Here’s an interesting question from a student:
“How do substances like caffeine relate to the activation of the Will? Many people, myself included, frequently drink them to activate ourselves.”
Caffeine it’s a stimulant. So overall, it helps in overall activation and raising your mental state into one of aliveness.
But the effects are heavily varied from individual to individual.
Even with a simple coffee, some people get jittery, others get anxious, others feel energized, others get stomach aches, and so on.
So it’s a good idea to really know its effects on you by undergoing different experiments – which I did.
For example, if I drink coffee more than 3 days in a row and don’t drink on the 4th and 5th day I get headaches. This is not acceptable for me, although it may be for others.
Also, with me, more than a week of coffee drinking, the effects are much reduced. The good activation effect only happens in that first few days or first week at most. Then it gets way down.
So, I save coffee for drinking one or two days in a row (at most) and only in some specific situations where I find it may help.
Now, these are MY effects. They may be different with you. Maybe you don’t get headaches if you stop drinking coffee, and maybe the effects last longer.
There’s only one way to know which is by experimentation and feeling its effects in you. No one, and no internet or academic article will replace that.
Therefore, this is a good application for your awareness of energy and mind.
Overall, my problems with using using substances are mostly these three:
1) The addiction they may cause. If I can’t stop drinking coffee or else I’ll have bad effects in me, then my body is addicted to it. As such, it’s not a good idea in terms of inner power.
Granted that the bad effects may be a small matter – as it can be in terms of caffeine, since it’s mostly a harmless substance for the majority of the population – so it’s up to you to know if it’s worth it.
2) Substances lock you into a specific mental state. It may be good for that few hours that you need to be active, but then you want to relax and it’s a lot harder to shift the mental state when the substance is still active.
The same with any other substances and their effects. They don’t give you flexibility of mental states. They give you rigidity of one specific state. As such, for me, it’s also something I don’t need since I value very much my mental state flexibility and the ability to be on my top performance in a minute’s notice, which is what you gain by training in magnetism.
3) And the last problem is that if you only know how to get to that specific mental state and energy state using that substance, then you aren’t really mastering your energy and mind.
If you can only get active and energized with caffeine or other substances, then you are missing out on an important learning experience. You aren’t really understanding and using your Will to activate your mental state, you are using a crutch. I don’t like crutches and prefer to have my own self-sufficient power inside.
With that said, I’ll be having a cup of coffee now!