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Welcome to Cannabis and Spirituality. I am Stephen Gray and I am the editor and contributor of a book titled "Cannabis and Spirituality". When CannaLife Academy asked if I would do a course on this topic I wholeheartedly agreed. You can read the testimonials from some well known people like Jason Silva, Daniel Pinchbeck and many others to gain some insight to what you will be learning in this course.
Cannabis is a truly ancient plant, an inhabitant of planet Earth long before the appearance of us “two-leggeds” and since our arrival a close companion with a great variety of gifts for humanity, from the most tangible and material to the most intangible and spiritual.
After a period of misunderstanding, neglect, and suppression of this remarkable plant, we are now seeing a renaissance of knowledge and respect for our ancient friend and ally. But as cannabis becomes increasingly normalized and legalized, and as so many more of us develop a beneficial relationship with it, one of cannabis’ greatest gifts—some would say its most powerful capability—has not yet received much attention and understanding in this era of renewal.
Though you may find it surprising or even difficult to accept, the underappreciated truth of the matter is that in optimal conditions—what’s sometimes called good set and setting—cannabis most definitely has the ability to help a great many of us awaken from illusion and “get real” as wisdom carriers might say.
Cannabis is sometimes referred to as the people’s plant. Ultimately, no one owns the information. It’s up to all of us who get it on some level to contribute to a saner, more sustainable planet, beginning with our own consciousness transformation and by natural extension our compassionate and creative engagement with the world. Used wisely—a central concern throughout this project—cannabis can help.
I look forward to being the guide in your ever expanding journey using this amazing ally as your guide.
Stephen Gray has travelled spiritual pathways for nearly half a century. He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism as a student and instructor as well as several sacramental medicine traditions. He is a teacher, ceremony leader, writer, sacramental medicine conference organizer, musician, and photographer. Stephen is the author of Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality (John Hunt Publishing, 2010) and the editor and one of 18 contributors to Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally (Inner Traditions/Park Street Press, 2017). Stephen lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with his wife and the bittersweet memory of his beloved feline friend of 20 years, Bella.
Thank you for completing the Cannabis and Spirituality Course! You will be receiving a certificate of completion via email. If you do not receive it please contact CannaLife Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also do not forget if you haven't already you can buy the book Cannabis and Spirituality on Amazon. You can also find me on Facebook. We have a spirit plant conference yearly in Vancouver Canada. Namaste!