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Resurrection of the Higher Self

Author: Matthew Webb

brought to you by The World Mind Society, and Matthew Webb

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In July of 1989, a controversial article crossed the managing
editor's desk of an equally controversial magazine. 
This article was never actually published in the quarterly
publication, then known as The Magical Blend, even though it was
well documented by one of the senior reporters of the magazine. The
material therein was rejected, due to conflicts of its content with
"modern cultural limits", and the idea that the public is not
yet ready to, "entertain such ideas” even though its creation was
originally sanctioned by the managing staff of The Magical Blend. 
Entitled, The Higher Self, the article never the less
appeared in a lesser known newsletter almost one year later named, The
Free Thinker
, known for its challenging, intellectual evaluation of
topics which for the most part, go unaddressed in our society.

In a memo directed to the author of The Higher Self, 
Magical Blends' managing editor commented as follows:

"Although The Higher Self reflects a professionally
conducted interview on the subject of marijuana use and the expansion of
consciousness, other factors need to be considered in the question of
its publication.  It is
essential to keep in mind the modern cultural limits, that restrain the
full address of certain subject matters.  For one, our firms' legal position on this matter must be
maintained on stable ground, especially in view of  'the drug war' as mentioned in your article. 
Secondly, although our readership is known for a certain
flexibility of mind, the senior staff agrees with me in that the public
is not yet ready to entertain such ideas in this context. 
I therefore must ask you to go beyond the usual revision
protocol, and abandon this project altogether, regardless of your good
work in its creation."

The document you see before you is the retrieved, unedited
version of The Higher Self, which has been preserved upon the
request of many interested persons. 
The identity of its author and the person interviewed will not be
mentioned, in order to protect their wish for privacy in this matter.  


During the summer of 1989, I was invited to attend a public
gathering in Berkeley California,  “of
persons dedicated to free thought and the uninhibited expansion of
consciousness.”  According
to the elaborate written invitation, the purpose of this meeting was to
“brainstorm the ways and means to sustain a fundamental shift of
social consciousness, away from cultural materialism, and toward
spiritual unfoldment.”  Upon
arrival I was informed that although everyone was very pleased to see a
representative from Magical Blend attending the meeting, it had since
been decided that the group discussion should be closed to the public. 
It seemed for a moment that the trip to Berkeley had been wasted
effort, but to my surprise a well-dressed gentleman in a sport jacket,
of broad features and a bushy black mustache, approached me to apologize
for my inconvenience.  I
assured him that such disappointments were common in my line of work,
and that all fault was mine for not confirming the meeting by phone. 
"I appreciate the show of support and interest of your
magazine that your presence implies", he said, "and I don't
want to see you end up empty-handed after your journey.” 
“Although I regret we cannot include you in our conference due
to the wish for anonymity of many of its speakers, I can offer you a
personal interview along similar lines." 
Though a one on one meeting is not what I had in mind, I thought
it pointless to refuse such an offer.

Mr. Blake, (a pseudonym) introduced himself as an organizing
member of a little known meditation group known as The World Mind Society, which was but one of the participating
members of the conference.  "We
at WMS", he said, "believe in the higher potentials of human
consciousness, and its power to transform the self and the world. 
Our approach is to make the best use of the tools that are
already available to the human being for the purpose of
self-empowerment.  Among
these are the human body and mind, individual meditation, the
sacramental use of marijuana and the use of group meditation, or in
other words, group mind force." 

(Magical Blend reporter) "Let me see if I understood what you said
correctly.  You mentioned
the use of meditation in both a personal and group context for the
purpose of self-empowerment.  But
could you explain more clearly how this relates to using marijuana as a

(being interviewed) "What I meant was, that marijuana can be a
powerful tool for self improvement if used with the proper focus."

"What do you mean it can be a powerful tool?"

"This plant has the potential for use as a psychoactive
booster of consciousness.  It
is a kind of "psychic vitamin" that can expand ones' abilities
mentally, psychically and spiritually."

"In certain Native cultures substances such as peyote and
psychoactive mushrooms are used for self exploration. 
Is this what you mean?"

"Self exploration is actually only a part of this. 
In native cultures, psychoactive substances are also used to gain
what are considered spiritual powers, psychic enhancements, altered and
deepened perceptions of truth, greater inner strength, energy, mental
alertness and flexibility.  Perhaps
even more importantly, these substances are used to gain spiritual
realization and refinement.  They
are even used as an aid to unify ones self with Nature and God."

"And you include marijuana as one of the substances which
can accomplish these things?"

"Yes we do."

"Don't you think that if marijuana had such potentials that
people would have discovered them long ago? 
I mean, everyone 'gets high' at one time or another, but no one I
know of gains any psychic powers or finds God through weed."

"In reference to the first part of your question, people did
actually discover the spiritual potentials of marijuana long ago. 
References to this herb in the ancient Vedic texts of India,
indicate that it was being used by Rishis and Yogis at that time to gain
deepened perceptions.  As for the fact that 'everyone gets high' as you said, yet
few find God or greater personal power, this is just a result of
cultural influences.  Lets
look at it this way.  Compare
marijuana to driving a car.  As
soon as you take a puff you're behind the drivers' seat. 
The engine's running and you can go anywhere you want. 
But just because you own a car though, does not guarantee that
you will take it to useful, productive or enlightening places.  You may just drive in circles, get in a wreck or simply drive
it off a cliff.  It all
depends upon your intention when you're driving as to where you end up,
and what you'll do when you get there. 
Marijuana is the same way.  Although
it contains great potentials for self-transformation and can take you to
places you never dreamed of, its effect is still primarily limited to
the mind that is driving it, so to speak.”

"So you're saying that the usual effect of just 'getting
stoned' and oblivious to the world, is due more to user error than to
the substance itself."

"That is exactly what I mean, and what a pity! 
Most people just get high within the usual party mode of
stimulating amusements, simply because this is the only intention they
hold when smoking it."

"So what intention or focus should be used to get more out
of pot?"

"Well first of all, the whole image of marijuana must be
changed.  It is usually
viewed as a 'recreational drug' but this is a serious underestimation of
its potential.  Believing
that marijuana is just a toy is like treating the space shuttle as just
another Forth of July bottle rocket. 
By approaching marijuana with more respect, we are then in a
position to gain more from it.  This
herb can teach us much more than most people imagine. 
In many shamanic traditions it is believed that peyote,
psiloscybe mushrooms, ayahuasca and others, contain wisdom-increasing
properties.   It is believed that they hold sacred lessons, and an
Earth intelligence that can be learned from. This is the whole meaning
behind the word ‘entheogens’”.

“Do you also hold such a view, and would you place marijuana in
this class of so called 'teacher plants'?"

"I don't want to stray too far into related subjects, by
commenting in depth upon that.  I will say that the World Mind Society, like a number of
other persons and groups, agree that all living things including the
Earth itself, has something to teach us. We humans though, are not known
for our great listening skills.  We're
too busy gossiping and theorizing to listen attentively.  Yes, all of these substances contain profound
lesson-generating potentials, and marijuana is no exception. 
We can 'listen' to the high that it generates within the body, as
well as its effects upon the mind. 
When taken seriously, what we 'hear' from the teacher plants can
be quite profound, as well as practical on an everyday basis. 
But again, we must employ the right focus and intention to make
full use of our experiences with the herb."

"I've heard that the peyote ceremonies of the Native
American Church include a great deal of preparation and spiritual focus,
before, during and after ingestion. 
They say that such preparation allows a person to properly
receive Peyote's lessons.  It
is also a Native teaching that peyote acts as a conduit to God and to
the spirit of the Earth, allowing deep revelations to crystallize in the
mind.  Do you also recommend that such procedures be used for the
intake of marijuana?"

"I would have to say that in most cases, no. 
The rush and scheduling of the Western lifestyle tend to rule out
days of prayer, meditation, fasting, elaborate ceremonies or seclusion
in the wilds.  That's not to say though that simple rituals, which focus the
mind firmly onto desired goals, could not provide great benefit. 
But regardless of any format used prior to smoking the miracle
herb, one should definitely be clear about the effects they desire from
its intake.  These effects,
which can also be personal goals, include an enhanced state of clarity,
greater psychic perception and higher personal vibration for instance,
and these aspects should be consistently focused upon with the mind,
during a smoke session.  The
stronger the focus held while smoking marijuana, the more one will see
results in the body and mind of the desired type. 
We also recommend the use of meditation in conjunction with the
use of marijuana, as these two complement each others’ effectiveness

"I believe I understood what you said about using pot for
achieving greater clarity.  It
is not an uncommon practice for many people to use it for inspiration,
in the creation of music and other artforms, and I've even known a few
who claimed it helped them get insights into problems, or to create
innovative products.  When
you mentioned reaching a higher personal vibration from pot, I'm not
clear on what you meant."

"Basically, when we say ‘getting high’, we mean getting
into high feelings, and this is the same as saying 
'getting into a higher personal vibration'. 
Science has shown through EKG readings and a number of other
electromagnetic measurement devices, that the body emits energy at
varying frequencies.  These
frequencies, especially in the case of brain waves, change as our state
of consciousness changes.  Studies
have shown that positive feelings create a characteristically different
set of emitted brain wave frequencies than those of a depressed nature. 
The high frequencies or feelings created through the intake of
marijuana are likewise very different from most peoples' everyday state
of consciousness.  When used
properly, marijuana can thus raise our vibrational rate of being, or in
other words our state of consciousness. 
It can even do this on a semi-permanent or permanent basis.”

"Ok, and what about 'greater psychic perception?’"

"Unknown to most people who smoke marijuana, is the fact
that it expands psychic abilities as it expands the users'
consciousness.  In fact, the
increase of personal clarity and, [higher] vibration are also the
potential results of the expansion of consciousness, brought about by
the miracle herb.  The same
is also potentially true of peyote, ayahusca, LSD and mushrooms.” 

"What you said reminds me a lot of a line from the movie
Dune…something about ‘the spice expands consciousness’. 
It sounds like that.”

"Well yes, I think Dune offered many good ideas with a
factual basis.  I would say
that the potential effects of marijuana are on par with those of the
Spice Melange presented in Dune.  A
great movie.”

"And people don't usually recognize this fact, because
they're using the wrong intention?”

"That's right.  When
they smoke their intention is usually focused just on feeling a little
better, or upon using the smoke as an avenue for interaction with
others.  So instead of
realizing they have just undergone an important and powerful shift of
consciousness, they waste a glorious opportunity.  They fritter away a wonderful means to gain greater inner
strength by focusing upon trivial things.” 

"I'm not sure most people would agree that a focus on
sensations or interaction with others is trivial."

"Compared to what could be accomplished with marijuana,
these focuses are indeed trivial.  I think a good analogy for using this herb as a joy ride, is
the burning of stacks of $100 bills for amusement. 
It is such an incredible waste of potential.  The full knowledge of that potential would truly amaze the
average person.”

"And the organization of which you are a part, advocates
specific techniques to take advantage of that potential?"

"Yes, the World Mind Society teaches people, among other
things, to view the herb as a sacred advisor of sorts and to listen to
what it has to teach.  When
we combine its use with meditation this practice produces even greater

"Greater results meaning a greater expansion of

"Yes, more so than the average person would experience by
far, through the holding of a progressive inner focus."

"That's interesting.  So
lets discuss what kinds of focus are used in your meditations that
produce such results."

"All right, as I said earlier, the type of results gained by
smoking marijuana are primarily dependent upon the intention or focus
one uses.  This should
always be kept in mind.  Spiritual
intentions produce spiritual results, whereas unfocused or chaotic
intentions produce comparatively little.  So before we even raise a pipe to smoke, the clear intention
is kept in mind as to exactly what effects are desired, beyond the usual
'getting stoned' mode.  What
I am about to describe is a simple procedure and example, of what one
can repeatedly experience in the use of marijuana. 
Try this initial experiment;

  Hold the intention of
'exploring the high' in the mind before a smoke session. 
By 'exploring' we mean observing it in detail, while at the same
time focusing on getting higher
and higher

  Take a puff of smoke
and hold it in the lungs in a calm, relaxed manner. 

  While holding this
breath, notice the onset of 'the high' as it enters the lungs and
spreads throughout the body.  Be
particularly observant of the high feelings in the area of the heart.

  Exhale while
remaining focused on your observation of the high state now present in
the body/mind.  Let thoughts
continue to slip away to the point that only awareness of the high
remains.  Know that you can
be a state of mind rather than a string of thoughts.

  Know that the high is
a sacred thing.  It is an
opportunity for unlimited personal gain, and to view it as such opens
the door to this potential.  Remain
focused on the high itself and when thoughts intrude, return to that
focus.  As the mind remains
focused on only the high, the high is then amplified even more. 

  The high is at this
point, even higher than it was originally. 
In other words, the pitch of feeling and level of energy
associated with it are increasing to greater and greater levels. 
This occurs because anything the mind focuses upon it increases. 
Don't get overwhelmed by this. 
Stay relaxed, and see just how far you can 'explore the high'. As
the high increases stay focused upon it, and this will increase it even
more, especially with a second and third puff. 
It will be felt bodywide, but take particular notice of the
feelings in the heart, the head and base of the spine. 
Stay with this focus for at least 20 minutes…

This is an initial exercise we recommend."

"What exactly does this procedure accomplish?"

"It provides an entrance point into a whole new world, as a
conscious experience of 'working with the high', or in other words,
altered states of consciousness.  It
gives a taste of what can be accomplished with the right focus and
encourages the practice of meditation. 
Such exercises also motivate people to experiment further, by
trying out different intentions in the use of the smoke. 
This is just one way of doing what we call 'traveling the

"What are some results people can expect in using this

"Actually there are a great many. 
If I were to give a brief  list
I would include:

Getting much higher than usual on less herb.

The high tends to be much longer lasting.

Inner awareness is increased, and so is a sense of accomplishment
and personal discipline.

Spiritual revelations often occur. 
Such states as ‘Christ consciousness’, or simply an increase
in love and good will can be felt within.

An introduction to the practice of meditation, using the smoke as
a center of focus is gained.

are other benefits of course, such as an increase in psychic
capabilities, but this is a topic for more advanced discussion."

"So by saying 'traveling the high' you mean working with it
as a tool for greater things?"

"Yes, and in this case to 'work with the high" means to
focus upon the consciousness expanding effects of the smoke. 
In this way we gain familiarity with its properties. 
This is an initiation into the practice of using the smoke to go
where we want it to go, rather than just seeking idle amusement. 
Not unlike driving a car to a given destination, we can focus
upon the high itself, and
direct it to take us to places we never dreamed of. 
Just as effective driving requires a certain inner discipline and
consistent focus, the journey of marijuana is greatly enhanced by
careful inner direction also."

"As you pointed out, most people consider pot as just
'recreational drug', so how do you motivate them to take a different
view and practice?  Or to
put it another way, what will get people beyond the ‘party mode’?”

WMS  "Actually
marijuana does most of that work for us. 
It is such an excellent tool that even with a minimum of
knowledge, the novice smoker can begin an exciting spiritual

"But aren't the effects of weed only temporary, as in once
the high has worn off the journey is over?"

"Absolutely not.  It
is a fact that when we enter any new state of mind, that state makes a
lasting impression upon the cells of the body, and upon our state of
consciousness.  When we
enter that state repeatedly the impression made becomes cumulative,
especially when we intend
this to be so.  Even more
profoundly, when we consciously intend
to increase a certain state of consciousness, we experience even greater
long term effects."

"Are you saying then, that you hold the intention of not
only increasing the high, but to maintain it indefinitely?"

"That's very perceptive of you, yes. 
We have learned that permanent personal gains can be acquired in
the use of marijuana, simply by holding the proper intention."

"And what intention is that?"

"The intention of spiritual growth."

“How would you define the term, ‘spiritual growth’?”

"Spiritual growth can be defined as the process of gaining
greater personal clarity, vibration or love, and of becoming more like
the Christ or the Buddha.  It
is our view that becoming a Christ or Buddha is a process of gaining
higher and higher levels of consciousness. 
Marijuana can give us a boost into greater realms, and once we're
there, we can call these levels 'home' if we wish."

"Wow, that's really an intense set of goals. 
But I wonder how the average person in a material world will
react to such views.  How can they understand the importance of such goals?"

"To understand that, it helps to understand the value of
love.  Everyone knows that
love has implicit value, and this is self-explanatory. 
We have all at one time or another experienced its benefits. 
Love clears away obstacles, heals, inspires and purifies the mind
body and spirit.  It sets
the stage for greater personal understanding, and even cosmic insights
into God and the universe.  I
also think it safe to say, everyone knows that the stronger the love is,
the more beneficial are its effects. 
Well, the same is true of the high. 
The high of marijuana also heals, removes barriers, provides
insights and purifies the body, mind and spirit. 
Both love and the high are states of consciousness, ones which
share many common features."

"I'm entertaining what you're saying for the sake of
conversation, and because there is a certain logic in it. 
But I really can't understand that if what you say is true, then
why haven't more people realized these things in their own experiences? 
Why don't they use marijuana to gain these 'unlimited

"This is an important question and I'm glad you keep
returning to it.  Actually
many people do have important spiritual and psychic experiences when
smoking marijuana, but they generally keep these events to themselves
for fear of being ostracized by others. 
But for the most part, people don't use marijuana to great
benefit, primarily because there is no place for such activity in the
culture in which we live, at least not at an open, public level. 
Western culture is a materialistic paradigm, which means it
values only those aspects of existence that can be bought and sold. 
Our society has a fascination with the worship of things, of
material objects.  These it
has come to value more than the environment, more than health and
happiness, more then nature, intelligence, wisdom or even each other. 
So it is not terribly surprising that as a culture, we also do
not value states of consciousness or their importance. 
It's crucial to remember that there was a time in human history,
when we realized that our state of consciousness is responsible for
every single thing we do, and also the manner in which we do it."

"The so called 'primitive' cultures of the world still
retain this type of knowledge."

"Yes, and their spirituality is based upon nature and
natural forces rather than material ideals."

"I think it is the largely unspoken consensus today, that
the world took a wrong turn somewhere long ago."

"Several wrong turns, I think. 
It is reasonable to say that the current abuse of marijuana and
other substances, is a symptom of the problems of modern society. 
Basically, people don't use marijuana for progressive purposes,
because there is simply no precedent for such uses in Western culture. 
But I think those of us who understand this herb as a gift of the
Earth that it is, must recreate that precedent. 
We must all use it once again as the tool for the expansion of
consciousness that it is intended to be."

"We do after all, live in an age where any use of marijuana
is assumed to be abuse.  I'm
sure the so-called 'drug war' has a lot to do with the public phobia
about pot.  I've always
thought it was ridiculous to lump marijuana with other substances such
as crack cocaine under the same 'drug' heading."

"You're right, it is ridiculous. 
Marijuana is not a drug in the usual sense, because it is not a
laboratory-refined substance.  It is an herb, meaning it’s a plant with medicinal or food
related properties.  Books
such as The Emperor Wears No Clothes are an excellent resource
for understanding the real motives behind the drug war."

"Yes, and once you've read such books, you unde4stand that
the illegalization of marijuana has been motivated by the desires of
special interest corporations to make money."

"Or to be more exact, not to lose money if marijuana were
made legal."

"Pot would easily become a significant competitor for
profits in a number of industries, from prescription drugs, to paper and
clothing fibers, to alternative fuels and foods. 
Plus, anyone can grow marijuana on their own, and therefore it
can never be controlled by the pharmaceuticals like pills can."

"Yes, but most of all I think it safe to say that the
government and corporate world, has a vested interest in maintaining the
public consciousness within predictable limits. 
They fear the possible impact of marijuana's use on the mind. 
When it is properly used it expands consciousness. 
In other words it accelerates personal enlightenment."

"And enlightened people aren't interested in $500 suits or
five million dollar houses.  They
know that there is more to life than this, yes?"

"Absolutely!  That's very well said.  Can
you imagine what would happen to the whole song and dance we call
'consumerism' if people actually started to value their state of mind,
more than their appearance or reputation? 
Our whole culture might suddenly find itself asking 'why', and of
course we all know the question 'why' is bad for business."

"Ok, so like many people today, we know there is something
seriously wrong with the system as it currently stands. 
But is marijuana capable of changing all that?" 
I mean, is it really able to sustain a social shift even if it
is, as you say, 'used correctly?"

"There is no question in my mind that marijuana has that
potential, especially when its use is combined with the practice of
meditation.  Marijuana is a
sacrament or spiritual tool that can transform any individual. 
Anything that can help an individual can also strengthen groups
and even whole societies.  World Mind Society practices have proven this, and we've
obtained some particularly excellent results in group smoke sessions and
meditations.  The trick is
in the 'used correctly' part of this equation."

"You said this was a matter of 'focusing on the high'."

"Right, but this is only the beginning. 
In more advanced practices, we focus on the amplification of love
and clarity through the use of the smoke. 
We encourage a very disciplined, knowledgeable, inner focus that
is essentially no different than any other practice of meditation. 
The individual is taught to use marijuana with a keen, alert
mind, with love and spiritual intention, while working for greater and
greater personal enlightenment.  Marijuana
is a multi-purpose tool and a great one at that. 
But it should be remembered that in order to transform ourselves
with it, it is we who must do the work.”

"As in ‘a tool is only as good as its user’."

"This is true.  And
we can look to the native peoples of the world, to shamanic practices
and the like, in their use of such substances for a better orientation
in their successful employment.”

"You mean through ritual and ceremony?”

"No. I mean through the appropriate respect of their
potentials, and a disciplined inner focus. 
In fact, I think that any so called 'recreational' use of a
sacred substance such as marijuana, is a waste of its higher potentials. 
Our need is to approach marijuana as a sacrament or sacred

"Few people realize that there is even anything to learn,
let alone something to be learned from."

"Unfortunately that is true. 
Even so, the best use of marijuana can be had with an attitude
resembling a humble student seeking out a wise teacher. 
Then the stage for personal growth is set.”

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