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It was a Thursday morning, a few months ago. Diane, my wife, walked into my office and I could immediately tell she was having a bad day. Her usual smile was gone, her shoulders were hunched, and she moved slowly and hesitantly as she knocked gently on my open door.
“Hey,” I said. “What’s wrong?”
“Do you have a moment? I need some help.”
“Sure,” I turned my chair towards her. “What’s going on?”
“It’s my financial investing class,” she replied, and I could see she was struggling to push back a tear that was forming in the corner of her eye. “I am so lost. The teacher is moving so fast, and I feel like I am falling behind. There is so much I don’t understand. The worst part is, I can’t figure out what questions to ask.”
Diane is an abstract painter and a yoga teacher. She is also dyslectic. Diane likes to move her body and get stuff done; if someone would have told me she would be sitting on her ass for hours on end to decipher graphs, equations and financial data, I would assume they were talking about someone else. But when Diane decides something, no one can change her mind. “I need to do this,” she told me when she signed up. “I must do this. If I can do this,” she added bitterly, “then anyone can do anything.”
That day, however, she was challenged. She struggled to understand the technical terminology and to use the various software tools, activities that came naturally to everyone else in her class. The fact that she was one of the only women in the group did not help her self-esteem.
“I can help,” I said. “Are you tired?”
“No,” she answered, unsure why I asked.
“OK. Are you full?”
“Content. I had a good breakfast. Why?”
“How many hours are left before the class ends?”
“Two, three more hours. But I am so lost, I don’t know what’s the point.”
“Don’t worry,” I said as I got up and walked towards the bookshelf. I opened a large wooden box that contained dozens of labeled little jars, and picked one that read “20/80s".
“You want me to get stoned?” Her eyes widened in disbelief. “Aerez, it’s 9:30 in the morning!”
“I’ll micro-dose you,” I said. “I will simply speed up your masculine mind a bit so you can think more abstractly, that’s all. It will allow you to keep track of what is going on and remember the technical terminology better.”
She sighed. “Pot can make me sleepy – “
“I am matching both the amount and strain-type ratio to your current mental polarity, so you won’t have any side effects. You should have no fatigue, no short-term memory loss, no munchies.”
She was still hesitant, I could tell. Diane is not a daytime smoker. I told you, she likes to get stuff done. When she enjoys marijuana, it is usually at night, after she finished everything she wanted to do. She’ll smoke a little and we’ll play some Ping-Pong or watch a movie, and eventually she will fall asleep.
“What do you have to lose?” I added, noticing her reluctant expression. “You are already feeling lost. Push comes to shove, if this doesn’t work; you will at least have less anxiety.”
Seeing how small of a quantity I placed in the bowl, she was convinced. “Sure, why not,” she said. “I guess you are right; I have nothing to lose.”
“Alright then. See you later. Pay attention to what is happening in your mind and let me know if it worked. This should be just the right ratio.”
Asking Diane to pay attention to what is going to happen in her mind was pointless. Diane is what I call a Wisey, which is a person who’s electromagnetic mental-polarity is negative. Wiseys rarely think about thinking. They are too busy being present with what is taking place around them, since their analytical mind is facing outward, that is, thinking concretely. To think about thinking requires the analytical thought to be abstract. Smarties like me, on the other hand, have a positive electromagnetic mental-polarity, which means our analytical mind is facing inward, that is, thinking abstractly; we therefore can easily think about thinking.
Three hours after Diane came to my office, we ran into each other in the kitchen.
“Well?” I asked with anticipation. I was eager to see how accurate I was in my choice of strain.
“Well what?” she asked.
“Did the 20/80 sativa dose hit the mark?”
“Oh, right!” She exclaimed. “Wow, it did work! Not only was I able to figure out the missing piece of the puzzle, I was able to construct the right questions for my teacher. I am totally caught up!”
“Awesome. Did you feel stoned?”
“Not at all. So much that I totally forgot I smoked.”
“Any short-term memory loss? Fogginess? Fatigue?”
“Well, I forgot I smoked. But I know that’s not what you mean. No, nothing. I was just able to focus, that’s all.”
I smiled with satisfaction. It was the first time I was able to use the results of my long research to assist someone with such specific accuracy.
The Metaphysics of Marijuana is written in a time like no other. For the first time in modern history, marijuana can be legally grown, purchased, and most importantly – researched – by entrepreneurs. Legalization has caused the market to explode. The shackles of academia, which is heavily influenced by federal and state regulations, no longer restrict the independent investor who is passionate about this magical plant. It has only been three years since marijuana was legalized in Washington – my home state – and the plethora of cannabis products now available for the consumer is nothing short of overwhelming.
This is where capitalism shines the most – at the infancy of an industry, when creativity, passion and freedom meet for a brief moment in time. The foundation of the industry is being laid down by Generation Y, who refused to inherit the judgmental attitude towards altering substances. We tend to fear the unknown, and as an intellectual collective, we are yet to understand how marijuana is impacting the mind. But Gen Y, it seems to me, embraces the unknown. I speak to these young men and women continuously, and their language tells a different story than Gen X (me) or of baby boomers. Language is a reflection of our state of consciousness, and the language of every generation reflects our conscious development as a species.
The common stigmas about Gen Y is that they are glued to the screens and addicted to their gadgets, feel entitled rather than willing to work hard, and don’t think for themselves. From my direct and rich experience with them, this point of view is myopic. To understand why, one has to step into their shoes with the understanding that the collective consciousness of this generation is rooted in a different perceptive towards life. Gen Ys, also called millennials, know that the true measurement to success is how well you love others. They know success is rooted in unification, not divisiveness. Millennials are more intuitive and inner connected than any other generation I interacted with during my research. They are instinctively connected to their true self, their inner child, and refusing to let it go in exchange for the inner adult. Why, they say, can’t we have both? This is why they rebel against the comforts of corporate jobs. To them, they come at the price of their soul. They use electronics as an extension of their minds and use them to peruse their real passions – to expand their knowledge, to share their art et cetera. They also know that the key to true freedom is to look inward. To them, self-reflection is as natural as suiting up and going to work was for their parents. They see through the smokescreen of the daily grind. Marijuana, they know, expands consciousness. It alters your conscious perception in a way that allows you to see things differently. It calms you down when you are stressed, and gives you a different perspective; and a different perspective, my friends, is what Gen Y needs the most; after all, it is the perspective of their elders that has brought the world to the chaos it is in today.
Millennials, then, are rapidly building the foundational economical infrastructure for this consciousness expanding and body-healing plant called marijuana. They know that when it comes to the medicinal properties of the plant, we have yet to scratch the surface. Legalization of marijuana is perhaps big-pharmaceutical’s worst nightmare, and if it is not, it should be. The most healing plant known to man is now privately researched, developed, and harvested for its medicinal benefits by the smartest young people in the country. They know it not under the lens of a microscope, but through their own experience. To obtain an effective drug, one once had to go to the doctor and get a prescription, fueling a disastrous cycle of greed that is threatening to bring America to its knees by bankrupting its citizens. When it comes to marijuana, a prescription is not only superfluous, but potentially dangerous. Only the consumer, by direct experience, can tell how much is too much, and how little is not enough. In reality, the entire pharmaceutical industry and its academic tentacles are bypassed, biting the dust left behind by the fastest growing industry in the world.
My focus as a metaphysicist was only on the psychoactive effects of cannabis. When it comes to its impact on the mind, researching marijuana without ingesting it is like learning how to play Ping-Pong by watching “Balls of Fury.” Some things must be experienced to be understood. Marijuana shifts our current state of consciousness by altering our perception of time, and consequently, of space. Because we all perceive time and space in a unique manner, everyone responds to marijuana differently, and this response constantly changes over time. Marijuana trains us to self-detect our mental, physical and emotional inner voice – the same one that pharmaceutical drugs train us to ignore. It doesn’t take long to know how you like to ingest the psychoactive substance in the plant, how much you need versus how much you want, and when a tolerance break is needed. The plant, consumers are discovering, is self-teaching.
But what shifts in our mind when we smoke marijuana? We know that when it comes to the brain, marijuana closes open receptors and opens closed ones, and so during the period of alteration, we are effectively – and, when we know what we are doing, also efficiently – paving new neuropathways. But what really goes on in the mind? Why do we experience short-term memory loss with some strains? Why can the same strain magically eliminate someone’s anxiety, and cause someone else to be anxious, or even to experience paranoia? Why can we suddenly better understand our partner, even though they are repeating the same words they say every day? Why do Sativa dominant strains cause most people to get a “head high,” while Indica dominant strains cause most people to get a “body high”? Why is this true for most and not all people?
In short, what is happening to our perception of time and space while we ingest THC?
For the past six years, I systematically digested marijuana in an attempt to answer this question. The idea was to change my perception of reality using cannabis and ask myself – again and again – what changed in my perception of time and space. I then mapped my mind using a 4500 year-old blueprint of the psyche that is a part of an ancient tradition called Hebrew Metaphysics. My research was not an easy ride. Consciousness is like a planet; to map it, you must travel to the edges of human experience. During the last decade I have experienced almost every mental phenomenon associated with marijuana in order to investigate it firsthand. What was happening in my mind during the high? What was happening during the low that usually followed? I used it – extensively and sometimes excessively – to test the edges of my mental abilities. As an autistic, most of the feelings I was introduced to were new to me. I experienced tear-inducing bliss, grandiose perceptions of reality, calmness beyond comprehension, playfulness never before known. I learned to laugh, cry – and even sob – openly, and saw myself through the humbling eye of the Self.
There were also, of course, the terrifying states of consciousness. One cannot shed light on the mechanism with which the mind works without mapping the dark side of the inner planet. These moments, as frightening as they were, taught me the most. I experienced paranoia, depression, momentary hysteria, temporary short-term memory loss, temporary long term memory loss, borderline schizophrenic attacks, paralyzing panic attacks, and that unforgettable time where I lost consciousness – and nearly my life – during an experiment related to the electromagnetic polarity of the mind. Wait, there's more. Mentally, we are like walking magnets; as I will demonstrate in this book, we are in fact two mental entities, not one. As I tested the limits of the tension between my two mental polarities, I spent three terrifying months in fear that I was about to split my personality. I documented the entire journey in some way or another – if by writing, podcasting, journaling or simply recording myself in various ways. I experienced those edges of conscious human experience so that you won’t have to. The result was a groundbreaking paper called “Time Polarization Theory”, and a book called It’s About Time, in which I describe how the mind works. In it, as well as in this book and subsequent publications, I will outline the map of the human mind the best I can, so you can detect your own edges of comfort and travel safely to your destinations of choice.
I paid a hefty price for my research, which I self-financed using my entire retirement nest. I lost many good friends who could not bear witnessing how I changed, the drama that was involved, or see me drain my savings with an obsessed conviction that there is, after all, logic to the chaos of the mind. I nearly lost my wife, and as I write these lines, still at risk of losing my home. But my research has come to a happy end. It was only after I wrote Time Polarization Theory and my first book that I realized how important it was. Shrinking the results to a digestible size forced me to carefully contemplate on what words to use, which proved to be harder than I thought. My theory defines terminology, that is, creating a new language, for a body of knowledge we have yet learned to talk about in modern, scientific, objective terms – the science of consciousness.
While practical metaphysics can be called a neo-science, there is nothing new about it. Until the 17th century, scientists were called philosophers. It was men such as Plato, Socrates and Galileo who were attempting to solve the riddles of the universe. They used knowledge that was passed to them by their ancestors. Today, we call this body of knowledge theology. Somewhere along the way this ancient science found itself at odds with the modern one. In reality, however, theology is the first science. All western religious and spiritual traditions contain deep metaphors for the exact same ageless wisdom: they tell us the laws of metaphysics, outline the structure of the metaphysical mind as well as of the human mind, describe the mechanism of consciousness, and tells us the steps a man must follow to evolve himself mentally and spiritually. Blind faith is not required. Once this metaphysical blueprint is revealed, it becomes self-evident. When a pattern is shown, chaos disappears; Time Polarization Theory is to the mind what The Fibonacci Sequence is to flower petals - an order in the chaos.
I grew up in Jerusalem, Israel, in an orthodox Jewish family. I became a rebellious atheist at the age of eight, declaring that there was no way God existed. I recall being punished, and quickly learned to keep my opinions to myself, at least until I was eighteen years old and was able to escape what I experienced as a religious prison. Little did I know that my knowledge of the Hebrew bible, Jewish prayer, and the Aramaic language would come in handy years later. Kabbalah books, namely the Zohar and the book of Formation, contain some of the most fascinating secrets of the cosmos. Unfortunately, translating them to English loses all meaning, for it is the Hebrew letters themselves that are the key to the puzzle. Each letter hides several layers of hidden logical and symbolic meanings, concealed in their relative location of the alphabet, their numerical value, their placement in the word, and even their pictorial shape. Together they create a tapestry of metaphoric intelligence that can best be described as a multi-dimensional puzzle. On this puzzle I continuously meditated for the past decade, with an obsession that is common to an autistic mind.
The towering gates of linguistic resonance were not the only reason that until now, this coveted knowledge was buried beyond comprehension. One can think of the Jewish teachings as the key to the puzzle. But to solve it, one must find the lock. My refusal to revisit my roots caused me to seek answers in Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism and Hinduism, and then Western ones such as alchemy, occultism, Gnosticism, ancient astrology and other fringed esoteric teachings. To my surprise, I found Hebrew writings in almost all of them. I was dragged, kicking and screaming, back to my roots. They say that the Hebrew Bible has 70 different “faces;” studying it through the lens of other traditions provided me with the missing pieces of the puzzle. The shocking revelation that there was, after all, some truth to the teachings I was force-fed as a kid, resulted in a spiritual identify crisis that lasted over three years.
To understand the metaphors buried in theology, we must take into account the state of collective consciousness our ancestors shared when these books were written. When people spoke directly, that is, with specificity, it was with a very concrete language. All abstract language used at the time was allegoric; open the bible and you’ll see what I mean. In today’s terms, the language of the bible is almost childish. Practical Metaphysics teaches us that this was because humanity was still learning to speak. Language reflects the consciousness of its people; the word plastic, for example, meant something completely different a hundred years ago (flexible). Imagine how different the nuance of common words was three thousand years back. The mind creates new language as it expands intellectually. The ability to describe the structure of the mind, for example, did not exist because the abstract language existed only metaphorically and not literally. In other words, you won’t find any abstract analytical speech in the bible. We can’t think without words; even if we think in imagery, we have words to describe what we see. And so metaphors were used, describing the allegoric reality that mirrored the knowledge of the cosmos.
Adam, for example, is not just a name; in Hebrew, it means human. Adam is the metaphor for the self-conscious mind; Eve, which means “experience” in Hebrew, is a metaphor for the conscious mind that is not self-aware, and for the subconscious mind (these two are two sides of the same coin). For these metaphors we must be thankful, for only figurative speech can survive the test of time.
It is a cosmic joke, then, that the answers so sought after by scientists are buried in theology. Humanity gets an A when it comes to the research of the brain; when it comes to the mind, we are still in the dark. The mind is metaphysical, and the metaphysical is immeasurable. The 300-year-old scientific method, requiring measurement as a certificate of validity, has become the crippling tethers of science the same way religion cripples a man of free-spirit. Practical Metaphysics, then, is the bridge between science and theology. The practical metaphysicist works to interpret the metaphor and find the pattern in the unseen, then describe it in modern terms.
Practical Metaphysics, and specifically Hebrew Metaphysics, is arguably the most exciting field in science today. In academia, the term Practical Metaphysics is an oxymoron. Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy, and philosophy is never practical. In the circles of practical metaphysicists, however, the term is redundant. Once the blueprint is revealed, all metaphysics becomes practical. Metaphysical means something that is beyond the physical reality, that is, cannot be quantified. Love, for example, is metaphysical. So is your will power, your desire, or your thoughts. Thoughts do not occupy space, and therefore cannot be accurately measured. In fact, Practical Metaphysics tell us that all that is metaphysical constantly changes in metaphysical mass, since it is cyclical in motion and self-energized. Love is like that. We never love the same person the same way, as we are all subject to the ebb and flow of our emotional reality.
That said, Metaphysical does not mean unstructured. For everything to function, it must have a mechanism, and consciousness is no different. In fact, once learned, one can immediately see the beauty and elegance of this mechanism. The metaphysical reality accurately mirrors the physical one, being the intangible antithesis to that which is tangible. For example: All metaphysical energy is cyclical and self-energized, that is, constantly moving. This Law of Metaphysics is a mirrored reflection of Newton's laws of motion, which states that in the physical reality, all objects strive to rest and move only when acted upon. Metaphysics, simply put, in the antithesis of physics .
The laws of metaphysics cannot be tested in a lab. Instead, they must be experienced thorough our conscious perception. Here, every person gets to be a scientist. The consciousness explorer, as I call those interested in Practical Metaphysics, is someone who is determined to maximize the potential of his or her mind. This is where marijuana becomes a powerful tool. The psychoactive elements in the plant temporarily changes our perception of time. Used with the map of the mind provided by Hebrew Metaphysics, marijuana allows every person to explore their consciousness effectively and systematically. Changing our perception of time is a luxury that was once reserved only to experienced meditators, which as you will see, are of a specific mental polarity. Most westerners, and especially autistics, can only dream of slowing down their mind to a halt without outside help. Marijuana becomes a training tool for exactly that purpose, allowing autistics like me to stretch their conscious experience into the neurotypical zone.
In this book, I will demonstrate how the mind works. I will show you that mentally and emotionally, you are two entities, not one. I will teach you how to switch the dominant mind that is controlling your conscious experience – first using marijuana, and then without. I will teach you how to use marijuana as a personal trainer for your mind by slowing down and/or speeding up your thought stream and using creative techniques to reach a state of mental control in these various speeds. I will demonstrate how your speed of thought is directly related to the intensity of your senses, and how to overcome hypersensitivity that is preventing you from living a full, productive life. I will teach you how to select the right strain-type ratio, so you can optimize your mind to the specific task you want it to perform. I will teach you how to detect your normal mental polarity, the mental polarity of those close to you, and how your speech – and theirs – reflects this mental difference, causing virtually any social tension known to man.
Most importantly, I will teach you how to find your mental superpowers. We cannot grasp, see or hear how someone else thinks and perceives reality. Our conscious perception is infinitely unique and entirely subjective. For this reason, we don’t know our superpowers until we realize others don’t have them, and we don’t know our mental limitations until we realize what others can do with their minds. Getting to know our mind is getting to know ourselves. When we start thinking about how we think, we start thinking differently. The map of the mind provided to us by Hebrew Metaphysics is like Morpheus’s red pill – once digested, you will never be able to look at life in the same way.
For those of your who are natural abstract thinkers, I recommend starting by reading It’s About Time. In it, i describe the structure and mechanism of the conscious and self conscious mind. The book also contains a n appendix that explains how marijuana works. While it is not required readings in order to enjoy this book, it would help those of your who wish to dive deeper.
One last thing. The Metaphysics of Marijuana is being shared with you while it is being written. In other words, you are getting a glimpse into the world of an author. Some content will be published after linguistic editing. Some before. Some content will change, and some chapters will repeat information. In short, the contextual editing that is done when a book is compiled for final presentation will take place much later in the process. Consider this a collection of essays that, over time, will be used to publish a physical book.
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Happy mental exploration. Smoke responsibly!
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