GFP Note: We know there's a whole lot of controversy over the plant, and we'd like to point out that radioactive tobacco with poisonous additives is not the same as naturally grown tobacco. Tobacco is able to pull radioactive elements out of the soil, which means it's monumentally stupid to grow it with radioactive fertilizer, but that's exactly what happens. They use radioactive phosphate fertilizers, which are a cheap byproduct of Uranium mining. It's no mystery why people get cancer from radioactive smoke and having radioactive tar stuck in their lungs. We highly recommend growing your own, or getting it from a source you're sure doesn't use radioactive fertilizer.
Smoking is an extremely powerful spiritual/magical tool. However, since our human culture does not understand its metaphysical properties and how to use it beneficially, in addition to our having a highly corrupt corporate tobacco industry and a lot of really gross commercial "tobacco" that is seen by many as "normal," the harsh effects of this powerful tool misused have come to define for many people what tobacco just "does." (Something like under 25% of habitual tobacco smokers actually develop any smoking-related illnesses... something is making the difference between those that do and those that don't.) I want to bring light to how tobacco actually works in order to break down these destructive misunderstandings that are so damaging to people's health and relationship to the spirit of tobacco, so that you may partner with this amazing plant spirit and benefit from her many gifts.
I'd like to assemble the teachings I have been receiving from my spirit guides in the herbal kingdom, especially tobacco (others include cannabis, mullen, lavender, rose, sage, cedar, sweetgrass, etc.), who I collaborate with by smoking and smudging with them.
When something burns, it is surrendering its defined, solid, physical form and its spirit is being released to the air while the ash falls to enrich the earth. Smoke is a clear communication channel with the spirit world, a telephone straight to Creator God. It holds and carries our intentions.
Because smoke has such powerful metaphysical properties, it is not an understatement to say that every time you have a cigarette burning in your hand you are holding a magic wand, and the choice is yours as to how much care you will put into how you wield it. It is a magic wand powerful enough to manifest cancer into the physical world -- but this is only one extreme and unpleasant possible outcome.
What makes the difference? Intentions. Smoke carries our intentions to the spirit world when we burn things, whether it is through a campfire, a smudge, or whatever. When we inhale that smoke, those intentions are carried into our bodies, and as our lungs absorb the consciousness of that plant we absorb that intention into our being.
In a typical casual smoking setting, I do not believe it is very common for most people to even think about what one's intentions are when smoking. What are the implications of this? If we have all been using magic wands -- which are steered by our intentions and beliefs -- from the time we reached early adulthood (or in childhood for some), having had no idea they were magic wands, and all the while our intentions and beliefs were all over the place, being absorbed into our beings to come into our own physical manifestation, and being exhaled back into the spirit world, to manifest externally. On top of this, when we consider the disgusting poisonous quality of the industrial tobacco that is widely available on our market and the corrupt intentions of this industry, and especially the belief patterns that we tend to hold (understandably so) about tobacco based on those facts as well as social conditioning that "smoking is bad" or that "tobacco is bad" or will "give you cancer".... then you are breathing those beliefs and intentions unconsciously into your smoke, and if you continue to put that intention out over time as you habitually smoke, that magic wand will work for you and create in your reality what you have been focusing on, whether that is enlightenment or lung cancer. Hint: Cancer is a condensation of resentment into the physical body. Hold resentment in your attention as you smoke and you give it a boost for manifesting into reality.
So, instead of cancer, what can we use tobacco for?
Communicating with the spirit world -- When the spirits see smoke, it is like a bright beacon of light to them saying HEY GUYS!! WHAT'S UP!! OVER HERE!! And they spring into action to come hang out and have a conversation. No wonder so many tribal cultures have been using tobacco in prayer and ceremony for sooooo effin long. Think about how you feel when you smoke a cigarette -- it alters your perception of reality in some ways. It changes how you perceive time, it allows you to take a break from what you've been thinking about, step back, and breathe a bit slower, spend some time with yourself and/or your spirit guides, and see things from a new perspective. It's a great head change, a centering point with yourself or with others. It not only helps us to communicate with spirits, but also with other humans on more of a spirit level. Having conversations over a cigarette connects so many people who would otherwise never talk, and those conversations seem to be some of the best sometimes, it seems.
Using tobacco as a meditation/prayer smoke produces a very grounding and expansive energy flow, and a consciousness expansion that often brings visions and other divination or channels. It connects the Earth and Sky, or the material and spiritual worlds. If you are holding onto dense energies that are nearing their readiness for release, the grounding quality of tobacco will encourage your body to release your dense energies to be composted -- and yes, by that I mean it makes you poop, and pee, and cough up phlegm -- things in your body that can be shaken loose and released will be prompted out when you smoke tobacco, to equal you back out to comfortable equilibrium. In extreme cases tobacco will even prompt vomiting in the same way. This is a very powerful medicine for this physically grounding quality alone.
If you are a smoker and this resonates with you, I encourage you to examine your own relationship to tobacco and/or cannabis, if it is something that you feel is not exactly how you want it to be, and release all of your feelings of guilt or "badness" about smoking, recognizing that instead of something dangerous or bad, it is something powerful that deserves respect and proper usage. Empower yourself to honestly examine your own usage and intentions when using tobacco, and if you like, I highly recommend beginning to set aside time to smoke alone with total attention to your smoking and your self (spacing out, meditating, thinking, whatever), and as you load your pipe or roll your smoke, focus on the intention or feeling or reality you wish to expand into yourself (for instance love, gratitude, healing, peace, happiness, abundance, joy, etc.,) and your world and to the Creator Spirit through that smoke. As you draw on it, visualize that intention, embodied in the smoke, filling your lungs and soaking it into your entire being, and as you exhale, send that intention back out into the spirit world to plant its seeds on their plane. Thank the spirit of the tobacco (or whatever plant you are smoking).
That is a practice that I do multiple times throughout the day, usually by myself, but sometimes I invite others to learn and participate in my simple smoking ritual if they are interested. It is a solid and valuable way of centering myself and checking in with myself and keeping my spiritual life very solidly connected and guided. I very much want to be someone who can help those around me to learn to respect and collaborate with tobacco and other herbal smokes in a healthy and beneficial way that empowers its medicinal and spiritual talents, free from the propaganda and corruption of society that has masked this sacred medicine's true value.
Thank you for sticking with me through this long post! If you made it this far, and you're around, let's smoke together! Haha. Lovin you all. I'd love to hear about personal relationships with tobacco and how they have evolved and healed over time.
On that note, I am going to go drink some water and then smoke a cigarette. Looooooove!! Namaste.
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