Sensei’s Journal: Entry # 21 – Why Keep A Katannabis Journal

20 Mar

It’s been quite a while since I posted a journal entry. Frankly, and I don’t know why, I’ve felt compelled to disseminate as much information as possible as to the process of developing your own Katannabis. The result is this new resource section . This link has all your Katannabis resources.

For this journal entry, I’d like to share with you a few of my raw journal notes.

I keep a pad and my beloved fountain pens handy during all of my Katannabis sessions. I want to contemporaneously memorialize my observations and experiences while I am within the throes of the session. After I complete the session, I make my final notes. On a weekly basis I compile all my raw notes and make a list of those areas that require a more detailed exploration. In my experience, topics such as “time-slip,” “spatial distortion,” and the “Mandala-effect,” to name a few are a direct result of this process.

My detailed notes are then filed into one of my many Katannabis three-ring binder type notebooks. These notebooks are organized generally as to the substantive process of Katannabis, effects and experiences of Katannabis, “higher dimensional” notes, psychic self-defense notes and other highly advanced Katannabis experiences. 

I highly encourage you to maintain your own Katannabis journal. It is very important in early stages of Katannabis. I don’t think you can have a rewarding Katannabis experience without documenting your steps along the way. Trust me, your notes will be necessary as you modify your Katannabis syllabus. To this day, two decades later, though I have a core of Kata within my Katannabis syllabus, I still make adjustments to the order in which they are performed and other such adjustments. It is in the modifications that your experiences become heightened.

In addition, when you have a Katannabis experience, you want to document not only the experience but the conditions that gave rise to it. This serves a two-fold purpose. If the experience is positive, you will want to replicate it. If an experience cannot be replicated then it may not be an epiphenomenon of your Katannabis. It may simply be a one-time coincidence. 

If, on the other hand, your experience is one that is unpleasant, and “Yes,” you will have such an experience. You will want to fully understand the experience and the manner in which it arose. Then you can make an informed decision as to whether such an experience was an epiphenomenon of your Katannabis and if so, how to avoid it.

I know this sounds a bit like school and homework. You can make the process enjoyable. I love the feel of writing with a fountain pen, so I keep my pens handy during Katannabis. Each pen is filled with its own unique ink which adds to the enjoyment. I also include little sketches and diagrams. An artist I am not, but again, this adds to the overall experience. In fact, I look at the journaling process as a “Kata” within my syllabus. And, “Yes,” the act of writing can be looked at as a Kata. 

Katannabis ritual meditation is a serious endeavor. That being said, in addition to be enlightening, thought-provoking and eye-opening, it should be enjoyable. In my experience, I find the act of memorializing my experiences adds to such enjoyment. Have a puff or an edible, do you Kata and get out that pen and paper. Until next time, 

Cum superiorum privilegio veniaque * 

Sensei John Szmitkowski

* (with the privilege and permission of the superiors)


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