For me the link between Sacred Cannabis and Spirituality is very simple. The Cannabis high can take you to a place of deep meditation and introspection. Leading you to ask deep questions about who you are and why you are doing what you are doing. Assisting you to seek deep clarity about your highest purpose here on Earth.
For some it’s purely physical but for others, like me it’s a way of connecting with the Divine.
Bob Marley said “When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself”
According to the Rastafarian religion, ganja (Cannabis) is celebrated as a sacred plant medicine that “reveals us to ourselves.” The youthful Rastas are the ones who integrate cannabis, because they’re getting to know themselves, whereas the elders are already self-aware. To them, using Cannabis to get high is condemned, because it is called the holy herb or the wisdom weed.
Cannabis is treated as a sacred plant medicine in another worldwide religion called Santo Daime, which is one of the Amazon Rainforest’s ayahuasca religions, incorporating elements of Christianity along with other spiritual traditions.
They refer to it as Santa Maria. Santa Maria is the Portuguese and Spanish term for Saint Mary, who is also understood as Mother Earth, or Pachamama.
When a shamanic leader named Padrinho Sebastião was first introduced to cannabis, he understood how to consecrate this herb, meeting “her” with firmness in the mind, relaxing into her peaceful and loving medicine. In doing this, Padrinho essentially lit a torch of inspiration that continues to pass forward as more people begin a relationship with this ancient spiritual ally.
We can all learn something from this. Like anything in life, there’s an art to it. There’s a refined way of doing it. There’s a way of respecting it, growing it cleanly, consuming it consciously, experiencing it tastefully, and sharing it lovingly. We are all aware of the gifts marijuana gives to us, from the ease we feel mentally to the uplift we feel emotionally, and I trust we can all imagine the blessing we can feel spiritually.
Santa Maria can help us all to see the world like children again, with tremendous curiosity and fascination.
Santa Maria can also help us to express ourselves artistically, like Bob Marley, Snoop Dogg and Pablo Picasso.
Santa Maria can help us to be more consciously aware, which makes us better able to serve others and stand for what we believe.
I envision a future world where our gardens flourish with all the herbs God gave us. I see myself, my family and my friends consecrating Santa Maria (Sacred Cannabis) for our health and wellbeing in body, heart, mind, soul, and Spirit.
We pray with this medicine, and we receive its gifts with gratitude. We smile together, we laugh together, we sing together, we dance together, and we grow together, in harmony.
And we do this responsibly and safely.