By Steven Hager
What happens when some of the world’s greatest growers meet some of the world’s greatest pot filmmakers? Can anyone really be expected to judge 22 movies and six strains of Ibiza weed in only three days?
On ceremonies and the flavors of gravity
The creation of ceremonies is a spiritually charged endeavor that can unleash all sorts of energies, positive and negative. This is something I’ve discovered after having created the Cannabis Cup, the WHEE! fests and many other counterculture events. Part of it has to do with assembling sheer numbers of people: the more people you get, the greater the potential energy. But more important is the group state of mind. An angry mob, for example, runs on much different energies than an om circle runs on. I’d been watching CNN when a former general explained why so many high-ranking officers had turned against the war in Iraq. “These people have been trained in Prussian military theory,” he explained, “and they feel we are losing the centers of gravity.”
Since I’ve been an activist for nonviolence my entire adult life, I never studied any military theory, but I couldn’t get that statement out of my head. “Who are these Prussians,” I wondered, “and why are they talking about gravity?” My friend Bugsy clued me in to the fact that it was actually just one guy, Carl von Clausewitz, and I began studying his Zen-like approach to conflict. That’s when it popped into my head that telepathic phenomena like “contact highs” and “the collective unconscious” are actually the human forms of gravity. And gravity has flavors.
Instead of arriving on the island of Ibiza at 11 a.m., as originally scheduled, I landed at 4 p.m., carrying 22 DVDs, a computer, a projector and an emergency portable sound system. Even if there was a complete meltdown at the hotel and the entire island suddenly lost power, WMFF would go on.