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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Healing the Spirit with Books, Music, and Cannabis

Read a book review by Zinta Aistars of “Burning Rainbow Farm: How a Stoner Utopia Went Up in Smoke” by Dean Kuipers. Whew! What a powerful story! It captures how the war on drugs has absolutely no compassion or respect for human life. The book details the murder of the two leaders of a quasi hippie commune in Michigan, by the FBI and local law enforcement. Their crime? Coming out in the open for the medicinal and responsible recreational use of marijuana. No hard drugs were allowed on the commune.

It started me thinking about all the powerful books I’ve read over the years. When I was in my teens (late seventies) I felt that a powerful train had run past and I missed it. It was called the sixties. So I started researching everything about that era, and read “On the Road,” by Jack Kerouac, and “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” by Hunter S. Thompson came later (I had to go to the library and read back issues of Rolling Stone for that one), as well as Charles Bukowski’s and Pablo Neruda’s poetry. Neruda was of another generation, but his love poems were some of the best ever written, so for me he fit in with the hippie era.

Along with countless others, such as Ed Sanders of the Fugs, Timothy Leary, Bob Dylan’s lyrics and liner notes, and Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis, they all helped to open my mind to what I call the politics and literature of ecstasy. Later, Stephen Gaskin of the Farm would write “Haight Ashbury Flashbacks,” and it would clinch it for me. His description of attending the Monterey pop festival, where both Jimi Hendrix and Ravi Shankar were first introduced to a North American audience, is priceless.

As I tend to my six marijuana plants, with their huge buds almost ready for harvest, I feed them with Colossal Bud Blast and think of all the books that have given me a blast over the years. “Electric Cool Aid Acid Test” by Tom Wolfe, about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and “Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up to Me,” by folksinger Richard Farina, who was killed in a motorcycle accident the very same year that Bob Dylan cracked up his motorcycle. Rebels with a good cause, I’d say.

One thing all these writers had in common is their lack of fear in following their bliss. Even “Fear and Loathing” was in a way the story of a man seeking ecstasy, he just overdid the chemicals. Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Thompson in the movie of the same title was excellent, IMO. When is Hollywood going to make a movie about Farina, or Ginsberg? They made one about Kerouac, but it was a low-budget one and it missed the mark.

One thing the Beat writers had in common with the hippie era musicians and writers was the fact that they all toked up at one time or another. There is the famous story of Bob Dylan visiting the Beatles in a New York City hotel room and turning them on to pot, with Allen Ginsberg present. They all got giddy and no monumental creativity came out of that meeting. Except the fact that the music of the Beatles turned psychedelic very soon after.

In a way, pot was working its mysterious medicine even back then. It helped heal a whole generation that were constrained by the straight-laced, crew-cut fifties, and helped open up their minds to sparkling visions and loving, peaceful feelings. All you have to do is to listen to “Strawberry Fields Forever,” or Dylan’s “Love Minus Zero, No Limit,” in order to tune into the healing energy that was supplied by love through cannabis.

Just as my “ladies,” my female marijuana plants, are nurtured by the best organic nutrient available (Iguana Juice Grow and Bloom) so was the sixties generation nurtured by the organic blossoming of the hearts and minds of creative artists, such as the ones I mentioned.

It’s a continuum. Black jazz musicians begat black blues musicians begat the Rolling Stones. William Carlos Williams begat Allen Ginsberg begat Bob Dylan. May the coming generations be as blessed with such talent and the ability to heal the spirit, as these.

posted by Wes @ 4:27 AM


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