I was going to write a little article about drugs and plant medicines, but when I started thinking about it so many things came to mind: pain, fear, intention, weariness, inner strength, choices… and the fact that this is an incredible time of change. We came here for this change, to be a part of it, so let’s have a look at where we are and how it’s moving.
In When the Soul Starts Walking, I mentioned a time when I used weed daily. It enhanced my creativity and allowed me to enter more deeply into the music I was writing. I could see a benefit, and used it until I no longer enjoyed it. We know it’s a medicine with many, many medical benefits and some psychological benefits. Intentional use of plant medicines, such as weed or kratom, for relief of chronic physical pain, gets a thumb’s up from me – used when or if needed.
Weed can also be a means of avoiding the pain of our existence, as with alcohol, opiates and other drugs. I understand the desire to be relieved of pain. If I had alcohol or drugs sitting around, easily available, there are times when I might be tempted, so no judgment there either. But… it doesn’t work well to turn your back on things. Escape or denial can be tempting, but the consequences come calling. So on this journey we learn to face what arises and live the highs and lows with a clear head, only using drugs with conscious intention.
Regarding the highs and lows, many in the online community are discussing the changes people are individually and collectively experiencing. In these discussions there can be quite a bit of new terminology used. I haven’t used a lot of new terminology as I still find it to be nebulous, i.e. light codes – am I feeling them? Not that I’m aware of. Also regarding terminology, when I say love yourself, it really is that respectful, honoring kind of love… not the ‘I’m a queen’ kind.
For me it’s more comfortable to be simple: I’m simply noticing how I feel within the awareness of changes taking place. And yes, I too am inside of some changes. Since every one of us experiences change when under pressure, is this time period unusual? Yes – the speed, intensity, and expansion of awareness are really piling on the pressure – it’s unusual.
The heart opens. I can validate the heart terminology – heart people, heart-centered consciousness, seat of inner divinity, unity consciousness – these terms I understand and have shared in the experience. It’s true, happening, evolutionary, and not a ‘come get your bliss’ trip. Sometimes my own state of being is so undifferentiated that I have to just lie down, breathe and ‘feel’ without asking to understand.
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