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The True Origins of “420”

So here we are on April 20th, national weed day or the international stoner’s day. Where did this tradition come from?

420 is an urban custom that refers to the yearly consumption of marijuana and cannabis and a way to identify with cannabis culture. This is celebrated every year on April 20 and also daily at 4:20 in the afternoon. A group of high school kids in San Rafael California who dubbed themselves the Waldos because of their hangout wall/meeting place outside of their high school used the term back in 1971 for the first time.

The phrase began when the students were looking for a rumored abandoned marijuana crop and they met at the Louis Pasteur statue at 4:20 to try to search for the crop. After several failed attempts to find the crop they just started using the term to describe marijuana smoking events in general. A writer from High Times was responsible for making the story a cult phenomenon. There are also stories about Grateful Dead practice sets in San Rafael that helped spread this like wildfire.  

weed smokerThough the term may only date back to 1971, the use of cannabis in spiritual celebration and ritual does not. In fact, cannabis is known to have been used in India and Nepal in the Vedic period, somewhere between 1500 BCE and 2000 BCE. There were even references in Greek mythology to a powerful drug that eliminated anguish and sorrow, thought to be cannabis. The herb is also associated with the ancient Norse goddess of love, Freya. Our modern word ‘Friday’ comes from ‘Freya’s Day’, which we still associate with letting loose and enjoying ourselves at the end of a hard work week.

One cannot write on the history of cannabis without mentioning the Rastafarian influence. The Rastafari see the plant as the sacramental and profoundly beneficial medicine that is the Tree of Life depicted in the bible. Peter Tosh referred to it quoting Revelations 22:2, “…and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of nations.

forsaleToday the marijuana laws are becoming a lot more relaxed. There are at least 23 states and the District of Columbia that at this current time have laws legalizing marijuana in some form or fashion. There are also four states including DC that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Marijuana is becoming decriminalized in many more states and I’m sure it is only a matter of time before it will be legal everywhere in this country.

Today we have public and private 420 celebrations all around the country. This may very well be one of the most important holidays of the year for cannabis connoisseurs. Given the herb’s history as a botanical aide for the enlightenment for mankind, it may be a celebration for something more divine. Enjoy today, enjoy the creation, and enjoy the blessed herb.

Forest & Alistair 

What Kind Of Wizard Are You? Take The Quiz And Find Out

This quick 8 question test can tell you what kind of wizard you are. Don’t worry we won’t ask you divulge any of your arcane secrets! The test uses your favorite activities, zodiac signs and personal preferences to plot out your inner wizard. The answer you get (I’m an air wizard), will show you how your natural proclivities would influence your magic powers.

There are a couple of wizards out there, and they don’t all fit so squarely into typecast categories. More often than not the most powerful magic a person can wield is that of love and productivity. Regardless of your strengths and weaknesses, try to resist using your powers for your personal gain. Look to the needs of others as they are an extension of yourself. Only as a community can anything be truly gained.

Sacred Geometry in Superbowl 50

The Super Bowl Halftime show is the most viewed event of the year, and in this 50th year we saw a presentation of many sacred symbols that begged for a more spiritual analysis. As with all spiritual matters and symbols, interpretations are extremely personal and this article is mere speculation on our part. These symbols and the influence they convey depends just as much on the receiver as they do on the giver of this information. What seems most relevant to one might be a totally different message for another.

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During “Viva La Vida,” Chris Martin enters the field with a crowd of kids and then to the stage with “I used to rule the world…” The lyrics of this song tell the story of a king-like ruler, once powerful and on top of the world, with enemies quivering in fear. But this illusion is now gone, outlived by a world that took itself back and brought him to his knees. Could this symbolize the fall of patriarchy?

To progress spiritually, both individually and as a community, we are often forced to let go of the authoritative grip we have over ourselves. In the global sense, this could mean letting go of force and authoritative control and moving to cooperation, acceptance, and tolerance. The symbol of a king brought to his knees in humility is a powerful one, and is found in nearly all spiritual texts.

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He comes onto the stage onto a massive, bright flower of life. The ancient symbol is not only featured on their latest album cover, it is also found on each of the band members and wherever else it might be squeezed in. Also on stage we have a prominent bell next to the drummer. It is a special bell known as the Ghanta. This is a bell you ring coming into a temple that is made to sound like an extended “Om.”

Throughout this song the camera looks straight down as the geometry begins to come alive, spinning and radiating into the viewer’s mind. This symbol is believed to represent the sacred path into life from the universal void. It is a pattern deeply embedded in the core of our existence, as well as the existence of all life forms that we humans know of. It can be seen anywhere if you look for it, but to be the focus of the world’s most popular broadcast has brought this symbol, knowingly or unknowingly, much deeper into our collective consciousness.

As Martin sings the vortex begins to open underneath him into the sacred geometry. As the performance begins its first transition, Martin leans down to the crowd and addresses the camera, “Whoever you are, wherever you are, we’re in this together. Let’s go!” Here he reveals what clearly appears to be the intention behind this aspect of the Coldplay performance: the unification of the global community.

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Immediately after this, the message changes. The performance explodes into its next song Paradise. The visuals change into an exploding sun, a blast of bright energy surrounded by butterflies. This is an all-important symbol of metamorphosis and rebirth. A new dawn? A new paradise perhaps? You might have also noticed the not-so-subtle “Global Citizen” around his arm and heart-shaped multi-colored light in his shirt over his heart. One World?

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Elsewhere on the field, a small army of green fairies have taken over the field with flower umbrellas. These expressions reinforce the celebration of color, of diversity, of spirit and oneness, all reminiscent of the colors of the Holi festival and depicted in the “Hymn for a Weekend” video. As the flowers in the field align, the seed of life and the fruit of life appear on either side of the stage for just a moment.

It is a spectacular scene, but it is important to keep in mind that these movements and patterns are extremely deliberate. This year, a 30 second commercial cost $5,000,000, which comes to $166,666 per second. It is with great and deliberate intention that these images, symbols, and messages are published. The symbols that are presented at this level have the power to affect the entire human race, and they will to be sure.

Alistair Jordan & Forest Sage

3 Ways To Create Long Lasting Positive Vibes in Your Life

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Let’s be honest, the culture that we’ve grown up in can be a highly negative place.  Through all of the negativity that we are exposed to, it can be pretty challenging for us to maintain good vibes. It’s really hard, and many of us have been unwittingly programmed into negativity, and its harder and harder for positive thinking to come naturally for us.

For those who are trying to master the creation process, the negativity of society can really interfere with our ability to be awesome all of the time!  In order to be deliberate creators, we must keep a positive state of mind. This can be tricky when we’ve been trained into a regular state of bad-vibes.

TVOne of the best examples that we have to date is the television itself. Look, it’s not called “programming” for no reason. Turn on the TV and it’s nothing but garbage. It’s difficult to find something that isn’t a nonstop stream of violence, crime, anger or gossip, and worst of all, ADVERTISING!  Constant exposure to these negative thoughts, emotions and actions automatically relate in your mind and start changing the way you see the world. What we surround ourselves with and think about, we become.

The good news is that you can program your mind into a high vibrational frequency just as easily as you could be programmed into negativity. Through exposing yourself to uplifting and inspirational ideas on a daily basis, you will begin to absorb and relate to the positive vibes, and even “emit” them yourself!

It sounds pretty simple, and the truth is, that it is! It just takes a little bit of practice, and sometimes, a little bit of help from a friend.

So, let me be a friend and describe exactly how this is done.

Like Burning Wood in a Fire

We’ve all seen a campfire before, right? Well, most of us anyways. In order to burn the fire and create warmth, we need a few specific ingredients. To start it out, kindling, tinder, some wood… and of course, the spark to ignite the flame.

Cozy home fireplaceBut once that fire is going, you don’t need the spark, tinder, or kindling anymore. The wood is your fuel source, and in fact, if you try and add those other ingredients again, your not going to support your roaring fire in the least. In needs a bigger fuel, more wood.

Now, if your like me, and have spent a lot of time around wood-stoves (our house has a wood stove, so I’m constantly feeding it throughout the winter), you’ll know that just throwing the wood on the fire isn’t always going to do the trick. No, the HOT COALS have to be touching the other wood. This creates a firey-friction of sorts, causing the unburnt log to ignite into flames, and cause the fire to overall get hotter!

Apply it to the Spirit

Much like burning wood in a fire, you need a “spiritual friction” of the right ingredients in order to create the warm heat inside that sustains your good feelings. The right ingredients, instead of logs, is actually #1 meaningful connections. Aka: Friendship. 

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The spark, kindling, and tinder are the basis for the friendship that you have, and of course, there are tons of different kinds of logs. Some friendships are based around working together, intimacy, co-creation, and those can fractal to great depths in the possibilities of what can be accomplished.

The point is though, that regardless of what kind of friendship that you have, it is the continuing of feeding the fire, the continuation of the relationship, the deep communications, the shared time together, shared laughter, shared moments, is what continues the spiritual fire burning bright, which allows you to give love to all of those around you, and bask in the warmth of your glowing heart. 

When your Low on Fuel…

Now, lets say for instance that you have a great connection with your partner or friends, but sometimes you have to go to work, and when you do, there isn’t a single person there who you connect with in a meaningful way.

Besides the fact that this is an obvious sign that your job is draining your soul and you should get out, sometimes its hard to do that immediately, and thus you have to find a way of keeping your spirits up while surrounded by mental garbage.

Here are 3 methods you can use to help you get through the day, when you go into the darkness and don’t see light for many hours later.

1. Meditation for a lasting flame

When you meditate, you can compress the “coals” into a hot iron that will stay hot, longer. That compression can even become like a beam of light, to guide you through the darkness to come.

2. Stoke the Fire with Meaningful bits and bytes on the Internet

When your feeling drained, its always a great way to get a bit of release by going on the internet and watching or looking at something to just lift your spirits.. JUST BE CAREFUL WITH THIS ONE!  This is like throwing a big piece of thick cardboard on the fire, it will create a burst of energy for you, but its not a lasting flame. It can also be dangerous, because there’s a lot of sloppy wet cardboard on the internet, and if you put that on your coals it will DOUSE YOUR FLAME! 

What this means is, be super mindful about what you take in. Advertisements will douse your flame. Don’t let that stuff in.

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My recommendation? Spirit Science Cartoons!… No wait, even better –> The Daily Kitty. If you’ve ever seen this Facebook page, it’s awesome. I’ve never seen a bad post from them, and that’s probably because we’re the criminal masterminds behind this wonderful magical page. Special thanks to Ray for its inception.

3. Sleep Hypnosis for an overnight fire

Personally, I haven’t done too much experimentation with Sleep Hypnosis except for binaural beats and lucid dreaming, but there is a lot of research to suggest its very helpful in its ability to support a holistic overnight “reprogramming” of neural pathways in order to support a healthy lifestyle.

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Ultimately, if we begin changing our actions, our lives have no choice but to change.

Besides this, you can also maintain good feels when everyone around you is an ass by eating as good as you can, taking breaks with some exercise or stretching, and going out of your way to smile even when your not feeling it. Force it, because pretty soon you’ll realize your actually smiling because your happy, and not because your forcing it. Smiling creates endorphines in your brain, it’s actually pretty amazing.

Anyways, I really hope that all of this can help you on your journey! Thank you for reading!

With love,
Jordan Pearce

10 Physical Symptoms of a Spiritual Awakening

Have you experienced any symptoms of a spiritual awakening? Chances are, if you are reading this article, the answer is “yes!”

A spiritual awakening is an ongoing process whereby a person becomes aware of their connection to the infinite, and becomes mindful of their spiritual nature.

As spirits, we are eternal in nature.  However, when we are born into these bodies, many of us “forget” our spiritual nature.  We are often raised believing that we are disconnected from one another, and that this life is our only existence.

spiritualawakeningWhen someone experiences a spiritual awakening, they become aware of their spiritual nature, and begin to understand that they are indeed connected, and eternal, beings.   As a result, they will often experience some specific symptoms of a spiritual awakening.

Please note that not all people who experience a spiritual awakening will experience each of the following signs and symptoms, but they probably will experience at least a handful of them.  We each experience our spiritual awakenings differently as we each have different sensitivities.

1. An increased interest in metaphysical subjects and the paranormal~

awaken-728x400-e1404639389566Often people who are experiencing a spiritual awakening will become very interested in metaphysical subjects and phenomenon like crystals, tarot cards, reiki, psychics and mediums.   Continue reading

Better Vibes

8 Methods To Raise The Vibration of Your Home & Workplace

8 Tips for Better Vibes in Your Home & Workplace

Positive vibes are not just for people.  Our environments also have a specific vibrational energy.  Because we absorb energy from our surroundings, one way that you can raise your vibration is by working to raise the vibration of your environment.  Better vibes in your work or living space will help you feel happier, healthier and more prosperous.

Here are a few quick tips to amplify the positive vibes in your environment.  Taking a little bit of time to improve the vibes of your space will help you to easily raise your vibration and the vibration of those who live and work with you!

Tips for Better Vibes in the Home and Workplace

1. Setting intention:Waves-of-Faith-A-Morning-Meditation-Prayer

Because intention is very powerful, setting the intention for better vibes in your home or workplace is a method that is easy, effective and fast.  Simply get into a state of meditation, and then imagine your space being filled with love and white light.

It’s a good idea to set your intention for positive vibes in your space at least a few times a year, as over time the home or workspace can absorb negative energy from people and events that take place inside of it.

2. Burning sage:

Burning sage in your home or office is also wonderful way to expel negative energy, though it is a bit more time-consuming.  I’ve seen a number of explanations on how to sage, but this is the one that I use:

01-Sage-SmudgingOpen all of the windows and doors to your space.  Say a quick prayer or set an intention for the energy in your home or office. Light the sage until smoke forms.  Continue reading