Katannabis – Guideline # 4: Keep A Journal

30 Mar

Guideline # 4: Keep A Katannabis Journal

Notwithstanding my five decades of Karate and my over two decades of exploring Katannabis, I still memorialize my daily Katannabis session. Albeit, my session notes are rough. At a minimum the notes contain basic information as to the fundamentals of the session parameters. Namely, inter-alia, the strain of flower utilized, the dosage and frequency of cannabis, the type of incense or music, if any, the Kata performed and the order of performance. 

Using the parameters as a foundation, I then build my Katannabis session notes by memorializing my experiences, insights and inspirations as they occur to me. By spontaneously doing so, I am able to capture the essence of my Katannabis, without thought or preconception. This provides me with the purest documentation for further analysis, meditation and reflection. The “follow-up” considerations I do both while under the influence of the Katannabis cannabis entheogen and without same. 

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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One Response to “Katannabis – Guideline # 4: Keep A Journal”


  1. Katannabis Syllabus & Resources | Kata-RX For wellness - March 30, 2023

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