Listening to cannabis
Back in the ‘90s, a book called Listening to Prozac came out at the height of the SSRI prescription boom, and it got everyone to thinking how this nifty little pill would change our society.
Well, as longtime readers of this blog know, I had to stop Prozac’s miserable, mood-flattening drone for my own good. Switching the dial over to cannabis has led to far stronger benefits in my own life, especially once I learned how to tune in to what it was saying to me.
Personally, it has helped to envision an appropriate metaphor for how cannabis affects me. I tend to see cannabis as a rake, gently and consistently stirring up our subconsciousness and stripping away the obscuring vestiges of our ego to get at what’s underneath. Equipped with this vision of its utility, I can apply it to various ends, whether that’s better rest, less anxiety, more creativity or more. And of course, it can be modified as well with the assistance of other herbal supplements. In unison, all of these voices give me a nudge towards the life I want to live, and when combined with a specific mindfulness intention, provides the foundation for some important behavioral shifts — such as one I’d like to share with you right now.
The acceptance mantra
While I recognize that not everyone reading this is in 12-step, I still maintain that the wisdom they impart can apply to everyone, no matter what they are going through at the moment. For this reason, whenever I feel the effects of cannabis take hold, I like to run through the acceptance mantra to imprint its message upon my psyche. By doing so, it can continue to subtly influence me throughout the day:
Acceptance is the answer to ALL our problems today. When I am disturbed,
It is because I find some person, place, thing, situation —
Some fact of my life — unacceptable to me. And I can find no serenity until I accept
That person, place, thing, or situation
As being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
Unless I accept life completely on life’s terms,
I cannot be happy.
I need to concentrate not so much
On what needs to be changed in the world
As on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes
It’s something also to keep in mind when you’re dealing with people who continue to categorically assail cannabis. Acceptance of a new reality is hard, and the refusal to do so comes mostly out of heartbreak for a cherished ideal that is fading, control that is slipping from their grasp, and fear of an uncertain future. Much of that fear stems from ignorance and distrust, which can only be dismantled in time.
But the Acceptance Mantra is important for me too as an entrepreneur. It reminds me to continually re-evaluate my positions and determine whether I’m acting out of fear or resolve. And like all bits of truth, it’s easier said than followed. So if I’m doing some “raking” in my yard, I tend to start it with that, so that the rest of my day can be imbued with its presence.
The cannabis collaboration
Cannabis is a conversation, and it’s pretty amazing what I’ve learned through the dialogue so far. Oftentimes, it’s in the form of an improvised form of creativity, like playing my guitar. Certain chord combinations became more alive with an energetic warmth to them. Following the meandering path of a mindful musical flow has taken me into a very personal space that is grounded in the present moment. This flow has been accessed for decades by musicians, particularly in jazz, where it’s enshrined as a defining characteristic, and it’s no coincidence that cannabis factored heavily into the lives of jazz’s most famous musicians. Cannabis serves to tamp down the more analytical portions of our brain and allow the intuitive flow to emerge. That flow carries the message, too often obscured by layers of programming and fear, that can inform some profound breakthroughs in our lives.
Traveling atop this flow can be previously inaccessible emotions, which can serve as powerful bits of inspiration. Or they can be unique combinations of thoughts that come from a particularly “heady” strain. Seen through the lens of introspection and acceptance, some unique creations can occur. Just remember that it doesn’t take much cannabis for this to occur. Matter of fact, too much, and you’re just stuck with Netflix-and-chill. Some of the most fruitful breakthroughs I’ve had with my own business have emerged from a simple microdosing session with Equanimity, which allows for a more precise dosage. So that’s one thing I would say: you just need cannabis to knock on the door of your subconscious, rather than to rip it from its hinges. Once you’ve accepted its presence, you’ll be glad you listened.