Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally

Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally

Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally

  • Park Street Press

A guide to the benefits and challenges of the use of cannabis in spiritual practice

• Includes chapters by 18 authoritative and influential voices of the modern cannabis movement, including Kathleen Harrison, Joan Bello, Hamilton Souther, Steven Hager, Chris Bennett, Dee Dussault, Jeremy Wolff, and Roger Christie

• Explores the use of marijuana in a wide range of spiritual practices, including meditation, yoga, chanting, visualization, shamanism, group ceremonies, work with other entheogens, and as a creative aid

Truly a medicine for body and soul, one of cannabis’s greatest gifts is its remarkable potential for spiritual healing and awakening. In this authoritative guide, editor Stephen Gray and 17 other influential voices of the modern cannabis movement explore the spiritual benefits of cannabis and offer guidance on how to interact with the intelligence of this plant ally, a companion and supporter of humanity for millennia. Exploring cannabis spirituality in practice, Gray’s chapters examine dosage, strains, and methods of intake; the use of cannabis to open the creative channels; how to conduct group ceremonies with cannabis; and cautions and counterindications for cannabis use. We hear from Chris Bennett on the religious and ritual use of cannabis from pre-biblical times to the present, Joan Bello on marijuana and the body-mind connection, Dee Dussault on ganja yoga, Kathleen Harrison on humanity’s co-evolution with cannabis, and cannabis shaman Hamilton Souther on working with the spirit of cannabis. The contributors explore the spiritual future of this plant ally as well as the ritual use of cannabis by the Rastafarians of Jamaica and the Sadhus of India. The chapters from Brazilian ayahuasca shaman Mariano da Silva and ayahuasca apprentice Francisco present wisdom on comingling the sacramental medicines of cannabis and ayahuasca.

Revealing the potential of “the people’s plant” to enhance a wide range of spiritual practices, such as meditation, yoga, chanting, visualization, shamanism, spirit work, and explorations with other entheogens, this guide shows how cannabis is an effective ally on the awakening journey, unlocking the receptive energy in us all and helping us to feel connected to nature, to each other, and to ourselves.

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3 thoughts on “Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally”

  1. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    VERY useful and informative book!, February 3, 2017

    I have been reading Cannabis and Spirituality and I am finding it surprisingly useful. I started reading it out of pure curiosity and interest; in other words, I had no particular learning agenda. However, this morning, while I was in the midst of my daily ritual, something from the book suddenly became very relevant to the spirit work I do. I remembered how Kat Harrison described the manner in which she meets new plant species and gets to know plants she thought she already knew (see page 27 of Cannabis and Spirituality) . . . by getting up-close and personal . . . “sitting” with each one and asking it questions. So I adapted her approach to my work in the realm of Qualities and began asking questions such as: Are you available for a conversation? Why are you here? How might I help you in expressing what matters most to you? What could I be asking you that I have never even thought of asking? VERY useful! I must say that this book contributed to opening me further to the apparently endless depth of relationship and felt sense of belonging and participation with the spirit aspect of cannabis and all other plants. I loved the diversity of perspectives presented by the contributing writers and found them brilliantly complementary.
  2. 12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A New World View Worth Understanding, December 21, 2016
    Henry Reed (Mouth of Wilson, VA USA) –

    This review is from: Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally (Paperback)
    Today’s cannabis is not the grass of the 60s! I didn’t realize until recently that what I smoking back in grad school was simply “shakes,” and I knew nothing of “buds.” No, today is not the “High Play” of back then, to borrow from the title of a great book by Harmon Bro, which actually has a lot more in common with the scene today than back when it was originally published. Today, the emphasis seems to be on the humility to be willing to learn from plant teachers and the growing acceptance of perceiving with the heart as well as with the senses. The reason I’m bringing the following book to your attention is not to encourage consumption, but rather to note the significant trend in the shifting consciousness and how it affects our relationships. In an era when we are concerned about our impact upon the environment, it’s worthwhile to learn how to more directly relate to and communicate with that environment to create a more empathic response and stewardship.
    Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally is a landmark book in documenting an important trend in our emerging culture. I’m not referring to the drug culture, whether involving LSD or opioids, but to the emerging spiritual relationship to our ecosystem.
    I’m not familiar with the editor, Stephen Gray. But the back of the book mentions one of his previous books, Return to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality. It’s title certainly confirms my sense of his intention in creating this new book on cannabis, which speaks directly to that theme.
    The book is a collection of essays and stories by folks who have a spiritual relationship with cannabis. If your image of cannabis consumption is to imagine some unkempt slackers giggling together, you’ve got a whole new world of impressions to register. Imagine instead being in a church, taking communion by eating of the body of your god and drinking its blood—no! I mean, inhaling some fragrant mist then sitting back to commune with the greater consciousness.
    I’ve been struck dumb impressed by the development of the “Daime” movement in Brazil. When the group partakes of their sacred vine, Ayahuasca, it is for the purpose of bringing in light and healing the world, so they call a session “a work,” rather than “a party.” This orientation toward higher consciousness service, rather than simply getting “high” has had significant influence on the cannabis scene, as the Daime church respects “Santa Maria” as a healing ally.
    Speaking of Santa Maria, experiencing the personhood of the spirit within the plant is also a big theme in many of the chapters. Learning to communicate with other species has been one of my interests and I’ve been pleased with what I’ve been able to learn about the process from these accounts. Relationship ideals rather than personal goals seems to be a key teaching.
    It’s interesting that such valuable teachings arrive in a package that stirs so much controversy. What is the archetypal pull of the manger?
  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Five Stars, November 11, 2017

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    This review is from: Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally (Paperback)
    Well worth the read reflecting different points of view and with clear vision tells more of the story

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