Deepak Chopra about his new novel on the life of Muhammad

Full interview with Alan Steinfeld and Deepak Chopra about his latest book Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet

Brilliant Green: The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence- by Stefano Mancuso (Author), Alessandra Viola (Author),

Are plants intelligent? Can they solve problems, communicate, and navigate their surroundings? Or are they passive, incapable of independent action or social behavior? Philosophers and scientists have pondered these questions since ancient Greece, most often concluding that plants are unthinking and inert: they are too silent, too sedentary — just too different from us. Yet discoveries over the past fifty years have challenged these ideas, shedding new light on the extraordinary capabilities and complex interior lives of plants.

In Brilliant Green, Stefano Mancuso, a leading scientist and founder of the field of plant neurobiology, presents a new paradigm in our understanding of the vegetal world. Combining a historical perspective with the latest in plant science, Mancuso argues that, due to cultural prejudices and human arrogance, we continue to underestimate plants. In fact, they process information, sleep, remember, and signal to one another — showing that, far from passive machines, plants are intelligent and aware. Through a survey of plant capabilities from sight and touch to communication, Mancuso challenges our notion of intelligence, presenting a vision of plant life that is more sophisticated than most imagine.

Plants have much to teach us, from network building to innovations in robotics and man-made materials — but only if we understand more about how they live. Part botany lesson, part manifesto, Brilliant Green is an engaging and passionate examination of the inner workings of the plant kingdom.

Financial support for the translation of this book has been provided by SEPS: Segretariato Europeo Per Le Pubblicazioni Scientifiche.


Stefano Mancuso is a founder of the study of plant neurobiology, which explores signaling and communication at all levels of biological organization, from genetics to molecules, cells and ecological communities.

The roots of plant intelligence

Plants behave in some oddly intelligent ways: fighting predators, maximizing food opportunities … But can we think of them as actually having a form of intelligence of their own? Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso presents intriguing evidence.

Are plants intelligent? New book says yes

10 Flowers and Plants You Can Grow at Home for Luck and Magic

It’s no secret plants are good for our health, consciousness, and environment. Certain plants in particular are known for giving of and thus attracting good vibes- otherwise known as luck. Based on their specific personalities, various plants magnetize and vibrate in particular ways to bring desired energies to your home or space. Here are my top 10:

1) Bamboo:
Bamboo plants are widely known to be lucky. These lovely little guys attract prosperity, improve health, and are said to aid in developing more flexibility and creativity. They are also excellent for detoxifying the air in any room they are placed. These are popularly recommended in Feng Shui.

2) Basil: Basil is thought to carry energies of passion, love, wealth, and luck. Aside from its bright and positive energies, basil is delicious with a slightly sweet and spicy flavor. Basil can awaken passion in whoever eats it. It has also been called the herb of kings and is revered for its magical properties according to such as, “Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection, Visionary, Fertility, Funeral, Consecration, Immortality and Purification”. It is recommended to put basil in the corners of your home for protection, to wear them as talismans, carry them in your wallet, and other ritual uses.

3) Honeysuckle: Honeysuckle might just be my favorite flower. Not only does it have an intoxicating scent, but its easily harvested nectar is delicious and edible. Honeysuckle can be brought into the home to attract money. Additionally, the flowers can be crushed and placed on or near the third eye to strengthen intuition, as honeysuckle is a plant of intuition.

4) Jasmine: Is a sensual flowering plant known to attract both love and money. Its oil is a known aphrodisiac and therefor it is an excellent presence for those wishing to foster more romance or eroticism

5) Lemon: Lemon plants bring great luck and energies for friendship and purification. They are a bright and cheerful presence and fruit that lemon trees produce is great to have around the house for everything from natural cleaning, to skincare, to foods and fresh drinks.

6) Lavender:
Lavender is famous for its calming and uplifting mood benefits and also aids in restful sleep- especially for those who fight insomnia. In traditional magic lore lavender is believed to attract men and help you see into the spirit realm. It can also be made into lovely smudging sticks

7) Miniature Roses: Roses have been called the highest vibrational living thing. Whether or not that is accurate, they are certainly beautiful, amazing, and magical plants. Roses help with love, attracting luck, protection, and many forms of divination. You can grow miniature roses indoors to start, but they will eventually have to move outside. describes the specific meanings in different colored roses: “White: Purifying and healing, positive energy. White with red details: Devotion and passion. Peach: Peace, spirituality and friendship. Pink: Romantic love, sweetness, fun and play. Fuchsia: A lust for life, radical self love, deep love and acceptance of your physical body. Lavender:Spirituality. Red: Passionate, deep, true love.”

8) Orchids: Orchids are exotic looking flowers that are surprisingly simple to care for. They are magically beneficial for all types of relationships- romantic and platonic. They were believed by the Greeks to increase fertility and virility.

9) Rosemary: Rosemary, aside from being a delicious culinary herb, is also used for the strengthening of mental functions such as memory and focus. Rosemary can be used for purification and protection rituals as well as to improve aspects such as luck, romance, and prosperity. It is said to improve love, lust, and healing and has also been used for exorcism!

10) Sage: perhaps one of the most famous and widely used magical and sacred herb, sage is commonly wrapped into smudge sticks and the fragrant and medicinal smoke is used for blessing, cleansing, and healing purposes. Sage also represents immortality and wisdom and can be used in teas or foods.

I hope you have found this information useful. Enjoy!

Sources: Concept and List from

Sacred Plant Initiations: Communicating with Plants for Healing and Higher Consciousness By (author) [updated April 16, 2015] Carole Guyett

March 2015

About Sacred Plant Initiations

A practical guide to connecting with plants through ceremony

• Explains how to commune with plants and their spirits through the traditional shamanic method of “plant dieting” to receive their teachings and guidance

• Details 8 ceremonial plant initiations centered on common, easily recognized plants and trees such as primrose, dandelion, oak, and dog rose

• Provides instructions to develop your own sacred plant initiations and make ceremonial plant elixirs

• Includes four audio journeys to facilitate plant initiations

In this guide to sacred plant initiations, medical herbalist and shamanic practitioner Carole Guyett explains how to commune with plants and their spirits through the traditional shamanic method of “plant dieting.” A plant diet involves ingesting a particular plant over a period of time so you regularly receive the plant’s vibratory energy as well as its medicinal actions. Adding a ceremonial element to plant dieting offers a sacred initiation by the plant world, allowing you to connect deeply with all aspects of a plant, receive its sacred teachings, and forge a relationship for guidance and healing, benefitting both yourself and others.

Each of the eight ceremonial plant initiations detailed in the book was personally developed by the author through extensive work with her ceremonial groups. They each center on an easily recognized plant or tree such as primrose, dandelion, oak, and dog rose. These common plants have powerful teachings and healing guidance to share with those who communicate with and honor them. The initiations, for both individuals and groups, work with the Wheel of the Year, honoring each plant’s sacred timing and connecting with one of the eight Celtic and Pre-Celtic Fire Festivals–the solstices, equinoxes, and the holy days of Beltane, Lughnasadh, Samhain, and Imbolc.

Offering practical instructions so you can develop your own sacred plant initiations, the author also include access to 4 audio journeys to facilitate the initiations in the book. She also explains how to make plant elixirs for use in plant diets and for healing. She shows how connecting with plants allows us to deepen our relationship with Nature, access higher levels of consciousness and spiritual realms, and facilitate the full flowering of human potential.

Carole Guyett is a medical herbalist, shamanic practitioner, and Celtic priestess trained by a traditional wise woman in the Western mysteries. She has worked with healing plants for over 30 years. In 2010 she completed a 10-year apprenticeship with Métis Medicine Woman Arwyn DreamWalker, carrier of the Beauty Way Teachings. She offers workshops, teachings, healings, apprenticeships, and personal and group ceremonies both internationally and at her home, Derrynagittah, in Caher, Ireland.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Ceremonial plant dieting is a traditional method of honoring the plant world. The ceremonial process offers a unique way to connect deeply with all aspects of a plant, opening gateways to spiritual realms and facilitating powerful transformation at physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. Plant dieting is a traditional term referring to a wide range of methods whereby plants are ingested in order to form a deep relationship with them and to receive their gifts of guidance and healing. This book presents a way of experiencing plants as conscious spiritual beings and aims to demonstrate how common plants in our hedgerows provide a form of “medicine” that can help us take an evolutionary leap to a new vision of reality.

In modern Western culture plant diets are often associated with plants known as Teacher Plants, Master Plants, or Plants of Vision. These are generally psychoactive plants like Datura, Sacred Mushrooms, Peyote, and many others that are described as opening gateways to higher consciousness.

The experiences described in this book are of plant diets taken with nonpsychoactive plants. These include plants and trees such as Primrose, Dandelion, Oak, Elder, and Dog Rose, all common medicinal plants not typically known for their consciousness-raising effects. However, in my experience, while not chemically psychoactive, the plants we are dieting most definitely can behave as entheogens, or “gateways to the divine.” With their help we can safely visit levels of consciousness that may have seemed reserved for so-called Teacher Plant ceremonies. Perhaps, when approached with honor and reverence, all plants can behave in this way.

6 Primrose Bealtaine
Initiation and New Beginnings

Primrose comes as one of the first flowers of spring, offering light and hope after the darkness of winter. Ruled by Venus and considered female in gender, her bright yellow flowers surprise and delight us, lighting up the fields and bringing splashes of illumination to the woods and hedgerows. She is associated with the element of earth and with spring goddesses. Primrose unlocks the spring and offers us a means to move forward. This is the “Key Flower,” a gift from the gods and goddesses to show us the way to the hidden treasure inside ourselves and inside the Earth. It is time to move toward the light, time for initiation and rebirth into the freedom of our creative potential.

Associated with the growing life force of spring, the Primrose has long been considered to have special powers. This is a traditional herb of Bealtaine (pronounced BEE-EL-TANA), bursting with bright, creative energy and initiating new beginnings. Primrose awakens both romantic love and spiritual transformation. It is an ideal plant to diet with at this season of fertile growth.

A Time of New Beginnings

Bealtaine, otherwise known as Beltane or May Eve, is the major fertility festival of the year. This is the time when all of nature is rapidly growing and moving forward with rampant potency. It is a time to celebrate the fertility of the land and our own creative urges; a time of growth, expansion, and playfulness when sexual forces are at their peak. In Ireland, Bealtaine marks the start of summer. Traditionally, in our Celtic Pagan past this was the night to celebrate the union of the Horned God and the fertile Goddess. Young couples would make love outdoors in the forests and green fields, reenacting the sacred marriage between Earth and Sky to ensure the fertility of the land.

In modern times we can kindle a sacred fire and jump the flames in order to purify, to let go, and to bring forth our wildness and creativity. This is the time to take a leap in to the power of our own potential. Bealtaine is a time to gather with like-minded others, celebrating love, creativity, and the power of nature. Hawthorn trees (as well as the primrose) are particularly associated with this festival, and for some people the timing of Bealtaine is reckoned as the day the hawthorn first blooms. We can honor the trees by dressing them with ribbons and flowers, giving thanks and celebrating their burgeoning growth.

Primrose–The Key Flower

Primula vulgaris
Plant family: Primulaceae (Primrose Family)

Other common names: Samhaircin (Irish), Primev貥 (French), Primavera (Spanish), Primel (German), Key Flower, St. Peter’s Keys.

Description: A hardy, deciduous perennial growing to a height of 3 to 6 inches. It has a rosette of long, crinkly leaves from which grow pale yellow flowers with deep yellow centers. These flowers arise on individual stalks in April or May. Flowers are sweetly scented and have a pleasant flavor.

Habitat: Grassy banks, roadsides, sea cliffs, waste ground, woodlands, and fields.

Distribution: The genus is comprised of about 550 species. Native to Europe, Asia, and northern West Africa, Primrose is a protected plant in certain parts of the world, in which case the roots should not be disturbed unless being cultivated at home. Primrose is not a North American native, although it is locally established and a variety of cultivars exist throughout North America.

Parts used: Flowers (gathered April-May), root and rhizome (gathered March-April), leaves (gathered March-April).

Primrose as a Spirit Medicine
In my experience, Primrose has a very clear, pure, healing energy that washes away extraneous mental activity and brings feelings of deep peace. It clears obsessive thinking, bringing a calm, secure sense of connection with the Earth. At the same time it is light and playful, lifting feelings of heaviness from the heart, releasing stuck patterns and restoring hope. When we feel stuck or confused, Primrose clears the mind and enables us to gain a new perspective. It frees creative energy that can then flow unimpeded and without judgment. In this way Primrose can open a huge surge of creativity, facilitating major change in people’s lives and helping them in their quest for wholeness. When it appears in a healing session it frequently heralds a time of transformation.

Interview with Plant Spirit Healer, Carole Guyett

Published on Mar 26, 2015

Carole Guyett is a medical herbalist, plant spirit healer and flower essence practitioner who has worked with healing plants for over 30 years. A teacher and a ceremonialist, she has dedicated her life to plants and healing and the awakening of human consciousness. Her work blends the Celtic tradition with the teachings of the Beauty Way from North America.

WHY WE GARDEN: Cultivating a Sense of Place ~ Jim Nollman

This book is full of helpful tips from the author’s decades of gardening experience, plus the Zen of gardening—the sense of place and purpose, what tending the land means to us. A wonderful gift for the gardener seeking the simplicity and spirit of the land.

Nollman shares his observations on “plant personalities” and discusses unorthodox types of gardens in a way that is entertaining as well as instructive. His biocentric approach is about a fundamental connection with nature that transforms the act of gardening into an adventure filled with lessons great and small. He advocates for gardens as spaces for a genuine healing relationship between person and place.

Jim Nollman was born in Boston in 1947 and graduated from Tufts University in 1969. He has been a composer of music for theater, an internationally distinguished conceptual artist, and an environmental activist. In 1973, he was commissioned to compose a Thanksgiving Day radio piece for a US national network, and recorded himself singing children’s songs with 300 turkeys. He has recorded interspecies music with wolves, desert rats, deer, elk, whales, and dolphins. He directed one of Greenpeace’s first overseas projects, at Iki Island, Japan, where fishermen were slaughtering dolphins to compensate for human overfishing. His efforts eventually resulted in the Japanese government issuing a ban on this killing practice.

He is the founder of Interspecies Inc., which sponsors research for communicating with animals through music and art. IC’s best-known field project is a 25-year communication study using live music to interact with the wild orcas who inhabit the west coast of Canada. Nollman is currently directing a project in Arctic Russia to protect the last beluga whales in Europe, and is learning how to communicate with these whales.

He is the author of several books, including the most recent, The Charged Border: Where Whales and Humans Meet. His essays are anthologized in several collections of nature writing. He is contributing editor of the largest whale site on the Internet, with 10,000 visitors a day. Jim Nollman lives on San Juan Island in the northwest corner of the USA with his wife Katy, and daughters Claire and Sasha.


An Interview with Jim Nollman

Do trees communicate

In this real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration, Professor Suzanne Simard shows that all trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected, with the largest, oldest, “mother trees” serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees. Amazingly, we find that in a forest, 1+1 equals more than 2.

Suzanne W. Simard – Faculty Profile (live link with tons more info/links)

Dr. Suzanne Simard is a professor with the UBC Faculty of Forestry, where she lectures on and researches the role of mycorrhizae and mycorrhizal networks in tree species migrations with climate change disturbance. Networks of mycorrhizal fungal mycelium have recently been discovered by Professor Suzanne Simard and her graduate students to connect the roots of trees and facilitate the sharing of resources in Douglas-fir forests of interior British Columbia, thereby bolstering their resilience against disturbance or stress and facilitating the establishment of new regeneration.

BBC How Plants Communicate & Think – Amazing Nature Documentary

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.


Eimear Moran ‘A Feather On The Breath Of God’

Published on Nov 3, 2014

Eimear Moran is the Author of the book, ‘The Garden Path Home to Eden – A new Way of seeing Love, Self and the Garden.’ Eimear could always see the Divine in Nature and when her life seemed to fall apart she could only allow this total “free Fall” in the safe place of her Garden where she would sit with all her pain and loneliness. One day she sat in her Garden looking at a Hawthorn Tree; it was a grey, cold day and miserable. The tree looked poor and barren and she thought: “I must look as barren to this tree as he to me.” In this moment she woke up and realized her true Nature. An amazing feeling of love came over her, it was a reality of heavenly perfection and she knew she had met God.

The Twilight Garden: A guide to Enjoying Your Garden in the Evening Hours ~ Lia Leendertz

Some say that the twilight hours are the best time to enjoy a garden; a time when the spirit of the place really comes alive. It is also the time when many people pass front gardens on their return home, have a few spare minutes for garden maintenance, or want to enjoy the garden for entertaining. Full of easy maintenance advice, planting ideas for evening fragrance, colour, lighting, design, and attracting wildlife, this is a book for how people garden now. Front gardens, terraces, larger plots and containers will all be covered in an attempt to inspire everyone to transform their outdoor space into a twilight paradise.

Lia is a freelance garden writer who shares an allotment with several friends near her home in Bristol. A regular contributor to The Guardian and The Telegraph, she is a long-time advocate of organic and community growing, and has written many books on the subject. She has an award-winning blog, Midnight Brambling.


Plot 22 – Ep1 – Digging Back In Time

Published on Mar 21, 2014
Plot 22 is a ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ for allotments. Garden writer Lia Leendertz wants to find out who has dug and planted in, played and worked on the very piece of soil she has thought of as her own for the past ten years. We’re going to journey back in time to reveal the past life of much loved plot in Bristol.

There will be wars and land grabs, waves of migration and changes of fashion, with this humble plot of land and the people who worked it telling these stories.

Lia is an award-winning garden writer who writes for The Guardian, The Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated, The Garden and more, and her north Bristol plot is well used as inspiration and location for her features. She and her husband Michael do the work, while their two young children climb trees, eat cake and dig ‘photographer traps’.

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth by Stephen Harrod Buhner

A manual for opening the doors of perception and directly engaging the intelligence of the Natural World

• Provides exercises to directly perceive and interact with the complex, living, self-organizing being that is Gaia

• Reveals that every life form on Earth is highly intelligent and communicative

• Examines the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and the human species

In Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Stephen Harrod Buhner reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. He shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligences in Nature as kindred beings, become again wild scientists, non-domesticated explorers of a Gaian world just as Goethe, Barbara McClintock, James Lovelock, and others have done. For as Einstein commented, “We cannot solve the problems facing us by using the same kind of thinking that created them.”

Buhner explains how to use analogical thinking and imaginal perception to directly experience the inherent meanings that flow through the world, that are expressed from each living form that surrounds us, and to directly initiate communication in return. He delves deeply into the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and, most importantly, the human species itself. He shows that human beings are not a plague on the planet, they have a specific ecological function as important to Gaia as that of plants and bacteria.

Buhner shows that the capacity for depth connection and meaning-filled communication with the living world is inherent in every human being. It is as natural as breathing, as the beating of our own hearts, as our own desire for intimacy and love. We can change how we think and in so doing begin to address the difficulties of our times.

Stephen Harrod Buhner is the senior researcher for the Foundation for Gaian Studies. Described as both an Earth Poet and a Bardic Naturalist, he is the award-winning author of 19 books, including The Lost Language of Plants, The Secret Teachings of Plants, and Sacred Plant Medicine. Before retiring from the road in 2013, he taught for over 30 years throughout North America and Europe.He lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

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The Soft Flutter of Butterflies

I never was a good student in school—though first grade was fun. We made handprints in wet plaster and walked in the woods looking for butterflies and learned the Spanish words for chocolate and hello.

That first summer after school was wonderful. I got bright new shoes and ran and played with my friends and we flew kites whose tails fluttered in the wind and the days were as long as forever. But next year, school was different.

Our teacher stood ramrod stiff at the head of the class and she was tall and thin and the mole on her chin quivered with indignation. Her face disapproved of itself and she wrinkled her nose when she talked as if she were smelling something polite people didn’t mention. . . .

I didn’t like her very much and I began to think that school was something I would rather not do.

But when I told my mother I was informed that I didn’t have a choice in the matter and that school was good for little children and that go I would. So, the years went by, as years do, and some teachers were better and some were not and I became as unconscious as unconscious could be.

I went to university and the teacher in my first class looked like Santa Claus. . . . He told us his name was Ben Sweet (Sweet by birth, sweet by disposition) and the name of his class was “On the challenge of being human.” My other teachers did not seem to care about the challenge of being human and instead they taught us to think about mathematics and analyze different chemicals, and as the months went by I felt farther from myself. And the only thing that seemed to make sense was Ben Sweet and the way he talked to us and urged something in the deeps of us to come out. . . .

And one day, I found myself thinking that I wanted all my teachers to be like that. . . . So, I made a list of every person I had heard of that had moved me in the way Ben Sweet did and I decided I wanted to meet and learn from every one of them. . . .

Buckminster Fuller, Robert Bly, Jacques Cousteau, Robert Heinlein, Joan Halifax, Stephanie Simonton, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, William Stafford, Jane Goodall, Gregory Bateson, Eric Fromm, Frank Herbert, Ashley Montagu, Margaret Mead.

I was so young then and the world was so new and my whole life was before me.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was plain and tall and thin. . . . Her eyes penetrated everything they touched and they were the deepest blue and looking into them was like peering into some deep mountain pool that’s so clear you can’t tell how deep it is. Down in those deeps were things I couldn’t quite make out, things I didn’t understand . . . I could feel whatever it was deep inside, touching parts of me that I did not know I possessed. And those parts of me . . . I could feel them begin to stir under its touch.

“How did you come to your work?” someone asked.

“I was a young doctor and it was just after the war. I had heard stories of the terrible things that had happened in the concentration camps and I wanted to see for myself. So, I went to Majdanek in Poland. . . .

“By the gates there was a table and a young woman with dark, raven hair. She had to ask me several times for my name. She carefully wrote it down in the book where they kept a list of all the visitors. Then she looked up and smiled a sad, quiet smile, and waved me in. . . .

“Soon, I found myself in front of a wooden barracks. . . . I walked down the long passageways that ran between the tiers of bunks, looking around me. Then I saw—on the walls, roughly scratched, sometimes carved, into the wooden planks—hundreds of initials, and names—the last desperate messages to the living. And among those messages—I couldn’t believe it—were hundreds and hundreds of butterflies. Butterflies, everywhere. In the midst of that horror, the children had scratched butterflies into the walls!”

. . . Elisabeth looked at all of us in the room. None of us were moving. We were still, hardly breathing, caught spellbound. “I had never experienced such cruelty,” Elisabeth said, “and my heart was being crushed. But the young woman seemed oddly unaffected by it, so I said to her, ‘But you look so peaceful. How can you be peaceful when your whole family was killed here?’

“Golda looked back at me—those peaceful eyes!—and said in the most penetrating voice I had ever heard, ‘Because the Nazis taught me this: There is a Hitler inside each of us and if we do not heal the Hitler inside of ourselves, then the violence, it will never stop.’”

. . . There was something in Elisabeth’s voice that day, some invisible thing that my younger self did not consciously understand but could only feel. And it went into the depths of me and there it remains still. . . .

There is a difference I learned, long ago, between schooling and education. Do you feel it now, in the room with you?

I was never able to find it in any of my schools. But sometimes I find it in the soft flutter of butterflies, in the wildness of plants growing undomesticated in a forest clearing, in the laughter and running of young children, their hair flowing in the wind, and sometimes, sometimes I find it in the words of teachers who come among us from time to time—out there, far outside these walls, in the wildness of the world.
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Table of Contents


~ First Movement ~
Touching the Foundations of the World

Prelude The Soft Flutter of Butterflies

1 Reclaiming the Invisible
2 “The Doors of Perception”
3 “And the Doorkeeper Obeys When Spoken To”
4 “Everything Is Intelligent”
5 We Want Braaaaains
6 Gaia and “the Pattern That Connects”
7 “Molecular Veriditas”
8 The Function of Psychotropics in the Ecosystem
9 Inextricable Intertangling

~ Second Movement ~
Gaia’s Mind and the Dreaming of Earth

10 “A Certain Adjustment of Consciousness”
11 The Sea of Meaning
12 Following Golden Threads
13 The Naturalist’s Approach The Beginnings of Deep Earth Perception
14 The Imaginal World
15 The Dreaming of Earth
16 Reemergence into Classical Newtonian Space

~ Bridge ~

17 The Ecological Function of the Human Species
18 “The Road Not Taken”
19 Becoming Barbarian

~ Coda ~
A Different Kind of Thinking

Epilogue To See the Shimmer of Infinity in the Face of the Other

Al Niente The Movement of Great Things
Appendix 1 Sensory Overload and Self-Caretaking
Appendix 2 On the Healing of Schizophrenia



Plant Spirit Medicine: The Healing Power of Plants ~ Eliot Cowan

This is a trailblazing book that explores an old way of healing through the spirit of plants! Eliot Cowen learned that it wasn’t the plant that healed a person, but the spirit in the plant. Learning to contact the spirit of the plant was to ask it directly to heal the person. This ancient practice of plant spirit medicine, long forgotten in the West, has now been remembered, revitalized and reintroduced by this American healer.

Enriched by the author’s many explorations since its first edition, this new edition unfolds as a series of chapters on how plant spirit medicine has resolved specific issues and imbalances in his own healing journey and in his work with others. Readers will learn from a wealth of stories and teachings how plant spirits can directly communicate with and aid us, including:

* Plant spirit medicine’s five-element view of healing

* Receiving guidance from plants, including those found within herbal preparations

* Questionnaires to assess our own states of health and balance

* New chapters on community and on such “controversial” sacred plants as peyote, marijuana, and tobacco

* Additional interviews with plant shamans of many traditions

Whether we live in a mountain cabin or a city loft, the gifts of the plant spirits present themselves everywhere. Plant Spirit Medicine opens our eyes and hearts to initiate and nourish this deepest of natural bonds.

Eliot Cowan is the founder of the Blue Deer Center in Margaretville, New York, where he provides training in Plant Spirit Medicine and other traditions. For many years, he apprenticed with the shaman Don Guadalupe Gonzalez Rios who, in 2000, ritually recognized Cowan as a guide to Shamanic apprentices in the Huichol tradition. He is a member of the Council of Elders for the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing. See

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What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses by Daniel Chamovitz

A captivating journey into the lives of plants—from the colors they see to the schedules they keep

How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut? Can it feel an insect’s spindly legs? How do flowers know when it’s spring? Can they actually remember the weather? And do they care if you play them Led Zeppelin or Bach?

From Darwin’s early fascination with stems and vines to Little Shop of Horrors, we have always marveled at plant diversity and form. Now, in What a Plant Knows, the renowned biologist Daniel Chamovitz presents an intriguing and refreshing look at how plants experience the world. Highlighting the latest research in plant science, he takes us into the lives of different types of plants, and draws parallels with the human senses to reveal that we have much more in common with sunflowers and oak trees than we may realize. He explains how a willow knows when its neighbors have been taken over by a group of hungry beetles, and why an avocado will ripen in a paper bag with a banana (it’s the pheromones). He shows how plants know up from down, and settles the debate, once and for all, over whether or not plants appreciate that music you’ve been playing. Covering touch, sound, smell, sight, and even memory, Chamovitz considers whether it’s too much to ask if plants are aware.

What a Plant Knows is a rare inside look at what life is really like for the grass we walk on, the flowers we sniff, and the trees we climb. It is a true field guide to the senses for science buffs and green thumbs, and for anyone who seeks a greater understanding of our place in nature.

Daniel Chamovitz, Ph.D., is the director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University. He has served as a visiting scientist at Yale University and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and has lectured at universities around the world. His research has appeared in leading scientific journals. Chamovitz lives with his wife and three children in Hod HaSharon, Israel.

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To understand life in the universe, we first must understand life on Earth – both animal and plant. Plant life impacts everything from the terrain under our feet to the air we breathe. Scientist and author Daniel Chamovitz unveils the surprising world of plants that see, feel, smell, and even remember.

Numen: The Nature of Plants A film by Terrence Youk & Ann Armbrecht

Numen, defined as the animating force in nature, is a 75-minute documentary film focusing on the healing power of plants and the natural world.

Featuring stunning footage of medicinal plants and thought-provoking interviews with Drs. Tiearona Lowdog and Larry Dossey, the late Bill Mitchell, ND, author Kenny Ausubel, herbalists Rosemary Gladstar, Phyllis Light and many others, the film calls for a re-awakening of traditional knowledge about plants and their uses.

Numen is for herbalists, gardeners, medical practitioners, plant lovers—and everyone concerned about human and environmental health. It offers an introduction to the following topics:

  • Whole plant medicine
  • Ecological medicine
  • Environmental toxins
  • The limits of allopathic medicine
  • Spirit and healing and more

A primary objective of Numen is to bring the same awareness to medicine and the medical industry that the organic food movement has brought to food and the food industry. The film presents a sobering view of conventional healthcare and the dangers of environmental insults, as well as a vision of safe, effective and sustainable medicine. It offers stories about how individuals have improved their own health and well-being and provides concrete steps for viewers to do so as well.

Most broadly, the film encourages viewers to think deeply about the sources of their medicine and how their healthcare choices affect themselves and the larger web of life. It inspires us all to deepen our relationship with the natural world and reminds us of the healing made possible by re-embracing our place in the wider web of life.

“The term numen is defined as “the presiding divinity or spirit of a place,” or “the spirit believed to inhabit natural objects.” It is applied in this program to plants and the value they bring to our lives. Through interviews with ethnobotanists, herbalists, naturopaths, medical doctors, and specialists in integrative medicine, viewers come to appreciate the role plants have played in our health and welfare. Before the rise of the modern pharmaceutical industry, families used herbal and plant-based medicines to cure common ills. Today, we are separated from our roots in nature, including our food. Recognizing that herbal medicine is also a business, this program makes a strong case for “whole plant medicine” as a viable alternative to today’s diet and pill-based approach to health. This is a subject that will generate thoughtful discussion; for most public libraries.” Review by Joan Greenberg

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Numen is about the healing power of plants and the natural world. Featuring stunning footage of medicinal plants and moving interviews with leading herbalists, doctors, ecologists and others, Numen provides a vision of healthcare rooted in the traditions of herbal medicine and offers concrete steps to improve human and environmental health.

The Mystical Experience: Insights from Psilocybin Research – Roland Griffiths

Clip from Roland Griffiths presenation at SAND’12, California.

Mystical-type experiences are profound experiences characterized by a sense of the interconnectedness of all people and things, often accompanied by a sense of sacredness, feelings of joy and peace, and a sense of encountering ultimate reality.

Although such experiences have been described by mystics and religious figures throughout the ages, there are few meaningful prospective experimental studies because such experiences usually occur at low rates and often unpredictably. Recent studies at Johns Hopkins showed that, under carefully controlled conditions, psilocybin can occasion profound personally and spiritually meaningful mystical-type experiences in the majority of healthy participants. Analysis showed that mystical-type experiences mediate sustained positive changes in attitudes, moods, personality, and behavior.

With regard to attitudes about Self, volunteers endorsed feeling more personal integration, inner authority, creativity, authenticity, and self-confidence. They also reported an increased sense that all of life is interconnected, and less concern with thoughts and feelings about their bodies. An ongoing study in novice meditators is exploring whether psilocybin-occasioned mystical-type experiences can further enhance the positive persisting effects of meditation and other spiritual practices.

Therapeutic studies are currently investigating psilocybin-facilitated treatment of anxiety and depression in cancer patients and psilocybin-facilitated cigarette smoking cessation using a cognitive-behavioral approach. Further research with psilocybin can be expected to provide unique insights into the biology and psychology of mystical experience, and may hold promise as a paradigm-shifting treatment approach.

Roland Griffiths, Ph.D. is a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The Ayahuasca Experience: A Sourcebook on the Sacred Vine of Spirits Edited by Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.

Estimated release date: 2/17/14

About The Ayahuasca Experience

An exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of ayahuasca

• Details the scientific discovery of ayahuasca’s sophisticated psychoactive delivery system in the brain and body and its potential applications in medicine and psychology

• Includes contributions from Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., J. C. Callaway, Ph.D., and Charles S. Grob, M.D., on the ethnopharmacology, psychology, phytochemistry, and neuropharmacology of ayahuasca

• Provides 24 firsthand accounts of ayahuasca experiences and resulting life changes

Widely recognized by anthropologists as the most powerful and widespread shamanic hallucinogen, ayahuasca has been used by native Indian and mestizo shamans in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador for healing and divination for thousands of years. Made from the Amazonian vine Banisteriopsis caapi and the DMT-laden leaf of Psychotria viridis, ayahuasca is regarded as the embodiment of intelligent plant beings who can offer spiritual teachings and healing knowledge to those who respectfully engage with them.

Many Western-trained physicians and psychologists now acknowledge that ayahuasca allows access to spiritual dimensions of consciousness, otherworldly realms and beings, and visionary experiences indistinguishable from classic religious mysticism.

With contributions from leading psychoactive scholars Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., Charles S. Grob, M.D., and J. C. Calloway, Ph.D., on the ethnopharmacology, psychology, phytochemistry, and neuropharmacology of ayahuasca, Ralph Metzner provides a comprehensive exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of this Amazonian hallucinogen. He includes more than 20 firsthand accounts from people who have participated in ayahuasca rituals and experienced major life changes as a result. He details the scientific discovery of ayahuasca’s sophisticated psychoactive delivery system in the brain and body as well as the deep psychological impact of this potent entheogen. He concludes with his own findings on ayahuasca, including its applications in medicine and psychology, and compares the worldview revealed by ayahuasca visions to that of modern cultures.

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist and professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He studied psychology and psychopharmacology at Harvard University and was part of the Psilocybin Research Project with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass). He is the author of Green Psychology, coauthor of The Psychedelic Experience, and editor of Sacred Mushroom of Visions: Teonanácatl. He lives in Sonoma, California.

Ralph Metzner: Ayahuasca

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Earth Laughs In Flowers: Finding Intelligent Life On Earth-Right Under Our Noses by Kirsten Hartley (Author)

For centuries, keen gardeners have talked to their plants and flowers-and often been laughed at. These days, studies into molecular chemistry and quantum physics have opened pathways to greater understanding of the environment they live in, how plants communicate with each other -and even with us. Kirsten Hartley graduated as a naturopathic herbalist and found her studies into the natural world of energetic medicine had only just begun. She started a fascinating journey using the stepping stones of ancient understanding of the natural world, coupled with modern science, searching for the key to unlocking nature’s multiple secrets.

Kirsten Hartley graduated in 1999, having studied under the legendary Australian herbalist Dorothy Hall. Her practice and further studies into energetic medicine started with herbal materia medica and went on to include Bach flowers, Australian bush flowers, and pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Her fascination with living plant energies and their ability to effect profound change in the human body, mind, and spirit is a continuing journey.

Kirsten Hartley is also an accomplished corporate executive, with over thirty years’ experience in retail, marketing, and business administration. She has a special interest in assisting and mentoring women in business and is a tireless connector and networker. Kirsten was born near London, England, and spent her childhood there until her parents moved the family to Australia in 1970. Kirsten currently lives in Sydney and has twin sons and one grandson.

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The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on Earth by Stephen Harrod Buhner

This could be the most important book you will read this year. Around the office at Chelsea Green it is referred to as the “pharmaceutical Silent Spring.” Well-known author, teacher, lecturer, and herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner has produced a book that is certain to generate controversy. It consists of three parts:

I. A critique of technological medicine, and especially the dangers to the environment posed by pharmaceuticals and other synthetic substances that people use in connection with health care and personal body care.
II. A new look at Gaia Theory, including an explanation that plants are the original chemistries of Gaia and those phytochemistries are the fundamental communications network for the Earth’s ecosystems.
III. Extensive documentation of how plants communicate their healing qualities to humans and other animals. Western culture has obliterated most people’s capacity to perceive these messages, but this book also contains valuable information on how we can restore our faculties of perception.

The book will affect readers on rational and emotional planes. It is grounded in both a New Age spiritual sensibility and hard science. While some of the author’s claims may strike traditional thinkers as outlandish, Buhner presents his arguments with such authority and documentation that the scientific underpinnings, however unconventional, are completely credible.

The overall impact is a powerful, eye-opening expos’ of the threat that our allopathic Western medical system, in combination with our unquestioning faith in science and technology, poses to the primary life-support systems of the planet. At a time when we are preoccupied with the terrorist attacks and the possibility of biological warfare, perhaps it is time to listen to the planet. This book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the state of the environment, the state of health care, and our cultural sanity.

Stephen Harrod Buhner is an award-winning author of seven books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine (including Sacred Plant Medicine ). His work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe, including The New York Times, CNN, Good Morning America, Common Ground, HerbalGram and other herbal magazines, and many more. He travels throughout the United States teaching about herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, and the intelligence of nature. He is the author of The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth (2003), and Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections (2005).

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Return to the Brain of Eden Restoring the Connection between Neurochemistry and Consciousness By Tony Wright and Graham Gynn

An exploration of our fall from the pinnacle of human evolution 200,000 years ago and how we can begin our return

• Explores recent neurological and psychological research on the brain and the role of plant biochemistry in human brain expansion

• Explains how humanity’s prehistoric diet change led to a neuro-degenerative condition characterized by aggression and a fearful perception of the world

• Outlines a strategy of raw foods, tantric sexuality, shamanic practices, and entheogens to reverse our mental degeneration and restore our advanced abilities

Over a period of a million years the human brain expanded at an increasingly rapid rate, and then, 200,000 years ago, the expansion abruptly stopped. Modern science has overlooked this in order to maintain that we are at the pinnacle of our evolution. However, the halt in brain expansion explains not only recently uncovered anomalies within the human brain but also the global traditions of an earthly paradise lost and of humanity’s degeneration from our original state of perpetual wonder and joy.

Drawing on more than 20 years of research, authors Tony Wright and Graham Gynn explore how our modern brains are performing far below their potential and how we can unlock our higher abilities and return to the euphoria of Eden. They explain how for millions of years early forest-dwelling humans were primarily consuming the hormone-rich sex organs of plants–fruit–each containing a highly complex biochemical cocktail evolved to influence DNA transcription, rapid brain development, and elevated neural and pineal gland activity. Citing recent neurological and psychological studies, the authors explain how the loss of our symbiotic fruit-based diet led to a progressive neuro-degenerative condition characterized by aggressive behaviors, a fearful perception of the world, and the suppression of higher artistic, mathematical, and spiritual abilities.

The authors show how many shamanic and spiritual traditions were developed to counteract our decline. They outline a strategy of raw foods, tantric sexuality, shamanic practices, and entheogen use to reverse our degeneration, restore our connection with the plant world, and regain the bliss and peace of the brain of Eden.

Tony Wright is a consciousness researcher who studied horticulture and plant biochemistry at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Graham Gynn is an agricultural zoologist, educator, and researcher who has appeared on the BBC. Both authors live in Cornwall, England.

An Interview with Tony Wright

An Interview with Tony Wright (Author of the book ‘Left in the Dark’)

Tony discusses his theory of human evolution and explains how a unique form of symbiotic association with the hormonally rich sex organs of plants initiated a runaway expansion of the human brain resulting in rare traits such as high cognitive function and a profound sense of empathy.
The breakdown of that unique symbiotic association brought the phase of rapid neural expansion to a sudden halt. The rare traits that were dependent on maintaining the association began to erode as the human brain began to revert to a more typical mammalian type.

Plant Spirit Healing: A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness by Pam Montgomery

A hands-on approach to working with the healing powers of plant spirits

• Explores the scientific basis underlying the practices of indigenous healers and shamans

• Illuminates the matrix where plant intelligence and human intelligence join

• Reveals that partnering with plants is an evolutionary imperative

Indigenous healers and shamans have known since antiquity that plants possess a spirit essence that can communicate through light, sound, and vibration. Now scientific studies are verifying this understanding. Plant Spirit Healing reveals the power of plant spirits to join with human intelligence to bring about profound healing. These spirits take us beyond mere symptomatic treatment to aligning us with the vast web of nature. Plants are more than their chemical constituents. They are intelligent beings that have the capacity to raise consciousness to a level where true healing can take place.

In this book, herbalist Pam Montgomery offers an understanding of the origins of disease and the therapeutic use of plant spirits to bring balance and healing. She offers a process engaging heart, soul, and spirit that she calls the triple spiral path. In our modern existence, we are increasingly challenged with broken hearts, souls in exile, and malnourished spirits. By working through the heart, we connect with the soul and gain access to spirit. She explains that the evolution of plants has always preceded their animal counterparts and that plant spirits offer a guide to our spiritual evolution—a stage of growth imperative not only for the healing of humans but also the healing of the earth.

Pam Montgomery has been investigating plants and their intelligent spiritual nature since 1986. She is a founding member of the Northeast Herbal Association and is on the Advisory Board of United Plant Savers. The author of Partner Earth: A Spiritual Ecology and contributing author in Planting the Future, she is a practicing herbalist and plant spirit healer who offers trainings and treatments from her home in Danby, Vermont.

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For the Love of Plants – CL – Part 1.mp4

Part 1 of 3. This video offers interviews with Pam Montgomery of Sweetwater Sanctuary & Partner Earth Education Center in Danby VT, along with some of her most recent students and previous graduates, reflecting upon her Plant Spirit Healing Apprenticeship.

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