Submitted by Margaret Ruth on Sat, 2009-03-21 13:10
Margaret Ruth answers a reader's question.
Can one be a happy healthy person even if that person loves to smoke marijuana? Let's say this person feels very happy and healthy, is a productive member of society, doesn't hurt anyone in the process, and is uber responsible and smart about said use? I know that is (probably) a very funny question for you. But I really want to know what you think. Thanks in advance!
Yikes – what an interesting question. I personally do not advise smoking marijuana. For one thing, it isn’t legal. So, there’s that good reason to avoid it. Also, I’ve met too many people my age (I am 51) that did “too much” in their youth and I swear they are missing “too many” brain cells at this later stage in life. Brains like mush. That is just my experience though, and not a medical opinion!
But, what is “too much” of anything? That seems to be the question here. The only way I can compare it is to think of alcohol. We know that alcohol is not good for us but it is prevalent throughout our culture – excepting my own dear Utah culture, but we all know about that. Some people can drink and not have it affect their life at all. Some people’s drinking affects them negatively in some part of their life. That is when it becomes a problem I believe.
I’m pretty sure that medical experts feel that pot is not good for us. However, when thinking about it along the lines of alcohol, I suspect the determination has to be made as to whether it affects this person you write about negatively or not.
Perhaps, and I am not a medical or psychological expert, you might want to test to see if there is an addictive element to it. There are many good resources for finding out about addiction. So, let me just put the metaphysical twist to it here. Addictions, if you determine there is this element to it, are a sign that all is not well in our inner landscape. There are still some negative beliefs about the self or some blocks, like self-destructive streaks, that exist.
In summary, I, as an individual, don't want that person to do pot because I don’t want anyone to mush up the brain and do something illegal. However, that said, if the person is addiction-free, it is easy to think that he or she could easily be happy and healthy.
What do you think?
”Hello Margaret; I don't know if you remember me but I'm one of the soldiers that deployed from Salt Lake in Feb 2003 and I got a reading before I went. There were 3 main points to my reading: 1) That the answer to the deployment was that I was leaving on a Desert Trip and the it would begin or I would be given word of it in 1 day/week/month. You also said that I would be very frustrated at not "being in battle". I found that very funny. 2) That I would return in 8 something, I figured on months from when we left, weeks were too soon. 3) After my questions were answered, you had a long talk with me about my family relations because there was something about a close relationship that needed to be addressed. We then talked about my son who was distant from me due to a legal battle with his mother. You strongly advised me to drop all issues and ego problems and just go and start over. You were very adamant that the lessons I was trying to teach him were not important now. Just go and start over.
The next week, we received word that we were going to be deployed. During the first phase of the deployment, we spent 3 months at a fort, waiting to go. We watched the "whole war" on CNN. We were very frustrated to be deployed but missed the war. During these months, I did spend time with my son, at least on the phone and just prior to my leaving Utah. I wish I would have spent more. I didn't know what the 8 was for in the reading. Eight months after I left home, on October 21 2003, my son died. I came home, for just 2 weeks. I want to thank you because in my arrogance, I might not have taken care of the important things in my life prior to leaving the country. At least we said our goodbyes face to face and I was able to tell him that I loved him no matter what. Thanks for your help.” -B.E.
“Hi Margaret Ruth; Just a note to thank you for the wonderful reading you gave me last Thursday. I left your home with an incredible change in my whole outlook on my life. You gave me so much great information that my mind was just spinning. Again, thanks so much for such a positive experience.” - T.L.