Fortunately, life takes us on many strange twists and turns. Many years ago, I was nearly 30, lived the suburban housewife trivia, taught school in between car-pooling, and was in the state of not having much time to notice much of anything -`always running, planning, shopping, entertaining, dressing, cooking. The marijuana consciousness was a life-altering experience. Externally everything changed – where I lived, who I lived with, what I ate. More importantly, my inner life was once again focused on the deep and timeless values of my youth. Trivia faded from my thoughts.
The marijuana experience intervened into my world of normal cultural goals to remind me of that state of innocence and stillness I had lost along the way of transitory distractions. Marijuana let me remember myself!
The Benefits of Marijuana was written without choice. What I learned through years of intense interest concerning this majestic plant could not be contained. As a mother, I am forever grateful, for its part in helping to cure my son of his epilepsy. Personally, my gratitude is expressed for the consciousness-raising mercy of marijuana, for its health imparting effects, for the peace it engenders, for the mega-industries that it could replace in ecological splendor, for its tenacity throughout the thousands of years of human mistreatment, for its grace, for its perfume, for its ability to inspire, to breathe more fully, to see clearly, with our eyes and with our minds.
After writing the book – more than 20 years ago – and finally putting it in print and after years of activism toward legalizing marijuana, it is finally clear that the marijuana consciousness cannot be stopped. It is here in everything, in the sick and the old who need it to eat and see and hear and walk. There is surely no stopping medical marijuana anymore as we see almost weekly the stringent testing that is proving its unparalleled value for so many diseases, disabilities, dysfunction, and distress. And for the youth and for those suffering deprivation, for those who are magnetically drawn to the spiritual awakening that can ensue from the regular and serious employment of marijuana, for all those who appreciate liberation from conditioned notions, marijuana as a recreational experience is also here to stay. In advertising, in scholastic institutions, on television, in hospitals, the marijuana-influence is here. There are those who can see and recognize this wave away from the purely material in welcoming acceptance. There are others for whom money and power are everything. For those mainstreamers, there appears no need, no desire for a higher understanding and only fear of the consciousness of the spiritual realm. Marijuana allows us access to the still point in the midst of confusion. It is an ancient and natural yoga that is resurfacing in these times of great confusion and lost values.