[The following contains “woo-woo” language. Feel free to swap out “electromagnetic field” for words like “aura” and “subtle energy.”]
Contrary to popular myth, weed is not the magical doorway to higher consciousness that many hope for. I understand it’s possible you didn’t want to hear that, especially if you live in my town of Portland, Oregon. Cannabis was legalized here in 2015 and it has since become a Cinderella industry. Also, I’m also not opposed to weed. I’m simply making a case for yogis who are serious in their practice to give thought about why and how they recreationally use marijuana.
There are many reasons for developing a yoga practice, spiritual growth is just one of them. How yoga can assist us spiritually depends greatly on which path we are following. Not everyone’s spiritual practice is affected in the same way through yoga, though everyone can benefit physically, mentally and emotionally from yoga.
There are specific adverse effects that marijuana has on your aura and soul that affects 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 skill base and training to describe what happens to your energy field when you put weed in your body.
“Marijuana messes with the body/mind connection. It creates a dissociated state that interferes with spiritual growth and well-being.”
The essential problem with cannabis is that it creates a split between body and soul. This is something that can be detected with subtle sensing. Those unfamiliar with this type of sensing may be quick to dismiss it as whack-a-doodle. But folks had a hard time believing the world was round at one time, too.
Marijuana proponents are quick to offer how chillaxed the drug makes them, in contrast to, say, alcohol drinkers who tend to be more boisterous. While this can be true, it doesn’t validate the use of a substance that creates an energetically fragmented condition. The fragmented aura of smokers keeps them peaceful, but at a price. That fuzzy energy field inhibits fully feeling emotions. When you understand this, it offers a different, albeit less benign, story.
When people have emotions or thoughts that are troubling – like boredom, sadness, doubt, loneliness – they tend to want to escape. There are many ways to do this. They can drink alcohol, eat junk food, or surf the net. They can sex it away, shop it away and they can smoke it away. Each of these choices can create a fragmented energy field. The difference with cannabis, is that the spiritual problems last longer than the side effects from the other activities.
An honest dialogue about the impact smoking weed has on our emotional and spiritual growth is still in its infancy, though more and more yogis are speaking out. Supporters report feeling more peaceful when they smoke, but they aren’t transcending their pain in any useful way. They’re just suppressing it. Their escape from emotional discomfort is a temporary suppression. Sooner or later, it will make itself known. The ability to ward off unwanted emotions may explain the psychologically addictive quality of marijuana.
The belief that marijuana helps “take the edge off” is a euphemism that hides the emotional discomfort consumers seek to avoid. To be fair, it takes a great deal of courage and determination to work through discontent. Unfortunately, smoking doesn’t build courage and determination. That requires the soul and personality coming together to reside within a coherent whole. As proposed, marijuana interferes with that.
Harmonizing mind, body and spirit is the key to being aligned with your true self. Anything that muddies the clarity of your energy is slowing your progress. Better to be clear in your perception – even if this involves challenging emotions — rather than hide in a fragmented experience of self.
When your soul, or wise self, 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, it infuses them with the energy and strength that lets you confront deeper issues. Gradually, each health-promoting choice you make moves you in a positive direction. Weed disrupts this unity and creates a muddy aura that short-circuits your spiritual empowerment.
Another concern with pot is that getting high can mimic spiritual experiences. That’s due to the psychoactive compound THC. Many of THC’s reinforcing effects are mediated by the dopamine system. THC increases the release of dopamine and serotonin, which feels great. The downside being, long-term use is associated with a blunting of the dopamine system. Over time, the body’s ability to make this natural, feel-good chemical diminishes – which may explain why high doses of THC are linked to depression.
To understand what happens on an energetic level, imagine a person who is stuck in a narrow view. Such a person might find that weed helps them feel and see beyond their limited scope. That seems impressive, almost mystical. It even suggests that marijuana might be a consciousness expanding substance.
The “problem” with marijuana is that it does expand perspective, to a point. It does give people a more expanded view. Until it doesn’t. When a substance keeps you at an intermediate level of consciousness, you’ll always be chemically limited from attaining higher states of realization. When a person who feels stuck or bored uses weed, they get a fleeting view of expansion and believe they’ve a found a solution that frees them from limitation.
To better understand this, imagine a range of consciousness between one and ten. A one represents a narrow perspective, while a ten represents a wide perspective. A person at level one or two could go to level three or four with the help of marijuana. They might be quite pleased by this shift. As they would say, their consciousness has been expanded, they feel more creative, and have a broader sense of reality.
It’s a convincing argument, until you realize that weed is keeping them from going beyond level four. This is the elephant in the room that spiritual seekers who are avid smokers would rather not talk about. Again, I’m not against the consumption of cannabis. I just want us to be clear about it.
“Your ability to honestly sense your own energy blocks is a vital element in your self-healing.”
The popular claim that marijuana generates peacefulness is based on a restricted idea of what peace is. Peace is not merely the absence of strife or violence. If there were no other options for attaining inner peace, or for dealing with your emotions, then the assumption might be valid. But there are, in fact, many options:
– Learning to feel your feelings is a powerful teacher that builds strength. It’s not easy and rarely fun, but when you gently breathe through your feelings you discover that you are stronger than your fears.
– Learning to question negative self-talk lets you get out of the mental and emotional loops. Learning to talk to yourself in an empowering way puts you, metaphorically, in the driver’s seat. Which beats the heck out of riding shotgun with your ego at the wheel.
– Learning to move and exercise, by whatever means you choose, gives you an option to raise your vibration every day.
– Learning to meditate and visualize helps you discover your true spiritual identity. Spiritual practices empower you to live in alignment with your true self. You observe the world with a deeper wisdom.
Another spiritual concern with marijuana is that it can cause users to get stuck in their head, endlessly looping thoughts and ideas. It’s hard enough to reign in the mind when one is calm and clear-headed. But for the smokin’ yogi, it’s nearly impossible. You can bend and twist to your heart’s content, but you’re ability to connect with your essence will be hindered by the ego’s chatter.
Spiritual integrity is something you develop over time. We can’t float our way there in a cloud of smoke. It’s a daily practice. In the same way you can build muscles through exercise, you can build spiritual strength through cultivating your awareness. Another perk of a regular practice is that wisdom grows as you align with nature. This, in turn, lets you see the ego’s shenanigans for what they are.
Choice = Freedom
No matter where you are in your development, you can always choose to move in a healthier direction. If we’re lucky, that is a decision we get to make every day. In the same way the public knows that healthy food is better than junk food and that exercise is better than not, people are more aware that the depletion of precious life energy isn’t worth the price.
If you’re already making better choices, then you can appreciate how less-than-best choices interfere with your energy. For the yogi seeking freedom, this may require taking a hard look at a well-loved habit. It may mean sitting with thoughts you don’t enjoy. Thankfully, you don’t have to do this alone. Just walk into a yoga class! You’ll learn to breathe through your challenges – which eases the discomfort.
When you align in this way, you get a sense of what it means to live in alignment with your best self. You can literally feel nature 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.