Saturday April 11, 2020: Cannabis as a Spiritual Ally in the Time of Covid-19: A Guided Online Cannabis-Friendly Ceremony with Stephen Gray
April 11 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM$10
Cannabis as a Spiritual Ally in the Time of Covid-19: A Guided Online Cannabis-Friendly Ceremony with Stephen Gray
When we can quiet the busy mind in this kind of intentional setting, even for just gaps, cannabis has immense potential to calm and open. This may be especially beneficial in these highly-charged times.
Cannabis ceremony and retreat leader Stephen Gray, in conjunction with Spirit Plant Medicine, is offering a live online 2-hour guided cannabis-friendly ceremony on Saturday April 11 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm PDT. Those who want to partake of the medicine will be invited to light up together in a group Zoom meeting. Stephen will then lead the group with a series of guided meditations and sound healing/journeying.
Note: Our intention with this event is to offer support to our loosely-knit community far and wide during challenging times. We do not want financial restrictions to be an obstacle for anyone. We’re asking a nominal fee of $10 Canadian. Anyone who doesn’t feel they can afford that right now will be invited to email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructions and Guidelines: *Please read thoroughly
1. If at all possible, take a break from cannabis for a minimum of 3 days. This will allow the endocannabinoid receptors to reset. The experience during the ceremony will then be clearer and stronger.
While some may find this a “woo woo” notion, there are indications that the veil between matter and spirit is unusually thin right now as most of us are shaken out of our habitual patterns. A time of great potential for deepening and learning.
2. Since we’re not able to provide you with carefully field-tested medicine as per usual in our ceremonies, we suggest that you find an uplifting, expansive cultivar (strain), probably leaning somewhat to the Sativa side of life. If you don’t have any organically and lovingly grown flower right now, your local shop may be able to guide you and provide take-out or delivery service.
3. In general (see #6 below) and especially if you haven’t tried the specific medicine you intend to use in the ceremony, test it out for potency well beforehand. The optimal dose is the dose you both want to and can handle. Handle meaning the dosage with which you can stay present, open, and able to let go of thinking for at least part of the time. Then it’s as deep as you’re up for.
4. Prepare your space ahead of the start of the ceremony. Make sure it’s a comfortable space where you won’t be disturbed for 2 hours. Have ready a meditation cushion or bench, or a straight-backed chair. A straight spine is key to opening the body channels. It’s good to sit up as much as possible, but you may also want to have a comfortable pad or mattress to stretch out on for part of the time.
5. Have your flower* with you and ready to light when we open the ceremony.
*If you prefer to imbibe orally, we suggest you do that one hour before the ceremony begins. It can take up to an hour and a half to reach peak effects, even longer if taken shortly after a meal.
6. Special Note: We’re hearing that some people are feeling so sensitized and perhaps fragile during this intense time that what would normally be a manageable dose of cannabis can feel more like an overdose. This is why it’s so important to test your medicine ahead of time if you haven’t used that specific medicine before and/or if you haven’t been partaking lately, and/or you’re feeling extra sensitive right now.
Preparation and Requirements
About Stephen Gray
Stephen Gray is the author/editor of two books, including the popular Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally.
He is also the longtime co-organizer of the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference, as well as a cannabis ceremony leader, lecturer, and part-time musician and photographer