Getting High In The 21st Century!

This blog is for all human beings because all human beings LOVE to get high. Part of the joy of being alive includes our ability to change our consciousness, to explore new ways of seeing things and to rise above what can sometimes feel like a mundane day-to-day struggle. When we get high, we “clean out the pipes”. We walk new, fresh pathways. We connect more deeply with ourselves, with our fellows and with The Uni-verse.

If we get right down to it, we get high because we like it. If we didn’t like it, we wouldn’t do it. It just so happens that our methods are poor, hurtful and destructive.

Let’s take a second here to lay down a definition and some guidelines about getting high. To “Get High” means “to engage in an activity of some kind that brings about a shift in consciousness, which is to the benefit of a person both in the short term and the long term.”

If your form of getting high brings you short-term gain and long term loss, then it does not fit my definition of getting high.

Let’s say you enjoy drinking alcohol. You enjoy the feeling of ease that it brings you. It makes you more relaxed, less insecure. It takes the edge off. However, there is no denying that alcohol is toxic to the human body on many levels and has negative effects that weaken your system far beyond the feeling it produces. Alcohol drastically affects our blood sugar levels and dehydrates us. It is a depressant, so contrary to what most people think, it is the worst thing to do if you are not feeling well in your life. Usually, we feel the negative effects of alcohol in the form of a hangover the next day. Hangovers can range in their severity from subtle (dry mouth, slight headache, etc.) to extreme (crushing headache, depleted of energy, etc.) There are other, more severe, negative effects to drinking alcohol in excess. These include being violent, blacking out, driving while drunk and generally behaving like an asshole. Surely, drinking alcohol cannot bring about a true “high”, at least not according to my definition.

How about marijuana, that beloved and terribly misunderstood weed that has been a crowd-pleaser for quite some time? I smoked pot for ten years. It was a BIG part of my life. You might say I was a marijuana scholar for a period of time. I grew it, sold it, bought it, smoked it and lived a lifestyle that revolved around it. In my final analysis, marijuana can bring about some positive short-term effects, but over time it also weakens the human body and dims the human spirit. It, therefore, does not fit my definition of getting high. For those people who fight for their right to party with marijuana, I believe you should have your freedom to do so, but if you are looking to overcome challenges, move through issues and lift your spirit in a more steady way without negative long-term effects, marijuana will not ultimately be the vehicle to get you there.

I believe there are medicinal purposes for marijuana use. I have no personal experience with treating a physical ailment with marijuana so cannot speak directly to it. For those people who feel it helps them to cope better with cancers/chemotherapy or other serious diseases, I hope they always have access to it. In their case, we are not so much talking about getting high as “getting through”.

So, how do we get high according to my definition? Where is this drug that brings elation, euphoria, comfort and ease in the short term while also strengthening our system in the long-term? What is the substance we use? Where can we find it? How much does it cost?

Once you understand this and once you experience what I am taking about, you will truly have the keys to the kingdom. For you will realize that you have the power to change your own consciousness. You do not need a drug or alcohol or a person or sex or shopping or drama or anything. It is so simple that we have overlooked it. The secret is to use our own body as a vehicle for the very transformation we are looking for. We do it through movement and through breath. It is called Yoga and Meditation.

You have surely noticed how big a deal yoga has become lately. It is not a fad. It is not a trending topic on twitter here today and gone tomorrow. Yoga (and meditation) are here to stay because people have gotten a hit of what it means to get high in a manner that brings an astounding sense of well-being in the short-term and has progressively positive effects in the long-term.

Kundalini Yoga, for example, works to balance the endocrine system and nervous system while strengthening the physical body and calming the mind. The high that I feel from it is powerful, but very different from a chemical high that leaves my system out of balance. You just have to experience it for yourself. I strongly suggest you go to a yoga class and get some instruction from a solid teacher. You can also go online and visit places like GaiamTV, who have extraordinary content there to view. I have several classes available at GaiamTV and they are currently running a free 10-day trial.

I also have many videos available on my YouTube Channel to help inspire and get you started.

We all love to get high. The trick is to do it in a way that helps you to get to the heart of the matter. And the heart of the matter is YOU. I strongly encourage you to explore your natural ability to change your own consciousness and to gain mastery over your mind and body. This is your birthright. You were not told about this growing up. I’m telling you now.

With Love and Gratitude,

Tommy Rosen

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Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher and addiction specialist. Check out his website here.

  • Scott

    I guess I could say that I’ve had a drinking problem for the past year and I told myself that once I consume that drink I will be happier, more calm, more fun. It’s taken a serious toll on my life however, last semester I barely showed up to any classes because I was always hungover and I don’t feel healthy anymore. I’m making a commitment to cut alcohol out of my life and start exercising again. Like you have said, there are so many other things in life that can get you “high”. Very good article.

  • Scott

    I guess I could say that I’ve had a drinking problem for the past year and I told myself that once I consume that drink I will be happier, more calm, more fun. It’s taken a serious toll on my life however, last semester I barely showed up to any classes because I was always hungover and I don’t feel healthy anymore. I’m making a commitment to cut alcohol out of my life and start exercising again. Like you have said, there are so many other things in life that can get you “high”. Very good article.

  • Jacob

    Love this Post brother  ~  High on LIFE, MOSE
     

  • Jacob

    Love this Post brother  ~  High on LIFE, MOSE
     

  • Susan

    Tommy
    Love what you say and do, thank you for sharing yourself with the universe.  Needed to be reminded  that a natural high works wonders for authentic me.
    Love & Light to You

  • Susan

    Tommy
    Love what you say and do, thank you for sharing yourself with the universe.  Needed to be reminded  that a natural high works wonders for authentic me.
    Love & Light to You

  • Bella

    Awesome! It is crystal clear to me… And I agree, let’s get hight on life. Thank you 🙂

  • Bella

    Awesome! It is crystal clear to me… And I agree, let’s get hight on life. Thank you 🙂

  • MoMo

    Super mon frere!!!

  • as we all know or maybe we don’t know Yogi Bhajan (teacher who brought kundalini yoga to the west) said, “it is our birthright to get high”, it is also our choice on how we proceed to do that. I am a recovered alcoholic with 20 plus years of continuous sobriety and everyday I bow with gratitude for each day.  I found kundalini at about 10 years into my recovery, my first class was with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, that first classed changed my world, I found the connection with the breath, I found my god consciousness, I found a much deeper understanding of myself.  I know am in the process of working towards a doctorate in transpersonal psychology focusing on addiction, how we can take these practices (kundalini) and many other modalities and enhance our recovery, find the “high” in being sober and present for what the world has to offer us. To shift the negative mind into balance with the neutral mind, expanding out consciousness on our own resources.  If drugs and alcohol still worked for me, I probably would  still be out there, they stopped doing what I wanted and needed them to do for me, get me out of who I was. Today I am who I am, reciting the mantra “I am I am” for eleven minutes everyday, keeping me forever aware of who I am and where I have been and how may I serve today, Sat Nam,. thanks tommy