grounded in your body, without chemical assistance, you have achieved something more authentic and meaningful to your soul.

      As to the teachers who say you can do it all through meditation, this is simplistic as well. It takes practiced conscious intent, along with your choice to access subtle realms, while being centered in your body in present time. Merely being in a meditative state isn’t enough to achieve this, though meditation definitely has benefits that you would do well to utilize daily.

    • Through serious disciplines meditation or yoga one can release their own reserve of dmt. It takes much more time, discipline and courage than taking ayahuasca or smoking dmt but it is much more rewarding.

  5. Santana Savalas says:

    Use of dmt can have very negative consequences if you are not experienced with evil entities

  6. Indeed, Santana, and this is a serious problem with drug use.

    Drugs open people psychically, in ways that they cannot control, and they become open to negative forces.

  7. Himanshu Rawat says:

    Hello Sir,

    This article is exactly something i was looking for. A lot of my doubts are settled , thank you for this.

    Cannabis intake did take me a level or two higher, but that’s it.
    Reaching the destination would take much more than smoking a plant.

    Regards,

    Himanshu
    India

  8. Well said, Himanshu

    The destination requires your clear un-muddied attention.

    Your own precious consciousness is the highest way to reach Consciousness.

  9. Harsh says:

    Hi Joel
    Its Like a Universal Coincidence that i found your Article which Answered few of my Questions.
    I used Cannabis a week Ago, I went to State of Consciousness too far to imagine. Hours Become Days. I was Stuck in my Own mind with Spirits of All Kinds. Good, Neutral, Evil all Telling me Different Truths about Universe and My role in It. Even a Devil Tried to Sell me Genius in Return of My soul. I was not in Control, Spirits were trying to make me Speak and Act Normal in Front of my Mother who Knew Nothing, And i was there Telling Myself to Come Back but Couldn’t. It was a Really Intriguing Experience which made me Question my Own Sanity. I now fear of Becoming a Schizophrenic living with Same Levels of Anxiety I Had while the Incident. I don’t know what to Believe Anymore. I’ve Always Seen myself as Buddha and I was a Lot Calmer and Tuned with Cosmos, now i have depression. I am a 3D Artits, Singer, Pianist, Producer, Director, Writer, Designer and a Lot of Things but Since that Incident I feel as If i was Fragmented into Many Pieces. I am Better Now but Still Not the Same. Spirits at That Place Told me This is Not the First Time i Entered and This will Not be The Last Time i will Come. Some of Them Wanted me to Be there For Eternity. Good Spirits were Extremely Judgmental of My Action. It was the First Time i Smoke Cannabis and I went in The Same State While i Was a Child Almost Every Night While Dream Walking and Having Same Panic/Anxiety Attacks. Am i Insane? Is there Any Connection Between my Past Mental Health which After Many Tests Doctors Declared Normal or Is it All Just Work of My Brain? All the Spirits n Demons and Lessons they Taught Me?
    I am Very Spiritual and Almost Read all The Good Books on It But after This Incident I feel Its all a Lie. All work of Our Brilliant Brain. I feel This Urge to Go back Again and Be done With It, To End This Game. Deeply See all The things Again but I Feel its All the Chemicals in My Brain which Did That, Like there is Really No such Dimensions and Places and Spirits, Just Our Brain Secreting Hormones. Altering our Perception, Making us Go Mad.
    My Reality is Questioned, My Sanity is Questioned.
    I don’t Fear Death but I fear Getting Lost there Again Soon Enough and Ending up in some Mental Facility. I Love my Parents and I have Huge Dream of Changing The world and Helping Orphan Children.
    But Now all I have is Fear of Going Insane.
    I am Lost, Please Help Me Get Over It. I want Truth. I want To be Me Again.
    Thanks n Take Care

    • Thanks for sharing your experience. What I get from you is that you get to focus on being grounded to the earth. Spend lots of time in nature, walk barefoot on the grass and take naps out side. Positive Spiritual development increases when you remain grounded to the earth.

  10. When you feel fragmented, bring your attention back to the basics:

    Do slow deep gentle breathing.

    Breathe into your navel…
    – Breathe in peace.
    – Breathe out fear.

    When the thoughts become unbalanced, don’t judge them.
    – Just bring yourself back to center.
    – Let the thoughts gently release.

    Feel your heartbeat in your body, and know that you are alive, well, and blessed by the divine.

    Joel

  11. Sanchari Bhattacharya says:

    Hello,
    I have been a cannabis user and have had good experiences with the substance to begin with. but a lapse occured when i let strong negative emotions of jealousy, hatred and fear get into me. I smoked up some when feeling guilty about it and i think that made the situations worse. now i do not feel like i used to. maybe there has been a separation because i feel disconnected from the nature i love. i used to high and alive without the substance, but now its like being stuck in a limbo, energy deprived. i do not blame the substance because at some level i am in love with it. on another altered level, i feel like i have sold my soul to fear and greed. i cannot use the substance anymore because it makes me feel evil, cold and heavy. are the changes reversible? i am afraid i have not been evolving spiritually, atleast not in the direction i hoped to.

  12. Yes, Sanchari, the experiences may have a positive aspect at first.

    As you progress spiritually, you intuitively discover that you begin to feel worse when you smoke. This is hard for many people to believe, because they are still in the phase where they think they are receiving benefits.

    It is good when you recognize that this substance creates a problem, because then you can seek cleaner, natural ways to unite your body and soul, and you can seek natural ways to connect to nature, to the universe, and to the Divine.

    All problems are reversible, fortunately. Unite with the cosmic presence of the divine, and seek answers from that, and not from marijuana.

    Explore ways to detox your body, and this will help the process, also.

  13. Mandy says:

    Hi Joel
    Thanks for an awesome article, just what I was looking for…
    Blessings – Mandy

  14. Glad you find the insights helpful, Mandy.

    Infinite blessings to you.

  15. B says:

    what about people suffering from chronic illnesses and pain? I have been struggling with lyme disease for the past 5 years and all sorts of horrible food intolerances and chemical sensitivities. I like to use cannabis sometimes when the pain becomes unbearable. I feel this is a better choice than pharmaceutical opiates. What are your thoughts in regards to this matter?

  16. Hello, B

    That’s a great question, and I’m sorry to hear of your suffering.

    I’d definitely make an exception here, because cannabis is certainly a higher vibration than pharmaceuticals.

    By the way, are you familiar with all the alternative approaches to dealing with Lyme? I’ve seen a number of alternative approaches mentioned at http://www.naturalnews.com. Another great source of natural info is http://www.earthclinic.com.

    Best of luck with your holistic search, and many blessings to you.

  17. B says:

    that’s great to hear. I have tried many alternative treatments and continue to even to this day. I think the problem is that I went 4 or 5 years with the infection before being diagnosed. This allowed it to get to the latest stages of the disease and now I believe it is going to take many years to get rid of but I am not giving up. I hate to cloud my spiritual path with cannabis but I feel it is a necessary tool at this point in my life.

    Have you heard of an herb called kratom? I sometimes use that (perhaps once a week) as well instead of cannabis. I’m sure it’s no different than any other intoxicating substance but I figure I should at least ask.

    I’m a member at curezone.com and healingwell.com. Thanks for those two other sites; I will check them out.

    Thanks again for all your help and I enjoyed reading your article.

  18. I can only guess about kratom, but its profile is probably similar to marijuana.

    I’m assuming it takes you out of your body a bit, and in ordinary circumstances that wouldn’t be ideal. But in this case, just let it smooth your energy while you move forward in life.

    There’s a controversial supplement known as MMS, and many people have seen it work for tough cases. I’m not recommending it; just mentioning that it’s an intriguing substance that people have written about.

    Mercola has alternative approaches to Lyme as well.

  19. Dustin says:

    Thank you for this article. About 6 years ago I first used marijuana. At that point I was a very materialistic person. My first time using it resulted in this fractured state of mind where I discovered many voices that seemed like subconscious decision makers all competing for the stage of my mind, and many of them seemed to be at odds with each other. I made very many bad decisions following about 2 months of use. After about a year of abstinence I began using it again. It was during this time that I began to really hear and give heed to the voices that seemed light. I began seeking and searching for truth. I began using marijuana less as a recreational drug and more as a spiritual tool. I experienced at times grand feeling of love. I felt what I can only presume to be the infinite love of God during a time of great distress. I became aware of spirit entities. I watched as many of my friends struggled with addictions and often wondered why I seemed to be growing while they seemed stuck in addiction.

    Finally I reached a point where I felt I had learned all I could about myself from this plant. I felt like my goal was now to achieve similar levels of enlightenment without drug use. I quit and found god and began a path of what I felt to be self improvement meditation and enlightenment. I was generally happy, and on a positive track for the first time in my life, becoming more consistent in my life, with times of very serious peace that seemed to meet or exceed my experiences with marijuana

    It was around this time that I met a girl. She had been through hard times and was in need of love. She had been lied too and had given up on ever being loved or married. I sought to help her, I wanted to save her, and I felt I loved her. She accepted my love but did not reciprocate it appropriately. I felt used, and my love began wane but each time I kept trying to love her into loving me. There was something about her compared to the other girls i dated that almost consumed me. I couldn’t let her go even though several times we broke up. i treated her like a princess in hoping that i could show her what she was worth. I slowly fell from my place of happiness. I felt miserable. She slowly began to give me more of the love i wanted. it was still a difficult relationship, but we both wanted the same things out of life and believed the same things spiritually and were equally devoted to god. Eventually I married her in spite of some very serious doubts and reservations because I felt like it was a matter of integrity. i felt like all of our issues and contentions were a symptom of a contentious evil spirits trying to thwart our decisions to start a family. The night before we got married I had a sudden rush and feeling of tremendous love and peace that my decision was right.

    Flash forward two years and our marriage has been a series of ups and downs. Passion, and and love and commitment followed by anger and fighting. I have grown more and more depressed and find it harder and harder to show and feel the love I once felt. There is often a lot of resentment and hopelessness and regret that consume me. I have lost my love for god and for man in general and have slowly gotten to a point where I just want to go back to marijuana because I just want to feel that peace when I need it. Then I found this article.

    Is there another way? Where do I start? How do I get back to where I was before this relationship started. I don’t want to end my marriage. I take my marriage vows very seriously.

    Thanks.

  20. Dustin says:

    I also want to add that I feel marijuana may be able to get me out of this funk. Help me receive insight into why this is happening and how to solve it, then like before I can set on working to make it a reality without the drug.

    I also suffer from chronic pain in my neck and back, so I was very close to getting a medical license till I read this tonight. Thanks again, any thoughts are appreciated.

  21. Dustin says:

    One last note is that I honestly feel that today my wife and I have reversed roles in some ways. My wife does a lot more for me now than i ever hoped or expected, and i have a hard time reciprocating it. i just dont feel energy, she is loving but at times is very cutting and mean towards me when i consistently seem to fail to meet her expectations, I on the other hand am aloof, lazy, and usually feeling tired and worn out from my pain and depression. I honestly think at times i wish i could just die. I know I should give her more, I want to be the man I was when we were dating but I just feel stuck in a state of fear and sadness. Afraid of the future, afraid of failing and having kids and then getting divorced like my parents did. I’m just a complete mental wreck to be honest. I wish my wife could be more understanding like I was for her, but in all honesty I really feel like this is my problem.

    Last time I used marijuana it helped me, it was a therapist for me. It helped get me on a right path I believe. Sorry this is my last post. I just am torn and dont know who to turn to for help. Thanks

  22. Dustin, the article was written for those people who need to know that marijuana has only limited benefits emotionally and spiritually.

    However, chronic pain is a different matter, and medical marijuana may be useful in those cases.

    However, when people are trying to relax, or trying to have a spiritual experience, there are safer ways to therapeutically achieve those goals. There are many methods for slow, deep breathing that will help you achieve your emotional and spiritual goals.
    See this resource: http://cosmic-living.com/your-sacred-center-bundled-mp3-set-renew-from-your-inner-wellspring/

    The problem with marijuana is that it seems to relax you, but it keeps you from finding the deepest inner peace.

    And marijuana only gives you a taste of spiritual reality, but interferes with reaching the deepest spiritual realizations.

    As a safer alternative, this teacher offers good free information for emotional and spiritual awareness: http://www.personalgrowthcourses.net/

  23. Inspired says:

    As a long time every day user of marijuana (who does not hear voices in my head from smoking) this is the first time I have ever felt there to be a reason to quit which I honestly never thought would happen. EVER. Thanks for the great motivating article. I am definately going to be more concious of my decisions in life that affect my well being to hopefully reach a state thats better than a temporary high.

  24. @Inspired

    Congratulations! You’ll be delighted with the deeper, richer perceptions, feelings, and sensations available to you in an unclouded state of consciousness. Clarity is like a deep pool that allows you to see and sense all the possibilities in the vast ocean of consciousness. It’s not always pretty, but it’s ultimately the path to deeper satisfaction.

  25. Don says:

    I first would like to know, how does one scientifically test the “Human Energy Field” or “Aura” ? I have been served this Aura talk by the kookiest of crazies in my life, and they are always the same people who believe in Psychic Abilities, Astral Projection, and swear most modern medicine is Bad. I’ve been on the internet trying to find the validity of this Aura aka Human Energy Field and have come to the conclusion that it is horseshit and quackery. There is no way scientifically to measure this “Energy Field”, at least that I know of, therefore I won’t believe it, until proven by science. I believe even the James Randi Education foundation has been offering a 1 Million dollar award to anyone that can prove it exists. So far no takers.. hmm. So before you go telling people that THC and CBD are going to mess up their frequency or vibration of their Aura, you have to explain how you know the “Human energy field” is real. Any peer review scientific papers, links would be appreciated.

  26. Don,

    There’s no scientific testing for aura awareness. It’s all subjective, based on a subtle awareness that some people have cultivated. There are no peer reviewed papers on this topic. Sensitive people sense the aura, and non-sensitive people don’t. Many sensitives can recognize the fogged auras in those who are drug and or alcohol users.

    You can wait for peer reviewed papers if you like, but it may be a long wait. Thank you for sharing your insights.

    • Mike says:

      I would suggest the kirlian photography for measuring auras. Also there are scientific experiments and super sensitive cameras that have been developed that can sense the light coming off the body…. I wrote a college paper about it. It was all stuff I found in the library and internet about ten years ago. I think there is a lot of truth here (in this article), but I guess i just stray away from some ideas that use illogical falacies for validation. I would suggest that it would be wrong to ommit this helpful plant. There are MANY MANY other ways to use it, like creams and analgesic gels, and making it into butter or using it in teas. I have micro melia(stunted limbs missing digits, etc) That’s what I have been switing to. I also feel it’s disrespectful to the plant and the element of fire to “smoke pot.” We need to evolve on that one. That’s why vaporizers are there. The funny thing is I have used it for the last ten years, and It has greatly helped. But I’m done with inhaling plant material or oils and resins, yuk! The greatest thing That this article helped with was the note on vibrational change…. Also a lady in Shasta had a book, “The effects of recreational drugs on spirtual developement” prettty much said the same thing. It also went on to say that etheric parasites attach themselves to you and propagte in the negative experiences and chemical state. That made me go NO WAY also. Also, the dmt and ayahuasca stuff, there are spiritual shamans that have an entire culture and way of life centered around this, they take it seriously and you must graduate to the more intense levels. Just as in life there are no quick answers just places to exhibit your will and patience. A damaged field from those substances would probably be the signs of someone being careless, though I would be more interested in more opinions and readings of those peoples’ auras.

      • Mike, thank you for mentioning the other healthy non-THC uses for marijuana.

        The lady in Shasta who describes how recreational drugs invite etheric parasites is speaking about a real phenomenon, as many energy healers will verify.

        Regarding ayahuasca, I have observed that it erases personal boundaries in a way that is unhealthy and fragmenting, in most cases. Perhaps shamans from indigenous cultures are able to stay centered themselves, but people from outside their cultures are trying to force a spiritual experience.

        Let yourself create deeper awareness through a dedicated meditation practice – one that cultivates healthy boundaries and deep centering. This is safer, and ultimately more effective for most people.

        • Mike says:

          so i had another question. On the number thing from 1 through 10, what if you’re a 12 and the pot knocks you down to a comfortable 8 or 9… I thought of that cause I intuitively knew the pot lowered my vibration. cause without anything i’m bouncing off the walls…. I get soooo much energy that I start to get stressed, while i’m not on anything…. what do you think about that? also from the other end, what if you use it to get to 4 from 1 or 2, then stop, make your way up to a 5 or 6, does the pot knock you back down to 4 when you resume? could you use it like stepping stones? could you start stop over a period of time to raise your vibration? Also one more thing, what about the rastafarians? that is their holy sacrament. Maybe just thinking about that one answers my question.

          • Mike, the pot doesn’t “knock you down to a comfortable 8 or 9.” Rather, it introduces some aura fog – this disperses your soul, so you aren’t grounded into your body.

            If you are too stressed, that’s not from “too much energy.” It is from needing to integrate your emotions and thoughts with your body awareness. Pot creates a subtle dis-connection between body, emotions, and thoughts. This doesn’t ultimately address anything.

            Mindfulness practices of breath awareness, where you practice being gently present with your emotions and thoughts, helps you safely discharge your nervous energy, and create healthy integration.

            The Rastafarians have many beautiful beliefs about living in this universe. They do not need pot, and would be able to accomplish more in this world with their philosophy if they could let go of the pot.

  27. zac says:

    I would like to share an experience, to help other people and spare them from the mistakes and experiments what I made with sharing the knowledge what I got from them.
    I hope that some people read comments and stumble upon this one.
    I have been meditating and growing spiritually about 3 years.
    So I decided to try weed from pure curiosity, I wanted to understand why people are so amazed from it, what is it so special about it.
    Like we all have been noticing half of the internet and Hollywood movies etc are full of it, making it so regular and harmless.
    So I was dissapointed under the influence, because it’s was boring, like alcohol but with few accessories.(yes, it was the first time but it worked fully)
    Everyone who have been meditating for some time will see the world more openly, they won’t enjoy alchohol, drugs, smoking and “regular” stuff like computer games, football (soccer) etc. That’s why I thought it was boring, I enjoy more serious things.
    While being high, I felt the more openness, but It was somehow limited, I felt bad energy around me few times while being high.
    (I have very much experience with bad entities, demons etc, but it’s another story, therefore I didn’t imagine it.)
    When the effect wore off, I felt more grounded, I thought that it’s mabye temporary.
    While I was sleeping, I didn’t saw any dreams, nothing, I was like switched off and turned back on in the morning, which is normal for weed.
    When I woke up, I felt more grounded, I didn’t feel the oneness with god as before, my intuition aka third eye was zero. I was feeling the same as I felt before starting my spiritual growth, like a “regular” person, I was feeling the limitations, I was like in a computer game, in that time I already forgot what it felt like to be non spiritual.
    I even couldn’t think as before, my head was like full of cotton, the next day in school I was like a zombie. Within the next week I couldn’t think complicated things like regulary, I needed some extra time before I anwsered to someone, because my brain didn’t function as before.
    (I doesn’t affect everyone as same as others and with meditating, persons brain functions better. When weed zeroed it down, the affect was bigger than for non spiritual people.)
    But the most intresting thing what couldn’t be a coincidence is that the same day I woke up, my friend who is meditating also, told me that, in the evening, he felt suddenly very sleepy. When he wen’t to sleep he saw a dream where a demon laughed hysterically, he described the laughter like the entity was laughing at someone, or someones misery.
    I asked him to specify the time and it was the exact same time when I started smoking.
    He didn’t knew about my activities.
    We have been attacked by same entities before, we have helped eachother with demons and have been astral traveling together, that’s the reason why the demon contacted him, because we are very connected, we are best friends.

    It affects me to this day, about 3 months have been passed, my brain is like reprogrammed, while meditating I feel very different than before weed, I haven’t achieved the same spiritual height as before.

    Sorry for the long text, but I think it’s worth the read
    and I apologize for the bad grammar, english is not my mother language.
    If someone has some questions, than he can email me:
    zaq375@live.com

  28. Zac,

    It does seem that people who have already cultivated spiritual awareness often find that marijuana lowers their vibration. However, you can clear yourself of the negative influences.

    Visualize divine light spiraling up and down through your spine, and through your chakras. Imagine this divine light cleansing you, and removing any negative influences.

    For more resources to cleanse and unify your energy, these audio classes are available:
    http://cosmic-living.com/inner-oneness-mp3-bundled-set-unite-your-fragments/

  29. michael says:

    Thank you for this article! No wonder every time i use marijuana i always feel disconnected from God. I always felt like i wasn’t growing i always felt something was not right. thank you! God bless you

  30. Blessings to you, Michael.

    You’ve got it right. Your God connection will grow stronger when your body is free from intoxicants.

  31. toni tone says:

    What about useing hemp seeds or hemp protein for food. Does it affect in any case on connection of body and soul??

    Best regards

    Toni

  32. Toni Tone,

    Good question – it’s a totally different issue.

    Hemp seeds and hemp protein are healthy natural veggie protein sources. They have no THC, the mind-affecting ingredient in marijuana.

  33. Maxim says:

    Hello Joel,
    I have read your article and very much respect all you have written.

    Many many people have no idea or they do not believe in our spiritual consciousness and they do not believe because there is not a material proofs to change their minds. So as you made a scale, from 1 to 10, for example, these people are in fase 1. My question is, and i believe in this, can the use of cannabis with moderation and knowledge get from “fase 1″ to, for example, fase 3 as a spiritual LEARNING experience or introduction? Isn’t cannabis high a experience that can show us something and progressively quit the use and learn on our own?

    I start using it not for fun but for relaxation a year ago and suddently i get an enourmous interest about our spirituality and cosmic energy that surround us, please note that before the use of cannabis, these issues were never in my mind. I believe that for me, this is a learning fase and now it’s the time to slowly reduce the use of cannabis and someday quit to improve my own spiritual progress, and i believe this is something that i will learn by myself.

    What do think about my point of view and sorry about the bad english :)

    Much love

  34. Good question, Maxim

    It seems that marijuana helped open a beginning spiritual door for you. That is good.

    However, to get to the next phase of your spiritual awareness, you have to do the spiritual work yourself, without the marijuana. Otherwise, the marijuana keeps you at an intermediate level of consciousness.

    This is why many people get stuck. They like the intermediate level, and do not realize that it is only a temporary phase in their spiritual development

  35. Truthseeker says:

    Thank you for your article.
    Having a clear mind is very important to me and I am very protective with not just substances but also movies, reading material etc.
    Having received a spinal injury that pretty much disabled me with a lot of pain for the last couple of years had me look into alternative to deal with the severe pain.
    Refusing to take anti depressent (for nerve pain) and the regular over the counter stuff not touching it, I was looking into Cannabis (legally). A friend with much knowledge and trying to help my dilemma gave me a tincture made out of hemp. It is loaded with the substances that help pain (CBDs) without the THC.
    Very carefully I tried it out and I had the best night sleep in a couple of years. The pain would make nights challenging and this worked. Now I only take it when the pain become too much and as my condition improves I do need it less and less.
    However I do belief that Cannabis would still have been the better choice than what medicine had to offer for chronic pain. Having Hemp as the alternative it truly a great blessing.

  36. Truthseeker,

    Sorry to hear of your spinal injury – that’s a challenging situation.

    This article doesn’t really apply to those who are truly hurting and needing relief. The information here is more directed to those who want deeper spiritual insight, but who have become lost in the haze of the pot high.

    I admire and agree with your choice to choose a natural path for pain relief over the medical approach. The natural way you’ve chosen is truly a blessing, and I wish for you divine health and healing at every level.

    By the way, many people, especially athletes, have explored the use of systemic enzymes to dissolve inflammation, reduce scar tissue, and reduce pain. Might be worth researching.

  37. Kuntal Chatterjee says:

    Hello everyone…
    The article is really good. But here the point is spiritual use of marijuana had started a long way before (1500 BC). I tried marijuana and i consulted with several doctors, read books for its use.
    When someone smokes cannabis, its increases the ‘Alpha’ wave-counts in the brain, which generally found in time of meditation. So, marijuana helps to attain the higher state of consciousness, also induces an open mind to the smoker. THC molecules activates the Pleasure-cells in the brain, as a result, the feelings of Love, Peace are induces. often the marijuana-smokers tell that they feel their soul is being united with God’s soul after smoking. These kind of experience is solely due to the psycho-active agent (THC) present in marijuana.
    I searched for different religious books. Many religions including Hinduism, Buddhism etc have the spiritual use of cannabis. I tried meditation after smoking pot, frankly speaking, it clears your mind, abstain your soul from outer world and unite yourself with the Holy spirit.
    I am not saying Marijuana is for everyone, because it is a hallucinogen and psychoactive agent. But we should be open-minded while discussing the spiritual use of marijuana. Altered state of consciousness can easily be attained after smoking pot.
    Infact, Marijuana has favorable effect on your soul and aura.
    So, enjoy pot friends… PEACE

  38. Kuntal, thank you for bringing up these often-mentioned points about smoking marijuana.

    The alpha waves associated with meditation are also associated with hypnosis, but the THC in marijuana prevents you from having full control of the state, as in self-hypnosis. A person in alpha is very open — the same thing happens when you watch TV. You’re in alpha, feeling relaxed, yet too open to influences.

    It is the matter of being too open that is the issue described in the article. You become too open to astral beings, and they like smokers for this reason. These aren’t the worst beings, but they aren’t beings of highest consciousness either. This is one of the reasons smokers have somewhat cloudy auras.

    The peace that people experience with smoking happens when they go into alpha, and their body-mind-soul integration becomes clouded. This may make everything seem to be smoother and more peaceful, but it is a simulation of spiritual awareness. Generating this awareness by yourself, as in actual meditation, takes more work, but is more valuable and safe for you.

    The altered states attained by smokers may seem to be positive and desirable, but the side effects are not worth it. The muddy auras observed in smokers suggest that they are not attaining genuine spiritual clarity, but rather only a hazy sensation of clarity.

    I consistently see that when people attain genuine states of spiritual clarity, they look back at the pot smoking state as having been a lesser state of awareness. If pot shows you a hint of spiritual awareness, then learn to go beyond the smoking, and access the deeper states with your own consciousness.

  39. Nikki says:

    What about medical marijuana users who are diseased? I personally believe marijuana fights cancer, and I know it helps patients as far as their appetite goes. And if it is eaten, instead of smoked, is there any difference in your opinion from what you have stated above? :) Just curious to hear your ideas on a different side of it. Very interesting article!

  40. Nikki, these are good questions.

    As you read through the comments, you’ll notice that this article is about the spiritual issues resulting from marijuana use in the typical user.

    However, when people use marijuana to help heal serious physical conditions, that is another situation entirely. When people are healing life threatening situations, the issues of a cloudy aura are less important a matter of concern.

    It’s necessary to make the distinction between the casual user who is risking a foggy aura, versus the person in pain who needs deep physical healing. Ideally, the person who uses marijuana for physical pain relief and healing would choose to transcend marijuana use when their strength returns. They could then continue their healing process with other natural methods that would not have the side-effect of a cloudy aura.

  41. Nothing but everything says:

    I think this is good description/advice for spiritual growing people, thanks for your decription i think and hope it will help many others in harmony to balance emotions and thoughts, thanks.

  42. Thank you, Nothing But Everything

    The planet is waking up, and as people move towards higher consciousness, it’s important that they have the real experience, rather than a false pathway that promises much, but delivers little. Continued peace and enlightenment to you.

    • Ed benstein says:

      Delivers little? So you are saying it does deliver, but only a little. A little is better than nothing.

      • Here’s the situation, Ed.

        It delivers a little, yes. But, it has side-effects that fog your aura. The fog adds up, and produces a negative effect over time. So a little isn’t better than nothing.

        • Ed benstein says:

          You said you smoked weed 20 times. You are a very sensitive person. So did you notice any harm to yourself from it? I am not trying to argue here. I truly want to know if this is indeed harmful as I use it often and I don’t want to destroy my soul. As a user, I have not felt that it has changed me or made me less of a person in the least. Am I not seeing what it is doing to me?

          • Ed, no one has said they’ve smoked it 20 times.

            However, I’ve observed many years ago, in myself and others, the very harm being described here. This article is based on subtle-energy observation. And, this observation is validated by other energy-aware people. Thus, I would never use it again, as I have no wish to limit my awareness.

            To be specific about what’s happening with users, they aren’t destroying their soul. Rather, they are interfering with the connection between their body/ conscious mind and their soul.

            It is like having an intermittent electrical connection — some of the signal gets through, and some of the signal is blocked.

            Usage doesn’t make you less of a person. However, it does interfere with your development. So you may not be losing anything, but your development is slower, and you can not reach the deeper levels of soul perception requiring clarity. This clarity comes from a clear connection between body – emotions – thought – aura – soul. Any interference with the connection between these essential parts of you slows your development, and limits you in many ways.

  43. Leyla says:

    I love ur article, u just read my mind and put it here into my face … so that i can accept what i realised a while ago. Thank you !

  44. Thank you, Leyla.

    Facing the reality of your divine self, so to speak! May your inner infinite soul bring you enlightenment with every breath you take.

    And may all your thoughts and emotions be blessed in the light of your true self.

  45. Gabriel says:

    Wow,, I was searching for this since a while! Very nice!
    I’m a very spiritual person, but I smoke 2-3 times a week and I think it may be holding me up from growing and expanding spiritual and consciously. I believe in the law of attraction, in God and in me, but yeah… I won’t tell all my problems here, it’s unnecessary :D
    I would like to know in how many days or weeks I can feel some difference concerning spiritual and emotionally aspects. I’m not addicted, so it won’t be hard for me to stop smoking.
    And where can I get more informations about the influence of marijuana on mediumship?

    Thanks a lot!

    Greets from Brazil :)

    • Greetings, Gabriel

      Your spiritual development needs a clear connection between your body, heart, mind, and soul. Marijuana creates a blurry connection — not a clear connection. THC, the mind-altering component of marijuana, stays in the body for 30 days. If you smoke several times a week, your clarity is always impaired. After 30 days of clean living, you can start to experience your meditative experiences with more clarity.

      About mediumship — the only safe energy to channel is the real essence of your true self — your higher self. Do not ever channel entities, because they create a foggy condition in your aura, similar to marijuana and alcohol influences.

  46. Gabriel says:

    Another question.
    I used to meditate, but since I started to go to the university I didn’t feel the benefits of meditating anymore.
    Could the smoking have an influence on us trying to get in a meditative state? Because my head can’t stop when I’m high… but I mean, when I’m smoking weekly, but sobber, could it disturb my meditation?
    Or what could I do to clean my aura again?

    Thanks a lot!

  47. Joel,

    Thank you so much for this very interesting article. I have been contemplating this topic for a few years now and your article has finally helped me to determine a conclusion. Personally I have smoked fewer then 20 times within my life and I have always felt a distortion within myself once under the influence. I know now from introspection that the strong reason for why I smoked was the influence and at times pressure of others.

    There are many instances where I become very sensitive and receptive to the words and actions of others making me become easily persuaded to do something in order to be socially accepted. But upon healing isolated introspection I always regret these actions because I truly feel that I am not listening to my inner guidance and being my true self.

    There is a small voice inside that tells me every time that I do not need these substances and that I should reject them. Each time I would consume them in the past it was not enjoyable but frankly, I did it because others were doing it and invited me to join.

    Your article has helped to pinpoint the exact life lesson that I am struggling with and I agree with a lot of the points that you have made. Fortunately I am healing myself more and more through healthy choices and a denial of obviously detrimental substances but I still have problems with being around certain people who’s habits are not necessarily “bad” but at this point in my spiritual evolution would only serve to lead me astray.

    So I thank you again for this article, it has really helped me make a rule for myself to never again consume any alcohol or marijuana. It is now on the top of my list with fast food!

  48. Well said, Kelvin!

    As your spiritual awareness evolves, you realize that anything distorting your clear divine perception is a disruption. And, strangely enough, you realize that drugs don’t take you higher, but instead lower your consciousness. That’s because you have evolved beyond the frequency where drugs exist, to a higher, or deeper, level of perception. And at that deeper level, you can drop the social brainwashing that it is normal to smoke, drink, and eat sugar.

  49. lauren says:

    God bless you for writing this article! I have been smoking for 14 years, with the last two years being very heavy- smoking pretty much every two hours, every day. I have been slowly growing spiritually. Lately I feel as if I’ve been catapulted forward in my spiritual journey. Something has been telling me to let the marijuana go. It has helped me in the past but now no longer serves me.
    Reading your article was a warm blanket, giving me comfort in my decision.
    I admit- I am afraid of what quitting is going to feel like mentally- but I know it’s the right decision for myself and my family. I asked myself, “Lauren, what are you going to do when you have a craving, are sad, mad, stressed, .etc?”…and the only 3 answers I could come up with are to 1. meditate 2. pray 3. exercise
    And that’s exactly what you said !
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this article, and for spending your time responding to all the comments given, good or bad :D
    People need to realize that the only true source of comfort is the Divine.
    GOD BLESS

    • Mike says:

      lauren, I would say do not discontinue your breathing exercise, if you’re smoking that much you’re performing breathe work, even if it is smoke. Just switch to air….I really think the breathing has a lot do to with becoming relaxed. It’s what you would be doing while meditating. slow study breathing. When I was trying to, I could take a whole minute to complete one breathe. I think if I continue I could take longer breathes….

  50. Lauren, congratulations on recognizing your divine connection to Source!

    The three healthy personal resources you mentioned, 1. meditate, 2. pray, and 3. exercise, are excellent ways to get your personal power back.

    I’d also recommend number 4, which is nutrition. You need enough protein and healthy fats to feel strong and stable in body and mind. This resource will help you create grounded, nutrient-dense meals: http://drcate.com/the-four-pillars-of-world-cuisine/

    And here is number 5:
    To further boost your divine alignment, please utilize these spiritual resources:
    http://cosmic-living.com/bundled-audio-training-mp3-sets/

    And explore self-empowerment here: http://cosmic-living.com/modern-issues/

  51. Gabriel says:

    Hey Joel,
    I haven’t smoke for almost 2 weeks now and I really don’t miss it, I wasn’t addicted. But it was a bless to read your article and bring more clarity about this subject to my mind. I began to meditate again and I see that I’m not getting in such profound meditative states as I did before, I did some more time and practice for that.
    I would like to know if you have some more articles/opnions about the spiritual influence of eating meat and eating too much. I’m taking this spiritual path really serious and I want to growth and find my inner peace as soon as possible (with patience, of course :D).

    Thanks a lot, God bless you!

  52. Good news, Gabriel.

    Meditation is subtle. Discover the subtle differences in your consciousness each day. Do not compare or judge your meditation from one day to the next.

    As you let go of marijuana and alcohol, you feel your feelings more. This may seem, at first, to be limiting your meditation. Actually, your meditation is becoming more real, because it includes your body, your emotions, and all the aspects of your self.

    Your spiritual goal is to be grounded and centered in this world. Discover how traditional nutrient-dense foods can help you do this:
    http://drcate.com/the-four-pillars-of-world-cuisine/
    http://nutritionaltyping.mercola.com/Login.aspx

    I have an article on the importance of good nutrition:
    http://cosmic-living.com/uncategorized/if-your-positive-intention-determines-your-well-being/

  53. Pieter says:

    Dear Joel

    Thank you for this interesting read. I’ve read with a lot of recognition, though i tend to look different to some of the issues you propose. But thats the good thing about life, all is well even though we may differ.

    I’ve got a question concerning what you see as a soul. I assume you live with the idea that there is one ground for all life, but correct me if i’m wrong. Ill get back to this.
    First before firing off the questions, let me say that i’ve had my time with marihuana. Have overused it in the past and when i quit, i returned to my body to feel the pain and neglected emotions i had from the past. I’m glad i had the opportunity and courage to quit smoking for 7,5 months.
    However, there are good reasons why people drink and/or smoke. I’m not saying its good or bad, but i know from my own personal experience i had my reasons to smoke. I just couldnt find a proper balance.
    But what i’ve found out, was that in the end it doesnt matter. It doesnt matter because in the end there is this one reality. And i am a part of this reality, and so is marihuana, alcohol, etc.

    This brings me to my question.
    How can there be an individual soul? Or what’s your stand on this?

    I’m involved with reading Alan Watts lately, and i must say that he has convinced me there is no need for an individual soul. How can there be something separate in this reality?
    I will be honest with you, last week after 7,5 months i smoked a bit again. The funny thing is i ended up losing myself. As Alan Watts names it ‘All in All’. But since then, i realize there is no such thing as an individual self, or an individual soul. There is no need for it.

    I’d love to hear from you, cause i do think its good to help people not to start smoking or abusing marihuana. And as an expert, i know it can be nasty..

    Sincerly,
    Pieter

  54. Intriguing insights, Pieter.

    Divine source creates each soul as unique, otherwise it would be pointless to create replicated identical souls. Divine source does this for its own consciousness expansion.

    Though each soul is unique, each soul also holds the entirety of the universe within itself. However, each soul contributes its unique point of view, and that is why each soul is important to the whole universe.

    Alan Watts is a great thinker, and I’m a fan of his. However, he may have a tendency to be clever just for the sake of it — he makes you look at things in a fresh way.

    When you go deep within yourself, you find both your universality, and your unique identity. Both co-exist.

    Alcohol and marijuana seemingly help people find the universality, but these mind-shifting substances obscure the uniqueness that can only be recognized when your body-emotions-mind-soul are clear and harmonized with each other. To find the deepest universal truth, you bring your clear awareness ever deeper within the cosmic truth of your inner being.

    Anything that keeps you from having a clear knowingness of your essential unique nature is slowing your spiritual progress.

    For deeper insights about individual / universal consciousness: http://cosmic-living.com/uncategorized/if-you-are-made-of-universal-consciousness/

  55. BlessedbyJah says:

    Hi there,

    Well I have smoked marijuana for many years (about 11-12 years ago I smoked it every day, however not so much these days (only once in a blue moon…)… I never had any problems with smoking it… then about 5 years ago I stopped smoking it coz I didn’t like the feelings that I was getting (anxiety type feelings) while stoned… I then started getting interested in spirituality and reading lots of books on spirituality and nutrition, eating very healthy and I started getting into yoga and meditation… I then stopped drinking also… I felt great – I felt more connected and loving towards everything…. then it suddenly took a turn…. I was psychically attacked by the yoga instructor and started experiencing all sorts of weird psychic phenomenon and telepathic communications that started off ok but then got pretty scary and full on (death threats and all that – and ordering me to shave my head and move to India to live in an ashram etc etc… I had issues sleeping and had all sorts of physical sensations (even something psychically raped me and there was even blood on the sheets… this has been going on and off for 3 years now (getting less now but still have moments of attacks mainly at night and also moments of sensing positive guides helping me etc…

    I have had to learn psychic self defense in order to protect myself as best I can (have had help from spiritual healers (some have helped temporarily – others say that they have but have felt no different…) and the negative entities that attack also had blocked or altered my ability to visualise clearly and sometimes not at all (every time I tried visualising surrounding myself with white golden light or protective symbols for instance – it (the entities) would change it to something else (the oposite) and get me frustrated… I had to then give up on trying to protect myself with visualisations (even though that’s what the majority of healers advise) and I had to learn to use feeling love sensations from my heart instead…. (anyway, I stopped smoking weed as I felt that it may make matters worse….

    By this stage it was only once in a blue moon and only a tiny puff which was a minimal affect) until one day someone offered me some marijuana that was high in CBD (Canibidiol) and low in THC (at first I was skeptical and very nervous as to what may happen but then thought what the heck as I have begun to also consciously reduce any fears or negative energies and increase positive thoughts and stimulating high ‘loving’ vibrations in relation to anything, (as I discovered that fear and negativity seems to be what was feeding these ‘entities’ and high positive vibrations is what dissipates any attacks)…. anyway, after trying the high CBD weed, I found that I could visualise again very clearly and easily (and I heard a positive guide say the word ‘camouflage’ so I then visualised surrounding myself in a camouflaged aura…) it was a super clear visualisation and it worked (and I hadn’t been able to visualise properly in the 3 years since the beginning of this psychic attack) – I had no ill effects at all (I was feeling great – positively uplifted and I didn’t get as high as I normally used to with the regular weed (that is predominantly high in THC and low in CBD…. I also had the best sleep that I had had in a very long time and woke up feeling great…

    I have since read many many many great things about CBD being the key ingredient for medicinal quality marijuana and positively affecting the pineal gland and helping the brain / spinal area to produce other chemicals that the body uses in healing many ailments… so perhaps the foggy and unhealthy aura of marijuana users that is seen by energy sensitives has only been tested on those who are smoking high THC strains?? As I have to say i’m now contemplating growing my own high CBD strain as it seems to be the thing that may help me get my visualisation skills back on board and hence my confidence levels back up to where they were before all this (i was really good at visualising before all this started)…

    I have also since read a lot about meditation and yoga and about the many dangers and common occurrences of negative psychic experiences (associated with psychic attacks by other practitioners who have developed psychic abilities and use and abuse them for negative purposes…) the problem with meditation and yoga instructors is they never teach you about having to psychically protect yourself and ground yourself fully before meditating etc and that is where all MY problems started…. (not with smoking weed…)… and I also have a Buddhist friend who meditates regularly and lives in India who also gets psychically attacked and he doesn’t smoke weed at all… so my point is:

    Meditation alone can be dangerous without proper precautions and conscious psychic protection and grounding… so it can also foggy the aura and be unhealthy and ungrounding (but of course spiritual advisors and healers don’t tell you THAT!) the same can be said of marijuana use… people need to consciously psychically protect themselves when they open themselves up on that level (I believe both (and many different paths) have the potential to open the chakras and the mind to higher consciousness experiences, but all paths are equally as dangerous if done carelessly as it also opens you up to the astral plane which has many dark beings which I now know….

    I do a psychic protection ritual every night before I go to sleep (and most nights it works – some nights I get attacked and it needs reinforcing and then it seems to dissipate…. I also do psychic protection rituals before I meditate or drink alcohol or any drugs….

  56. Hello Blessed By Jah,

    It is very empowering that you discovered the importance of centering yourself before sleep, and before meditation. Centering rituals build mindfulness, and integrate the body, mind, and soul. Thank you for sharing your experiences and discoveries.

    To further cleanse and empower yourself, please explore these articles:

    http://cosmic-living.com/modern-issues/how-can-i-stay-centered-in-this-time-of-rapid-transformation/

    http://cosmic-living.com/articles/how-to-clear-your-energy-blocks/

    http://cosmic-living.com/uncategorized/how-to-cleanse-your-own-soul/

    http://cosmic-living.com/uncategorized/how-can-you-maintain-your-personal-space/

  57. BlessedbyJah says:

    Oh and just a side thought….

    isn’t it funny how meditation / spiritual / yoga / wellness practitioners never mention about performing psychic protection and grounding techniques before embarking on meditation / hypnosis or other so spiritual development techniques as they do not want to scare people off buying their products / going to their classes / following their ‘guru’… they don’t want people to know that there may be negative side-affects / dangers of opening chakras and opening up to the spiritual realms as it is the murky astral realms where we go to when we first enter a meditative state… so just like your comment in your article about the various industries keeping marijuana illegal so that they can sell their products and so that hemp doesn’t kill off all their business… so to could be said about the huuuuuge wellness industry and many ‘healers’ claiming that things such as marijuana makes your aura foggy and unhealthy and claiming that it damages their sole and inhibits spiritual growth… when realistically their are many paths to higher consciousness and many ways to raise your spiritual vibrations (which doesn’t necessarily have to be visualising! which most meditation / hypnosis cds have you do).

    In my experience I have found that playing an instrument; singing; going for a bushwalk; gardening; giving love and gratitude to everything – water, food, plants, animals, mother Earth; being around positive people; hanging out with children; walking a dog to the beach; burying your feet in the sand; saying daily prayers of gratitude before going to sleep; breathing deeply the fresh air; eating healthy, consciously selected foods; daily reflection; positive affirmations… etc etc works wayyyyy better than any meditational / visualisations / hypnosis cds for cleansing aura (and I tried many in the past few years) (and therefore, the wellness industry is also using the ‘marijuana is bad’ / ‘meditation is good’ technique (without going into more scientific details about the positives and negatives of both? to sell more of their own products… to scare people into thinking marijuana is the bad guy and meditation is the good guy?

    to be honest marijuana has brought me more peace and harmony than any meditation… once when I was doing a chakra cleansing meditation cd I felt great then dropped into sleep (only to find a male being next to me who had clammy skin and no pupils in his eyes (only white eyes – and a bald shaven head… he said something to me, and I touched him on the heart gently asking ‘are you ok?’ then he stabbed me in the solar plexis and I woke up gasping for breath…. so anyway – I have gone off hypnosis / meditational cds now… oh but it just so happens that this website sells cds on meditation ‘aura cleansing’ and such… so perhaps my comment wont be published haha :) so I will stop there…

    peace to all, and each to their own and there is no need to critocize(sp) another person’s journey as we all are one yet unique and having individual experiences, figuring things out on our own along the way, uniquely… xxx

  58. Blessed By Jah,

    Excellent insights about the issues involving ungrounded meditation and visualizations.

    Anytime a person is too open to the lower astral planes, they need to do all they can to stay centered, including the excellent methods of exercising and creating positive environments that you mentioned.

    However, when people are overly open to such other-dimensional influences, it is unwise to utilize marijuana or alcohol, because these weaken the aura even more, and leave the user more open to negative influences.

  59. Soma says:

    Dear Joel
    Thanks for this article. I red all the comments. As for me, the use of cannabis is absolutely not to escape from anything, it is to make connection and dive into the source. I am very sensitive and a deep seeker, however I do not meditate as much as I would like to. However, I am very attentive/regardful and try to follow my spiritual enhancement in all-day-situations as well (as well as dealing with all sorts of “negative” feelings). So the question I have: As long as I feel a great benefit in using the weed, can there be a responsible use AND a spiritual developement? Due to the fact, that I had my most impressive experiences with the ONE on ganja. And I wouldn’t say that I am on level one from 10…
    As second: You always bring marijuana up with alcohol and put it on the same stage. My experience is, that alcohole is NEVER a benefit neither for spirituality nor for the body. Alcohol has a poor vibration and bad energy. So please you should be more distinguish. Same for tobacco. I see the problem mixing and smoking the weed with tobacco. Tobacco has like Alcohole no benefits for spiritual growth. However, have you carefully examined the aura and energy of people vaporizing or intake by digesting? This makes a huge difference.
    Looking forward hearing from you
    love
    Soma

  60. Hello, Soma

    You want to dive into the divine source — that’s excellent. You’ve had some spiritual experiences, and that’s wonderful. Finding the divine within your body requires clarity.

    You’re not meditating as much as you would like to — so here’s the invitation to meditate more. Meditation helps you link your body, heart, mind, and soul, with the divine.

    When a person consciously deals with their negative feelings, that’s a good trend. The problem is that marijuana makes it harder to sense the deeper heavy feelings. So to do your emotional work more mindfully, you’d need to sense your feelings without any altered states interfering with your process.

    It’s true that alcohol is different than marijuana. You hear of drinkers getting into fights, but not smokers. However, there is a curious similarity, and that is that both these substances create a fog in the aura, and both these substances open the aura to negative entities. Of course, the alcohol entities are a bit more unpleasant, but the pot entities are gumming up the aura, just the same.

    When I scan the people using vaporizers, they seem to be getting a somewhat more clean and other-dimensional experience. However, it still takes them off center, and leaves their aura somewhat dispersed, rather than properly grounded and centered.

    Here’s my recommendation for anyone wanting deeper access to their own spiritual potential. This mp3 instruction guides you step-by-step so that you can stabilize, go deeply into your divine center, and navigate the waters of consciousness within your own self:
    http://cosmic-living.com/your-sacred-center-bundled-mp3-set-renew-from-your-inner-wellspring/

  61. Soma says:

    Joel, thank you for your superfast answer. Please let me add one or two more questions.

    Why are the benefits of cannabis so tremendous for the physically body? As a medecine, there is hardly any limit as a cure. Thanks god I didn’t experience any heavy illness. Still, taking cannabis on a regular basis (I quit using it for a half a year now) helped me not getting the flu or any cold for two years. Bevore, and these days, I have to struggle with this sort of discomforts.

    You wrote the illegality of cannabis is based on the interests of large (multi-national) companies. This is true for a part. But it doesn’t explane the US-crusade against this plant all over the world (they pay till this day an annual financial compensation to the kingdom of Nepal to let them keep hemp illegal – only one example). After a lot of research, I have the only clue that this demonization, which started in the 30s of the last centurie, took and takes place to keep mankind unconcious, in your words – to keep them on stage one – and make sure to have them as loyal and faithful worker for the system. I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy-theorizer, but what else can it be? I can’t imagine that the System banned a plant for the sake of us all. A valued plant, which has served us at least for 4500 years, most likely for 6500(!) years. I don’t know if you have got made up your mind about this topic ore not. If yes, I’d appreciate to read about your thoughts on this.

    And last: You say, that Sadhus and some other spiritual masters achieved their high state of mind NOT DUE TO cannabis, they achieved it DESPITE of cannabis. However, I am now insecure: What is their motivation for somking weed? If it reduces their energy-field, is fogging their Aura and disorts their mind-body-soul-balance? I suppose there has to be a benefit, they are everyday heavy smokers, though.

    Sorry, one last thing, maybe even a new topic: all the microwaves from cellphone (4G heavy pulsing), wireless and so on is reducing the aura and it is not that easy to garding it against or keep it wide and clean. Isn’t that even more of an issue?

    Loads of questions, however you see I am really interested in understanding it.
    love
    Soma

    Thanks for the mp3-hints. I will check them pleasently

  62. Soma,

    There are some healing benefits from certain forms of marijuana, but the issues of aura fogging remain. If certain plants are medicines, that means that they should only be used in limited circumstances, for very specific medicinal purposes. This is not how people generally use marijuana.

    The illegality of marijuana serves various purposes:
    1. By linking marijuana to the hemp industry, it protects industries that are in competition with hemp products.

    2. It provides for a large prison industry, a large law enforcement industry, and a general climate of fear, which makes people more controllable.

    3. It provides various government and quasi-government departments with a means of raising their own funds, via their own drug-running enterprises.

    4. It moves people towards alcohol, which is a drug that lowers people’s consciousness in a specific way that serves certain interests.
    _____________________________________

    Marijuana diffuses consciousness, as healers have noted when they sense the auras of marijuana smokers. This is different than what alcohol does, but diffused auras do not lead towards clarity and integration of body, mind, and soul.

    Regarding those types of sadhus in India who smoke, they are not seeking the clarity of real enlightenment. They seek an altered state, which is a very different thing. Altered states appeal to those who wish to avoid their emotional pain, and replace it with a diffused experience that temporarily helps them avoid their deeper issues.

    For insights about protecting yourself from the dangers of wireless, see this:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/EMFSafetyZone

    To protectively grid your home from EMF, see this: http://www.orgonecrystals.com/store/proddetail.php?prod=12-tower-busters

  63. Doesn't Matter says:

    Alright, I’ll try to keep this as short as possible. I started useing pot (after getting out the army and not having used it my whole life) and loved it. Me and my buddies smoked A LOT of pot for a good 6 months (maybe 5, whatever.) Every damn day. Some times I would just laze around (as pot smokers are prone to do), some times I’d try to meditate and work on spiritual aspects while on it. The conclusion I came to was the exact same thing as you, sir. Don’t get me wrong, I had plenty of wonderful experiences with it, but as the months rolled on, along with the building of a physical tolerance toward it, things began to change.

    I’ve tried to lead a spiritual life for many years now, I work regularly with my Chakras and what have you. I take my spirituality very seriously. I began to feel depressed, alone, isolated and had a strong feeling of being on the ‘wrong path.’ I got angry at my friends for no reason, I began to think about killing myself and so on a so forth. Not to mention it became rather clear that pot was working as a doorway (for me) to let in various negative entities and manipulative dimensional creatures, which in turn generated those emotional ups and downs and strange desires that were clearly not my own. I’ve dealt with such manipulative SOBs for many years now, but after being psychologically addicted to pot for a good number of months, I foolishly swung the doors wide open for the bastards. I’d go into detail about what has been happening around my house in regards to these unseen predators and parasites, but I don’t want to take up too much time.

    Suffice to say, I’m preparing to deal with them. I’m at the point now where pot has served it’s purpose and my spirit is pulling me away from it. I’m at a cross roads now, either keep using it and continue making up justifications that please my ego and cravings, or push through the BS I generated and come out the other side. There’s no point in lying about it, that’s the way it is. Not to mention some of the more positive entities I’ve dealt with have said more or less the same thing as you.

    Now, I am not saying this change anyone’s mind on what they do with their bodies (both physical and non-physical), I am only relating my story and how things panned out in my own life. Your article as been very helpful, sir… thank you.

  64. Great insights.

    You’re getting your power back, one day at a time.

    Each time an entity appears, calmly but firmly enclose it in strong divine light, and lift it off the earth plane, and into the higher infinite dimension, so it can be released. It takes persistent work, especially on this interesting planet.

    One day at a time is the key to regaining your sovereignty. Tune into the divine light of your soul within you, and turn up the soul power each day, so you can shine with the true light of your cosmic self.

  65. Dennis says:

    Hi Joel,

    I very much loved this article, it resonated with me very well.

    About 2 months ago, I had my spiritual awakening. I am 22 years old, and I have been smoking marijuana since I was 17 or so. Before I had this awakening I had the mindset that it was not bad for me, or I refused to believe it was.

    Now that I know it did me no good, I am trying to heal my aura and my thoughts.

    I have been meditating for the past month now, and it helps me. I also went to a spiritual retreat last week called ShivYog. It was really excellent, and the host was Avdhoot Baba Shivanand. He is a ascended master which is reincarnated on Earth and it was a blessing to be able to see him. He was talking about how drugs and alcohol turns you into zombies and he can easily see it in peoples aura as energy leaks. I received alot of grace and healing from him and he is my guru. I never got the chance to ask him how I can heal myself completely.

    What are some ways that I can heal my soul/aura from the damage that the marijuana did?

    I appreciate the time you took to answer all of the questions. Thanks so much.

  66. Congratulations, Dennis.

    Now that you’re awake, you can seek clarity and spiritual depth each day.

    How can you heal your soul and aura, after having compromised your aura, which is your sacred boundary?

    1. Breathe consciously into your core, so that you are unifying your breath, your body, and your energy.

    2. Feel your feelings within, and love them, rather than judging or avoiding them. Let your love of your feelings be like the love of unconditionally loving parents. Intend for the love to gently melt the heavy feelings, a little bit each day.

    3. Unite your core with your higher self, and with the cosmic consciousness of the universe. Sense your higher self and cosmic consciousness shining within your core; do not leave your body to access these energies.

    4. Do not compare yourself with anyone, or judge yourself.

    5. Avoid overly-yin substances, such as too much fruit and bread, any sugar, alcohol, or marijuana. The dispersed energetic condition these substances create is overly yin, so that you can not be healthfully focused and aligned in your body.
    – Stabilize and strengthen yourself with enough protein daily.
    – Include healthy fat in your diet, such as butter or coconut oil every day to strengthen your nerves.
    – Nourish yourself with vegetables, rice and beans.
    – Avoid low-fat or low-protein diets, as they are un-grounding and de-stabilizing.

    6. Use the resources on this site, including all the articles and posts, and the mp3 techniques offered here, so that you can regard yourself as an expression of universal consciousness, rather than a victim.

  67. Ale says:

    Hi thank you for the article. Does alcohol have similar effects on the aura? Thank you alexandra

  68. Alexandra, both marijuana and alcohol create a foggy aura, but in somewhat different ways.

    Alcohol seems to affect the brain more adversely, and is associated with violence.

    Marijuana creates a somewhat sticky aura, which attracts entities. These entities are not violent, however they create a friendly, but foggily confused state.

    In general, extroverts are more attracted to alcohol, and introverts are more attracted to marijuana.

    In both cases, people are not able to integrate their deepest awareness between body, emotions, mind, and soul.

    Use your breath and your consciousness to deeply unite all the aspects of your true self – the cosmic presence of your body, your emotions, your mind, and your soul.

  69. Hare Krishna says:

    I’ve come to the point where… I have no life.

    No friends, no work, nothing I love to do, no inspiration, dwindling hope for improvement.

    For me, If I don’t vaporize cannabis after a few days… I feel that killing myself is the best choice.

    I care about spiritual development. I study many truths. But for whatever reason, I haven’t been blessed with inspiration towards any goal or path. This state of existence is hellish. A little Cannabis makes it bearable and even a bit enjoyable being alive as me… I can positively interact with family members (when sober), have a bit more motivation to get chores and such done, study esoteric ideas, make healthier dietary choices, and generally enjoy things more.

    So if the option is, drop cannabis, have a less “sticky”/disconnected aura, OR continue using moderately and feel a least some happiness and levity, with a dash of hope… I’ll pick the latter.

  70. Hare Krishna,

    You’re a good person. Bless yourself, and extend kindness to yourself. Forgive yourself, and forgive the world, for anything and everything.

    Do what works for now.

    The deepest motivation will come from within you. You’ll get there, when you’re willing to breathe through the feelings within. Do it gently and gradually, and you’ll contact your deeper passion.

    Remove any wireless technology, and replace with wired ethernet cables. People don’t realize how zapped and anxious they are from wireless frequencies.

    Eat enough protein and fat to integrate your body and mind. It’s hard to be motivated if you’re feeling spacey. There are many resources about this topic; here’s one I trust: http://drcate.com/deep-nutrition-mae-simple/

    This site has some excellent, free, empowerment trainings worth exploring: http://www.personalgrowthcourses.net/

    • Hare Krishna says:

      Thank you for such a useful and meaningful reply.

      And thank you for the article, it showed me what I should keep in mind. As I grow stronger I will not choose to rely on cannabis for peace of mind and inspiration/awareness.

      I don’t know if it was purely imagination but, I decided that since I was going to use cannabis again (after reading this, at first, I vowed to quit, until my bout of depression), this time I’d try to spend most of the time aware of my thoughts/actions, meditating, mantra, etc.

      I was also able to sense one of these docile “entities” you speak of,… it/he seemed not to be evil, but maybe somewhat of a prankster. It was surprised to learn that I could hear and react to it. When I tried to find out if he was “on my team”, through a coin toss, he refused to participate for unknown reasons, and began to quiet/leave. I basically said to him, if he’s not going to be positive entity, he should leave me alone.

      When I extended my awareness beyond my home, I found a giant pink-light emanating statue meditating peacefully on my roof. No wonder it is so peaceful here.

      Another strange thing… there was an evil cloud like entity, spreading hateful thoughts and discord. Krishna came and attempted to engage it, it entered him and he momentarily became demonish… then returned to his normal form… however he now had some hateful thoughts as well. It took me to pull the demon out energetically and form a black hole for it to be dispersed. Perhaps some kind of personal lesson?

      In material reality, I just feel that I am not earning my right to exist here sometimes but, I know it is foolish to think that way.

      Thanks again for your help. I’ll use the resources you provided.

  71. Hare Krishna,

    You were created to help people – the Creator has a noble purpose in mind for each unique soul who the Creator has created. Each day, discover ways to improve yourself, and find ways to understand humanity, so you can be of service in ways great and small.

    Being conscious requires integrating body, emotions, mind, and soul. Anything that blocks this integration interferes with your path of helping people.

    Make your light strong and focused, so you can release entities and influences around you back to divine source.

    The primary spiritual contact for you is between your soul and the infinite divine source. This is why entities, drugs, and needlessly negative thoughts fragment and weaken you – they are all distortions that block your path of direct knowing.

  72. Theo says:

    I just had one small puff of a joint, like I do nearly every night and now wondering if this state of mind is hindering my spiritual growth in any way.
    Do you think that one small puff after dinner, that only seems to last an hour or two affect me?
    I dont really have any problems in my life that I am trying to run away from. I just enjoy the feeling and relax.
    Sorry if this has already been answered, but it too much for me to read!

  73. Theo, it’s taking you somewhat out of your body. And as it’s in your body daily, the THC is always in you. That means you’re not able to integrate body-mind-spirit as effectively as you otherwise might.

    There are nutritional ways to relax – read about the magnesium supplement, Natural Calm, for example.

    To replicate the relaxing effects you desire, explore relaxing breathing techniques, such as this easy and effective method:

    1. Breathe in for four slow counts.

    2. Hold for four slow counts.

    3. Breathe out for four slow counts.

    4. Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 for a few minutes, or as long as it feels comfortable, but do not force it.

    This simple technique balances your brainwaves, releases stress, calms your emotions, and helps you integrate into your body.

  74. Jah Sun says:

    I would like to hear about what you think of using Salvia Divinorum for spiritual work?

  75. Interesting question, Jah Sun.

    Salvia Divinorum, in a way somewhat similar to Ayahuasca, blasts open the upper chakras, and weakens the boundary between the material and the sub-atomic worlds. This may seem at first to be helpful to spiritual awakening, but it has side effects. I observe that the aura is weakened, with a loss of healthy boundary.

    True spiritual awakening is grounded and centered. It takes place gradually, and you are able to integrate the experience, build a strong center, and cultivate a strong sense of divine self, within a healthy aura.

    When you use substances to make a spiritual experience happen, it forces the opening of your energy field, and this can produce a fragmented condition in the aura that is destabilizing. Though some may call these results spiritual, there are safer, non-substance ways to open your consciousness, without the side effects.

    Patience pays in all things, including in your spiritual development.

  76. Jah Sun says:

    Thank you for the reply, that’s the answer I was expecting. But I’ve read some scientific studies on salvia that say it helps people fight addictions. Being that I just gave up cannabis a few days ago, cold-turkey, to pursue my true spirituality. I am going to try a couple salvia experiences and call it good. And when I do use, I will bless the salvia beforehand, center myself, say a prayer to Jah for protection and hopefully meet the Divine Sage Goddess.

    Namaste. :)

  77. Jah Sun,

    Congratulations on pursuing your true spirituality!

    Your conscious usage of salvia, ideally temporarily, may help you get over the gap after being a long term cannabis user.

    In time, you’ll need to activate your own conscious capacity to see and feel the sub-atomic levels. Once you practice this and activate your subtle sensing, you’ll no longer regard substances as appropriate ways to know yourself as a cosmic being in a cosmic universe.

    To support your deeper path, rebuild your physical body as a divine temple while you develop your spirit. These traditional foods will help you rebuild yourself on many levels:
    http://www.westonaprice.org/beginner-videos/traditional-fats-and-sacred-foods-video-by-sarah-pope

  78. Jah Sun says:

    That is my goal of using the divine mint, completely removing the need for substances to gain spiritual insight, kinda hypocritical. It seems I just can’t meditate the same since giving up cannabis. And thanks for that list of traditional foods, I’m glad I have chickens that produce the best eggs ever!

  79. Jah Sun, blessings on all levels as you re-discover your empowered essence.

    When you let go of spiritual crutches, you feel the suppressed feelings and thoughts, and that can be a challenge. You’ll need to breathe through them with compassion.

    These healing articles will help:
    http://cosmic-living.com/modern-issues/

    This spiritual researcher has a good free program for self healing and empowerment:
    http://www.insightcourse.net/course_description

  80. Michael Shell says:

    Hey there. I have recently quit weed as I found too that it was lowering my vibration. In addition to this it was affecting my short term memory and leaving me fuzzy. I had my third eye opened about 6 years ago and started to see auras. I used a technique of chanting “may” with a middle C note into my third eye and through my crown chakra. Unfortunately I tried to continue this spiritual growth through continued used of marijuana. This seriously stunted my spiritual progress and kept my second sight dim.

    I didn’t realize the profound consequences at the time but my mother passed away from colon cancer. I was able to only perceive her illness as if someone had thrown charcoal dust into her sunshine yellow and pink halo around her head. This experience left me daunted and I have only recently been able to stop smoking marijuana recently again. It has only been a couple of weeks and I have already started to notice my crown chakra starting to open again with shivery sensations all over my head so hopefully I can open again after this daunting and chilling experience.

    I’m sure that if I had not smoked marijuana in the first place that I wouldn’t have come to this horrible conclusion with my mother dying. I do hope that I can learn Astral Projection or see her in spirit however.

    I really appreciate your article as it has really been illuminating because I have felt a heavy blanket over me all this time as I had been hiding from my true feelings through drugs. Many blessings…

  81. Michael,

    Congratulations for discovering that clarity is the key to empowerment. Your inner perception will keep improving as you detox, replenish your nutrients, and practice staying centered.

    Many people detox by taking cleansing foods daily, such as chlorella. People also cleanse with healing clay to pull the toxins out. Terramin is a good clay brand, and there are others as well.

    Forgive yourself for everything — we’re all doing our best in each moment.

    Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing – may she be blessed with the healing presence of the divine.

    Astral projection may interfere with your integration and centering.

    Instead, access the infinite within you. That way, you can access your mother’s soul light, while remaining safely in your own sacred temple – your body. Trust your imagination, and let the soul contact happen gently and easily.

  82. matt9the9cat says:

    I promise I did not come here to belittle anyone ( a friend posted this article on facebook), but this article is full of empty arguments. Spiritual pseudoscience is empty to begin with, but if you are going to make a claim about how a chemical affects everyone then you should have some evidence to support that claim. Unfortunately those who “work” in this field of spiritual pseudoscience do not bother with evidence. Real science has discovered that chemicals can have widely different effects on different people as well as different effects on the same person at different times. The only evidence we have to understand how drugs affect the body deals with our scientific understanding of biology and psychology. As to whether or not there is even such a thing as a “spirit” or “aura” for any drug to have an effect on in the first place is not known.

    • Galileo says:

      I find it funny how people think they are clever and intelligent when they believe dogmatically in science 100%, as if it had a monopoly on truth.

      Do you really think the scientific method is the ONLY method to reach truth? Do you think all truths are material/empirical? That there are no other truths to be gained from thought, imagination, consciousness, perception? These are unarguably MUCH more real, and necessary components in the discovery of all truth, including scientific!

      Just because you can’t simply measure something with a device or it doesn’t have a current scientific explanation, doesn’t mean it isn’t real and influential. I’ll bet you haven’t ever meditated, you rationalize your dreams, consciousness and unexplainable experiences away as simple, uninteresting electro-chemical properties within your brain. You’re essentially an automaton that has been shackled by a single operating system, completely unaware and blind to anything which it doesn’t support. The perfect recipe for another comfortable slave. It is not coincidence that the current system supports and “rewards” the general population who adhere to your closed paradigm, while the folks at the top are well aware of deeply hidden truths and profit by the vast ignorance of the populous.

      From my perspective, you are just as ignorant as the Christian who says “Well, what this says isn’t represented in the Bible so, it’s nonsense to began with.” And then you go on to insult the writer (probably unknowingly, as ignorant buffoons often do) by calling what he does “work”. Subtlety hinting from atop your high horse that you don’t consider his service to be work at all.

      WAKE UP. The only way out of the nearly valueless (School>Corporate Work>Retire>Die) cycle you’ve very likely found yourself in is to CHOOSE to open your mind and investigate your own consciousness through well established and ancient methods (meditation, studying how to open your pineal gland=3rd eye, studying texts/concepts of ancient masters, vibration and resonance would be strong start). If you can bring yourself to expand your awareness without rationalizing it all away as hogwash, since it can’t be easily replicated and/or doesn’t have simple logical explanation which neatly fits into your current limited paradigm; then you’ll soon be astonished by how narrow a spectrum you had limited your vision of truth to.

      I truly wish you the best. You have the keys to your cell when you find the courage, (or perhaps the existential desperation) necessary to open it.

      • Galileo,

        Everybody’s waking up at their own pace, in their own time.

        Before a soul is ready to raise their consciousness, they have to be sufficiently focused. That’s what many of the so-called rationalists are doing. They’re not ready to open to the multidimensional nature of reality, so they build their case for a narrow and limited universe that their rational brain can understand.

        One of these lifetimes, their soul will be ready to recognize the deeper nature of this multiverse, but until then, they’ll be focused on understanding reality from their comfortably narrow perspective – and that’s perfect for such souls, for now.

      • Theodore says:

        G, I agree with you, the science reality model is a farce.

    • George says:

      Simply enough, science is spirituality. The scientific theory is spirituality. Without spirituality and belief there would never and will never be science.

  83. Matt,

    Thank you for sharing your understanding of the situation.

  84. Adan says:

    Hi Joel,

    Great article just what I was looking for. I have a question for you I been smoking since I was 13 I would smoke everyday, I am 22 I still smoke once in a while but it doesn’t feel the same I feel like I’m just smoking weed for the fun of it. I am trying to stop now but when I don’t smoke I feel very nervous,anxious, and I can’t sleep. Is there anything that could help me these problems that I’m having? Also I met a lady that is a medium she said my aura was muddy green I looked it up to see what it meant an all the stuff it said was exactly how I am, since I found out I been trying to change my color to a positive one, now I’m trying to be more spiritual but I don’t know where to start can you help me?

    • Adan,

      You’re waking up to your spiritual potential. As you become more aware, you’ll feel the repressed feelings and thoughts – but that’s not a bad thing; it’s part of your spiritual awakening.

      Gently breathe into any unpleasant feelings or thoughts, witness them, and let them release.

      Do a search on “mindfulness” and “witness state” to explore this further.

      You don’t have to change your aura – as you shift your consciousness, the aura changes naturally.

      Support your physical health, so that you can sleep more easily, and flow with your emotions and thoughts more easily. One of the best supplements I’ve found to support smoother sleep is gelatin. Here’s an article about it: http://holdthetoast.com/content/gelatin-blowing-my-mind

      Here’s an article on utilizing healthy protein and fat for physical and emotional well-being: http://www.westonaprice.org/beginner-videos/traditional-fats-and-sacred-foods-video-by-sarah-pope

  85. Adan says:

    Thank you, Joel

  86. Dave says:

    It is if you want it to be, and it isn’t if you want to listen to someone else opinion about how they feel about it.

    Lets start of by saying what is right and what is wrong is opinion. So your article is just your opinion and doesn’t actually mean anything, but to you.

    “One of the reasons often given for avoiding marijuana is the argument that it is illegal, — at least at the time of this writing — and therefore, it must be a bad substance. ”

    This has to be the most ignorant thing ever, and you call yourself “spiritual” or “open minded” ?

    So because of selfish reasons of people that have “authority” over others and are able to pass rules for self interest like making certain substances illegal, they must be bad substances?

    You probably believe the government is also protecting you from the oogyboogy.

    • Dave,

      You’re right — the government’s reasoning for making marijuana illegal is ridiculous. You didn’t really understand the paragraph, possibly because you didn’t read it. Notice the line, just after the one you quoted — “There are historical reasons for marijuana’s illegality, having mostly to do with the economics of hemp.”

      In other words, the economics of hemp has everything to do with the illegality of marijuana, and the other issues have nothing to do with it at all.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this.

    • George says:

      Read the article. It was very nicely written. You can tell right away by the way the article is structured that it is meant to hold out a hand of friendship to marijuana users. We all know how arrogant some of us can get regarding drugs and specifically marijuana. Yes, I admit after reading that paragraph I immediately ridiculed the author in my head that he doesn’t understand why marijuana IS illegal. However the author did immediately counter with saying that he does INDEED believe that marijuana is illegal for a various amount of reasons. I’m also guessing the author once upon a time used marijuana.

      On a separate note, I still believe many drugs including marijuana should be controlled. I once tried a very minute amount of DMT not enough to throw me out the door to other dimensional worlds but an acquaintance of mine did take a full dose and more. From what I can tell when your body and soul is not ready to transcend physicality and take on the dimensional worlds stronger drugs such as the death molecule will take you too far and essentially strip you of all of your auric protection. He reported that demons images spiders lots of dark energy upon seeing him started attacking and entering his body. From my standpoint although not experiencing the attack I think that’s a clear indication that drugs that make you high are double edged swords and therefore should be controlled and restricted. Needless to say my once best friend who I was closely bonded with (we dream shared and shared the same goals in life) has now become my acquaintance which I have little to no contact with due to the change that triggered within him after using DMT. He was just never the same again and was filled with a lot of negativity and hate. In fact I do believe up until a year after using DMT he was possessed under the control of his own ego which was triggered by a negative entity that attached itself to him for that year. But that’s just my opinion based on my experiences.

      • George,

        Sorry to hear of your friend who had the difficult and unfortunate experience.

        The laws to regulate substances may have good intentions, but they lead to the historical problems demonstrated during the Prohibition era. See the amazing Ken Burns documentary on this period of history.

        When you grant people the right to make their own mistakes, they can use, or not use, according to their choice. In a free country, granting them that choice is ultimately more empowering for everyone.

        • George says:

          In the end I believe it’s going to have to take science to catch up to these higher vibrational energies for people to start believing and controlling their uses.

  87. colin says:

    what if I told you that at first I could see many things and feel energy even from space when I first started smoking what if I told you that, that is the only reason I belief in any of this

    what if I told you that smoking weed can actually give you visions and a clear picture of the soul and your aura clearly like you have never seen

    what if I told you that only the over smoking will speed up your visions until they are eventually going a little to fast and a little unclear not to bad… what then?

    and I forgot to mention control over your soul energy and the auras is extremely high in people with high sensitivity (low tolerance) at high dose

    if you smoke marijuana just for the physical pleasure and have never seen anything I would stop for about a week and try visualizing or any aura meditation or energy exorcise the next time you smoke
    and buy a vaporizer bro just type in buy volcano or silver surfer and your body thanks you :D

    • Colin,

      When you open your awareness to the deeper realms of perception, that’s a wonderful thing. The subtle perceptions of the aura and soul are beautiful, indeed.

      Now that you’re visualizing and doing aura / energy meditations, that’s great. And now that you’re able to access the subtle realms, it’s time to stop smoking. The smoke got you in the door of deeper awareness, and now you’re ready to have even deeper experiences – without artificial assistance.

      You’re a discerning individual, so you’re ready to cleanse yourself, and continue with your spiritual explorations in a more direct way.

      To clear the residue, take 3 alfalfa tablets, 3 spirulina tablets, and 3 wheatgrass tablets after every meal. It helps your digestion, helps release the marijuana residue from your body, and helps you raise your vibration, free of artificial assistance.

  88. Thomas says:

    I just thought I would confirm what you already know; what you have said is the truth. I have discovered this on my path as well. Keep up the good work brother.

  89. George says:

    Great article!
    I have been a daily marijuana user for the last 2 years and I definitely felt more than a couple of the effects it has on my aura. Although I wouldn’t say I am an adept in spirituality and various auric concepts I do believe that I can feel subtle energies ESPECIALLY when high on marijuana. I have so far stopped using marijuana do to my own perception that it is no longer helping me spiritually but has started to become a stopping block. I’d like to add that from my experiences with some types of cannabis I would feel an immense amount of energy vibrating from my hands and sometimes if I am in a tight enclosure like the shower I can literally feel warm energy expanding and if I hold out my hands to control it it would stay in place but continue to vibrate even faster until I can’t hold it no longer and the warm energy bubble pops so to speak.

    Although I do agree with the majority of what you say I don’t think its as cut and dry as you put it. An old master I have contact with frequently tells me that as far as he’s concerned Marijuana is an anesthetic and doesn’t really help people like us who are trying to attain oneness. However… I really feel like Marijuana is really a “gateway” drug per say. During high your auric fields get insanely powerful and during those times you are very much in touch with the other dimensions and sometimes can even foretell events. Some stuff I do not say for the universes secrets can not be revealed and true spirituality is about asking questions yourself and figuring it all yourself. But with marijuana you experience something I call synchronicities where you are in sync with the universe and all souls around you. But once the Marijuana dies down in your body your vibration level and energy automatically decrease. I don’t think that decrease is permanent though.

    But I do know that after using marijuana your body and soul sort of are temporarily disabled from re-entering higher dimensions. For example, when you fall asleep to my beliefs your soul and spirit heal in the higher dimensions and re-connect with source. With marijuana use your neurons start firing slower and misfire from a physical standpoint but on a spiritual standpoint you are literally binding your soul to your body so it can not get the rest it needs. All in all I really think its about how you use marijuana. If you abuse it chronically for the sake of feeling high then its bad for your spirituality. (Sometimes I still abuse it but I still feel like its a much better alternative to alcohol) If you use it to partake in spiritual quests and do energy work then its a bit iffy. For example I have only been able to cleanse all of my chakras and keep them clean through meditation with cannabis.

    I learned the ability through marijuana and various spirit guides that are very open during the high of marijuana on how to efficiently clean your Chakras. Like all drugs, they are essentially chemical reactions with your body which may or may not affect spirituality. But do note that all chemicals combined together have a reaction. It is up to you to balance the “effects” (those you seek) and the “side effects”.

    One example I forget to mention is how I know your soul becomes sort of locked out of higher dimensions. After a period of marijuana use and you stop when you try to have an OBE which accends you to the astral plane one dimension higher in vibration than the physical plane you cant. You get stuck in sleep paralysis and you simply can’t reach an OBE state. Although there are some concepts about the mind split effect so that might also come into play.

    hahaha oops, I feel like a lot of my comment is just a repeat of what you’ve already said and commented on other people’s comments. Good thing to know i’m not alone in these perceptions! I sincerely thank you Mr. Wallach for giving advice to others and sharing your own experiences!

    Completely agree with you regarding Colin’s comment. Marijuana gets you through the door and helps you start feeling these energies and believing. But after a time you need to throw away your walking stick and take a giant leap of faith.
    Just my 2 cents :D

    • Thank you, George

      Opening the spiritual doorway is an important step in your journey. Doubly important, though, is learning how to continue the journey using your own divine consciousness, while being stable and integrated in your body.

      Once you’re through the door, you are ready to put the pieces of your self together, and you need to be centered and clear-headed to do that. It’s a day-by-day thing, and not something to be forced. That’s why patience and non-judging of self and others is key to your gentle, gradual evolution.

      • George says:

        I couldn’t agree more. Instead of judging yourself you should be observing yourself and your actions. Think over your actions, understand why you did those actions and the different emotions you have resulting or during that action. An example, when you’re about to give a big speech and you feel nervous. Instead of becoming more nervous you should instead observe… “oh, that is interesting… I am nervous. I wonder why is that”.

  90. Thank you so much for this post, I appreciate the amazing work you have done. May the God above bless you.

  91. H. says:

    I’m no stranger to the effects of marijuana, and have even stopped after having those fragmented experiences. I’m proud to say that I’m going to be moving on finally. The fragmentation and realization of what was going on through the smokescreen has been on my mind for quite some time, but recent revelations, such as the realization that many do not progress while trapped in the haze, and my reading of this article, have provided me that final “push” to take control of my life. Thank you for the brilliant insight you’ve provided. Safe travels. :)

  92. Mark says:

    Every experience happens for a reason. Weed has been my crutch for a few years now, I believe i asked for it into my life when i was younger. I remember asking for proof of god and spirituality and i feel like my drug experience has been my proof. Be careful what you wish for! :D Weed opened me up to all different types of energies, negative and positive. It has been a wonderful experience learning to deal with negative energies of people and entities. I think i have opened myself due to other psychedelics than weed alone.

    I would like to thank you for this message! I have noticed areas of my body that are not connected anymore, its strange that i can feel these areas physically, but i cannot feel them with my mind. Like you said how the mind and body are no longer connected, that is so true! Abusing intoxicants comes at a steep price, one that will take years to heal. Thank you for all this new information to process. I now have a better understanding what weed has been doing to my aura and energy, thank you!

    as a side note: I have read comments that people view negative entities and energies negatively. Don’t fear these encounters for they are needed to help us grow stronger with the light. They can even be viewed as positive encounters, one to test our ability to send love in the darkest of times. This can be very scary, but we have been given the tools to fight all evil. When we love a negative energy or entities we also show love to the negative energies within our self, slowly breaking its hold within you.

    • Mark,

      Congrats on moving forward spiritually. As your body and mind integrate, your insights will become deeper and will feel even more real.

      You can use healing greens, such as wheatgrass tablets, alfalfa tablets, and chlorella tablets to detox your blood, and rebuild your strength.

      About the entities, they do seem to cause confusion. Nothing to be afraid of, just as you say, but it’s definitely a good thing to release the entities to the light, and get them out of your personal space.

  93. JJ says:

    If one could understand the mind’s need for identity and identification with external concepts then none of this would be relevant. There is only now, and to argue polarities of what is ultimately one is to argue with the story of a past, its already gone. No thing in and of itself can be negative in this universe, only attachment to a story of the past can cause what one may term ‘negative’, whether physical non physical. Ultimately, even this is not true.

    Spiritual Enlightenment as some would term it, is merely another concept to aspire to in a future that never comes. The only negativity is the identification of such. Focus is the point of attraction, the universe doesn’t care if you call it good bad yellow brown or green, focus on it and it will manifest, whether you “thought” you were clear on what you wanted or did not.

    Find out what is true for you before you help others find out what is true for them.
    Namaste.

    • JJ,

      Thank you for your insights about the non-polarized nature of higher consciousness. It is true that waiting for a theoretical future enlightenment is unnecessary.

      Though everything may be relative on the highest levels of consciousness, we do live on the earth plane, where our decisions and actions have relevance.

      When people smoke on the earth plane, this affects their body, and its ability to integrate with their emotions and their soul. The muddy aura associated with smoking interferes with being able to access deeper feelings. It keeps everything on a pseudo-spiritual level where everything seems mellow.

  94. Matt says:

    Interesting article thankyou for your insight.

    I have been extremely foolish and wonder if you could offer me some advice. I was a vibrant, positive, energetic, athletic 21 year old man (often called a radiator/engine). Naturally high on life however my soul mate died in the Summer and I got very depressed and did something I regret beyond belief.

    I missed several signs from my conscious warning me to take step back in life and ended up taking a concoction of drugs at a festival – ecstasy, ketamine and valium – before waking up to loud roar whilst the rain was pouring down on my tent that lasted almost 30 seconds. The damage I have done to my soul and my body is immense, I am now weak, cold and it feels like my throat is being throttled. Two months on my body has been through the accession process and I am having nightmares, my eyes are half open and I am extremely depressed.

    I am trying my best to heal and to forgive myself, but I am so angry at what a fool I have been and my wonderful life that I have thrown away. I am exercising and eating healthily however my energy levels are very low. I am willing to try anything possible to help recover from this and would appreciate any advice that anyone would be able to give me.

  95. Matt,

    You’ll get your divine spark back – in fact, it never really left; it’s just temporarily obscured.

    First, forgive yourself for learning your lessons in this dramatic way. Self-judgment is unnecessary.

    Second, do little things each day to bring yourself back to your body, such as breathing into your body, getting gentle exercise, and detoxing.

    You definitely want to get the toxins out of your body. Many people cleanse with internal clays, wheatgrass juice or tablets, alfalfa tablets, chlorella / spirulina tablets, etc. Make sure you’re taking enough protein to be grounded in your physical body.

    This mp3 set indicates for you: http://cosmic-living.com/aura-healing-and-activation-bundled-mp3-set-vitalize-and-empower-your-energy-body/

    Do practice these self-healing exercises:
    http://cosmic-living.com/articles/how-to-give-yourself-a-centered-radiant-aura/
    http://cosmic-living.com/articles/how-to-clear-your-energy-blocks/
    http://cosmic-living.com/modern-issues/how-can-i-balance-myself/

  96. Nick says:

    Is it okay to use marijuana for spiritual reasons?

    • Nick,

      Good question… It’s “OK,” but there are side-effects.

      At first, marijuana opens your chakras. You start to have spiritual experiences.

      But the side-effect is that your chakras and aura get muddy and sticky. That attracts negative spirits, and makes it harder for you to really feel your feelings. And if you can’t feel your own deep feelings, then you can’t heal them.

      So how about learning how to generate deep spiritual experiences, without the side-effects of marijuana? Instead of a muddy aura, you can learn how to use your consciousness, and become truly integrated between your body, your emotions, your mind, and your soul.

      This mp3 set of practice-at-home meditations helps you achieve deep integrated states of consciousness – safely and naturally:
      http://cosmic-living.com/your-sacred-center-bundled-mp3-set-renew-from-your-inner-wellspring/

      I’m confident that with some focused effort you’ll find ways to naturally access your spiritual potential.

  97. Sky says:

    As someone who has smoked marijuana, I believe there is truth to what you claim. However, I don’t believe it’s consistent enough to be stated as fact. Marijuana affects people in different was. I, for one, have experienced increased unity between my soul and body. It never dulled my emotions, in fact, it heightened them. Before I had experienced the drug, I suppressed my emotions subconsciously. My use of marijuana brought them to my eyes and forced me to confront them. I don’t know how intact my aura is. I believe it all depends on the individual.

    • Sky,

      At first, the body-soul unity you describe seems to happen. And it does seem to heighten emotional awareness at first, as well. For some people, it brings issues to the surface for review.

      However, over time, the sticky auric quality from marijuana negates the benefits, and opens you to astral entities. And over time, the marijuana effect gradually blocks access to the heavier emotions. The challenge is that it becomes harder to recognize this blockage process, because it happens gradually.

      It becomes easy for users to believe that the benefits are still continuing, while not recognizing the gradually growing side-effects. This is the position that many people are in, where they believe they are becoming more aware, while actually slowly blocking their optimal unity between their soul and their body.

      • Jon says:

        If people are not able to see any negative side effects in themselves, are they supposed to just accept on faith that they are there? Perhaps it isn’t the same for everyone as the previous person stated?

        • Jon, you don’t have to accept anything on faith.

          However, the idea that marijuana creates a disconnect between body and soul is something that energy healers have noticed. You don’t have to believe their perception about this, but their insights are worth considering.

  98. B says:

    thank you kindly for this article Joel. I have been a habitual cannabis user for 15 years. i turn 30 this year and am starting on a spiritual process with a teacher of mine. he has asked that i remain sober for the process because of very similar reason you discuss. i am more than willing and very much looking forward to the clarity, the depth of experience etc. ect. i have known in my heart for a long time that using cannabis is affecting me in negative ways although i have greatly struggled to let go of it. i would definitely consider myself addicted.

    reading this article has really helped bring inspiration, clarity, new found purpose and excitement into my reality. many people struggle to see what you speak of, especially those who are stuck in their cannabis fog…it can be very detrimental to the human aura field and energy bodies and our ability to cope with life’s challenges in a healthy way.

    i would like to add this; i have seen cannabis do some incredible things for those who truly need it for medical purposes. i know multiple cancer patients that use daily with tremendous results and natural, non toxic relief from their pain. my own father COMPLETELY HEALED his melanoma skin cancer on his face with the application of a cannabis extract for 90 days. i could go on and on. however, in my years of this plant being heavily involved in my daily life and NOT truly needing it for its medicinal benefits, it has caused me great harm and stunted my growth on different levels. i have seen this more often than not with the majority of cannabis users i have ever met.

    i pray for proper education and continued research to be done with this wonderful plant. I eat hemp food every day (hemp seed and cold pressed oil) and believe it to be one of the healthiest and most abundant foods known to man. It has a perfectly balanced ratio of omega fatty acids for the human body, more so than ANY other oil known and the seed has a complete amino acid profile and is one of the most easily digestible forms of plant protein(edestien) known to man.

    THANK YOU again for your work, you are a wonderful soul spreading light into this world. Many Blessings to you and to all beings-

    • Thank you, B

      It’s certainly true that hemp protein and hemp oil are nutritious, healthy foods, and that hemp fibers and oil can be utilized for hundreds of industrial uses.

      And it’s also true that in several non-THC forms of marijuana, there is much healing potential, as your examples prove.

      Unfortunately, the THC component of marijuana creates a gradual split between the body, the emotions, and the higher self. Until people are ready to confront their hidden emotions, thoughts, and spiritual potential, they’ll continue to hide from their inner pain, and from their inner divine radiance.

  99. Justin says:

    Everything you described about what you can accomplish without marijuana seems to be what I have found with marijuana, that is how I came to this page. I was searching how to further explore this. I feel like on my normal conscious level I think about my problems all day long but the solutions are never clear. I find that when I smoke I can step outside of myself and analyze these problems and answers come rushing at me.

    For about 8 months I did it just to escape my problems, I was having a really bad year and it seemed to help. At some point, and I don’t know how it got out of control but it was the first time I experienced this. To everyone around me I went crazy. I was just trying to understand these feelings and those around me did not seem to understand what I was going through. In all the chaos I felt like I was on to something it really felt like a spiritual transformation and I learned a lot about myself.

    Anyway I quit smoking for a month and decided to seek therapy incase it was the marijuana that influenced me. I went for a while but it I didn’t like where it was going so after a few visits (maybe not enough) I quit going. He kept suggesting I look find religion and get on meds. I did not want meds because I felt like that would just postpone the problem just like typical drugs or alcohol. As soon as I quit going I tried smoking again. And then it happened, once again everything was clear and I realized what the doctors suggestions could do for me I could accomplish on my own especially since in the end it would be up to me to get there anyway.

    I feel like I kinda went crazy to those around me because I was scared of what was happening and I was confused about these new emotions. All that was about 10 months ago and Ive smoked here and there since then and still occasionally experience it. But now when I’m in that state I’m no longer scared I embrace and accept it and I think I do a better job of keeping the emotions to myself. I just don’t get to as often as I’d like because my wife still gets the impression that I’m trying to escape, I cant explain in words what it does for me.

    This whole experience has led me to study spiritual enlightenment. I’ve looked online for groups in my area or meditation classes cant seem to find anything so this is still my best solution. Also I’ve read that people with active minds are usually the ones who get paranoid or think even more than usual. I believe this is why I got to where I did but I feel like with practice I can control it and not let it overwhelm me. I’m still trying to find others who have experienced what I have because it is so hard to explain.

    I want to add that when I was going through all the craziness I was a wreck while off but felt complete mental clarity while on. I just couldn’t seem to explain it to anyone in a way that made sense and that made it even worse.

    Would you say that I possibly got halfway to that conscious level or am I just playing with fire?

    • Justin,

      The “clarity” you may feel while smoking results from marijuana creating a buffer between your soul and your emotions. This distance seems to provide clarity at first, because you can seemingly examine your situation from a fresh perspective.

      Unfortunately, it is, as you suggest, playing with fire. This is because marijuana ultimately makes it harder to integrate your body, emotions, mind, and soul. The clarity only takes you halfway, and it comes with a price. The marijuana creates a fogged aura that eventually makes it harder to work through your feelings and thoughts, while also being grounded in your body.

      There are many methods you can explore that help you deepen your consciousness, while remaining safely conscious and integrated in your body, such as this series: http://cosmic-living.com/your-sacred-center-bundled-mp3-set-renew-from-your-inner-wellspring/

      Be kind and patient with yourself, without trying to escape. It has been said that “the only way out is through.” Meaning, through being present with your feelings, thoughts, and body awareness, you can transcend the unpleasant feelings that many people are stuck in.

  100. fad says:

    My question is this: The vegetable called marijuana is a plant created by Almighty Father, Our Creator. If the purpose was not for man to consume it….what other purpose was it meant for? Nothing in Creation is there just for the purpose of being there! Everything has multiple function. A plant planted by the Creator has a use…only the abuse of its use can create an issue.

    • Fad,

      Hemp has many industrial uses.

      Cannabis oil has medical uses.

      Marijuana use may seem, at first, to create spiritual openings. Ultimately, however, the typical user creates spiritual fog in their aura. This interferes with the healthy connection between their body, their emotions, and their soul.

      —————————————-
      Alternate history department:
      Ancient off-planet beings have genetically manipulated the human and plant kingdom on our planet. I would not assume that the Creator is entirely responsible for all the biological realities found on this planet. Rather, many realities have been created by these non-earth entities to control and limit humanity.

  101. Jorge says:

    First of all, thank you very much for this article Joel. Its a matter that has been really important to me and quite confusing also. I appreciate it.

    I ve never been a day to day consumer of marihuana but for the last 5-6 years it has always surrounded me through social circles,and my brother has had a great influence on me I like it or not, where it become at points a nice easy way out to ask him and “relax”. He has been smoking for more than 10 years on a daily basis..Real hard. I would smoke it from time to time, and with periods of quite enough consumption.

    I ve always been a sports guy in the gym,outside,nature etc.Reader of spiritual,self development books,motivation,etc… Last year I started doing meditation and went totally clean for about 7 months til december 2013, where I had a period of some use(5-7times).Yes, I had emotions of every kind(during these clean months) but I managed to face them and my progress over the year was much more than the predecent years,more evident(in all areas:finishing my degree,health(no alcohol,good food),relationships,friends,personal path,etc)..

    I like the feeling of drawing state from within no matter what and the use of it has made me more reactive,anxious and instant gratification focused, not just while using it in the moment, but during the week/period I was using it. It would relax me a bit sometimes(while playing videogames, or having fun with friends,short term) but it also would open some doors for paranoia,compulsive behaviour,self destruction,etc where I would lose the sense of what I was or who I was.. it would introduce me in a loop of confusion,”relax”,emotional instability,negativity,and bad habits,then “have fun”,wake up as if nothing happened,rationalize,repeat.. something like that hehehe… I kind of feel that when I am in those periods I just lose the general context of my life and have a hard time pushing through day to day easy tasks and challenges..

    Then when I used it again last december, I put a lot of pressure on myself for doing it and felt guilty..but then I thought, let use this time to realize exactly why I should stop it,what exact effects has on me, but again those effects I put above kind of arised stronger,prevailing, and persuading(little by little) helping me rationalize why I should do it again,why is not that bad, and did it some more(snowball effect). Again at the same point..but I think I saw it more clearly here that if I continued down that road, I would lose context,perspective again. Scary.. and at the same time appealing(video games and weed is always alluring). Psychologically dangerous I might say like you described(it can create really negative mental patterns or strenthen them?)

    Maybe it is just me. I ve met great guys who smoke and know how to handle it better than me while still acomplish something and feel content in their overall purpose and have normal emotions not destructive ones,compulsive etc……Sadly, not the case of my older brother…It is in him where I can see many negative effects..He has become much more anxious than before over the years, getting disturbed by any small thing, he is stuck in a routine where he just doesnt strive for anything better but he critize lack of opportunities much more and gets angry easily. Not fun. Crazy loop and kind of impossible to take him out of it.

    In my case I highly doubt I can have progress while smoking and be fine with it,like “happy yeaah, life is good enjoy have some of it and that and that, and dont overthink stuff,haha life is too short,just smile…”.Plenty of examples around of people who live by that standards… What I know for sure is that I see that conflict in me. And I have to make a decision, I dont wanna be in the middle of nowhere anymore.

    I want to walk towards what I want(and now where I am in life I need determination,responsibility,acceptance of what is as it comes, embrace challenges and give a little bit more everyday, not rest on my laurels waiting for insights to come or opportunities to appear, just feel content by myself and have clarity of mind).Yep, I want truth, inner and outer, and that on many levels is challenging. I might need to be awake to experience life for what really is right?

    Well… I finally wrote a lot, and a little bit all over the place, sorry for that… I just wanted to take it out, express myself and ask you for your honest help,opinions,comments,etc. I sometimes feel like I need something like “yes, it is going to be hard but you are doing it right, just keep on going boy” silly huh? hahaha ;)

    Thanks a lot for this. Hugs

    Jorge

    • Jorge,

      Some people seem to handle drugs more easily because their soul is not ready for authentic integration of body, emotions, and soul. Do not compare yourself with them.

      See these books to understand your unique self:

      Quiet, by Susan Cain

      The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine Aron

      The Cultural Creatives, by Paul Ray

      • Jorge says:

        Can you relate something to what I’ve said from your subtle energy sensing point of view ? Could it enhance negativity overtime and compulsive/unconscious behaviour?
        How can I be able to recognize clearly that I am better without it? Even though I see it clearly sometimes that it doesn’t do me any good I struggle with that notion.

        Thx

        • Jorge, the weed is creating fragmentation. This interferes with the ability to integrate and move forward authentically. Smoking blocks authenticity, and creates a phony mellow persona.

          See this resource to understand how to be authentic without denying your natural sensitive perceptions and feelings: http://www.squidoo.com/hsp

          • Jorge says:

            Thx Again.
            I checked that out but I seriously doubt I am HSP. I am just quite sensitive but the opposite to most of the qualities they mention. While high is different(more sensitive and introvert) while normal quite extrovert.just felt that sometimes those qualities stick.

  102. Patricia says:

    More questions than answers here.

    I want to trust my inner being because when I am there I am in love with myself.
    I love everything about me, my thoughts and my being seem to be rare and special indeed when in harmony.

    The issue is nobody believes except me.

    If I take onboard all that I read it should take me to a place of inner peace but when I get there peace is the last thing I encounter. It more like I want to bring a message to all, that the future of mankind is all but doomed because of our inept abilities as human beings.
    We can all seek out individual inner peace but for me it’s seems to be far different.

    I chose the mind as a frontier many many years ago and it seems that I am no further down the road that when I started even though that is not exactly the truth.

    This mind frontier turned into a spirit and eventually a soul. So I guess if there is any challenge it’s bringing them all into the same place at the same time.

    I understand the messages that come but that’s where it ends they are just perceived by others as worthless messages.

    • Patricia,

      Don’t worry about trying to change people. Let them discover deeper realities in their own way and their own time.

      Start with becoming integrated yourself. Do not judge yourself. Explore this meditation to become integrated:

      – Gently breathe into your body, and notice the emotions and thoughts there.

      – Bless your emotions and thoughts, and let the heavier emotions and thoughts release. Let them release like little clouds.

      – Let your breath awareness in your body help you become centered and stable. You will discover that peace is alive and dynamic. Peace is not what anyone else says it is. You will discover your own peaceful relationship with your body and soul gently and gradually.

  103. Nicholas says:

    I’m 24 years old and I’ve been doing marijuana on and off for about 5 and a half years now. I have a few questions in regards to it: can I use it once in a while without it negatively affecting me? If I decide to quit completely, how exactly should I go about that – cold turkey or gradually?

    • Nicholas,

      THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, can stay in the body for 30 days. So it is affecting your aura for a long time.

      Whether you choose to quit quickly or slowly is fine either way.

      Learn to do chakra breathing – look it up, and find a method that works for you. You’ll discover that you can learn to feel energized and relaxed without using marijuana. And you’ll discover that you feel more authentic, and more alive.

      This mp3 series will help you enter deeper states naturally: http://cosmic-living.com/your-sacred-center-bundled-mp3-set-renew-from-your-inner-wellspring/

      • Nicholas says:

        Thank you so much for the prompt reply, much appreciated! I have a couple more questions I was hoping you could answer:

        1) Is it okay to use marijuana once in a while for celebratory reasons for example or will doing this still cause disruptions in my vibrations/energy channels even from one time?

        2) If I happen to be around people who are smoking weed in front of me indoors, would the exposure to the marijuana smoke affect me in anyway? Because I’ve heard of “contact high” where people can get high just from the smoke in the air. Is this true?

        • 1.) Even one usage leaves THC in your body for up to 30 days. If you’re wanting to be more integrated, then this influence is not helpful.

          2.) If you’re around people who are smoking, you won’t get enough smoke in your lungs to affect you. However, you’ll be present with people who have foggy auras. This can be a problem if you’re psychically sensitive or empathic, since it opens your aura to their imbalanced patterns.

          • Nicholas says:

            Thank you for the response Joel. I think I speak for everybody reading this when I say THANK YOU for posting this article. It has really given me a clarity I’ve been looking for for quite sometime. Take care =)

          • Jorge says:

            “2.) If you’re around people who are smoking, you won’t get enough smoke in your lungs to affect you. However, you’ll be present with people who have foggy auras. This can be a problem if you’re psychically sensitive or empathic, since it opens your aura to their imbalanced patterns.”

            Some points you have made in this article are kind of hard to understand completely and without attachment, at least in my case. This one is really deep, and at the same time complicated to assimilate since I ve been surrounded by a lot of friends(and a brother) who smoke.

            There were times with friends where it was so easy to get sucked into that for a while ,I decided to stop smoking, and focus instead in other things.. I stopped seeing some of them for a while because I wanted to find other healthier alternatives that could help me focus and be happier. Hanging out with most of them would end from time to time to a smoke session. Thats sad because my feelings for them didnt change over time. I was doing that because I thought that would be better for me and others around me. Some didnt like it and assumed that I was being unfriendly for no reason and being less autenthic.

            It is a great article. Very kind of you for answering these questions in such a pleasant way and patient way.

          • Jorge,

            You’re not judging the person; some of the nicest people still smoke.

            You’re making a decision to not be present with people when they are compromising their auras. As you explore the difference, you’ll become more attuned to the clouded-aura phenomenon.

  104. James says:

    Hi Joel,
    I’ve just read the above article, and many of the posts responding to it. I have used cannabis daily for 20 years now, and began to wake up spiritually maybe 5 years ago, I feel I have a clearer understanding of the way the world works and feel generally “happy” with who I am. I have begun to delve a bit deeper into my consciousness and as I have never had any religious faith and no belief in this area before it came as a bit of a shock, when after using some basic meditation things began to happen. I became so much more aware of myself and the things around me . I seem to have become sort of stuck at a certain level and can’t get any further.
    After finding your article, I feel like I’ve had a moment of clarity. So many things make perfect sense.I’ve never really questioned my use of cannabis, I don’t drink and am trying to improve my diet and have always assumed that it was ok spiritually. After some deep thought about this I can now see that it does mask some emotions and kind of numbs certain senses. Your description of the aura as foggy, sticky etc is exactly how I feel. I have always been an advocate of cannabis, especially over using alcohol.
    I would like you to know that your article hit me like a ton of bricks and I am going to stop today. I know that stopping doing something that you’ve done every day for 20 years is not going to be a walk in the park but I know it is the right time for me to do this. Many thanks Joel, in a couple of months I will post to let you know how I have got on.

    • James, take it one day at a time.

      You’ll need to find natural ways to re-ignite your own endorphins. Be patient and you can do it.

      Do not judge emotions and thoughts that surface. Bless them, and let them go.

      It may help if you keep your bloodstream clean – both to clean the toxins out, and to regenerate your bloodstream so you can feel more alive. You can get tablets of any of these chlorophyll supplements: wheatgrass, chlorella, spirulina, and alfalfa. Chlorophyll is similar to blood, so it’s a kind of blood transfusion. Take them with each meal, and it makes your healing process easier.

  105. Louis F. says:

    The timing of your article could not have been better. I’ve been a long time user of cannabis; at first it helped me through very difficult times –not like binge drinking, but more like a relaxing thing, and eventually it became just like you said: “to take the edge off”. Slowly it crept from something I would do during the weekend (like a Friday-to-Sunday thing) to something I did every day after work, to something I would do even sometimes before work.

    And within the posts I read after the article, I read some things that crossed my mind as well -like the arguements for it’s usage, however, I am finding myself less and less convinced that it is something that is beneficial to me, my spiritual health, and that of my family.

    I believe that there are some medicinal merits to marijuana, but in the same sense that there are merits to ASA (which was also derived from a plant, I believe). However, if you take Aspirin every day, and you don’t really need it, it can be harmful. If you increase your dose you can disrupt your blood pH, damage your stomach and be on a path to damaging your body, let alone your aura. Marijuana beyond moderation can also do similar damage to your lungs (if you smoke it), your receptors (flooding your system with THC will tell your brain to decrease receptors for it, and tell your brain to decrease its natural endorphin output), and the effects you spell out make sense.

    I had a belief that it was a spiritual sacrament, which people had mentioned in their responses above -and I say “had” because I don’t think it is a sacrament for everyone, and no longer is it one for me. I think it has to have a set & setting, but also that those that use it (like certain Hindu & Buddhist Monks & Yogis) do so under instruction from a guide (aka their Guru, or Spiritual Instructor). Furthermore, many who do smoke chillum in this manner have renounced the world (prior to smoking, one can assume) -so they already have a different mind set. Not all such paths encourage the use of mind altering drugs, and those that do have their purpose and teacher. This is not unlike having a shaman guide when using other ethnogenic substances. In fact, one really needs this guide to avoid the many pratfalls and illusions that may be encountered as this path can be perilous. It’s like going through Dante’s Inferno (the segment from The Divine Comedy) without Virgil to guide through the nine circles. Even the scientists that were promoting the use of LSD advocated using it in a controlled setting whereby there was someone there as a guide (I’m not talking about mkultra or the brainwashing, but more what Hoffman envisioned and what Leary and Alpert were intending to accomplish). I’m going off a tangent here, but the point is that I was using this aimlessly with no “guide”, and at a time when I should have weaned this from my life I simply did the opposite. As for “bhang”, I think that’s typically consumed during holidays or on the occasion. It takes too long to make, and for Hindus, it like having a few drinks at Christmas or Thanksgiving.

    Now what struck me about your article is the timing and that my wife and I had a conversation just the day before where she was feeling that continued use would lead me to a spiritual death. I scoffed at that, but what struck me was that she also told me that it would leave me vulnerable to other entities (her exact words were “demonic” entities, which I initially dismissed but it got me thinking). Now there have been times when I smoked and I felt as if someone was right there sitting beside me, or walking beside me. Sometimes I would catch a glimpse of someone beside me through the corner of my eye, but would be gone when I turned to look. This didn’t always happen when I smoked, but there would be cycles of it. There would also be times when I felt as if I could feel every nerve in my body. And it’s not a painful feeling, but it’s not a nice feeling either. It was like they were all turned on. Almost like a super coffee buzz. In addition, my short term memory got shot, and dreams & reality got blurred (not to the point of surrealism, but enough to screw with memory). On top of that I have become a massive procrastinator (with many brilliant creative ideas but neither the drive or focus to see one to fruition). To make matters worse, I found myself getting silent with my loved ones. First it was with my friends, then with my immediate family, and recently it has been with my wife. I just haven’t talked about the things that were on my mind, and then I would sometimes lash out or erupt in emotion. I look back and see that in more recent years this may have done more damage to my relations than good.. My perspective in the past 24 hours has changed. Even as allegory I think there is some kind of malefic entity now in my life. If I was unmarried, and my wife was my girlfriend, I would probably ride the storm and move on, however, I have two small children and I worry about whether such an entity could harm my wife or toddlers. I actually did notice my 3 year old son’s behaviour change whenever I smoked (I noticed this type of change from when he was 1). Maybe he smelled my clothing and was put off by it, but he would get really put off and start acting strange.

    I want a change in my life, and need to know what are the steps I should take. Is there anything I should eat, or drink or something I should do to strengthen my resolve to quit? Should I detox? Where should I start with exercising? What suppliments can I take? Like another responder, I too am struggling with the feeling that I still like it, just like I enjoy beer, or the occasional scotch (I wish I could enjoy marijuana at the same “once-in-a-while” level like I do liquor). Yet at the same time, I want to develop spiritually, and have a healthy relationship as well as the best for my family.

    I apologize for the rambling of my post here. In a sense I really needed to get these thoughts onto the screen here. I appreciate your article and hope to find other similar works to lead me to a better life.

    • Louis,

      Congratulations – your wife is a wise woman who sees your greater potential.

      People say they “just like it,” but there is something else happening with marijuana. People feel temporarily comforted when they can create some separation between their troubling emotions and their conscious mind. In the long term, this leads to less authenticity, and less empowerment.

      To strengthen your resolve, learn to feel your feelings, rather than blocking them. Learn to breathe into your feelings. This mp3 set can help you access deep inner peace – getting high naturally:
      http://cosmic-living.com/your-sacred-center-bundled-mp3-set-renew-from-your-inner-wellspring/

      This mp3 set can help you deal with challenging emotions: http://cosmic-living.com/emotional-well-being-spiritual-healing-for-your-feelings/

      Nutritionally, chlorophyll helps you cleanse your blood, so that you can get the THC out of your body, and so that you can feel more alive; it’s a kind of natural blood transfusion. You can get tablets of spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa, and wheatgrass – take them with each meal.

      Go for a good vigorous walk daily.

      And if you need more support, find a local therapist who is skilled at clinical hypnosis so that you can learn to use your mind more efficiently.

  106. Brandon says:

    I think you make a good point about spiritually and marijuana. From my own experiences and extensive research your perception is valid but everyone is different and results may vary from person to person.

    I was into the supernatural and wanted to find out if the ouija board was real. I found out by creating it out of cardboard on the internet. At the time I was experimenting and no clue how the spirit world worked. Let’s just say I opened a gateway to hell. I had numerous demons trying to communicate with me through the board, but I had no clue who I really was really communicating with. Basically I believe all communication I had was with Satan and his demons. I was looking for answers in all the wrong places. I didn’t know who I was. I felt like I had no identity.

    Once I started reading the Bible and opening up my spirit and soul I realized at the age of 16 or 17 I was clueless and how the real world worked. I studied spiritually a lot. I went to church, bible study, and I prayed a lot. Basically I got influenced by the powers of darkness and I felt like I was in a horror movie. It felt like everybody was out to get me. It got so bad I almost got possessed by a demon. The demons were trying to control me, specifically mind control. And of course they wanted my soul, but that’s how demons are they are very subtle in there approach. But once demons realize you can’t be manipulated or controlled they will more or less try to avoid you since they can’t influence you to do there bidding.

    There’s a movie called Witchboard I watched and the guy said if you want a high level of spiritual contact you can’t be a smoker or someone who drinks alcohol. I’m starting to find this statement has some truth to it. I wind up going to jail on some dumb shit. While I was locked up I had no access to weed and I was smoking regularly and I never was much of a drinker, but while I was locked up my spiritual senses were at an all time high. At this point I gave in to the fact or entertained the thought of being my own God and living in my own world, but when you realize there can only be one God and he won’t allow any God’s after him then that thought is vanished. I later realized that’s another trick of the demons they give you illusions that you can be this and that and not suffer any consequences. Or they give you an illusion of giving you some sort of supernatural power when all actuality there just draining you of all your positive energy and taking a part of your soul.

    Satan and his demons don’t give up something for nothing. The point is your statement has some truth to it I think it’s just results may vary for each person. There’s people that do all types of drugs and are on a whole another spiritual level and supernatural things happen to them all the time whether that be good or bad, but mostly bad. I have seen supernatural things that can’t be explained. It’s a mystery.

    I don’t intend to smoke weed forever but for now I think it’s just a phase I’m going through. That spiritual experience was about a decade ago. I haven’t developed my highest spiritual peak yet for now it’s hanging in the balance. I feel like a drifter for now, but I know my spiritual level and potential will skyrocket in the near future.

    • Brandon,

      It’s definitely a temporary phase. Smoking can only take you so far, and if you want your spiritual potential to skyrocket, you need to let the weed go. Then you’ll be able to connect your body, emotions, mind, and soul together. And that will let you bring divine consciousness into your life more easily.

      • Brandon says:

        You’re right I’ve been contemplating for a while and I will stop today! Let the healing process begin for several months and then go from there. When I achieve my full spiritual peak then I can definitely tell a lot of people about my experience by just saying let it go and your full spiritual peak can begin! Positive energy outweighs negative energy!

  107. Theodore says:

    This is a wonderful article shedding light on the “blockage” and “fog” issue MJ causes. I have more resolve to quit now. I have had my greatest “integration” by spending hours reading passage meditation books such as; God Makes the Rivers to Flow, by Eknath Easwarn , a Berkley Univeristy professor. Also, I read that THC was a defensive toxin or poison to protect the plant from being eaten by animals. If so, why take a toxin or poison and enter some kind of “nearer” to death sleepy state.

    • Thank you, Theodore

      You can richly experience the flowing rivers of your own consciousness with clarity and deeper meaning when your consciousness is strong, with healthy integration between your body, emotions, mind, and soul.

  108. Tony says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this article. I’m one of the people you wrote this article for. My spiritual Master always said drugs and marijuana are detrimental to spiritual progress, but your article explains why exactly.

    I was contemplating using MJ, thinking about the success of celebrities, hoping it could help me in some way, but your article addressed that!

    I’ll have to focus my efforts on daily meditation and hope for the best.

    I hope God blesses you immensely for your efforts :)

    • Thank you, Tony

      May your spiritual path be courageously grounded in divine truth, clear perceptions, and inspired creativity that delights everyone while also uplifting them.

      And remember, celebrities succeed in spite of marijuana use, not because of it.

  109. bob says:

    completely opinionated and uneducated article. millions of people use cannabis for millions of different reasons. the spiritual spectrum you describe and the ‘levels’ are simply one in a million different viewpoints on spirituality, and imho any idea of a spiritual spectrum is actually LIMITING.

    my opinion on the matter is that non-duality trumps all ‘levels’ of spirituality. it integrates level 1 with the highest possible level, revealing them both as the same thing (NON duality).

    at this level, there is no more possible distinction between right and wrong, good and bad, life and death, drugs and meditation, happiness and depression.

    all these things co-exist and are infinitely changing, while the changeless background of awareness is infinitely the same.

    you condemn marijuana users for separating their body and soul, but this is exactly what you yourself are doing with this article. you say marijuana users are UNCONSCIOUSLY avoiding pain by smoking.

    if it is possible to unconsciously do something, even though you yourself do not think this is true, then how can you say you did not write this article UNCONSCIOUSLY to avoid pain? what is the pain? the pain of not understanding, of confusion, of conflicting beliefs. everything you have been led to believe tells you that drugs must be bad, the true ‘spirituality’ or ‘god’ or ‘enlightenment’ cannot have anything to do with ‘drugs’. so you create the idea that ‘drugs’ can only take you to ‘level 4′, while true spirituality/meditation can get you to the highest level.

    it is your attachment and identification with the physical body that tells you that drugs must be bad. actually, every molecule of the universe is of the same source, and is all part of the one universal body. therefore, an atom of cannabis or an atom of your lung or an atom of the air you breathe during meditation is all the same thing ultimately. the effects of cannabis on the mind are temporary and unrelated to the absolute, AS IS the relaxing feeling of good meditation.

    any possible argument you have against cannabis is an opinion, a position on life. when operating from the highest level of spirituality, there is no more possibility of any position on life.

    • Bob,

      Thank you for your insights about the non-duality level of consciousness. At the non-dual level, all is truly one, because everything is relative to everything else, and thus united in One reality.

      For humans living in bodies on this earth plane, however, safe integration between body and soul requires clarity, and marijuana interferes with that clarity. It creates a false impression of non-duality where everything is apparently smooth.

      However, everything in the body is not relative. People have real feelings, and marijuana blocks their heavier feelings. Ultimately, this slows down their growth, because it impairs their ability to confront and truly transform their blocks.

      • bob says:

        joel, you initially talk about a non duality ‘level of consciousness’, and everything being one reality.

        then you immediately go on to separate humans from this truth:
        “For humans living in bodies on this earth plane, however, safe integration between body and soul requires clarity, and marijuana interferes with that clarity. It creates a false impression of non-duality where everything is apparently smooth.”

        there is no point verbally accepting non duality as ultimate truth, accepting a ‘non duality consciousness’ (your concept, not mine), but then concluding that we as humans cannot access that, and must revert back to duality.

        your idea that as a limited human, one must integrate the body and soul, and marijuana stops this by creating a ‘fake non duality’, is again a very naive idea. i assume it is probably the result of having tried it very few times, being intimidated or afraid of the effects, and being much more drawn to the idea of spirituality/enlightenment being ‘achievable’ without such drastic ‘mind-altering substances’.

        unfortunately, all this is nonsense from a true non dual perspective. marijuana DOES NOT create any false non duality, it allows the human nervous system to experience all aspects of itself in a deeper way. you are correct that anandamide is an endogenously synthesised THC analogue, but again, only a dualistic opinionated mind reasons that something created inside the body is ‘better’ than something from outside. actually, the entire universe is one ‘body’, and the very act of humans eating food every day ensures there is constant mixing between what is outside and inside human bodies.

        while it may be possible to produce anandamide through meditation (unverified), it is equally possible and arguably easier to take some THC with zero negative side effects. (you mentioned negative side effects of THC, but there are none, only smoking risks usually associated with mixing tobacco. THC can be vaporised or eaten, eliminating all risks.)

        you also said:
        “However, everything in the body is not relative. People have real feelings, and marijuana blocks their heavier feelings. Ultimately, this slows down their growth, because it impairs their ability to confront and truly transform their blocks.”

        everything is the body is CERTAINLY relative. the real feelings you think you have are CERTAINLY relative, dualistic impressions created involuntarily in response to your circumstances. again, your idea that cannabis blocks heavier emotional problems is almost certainly a sign that you have never used or really experienced the effects of cannabis.

        cannabis can just as easily substantially increase anxiety, emotional problems, depression, suffering, psychiatric illness. there are plenty of people who are convinced that it causes mental illness. but there are just as many millions who use it daily and enjoy perfect health and livelihood.

        again, blaming cannabis for ‘slowing down people’s emotional growth’ is just a blanket generalisation, coming from your own insecurities over ‘drug use’. yes people do experience ‘real emotions’, but they are always a result of circumstances, not drugs. changing circumstances can happen with or without drugs. emotional healing can happen with or without drugs.

        do you object to people using other psychiatric drugs like anti depressants, anti anxiety, antipsychotics. all these drugs are more powerful neurological drugs, and have infinitely more negative side effects. cannabis achieves all their effects, plus more physical health benefits, with zero negative side effects.

        • Bob,

          The psychiatric drugs have definite side-effects, and they tend to bind the problem deeper into the person. Except in life-threatening cases, such toxic substances are best avoided.

          The energetic scanning I and other healers do allows us to make assessments about how marijuana works in the aura. Although many marijuana users may seem to be functioning normally, the energetic imprint of marijuana creates an interference between body and soul that slows ultimate spiritual growth.

          The internal analogs of drugs, such as endorphins, are definitely different in this aspect: They do not create the astral fog and openness to astral entities that so many healers perceive in marijuana users. Healers are sensing this fog as an aura condition, and not simply, as some may suppose, simply expressing their vague dislike for drugs.

          Actually, it is the perception of the astral fog around users that convinces many healers that the high from marijuana just isn’t worth the side-effects.

          • bob says:

            haha, so your evidence that marijuana is bad is an ‘astral fog’ which only you and other healers can perceive.

            unfortunately, the very idea of needing astral stimulation, aura healing, spiritual enlightenment, soul cleansing, union of body and soul, all these are dualistic ideas, entertained only by the foolish who are too superficial to see the actual non dual truth behind all these concepts.

            every single idea about fixing oneself necessarily comes from an idea that you are not perfect and need to fix something.

            you say marijuana users need to fix their bad habit in order to grow spiritually. but only somebody caught up in the spiritual journey, still believing in being a seeker and then finding ‘enlightenment’, still believes that there are ‘things to be done’ to achieve it.

            you only believe that some things are bad (drugs), and some things are good (spirituality), because in your experience, you are still heading towards ‘goodness, positivity, happiness’ etc. all this is part of the illusion, the dualities of existence, in which one constantly appears to be going for happiness and avoiding pain.

            you think you have developed a way of measuring spiritual growth with ‘energetic scanning’, but any such measurement simply demonstrates an absolute misunderstanding of what spirituality is.

            being a ‘spiritual seeker’ lasts only as long as your own foolishness lasts.

            being enlightened has always been, will always be, and can never not be the truth.

            any time you advise others with anything which you think is taking away from their chances at ‘spirituality’ or ‘enlightenment’, you are committing the most heinous sin capable by man – contributing to the overall human idea that we are all NOT enlightened, and we need to change this and that in order to become enlightened.

            it is this foolish idea which has created all problems for humankind. when people like you stop spreading propaganda on ‘how to be spiritual’, the world may actually become spiritual again.

  110. Josh Austin says:

    Why are there chemical receptors in our brains that serve no apparent purpose at all, but coincidentally, these receptors are perfectly designed to receive and bind thc molecules?

    • Good question, Josh.

      Our brain has receptors to receive the blissful brain chemicals that we can generate through our own meditative and contemplative practices. Though THC mimics these brain chemicals, our own self-generated chemicals do not have the side-effects of THC. Recent research shows that scientists are discovering more about our brain receptors. Note that they have named the brain neurotransmitter “Anandamide” from the Sanskrit word for bliss, Ananda:

      “U.S. and Brazilian scientists have discovered that the brain manufactures proteins that act like marijuana at specific receptors in the brain itself.”

      Anandamide, The Brain’s Own Marijuana

      “Anandamide is a member of a family of fatty acid ethanolamides that may represent a novel class of naturally occurring lipid neurotransmitters. Anandamide shares most but not all of the pharmacologic properties of THC. For instance, anandamide’s actions at CB1 receptors are mimicked not only by THC, but also by a recently discovered synthetic agonist, CP55-940,15.”

  111. Ryan says:

    I just wanted to share my experience briefly. I have been using marijuana since I was 12 years old and I am currently 20. In this period of time was a lot of emotional and mental trauma and is also accompanied by a spiritual family. Being Empathic from a very young age I subconsciously use drugs and marijuana to medicate the pains of others without realizing that was not My pain. This indeed did cause major Auric damage Adding To The Problem and I am working on rebuilding it.

    It is strange though being like half of me is highly developed spiritually and the other half is just an addict, still craving the comfort blanket of all these years. It has always been easier for me to connect to the higher realms as opposed to the physical realms, and the use of marijuana and other substances accelerated this idea to the fact of me being so spiritual that I was unable to function properly on this plane, and quite frankly I’m still having difficulties doing so.

    I’ve created a kind of astral hell for myself and I’m working on disempowering it everyday. Those who are already extremely sensitive are best to avoid this substance. Sometimes I feel that it is unfair, unable to enjoy the things that my peers are able, but in due course it appears that I have been much more expanded reality than them so I should be grateful for this.

    I am open to suggestions and I hope that this helps someone along with their way, ty

  112. Brennan Peck says:

    Well played!

  113. Breeze says:

    Hello everyone !
    So many people have shared their experiences and reading them has helped me understand a lot more. The article is very good because it uses simple, easy language and nice reasoning to explain a perplexing question (at least to me). I always believe that the path of spirtuality is also very logical, much like gyan yoga. Everything that happens has a reason. I generally find the answers to this question on the internet to be undigestable. They don’t have proper reasoning and are rather based on fancy words and religion.

    I too wish to share my experience. Just feel like. A bit long.
    I have started seriously on the path of spirituality since my bout with cancer. It brought me face to face with most prevalent truth in this universe that nobody can disagree with, that we are bound to die. After that, nothing in life proved more important than the quest for the answers of our reality. I had been a good kid all my life. Gentle and kind in general and I would also agree to having a good character. Not perfect, but good. Didnt do any kind of substance ever. But still got cancer. Never blamed anyone. Felt quite low in life. My proactiveness and energetic spirit didnt stay after the sickness. Physically and mentally, I’m generally tired. (But I still performed in life. Completed my education and got into a very good Institute for higher education).

    I went through a lot of pain during my treatment, way more than average. Went through all side-effects without painkillers. And finally after getting alright, I got into marijuana(Should have been available before). I think I paid some heavy karma.

    But, marijuana has been the only one which could give me ‘actual’ relaxation (except the love I feel for my girl, which I believe is much much more powerful and satisfying).
    I havent abused it much. Lately I have abused it more. I always knew that actual spirtuality doesnt need dependance on anything external. Hence I’ve been constantly trying to leave it. Have been successful also but it comes back. Sometimes I feel its right and sometimes I don’t. Heavy doses of chemicals and rays have been passed through my body and it certainly leaves scars and I feel that marijuana helps me to heal those scars.

    Now I’m trying to actually leave it by trying to become whole. I do physical yoga, meditation based , fitness regime and slowly reading more and getting more involved with life. Its like a new birth, a blank book now. And I am to write my own story. And that life is meant to be balanced. That everything I should do is with love. And actualy feel the love. That is how I will become whole. Marijuana is helping me come back. On marijuana, many time I’ve had access to greater higher knowledge. Overall I feel that I do needed it and need it a bit more. But I also realize that now is the time to start leaving it also. Its not easy to suddenly stop a habit. I feel like I should leave gradually and at the same time inculcate growth on all levels of my life.

    I feel like marijuana is like a higher medicine (that works through the mind), but should be used only by the sick (Physical, mental,spiritual). Use it, heal yourself, and then leave it. Don’t stick. You’ll know yourself when you ought to leave. And the article has certainly given me a reason to.
    Subconsciously I always feel that smoke harms the body too. I hope I havent harmed it much.
    I may be wrong but that is how I woud explain it.
    Thanks for reading ! :)

    • Breeze,

      Thank you for sharing your insights.

      Do take the time to rebuild yourself physically and spiritually. The goal is to be fully integrated between body, emotions, mind, soul, and divine universe. That ultimately requires honestly bringing your presence into each aspect of yourself, and releasing anything that blocks or fogs your consciousness.

  114. Mantas says:

    Yeah i totally agree with u dude about everything. I felt those holes in my aura, when i stoned i would always pick up something from other people, but its possible to pick up not only lower vibe entities who feast on energy, its also possible to pick up higher vibes entities, and higher vibe energy, and which one will be picked up depends with whom and where u smoke and get stoned.

    But yeah helps in time but u just got to realise when to stop using to develope your to higher states of conscious.

    But i used cannabis to see better those little invisible problems i have and i fix em when i see em, so i tryed more not to escape but to find problems of my. Also it helped at energy levels, as i said when u got holes its easier to sense energies, but of course at some time cannabis just has to pass away if u wanna reach higher vibes.

    Also i tryed to harmonise my chakras with earth and cosmos, it pretty much helped but of course only in the begining. Also when i smoked i always understanded, saw, learned something new, but of course i had to paid it with my health, also thats is why it has to be stopped all smoking at some time, also it helps to concentrate so thats really good for meditation, aura seeing, telekinesis. I probably forgot to mentioned something else but nevermind :).
    Btw really nice work u did, enjoyed to read it, also sorry for my english grammar.

    Oh yeah weed helped me to clear my blocks, thats what i saw most or tryed to seek when i smoke cannabis. And it help to reach harmony with some of my bodys, but of course not all cuz weed makes those holes and separates some bodys from other ones, and maybe then other get closer to other ones, maybe thats why i was able to connect be trueful with myself and harmonise some of my bodys.

    Also when was high and saw my aura it was bright blue, but i looked only at my hand. Well i mean not like light blue, just normal , beautiful blue with maybe a little bit of white in it in the end, it wasnt like dark blue just bright u know pretty hard to describe it :) in foreign language… Bright clear blue :P

    • Mantas,

      It’s true that people want to access higher energies, and sometimes they do, but unfortunately the sticky aura energy that marijuana creates tends to attract lower entities, also.

      You can harmonize your chakras with earth and cosmos most easily when your consciousness is clear, with healthy unity between body and soul.

      Practice breathing into your body, and into your deep emotions.

      Imagine the light of your divine soul flowing into every part of your being.

      This will gradually harmonize your body with your aura and soul, so that you are unified and strong.

  115. Mantas says:

    Thanks for advice :) and yes i got allot of negative energy attached to me cuz i live in a place with allot negative energy its hard even to be here, but crystals and meditation helps me to clear my aura, make it stronger, tighter, and close those holes:) again thx for advice

  116. Mantas says:

    Also i started to see all kind of bubbles, splats, they are bright most of the time blue or violet or yellow or white, but at the corners of my vision when i try to look at them directly they disapier, also sometimes i see those things like tv shows them after programs gives white noise and shows those i dont know how they called, people say that its smth vith psychic vision, if so maybe u could give me any advice how to enchance it that i could see auras and more, also i heard that there is some kind meditation that helps u to better feel with energys work with them, i feel em but i really would like to enchance this ability, sorry to ask so out of context, but maybe u know anything about this things and could give me any advice? I would really appreciate it.

    • Mantas,

      When you start seeing the energetic bubbles and sparkles of the etheric and astral planes, you need to stay centered at the core of your body. Breathe into the core of your body, feel your aura weaving together, and focus your attention on your core so that you can hear the voice of your deeper essence and experience its wisdom. This helps you discover the subtle energy, without getting ungrounded.

      The more you open up to subtle energy, the more you need to go deep into your center, otherwise, the subtle perception spins you outward and fragments you. This is one reason why marijuana is a problem; it expands people into their astral body, while keeping them from accessing and integrating with their deepest levels of inner core in the body.

  117. Mantas says:

    Okey thanks, one time i heard really beautiful and really harmonic melody, which no one else did, maybe u know smth about that ? :-) also when i was little one time i writed test in class everyone was quite,but i heard nioze like everyone was talking, i yelled shu5 up and then one of my class mate adked me what happened to me why i yelled cuz everyone was quite , , maybe u know smth about that? If not no problem and really thanks for helping me :)

  118. Mantas says:

    Thx again :) u helpedd not only me :)

  119. The problems you mention seem to all stem from the user’s attitude of using weed as a crutch, rather than an inherent quality of the weed itself.

    If one does not treat it as something to depend on, but rather just to crack open the door a little, then most or all of your objections do not apply.

    • Donald,

      You make some good points… that some people hope to gently expand their awareness, and others are stuck in using the substance as a crutch.

      The problem with THC, however, is that it creates a subtle separation between the soul and the body. It is this separation that opens up the aura into the astral plane, and this is why users feel light and expansive – that floaty feeling is one of the characteristics of the astral plane.

      At first, this astral aura expansion represents, for many users, what seems to be an expansion of consciousness.

      Unfortunately, unless people stop using, their aura continues to open to the astral plane, and this auric fog subtly interferes with the healthy integration between their body and soul.

      THC can remain in the body for 30 days, and this is one reason why even those who consider themselves occasional users may be creating more difficulty for themselves than they realize. They believe they are cracking open the perceptual door just a little, but the resulting auric fog eventually limits their spiritual clarity.

  120. Au says:

    In grade 7 a brainwashed devil kid influenced me showing me weed for my first time besides the plant i seen in a pot when i was around 7, i decided to smoke my first joit with my real friend and i felt high i coulsnt stop laughing, after that i’d smoke around a joint every two days or so until highschool this demon influencing kid introduced me to the posers that think theyre cool smoking and fighting and stealing. I never felt safe around them knowig they were insane but i kept chilling with them thinking i’d be cool but one day one of them choked the kid that had a bad influence on me and almost killed both of us so i never hungout with them after that because it scarred me pretty bad for that time.

    I am constantly thinking rather i should stop smoking weed because i cant handle not moving and getting lost in my mind. I think im really fucked up because i keep thinking that god is talking to me through televisions or my own thoughts wanting me to stop smoking or something. I like smoking weed because it opens your mind like if you play a video game or watch a movie high its 100 times more interesting because you think it differently. I just wanna know if im fucked up and if i should stop smoking or whats going on you sound like a very knowledgable guy. Thanks man

  121. Au says:

    I know i have a spiritual smokers personality just because of the way i talk its like my real smoking cousins and uncles, and when i say real i mean concious. But i think non smoking concious humans have a higher and more powerful energy beeming off of them that of god… idk if im fucked up or what. I legitamentally think im spreading love to all the kids at my school because when i answer a question they all laugh or when someone asks me something everyone turns to me to see what i say. And the humans ralking to me are so annoying they make me want to cry sometimes. I know theyre brainwashed but damn. How does my life look? Thanks

    Ive also had sleep paralysis alot where i wake up to a lightheaded feeling of me dying and in a dark room where i have to force myself to wake up. If i stop smoking do you think ill be able to become one with the creator or did weed fuck me up forever.
    Sorry, but if im not spreading love to all the kids at my school then i think i look dumb as hell stonebagging it like my real friend says he thinks i do and what he says i do a lot.
    One more thing when i talk to girls i feel like im spreading love to them. If im nkt they think im a creep or something. Please help me

  122. Au says:

    Sorry but am i spreading love or is it a misunderstanding

  123. Hhh says:

    I am 15 and have been smoking since I was 12/13… I started little by little then it progressed into multiple times a day. Although I am young I’m aware of spirituality and God and I am unsure if I should not smoke anymore. If I got a vaporizer would that benefit me besides being a healthier alternative to smoking?

    I will quit because I want to grow spiritually and not be stuck in the born/die cycle…

    Thank you for reading this, much love.

    -Hhh

    • Hhh,

      It’s great that you’re developing awareness of spirituality and of God.

      Your brain is still growing, so it’s important that you create healthy unity between your soul and your body. When you stop smoking, you’ll be able to feel the presence of God more easily and genuinely. This is because the floating feeling from weed is not as deep a spiritual experience as when you can really feel your feelings.

      Even the so-called negative feelings are part of your life experience. Do not deny negative feelings. Breathe into them, and discover how the negative feelings change and gradually release on their own. This is an important spiritual discovery that will empower you.

      The vaporizers are still putting weed in your body, and still keeping you from feeling your own un-blocked feelings, so they are not the true spiritual solution.

  124. Ras Yaga says:

    It would be simpler and more effective to offer this simple piece of wisdom:

    “Everything in Moderation”

    Of course, abusing anything will hinder spiritual growth.
    This plant isn’t for everybody. You will know if it’s not for you, but there is no need to try and imagine different ways that it blocks our energy fields or emotions and claim that this is valid universal truth for everyone.

    It is temporary heightened awareness which can be useful for many things. Creativity, is one example.

    You’re probably now thinking “so you need cannabis to be creative then”….No.
    Just like people don’t need salt and pepper to eat their meal. Just don’t abuse these things and you are fine, like anything in life.

  125. becca popernak says:

    hi everyone, thank you so much for taking your time to write this amazing enlightening article. couldn’t put my thoughts/feelings Into words until I came across this specifically. I am only 19 and have been an avid marijuana smoker for +6 years and couldn’t help but feel It was inhibiting my spiritual growth and development. but the thing Is you dont realize this until you quit and how badly It disorts your perception. I’ve always been a pretty smart and self aware person so I’m very happy I quit and came to this sudden realization. now I can start back on my spiritual path once again. (: – namaste

  126. Nicholas says:

    Hey Joel,
    I wonder if you have ever worked with someone who has tried 5-MeO-DMT? If the theme of your other posts continues, than maybe you would see weakened auras from using this medicine as well, but I am curious, because in my experience and research 5-MeO-DMT seems to be a very different medicine than anything else, one that takes you straight to mystical union with the energy of the Divine, rather than opening you up to higher astral realms…which I assume is related somehow to the aura fragmenting you see with other medicines and drugs.
    Thanks!

    • Nicholas,

      People imagine that something that opens up their aura or provides a peak experience is the same thing as having a spiritual experience. In some ways, this substance does seem to mimic spiritual experiences. However, what isn’t understood is that spiritual experiences aren’t simply experiences that expand the consciousness. Spiritual awareness needs to be an integrated experience, and that requires presence, clarity, in a centered body, in present time, with your consciousness integrated in an undistorted state.

      The after-effects look to be somewhat different than marijuana. Whereas marijuana leaves a foggy condition in the aura, this substance seems to leave little spirals or crystalline forms in the aura. They might appear to be pretty, but they seem to have a fragmenting affect that interferes with centering.

      If you want to experience the divine essence of anything, or if you want to go deeper into the sub-atomic particles of reality, you can do that with your focused consciousness. The method is different than taking drugs, however, Whereas drugs expand you into the experience, pushing you into the experience, the practice of pure consciousness is different:

      With consciousness, you focus more deeply into the realm you want to access. So you resonate with the cosmic inner dimension via focused clarity. You continually, gently, and deliberately go deeper into the awareness of that divine essence. You remain completely present in present-time, stably present in your body. This is safer in every way. It may seem to be slower, but it is a grounded approach that maintains your integration.

  127. In stillness says:

    Hello
    In a word, most of this is nonsense.
    I’m sure you are well meaning, but you don’t know what you’re talking about.
    I shared many of these typical new age biases against marijuana. I smoked it in college some and quite typically good experiences turned bad after awhile and I stopped. I spent many years living and studying with indigenous healers and peoples, and have now practiced yoga and Zen Buddhism for nearly 30 years. I have lived in monasteries and ashrams for years at a time.
    Cannabis can be an invaluable aid in healing from deep seated trauma. It can help clarify many subtle aspects of karma, heart and mind. If honored and treated as such, it can reveal itself as a profound ally in the true work of integrating the psyche, healing physical/somatic blocks, and revealing the truth in a thousand ancient teachings and practices. It is not a panacea. It demands respect.
    But this new age perspective is simply not true in all or perhaps in most cases. It is just another form of fundamentalism. Cannabis is yogi medicine. It is a powerful sacrament if treated as such. Om namah shivaya. It is gods own breath and food, if taken in that spirit. It is a taskmaster too – you have to be prepared to SEE to HEAR and to FEEL. Most people aren’t. And THAT is where the problem lies – not in this miraculous ancient friend of humanity. I praise cannabis in the name of Amida, in the name of Jah, in the name of the Mother, in the name of the Name.
    Om mani padme hum. Om shanti shanti shanti.

  128. Rachel says:

    Dear Joel,

    Thank you for your article. It was a very interesting read.

    I am a 46 year old female, I was diagnosed 8 years ago with major depression and massive anxiety. It seems that it has now become chronic as I tried to wean off my antidepressants a few times and each time within a matter of days and sometimes before being completely weaned off, I start spiralling into that dark hole again. And God knows I never want to relive that hell. I went undiagnosed and untreated for about 6 months not knowing what the heck happened to me.

    Long story short, I used to have a bit of marijuana with my then husband before but not very often. Now I smoke it every day. It’s just like an ‘extra kick’ to the ‘calming’ effect of my pills I guess. My antidepressants are already putting me in an altered state obviously, so my question would be, would kicking the habit be not that big of a difference in my case as my aura is probably already scrambled up, and I guess as a piggyback question, what does all this say about my aura?

    Am I doomed to have a fragmented, dissociated being all my life? Because I am told it looks like I will be on my meds probably for the rest of my life.

    Thanks in advance :)

    • Rachel,

      Take things one day at a time. Look for the holistic practitioners who help people utilize nutrition and natural supplements to wean off of meds. Don’t force anything, and explore the options.

      For example, holistic nutritionists often recommend brewer’s yeast as a natural way to provide the missing nutrients, especially the calming B vitamins. And they also are known to suggest lecithin to clear the toxins from the brain, and calm the nerves.

      Your goal is to gently unscramble yourself. Don’t judge yourself; just discover your options. You’re never doomed, and you can gently and gradually make shifts.

      Use what works at the moment, with the intention to create more health and well-being for yourself each day. May you discover new pathways that serve you.

  129. Mike says:

    I’m not sure that I entirely agree with this article. I honestly believe we are not using the drug properly with the appropriate intention (I won’t get into abuse). Dolores Cannon who is a famous Hypno-Therapist specializing in past life regressions and recovering lost knowledge has given us somewhat a vague answer (she just passed, RIP). In one of her client’s trances the answer was revealed that the plant is a benefit to us. Here’s an excerpt from her book…keep reading for a couple pages validating the plant she saw.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=E4dcBAAAQBAJ&pg=PT420&lpg=PT426&ots=dNR3ZI-FdO&focus=viewport&dq=dolores+cannon+marijuana&output=html_text

    While I’m not arguing that abuse can be detrimental, I believe with the appropriate intention and meditative techniques that it will heighten you. Intention is key.

  130. laura says:

    Oh I am so glad I found this article. I will try keep this brief. I have been using marijuana for the past year. I started out an alcohol drinking, meat eating, non interest in the environment, woman who loved shopping. I have always been a carer for people working with the poor, the homeless and later becoming an alcohol counsellor. Never the less my free time include watching tv, shopping, drinking socially and raising my child in front of a tv and eating terrible processed food. I decided to move country’s for an outdoor lifestyle for a better life for my child and quit my job.

    I started using marijuana last year, at first recreationally and I began an education of awareness becoming interested in documentaries on the planet, the political situation global warming, the food industry. I would use it a couple of times a week. About 4 puffs on a joint twice a week.
    I now use marijuana to meditate and just lately (the past month) I have been experiencing some things that I can’t tell if they are real and as much as I would like them to be I would rather know one way or the other if they are.

    In the past 6 months up to this point I have basically been using marijuana to access my memory of my childhood and heal traumas and relationships with other people. Issues I have with other people I heal in my mind by looking into the reason behind that issue. I can now do this without using marijuana so my meditation has progressed to the point where I feel like I have spoke to my dead aunty and that she is my spirit guide and I had the feeling I have spoke with my higher self and I ask questions. And while I was doing the working on healing myself work and looking at my insecurities and beliefs I felt sometimes when I was writing that it was coming from someone else. And I would have things repeated and drilled into my head like 4 words over and over. The same sentence. Can you tell me if these experiences could be real? I wouldn’t mind going back to the part where I do the healing but when my breathing takes me to that point where it is sooooo slow and deep i end up having thoughts about my aunty giving each other emotional thoughts (if that makes sense). The meditation I did last week it was like we had a conversation full on and I saw visual pictures.

    I have never been a spiritual person but in this past year I have been doing all I can to repair my pineal gland. My diet, I take supplements, Im a vegetarien, I use a water filter I use non florinated (however you spell it) tooth paste. I have also read spiritual books on past life regression and I started Yoga 4 months ago.
    So I have been through some massive changes this past year. And coming from a psychology background at school and university I know the mind is a powerful thing. So I think that I have made up these meditation experiences with my fantastic imagination that is fueled by the marijuana. I know the next step for me is to try and do this without marijuana and see if it is really true but it is such hard work to try and achieve it sober. I meditate twice a day normally and smoke marijuana and meditate onces or twice a week depending on if I feel totally non belief in spirituality again.

    So my question again is do you think these experiences could be real or is it my imagination? I know for sure that the work I have done on myself using marijuana has been a fantastic help it has improved my life by 10 thousand percent I am so grateful of my life and have faith that life will be an amazing journey. I do not need marijuana but I suppose I am using it as a contact until I can try get my sober meditation up to scratch to prove whats happening is true. In the meantime though I love the feelings and thoughts I experience whilst meditating on it. I would stop if I found out it was fake. But either way my next step is some sort of psychic/ spiritual development course because even if it is fake i want to experience the real. Because the real is going to be a million times better than the fake.

    I really hope you reply I am sorry it is so long I am desperate for some answers either way.

    Thanks

    • Laura,

      You’ve moved forward with sincerity and dedication. Although you’ve opened some energetic doorways, and although this evidently has helped you make real changes, it is time to become more centered and grounded.

      The challenge with opening doorways via marijuana is that the doorways stay open, and this leads to your body and aura becoming too yin, which is to say that you can become too open, like an open window that lets everything into the house. While your experiences talking with deceased ancestors may well be real, you are likely becoming too psychically open, and this creates spiritual problems. For that reason, the greatest spiritual need for many people on the path is to become focused, centered, and grounded into the reality of their physical body on the earth plane. This gives you a grounded stable place to experience the infinite wisdom of your soul.

      While many attempt to move forward spiritually on a vegetarian diet, this method can become too expansive, or yin, and is not suited to most people. So it is not necessary to avoid animal protein, but do utilize organic sources when possible.

      There are spiritual and psychic development courses available on this site, always emphasizing being centered, and avoiding overly expansive states. May they serve you in developing your spiritual depth in a safe and meaningful way:
      http://cosmic-living.com/bundled-audio-training-mp3-sets/

  131. laura says:

    Thanks for you quick reply Joel, I will take a look at those courses now!

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