Plant Consciousness

Plant consciousness is the process of bio-communication in plant cells, which has come to mean that plants are sentient life forms that feel, know, and are conscious. The scientific field of neurobiology has been effective in demonstrating plant consciousness.

Consciousness exists in everything, but manifests itself in different ways. With the reality that all matter is energy vibrating at different frequencies, it is reasonable to say that all matter has consciousness in its unique way, since all matter comes from the same source and is comprised at its basics level of the same building blocks. This can be seen in DNA consciousness as well. This would be a universal principle that would be true for any state of energy, be it a solid, liquid, gas, plasma and then as crystalline, plant, animal, human, and higher dimension life forms.

Plants communicate just through feeling. They are purely feeling beings, they do not even know what “thinking” is (except to the extent that they can get a taste of what “thinking” means when they connect with a human). You have to get in touch with your own feelings in the moment in order to communicate with a plant.

You have to be there in the moment and be aware of what you are feeling right then when you are in contact with the plant. Not the feelings about what is going on yesterday and tomorrow, but the feelings of Now, in the present moment. It is one of the things that plants can teach you. Not just entheogens, but any plant who shares your life with you. Each species has a distinct personality that you can get to know just by being open to “feeling” it.

Scientific Evidence of Plant Consciousness

Although it is not commonly discussed for various socio-political reasons, there is an ample amount of scientific evidence that has proven that plants do indeed have some sort of consciousness. An enormous amount of research was provided in the revolutionary book on this subject entitled The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. There was a documentary film created parallel to the book’s findings, which is viewable here.

Plant Nervous System

Each root apex harbors a unit of nervous system of plants. The number of root apices in the plant body is high and all brain-units are interconnected via vascular strands (plant nerves) with their polarly-transported auxin (plant neurotransmitter), to form a serial (parallel) nervous system of plants. The computational and informational capacity of this nervous system based on interconnected parallel units is predicted to be higher than that of the diffuse nervous system of lower animals, or the central nervous system of higher animals/humans.

Plant Pain

In the research of Jagadish Chandra Bose, in plant stimuli, he showed with the help of his newly invented crescograph that plants responded to various stimuli as if they had nervous systems like that of animals. He therefore found a parallelism between animal and plant tissues. His experiments showed that plants grow faster in pleasant music and its growth retards in noise or harsh sound.

His major contribution in the field of biophysics was the demonstration of the electrical nature of the conduction of various stimuli (wounds, chemical agents) in plants, which were earlier thought to be of chemical in nature. He claimed that plants can “feel pain, understand affection etc.,” from the analysis of the nature of variation of the cell membrane potential of plants, under different circumstances. According to him a plant treated with care and affection gives out a different vibration compared to a plant subjected to torture.”

Plant Painkillers

A team of scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., discovered by accident plants in the wild emitting methyl salicylate – a form of the painkiller known as aspirin. They set up instruments in a walnut grove near Davis, Calif., to monitor plant emissions of certain volatile organic compounds (or VOCs). VOCs emitted by plants can actually combine with industrial emissions and contribute to smog. To their surprise, the NCAR scientists found that the emissions of VOCs their instruments recorded in the atmosphere included methyl salicylate.

They noticed that the methyl salicylate emissions increased dramatically when the plants, already stressed by a local drought, experienced unseasonably cool nighttime temperatures followed by large temperature increases during the day. At this current point in time, scientists think that the methyl salicylate has two functions: stimulating a process similar to the immune response in animals that helps plants resist and recover from disease, and acting as a form of chemical communication to warn neighbors of threats. “These findings show tangible proof that plant-to-plant communication occurs on the ecosystem level,” said study team member Alex Guenther. “It appears that plants have the ability to communicate through the atmosphere.”

Plan Communication

Research findings that have been published in the journal Oecologia have noted that plants talk amongst themselves to spread information, much like humans and other animals. A unique internal network apparently allows plants to warn each other against predators and potential enemies. Plants have an early warning system, very much like in military defense, but more effective: each member of the plant network can receive the external signal of impending herbivore danger and transmit it to the other members of the network. The attacked leaf is lost. However, the remaining leaves are protected against predators.

In another study, whose research findings were published in the journal Ecology Letters, it was found that plants engage in self-recognition and can communicate danger to their “clones” or genetically identical cuttings planted nearby. The findings were found while studying sagebrush. Richard Karban and fellow scientist Kaori Shiojiri of the Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Japan, found that sagebrush responded to cues of self and non-self without physical contact. The sagebrush communicated and cooperated with other branches of themselves to avoid being eaten by grasshoppers, Karban said.

The scientists suspect that the plants warn their own kind of impending danger by emitting volatile cues. This may involve secreting chemicals that deter herbivores or make the plant less profitable for herbivores to eat, he said. “Plants are capable of responding to complex cues that involve multiple stimuli,” Karban said. “Plants not only respond to reliable cues in their environments but also produce cues that communicate with other plants and with other organisms, such as pollinators, seed disperses, herbivores and enemies of those herbivores.”

Plant Hereditary Awareness

Some more amazing research has shown that plants actually know their own siblings and kin, with the help of chemicals released from the roots. This way, if siblings of the plants are growing alongside them, the plants will grow their roots more downward and be taller, whereas if alien plants are living beside them, they will grow their roots outward and the alien plants will be shorter and grow less.

Plant Thinking & Memory

Recent research has uncovered that plants transmit information about light intensity and quality from leaf to leaf in a very similar way to the nervous system of human beings. In the experiment that found this, scientists showed that light shone on to one leaf caused the whole plant to respond and the response, which took the form of light-induced chemical reactions in the leaves, continued in the dark.

This showed that the plant remembered the information encoded in light. Plants seem to be able to perform a sort of biological light computation, using information contained in the light to immunize themselves against diseases. These “electro-chemical signals” are carried by cells that act as “nerves” of the plants.

The Secret Life of Plants

In the documentary entitled The Secret Life of Plants, which is based on the book with the same title, several scientific studies were shown and discussed that showed enough evidence to remove all doubt of an ancient truth; that plants have a consciousness. Below are a few of the scientific experiments presented in the film that have a revolutionary impact on how we view plants.

When a plant was put into a Faraday tube, and a telescope pointed at Ursa Major, hooked up to an instrument that converted plant consciousness expressions into audible tones, it was demonstrated that the plant was communicating with something in that star system…most likely something in the plant kingdom. This must have been happening since plants have existed…always constantly communicating with each other since all is one.

A Russian experiment was done with two cabbage plants…one hooked with electrodes to a machine that converted its energetic expressions into audible tones. When the cabbage that was not hooked up to any instrument was being destroyed at random by a human scientist, the plant hooked up to the machines was heard screaming or crying, with a very high pitch tone.

Another Russian experiment put a cabbage on a plate that measured changes in energetic vibrations and when cut into small bits with a machete, it was expressing a similar type of screaming/crying sound that the previous plant made.

A plant was hooked up with electrodes on a leaf and a vial of small shrimp were set up in a mechanism over boiling water that would release at a completely random time into the boiling water. When this moment happened, and the shrimp started dying, the plant was seen to go frantic, on a polygrah-like graph paper and needle setup.

Another study had a man watch film clips on a projector of events ranging from children playing to nuclear bombs destroying things. The plant adjacent to the man was seen to mirror the needle movements on the graph paper of the man, exemplifying their emotions were changing and changing to the similar energetic vibrations.

A Chinese woman hooked up a cactus to an instrument that created an output of the plant essentially speaking, or at least making audible tones. She would talk to the plant and attempt to teach it Chinese and it would reply with what seemed like answers to the woman’s requests.

Through a series of experiments, the authors portray the sentient quality of common plants. The simple fact that a plant “knows” when you are thinking bad thoughts. They respond to external stimuli much like any human would. In fact, it seems as if their “awareness” is heightened to include those in the psychic categories.

In one experiment, they have a random selection of men. One is chosen at random to go in and destroy one of three plants. The other two plants (common rhododendron) are then hooked up to electro-encephalographs (EEG – brain wave monitors.) and they march the men in one by one. The plants exhibit no alarm, but as soon as the one responsible for the plant death enters the room, the other two plants start registering wildly on the graphs. Basically, they knew who it was that killed their friend. Or, too be more blunt, they read his mind.

Some researchers have used polygraph instruments connected to leaf surfaces to observe responses through electromagnetic activity to various stimuli such as: raucous, loud music compared with mellow, harmonious music. The results are always the same: plants react favorably to mellow music while continuous raucous sounds can actually kill them. Even more amazingly, perhaps, is that plants accurately react to good or bad thoughts directed at them or other biological life forms and even at great distances.

Global Support for Plant Rights

Very recently, the notion of plants being conscious life forms has become a legal affair. In 2007, the government of Switzerland had issued a bill of rights for plants. Swiss Government’s Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology concludes that plants have rights, and we have to treat them appropriately. A majority of the panel concluded that “living organisms should be considered morally for their own sake because they are alive.”

Another country that has officially declared plants and ecosystems having rights is Ecuador. The Ecuadorian population voted to change their constitution to proclaim that nature has “the right to the maintenance and regeneration of its vital cycles, structure, functions and evolutionary processes.” Almost 70% of Ecuadorians voted in favor of protecting nature in this method.Ecuador drafted the changes with the help of the U.S. based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.

Along with it’s work in Ecuador the Fund “has assisted more than a dozen local municipalities with drafting and adopting local laws recognizing Rights of Nature.” The basis of these rights “change the status of ecosystems from being regarded as property under the law to being recognized as rights-bearing entities.” It is not surprising for a country such as Ecuador to embrace this decision, since they are a country with a culture dating back to prehistory of shamanism and treating plants, especially entheogens, as if they had their own spirits.

Implications of Plant Consciousness

There is an energy that flows throughout everything on this planet and throughout the entire multiverse. There is one invisible energy that ties us all together. Humans, cats, dogs, trees, rocks, and any other manifestations of energy are all interconnected. The principle of oneness is found in all ancient religions. The new evidence implies that these ancient beliefs, which were answers that mystics found by going within and accessing higher knowledge, were true in the sense that all is one and all is connected. The whole multiverse is, in this case, a sentient organism.

Never treat a plant like it is an inanimate object. It is just as alive as you are, just in a different way. It’s consciousness is basic but it does exhibit feelings of fear, empathy, happiness, etc. Is it not best to respect everything and everyone the same way you respect yourself? Why must it only involve human beings? Why not broaden the criteria to everything with a consciousness? It is the right thing to do that you can see in the deep of your soul. If we treat all manifested Reality as if it was us, but in a different manifestation, then imagine how different life would be.

Insights From Plant Consciousness

The purity and unselfishness of plant existence can be pondered upon. Plant life can be seen as a model for ideal human conduct; unlike animals and humans, most plants do not kill and do not live at the expense of other organisms. They are in direct contact with all four elements (earth, wind, water, and fire i.e. sun) and their ability to transform cosmic energy is absolutely indispensable for life on this planet.

Plants are uncontaminated by questions about purpose, awareness of goals, or concerns about the future; rather they seem to represent pure being in the here and now, the ideal of many mystical and spiritual schools of thought. Not exploiting and hurting other organisms, most plants serve themselves as a source of food and bring beauty and joy into the life of others.


The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird

LSD: Doorway to the Numinous: The Groundbreaking Psychedelic Research into Realms of the Human Unconscious by Stanislav Grof M.D.


1. How do You know when You’re Enlightened 2. Direct and Indirect Knowledge ~ James Swartz

Published on Jan 12, 2015
Excerpt from the Bhagavad Gita Amsterdam 2014 Seminar. Purchase the complete set here:…

James Swartz – Direct and Indirect Knowledge

Excerpt from the Bhagavad Gita Amsterdam 2014 Seminar

The Book of One by Dennis Waite (Author)

A comprehensive, yet entertaining introduction to Advaita, the non-dual philosophy which provides a completely reasonable explanation for who we are and the nature of the universe. There are many self-help approaches promising enlightenment and happiness but most are illogical and lack any proven capability. Advaita has a guru-disciple tradition stretching back for several thousand years and can guarantee the sincere seeker a progressive path to self-realization.

A 21st Century treatment of this ancient eastern philosophy, this book addresses all of the issues that are covered by both traditional teachers from the lineage of Shankara and by modern satsang teaching and Direct Path methods stemming from Ramana Maharshi and Krishna Menon. Topics are explained in an accessible and readable manner, using amusing quotations and stories along with an abundance of metaphors from a wide variety of sources.

Educated to degree-level in Chemistry, he has worked for most of his life in computing. Since 2000, he has devoted his life to writing. He completed a philosophical/ecological thriller in 1999 (extensively revised in 2007-8) and a book on Earned Value metrics in March 2001. His first book on Advaita, ‘The Book of One’, was published in 2003. This was extensively revised and republished in 2010.

An introductory book on Sanskrit ‘The Spiritual Seeker’s Essential Guide to Sanskrit’ was published in India in 2005. His book ‘How to Meet Yourself’, published in 2007, was aimed at the non-specialist reader and addresses the fundamental topics of meaning and purpose in one’s life and the nature of happiness.

His major book on Advaita, also published in 2007, was entitled ‘Back to the Truth’. This is a systematic treatment of Advaita which, by using examples from many sources, helps the reader to differentiate between approaches and teachers. It compares the scriptures of traditional Advaita with the words of contemporary Sages and with the modern ‘nothing to be done’ teaching of neo-Advaita.

‘Enlightenment: the Path through the Jungle’ VIEW HERE was published in 2008. This aimed clearly to define the term enlightenment and dispel the many myths about it propagated by new-age books on the subject. It endeavored to set down the proven methods, passed down for over a thousand years in the traditional teaching of the subject and contrast these with Western approaches, demonstrating in the process that only the traditional methods are likely to bring about enlightenment.

His most recent book is ‘Advaita Made Easy’, scheduled for publication in 2012. This aims to summarize the essentials of the subject in a short, easily assimilable form. Two more books are contracted for the future.

Dennis maintains the most popular website on Advaita at This is in the process (2012) of being renovated and extended, following a two-year absence while he helped to establish the Advaita Academy Trust and its associated website at


A Guide to Awareness and Tranquility by William Samuel (Author)

PURPOSE, SCOPE AND PROMISE Reader, I have discovered a peace of mind and tranquility that are utterly beyond belief and with the discovery has come the ability to communicate it to others! By peace of mind I do not mean the ecstatic ebbing and flowing happiness of religion. I have discovered an nonfluctuating, unchanging, permanent sense of well-being that transcends every human concept. I call it Transcendent Tranquility. It is not new. It is the peace beyond understanding spoken of by the saints and sages throughout history. No, it is not new at all, but I have found it; and, miraculously, with the finding has come the ability to give it to others. Indeed, to the special few who want it and are willing to listen, I find myself able to speak of this Transcendent Awareness such that they are able to understand for themselves and be it!

Listen: The purpose of this book is to give this Awareness of Tranquility to you. More than that, this volume is intended to prove to the reader that the awakening to Reality and its experience of Peace does not, contrary to the popular belief among the students of metaphysics, require the difficult, step-by-step processes of metaphysics, education, experience and A Guide to Awareness and Tranquility Paperback – 2003 by William Samuel (Author). Instead, simplicity and honesty are its keynote. Tender, childlike simplicity and honesty are the hallmarks of Reality’s Tranquility. If this sounds presumptuous, I will make it more so. I tell you that the nearly effortless practice of the tender precepts spoken of in this work will open the reader’s door to a tangible, practical, down to earth bedrock, nonfluctuating Tranquility such that nothing the world has to offer can prevail against it!

This is not another idealist’s vague promise of happiness; not another metaphysical system nor philosophic fantasy intended to explain away despair, disease and death! This is not another fanciful theory. These words are written such that you may prove them and see for yourself if they are honest. Tranquility call it Equanimity, Serenity or Peace, if you like has little to do with education and less with religion. Even metaphysics, that esteemed (and disparaged) higher religion of the intelligentsia just coming into its own in the highest places of human authority even that metaphysics of the Absolute has little to do with the Transcendent Identity destined to survive the upheaval already begun; yet, the Reality which is its warp and woof is effortlessly available to the childlike, right here and now. How do I know? Because I have found it! I am it! It is I!

The days have already begun when we shall see the world as it is presently perceived come tumbling about our feet in a strange sickness and inscrutable insanity. Within a personal concept of self, it is inevitable that we shall see what appears to be a mysterious mental madness eating away at the vitals of a society holding itself separate and apart from Reality.

Indeed, soon to make its appearance under the beguiling label of individual and collective freedom will be a searing, drug-abetted, uninhibited and nearly unrestrained metaphysical upheaval of such masochistic proportions that it will lay bare, dismember and devour everything conventional and familiar. It is our inescapable obligation to help as many as are willing to discover, uncover and be the Tranquillity untouched by turmoil a tranquility as effortlessly available as our own Identity. Those who find it are enabled to be passers-by, tall and untouched by the world. Those who find it are healed. William Samuel

William Samuel, (September 2, 1924-May 22, 1996)

Mystic, Writer, Teacher of Truth and Self-Discovery

William Samuel taught and wrote from his beloved hills of Mountain Brook, Alabama, for over 40 years. William was a brilliant and prophetic spiritual teacher who taught and lectured on the subject of metaphysics based upon the Absolute, or as referred to today, non-duality.

WS&F Primary Awareness

William Samuel audio recording from his home in Mountain Brook, Alabama, 1978. From the “Notes from Woodsong” series of audio CD’s available at

Sandy Jones (William Samuel) – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Jan 11, 2015
Sandy Jones is the Literary Executor to the William Samuel legacy. In 1996, she was given his entire catalog of works and today is the spokesperson for William Samuel’s message- publishing and promoting the entire William Samuel catalog.

In addition to being the registered agent for the works of William Samuel, she is the owner and mentor of the Woodsong Center for Self-Discovery located in Ojai, California. The Center hosts gatherings for readings and group discussions based on William’s message. Sandy is also the proprietor of Celestial Song Mystical Emporium a popular gift shop and gallery located in Ojai, CA.

Sandy is an accomplished artist and writer, currently writing a book, which she says “is simply a joyful expression of my love for Life and the the Living Unbound Beauty and Peace that has found me.” The book, currently untitled, is scheduled to be published in the Spring of 2015. You can find more of her art and writings at her website

Email Sandy at:

William Samuel – September 2, 1924-May 22, 1996

William Samuel was a prolific writer and teacher. William Samuel was known as the “teacher’s teacher” perhaps because so many teachers came to study with him. There was an inordinate number of philosophers, theologians, and members of the academe. In the later years there came physicists and mathematicians. It seemed to William that he would get the most earnest and dedicated students of Truth. Quite a number of Taoists and Buddhists had found William’s message and came to study–even some who were called Masters. Many have gone from his study to become authors, writers and teachers. In some marvelous way his story has been found by the metaphysical and scientific elite of all the word–at least by a few. He said “When it is told perfectly, my whole world will hear.”

Although, Mr. Samuel did not embrace the idea of being called a teacher, saying “I’ve been telling my own story–how it happened and what it has allowed me to understand–for over 30 years. That is not the same as being a teacher.” He was a genuine sage and mystic. He brought the message of non-duality, or as he called it the Subjective View in a simple heart felt words that everyone interested in their Self discovery can understand and profit from. A humble man who discovered true peace and tranquility that remains steady and true even during the changes and turmoil encountered in life. Never seeking to be well known or venerated himself, he has been widely recognized by many as a genuine true Master. William’s message is that he did not embrace the idea of being called a teacher, saying “I’ve been telling my own story–how it happened and what it has allowed me to understand–for over 30 years. That is not the same as being a teacher.”

“Every teacher, book, writer, practitioner, sage, guru or peanut vendor, by whatever name, title or label they go by, is an aspect of the Awareness (Identity) “we” are. We take the book from the shelf most likely to render a specific service at a given moment. Exactly so, we have appeared to go to the philosophy, teacher, church, friend, stranger or peanut vendor that has unfolded as sufficient for the moment–but that philosophy, teacher, church, friend or stranger is within the awareness We are. So is the peanut vendor. We are forever looking at our Self.”…..William Samuel

William Samuel was one of the first Americans to sit with Ramana Maharshi
The story of his visit goes something like this:

At 18 years old he graduated from Clemson and was immediately made captain of infantry and sent off to battle in China, during W.W.II While in China, William’s troops were doing battle along with the British and Indians near the Burmese boarder. It was during that time when William apparently was given some much needed R&R. He took advantage of that time and went to see Ramana Maharshi in Tiruvannamalai, South India. William, at that time, was only 21 years old. This two week visit took place in April of 1944. It is believed that William was among the first American students to visit Sri Ramana. Up until then the visitors were mostly Indian and British.

Soon after Williams visit many more westerner’s began coming to see Sri Ramana.

William was indeed a master teacher who had found a way to communicate honestly and clearly his insights on the Absolute and the premises of the metaphysical, subjective view now often called non duality.

Books: A Guide to Awareness and Tranquility The Awareness of Self-Discovery The Child Within Us Lives 2+2=Reality


Interview recorded 1/10/2015

The Heart of Shiva – Igor Kufayev SAND 2014 [updated Jan 12, 2015]

Published on Oct 29, 2014
This presentation, entitled ‘The Heart of Shiva, is part of unofficial video recording at the Science and Nonduality Conference. San Jose, CA. October 25th, 2014.

Published on Jan 10, 2015
Every experience on the plane of sensory, mental or subtle perception is a manifestation of unity in diversity—a sublime intimacy of an unbroken stream emanating from the Spiritual Heart as creation in all its multiplicity. Each and every experience is not a random event empty of purpose and fragmented to the whole, but an integral part of the supremely orchestrated stream of awareness directed outward as this universe. This sweet and intense outpouring is the Triangle of the Heart – the very Being-Consciousness-Bliss that is the substratum and the expressive power of Awareness to will, know and act. This triangle finds its expression on all respective planes of creation down to every experience born of sensory perception.

The triangle of the powers of Will, Knowledge and Action as the pulsation of the Heart of Consciousness and the source from which flows all creation. This Triangle of Will, Knowledge and Action is a universal womb, the Yoni, a throbbing matrix of waves underlying all formations. This pulsation, this emission within Consciousness, ebbs and flows in waves of diversity yet always remains as unity of seer, seeing and seen. (This is an introduction to the theme of the post-conference workshop entitled ‘The Triadic Heart of Awareness’.)

Igor Kufayev has been sharing his revelations into the essence of Being since 2002. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and classically trained in art from an early age, he was recognized as something of a prodigy. A one time student at the St Petersburg’s Academy of Fine Arts, he had his first solo exhibition at the age of twenty five and by his early thirties enjoyed an international art career in London.

At the age of thirty six Igor had undergone a radical transformation of consciousness which subsequently blossomed into spontaneous unfoldment of Grace. He abandoned his art career and for the next few years continued long hours of meditation, integrating expanded state of awareness throughout all his interactions.

Igor points to the integral process of Self-realization where all cognitive and mental processes are orchestrated by awakened Latent Energy – the Creative Potentiality of Pure Awareness – and it is the physiology with its nervous system, that acts as a support for individual consciousness to mature into full Enlightenment. It could be said that his methods are rooted in Tantra, having studied such diverse traditions as Vedanta, Tantra, Sufi and Zen he remains elusive to categorization. Saying that: ”Abiding in a state of spontaneous absorption transcends the boundaries of any given truth based on intellectual grasp of ultimate reality…

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