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The Holy Spirit is ranked by many Western Christian faiths as being equal in power and grandeur to the Father and the Son, a status memorialized in the Catholic Trinity. The exact identity of the Holy Spirit or Ghost has often presented a conundrum and provoked controversy for centuries. Yet, throughout the ages, all Christians have agreed that the Spirit was the true teacher of the Christian mysteries, which consisted not of intellectual knowledge, but rather a spiritual lesson beyond words or argument. (Michael Alberto-Puleo, M.D., THE ANOINTED ONES.)

Throughout the Bible, the Spirit is most consistently presented as the force of God that takes hold of a person and infuses him or her with power, wisdom, and strength.

That the Holy Spirit is the bond which unites the ascended Lord to his followers and the agency through which they become His members, sharing in His Messianic unction, is the general teaching of the New Testament as a whole. G.W.H. Lampe, THE SEAL OF THE SPIRIT. Longmans, Green and Co. London, 1951.
Spirit is defined as the active essence of the Deity serving as an invisible and life-giving or inspiring power in motion. Spirit comes from spiritus-breathing; and the biological meaning of inspiration is to breathe or inhale. (The Living Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English language, 1977)
There was a profound change in America when marijuana smoking started on a large scale in the late 1960s. A large number of people resisted the draft, resisted the war . . . started letting their hair and beards grow . . . became interested in natural foods . . . the ecology and the environment. What we really saw was the awakening of our generation to the beginning of Christian mentality through marijuana smoking. The earmarks of this mentality are: I don’t want to go to war; I really don’t want to be part of the political-military-economic fiasco you call society.(Bro. Louv – main American spokesman for the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church around 1980 -deceased )
The following piece was taken from the article Marijuana: The Symbol and the Ritual, by U. Ballante of the Psychology Department of the San Francisco State College (Journal of Secondary Education, May, 1968, Vol 43, No. 5)
...The time we live in also has an effect on the current upswing of marijuana use. Does the current milieu require, and yet lack, a ceremonial activity to bring people back together; not just physically, but in such a way as to yield a real feeling of interpersonal relatedness and connectedness?....It must be realized that simply carrying out a series of common actions does not establish a state of ritual. Ritual cannot be detached from its ends. It is only when the series of actions yields a derived sense of personal interrelatedness and a sense of moral connectedness that the pattern of action can be designated as a ritual. Should these effects cease there is no longer ritual; there is no longer meaning. For many, if not most, the rituals of church and state can no longer function as rituals. Not many are any longer profoundly moved, at least positively, by the pledge of allegiance or the national anthem......Because marijuana is a physiologically rather innocuous drug, because its effects are readily influenced by the environment, because it has history rich in mystery, because it exist principally outside the system, and, most of all, because it has a nature and tradition ideally suited for a highly social “happening”, marijuana has become the focal point and symbol for solving a most urgent historical crisis. This crisis is none other than man's separation from his fellowman, and , just as disastrous, his separation from himself. The highly social nature of marijuana is unmistakable; one of the most striking features of the drug is that marijuana is rarely consumed alone. For a variety of reasons, but particularly because of its adaptability to a social ritual, marijuana is almost always consumed in the form of smoking. It is passed from hand to hand, making the elements of sharing and giving central and crucial to the experience. The setting of the situation also tends to promote a feeling of being relaxed and comfortable. A typical setting will find the people sitting on the floor in circular fashion. A refreshing gentleness tends to pervade the atmosphere. Flickering candles, the mellow and often child-like facial expressions, music-- all tend to contribute to the sensation of peace. It is not unusual to seek out a natural environment in which to “turn on”. The beaches, parks, and woods are frequent choices. No matter what the choice of setting, the intent and preference is to seek out a place of relative peace and beauty. This choice of setting has much to do with the derived effects. Marijuana is also a form of social offering. To refuse it in such a situation, is to turn down one of the few remaining instances where people still reach out to one another. The social component of ritual is more than amply satisfied by the circumstances surrounding and encompassing marijuana smoking. The direct goal of the marijuana ritual in distinction to traditional ritual seems to be the strengthening and creation of personal ties. ….So far we have pointed out the highly social and ceremonial aspects of marijuana smoking. Earlier we designated one additional factor that is crucial to defining a state of ritual. We mentioned that the activity must serve as a basis for linking the individual up with a higher moral order. Another way of stating the same thing is that the ceremony must serve to kindle positive and optimistic forces in the individual....One way in which the total marijuana smoking environment seems to prompt a transcendental experience, is by seemingly generating a state of increased aesthetic awareness. Sometimes it appears to be more than a simple kindling of increased awareness of nature and beauty. At these moments the intensity seems to become so great that one no longer senses a distinction between one self and nature. A certain continuity of experience is effected. In another manner, the marijuana environment seems capable of extending feelings beyond the people immediately present. Frequently, a person will not only experience a profound warmth for the people around him, but will simultaneously feel a deep-rooted connectedness to a much larger group. Sometimes the sensation extends to the whole subgroup, sometimes encompasses all of humanity, and sometimes, in that most cherished instance, embraces the entire cosmos....
Like the Indians Hemp Drug Commission, three quarters of a century earlier, the Canadian Le Dain Commission conducted an inquiry into the use of marijuana. On page 156 of the report is the following:
“In the case of cannabis, the positive points which are claimed for it include the following: It is a relaxant; it is disinhibiting; it increases self-confidence and the feeling of creativity (whether justified by objective results or not); it increases sensual awareness and appreciation; it facilitates self acceptance and in this way makes it easier to accept others; it serves as a sacramental function in promoting a sense of spiritual community among users; it is a shared pleasure; because it is illicit and the object of strong disapproval from those who are, by and large, opposed to social change, it is a symbol of protest and a means of strengthening the sense of identity among those who are strongly critical of certain aspects of our society and value structure today.”
On page 144 of the Report, marijuana is associated with peace.
“In our conversation with (students and young people) they have frequently contrasted marijuana and alcohol effects to describe the former as a drug of peace, a drug that reduces tendencies to aggression while suggesting that the latter drug produces hostile, aggressive behavior. Thus, marijuana is seen as particularly appropriate to a generation that emphasizes peace and is, in many ways, anticompetitive.”
A research finding much publicized in the past few years is that marijuana use may decrease blood levels of the male hormone testosterone in men. Again, these are contradictory experiments, and the issue is not settled. Of course, even if marijuana does have this effect, its significance is not clear. High testosterone levels may correlate more with aggressiveness than with sexual adjustment; some men in our society might benefit from a reduction in this hormone.
Loye states that many of the investigators into precognition have reported that the psychically sensitive (those able to predict the future) are usually more open than nonsensitives. Other attributes are warm, empathetic, good natured, talkative, relaxed, spontaneous, composed, and a “readiness to accept incoming impressions without critical censorship.” Comparatively, the attributes applied to marijuana smokers by the Canadian Le Dain Commission and others are talkative, cheerful, relaxed, disinhibited, cool and composed attitude, peaceful, feelings of creativity (clears the brain for thought) thoughts more intuitive, and empathy for others. (Bennett, Greengold:The Tree of Life)David Loye, THE SPHINX AND THE RAINBOW.
Recent psycho-pharmacological studies have discovered THC (active ingredient of marijuana) has its own unique receptor sites in the brain, indicating man and marijuana have a precultural relationship (Jack Herer, THE EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHES).

The receptors are found mainly in the cerebral cortex, which governs higher thinking, and in the hippocampus, which is the locus of memory. (L. Grinspoon, M.D., and J. Bakalar, MARIJUANA: THE FORBIDDEN MEDICINE)

In the article The Chemistry of Reefer Madness (Omni Magazine-August , 1989) Miles Herkenham is quoted saying of the marijuana brain button, “What really struck me was the front-brain loading. It's sort of a high-brow receptor. The binding sites are incredibly numerous compared with other neurotransmitter systems, which suggest they

are receptors for an important, ubiquitous transmitter”.

Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have identified a naturally occuring chemical in the body that binds to the cannabinoid receptors found just two years ago. The newly discovered compound is being named anandamide, from anande, the Sanskrit word for bliss. (The New York Times, Dec. 22, 1992 c-8)
Bliss is defined as 1. complete happiness 2. heaven, paradise
The ancient Egyptians had a word to designate the 'third eye', the ureaeus, related in old tradition to the pineal body and to the spirit. Perhaps modern science has discovered what the ancients knew. That man has a third eye or spiritual eye, and that marijuana can play a part in opening this eye.
In a magazine article by G. S. Chopra entitled, “Man and Marijuana” on page 235 is a section dealing with Human Experiments. One hundred persons with an established marijuana smoking habit smoked marijuana. They described the symptoms as follows: “I have done things today which I usually dislike but which I rather enjoyed doing today.” “Nothing seemed impossible to accomplish.” “I assumed a cool and composed attitude and forgot all mental worries.” “I behaved in a childish and foolish manner.” “It relieves sense of fatigue and gives rise to feelings of happiness.” “I feel like laughing.” “My head is dizzy.” “I feel like taking more food.” “The world is gay around me.” “I feel inclined to work.” '”I am a friend to all and have no enemy in the world.
Less restriction, more tolerance, less fear, more compassion, all qualities of higher consciousness, are functions of long-term marijuana use. (Bello, Joan, The Benefits of Marijuana , Physical, Psychological and Spiritual.)
Probably the most relevant study to date about what might be considered “typical” pot experience is the one made by Dr. Charles Tart, reported in his book ON BEING STONED [Science and Behavior Books] Skip intermediate steps in problem solving, insights into others, thoughts more intuitive, ideas more original, converse intelligently, learn a lot about what makes people tick, say more profound appropriate things, intuitive empathetic understanding of people, sexual love union of souls as well as bodies, inhibitions lowered, mind feels more efficient in problem solving, at one with the world, events actions become archetypal.
Ken Kesey provides the ultimate pot commercial: “But good old grass I can recommend. To be just without being be peaceful without being stupid; to be interested without being compulsive; to be happy without being hysterical...smoke grass . ( Psychedelics Encyclopedia by Peter Stafford 1977)

Come together brothers , sisters, time is gliding on. (saying of the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church)

The Godman is a very important concept; the concept of the God in Man or the living god, as opposed to the God outside of man-the sky God or unknown God. Jesus said to the multitudes “Know ye not that you are the temple of God”..”Know ye not that ye are Gods?
Philippians 2:5-6-”Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus; who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”
Matthew 1:23-They shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
Jes-us is by interpretation JUST-US, the collective body of Christ (many members and one body) as opposed to worshiping one man. For Christ was trying to enlighten all mankind. He was the Logos, Jes-us Christ, the DIVINE WORD.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
God became flesh (i.e., man was created) when the first word was realized out of early homo sapiens gutteral utterances. The brain's neuro-net whereby the first word became manifest (the Word made flesh) was most likely energized by the catalytic action of an entheogen. Kali/Shiva's holy bhang, with 'its virtue of clearing the head and stimulating the brain to thought.' was such an entheogen in ancient India (J.M. Campbell. p. 31. )
Professor Oliver, L. Rieser was the head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburg and Chairman of the International Committee for Scientific Humanism when he made the following comments:
Evolution is not yet finished with the human organism, for still higher functions are in process of development. Futhermore, we surmise that Humanity is God in embryo, a developing being with those psychic powers of omniscience and omnipotence which man has hitherto assigned to his gods . (The Integration of Human Knowledge, reprinted in the Book of Grass, p. 201-2, reprinted in Greengold p. 293)
The article goes on to state that examples of ESP illustrate “The Integration of Human Knowledge.” This integration is often speeded up with the use of cannabis. Whenever a “joint” is lit and passed within a group of people, a circle inevitably forms, and people are brought into friendly communion. And let us not forget the famous contact high where individuals become high just from being in the presence of a group of marijuana consuming people. (Greengold)
John1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. 13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.”
Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
So you see Christ was a prototype. He was the first fruit of many to come. Truly god and truly Man. God incarnate, man divine.
Mohandas K. Gandhi, one of the greatest leaders in the history of India and a student of religion could not accept the idea that Jesus was the only incarnate son of God. “If God could have sons, all of us were his sons, “he said. On a close examination of the Bible, it is revealed that in fact anyone who walks in the word of God is worthy to be called a Son. (Calvin Kytle, GANDHI, SOLDIER OF NONVIOLENCE)
The biggest falsehood perpetrated by Christiandom is the concept of a Sky God, an unknown God, a God separate from mankind. This is completely contrary to the teachings of Christ and the Bible. The Bible speaks against idols and idolatry, and that is exactly what was embraced. Man was pointed to pictures, crosses, statues, walls, rocks, relics and Sky Gods. In the name of religion there has been war, torture, slavery, prejudice, oppression, etc.
The Tree of Life for the Healing of the Nations
Revelation 22:2 On each side of the river (of life) stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding it's fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the Nations.
As scholar E.K. Bunsen pointed out as long ago as 1867:
The records about the “Tree of Life” are the sublimest proofs of the unity and continuity of tradition, and of its Eastern tradition. The earliest records of the most ancient Oriental tradition refer to a “Tree of Life,” which was guarded by spirits. The juice of the sacred tree, like the tree itself, was called Soma in Sanskrit, and Haoma in Zend; it was revered as the life preserving essence. (Bunsen 1867) The Keys to Saint Peter As quoted in (Doane 1882))
Chris Bennett in Cannabis and the Soma Solution makes a convincing argument that the ancient Soma and Hoama were cannabis preparations and further ties cannabis to the Tree of Life. . .

Dr. M. Aldrich, an authority of marijuana and Mircea Eliade, one of the foremost authorities on the history of religions both believed that the Hoama, Soma drink was a cannabis beverage. The Hoama, Soma was a Protector, a guide to immortality, a mediator between God and man, a Benefactor to the world and a means for mankind to obtain union with his divinity.

The ancient Egyptians had their legend of the 'Tree of Life'. It is mentioned in their sacred books that Osiris ordered the names of some souls to be written on this 'Tree of Life', the fruit of which made those who ate it to become as gods. (Prog Relig. Ideas, vol. I p.159.)
Among the most ancient traditions of the Hindus is that of the 'Tree of Life', called Soma in Sanskrit and Hoama in Zend, the juice of which imparted immortality. This most wonderful tree was guarded by spirits (Bunsens Keys of St. Peter, p.414)

As also noted in the Legends of the Old Testament by Thomas Lumisden Strange:

The tree of life is traceable to the Persian Paradise. “the haoma is the first of the trees planted by Ahura Mazda in the fountain of life. He who drinks its juice never dies: (Muir, Sansk. Texts, II....)....The original is the Soma of the Hindus, early deified by them, the sap of which was the beverage of the gods, and when drank by mortals made them act like gods immortal....The Hebrews have exactly adopted the idea: “And Jahveh Elohim said, 'Behold the man has become one of us to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever; therefore Javeh Elohim sent him forth from the garden of Eden....and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life”....(Strange, 1874)
In Sumerian the words for 'live' and 'intoxicate' are the same, TIN, and the 'tree of life;', GESHTIN, is the 'vine'. (Allegro 1970)
Amongst the first to connect the sacred and unnamed tree in Assyrian art with the mythical Tree of Life, was Sir A.H. Layard, who described and commented on the symbol over a century and a half ago. “I recognized in it the holy tree, or tree of life, so universally adored at the remotest period in the East, and which was preserved in the religious system of the Persians to the final overthrow of their Empire....The flowers were formed by seven petals” (Layard 1856, NINVEH, as quoted in (Mackenzie 1915))

The 'seven petals', referred to by Layard, can be seen to be more likely stylized depictions of the seven distinct spears of the cannabis leaves. Likewise, the pine cone-like objects held by the figures often surrounding the plant, represent the pinecone like buds of the sacred qunubu. (Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible, Chris Bennett.)

In the second quarter of the first millennium B.C., the 'word qunnabu (qunapuy, qunubu, qunbu) begins to turn up as for a source of oil, fibre, and medicine. (Barber 1989)
Legends of the Tree of Life figure in the stories of the Hebrews and Christians along with certain Gnostic sects and pagan Mystery Religions. “The idea of anointing was frequently connected in these circles with the old notion of a saving unguent emanating from the Tree of Life.” (Lampe, G.W.H.. THE SEAL OF THE SPIRIT, S.P.C.K., W. Clowes and Sons, London, 1967)
In the Gospel of Nicodemus, and other ancient Hebrew and Christian writings, it is the Tree of Life that exudes a miraculous oil of immortality. John intimates that the anointing oil could cure spiritual blindness. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white rainment that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see (Rev. 3:18) The “gold tried in fire” refers to the baptism of fire. (THE ANOINTED ONES)
Erwin Goodenough notes that:

Ringgren has...pointed out the importance of the tree of life in the whole Hebrew tradition of Wisdom: “She carries long life in her right hand (Proverbs3:16), she is the life of the disciple of wisdom (Proverbs 4:13), the one who finds her finds life (Proverbs 7:35) (Goodenough, Erwin R. JEWISH SYMBOLS IN THE GRECO-ROMAN PERIOD. VOL. 5., Bollingen Series 37, 1956. Vol. 7. p. 126.

The qualities of the fruit of the sacred tree remind us of the qualities assigned to the juice of the Soma plant. It was a magic fruit, and like Paradise itself, came down from heaven...The fruit which Eve partook of, and then gave to Adam, was therefore the equivalent of an intoxicating drink which the early men, both Semitic and Aryan naively supposed to exhilarate the gods, and to confer immunity from sickness. The Babylonian sages, too spoke of a 'purifying oil of the gods, and later Jewish and Christian writers of a 'tree of mercy' distilling the 'oil of life'. (Cheyne, T.K. TRADITIONS AND BELIEFS OF ANCIENT ISRAEL. Adams and Charles Black, London, 1907.p.78.
The Apostle John refers directly to the unction as “golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of the saints, “ Revelation 5:8) He also writes: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7)

In the testament of Levi, it is written that : “He will open the gates of Paradise, remove the threatening sword, and give the saints to eat of the Tree of Life; then the Spirit of the Lord will be upon them. (Lampe. G.W.H. THE SEAL OF THE SPIRIT)

The following was taken from The Benefits of Marijuana Physical, Psychological and Spiritual by Joan Bello.
So many people, in all walks of life, from all social strata, in every country of the world, from the young to the old (for as long as there has been recorded history) have been and are now partakers of marijuana. They may have considered their enjoyment solely recreational without understanding that this magnificent natural remedy is actually and undeniably (in the strictest sense of the word) a medicine. It is “a substance used to treat disease, “ wherein disease is literally loss or lack of “ease” (which defines disruption of the entire person-body/mind/spirit). Marijuana as medicine is especially needed in today's stress-filled, fast-paced, competitive and insecure manner of daily living......

As the way marijuana works, in complete compatibility with the healthy functioning of all facets of humanness, it is intended that the various, divided segments of the population espousing the employment of cannabis for different purposes will realize that medicinal, recreational, and sacramental utilization of this plant are actually identical. To be healthy is to be happy is to be holy, all which are connected to cannabis use. Although modern life has divided up the three-fold nature of man and woman, in fact, there is no division. Our bodies are the temples of the Divine, to be kept in the utmost health, and our minds are the tools by which we recognize the essential values, if we are happy. The path of righteousness and happiness is the Medicine Path!.......

Although this book barely addresses the miraculous healing ability that hemp/marijuana can contribute to the deforestation, pollution and devastation of our dis-eased planet (see The Emperor Wears No Clothes and Lifeline to the Future), this fact must let us understand that the gift of nature in the form of a plant is a remedy, a holistic medicine of limitless extensions for healing the earth itself.....

Those of us who know the truth have a commitment to expose it. Our commitment runs as deep as our souls. We enjoin you to further your knowledge and take your place among us. Joan Bello, THE BENEFITS OF MARIJUANA, PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SPIRITUAL, section Medicine for the Whole World, chapter 1)

As we heal ourselves we will be able also to heal the planet. And cannabis is the plant to do that. Cannabis (hemp) is the only known annually renewable natural resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world's paper and textiles; meet all of the world's transportation, industrial and home energy needs, while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, and cleaning the atmosphere all at the same time. (The Emperor Wears No Clothers, Jack Herer) On the back of Jacks book is a 50,000 dollar challenge to the world to prove him wrong. No one has taken the challenge.
Popular Mechanics called it a Billion dollar crop in 1938 in reference to all its commercial applications. It can provide food, clothing, shelter, energy, etc. Henry Ford built a car out of it.
“Here in America there's ….a revolution in materials that will affect every home,” reported Popular Mechanics in 1941, citing Henry Ford's prediction that he would some day “grow automobiles from the soil.” After 12 years of research, Ford Motor Company had completed an experimental car with a plastic body. Its tough panels were molded from a mixture of 70 percent cellulose fibers from hemp, wheat straw and sisal, plus 30 percent resin binder, under hydraulic pressure of 1500 pounds per square inch. The plastic withstood blows 10 times as great as steel could without denting. (Hemp:Lifeline to the Future)
Pot seed is the single healthiest food on the planet and can grow on land that cannot grow anything else profitably. Pot seed is the highest in enzymes and amino acids of any food on our planet (including soybeans), and can be made like soybean to taste like chicken, steak, pork, tofu, margarine, etc. An excellent hemp milk is made.
Marijuana;aka; cannabis, hemp is the most useful plant on the planet. Truly a miracle plant. It is defined in the dictionary as a tall Asiatic herb. On the first page of the Bible God said “I have given you every herb bearing seed on the face of the earth and God said it was good.”
The United States Congress called it evil and made it a schedule I substance, the most highly prohibited. Like Judas they have sold out for a piece of silver. They have sold their soul to the special interest that will lose their monetary grip on mankind when this remarkable God given herb is finally free. Fortunately, when the Creator made the hemp plant, there were no politicians and lobbies for multinational corporations around to advise, and no ignorant congressional committees in executive session to declare it illegal.
The prison industry is booming, the police-state tactics are escalating, lawyers and judges are inundated with work as our inner cities are starving, our corporate giants are downsizing to maintain their profit margins, the medical profession is closing ranks around the pharmaceutical synthetics even as the death toll in side effects reaches horrendous proportions-all while one natural plant could ease the pain and suffering of so many sick and dying people around the globe, and cleanse the toxins from the air we breathe-and certainly increase the breathing capacity of us all. (Bello, Joan, The Benefits of Marijuana)
Jesus preached that to change the world, a change of heart and mind was needed. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
Love, along with the visions of Infinity engendered by the Holy Spirit, are the twin stars revolving around each other in the universe of the Anointed Ones that Jesus brought to man. The anointing would teach all things. And love alone, in all its manifestations-from the love of oneself to the the love of God to the love of one's family to the love of one's people and land-to the love of one's planet-is the only hope for human kind. Those who have this love are the light of the world. They care for their fellow beings, contemplate the world of tomorrow, and plant trees for the great-great grandchildren they never know. (THE ANOINTED ONES)
The heart chakra which loves, and the throat chakra which creates, are the energy centers or states of being that marijuana usually vitalizes. At these levels, the ego is transcended, allowing the higher emotions to come into play.....While marijuana often raises our inner spark of Divine energy to levels of love and creativity, attainment of the highest level of being, Cosmic Consciousness, requires that a pureness of receptivity be in place. Over time, and with intense cultivation of one's character, marijuana can help us achieve enlightenment. ( Bello, Joan, The Benefits of Marijuana)
We as gods and goddesses need to take our rightful place and turn the weapons into plowshares and be our brothers keepers. We need to heal the planet. We are on the verge of pollution free energy; solar, wind, bio-mass, geothermal, waves etc. With the resources that have been wasted on war and weapons of war we can make the deserts bloom. We can feed, clothe and shelter all. We can no longer afford to wait for the return of the Son of God. He/She is with us and has always been with us.
Chris Bennett in his conclusion in SEX, DRUGS, VIOLENCE AND THE BIBLE puts it like this.
“The idea of a Cosmic Being in which we all play a part is a very good one. If people were to recognize their own divinity and themselves as part of the cosmic plan and guardians of creation, and not as destroyers, then they would be forced into the responsibility of taking care of the many serious problems that we as a species have created in our ignorance, instead of waiting for some sky God and his armies to come down from the heavens to save us.”
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