Getting High: Yogis and Drugs?

By Donna Quesada

Getting High

A student asked me about my opinion of inebriants.I’m sorry? I couldn’t hear him well.
Like marijuana, he said, softly.
Oh. I support legalization, I said, matter-of-factly.
No, I mean for spiritual transformation, he said.Ohh.

He described the blissful feelings and the state of communion he had recently experienced while high on marijuana. He said he had felt a sense of oneness, a loss of self and a heightened sense of awareness, while inebriated.

He is a good student, and I appreciated the trust he had in me. I took my time in responding.

It can give the illusion of a mystical experience, I said. But it’s just that; an illusion. And it comes at a high cost, I continued. Because he is an exceptionally intelligent and curious student, I went forth. Part of the illusion is created through temporary suspension of the left-brain dominance we’ve all been nurtured on – that part of us that is driven by critical reasoning, problem solving and formulas, and by an inexplicable need to prove stuff. So, for a moment, with that overbearing part of us at ease, you feel less like competing, and instead, more in touch with others. You feel more receptive, and more in tune with your feelings and instincts. You feel less driven by that need to figure it out and be right. You’re even fine with the unexplainable. It feels blissful.

But a genuine spiritual state is found in presence. It’s not found in some magical place. And the irony is that when you’re high, you cannot sustain your attention long enough to be present. You cannot be mindful when you’re high. Heck, you can’t even sit up straight when you’re high. Thus, the ironic conclusion is that you end up preventing the very spiritual state you’re chasing. Spiritual practice is defeated by getting high.

True spiritual practice is practice at being here. So, inebriated, you rob yourself of the opportunity to develop the kind of discipline that you not only can turn to at any time, but that nurtures within you the ability to maintain this state of mind. You rob yourself of the profound sense of peacefulness and composure that comes from sustained presence. Inebriated, rather than develop a sincere acceptance of what is, you merely feed the desire to run and hide from life. It is a high cost indeed.

By turning to inebriants, you also nurture a dependency. You become addicted to what seemed at first, like a magical feeling. Because the feeling was temporary, you have to continue using, in order to find it again. They call it “chasing the dragon” in the context of harder drugs, but even with the less-scary stuff, you find yourself ensnared in the same trap because you will have deprived yourself of the ability to find contentment through your own efforts. You’ll be looking for it on the outside, just like so many others who rummage forever in the garbage bins of the world’s many cheap thrills, and only develop addictions along the way – they gamble, they drink, they overeat, they have affairs, and they watch porn and none of it takes them anywhere worthwhile, except to the shrink.

Balancing the brain is a good thing. Dislodging ourselves from the tyranny of the left-brain is a much-needed thing in this society. But how beautiful it would be to nurture that inner harmony through your own true discipline! That’s a real high! That’s what meditation does: it fixes the brain. Like other forms of yoga and moving forms of meditation, as found in the martial arts, it brings about the harmony that comes from opening up into the softer world of the right-brain, from opening the heart center and releasing that deeply ingrained habit of proving, accumulating and competing, at any cost. But all practical function is thwarted when you’re high. Thus mastering these forms of moving meditation would be difficult, at best.

I then reminded my attentive student of the film we saw in class on the life of the yogis in India. Do you remember when they talked about the “fake yogis?” He remembered right away. They were the ones who smoked hashish.

(Editor’s Note: Originally published on Donna’s blog DQ’s Windmill.)



  1. I am an old student of Yogi Bhajan and a hippy. This is so opinionated, uninformed, and detrimental. I am not surprised that this website has chosen to publish it, but it is not accurate and as narrow minded and uninspiring as a GOP, Church of or DARE handout. True, this is a heartfelt opinion of one young lady. But it is not spiritual truth from a spiritual teacher of the ages.
    I would suggest that those who trash the shoulders of those they stand upon-the mystics and saddhus and sikhs[seekers] of all ages, past, present, and future, that have used, and will use, plant wisdom to gain spiritual insights, show more universal love, wisdom and gratitude. Without these substances, there would be no gnosticism, no shamanic tradition, {arguably, but I respected argument] none of our major traditional religions} no hippies, no sixties, no students ready for the Indian mystics coming to the West because of this awakening that was fueled by sex, drugs, and rock and roll, there would be a Harbhajan Singh, but no beloved Yogiji because it was PRIMARILY the hippies who had found universal love that would welcome this energy in the West and become the foundation of 3HO. It was not the straight “Buddhists in the Classrooms”, the uptight and unrighteous, who went to the early ashrams. It was freaks, spiritual seekers who were following God’s command and using God’s gifts to escape the trap of time and space. Very one sided and WRONG. I taught yoga for decades. I was told at Nanak Dwara to refuse lessons to those on alcohol. I was NEVER told to exclude those high on the plant Marijuana. Never. And I taught young people from ASU who were high, I have been high, and I can maintain my awareness, breath, and attention. I was blessed to have been a teacher that enjoyed many beautiful classes with thousands of students over the decades. They were not illusions. How little an offering from an organization that received so much open heart love and wisdom from Yogiji. SO to those so self righteous, I know many eat GMO’ed animal foods, get man made pharmaceutical medications, take drugs for “illnesses”, but for God’s sake , do not do what the yogis did! There is no better a non toxic anti inflammatory herb than cannabis. There is no plant more useful historically and needed today as cannabis. Straight narrow minded, uninformed opinionated, fundamentalist people, whether in white, successful, with degrees, or whatever, are not aware. And did not start 3HO. It is not a wonder to me that this occurs after a teacher is dead within an organization that becomes self serving. That is the way it goes. If I did not enjoy cannabis in my life when I did my sadhana and yoga, it was a personal choice, nothing more. I am 70 years old. I am on excellent health. I take no drugs. I credit yoga, vegan diet, and cannabis for this. I have a 6 month old daughter that is very healthy. I had to respond to the narrow mindedness of this. If kundalini yoga or Yogiji were dismissed as easily and one sided as this article dismissed my generation and the legacy of plant wisdom and the origins of the Vedas, and 3HO has been dismissed as a cult, and Yogiji dismissed as a charismatic cult leader, no more or less, what a tragedy for someone seeking the truth and Light.
    Sat Nam

    • This is in response to Leon’s post. Firstly, I am responding not because I have any interest in debating—in fact, I will only respond this once, for the sake of clarity. Also, although it is in response to Leon’s post, it is not really toward Leon, since I can see that Leon’s position is what it is and I don’t seek to change it. I will say that he doesn’t seem to be versed in Yogiji’s actual position on drugs. So, I am responding for the sake of anyone else that may be interested.

      Below are my comments in the context of what Leon said in his post:

      1. Leon said:

      “I was NEVER told to exclude those high on the plant Marijuana.”

      > Of course not! Yogiji, in his infinite wisdom, knew that seekers would ultimately and with time, come to know a better way to awaken their consciousness. In the context of spiritual practice, he was very clear about how he felt about drugs, especially pot. This is right from the KRI manual:

      “Drugs, particularly cocaine, prevent the parasympathetic nervous system from doing its job. Marijuana severely affects the functioning of the brain. It is like running an engine without oil, since it interferes with spinal fluid circulation.” (KRI Teaching Manual)

      and, in Yogiji’s actual response to a student:

      “Marijuana has ruined one of the greatest civilizations of humanity—India…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. The only positive use of marijuana is that it can be used as a remedy for severe digestion problems, and for pain…if you are a terminal cancer patient, and normal drugs cannot help you, you can get high on marijuana—you are dying anyway.” (KRI Manual)

      2. Leon said:

      “There is no plant more useful historically and needed today as cannabis.”

      > A distinction needs to be made between spiritual use and medicinal use. I actually agree with this and am personally not against marijuana in its therapeutic usage. In fact, I am not as adamant as Yogiji was, in any of its applications.

      3. Leon said:

      “It was not the straight “Buddhists in the Classrooms”, the uptight and unrighteous, who went to the early ashrams. It was freaks, spiritual seekers who were following God’s command and using God’s gifts to escape the trap of time and space.”

      > There is no need to knock my post by knocking the title of my book (that is an example of “ad hominem fallacy”). Personal attacks are not only invalid, but undignified. Back to the point, I admire the hippy generation; actually it is a fascinating time—they were open, spirited, and ready for change, politically, spiritually and culturally. But again, as Yogiji has said many times, they knew no better way, which was a big part of his commitment to teach them a better way “to get high.”

      I am part of a teacher training group at one of the most notable Kundalini Yoga studios (actually, it is where Yogiji himself taught!). One of my own teachers, one of Yogiji’s first students, uses the example of a movie trailer when addressing this question whenever it comes up. He said to one girl once, that “taking drugs to get high is a bit like watching the trailer of a movie and then saying you’ve seen the movie, when really it’s only a teaser…a preview.”

      This is why the narrator (a Yogi) in Paula Fouce’s documentary on the Yogis and Sadhus of India, refers to the “lushes” as “fake Yogis.”

      Finally, there is another blog post on Spirit Voyage that addresses many of these same points:

      On a personal note, I have no problem with marijuana. It’s a personal choice. But let’s at least call a spade a spade, if it’s to get high, then say it’s to get high, if it’s for therapeutic purposes, say it’s for therapeutic purposes. If it’s for spiritual awakening, that’s fine, too, but as I learned through studying in this tradition (as well as in Hatha traditions – I also have other certifications), it is not advocated for reasons explained above, as well as in the original article.


    • (this post is for the eyes hopefully of one who is searching for an answer and may you find it sooner than later) Well, 20 years later, (age 15 to age 35) after smoking chronically, i can honestly say, I feel blessed that I have found the strength to finally let go of the habit. When i used to read people saying: ” chronic cannabis use causes damage” of course I turned a deaf ear and felt, they didn’t understand. well, now i realize, somewhat stunned, that I was the one who didn’t understand. I honestly can say, i have NEVER met a cannabis smoker(someone who uses regularly) who was clear in the head, clear in the heart and clear in their body. one part of them is always suffering. the deceptive catch is that you can see it in others, but you can’t see it in yourself because you are wrapped in the soft glowing buzz of pleasure and illusory freedom. And boy does that get addictive, as you learn to use it for everything, all the time. When I realized that this clarity of being was what i desired, it miraculously became an easy choice to make. When i realized that i needed to carry my “enlightenment” around with me, I realized that something wasn’t quite right. And let’s PLEASE be honest, saddhus that smoke the hash, are burnt-out hardcore, coughing all the time and just dazed and confused. It’s not the picture of freedom, clarity or power. It’s the picture of dependence and laziness. Trust me I know, I dragged my ass around for about 10 of my 20 years using, attempting to be a yogi, a meditator, a tuned-in mystic. Its a terrible balancing act that always and rather quickly falls apart. There was no deepening, no progress. NOW—speaking of balance–I do support cannabis used as non-psychoactive medicine, and I do support using it psychoactively in cases of pain and suffering that cannot be healed otherwise. The results are in and if its a much better alternative to man-made crap drugs that the big-pharma wants to hook you on. And also, the recreational use is, (lesser of two evils part of the show) safer than most other substances, like alcohol and cocaine. BUT…if you are looking to build a true and sustainable practice. If you are looking to know your true self, the self that you have glimpsed while high, then you must put your focus on a sober state of development. I hated this realization every time I stumbled upon it and in my extremely rebellious nature, I railed against that seemingly-puritanical approach. But its not a rule anyone has made, but nature. Nature has ordained us to, perhaps awaken through the use of sacred plants, but not to use them to live. Marijuana needs to takes its place along side mushrooms and peyote as a sacramental substance to be used rarely,and with intent. And by rarely, I feel thats no more than a few times per year if that’s your choice. Honestly, though once you have abused it like many of us have, it needs to be let go, perhaps permanently. I have hurt my lungs and brain and nervous system. I have hurt my emotional body and pranic channels. Luckily I have done some good things along the way too(eating a vegetarian diet) and stretching and breathing every day, however, there isn’t really a discussion even, as far as I’m concerned–IF you want to be your best self, your HIGHest self, your strongest self, your truest gotta do it from the inside out.

      Again, if you truly feel you need it, no one’s thoughts or words will change that. You must come to the place where you desire to be free of it. And then, I believe, your true path begins. And it may take several lifetimes. But lets be clear, in so far as the KY taught by Yogi Bhajan, he did not support cannabis use to get high or to have spiritual experience/deepening/progress. Clearly did not. And I don’t think he was trying to be a bummer, he was trying to help people out of the quagmire onto stable ground.

      One Love, Sat Nam

      Evolution, New Paths, High on Breath,

      *for those who give the habit up, a big part of the cannabis high that you will miss, is the alkalization factor which can be achieved through fresh raw vegetable juice and oxygenation of the body through exercise.

  2. The ego analyzes, the Holy Spirit accepts.

  3. Muse,
    Nowhere in the article is marijuana for medical purposes condemned. Marijuana for therapeutic/medical purposes and spiritual purposes are two different subjects and shouldn’t be conflated.

    As for authority, forget about me. I’ll go with all the teachers I’ve ever had. And will quote Yogi Bhajan, who likened a brain on pot to a car engine without oil. In detailed terms, it reduces neural connections that affect many areas of our conscious life.

    And this is what the Yogic lifestyle is really about…conscious living. it’s hard to imagine aiming toward the expansion of conscious awareness, while simultaneously diminishing our capacity for consciousness altogether. A self-defeating system, that would be.

    If one needs it for therapeutic purposes, well, then I’d take it, too. Certainly the lesser evil. Especially if I’m dying anyway—a few brain cells wouldn’t then seem to matter so much, considering the alternative of living in pain. In every aspect of life, there are always compromises.

    And there are challenges. We all have them. And so, if one’s goal is enlightenment, I should think it is worth any sacrifice. This is one reason the the renunciates renounce everything. They fast, they give up material comforts, etc. You see, anything at all is rather like a “substance!” Whether it’s coffee, sugar, sex, gambling, or “legal drugs”…it doesn’t matter. Any of it can be an impediment.

    Which is why, in Ashuah’s classic, And So Be It; Conversations with Angels, we are warned about losing control of our vessel: “It is a state of inner confusion; your body is no longer directed by you because you are being directed by a power that is outside of yourself.”

    How does this happen: “The easiest way for this to happen is by ingesting substancesthat separate your physical vessel from the energy you named soul.” You are in effect, separating You from You.

    With that said, the angels always ask us not to judge others as all paths are sacred and honored as free choice. And so…on that we can agree—live and let live.

    ~Dhanpal-Donna Quesada

  4. I think it is important not to judge a person’s choice. What works for some, may not work for others. However, Donna’s perspective is just too black and white and nothing in life is ever black or white. She also has no authority to make the claims she is making about marijuana’s negative effect on the mind because she is obviously not an authority and everyone’s experience of marijuana is different.

    Some people have gained immense health and spiritual peace using pot, while others have become mentally ill. People use pot for different reasons and that is the key. Meditation, like pot is a spiritual aid that should be dropped when the aids are not needed any more. More importantly, the research on marijuana has not been done, and until it has been done, no one can really make any claims except regular users.

    Frankly, Donna has no business whatsoever claiming a person’s experience is genuine or not. Everything here is imagination; if we want to be present, we can be present, with or without pot. The body, food, herbs, pot are just physical substances that have an effect on the physical but not on the spirit. Marijuana or any substance cannot touch your soul so it can neither create or prevent enlightenment, which is essentially an act of God’s Grace.

    Also, please be respectful; some people are required to use pot for medical reasons, but you are blatantly saying it is an impediment to enlightenment. What a load of nonsense! When someone wants to know the truth, nothing will stop them, and certainly not a harmless plant like pot, so stop spreading fear.

    Until the research has been done, YOU DON”T KNOW ANYTHING, so please stop with the negative information because THAT IS NOT SPIRITUAL AND ACTUALLY MORE HARMFUL for those people who need to use it for medical purposes. You are basically claiming these people are now barred from having a spiritual experience? Let’s keep the dialogue on pot open and healthy, inviting users comments and experiences, but please let’s leave the judgements and the rights to enlightenment where it belongs — with God.

    • Thank you Muse for your words. Mine were a bit more harsh. But your words are True. Donna had no business stating that another person’s spiritual experiences are bogus. How un spiritual. And how un True.
      Karta Singh

  5. Donna,

    What a fantastic article! I ran into you because you seem to have the only meaningful video on the Daoist concept of wuwei, unfortunately. Anyway, on to the discussion.

    I was a daily smoker of marijuana for years, and I’m sad to say that most of my friends remain addicted to it and bear manifold ill effects because of it. Fortunately, I along with 3 friends of mine were blessed with conversion to the Catholic Faith in a span of 6 months and were freed by the Grace of God from our bondage to all substances including and especially marijuana.

    I sympathize immensely with your aversion to polemics and over-intellectualizations (my assumption) and this coming from a deeply “left brained” person who loves intellectual probing (indeed I owe my conversion to logic and science; something I love saying to militant atheists lol). I simply give precedence to the mystical and spiritual.

    That being said, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head in your excellent exposure of inebriants as spiritual impediments. The way I logically formulated it was in psychological terms, something you could add to your logical arsenal. I figured, that as long as I depend upon something to achieve what I want, more pertinently to BE who I want to be, then I will never be who I can be or truly am, for I would need to be continually under the influence of something which changes who I am normally. More importantly this raises the question as to whether or not what I want or want to be is de facto a good thing, something I’ll mention in the next paragraph. After taking this “red pill” I realized my consciousness would always be aware of its dependence upon this external thing to be who I want to be, which inevitably would not be myself since I am IN REALITY who I am when I am not high. Yet I am aware then that I don’t like myself and don’t want to be myself; and that may be reasonable to the extent that one would not want to suffer or cause harm to anyone of course. But as you point out, to contrive this spirit within you makes your benevolence and “enlightenment” unsustainable since it is contingent. In other words, who I am, if it is to be truly myself, can never DEPEND upon anything EXTERNAL to be truly itself. This naturally creates dissonance between oneself and reality, because one is continually denying their own reality. Those who are aware seek help, and those who do not continue in denial, but in both cases there is no escaping the dissonance. With this irrefutable consideration it is extremely hard to support ANY form of recreational drug use in my opinion.

    Moreover, there is an even more nefarious component to all forms of drug use, and I would argue more insidiously in the case of marijuana because of its new “innocent” cache. That is, that immorality and consequently causal suffering, be it to oneself or others, is radically a corruption of the will which is most fundamentally what the Orthodox call philauous (an excessive concern with the self). If the ancient spiritual masters taught anything at all it was to avoid, at least be weary of, desire and pleasure. This is the freedom of the masters. And I would argue that God Himself in the God-man Jesus Christ instructed us to “carry our cross” and “die to (ourselves)”. There is nothing more dangerous than to found one’s life upon their own whims. “Now I want to feel like this” ” Now I want to feel like that” etc. It denies the inescapable question, “What if I don’t know what is good for me?” and the conspicuous reality that history and the present demonstrate that all evil comes from this attitude of self-trust and self-reliance if you will.

    Nevertheless, I don’t deny that God can works through negative events. God knows I learned things that I otherwise would not have in my psychedelic excursions. Mushrooms in particular hyper-focused my mind on profound intrinsic issues facing humanity and individuals such as responsibility and free will. They also drove me insane.

    One thing is certain, if intellectuals don’t speak clearly about the overwhelmingly negative effects of drugs than our society will continue to spiral into destruction.

    I thoroughly enjoyed your post Donna and I admire your courage and gentleness in confronting this issue so nobly and lovingly. Your concern for truth and humanity is palpable and contagious.

    God bless you, your family and your ministry,


  6. Like infatuation, they afford but a glimpse…but like real love which has no conditions or prerequisites, our own unfettered awareness opens the curtains with no collateral damage or dependency.

  7. When I first used the cannabis plant I didn’t know where I was getting myself into. First I became mellow I saw a dissociative effect that made me feel completely one with all. The became a start for my journey cannabis is a medicine which when used and understood can bring the joys of all apon a bodily person. I can’t overstate this as much as I can, cannabis as a spiritual tool which allowed me to see within myself to see that I feel pain for those who are mistreated, or those who became Ill and couldn’t work again, it made me feel sorrow for those who reap the benefits of others. This herb allowed be to see the devil and angel withing me spiritually speaking. I feel that many who choose this herb do so because like Jesus you agree with the good of it and want to find more. Cannabis society has been driven out and many people who are spiritually I tune to need and use this herb are deprived from our laws. I think cannabis should be legalized so that those spiritually can reap the benefits and those physically can reap the benefits. I believe that as long as our souls desire is to follow a good path of , sincerity kindness love fellowship and progression I believe cannabis can Provide answers to those worthy.

  8. Enlight the observer, who is observing. I agree with Sunyata. Anything can be an addiction, so also meditation without any substances. An experienced meditator can be very distanced, not making properly integration of love, relaxation, observation, shadow work and so on.
    So cannabis can be an ally, so can meditation, so can meditation and cannabis, so can yoga and cannabis… but we can´t rely on one ally and put all our trust in this.
    My experience tells me trust life, life comes with many colours and flavours that we can enjoy and be in peace with, learning to use all of the brushes hard and soft, respecting ourselves and our relations, all relations.
    Cannabis brings on a state, observe it, learn from it. As do other activities in life, as life changes your experience will. Sometimes a psychedelic will teach you alot, sometimes it will tell you (always working together with your conciousness/the conciousness) to get off “facilitators” and be “sober”.
    Watch all sides, be kind, love yourself and others, relax, breath – words is an ally to, an ally for your exploration of life, drop the map. With Love / Daniel

  9. thanks for the post

  10. I’m happy for the discussion. Although I am the rare philosopher who has come to loathe argument, I’m just going to chime in since it seemed to generate a fair amount of discussion and disagreement on facebook and I feel I should respond to certain points made.

    Conversations twist and turn, and with those turns, come further subtleties and insights. For that I am glad for the feedback and welcome it. Firstly, with regard to the suggestion that because psychedelics are God given, that makes them somehow right, we must remember that along these same lines, God gave us many things, many of which we would readily agree to shun. Still, as was pointed out, people will abuse anything, many of them natural (when you get down to it, is there anything that isn’t “natural?”). Arsenic and gambling and war are all natural, yet harmful. But God also gave us the will to resist temptations. But, just to be clear, I’m certainly not equating a potentially therapeutic substance like marijuana with arsenic! I only wanted to illustrate the point that, by itself, “natural” or “god-given” doesn’t define value one way or another.

    With regard to the fact that tribal cultures have and still practice inebriation, it’s like the point made above; just because something is done, doesn’t mean we’re obligated to accept it. Again, many tribal cultures – and indeed, many “civilized” cultures – do many things that are anything but acceptable. And some of it is done in the name of sacred practice. We are not obligated to accept things like animal or human sacrifice, for example, in the name of spiritual practice. Again, I’m not equating marijuana use with these activities, but merely making the point that just because something IS done, doesn’t necessarily mean that it SHOULD be done.

    We change, we evolve, the environment changes, we discover new ways, more appropriate ways, more effective ways, someone shows us new things, and we come to see, and eventually, do things differently.

    Sunyata Satchitananda’s comment is intelligent, and adds much to the discussion, and I appreciate his warm tone and true desire to add to the dialogue. His sincerity is felt. And I warmly thank those who have read and who have appreciated my article, even if we respectfully disagree.

    And this is not to say I am against marijuana. And it’s certainly not to condemn anyone who uses it. Lord knows, I had my days in the past. As the opening lines in my original essay attest, I openly support marijuana’s legalization and have so for a long time. In many cases, people are suffering from conditions that marijuana can help with and the therapeutic effects greatly outweigh any detrimental effects, which don’t compare to the “harder drugs,” anyway. I simply don’t agree with its use as a spiritual conduit.

    With regard to the mention of “fake yogis” in my article, it was a point made in a documentary called Origins of Yoga. Even among yogis, there is much criticism toward those other yogis who get high in the name of spiritual practice. They are seen as impure and lazy.

    Yogi Bhajan’s words come to mind: “Why do people take drugs? To get out of facing reality.” As Shakti Parwa Kaur Khalsa explains in what is known as the bible of Kundalini Yoga, “when Yogi Bhajan arrived in Los Angeles in December of 1968, the drug culture was a way of life for almost an entire young population. They had started taking drugs to find God, and for many, it was a sincere spiritual quest.” She goes on to explain the Yogi’s compassion for these people and their unhealthful condition, which impelled him to teach them Kundalini Yoga. He knew it was the fastest way to heal them and help them in their quest for genuine spiritual awakening. He knew that they were turning to drugs because they had never been taught any other way to deal with the spiritual longing they felt. Most importantly, he knew that through the Kriya Yoga that he brought to the west, they would be able to repair their nervous systems and their brains and undo the damage done by drugs.


  11. Finally, an explanation I feel.

  12. Donna Quesada’s viewpoint is accurate when a recreational use of cannabis is being considered. The unconscious imbibing of cannabis for recreational use quickly catapults the recipient into inebriation and past a useful dosage suitable for spiritual expansion and growth.

    The sacred use of cannabis treats the process and material (cannabis) as a sacrament (a symbol, something regarded as possessing a sacred or mysterious significance and conferring a specific grace upon those who receive it). When used in this way, cannabis is incorporated as a conscious element of spiritual development and expansion.

    Cannabis is not a miracle pill that takes the work out of spiritual growth. Cannabis is a facilitator, ally, collaborator with sound spiritual practice. By starting slow and avoiding inebriation with small amounts incrementally raised to find the optimum level for one’s sacred use -cannabis is experienced for its harmonious and supportive abilities to facilitate mental ~ emotional insights and enhance environmental sensory perception by opening multiple channels of consciousness. Right-Left brain activity is balanced and integrated at higher levels which produces greater awareness and sensitivity of “embodiment” -being present with your thoughts and feelings while feeling connected with your body; experiencing expansive awareness.

    Presence, the prized spiritual state Donna Quesada writes about, is profoundly experienced in greater depth with cannabis, which facilitates applying spiritual practice and personal growth processes to the awakened realizations resulting from its sacred use.

    Cannabis’ gentleness and vibrational resonance of unconditional love and acceptance facilitates opening of shadow aspects and creating opportunities for transformation with less resistance stirred up by the ego-personality.

    By bringing consciousness and sacred intention to every step of cannabis sacrament use through ritual, ceremony, meditation, awareness, revelatory practice, and integrative processes -the sacred use of cannabis can greatly expand and enhance the experience of the sincere practitioner.

    Love and Light,
    Sunyata Satchitananda
    Cannabis Sacrament Minister



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