Healing for Body, Mind and Spirit – a Defense for Holistic Cannabis Use

A cannabis user doesn’t necessarily have to be the one writing this. This is an appeal for the legitimate use of cannabis as a personal spiritual sacrament to connect to the living world. It’s for those among us who use cannabis as a way to connect to a deeper reality that this world doesn’t always connect to. There are various uses for every thing under the sun, and the focus of something tends to be its dominant use – and thus, the focus on the use of cannabis as either a way to have fun, relax, or heal. There is less focus on the use that the place of its origin recognizes, as “all of the above” but very importantly a way to transcend the material world and connect to a deeper spirituality. This is a very Indian (we’re talking Hindu, not Native American) way of thinking and for various reasons has deep discord with the dominant thinking of the West which is very materialist. I’m trying not to make this sound too cliche because obviously this is the subject of countless riffs on this divide, but the important part is this – one recognizes that there is a greater mass to creation than what meets the eye, and looks for it – the other is consumed by the reality of “what is” and what we’re able to objectively demonstrate in a laboratory or on a balance sheet. Thus, the deep divide over cannabis. The actual history of the world shows that several ancient cultures, many of whom are still around, have used this herb for thousands of years. (Not that it matters to those already convinced it makes you “dumb” or “unmotivated”, recently they also found it in William Shakespeare’s tobacco pipe..) One of these cultures is alive and well, a cradle of civilization whose written works are some of the oldest known and many of whose modern members are word-renowned for their scientific, medical and spiritual knowledge.

Don’t ask yourself “should cannabis be legalized” for this or that purpose, ask yourself “why is it illegal in the first place?” Honestly, is it because it’s “dangerous”, “addictive”, and leads to the decay of brain cells and motivation – according to the same FDA that regards wholesome breakfast cereal like Frosted Flakes as more “nutritional” than an avocado? Is it because it causes social conditions like depression, mania, schizophrenia, or any number of other labels the pharmaceutical industrial complex has come up with to describe humans reacting to the craziness of the world? Is it the cause of so much social decay and economic depravity as observed in places like the third world – or, our domestic version, the inner city?

Or,

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Earth Day is every day – a Recap of the Last Year and Intentions for the Next

For those of us who think about the Earth all the time, Earth Day can be kind of like New Years. It used to be, when I was living mostly on a 27″ screen attached to a 500W power hog, doing web design in a cushy apartment, Earth Day was a sore reminder that I hadn’t done enough the year before. I could never really feel like anything I did that day was enough to make up for it. Little by little, those experiences added up to the pressing feeling that I needed to do something to change my lifestyle, and it worked. Either way, this day is about celebrating the Earth and how much we love it – not about feeling bad that we’re not doing enough. So I chose this moment to recap and write a little about everything we’ve done since last April, and what we hope to get done before the next Earth Day rolls around.  maybe you maybe you can find some ideas in here that you can employ over the next year. If you have any ideas, weigh in on our Facebook page.

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