This blog post is actually a follow-up to the post Antidepressants (or antianxiety) medication and your psychic connection 101. When I published that post, I was asked by several people to address whether or not it is “OK” to (a) consume caffeine, (b) smoke cigarettes, and/or (c) use alcohol or other drugs. This is a very complicated topic that is debated rather vehemently within the metaphysical community.
I have had the privilege of training many gifted psychics, mediums, and healers, and I have also spoken with many more who were not trained by me. I have come to respect one very important reality: There is no one right way to do ANYTHING within the metaphysical field . . . there is only the right way for you. Therefore, the following information is provided based on my experience in this field, but you will need to find the answers that are right for you.
Overall, I tell my students who have concerns about any of these topics that moderation is always important. And with any of these substances, each person will need to determine for him or herself what a moderate level of consuption would be. This is because different people have different tolerance levels. For example, I have a VERY low tolerance level for caffeine . . . a little bit goes a long, long way! But members of my family have much higher tolerance levels than I do.
Let’s talk in more detail about caffeine. This is a very common “drug” that is consumed by the majority of the population today, and I know many very gifted metaphysicians who consume moderate amounts of caffeine who report that it does not interfere with, and actually is helpful when they are involved in their metaphysical activities. I’ve also met many who don’t consume this chemical at all because they find it hampers their metaphysical skills. Why might it be helpful for some people but not for others? Caffeine is a chemical that many people use to regulate their energy and ability to focus. When doing psychic or healing work, the ability to focus is important, so it can be helpful. However, if used in excess or if you are very sensitive to caffeine, it can cause you to become anxious, jittery, and/or agitated. This is NOT helpful when doing work as a psychic, medium, and/or healer.
With regard to nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs, again I believe that moderation is key, even though this may run contrary to what other teachers and authors present in their classes and/or books. Again, I know many very gifted metaphysicians who use cigarettes, alcohol, and even some illegal drugs in moderation, and I’ve also met many who don’t use any of these substances.
Over the years, I have often been approached by relatively new psychic development students who sheepishly admit that they had a glass of wine, smoked some pot, or used some other substance. They then report feeling confused because they found that they were more easily able to connect with their angels, guides, and deceased loved ones. Why would someone’s psychic abilities be enhanced by the use of these substances? Because it helps the person relax, move out of their typical “left brain”/logical thinking, and access the “right brain”/intuitive brain. For this reason, some fields within metaphysics (e.g., some Shamanistic groups) even use mind altering drugs as a catalyst for mystical and spiritual experiences.
Now that being said, I ALWAYS tell my students that the chemical may open the pathway to the Divine, but the chemical can also influence the interpretation of the messages received. Additionally, it can interfere with your ability to discern between message that are coming from the light and messages coming from dark sources. (See my ebook Psychic Protection 101 for much more information.) So I am very firm with my students that they should not accept the messages that were received when “under the influence” until they receive confirmation that the guidance they have received is accurate and is “from the light.” And I urge them to not do readings for others unless they are not using any substances because, as previously explained, the accuracy of their interpretations may be compromised.
And one final note: From my perspective, our goal is to be able to access Spirit whenever we want to . . . even when a chemical is not available.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are using any of these chemicals in excess, please taper off slowly and/or seek medical help. Even going “cold turkey” when you have been using large amounts of caffeine can be life-threatening to some people.