I find some of the magic being practiced today somewhat backward, although the Catholic Church remains a major repository of ritual magic, despite the current scandals.
They deploy candles in almost all their rituals, and their use of candle magic seems more evolved to me that what the average wiccan believes, some of whom will tell you if you take a candle of such and such a color, and say such and such words, then so and so will fall in love with you, or give you a job, or drop dead from a heart attack so you can inherit the family fortune.
Yes, telepathic vibrations are real and spoken words can have telepathic impacts, but when you toss a vibe like that out it’s like tossing a coin into the sea and expecting your dreams to come true. Not really much going on and probably doesn’t have much of a success rate.
One of the things about magic that really bugs me is that the serious books all storm through the shamanistic history of the world looking for some magic secret they can bring home and make a fortune off of. Problem is, magic only works when people believe, and the more people that believe, the more powerful the magic. You can’t take a ceremonial ritual from one culture and transplant it suddenly into another and expect real results. And yet this has largely been the history of sorcery and witchcraft.
After being exposed to the Living Theater, I fell into a little known art form I call Improvisation Ritual Theater. The counterculture is improvisational at heart. So I didn’t need to study someone else’s ideas about magic and spirituality. I just let the spirit flow through me and tried different ways to amplify the energies, which, I learned, come in flavors, or if you prefer, frequencies.
At first, when I was organizing the Cannabis Cup ceremonies, I went to Stephen Gaskin and lived with him for a few weeks while ransacking his written material to assemble a guide to ceremonies that became the book Cannabis Spirituality. I figured as long as I needed to learn how to organize a counterculture ceremony, I might as well turn to a recognized expert.
But the funny thing was, when I asked Stephen to advise to me on the Cup ceremonies, he only said “I don’t prescribe ceremonies. I just let them unfold naturally.” And that’s really the difference between “being spiritual” and just being. The more spiritually aware people are consciously channeling ceremony and ritual in order to enhance their lives and chart a course through the telepathic frequencies: love, fun, peace, serenity, bliss is the counterculture recipe, and all cultures have a unique combination.
Compare that approach with say, “kill a frog and put it in a jar and go to the crossroads, draw a circle, put the frog in the center, and blah, blah blah.”
Maybe you know what I’m talking about.
Anyone that helps open up energy and creative flow is the real deal, and so is anyone who uses ritual to heal. But anyone who tells you they have discovered the secret to life and sells mantras is a hoodwink huckster. And there’s a lot more of hucksters than enlightened beings.
Enlightened beings radiate serenity, although a huckster can fake that. Unenlightened beings radiate negative and hostile energies.
I devised an evolution in candle magic. Here’s a photo of one of my early candle sets. Each one has a different color, plant scent, gemstone and I carve magic sigils from a wide variety of cultures, one for each candle, and then paint the sigils with gold paint.
I don’t go for anyone else’s “magick” dogmas or concept of spirituality, although I feel free to raid from all the best ideas. Everything I know was learned in the practice of my favorite art form, Improvisational Ritual Theater, something pioneered by the Living Theater in the 1950s, and explored further by the Merry Pranksters, the Hog Farm and the Rainbow Family of Living Light. The Living Theater became so dangerous, they were hounded out of the country. They started in an apartment on the Upper West Side a hundred feet from where I’m sitting right now. My sacred book is written in my own heart, and I don’t have to read others, although their poetry is often nice, the magic can be backwards, like when the Rig Veda talks about Soma as a male energy, when everyone knows it’s the female plant that carries the medicine.
Some of the greatest masters of ceremonial magic right now on the face of the earth could be the conclave of Cardinals. Yes, their magic is real (for those who believe it) and their temples are immense reservoirs of spiritual energy. Even though the institution is struck by scandal and falling attendance, the magic is largely untouched.
I’ll give you some examples: Every Catholic who enters a cathedral makes the sign of a cross and looks at the cross on the altar. This is an example of a mudra. That person is setting up a transfer of magic energy to and from the cross. As more and more mudras occur, the cross picks up more vibrational energy and holds and stores it. Of course, none of this exists if you don’t believe, but when billions of people believe with all their hearts and souls, you better believe that magic is as real as it gets.
So if you want to make magic, build a temple with an altar and a central ceremonial object. These are all items that work for all the established religions as well as pagans and just about everyone else. Bell, book and candle is all you need to know to invent your own religion, and bell includes all music. Books are easy to produce, just write down your dreams and prayers and keep that book on your altar and pretty soon it’ll be something you could take an oath on. Music and mathematics are the same thing, and magic always follows the same rules. And magic and religion are the same thing.
About 15 years ago, I became fascinated with plant oil medicine and began buying dozens of different essential oils in order to learn their secrets. Knowledge of these plants and their oils used to be known by all the tribes, but it’s practically disappeared. I put everything I’ve learned about oils into my seven candles. They create an instant altar wherever they are placed, an altar that points up in order to point you in a positive direction. The scents work individually and in all combinations. These candles can be a great teaching tool for kids to learn about aromatherapy.
At the Cannabis Cup, we’d set up a Temple with an altar and our sacred candles for two weeks and pray and chant pretty much all the time. Pretty quick the vibe in that temple got pretty immense, and you could feel the love and joy when you walked up the stairs. That vibe lingers in that room and in the altar objects.
I don’t pretend to understand everything about magic, or even understand all the elements of why these candles have power as a meditation device. I just know that they work because they have never failed me. I encourage you to build your own set with your own sigils and scents. I’ve been doing this sort of magic for a while, and I just think it’s about time to pass some of it down.
I’ve spent the last seven years developing these transformational tools and I think they are ready to release to the general public. I hope all the shamans, magicians, witches and warlocks check these out at some point. They combine aromatherapy, color therapy and crystal therapy with symbol magic.
You must put your juice into the candles or they won’t make magic.
Pick up the red candle, hold it, smell it, meditate on the symbol and then light the candle. Do some stretching, some yoga, some exercises designed around the root chakra. Blow out the red candle and pick up the orange candle. This might involve yoga or it might involve sexual stimulation. Light the green and the orange, which puts jasmine and rose into the room. Work your way through all the candles and have a 20 minute daily ceremony that covers all the chakras. Later in the day, around 4:20, you can repeat the ritual.
And if you ever get stressed out, or start to fall into a rage, just go towards the altar, start the daily ceremony. It will work just as good as taking a hit off a joint.
Candles are my new art medium. I sort of stumbled into ceremonial magic by accident when I started producing the first 420 ceremonies outside of Marin County in the 1990s. At the Cannabis Cup, I first used an elegant taper in cut-glass crystal until that fateful day when Alex Grey came to the Temple with a vision of the seven lights of cannabis. Later that night, I walked by a small shop and saw some colored pillar candles just the size and shape I’d been looking for. From that moment on, we did all ceremonies with seven rainbow-colored candles. At first, they were all the same size, placed on Soma’s candelabra so they formed a pyramid. Later, after 622 lost Soma’s candelabra, we started cutting the candles down to form the pyramid without a stand. And that’s when we started carving and painting sigils on them.
Recently, however, I decided to make my own ceremonial candles rather than continuing to buy cheap candles composed of toxic petroleum wax. Without a doubt, these handmade candles I’m now crafting are the most effective meditation tools I’ve ever encountered in my 40 years of organizing counterculture ceremonies. I don’t know exactly how or why they work so well, I just know the magic is very real. Most candles today are scented with the cheapest synthetics available but I only use natural plant oils and always the best quality. The scents I favor include some of the most expensive on the market, like rose, jasmine and frankincense.
You can add seven semi-precious stones as I like each candle to be embedded with a stone matching the energy of the chakra it represents. The stones can be saved and used to decorate future ceremonial candles or can be set into jewelry. That way a part of the energy from your ceremonies is kept intact forever. I think of these stones as the batteries.
The science and arts of aromatherapy, gem therapy, and color therapy all converge in these beautiful works of art.
Every now and then, something really heavy goes down in the telepathic energy fields we call spirituality or magic, since they’re both the same thing. I noticed that in the mid-1960s. Although I’d been raised in the Lutheran faith, I rejected Christianity at the age of 14 and never looked back. In my quest to uncover the real meaning of life, I began experimenting with cannabis and LSD, after which I was never the same, as these substances helped deprogram me. Soon, I had a whole new field of sigils cooking in my psyche, one of the most important of which was the Prankster Magic Bus Furthur.
Since these sacraments had a profoundly positive effect, helping to strip away years of brainwashing, I could see why they were so prohibited. Something heavy went down in California in the 1960s, and a lot of the New Age cults (like Scientology) got their start off that energy, yet broke the cannabis connection almost immediately. I remember reading Tom Wolfe’s account of the Merry Pranksters. Wolfe was a Yale grad, a real oligarchy insider who could never connect with a scene so steeped in new telepathic energies, so he just made fun of hippie spirituality because those energies never reached his soul. But there was something real and heavy going on, even if Wolfe couldn’t make contact. Just like something heavy went down in old Jerusalem.
Did you ever consider cannabis was the spark of both spiritual revolutions? I remember when I first met Jack Herer. He was obsessed with decoding the Bible, a trick he’d recently learned from reading John Allegro’s work. Jack would read a verse from the Old Testament, and then explain how it was really just a code for an old priest about to sodomize a young initiate. I never got into this research because I view the Bible as science fiction anyway, so why would I pay much attention to any of its possible underlying meanings?
I wonder, though, why haven’t some Muslim activists taken Allegro’s work and made a YouTube video about the potential spiritual corruption embedded in Judaism and Christianity?
Funny thing about the spiritual revolutions of both Jesus and Johnny Griggs: one took place 2,000 years ago, and the other took place nearly 50 years ago, but they both could have easily been ignited by cannabis. And somewhere along the line, the corrupt priesthoods (because all power centers start corrupt or corrupt over time) broke this link between cannabis and this great spiritual awakening and the two sides have been at war ever since. And it wasn’t until my generation that massive amounts of young people began slipping off the mind control orchestrated by that corrupt priesthood. And it all started with cannabis, rock’n’roll and Jack Kerouac.
While most of the world divides spirituality into religion and something called “the occult,” I know, in reality, both are the same, and the division has been manufactured to sheep-dip organized religion as something different from magic, which it really is.
In fact, much ritual and ceremony of organized religion revolves around harmonizing telepathic energy. It’s the same whether the Pope is doing high mass or a pagan society is doing a sunrise ceremony, and you can find some semblance of serenity in almost any culture. And, if it helps with your career, you can always change your spiritual orientation since it’s all pretty much the same stuff.
So when people start talking about the occult as if it’s some evil conspiracy that secretly runs the world, I have to laugh. Wall Street, the Bank of England and the Vatican are among the powers ruling the world, and those institutions are crisscrossed with dozens of secret societies with a wide variety of ceremony and moral foundations (or lack of). But when you join the Freemasons, the OTO, or even Aquino’s lodge, it really ain’t that much different from joining the Mormons or the Moonies, which, I guess, do not fall under the label “occult” as their ceremonies are Christian based. That’s really the logic people use to divide Christianity from Occult, when, in fact, it’s the same magic and mind control based on bell, book and candle. When you join these groups, you’re not being led into enlightenment, or eternal life (as some may tell you) but are being hoodwinked into a male-dominated power formula of control. The complex dogmas are part of the hypnosis. There’s a lot of sophisticated mind control video going on over the internet these days. Most of it starts with hypnotic music. Then they start to construct the “occult” boogieman, a psychological fear mechanism.
As long as you hold the majority stock in any situation, it doesn’t really matter what altar you pray at or what sigils are percolating in your subconscious. The big dog always eats first. The world situation is organized around insiders and outsiders. The insiders can bribe their way through almost any situation, and, reversely, are always available to take a bribe when asked. The insiders belong to many secret societies; the more they belong to, the better connected they are. It doesn’t matter to insiders what your religion or political persuasion might be, as long as the money flows. I can assure you that while the Sicilian men-of-honor were taking control of the labor movement in America with the assistance of the oligarchy, the top figures, the tribal fathers, were not engaged in baby killings or satanic actions. No, they were praying in Catholic temples every week and receiving absolution for their crimes from the church, while trying to raise families and pass their culture down to the next generation. They didn’t need inspiration from Albert Pike or Aleister Crowley, since Niccolo Machiavelli had already taught them everything they needed to know. Do you really think the Bonesmen are all that different? You don’t need Aleister Crowley’s help to cross the line into a brotherhood of death; his philosophy works, but so do many others. Don’t confuse the hypnotic mind control dogma with the actual magic.
Crowley grew up rich, but after his father died of cancer when the lad was 11, his life changed direction rapidly. Crowley rejected his Christian upbringing and became fond of drugs and prostitutes and devoted himself to hedonism. He studied alchemy, and took much from Francois Rabelais, including the slogan “do what thou wilt” and the name of his eventual philosophy, “Thelema,” based largely on Rabelais, who wrote extensively on the virtues of marijuana, although Rabelais had to disguise the plant in code due to the Vatican’s ban on writing or speaking about cannabis.
Crowley’s background in ceremonial magic really starts with his introduction to the Golden Dawn society. Crowley was eventually drummed out of that organization. It was inevitable Crowley would get control of his own secret society at some point, although he continued to pick up degrees in as many magical societies as possible. It should be noted he was a devoted 33rd degree Freemason.
The OTO Crowley eventually took over began in Germany as a revival of the Illuminati, and Crowley seems to have been a double agent pretending to support Germany while actually working for MI6. At some point, Crowley crossed the line by claiming magic powers that didn’t exist, possibly as an intelligence operation, as this sort of hoodwink seems to be standard operating procedure for setting up mystics supervised by counterintelligence.
I imagine an intelligence connection could have begun soon after Crowley went to India to study meditation and yoga. After they conquered India, England moved swiftly to leverage control over established religions, something easily accomplished by offering a few crumbs of assistance.
After establishing himself as a yoga master, Crowley got married and moved to Egypt, where he made telepathic contact with the Egyptian god of magic, Thoth. I could take this seriously if Crowley’s career at this point was just recognized as an author of “science fiction,” but I’m afraid he intended his disciples to believe he routinely opened doors to other dimensions of time and space with the help of drugs and forbidden sex. The Process Church and Weathermen deployed those same tools to condition their mental slaves.
Crowley claimed all sorts of magical powers. Meanwhile, among polite society in England, it’s understood not to leave your kids alone with Crowley, as his conduct knows no moral guidelines. Somerset Maugham (another spook) would write a novel, The Magician, asserting that ritual murder was part of Crowley’s bag of tricks. You see, some sorcerers believe if they kill someone, their soul can be transmuted into psychic energy making the dark magician all that more powerful. In fact, however, Crowley was known as being wicked simply because he handed out cannabis and cocaine and encouraged their use, and was open about his bisexuality. He also predicted the end of fundamentalist religion and return to paganism. His writings about “child sacrifice” were actually his sly reference to masturbation. Many of the accusations against him have been twisted beyond all recognition. Since Maugham was an intelligence operative, and his book put Crowley on the map as the preeminent black magician, it’s possible their confrontations were all staged as part of some complex operation.
It seems that the old money super rich have always been fascinated by magic and easily suckered out of their money by a good seance, so it wasn’t long before people inside the oligarchy developed an interest in Crowley. We don’t know when exactly he went to work for British intelligence as a secret agent, but when he came to America, his mission seems to have been to spy on German spies. He seems to have been involved in the plot to sink the Lusitania, which was done to bring the US into England’s war. He also may have been involved in the mysterious defection of Rudolf Hess and several other major intrigues during WWII. He supposedly invented the “V” sign used by Churchill as a magical device against Hitler. His impact on paganism and Wicca is comparable to Albert Pike’s influence on Masonry.
In fact, organized occultism is just the flip side of the coin on organized religion, and neither one holds any monopolies on enlightenment. It’s interesting that Crowley’s devotees can so easily pierce the hoodwinks of Christianity, but fail to see similar hoodwinks in Crowley’s magic. Magic and religion are the same thing, and both sides of this wedge are stuffed with intelligence operations.
A revealing detail of Crowley’s limitations was his glaring failure to uncover the true recipe for the Oil of Abramelin, which was based on the holy anointing oil of the Hebrews. According to Crowley, the magic substance contained the following:
8 parts Cinnamon essential oil
4 parts Myrrh essential oil
2 parts Galangal essential oil
7 parts Olive oil
In fact, there was no Galangal in the ancient recipe and the main ingredient of the oil was undoubtedly cannabis, although throughout the middle ages “calamus” was substituted. The study of the sacred oil leads into the history of the holy grail as the story has its roots in Scythia centuries before the rise of Christianity. Crowley failed to uncover any of this history, despite his fondness for smoking cannabis.
If there’s a Crowley in England today, his name is David Icke, who also claims special magical powers. According to Icke, the royal family is really composed of shape-shifting alien reptiles from another dimension that only Icke is allowed to see. Believe it or not, Icke has a huge fan base and is hard at work trying to capture the center of energy on conspiracy research, despite being such an obvious disinfo agent or quack, take your pick. Claiming special magical powers might get you some prestige inside the oligarchies, but for me, it’s always an indicator of hoodwink in progress. By the end of this life, Crowley had become a bit of a joke inside British intel, and they considered him little more than a pawn to be used in misdirection ops. Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was his handler at the end.
Of course, a huge cult has developed around Crowley. They don’t see him as an agent of British intel claiming special powers. They view him as the most enlightened man in the universe. Crowley left a troubled legacy and some of his followers twist his philosophy for evil. So he’s mostly known today as the founder of modern Satanism and a convenient scapegoat. I’m sure Crowley would be happy with this role. In the meantime, if you’re looking for true enlightenment, or just a happy and well-adjusted life, I’d advise not falling too deeply under his control.
Not too long ago, an elaborate theory was put forth claiming the JFK assassination was a Masonic ritual. Much of this had to so with randomly selected numbers, like the parallel of Dallas and the dates involved, etc. It was an obvious numerology rabbit hole with zero useful information. Which is not to say Masonry isn’t the largest of the secret societies the oligarchy controls, but that when crimes are committed, you have to study the codes and apply evidence that contributes to a conviction. Otherwise, you are spreading useless paranoia. And that pretty much sums up the Tin Foil Hat Patrol.
One thing for sure, the JFK hit was run through JM/Wave, and it wasn’t being set-up around a Masonic code. It was being set-up with the assistance of the Chicago outfit to happen whenever the conditions were favorable and they could get a clear shot.
Since J. Edgar Hoover was a devoted Freemason, and staffed the upper levels of the FBI almost exclusively with masons, and even held masonic ceremonies inside his building, you’d think the masonic magic connections to the assassination would be well-grounded. The reality, however, is that once the contract went out, hit teams were assembled in a variety of cities (Giancana said seven in all), and JFK was tracked everywhere he went. The hit could have taken place in any of those seven cities.
So I took the ritual magic conspiracy stories involving the JFK assassination as jive, and can’t help but notice these sorts of stories are suddenly amplifying immensely. And if they aren’t blaming the grandmaster of masonic magic, Albert Pike, then the theories point to Aleister Crowley, the grandmaster of Satanism.
There’s all types of magic and energy comes in flavors, especially telepathic energies, which are magical because we can’t see, touch or taste them, although we can feel them. Telepathic energy and magic move through us naturally, and manifest ceremony and ritual whether we realize it or not.
Most scientists aren’t interested in telepathic energies, so little is known for sure. Secret science was studied by the Nazis and then the results imported secretly into the CIA.
The global situation is a fixed game for generating profit to the coffers of the oligarchy.
The CIA and their Foundations have spent billions studying mind control technology and mass propaganda techniques over the decades, the results of which are in constant daily use by the global corporations as they build brands while hiding secret monopolies.
Peace magic and love vibrations are the flip side of Dark Magic. Love is non-violent will never seek control, while Dark magic, on the other hand, is always about bending others to your will.
One is about respecting the tribe, the other about making the tribe respect you.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a peace shaman.
Unfortunately, it seems to be written somewhere that the sorcerer will slay the peace shaman. And this will not end until we can protect the peace shamans, something that can only happen by exposing the sorcerers among us.
President Bush read a children’s book about a pet goat during 9/11. The goat symbolizes Satan and is a psychological lever. Well, perhaps that’s true, or perhaps Bush introduced this detail as a rabbit hole. Every detail of the event can be staged, just as every random coincidence can become a deflection away from the truth.
If only everyone would agree to the one sacred rule: Don’t hurt anybody. Then world peace might actually manifest. I mean, how hard can that be?
Many people make the mistake of thinking religion is something handed down from God, manifested on earth by a chosen prophet. By design, that sort of thinking turns every other religion into a false culture, making jihad not only possible, but transforming jihad into an honorable ceremony of death. In fact, spirituality can be found in all things, good and bad, and one man’s noble cause is another man’s holocaust.
All these systems run on magic, no matter what they tell you, or what side of the fence you’re on, and magic works under basic principles, most of which are obscured to keep mud in the water and keep their magic working on you without you realizing it. Magic is the original form of mind control, and once you understand that concept, you can slip off the leash. The first step to enlightenment is realizing all religious services are, in fact, magic ceremonies, and although ceremonies can have many forms, the most common form are ceremonies of harmonization, designed to create a group telepathic mind to focus energy on an idea, icon or symbol. The tools used in these ceremonies take on telepathic power as a result of the meditations. But that power only works on those who believe in the ceremonies. If you don’t believe, there’s no magic. It’s basically the same whether you’re sitting in church or going to a live concert to hear your favorite band. Both are magical ceremonies.
One of my satori moments came while visiting one of my primary spiritual teachers, Stephen Gaskin, when he said: “You know, Steve, enlightenment is not like climbing a mountain or ringing a bell. It comes and goes. Sometimes you’re enlightened and can stone people with your presence, and sometimes not.”
The idea of an individual retreating to a high mountain cave, meditating for years, finding enlightenment and returning to civilization is a false myth, although such meditation may be necessary to quiet a manic mind. One thing about spirituality, there will always be scores more fakers and frauds than real messiahs. We found that out the hard way in the 1960s, a decade that brought out the craziest of New Age cults. I ended up sticking with just a handful of elders: Stephen and Ina May Gaskin, Ken Kesey and the Pranksters, Wavy Gravy, Chef Ra, these titans emerged as my spiritual teachers.
The secret is realizing you have the power to invent your own ceremonies, and the more you hybridize and raid from other cultures, the deeper your ceremonies will project across the astral plain. The real avatars are people like Bob Marley and John Lennon and not the ones wearing big hats in big cathedrals and temples. Creativity and spirituality are the same thing. Through ceremonies, you can discover magic. Just ditch the dogma because there’s really only one rule: don’t hurt anybody.
Many people who lived through the recent shooting in Colorado will spend much of their lives from here on dealing with PTSD, as do many of our soldiers returning from overseas combat. You simply can’t be exposed to deadly fire from automatic weapons without suffering some degree of this debilitating and little-understood mental disorder.
I recently read a scientific study that said it was better to stay awake as long as possible after experiencing a traumatic event. Once you fall asleep, the trauma can amplify inside you as you sleep. At least, that was the upshot of the study, which indicated rats exposed to trauma were better able to process that trauma if they were prevented from sleeping for many hours, while the rats who were allowed to sleep immediately after the trauma had much more difficulty readjusting.
My life changed after I went to my first National Rainbow Family Gathering. I had no idea what the mental health impact of landing in a world that provided free food and free medical care for everyone was like. And I didn’t realize the profound impact peace meditations and love energy could have on a damaged psyche. I saw a lot of healing going on at the first gathering, much of it involving Vietnam Veterans.
Recovering from trauma is easier when its done in a group and that’s what meditations like the Rainbow Family Gathering are really all about. When thousands of people gather together and pray for peace in silence, there’s a telepathic energy that can affect everyone in the circle. It’s already been proven that violent crime rates fall immediately after peaceful meditations. Not just for the people in the meditation, but for the surrounding community for miles around. That’s the power of telepathic energy. That study was done decades ago, yet aside from the Rainbow Gathering, you won’t find many people organizing peace meditations to deal with PTSD.
I’d encourage the residents of Aurora to gather next Sunday and hold a community prayer service in an open park or field for the purpose of praying for an end to senseless violence. Ideally, the prayer should include several hours of silent meditation. In order to direct these prayers, it’s important to have a focal point for the energy. I prefer a peace pole, but any sort of altar will do. In this case, the pole or altar should have the names and photos of the victims on it.
If the community leaders don’t want to organize a peace circle like this, I’d recommend counterculture high school kids organize the event on their own. If it does happen, one thing you an count on is that a lot of people will be shedding tears during the meditation. That’s a good thing because tears can be a purification to help wash away PTSD.
One of the most important things hippies learned nearly fifty years ago was that love energy could be amplified and shared. That’s why we were called the “love generation.” Outsiders mistook this for sexual energy because we were the first generation to reject the concept of abstaining from sex before marriage. But sex and love are different energies, even though they often converge. Love energy is the most healing power on earth.
The other treatment I recommend, obviously, is cannabis. I don’t think there’s a medication on earth as effective in reducing trauma than cannabis. I remember when I was arrested in Amsterdam for having 2 1/2 kilos of pot and hash in my hotel room. Tourists are only allowed to posses five grams of cannabis at a time, so having that much in my room turned out to be a big problem. The narco squad busted into my room in the middle of the night and arrested me and my video crew while we were trying to edit footage. I spent a restless night in a cold jail cell. The next day, however, the chief of police let me go. He’d just read my book “Adventures in the Counterculture,” which began with my examination of the JFK assassination. I think the chief was impressed by my understanding of deep political events because he treated me as an intellectual equal. He told me were were in the richest neighborhood of Amsterdam, where much of the old money currently resided. “Your event should go on,” he added, which is why he let me walk free. All I had to do was take responsibility for the weed and hash. I ended up paying a multi-thousand euro fine and never had a problem in Amsterdam since. The chief told me the main reason he could go so lightly on me was because no hard drugs had been found in my hotel room. Had any white powders turned up, I would have gone to jail for many months. When I got back to my hotel room, I wanted to check out of that hotel immediately. I could still feel the trauma from the police breaking into my room and throwing me on the floor, handcuffing me, and dragging me out of the hotel. It was not a pleasant feeling, and I didn’t think I’d be able to sleep comfortably in that room ever again. And I had another week to go in Amsterdam. But then I noticed a slab of Soma’s jellyhash sitting on my desk. I guess the cops thought is was a chocolate candy bar or something because they took all the hash and weed, but left that hunk of dark, gooey, waterhash. I was expecting to get out of that hotel as quickly as possible, but after a few hits of Soma’s jelly, I realized staying in the room for the rest of the week was no longer a problem. That’s how effective cannabis can be on PTSD.