A student of my Intuitive Awakening Course recently asked if taking medication can affect one’s ability to communicate with guides and angels.

This is a complicated question, with lots of different variables in the equation. Let’s have a look at them:

1. Substances affect us on multiple levels…

What we take in and consume (food, medications, herbs) does affect us holistically – having an impact that is seen not just in the body, but also in the mind and the spirit.

(To give one fairly recent example of this phenomenon in action – researchers now know that when you take painkillers, you’re not just dulling your physical pain, but also your emotional pain.)

2. Plus medications can affect different people in different ways…

One person may react well to one drug while another has a horrible experience with it.

And to make this question even harder for me to answer, of course not being a doctor, my knowledge of the impact of drugs on spiritual connection is only anecdotal and comes from speaking with my clients, students and my own experiences.

So this article is both an attempt to answer the question: “Do medications and drugs affect our spiritual connection?” and also an information gathering exercise:

If you have experience taking medications and doing intuitive development, please share your experience in the comments section below, if you are comfortable doing so. I’m particularly interested to know whether or not you feel your medications are a hindrance to spiritual connection.

That said, here are a couple of ways I know that medications can and do improve our spiritual connection:

1. If you are very unwell with something, physically or mentally, and you find a medication that makes you feel a lot better, this will make it easier for you to connect with your guides (mostly because your vibrational state will increase, as a result.)

2. If you suffer from anxiety or any mental illness that makes it hard for you to focus or get still, and you find a medication that helps with that, this can also help your spiritual connection. This is because one of the conditions to a good spiritual connection is stillness.

The caveat here is that you would also have to find medications with few side effects (and of course, in some cases the side effects are worse than the original ailment.)

My Experiences with Medications & Intuition…

Personally, I have seen no side effects on my spiritual connection from everyday sorts of drugs such as antihistamines, Tylenol/Ibuprofen or the occasional sleeping pill.

As for another commonly used medication – anti-depressants: I have heard from a couple of people that the anti-depressants they were taking numbed them internally, making them feel cut off from themselves. I also know of gifted professional intuitives who take anti-depressants and don’t feel it is a hindrance.

My best guess is that if you feel OK and like ‘yourself’ on a medication (i.e. there are minimal side effects) it is probably not doing anything harmful for your spiritual connection.

Contraceptive Pills

I do want to mention another common drug taken by many women that can be harmful to a vibrant spiritual connection – the contraceptive pill. Personally, I would only take a contraceptive pill if I had a serious problem with my menstrual cycle that needed medicating. I would never choose it as a form of contraception.

Here’s why:

Some people are wired for an earth-based spirituality (meaning that one’s spiritual connection, experiences and insights will come through the lower chakras as well as the upper chakras.) You will know this is the case for you if you feel in tune with the natural world. Perhaps you are an animal lover who craves the peace and quiet of the countryside, and sees the Divine in all creatures. Maybe you are drawn to pagan spirituality. You have probably multiple past lives connecting with the land through work such as farming and cooking. You might also be clairsentient.

Women with an earth-based sense of spirituality can connect with the Divine through nature, and the physical world. We also have this reminder of the Divine, in all its mystery and miracle, every month with the menstrual cycle. This is a cycle that can allow us to live more in alignment with Spirit.

How the Menstrual Cycle Connects Us with Spirit

When we reach the pre-menstrual and menstrual phase of the cycle, we are prompted to slow down, and at this point we will introspect and ideally get guidance. During this time, we are also more likely to become aware of any imbalances in our lives, and anything that is ready to be healed or cleared out. As the body sheds the lining of the womb, it is a time for cleansing in all areas.

So, what happens to our spiritual connection when we take the contraceptive pill?

Essentially, it disconnects us from this part of the cycle where we are more likely to slow down and get guidance. As a result, we can fall out of sync, both with Spirit and with ourselves. Taking the contraceptive pill can also dull our clairsentience, and the feedback that our bodies wish to give us. This particularly affects those of us who are clairsentient and those who have a strong connection with the natural world.

Further Resources on Spirituality & the Menstrual Cycle:

The Wisdom of the Menstrual Cycle by Christiane Northrup

The Wild Genie: The Healing Power of Menstruation by Alexandra Pope

Moon Time: Harness the ever-changing energy of your menstrual cycle by Lucy H Pearce

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. These are my personal insights, based on my own experiences and those of my clients and students. I do not recommend coming off medications without talking to your doctor first.

Please share your thoughts & experiences below.