Many spiritual seekers use recreational drugs – from marijuana to peyote to mushrooms – to reach altered states with the intention of attaining enlightenment. Some on the spiritual path will work with a shaman or healer to help produce the results they seek; whereas others use these substances to feel more connected to God, Oneness, Love and other euphoric energies. So, perhaps many are celebrating their union with the Divine on April 20 by getting high on what many call “Pot Day” or “Weed Day.”
Another option, of course, is to connect with the Divine, clear and clean.
There are an infinite number of ways to connect with Source. Simply being fully present with another human being can be an amazing spiritual, clean experience. Lovemaking – with or without practicing Tantra or the Kama Sutra – can connect us to our partners as well as with God/dess, if our hearts are open to do so. Pets and children radiate with unconditional love – a pure conduit to the spiritual realms of Oneness.
Additionally, inducing an altered state can help us feel connected to our spiritual natures simply because it can shift us away from our thoughts and judgments. There are various ways to induce sober altered states, if that brings one pleasure. For example, meditation is a simple method that becomes a “quick fix” for many. With a regular practice, one can quickly drop into an altered state of freedom and relaxation within the first minute or two of meditation. Breathwork – for example, Rebirthing or Holotropic – allows you to reach an altered state naturally by working with specific breathing patterns. Many have profound spiritual experiences of Oneness or inner knowing with meditation, breathwork and even yoga.
In our desire to escape the fears, frustrations and other not-so-pleasant facets of everyday living, it is certainly understandable why so many want to reach an altered state. Unfortunately, for many, this can be an addictive and unhealthy pattern in their lives. Though they may feel like One with all of humanity at the time of their altered state, the residual effects drug use leaves on their homes, health and happiness can be shattering.
It is absolutely possible to reach higher realms of consciousness without getting high on drugs. Plus, the practice of spiritual, clean living has little or no side effects, and can be sustained without breaking your bank, body or ability to live in bliss, naturally. Moreover, you can release the guilt of not knowing about Marijuana Day, and celebrate every day by getting high on LIFE!