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Postby m4k » Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:32 pm

“Deepening Our Relationship with Cannabis” by Gage Green Group

Over the decades, from smuggling herb to cultivating fine genetics, Gage Green Group has always found a way to connect with cannabis at a deeper level. Living a cannabis-driven lifestyle has led us to new and insightful ways of understanding this sacred plant and how to harness its potential for the betterment of all.

At Gage Green Group, we get the best results when we cultivate cannabis as naturally as possible and connect with the plants on a spiritual basis. The incredible product, the flowers and medicine, is a direct result of what we give the plants. Everything we do as cannabis growers, from our emotions to our actions to our thoughts, will have an effect on the quality of the medicine.

Our holistic approach has helped us reevaluate how we treat our plants every day in the Gage Green Gardens. Our approach, which has always been to create an organically-driven environment, now includes a more positively-motivated and enlightened mindset. This is a process of constant discovery and self-improvement. Ultimately, we must pursue a perfectly harmonious relationship with cannabis and use cannabis to better the world around us. Although we at the Gage Green Group have been pursuing this goal for decades, we present our discoveries from the perspective of a student, or disciple, of cannabis.

Our focus has always been to replicate the advantages of nature. We have found that plants develop the best fruit and produce the best yields when it is allowed to grow free from unnatural stress. Part of this goal involves creating a living ecosystem within our soil the way nature intended. We use bacterial and fungal life forms to breakdown of nutrients, protect the root zone, and increase photosynthesis. These microbes have all sorts of benefits in nature and they play enormous roles in the natural biosphere. We receive extraordinary results from the microbiological and organic products available through our partners at Keep in mind that most municipal water will often contain toxic additives, like chloramine, that will not allow bio-culture to survive. Always keep the plants healthy with an organic, or veganic, feeding regimen and thriving soil life, because every substance exposed to the plants will end up in our bodies when we medicate.

We must be aware of what is entering our grow space and seek to eliminate anything that is potentially toxic. Since more and more scientific literature points out the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields and radiation from cellphones and wireless internet, we have immediately begun to eliminate their effects in our grow space. Studies have shown decreased reproductive functioning, lowered cognitive functioning in humans, and increased rates of cancer in animals exposed to radiation from cellphones and laptops. Many of these studies report structural breaks in the genetic structures of DNA and mitochondria. As cannabis breeders who specialize in natural gene selection, this is a concern that we take very seriously. Our work requires plants that have high-performing genetics so that future generations of cannabis will stay healthy and vigorous. Radiation from cell towers and satellites are hard to avoid, but we will do whatever we can to prevent radiation exposure to our plants.

In addition to avoiding radiation, always invest in a high quality air filter when growing any environment. This is due to the dramatic increase in airborne aluminum and other toxic elements which are being detected in air and soil samples everywhere. This increased aluminum not only has dangerous effects for humans, but has been shown to choke the plants at the roots and prevent absorption of nutrients. As growers seeking a deeper connection with our plants, we seek to address all potential toxins in the environment and eliminate them. Each environmental stress that we eliminate will create huge improvements andincrease the connection we have with our plants.

Growers who are in tune with their plants will often talk about being able to communicate with or feel the emotions of their plants. Our plants communicated with us to help resolve our chloramine problem. Whether we realize it or not, cannabis offers us provides happiness by our simply being in its presence. Countless studies have pointed us towards an understanding of this spiritual connection that people can have with their plant. Psychologists have found that plants and soil have a tremendous emotional impact on humans. Simply interacting or seeing a flower can create happiness and clear your mind. The countless combinations of aroma-producing terpenes made by cannabis can have therapeutic effects when released into the surrounding air. Working with soil can stimulate the production of serotonin in your brain. In fact, scientists have even discovered that the soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, improves mood and even relieves allergies in humans. That is one reason why we feel the most relaxed and happy when working in the gardens!

In the same way that plants make us happier, plants will perceive the emotions and intentions of those around them. We have all met different types of cannabis growers. You can usually see the similarities between the plants’ energy and the growers’ energy. Unhappy growers will not get good results despite addressing all the environmental factors. As students of this sacred plant, we must be aware of our own intentions and emotions at all times. Enlightened growers will make the most out of these interactions and strengthen their relationship with the plants. The difference in the final product between these two types of growers is night and day.

When we walk into a grow space to admire the progress of our plants, our thoughts and the emotions ill transfer into the energy that exists in the grow space. Before beginning to interact with the plants, always be in a positive state of mind. Visualize your plants growing strong and at their finest. Imagine your plants in the future, looking healthy and happy as you can possibly imagine in your mind. Thinking otherwise, and releasing negative emotions, can be detrimental to the plants. Our intentions impact our gardens significantly and simply thinking these thoughts around plants will affect the way they grow. Make a list of positive goals and intentions for your garden and focus on visualizing the amazing yields and desired quality. Another thing that we do is we speak directly to our plants. Plants crave attention and motivation much like humans. Saying uplifting and encouraging things will help your plant reach its full potential and the plants will react positively to you.

Learning to understand the many facets of cannabis and its effects will allow us to form a deeper relationship with the herb. Cannabis allows humans to access an elevated state of consciousness and this has many powerful implications. Cannabis allows us to open our eyes to the world around us, and helps us see clearly the foolishness of society. It also helps us forget memories, an important skill in this information age, which scientists have proven to be just as crucial as remembrance! Cannabis breaks down the false illusions that have been programmed into our brains since birth and opens our minds. These are very powerful tools that can be used to grow and heal or squandered and abused.

People must have the right intentions when using cannabis to reap its benefits. We waste the potential of this powerful tool when we only use it for partying or socializing. Recreational use is not wrong, but if our relationship with cannabis solely centers on entertainment, then we turn our backs to the potential that cannabis can have on improving our world. All of us have witnessed dear friends or acquaintances whose relationship with cannabis may have damaged their own lives. Some experts believe that long-term use of cannabis for the wrong reasons is what leads to paranoia and other negative effects that some users experience. When used correctly, cannabis can transport users to new conscious states that are beneficial our lives. These states of mind improve human health, increase mental processes, and enhance our spiritual energy. Gage Green Group recommends pursuing a deeper relationship with cannabis to expand our personal and collective human consciousness.

In order to have a deep spiritual connection with cannabis, call on cannabis as a guide and use it to open your mind to new ideas. With our minds open, we can accomplish anything. Meditation based upon cannabis can amplify its effects and allow us to explore the deepest and most hidden parts of our mind. Also, cannabis causes us to question long held beliefs and seek answers to things that might have been hidden behind closed door.

New ideas and beliefs that are not constrained by society’s contradictions will reveal themselves to us. Cannabis eliminates the barriers created by negative framing and society’s illusions. Most of the thoughts that dominate our lives, like the desire to consume and want, have been cemented into our minds by corporations and advertising agencies. It is hard to let go of these undesired thoughts or barriers without the right tools. Cannabis, along with the right kind of intention, allows us to operate beyond these illusions.

We remind ourselves each time before we smoke that our purpose for using cannabis is to open our minds and seek greater knowledge and spiritual advancement. This helps us gain deeper benefits from using the medicine. Once we become in tune with cannabis on a spiritual level, we can learn to channel this energy anywhere in our being. It can heal wounds and make us better people. A short break of three to five days from using cannabis will amplify the experience considerably. In fact, breaks between sessions allow our body adequate time to regain its normal capacity which is essential to fully experience cannabis. We encourage readers to find out more about the meditative use of this sacred herb, especially through the work presented by the World Mind Society. Using cannabis correctly, for meditation and for self-discovery, can improve all human life and provide the mindset for a more harmonious world.

With this knowledge, let us come together to promote this deeper, spiritual connection with cannabis. In its pure form, cannabis has so much more to offer humanity, yet, so many of us have introduced chemicals into its environment and squandered its potential to make us better people. This herb has the potential to take humanity to new levels of consciousness where open minds work together to solve problems and create a society of harmony and charity. We invite you to join us, harness this energy, and transform our world.
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Re: Deepening Our Relationship with Cannabis by GAGE GREEN GROUP

Postby Dancingwithtigers » Sat Jul 02, 2016 3:47 pm

Great read
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Postby Hawthorne » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:43 pm

"The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings" -Masanobu Fukuoka "the one straw revolution" pg 119.

As M4K has so astutely and eloquently opened the doorway to meaningful gardening and deep spiritual connection to plants I cannot help but offer some personal insight and inspirational resources. Organic gardening is a truly REVOLUTIONARY act in the synthetic age, the petroleum age, the age of disease and convenience. Before I get too deep, I want to make something incredibly clear. It can get dark in the depths however, I speak of these ills and these issues not to cast a shadow but to heighten awareness and to activate and enable individuals, to empower us! We must understand what we are doing if we ever hope to make fully conscious decisions. Anyone familiar with Carl Jung and his theory of complexes knows what I mean. The basic idea is this: Neurosis are linked to trauma that gets buried in our unconscious memories. This trauma impacts our thoughts and behaviors in ways we are not aware of (the complex). By becoming aware of our trauma, we are then able to make decisions to behave differently instead of being controlled by our trauma in the forms of emotional responses and triggers. Think about micro aggression and road rage. These are instances of unaddressed trauma externalized in the world because somebody did not do the inner healing required to regain control and understanding. I do not speak of doom and gloom and no solution, I simply try to connect things back together in a world that has come to value segmentation, seperation and specialization. These things have a place in our toolbox for understanding the material world and things, but not the relationships between them. One of my Teachers Toby Hemenway author of Gaia's garden offered me this simple idea: in the west we like to focus on things instead of the relationships between them (what we can see and sense versus what we can only observe and feel and know after spending long hours and years with a "thing") It immediately became clear to me why it took me 12 years and 7 colleges to earn my degree. I am focused on relationships (the unseen things between the world we are trained to see), always have been yet, traditional education focuses on only things, rarely the relationships which is by far the more important of the two (in my humble opinion). Everything is connected nothing exists in a vacuum (not even the vacuum).

to rely upon only quantifiable and material sensation is to disregard the invisible relationships between all things and to focus only upon the thing itself, but then not even really the thing but simply our IDEA of the thing. Not the cannabis plant for instance, but our IDEAS ABOUT the cannabis plant. By focusing upon facts and things we "know to be true" we limit our ability to learn anything new, yet the world is dynamic and changing, not set in stone like our many scientific rules. If we already know what a cannabis plant is and what it does, we will not observe the cannabis plant in it's true state, we will not open ourselves up to the deep knowing, the knowing of each individual thing for what it is and not what we think it is or wish it to be because of the ideas in our mind.

A tree does not know itself as a tree, yet I believe that each thing has a name yet rarely is it the name that we force upon it. Steven Pinker has a book entitled "The stuff of Thought" that does a great job of explaining how human language is one giant metaphor based upon our current understandings and world view (in the west"physics and science) and how this can be socially limiting. This is for all western thinkers who need scientific data quantifiable measured things to convince them that there is more to life than what we can see and touch.

Spiritual truth that has been undermined to promote exponential economic growth and detachment from living systems for dependence upon industrialized mechanized systems and the fragmentation of communities in exchange for the corporation which now supplies us all our needs and we no longer know the person who lives across the street or how to grow food or even what healthy food might consist of (honey nut cheerios contains no honey or nuts). We see the plants in our yards as weeds and do not understand their medicinal benefits. We waste water to grow lawns instead of implementing water conservation and catchment in order to grow food where many lawns now grow. We believe Neil Degrass Tyson when he says that we need GMO food to feed the world. This is a positive feedback loop self perpetuating logic. GMO and synthetic methods created an unnatural population boom which can only be sustained by unnatural means. Human populations soars, biodiversity crashes, the soils turn to dust, cancer and disease flourish and a couple hundred people control access to over one half of the worlds resources and the media. This is a failed experiment and what is called in permaculture parlance a "type one error" because of incomplete understanding was used to create a large and lasting system that is unbalanced and requires more energy to perpetuate than it can ever produce, in fact our current economic system depends on it. As of now, the total global debt is about 230 trillion dollars and the total global GDP is about 77 trillion. We have a lot of reigning it in to do in order to to simply break even, much less have reserves of resources regardless of what anyones bank account balance may be.

Growth and yield are myths of the western economics, a philosophically impoverished world view that is wreaking havoc on a global scale. Humans are producers naturally we are not consumers, we are creators and stewards, care takers of this beautiful planet.

"We're only gonna die form our own ignorance, so we might as well take our time"-Bradley Noel

Growth: In a system with finite resources exponential growth is simply not feasible. shifting our focus from growth to regeneration we can jump off the silly linear binary thought process that hinders the modern mind and return to the cyclical nature of reality as it exists outside the western two dimensional conception of time and resources. Progress and technological advance, these terms imply a linear march forward. While the experience of a human life may make time seem linear (as we perceive birth and death as the beginning and end to our own lives) living systems are continuous and to apply linear thinking to them results in highly irresponsible management systems. In Natural succession, growth is not exponential disturbed ground grows grasses and pioneer species of plants, then come the herbs then the woody bushes and perennials, then the fruit trees then the evergreens and large forest trees and then the mushrooms move in. At this point, the forest begins to age and the growth to fluctuate in relative state of balance and slow decline. The decline can be slowed dramatically or stopped with human stewardship and intervention and I believe that this is our original purpose as a species: to be stewards of the forest. There are many costs to growth yet these are never factored into economic models, they are left out, and the costs continue to stack up.

Yield: Yield is thought of in our culture as pounds and ounces; as weight. This is probably the least important aspect of yield but a byproduct of economics and industrialization and materialism and focus on things as opposed to relationships. What about the nutritional value? One flower may be the size of a softball one the size of a marble, yet the softball sized flower grown synthetically lacks many of the vitamins, minerals and yes even bacteria that create the difference between medicine and junk food. Yield should be viewed in a more holistic way to include all of the yields of a product not just it's size and weight.

Environment: M4K has done such an amazing job discussing the radiation and the electromagnetic interference. I want to back these statements up with some research done on Corn by a woman named Barbara McClintock. I am pulling this quote from another highly recommended book entitled "Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The secrets of ancient fermentation by Stephen Harrod Buhner:

"In the latter part of this century, a corn researcher, Barbara McClintock, was awarded the nobel peace prize for her work on corn. What she discovered is truly remarkable.

McClintock, a cytologistspecializing in genetic research, spent more than 60 years studying corn. Her findings challenged many of the most basic findings in genetics and evolution. Organisms, she found, when under stress, engage in genetic changes not predictable from their genetic makeup, a process known as "jumping genes". And these "jumps"—gene crossing and genetic changes—are under the intentional control of the organism and the environment it lives in (the land) [cellular intelligence is quickly gaining a foothold in molecular biology these days and much is being published on the subject for those interested]. In other words, organisms intentionally respond to the environmental stress by combining genes in unpredictable ways that allow the organism to better survive. McClintock's biographer, Evelyn Keller, comments: 'Where do the instructions [for gene rearrangement] come from? McClintock's answer—that they come from the entire cell, the organism, perhaps even the environment—is profoundly disturbing to orthodox genetics." She continues, noting that there is 'a degree of fluidity of the chromosomal complement (or genome) of organisms and thus genetic structure' now needs to be thought of as a dynamic structure, rather than a static linear message inscribed in the sequence of DNA." McClintock's finding undercut significant components of Darwin's theory of evolution (survival of the fittest over slow eons of time) and also opens up new directions in the exploration of the intelligent actions of the Earth, Gaia...

McClintock commented that science often misses the crucial understanding of the whole because its practitioners too often focus on the isolated parts. She observed that one must have a 'feeling for the organism' and insisted that the corn itself 'guided and directed her work' and 'spoke to her' through the long process of her studies...

The difference between McClintock's work and that of other researchers is that the corn itself revealed what it wanted her to know. McClintock did not 'spy' on the corn without permission" (Buhner pg.106-109).

Indeed. I remember for a while I was pursuing a degree in marine biology wanting to help with the plastic gyres of the ocean. For one of our labs we went out on a fishing boat out at friday harbor laboratories to collect specimen. I wanted to be a biologists to help conserve the ocean and protect life. On the boat I discovered we would be dredging the bottom of the ocean, and killing everything we brought to the surface in order to study and classify it. I am reminded of an exchange between Sarumon and Gandalf from "The Fellowship of the Ring" by JRR Tolkien:

"...For I am Saruman the wise, Saruman the ring maker, Saruman of many colours!"
'I looked then and saw that his robes which had seemed white, were not so, but were woven of all colors, and if he moved they shimmered and changed hue so that the eye was bewildered.' "I liked white better" I said.
"White!" he sneered. "it serves as a beginning. White cloth may be dyed, the white page can be overwritten; and the white light can be broken."
' "In which case it is no longer white," said I. "And he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom." (Tolkien pg. 713-714). This dialogue was exempt from the scene in the movie along with the rest of the philosophical and spiritual wisdom from the original story.

I have a lot more to say about soil as a social leverage point and the role of biodiversity in human culture but I fear this post is beginning to wind like so many streams into a rushing river towards our oceanic collective consciousness so I will save it for a more practically applied knowledge thread about how to organic gardening more specifically and not as much the why for organic gardening but the two are very connected.

We like to think that we know things and that this knowledge is useful yet if the condition of our planet is used to judge our knowledge it becomes obvious we know very little and what we think we know is incomplete. If we can accept this, we might begin to rediscover the wisdom that we have lost.

In "The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge" Rilke writes,
"Here I sit, and I am nothing. And yet, this nothing begins to think, and five flights up on a grey Paris afternoon thinks this: Is it possible, it thinks, that we have neither seen nor perceived nor said anything real or of any importance yet? IS it possible that we have had thousands of years to look, ponder and record, and that we have let those thousands of years pass by like a break at school, when one eats a sandwich and an apple?
Yes it is possible.
Is it possible that despite our inventions and progress, despite our culture, religion and knowledge of the world, we have remained on the surface of life? Is it possible that even that surface, which might still have been something, has been covered with an unbelievably boring material, leaving it looking like drawing-room furniture in the summer holidays.
Yes it is possible.
Is it possible that the entire history of the world has been misunderstood? Is it possible that we have the past all wrong, because we have always spoken of its masses, exactly as if we were describing a great throng of people, rather than speaking of the one man they were gathered around—because he was a stranger and was dying?
Yes it is possible.
Is it possible that we imagined we had to retrieve what had happened before we were born? Is it possible that every single one of us had to be reminded that he came from all those who had gone before, and that, knowing this, he would refuse to listen to others possessed of other knowledge?
Yes, it is possible.
Is it possible that one knows nothing of girls, who are nonetheless living? Is it possible that when we say 'women', 'children', 'boys' without any suspicion (none whatsoever, despite all one's education) that these words have long since had no plural, but only countless singulars?
Yes it is possible.
IS it possible that there are people who say 'God' and suppose they mean something shared by all?—Only consider two school-boys: one of them buys a knife, and the other buys an identical one on the same day. And a week later, they show each other the two knives, and they turn out to be only remotely similar, so differently have they been shaped by different hands. (Well, comments the mother of one, if you will go wearing everything outright away.) - Ah, yes: is it possible to believe we could have a god without making use of him?
Yes it is possible.
But if all this is possible, if there is so much as a glimmer of possibility to it, then something must be done for pity's sake. Anyone - anyone who has these disquieting thoughts - must make a start on some of the things that we have omitted to do; anyone at all, no matter if he is not the aptest to the task: the fact is, there is no one else. This young foreigner of no consequence, Brigge, will have to sit himself down, five flights up, and write, day and night: yes, that is what it will come to - he will have to write" (Rilke pg 15-17).

I recommend literature to all gardeners. Poetry especially! I recommend Rilke (all his writing!), Goethe (faust and the sorrows of young Werther as well as the metamorphosis of plants which inspired Darwin's dreary work), and Emerson (Nature) most highly! IN the philosophy department E.F. Schumacher's "A guide for the perplexed" and Thich Nhat Hahn "Peace is every step" the "Doors of Perception" by Aldous Huxley and "A terrible love of war" by James Hillman "The one straw Revolution" by Masanobu Fukuoka and "Biocentrism" by Robert Lanza

I also highly recommend Jung's biography "memories dreams and reflections" and Joseph Cambell's "Hero with a thousand faces"

The revolution is in the soil right outside. In the synthetic petroleum age, organic gardening is the truly the most revolutionary action a human being can take!

The Golden age of Eos is Upon us once more! We stand upon the razor precipice of a new age of abundance and enlightenment or scarcity and ignorance. The choice is ours! The power is with us, the power is ours if we recognize it and seize upon it! Beauty in all things.

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Postby m4k » Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:03 pm

Hawthorne, thanks for sharing your insights into the world at large! It is quite a mind opening experience to dive into your thoughts.

Please continue to share with us. Perhaps some threads introducing us to some of your favorite sources of literary insight.

There truly is a clear thread of connectivity within all things. And when that is recognized, all confusion and ignorance fades to awareness and love. When we recognize this common thread which connects all things, we are activating the awareness of how this universe works. All the solutions in this world are just methods of recognizing how things should be.

Our physical bodies, our minds and this universal plane are just tools for expressing our soul. Unfortunately, we have been programmed to use the tools improperly. When we begin to realize how things ought to be, then our subconscious begins to make those connections that bring back life.
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Postby Snydgrow » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:40 am

Great read and something I can completely relate to :)

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