A return to ASMR

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. I have talked on this subject before, so let me welcome you to: The second of many articles to come. If you are unfamiliar with ASMR, and want to know more about it, check out my first article here.

I use ASMR as a form of meditation. I found the phenomenon on YouTube when searching for ‘guided meditations.’ Beginning in 2013, I began frequenting YouTube in search of relaxation. I found first This Video, which I still watch occasionally, and then I began finding things like This and This as I searched and sifted through the millions of relaxation videos. I was introduced to the wonderful world of ASMR mere days after I divulged into online relaxation. YouTube is just one example of how the internet, if used correctly, can help propel a person’s life forward by educating and culturing.

While composing my previous article, I contacted a few of my favorite ASMR artists by email. The most elaborate a specific email I sent out was to Tarot Reader ASMR, in which I asked her to do a reading in regards to my website, this website. I sent this email out not only for my mature love of ASMR, but for my new love of Tarot.
I myself have a deck, and I use it daily while I am still learning the cards, everyday letting the mysterious of time unfold. If there is one thing I have learned about the Tarot, it is that the interpretation of the reader is the commanding power. In other areas and arts where I may lack confidence due to the overwhelmingness of anything new, the Tarot will not allow for this. If you do not have confidence and faith in your cards and your ability to read them, they will fail you. So while I learn the mysteries of the Tarot, I strive to maintain confidence, and let me tell you the ability to have confidence in a new skill stems from my long and monolithic love for meditation. Far before the days of looking up videos on YouTube, I would put on some music and make a strong effort to sit and be simple about life, really take it all in; I was 14 the first time I took an effort to meditate. It was important that I knew I was meditating. I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I saw the power the Buddhist Monks have over their mentality, and I knew I wanted that. It is not impossible I wanted it the most because it seemed the hardest to achieve. Still I am on a forever quest to tame my Monkey Mind.

Allow me not to digress; the subject of ASMR should not be forgotten, as that is why we are here. I sent the email to Tarot Reader ASMR on July 31st, and who woulda thunk it, but I received a reply. After an exchange of emails, and the usual latency of action due when two complex lives negotiate devotion of time for a project, we have some finished products.
Firstly, I am very proud to present the first collaboration with Heart of Zeus, an ASMR video!

The second finished product is this article. I am writing to spread awareness of ASMR. I talk to individuals everyday who seek a way out of their problems. Not enough people take the time to really try something new. If you are having a stressful day, consider sitting or lying in a comfortable position, and listening to the meditative voice of Tarot Reader ASMR.
Try meditation.     Try ASMR.
These are my real, firm, honest recommendations.

Chris- 10/25/2017

Modern Day Wine; Present Day Cannabis

Prefillossero is a wine produced by the Lisini estate in Montalcino Italy. This wine is unlike anything else available on earth, in that it is produced from grapes that are the only left of its kind; all the others fell victim to a plague of Phylloxera, which is a small insect. From 1863 until the peak of destruction in 1889, vineyards across Europe were devastated one after the other. Only small pockets of grapes remain, to this day, unaffected. Some grapes were lost forever; extinct. The grape vines were hybridized, as well as grafted together with the resistant American vines, in order to prevent total annihilation. In this process, the grapes were changed, and to the connoisseur, nothing in the wine industry has been the same. Prefillossero means in Italian: Before the Phylloxera. Now, let us talk about marijuana.

There are many, many, many strains of cannabis, but they did not show up overnight. Nearly every one of these strains was birthed into existence due to personal interest. Did you know Chemdog came from Florida? It’s was probably brought to life in a basement, and FSU students we’re probably some of the first to smoke it, all only about 10 years ago. Now Chemdog is a readily available and popular strain of marijuana; I can walk down the street and buy it legally, right now. When it comes to strains of marijuana however, landrace strains are the end all, be all.
‘A landrace is a domesticated, locally adapted, traditional variety of a species of animal or plant that has developed over time…’- Check it out.
So landrace marijuana strains are the original strains, the ones that are different because of where they evolved, vs human intervention.

Cannabis has been illegal for the lifetime of almost any of my readers, and believe me when I say I understand the struggles brought on by this prohibition. However let us not forget, least of all when it should be most prevalent, that the history of cannabis is deep and rich, alike wine. The culture is just as important as the consumption. The basement grow operations of the 1990’s and 2000’s led to the glorious ganja of today, and it would be erroneous to change a system that has proved nearly errorless.

I am here to preach, and be heard, that corporate involvement within the marijuana industry will alter the history of humanity in a degenerative fashion. The devastation that is sections of our history has been brought to you by: Greed over Democracy. The involvement of big business in marijuana could easily lead to corruption in marijuana which could lead to the destruction of marijuana. Was the Phylloxera plague that swept the vineyards of Europe brought on by capitalism, or simply human curiosity and evolution? Without answering that first question, I will riddle you a second: what is the greatest invention since the wheel?
The Internet.

Our need and requirements for a government have vastly changed, and it’s almost as if no one has noticed. No one is preparing. The government in America has become an unarguable greed machine. It’s like the cost of shipping didn’t go down and the wheel was just invented. You’re not going to do business with the old fart who still sends his business by foot. You’re going to utilize the younger crowd putting their stake in the new-fangled wheel. The government just facilitates, a role that could easily be filled by a little Meditation and the Internet. We can’t get lost in any one pitch of our reality. We can’t be lazy, and the truth will unfortunately present itself; life is just fucking hard y’all.

I see a world with legal marijuana, and that is the basket I’m putting my eggs in. However that is not the only vision I see for the future. A society where Judges are as readily available as police. A land where people who mistreat the environment receive the absolute maximum in often revised punishments. A planet where education is prevalent and everyone understands why.

The real problem with disaster is that once averted, no one can learn from the consequences. We will not lose our marijuana strains to any epi or pandemics. This includes the 1st world pandemic of capitalism.

Chris.10.21.2017

The Inevitability of Greed, and the Cannabis Industry

“It would be wryly interesting if in human history the cultivation of marijuana led generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to civilization.” Carl Sagan, The Dragons of Eden, Speculations on the Origin of Human Intelligence p 191 footnote.

Cannabis has followed humanity throughout the ages. For a majority of human history cannabis, and hemp cultivation has been encouraged by the people of earth. The truth is little has changed except for the implementation of laws against cannabis, and cannabis cultivation is still encouraged by the people. Irene Vorik was the Minister of Heath and Interior for Holland during the 1970’s, and she is responsible for the legalization of cannabis in Amsterdam. In 2012 two states in the United States legalized cannabis, and since then cannabis cultivation in America has grown significantly. As of current: 8 states have legalized cannabis recreationally, and 29 states have legalized it medicinally. Legal cannabis is the way of the future, globally.

The intention of this article is to bring focus to the importance of legal cannabis’ effect on the outcome of our future. Cannabis did not play a small role in the upbringing of humanity, it played a large one. As education about cannabis and its history spreads, the people of earth will be demanding legalization; and they will garner success. My focus here at Heartofzeus will be shifting to the general theme of cannabis, and the future of the cannabis industry. I think it to be of the utmost importance we as a human race maintain constant vigilance in regards to our lackadaisical attitude towards the difficulty of obtaining our marijuana. If we are not observant and voraciously vocal about what we want to see within the cannabis industry, it will get lost to big business, just like every other marketable product. There is no shortcut to legalization, we cannot rest half way to our goal, and we must stay loud until the end.

A website that reports on a marijuana worldwide, https://mjbizdaily.com/, is a great place to start when gaining knowledge about the current state of affairs in the marijuana industry. You can read about companies doubling in size. You can read about companies expanding their business to outside of their home country. As a species, we cannot lie to ourselves about our aptitude for greed, and how prevalent it is in our daily lives, how it permeates our culture as a planet; Greed is a world constant, not to say generosity isn’t as well, but their effects are certainly differentiated.

Large corporate involvement in the cannabis industry will alter the future of it, undeniably. We may begin to see marijuana strains with THC content far above 30%, as money breeds product evolution. However I move to assume for the better of humanity that this is not what we want. We the people, if it is possible, will in time figure out how to produce the best possible product. This fact of the human condition ‘curiosity’ outweighs any benefits founded upon corporate involvement.

If marijuana does not maintain small overheads with craft grow-ops, corporate interests could put a halt on marijuana legalization. A world where we can buy weed at a store, but still not grow it like we do tomato plants. This being regardless of the security on the property where one grows cannabis, the only concern being the intoxicating flower ending up in the wrong hands; children stealing from yards and animals bringing it outside of the normal confines. If we maintain craftsmanship, and do not allow our greed to overtake us, we will see tomato-plant-like-legalization of cannabis. Otherwise we are literally putting our future back into the wrong hands.

To be continued…

Chris Buckley
10/16/2017

Letter to a Wisconsin Judge

To:
The Honorable Judge Michael Judge of Oconto County, Wisconsin;
The Medical Marijuana Doctors of America

In the case of The State vs Jared John McFadden I am requesting a medical examination prior to sentencing. I intend to prove the defendant, Jared McFadden, is in need of medical marijuana by physician’s recommendation, and that under Michigan Law, as well as 22 other states, he would be able to obtain marijuana legally with a medical card. I know this has no standing under current Wisconsin law, but the future appeals to the prospect of legalized marijuana both medically and recreationally. In congruence with Wisconsin State Representative Melissa Sargent’s LRB-2457 proposal, I propose to allow for a medical examination of Jared McFadden, and for the results of this examination to be considered upon his sentencing.

Governor Walker signed a bill into law which allows Cannabinol use for children with a physician’s recommendation. I deduce the case of Jared McFadden, many others, and I, is what occurs when the practical use of medical marijuana is not taught, and the knowledge on it shunned. Is it not clear, the result of withholding information is debilitated society? Jared is an adult with a son, Jayden, and a pretty decent job. Jared is a man with a chance at a decent life. Please do not subjugate him to suffering, forcing him to watch the legalization of marijuana behind the glass wall of probation. I know many individuals who have had their probation revoked because of smoking marijuana. I move to conclude that if the consequence of jail or prison is not enough to stop one from smoking marijuana, this is more than likely a symptom of a legitimate medical issue. The medical issue is mostly closely related to PTSD, and I move to conclude having marijuana illegal may cause PTSD in anyone who enjoys consuming cannabis.

What I need is for a medical marijuana doctor to come and examine my close personal friend, Jared John McFadden, Pro Bono. I am expecting him to qualify for medical marijuana in the 23 states which list PTSD as a qualifying condition. Up to 7-8% of the population will suffer from PTSD, and 11-20% of veterans in the United States. It has been proven cannabis has medical qualities about it, and just because someone has been self-medicating, should that truly lead to punishment?
I need your help! I need help from the Medical Marijuana Doctors of America!

Thank You for your time.

Chris Buckley, on behalf of Jared McFadden
chris@sparktwain.com