- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: High Times Books; 1st edition (April 21, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964785862
- ISBN-13: 978-0964785861
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Smoke dope, don't smoke dope; that's not the point. It helps some people and doesn't help others. I haven't touched it in years (and that wasn't me, and it wasn't ganja, and I was just keeping it for a friend of mine, and anyway I didn't inhale). If it helps you, go ahead and make it a sacrament as Stephen describes here, and follow his excellent advice. (And do let's drop this nonsensical "War on Drugs," shall we?)
But that's not what this book is really about. What it's about is realizing that you are God -- not in the sense that your personal, local ego is the divine, omnipotent, omniscient creator of the cosmos, but in the sense that God is _being_ you, if you know what I mean.
If you _don't_ know what I mean, you stand a pretty good chance of picking it up from Stephen, whether you ever toke up (again) or not. As with all his writings, if you're receiving on the frequency where he's broadcasting, you'll pick up one helluva spiritual contact high.
Me, I find that if I go too long without reading him, I start to get cranky -- yell at the dog and kick the kids, or vice versa, or something -- but cracking open any one of his books mellows me out right away. My own receiver, at least, is definitely tuned to his channel.
Yours may be too. Oh, maybe not -- not every "spiritual teacher" (ugh) is suitable for everyone, and you may be better off with somebody else or with nobody at all. That's okay; Stephen isn't looking for followers (and you should beware of anyone who is, both for your sake and for theirs).
But it's worth the trouble of finding out. It's entirely possible that you found this page precisely because Stephen is just exactly what you're looking for.
It's really just a question of picking up his vibe. (And if you know what I mean by _that_, you will almost definitely find him worth reading.) It's not so much that he's going to _teach_ you anything in particular; he'll just knock your mind loose from your brain, maybe only a little at first. And then a little bit more . . .
Mainly you'll just grin and be happy that Stephen is possible. And you'll start to be possible too.
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It turns out that the title is something of a misnomer. Gaskin writes at times about the great things that happen when people come together to smoke weed with each other, the "gentle ritual" of it. But a lot of the book has nothing to do with cannabis--a more appropriate title would be something like "The Spirituality of Cannabis Users." And sometimes, it's not even that. It's an old hippie telling you why natural childbirth is really the best way to have children, and you should really have a midwife, too. Sometimes it's interesting reading, and sometimes I just found myself rolling my eyes.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Gaskin is a Dead Head who lives in a 300 person commune in Tennessee. He talks a lot about his commune, which he calls The Farm. In fact, it's hard to say whether cannabis is the main character in this book, or if it's actually The Farm.
If I were to recommend this book to anyone, it would be someone who is interested in the cultural legacy of the Dead Heads and other hippies. Not all of them cut their hair and moved to the suburbs. If you want to read about the spiritual or religious use of cannabis, though, I would recommend that you look elsewhere.