Meditation Is the ultimate tool for self-knowledge In the East, marijuana has been used to facilitate the process for
The uncovering of inner confusion,
so prominent with marijuana, is conspicuously absent with depressants. As the overall benefits of insightfulness obtained
from its use lead to a greater freedom, marijuana is shunned by individuals who need a status quo in the personality or social
Sigmund Freud developed and expounded the understanding
that we mechanically base our actions on programs devised throughout life, and many esoteric schools, ancient and modern,
have taught the same. Being aware of these programs is very difficult since ordinary consciousness has within it the conspiracy
to keep the mind comfortable and free of conflict This operates collectively as well as individually. Whenever confronted,
this usual state of mind automatically assumes a defensive posture by relying on distorted rationalizations, which are evident
in a repressive and intolerant social order. By contrast, the open and aware consciousness often leads to spiritual realizations,
irrelevant in mainstream thinking. In today’s world, this understanding is uncommon. Higher morals and ethics, as propounded
by organized religions, are agreed upon by the masses, especially during church attendance, but are otherwise too difficult
to maintain when personal survival is at stake. Universal spiritual values, so often released with marijuana, can break down
the conditioned defensive mentality.
It appears as if society,
as well as the programmed, individual mind, needs to hold in check the notion that we love our neighbor as ourselves. There
is no way that we can love our neighbor as ourselves, nor any way that our economy can subscribe to a policy of cooperation,
when the very life of business enterprise is dependent upon “profit first and foremost.” Cooperation within free
enterprise is a difficult reality so long as “me first” remains the primary motivation. A neurotic society, with
its deeply imbedded habit of maladaptive coping methods, is resistant to change. Marijuana can be of tremendous benefit in
exposing the distorted perspectives responsible for social, class, and racial conflict It can open the “doors of perception,”
and thereby after the very core of the personality, by allowing a view of the transcendent values of human life.
In the area of private values, marijuana
may offer benefits beyond the personal ego, which reach the dimension referred to by mystics and saints as the ever-present
“now.” The experience addresses states of consciousness not common to the common man and resembles Maslow’s
To ascend the ladder of consciousness,
human beings need as much help as they can get. Levels of consciousness above concerns of personal survival and power are
neither necessary for human life, nor visible from ordinary states. Because these higher degrees of awareness threaten the
power structure, all paths to them are often outlawed. If we are not taught by some older, wiser person that deep and timeless
perceptions really exist (or unless we ourselves fortuitously catch a glimpse of these subjective realities), we remain ignorant
of their existence and are easily molded into the lower social goals of materialism, competition, and power. This less enlightened
state is expressed by a constant gnawing dissatisfaction. It is the dimension of perennial desire. With each fulfillment of
a goal /need / want, another void erupts. In Buddhism, it is the realm of nightmarish, insatiable hunger, which cannot be
resolved unless or until the being attains to a less self-centered level. Deep within each of us, an essential need for a
higher meaning of life waits to be awakened. Because of its ability to unlock this yearning and allow us a glimpse of the
deeper reality, marijuana is feared by the establishment and loved by the user.
It is mainly because spiritual values
are abandoned during eras of materialism that marijuana is banned today. And, ironically, it is because these values are so
absent in the modern culture that the marijuana experience is so ardently sought.
Perhaps investigation into the higher
human values could not surface in the industrial West until all imaginable physical, psychological, and social dysfunction
reached dangerous proportions.
The Christian mystic de Chardin, explaining
this same process, says, “physical energy must be mastered and grounded for spiritual energy to move, because physical
energy transforms the spirit.” (Ferguson) Within the deep recesses of human understanding, the intuitive faculty steers
its course. For many who are in touch with this sixth sense, the realm of the spirit is supreme. Anything that demonstrates
a possibility for psycho/spiritual uplifting is known to be sacred. Marijuana is so recognized and revered. “Bhang brings
union with the Divine Spirit.” (Indian Hemp Commission)
“Through balance, with time and
interest, marijuana can enliven the Center of Knowing.” In the Theory of Vibration, this is the sixth level of
development known as the “Knowledge Center.” What we refer to as the sixth sense, or intuition, derives from this
esoteric symbol, which very often is depicted as a third eye, located at the midbrow.
As we have seen, many an argument against
marijuana refers to the non-competitive nature it engenders. During the Vietnam War, one of the major problems of our soldiers
was their inability to accept the brutality of their own actions. Our young men encountered marijuana at every turn in Asia
(the Vietnam War was the beginning of marijuana use in this country, since it was the first time a status and educational
cross section of America was exposed to it), and their reaction was often not in keeping with the insensitivity necessary
for war. Their conscience bothered them. Gaining higher values, such as compassion, cooperation, and consideration, is a function
of balance and a threat to a militaristic society. If we all became aware of our conscience, who would be left to maintain
the indifference of the social order. The more we uncover the spiritual element in our natures, the more sensitive we become.
Scrooge had no conscience until he experienced the spirit He was surely happier and healthier after his vision, but not wealthier,
for his conscience dictated that he share. His new-felt sensitivity did not result from rules, fear, or his superego. It overflowed
joyfully as an expression of his higher state of being.
contribution to the developing spirit is cumulative. As bodily tensions are reduced mental fears dissolve, clearing the way
to greater insight But, until the direct effect (physical balance) of marijuana on the body and the attendant side effect
(high) of marijuana on the mind become familiar, the alterations themselves remain the focus of interest The “getting
high” is the end in itself, rather than the understanding and insight that accrues a s the changed set becomes more
a common. People who try marijuana and reject it do so usually because they feel uncomfortable and confused in altered, fuller
consciousness. Instead of life being safely framed by the rigidity of the societal dogma, the wold becomes unfamiliarly bigger,
brighter, fuller, yet less manageable, more unpredictable and full of mystery. A mind that has been bound and accustomed to
a low charge or a selling without light very often finds the expansiveness of reality too highly energized. The light can
be blinding and disorienting. Over time, and with regular intake, when these higher states of seeing are no longer the focal
point of attention, a restructuring of values may emerge.