At worst I could be considered a heretic, but since I’m not a card carrying member of “Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan” then I guess I’m just a maverick. And here’s what I have to say about that:
So I do have a lot of kundalini students and teachers connecting with me to lament the prohibitive policy about mixing undalini meditation with cannabis. Now I’m talking specifically about the dictates that emerge from what’s called “Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan”. And if you don’t know, Yogi Bhajan came over from India in the late 60’s and gained quite a following. He died in 2004 but his kundalini tribe has continued to grow all over the world. Now, Yogi B is quite a controversial figure in his own right and that’s another complication I can go into that at another time, if you want me to. Let me know.
I am a teacher of kundalini-like practices that emerge from his body of work but I learned a very different system – a revolutionary system – as taught and applied by one of his original students, a kundalini master in his own right. It’s a very experiential form of psychic healing; it healed me from deep trauma – and that’s why I teach it. This work is called “Emotional Liberation®” and I’m biased because I believe this work is the break-through 2.0 process to release difficult emotions and clear trauma. And when we judiciously add cannabis to this work, I and my students and clients find it accelerates the emotional healing process. Now my teacher doesn’t subscribe to cannabis but he’s ok with it. He’s a cool and obviously brilliant dude. And I love him to pieces. I write more about this on my website – just look up my origin story.
Anyway, I get letters… I love hearing from you. And just a couple of examples here about this issue. Recently, Jenna wrote me and said: “I found your website doing personal research. I am very into kundalini AND cannabis, but everything says they don’t mix! YOU think otherwise and I’d love to hear more. Thanks for sharing your message and life with us all.”
You bet! It’s my privilege to teach you this healing work.
And Bobby, a Kundalini as taught by Yogi Bhajan teacher, says he does combine kundalini and cannabis but says he’s always kept quiet about it given the viewpoint of the kundalini community at large. He said, “I broached this subject once with a more seasoned teacher, and the response reflected, in my opinion, a rather simplified and outdated view of psychoactive substances in general, and of cannabis specifically. And he adds, “While I’ve always assumed there are many like me who are practicing kundalini with cannabis, hearing you talk about it was the first time I heard someone courageously stepping out of the closet.”
Yes, I’m out of the closet. But, you know, I’m not a card carrying member of “Kundalini as Taught by Yogi Bhajan” so I’m not forced into that rigidity. In Yogi B’s teachings, he wrote: – and this is directly out of their Instructor Textbook, page 250 –
“Smoking marijuana is the sickest thing on this planet. When you smoke it, it stimulates the brain cells and it constricts the spinal fluid, creating a drought condition in the skull.”
Well, as a clinician – I’m trained as a clinical nutritionist and I’m also a former health editor – I know that’s old out-dated information. Emerging Western cannabinoid science – the science of cannabis, refutes that perspective and is establishing many applications for cannabis as a neuroprotectant … it protects our brain cells. It also enhances the process of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections developing new patterns of thought and behavior. That’s just scratching the surface. I have references on my website and I invite you to take a look.
In the end, cannabis, for our Emotional Liberation purposes, can amplify our focus for making the most of our Inner-explorations for emotional self-healing.
I always look forward to hearing your thoughts and answering your questions. Either/or – drop down into the comments section let me know and I’ll respond.
I’m Becca Williams and I want you to lead a magnificent life. And I want to help you do that.