By Shifting The Paradigm, October 2017
Stephen Gray joins Shifting the Paradigm for Episode 2!
Stephen has recently published the new book, Cannabis and Spirituality, and is an organizer of the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference. We go deep into topics like Buddhism, cannabis, ritual, safety, other plant medicines and a whole lot more. Stephen also gives a brief outline of what you can expect to see at the Conference coming up at UBC!
By Warrior, October 2017
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 counter-indications for cannabis use.
By, Tony Balbin
By Vancouver Real, September 2017
Have you heard of the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference 2017? Joining us are two of the lead organizers of the event for 2017, Celina Archambaultand Stephen Gray. Don’t miss what is coming down the pipe for this years conference at UBC, Nov. 4 & 5. Use promo code “REAL” to save $22 on your ticket.
By, Michael Zaremba
By, Psychedelic Times, September 2017
Cannabis as a Spiritual Tool: Interview with Author Stephen Gray
How can you have a relationship with cannabis that is more spiritual, novel, and valuable? As cannabis continues to gain more acceptance as a creative and medicinal tool, how many people are merely scratching the surface when it comes to cannabis’ potential as a spiritual ally? What are some good tips and important insights for those who want to take their relationship with this plant to a higher level?
To discuss these topics, we spoke with Stephen Gray
By, Psychedelic Times – September, 2017
Wesley Thoricatha conversation with Stephen Gary , Pot, Paranoia, and Buddhist Wisdom.
What are some of the positive things one can do when they are able to channel this energy?
Because of this non-specific amplifying ability of cannabis, you can channel it. The basic meditation of following your breath is the most effective way to work with the plant, but it can also be a supporter, enhancer, and strengthener of a variety of spiritual practices, meaning anything that enters you more deeply into the now. Whether that’s yoga, Tai Chi, chanting, or anything else, if you can keep focused and breathing, cannabis can enhance it.
By, Conscious Lifestyle Magazine – June, 2017
Cannabis can be tricky to work with spiritually. For many, even most of us, there’s a learning curve in finding out how to most skillfully benefit from the cannabis plant as a spiritual ally. A number of factors can influence the short- and long-term spiritual effects of cannabis—dosage, strain, frequency of use, attitude toward the plant, one’s state of mind and body at the time of the encounter, the specific setting, and, maybe most important, the ability to quiet the discursive mind and allow periods of inner stillness, as in marijuana meditation.
By Psychedelic Salon – March 15, 2017
Stephen Gray, the editor & writer who pulled together the excellent collection of essays titled:
“Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally”
In other vital news, if you’ve spent the last many years listening to Lorenzo on the Psychedelic Salon, go sign up for his Patreon site to support his work creating a postmodern form of autobiography.
By BARB ADAMS LIVE – January 14, 2017
Joining the show during the second hour is teacher and writer Stephen Gray. Stephen will be discussing Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally, which he edited.
Bestselling author Dr. Julie Holland and 17 voices for Cannabisdescribe how “the people’s plant” enhances spiritual practices.
According to the authors, Cannabis is truly a medicine for body and soul, with its remarkable potential for spiritual healing and awakening.
By Future Primitive – December 31, 2016
The Gentleness of an Ancient Ally an interview with Stephen Gray
Stephen Gray speaks with Joanna about: reclaiming the wise use of a spiritual medicine and ally; cannabis and the rebalancing of Western culture; Santo Daime and Santa María, a return to the Earth Mysteries; the American demonization of cannabis; physical and psychic benefits of cannabis; becoming fully present to a wider reality through heart-centered intelligence; exploring cannabis and yoga; planting the seed of intention in a non-specific amplifier; in relationship with the plant, possibilities and cautions; moving forward with the regulation of cannabis.
By Vancouver Real – Published on Oct 16, 2016
This episode we feature Stephen Gray. He is the lead coordinator for the Spirit Plant Medicine conference which is now entering into its 6th year. The conference is held every year at UBC and has a series of presenters ranging from researchers to authors to storytellers to shamans. It is a 2-day event happening Oct. 29-30, 2016.
By “Truth be Told with Tony and Eddie.” – July 30, 2016
We discussed how Cannabis and Spirituality can go hand and hand, Author Stephen Gray 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.
By Future Primitive – April 30th, 2016 – The Teaching of Experience
In this week’s episode Stephen Gray speaks with Joanna about: an all-embracing journey from Tibetan Buddhism to the Native American Church; out of isolation, into reality; psychedelic medicines are non specific amplifiers; as present as possible, moment by moment; the importance of community and practice; trusting the now; the never-ending path; the special role of the Iboga medicine; the open-hearted, “don’t know mind”; rediscovering the use of cannabis in spiritual practice; MDMA, a gateway to the heart; Western elders can now teach from experience.
By ATTMind – Adventures Through The MindRadio ,January 2016
Author Stephen Keary Gray has been in the psychedelic scene since its inception and is still offering great work into the evolving psychedelic culture. Since the 60s he has been an explorer of spirituality and conciseness expansion with “spirit plants”.He comes on the show to share stories of his journey with the Native American Church, the Santo Daime and other ayahuasca based religions, as well as his first ever LSD experience. We also explore a widely missed topic of consideration in the psychedelic discourse: Cannabis as an Entheogen
By Psychedelic Parenting Podcast, October 2015
In this conversation, Stephen and Jonathan discuss the possibility of an emerging distinct medicine tradition for white North Americans, about the role of the sacred feminine in family and religious life, and of taking on the mantle of “elder” as one enters the latter part of life.
(online) about the 2014 conference and issue relating to the cannabis book project. I was on first, from about 2 minutes in to about 33 minutes. There was some very interesting chat on conference related topics until about the 20 minute mark. The rest of the conversation was about cannabis and its spiritual potential. Chris Bennett, a contributor to the book, came on right after that.
By Robert Phoenix, January 2012
Stephen Gray is an ethno-botanist and cultural shaman. He has dedicated his life to the power and truth of sacred plants and the wisdom of their medicine. Author of the forthcoming book, Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality Stephen sees the potential of entheogens to help us lay the foundations for a new cultural paradigm, with the teachings of ancient indigenous traditions at it’s core. Please join us on a shamanic journey into the world sacred substances and beyond.