Kundalini & Cannabis: The Wisdom of the Ancients
A few people introduced the ancient Indian discipline of kundalini yoga to America.
The most well known is a guy affectionately known as Yogi Bhajan. He gained quite a following beginning in the tumultuous 1960s when he came over from India. (He was 75 and living in Española, New Mexico when he died in 2004.)
“Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan” is a thing today to be sure. The yoga training is even trademarked. But it’s because Yogi B wanted the meditation practices and lifestyle he introduced to the Western World to be precisely followed.
I’m a nonconformist in this respect, maybe even a black sheep as such – although I always feel welcomed and respected in the Yogi B kundalini community even though I am not a card-carrying member.
The biggest departure in my work is that I embrace the optional use of cannabis plant medicine, which is strictly against the dictates of Yogi B’s teachings. He wrote: “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.” (pg 250, The Aquarian Teacher, Level One Instructor Textbook.)
Emerging Western cannabinoid science is refuting this perspective and is establishing many applications for cannabis as a neuroprotectant. The discovery of the endocannabinoid system has turned the old memes about this plant on its head.
Becoming a Teacher of Kundalini and Cannabis
Regardless, the kundalini aspect of my Cannanaut “Emotional Liberation” teaching and training is drawn from Yogi B’s extraordinary body of meditation practices as applied and taught by one of his students, a kundalini master in his own right, who I continue to study with.
However, out of respect and affection, my teacher’s name will go undisclosed as he’s adamant that he does not want to be publicly associated with my addition of cannabis to this work. He says:
“You are free to do with Kundalini yoga and my work whatever you wish. But I am not. I am a student of my teachings which are that we do not mix these natural medicines. As such, my dear Becca, I do not want to appear on your website at all. If this sounds harsh I am not feeling harsh but just have to say the truth … I have to say that my teachings are that it is not wise to mix these two with your students.”
I don’t take his distancing personally. He’s one of the kindest, most humble and compassionate human beings I know. He’s also one of the most brilliant and that’s why I study with him.
His revolutionary body of work has added new impetus and meaning to what Yogi Bhajan introduced.
This unnamed teacher has discovered that “emotions are an essential part of our very accurate sensory system; they are a source of information to avoid trouble, heal the past, and help access the peace and happiness that are the goal of every being.”
It’s clear that what he has developed is an exponential leap in our understanding that our difficult emotions are the “missing link” that Western science and spirituality have overlooked … forever!
Personally, within one year of working with his tools (in combination with small doses of cannabis), I was able to release a life-long burden of being a slave to my out-of-control emotions. I was jaw-dropped by the stunning breathe and body practices that I encountered in this work. Specific active and vigorous meditations percolated up the heavy emotions so that I could release them and come to reside in a state of calm, centered clarity.
That is, of course, with the twist of adding cannabis to the mix. Cannabis has the ability to nourish and activate our endocannabinoid system, which can amplify our focus for making the most of our inner-explorations of emotional self-healing. I will be writing much more on this.
This miracle of emotional healing catalyzed me to drop my work as a health editor and television producer and invest my time – my life – in supporting others in releasing their destructive and self-defeating patterns.
At its core, what I present to you in my Elevation Ceremonies, Emotional Liberation coaching and other offerings is based on the paradigm-shifting body of work from the teacher whose name will go undisclosed at his behest.