I get letters and this one recently from Jen:
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. It’s nice to remember the lesson of finding what works for you. There is no right and wrong!! <3 Thanks for sharing your message and life with us all.
If you’re not aware, Kundalini is a form of very active meditation. It plays a key role in my emotional healing work – as does cannabis.
I hear from a lot of people about their view of meditation…
…and the most commonly held sentiment (especially among driven professionals) is that despite knowing all the benefits, they can’t get themselves to slow down and sit for quiet mindfulness meditation or even guided meditation where the narrative takes you somewhere calm and peaceful like walking in the woods.
People get itchy and twitchy in trying to settle down – and it makes sense. We’re surrounded with endless sources of distraction and action… emails, texts, social media posts, news and more news. And go go go. And then we’re supposed to come out of that “distraction storm” in order to sit down shut-up and go inward? Hmmm. How can that be reasonable? I believe it’s not for a lot of us.
This is where cannabis – and kundalini come in.
If you know my work you know that the judicious use of cannabis is a component of what I teach, which also includes ancient and active kundalini-like meditation practices. It’s been experientially established that the combination offers a level of intensity that can break through the busyness of the mind. When we achieve this, we can move stuck energy and off-load nagging stress, Anger, Fear and a host of other troubling emotions.
Meditation is really working for you then.
The Intersection of Soul and Science
In Western science we know that cannabis can relax the fight or flight response (as in anxiety) which greatly enhances the ability to focus and be present during our active meditation. Research using CBD in studies clearly suggests an anti-anxiety effect and reduces social anxiety in people who suffer with that disorder. So when a person feels this internal openness and spaciousness it’s easier to be present and go inward. At the same time cannabis enhances the process of neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections developing new patterns of thought and behavior.
This can be very profound when you pair it with our expressive practices that include movement, sound and powerful breath work. From the Eastern Yogic spiritual perspective, cannabis is a gentle boundary-dissolving plant medicine. I believe it amplifies intentional focus so that you can work with what’s coming up for you and also strengthen your intuition – that voice of your Soul.
I call this that intersection of where science and Soul come together. Western science is endorsing what the ancient wise ones have been espousing for thousands of years.
And to answer Jen’s question…
How did the combination of Kundalini and cannabis get a bad rap? I’d suggest that one of the primary influencers who introduced Kundalini to the West, Yogi Bhajan, was a principal source for statements about cannabis that have since been thoroughly debunked by Western science. And given the recent revelations that the long-deceased Yogi B was a sexual predator and power monger who took advantage of his students, his credibility is in ruins.
Where do you stand on meditation? Kundalini? What’s been your experience? Have you been able to make it a regular go-to in your life or is it a challenge to follow-though on a daily basis? Leave a note in the comments and let me know.