So, time to let my crazy out to play a little. I love plants. When I was a child, sitting in a tree, or by one, was a favorite pass time. Have you ever seen a grown woman cry when her cat knocked over her beautiful Jade plant and killed it? Yeah, that was me. And it wasn’t the first time it has been known to happen, and it’s probably not the last either. I talk to my plants. I hug the tree outside my front door. I do energy healing on struggling plants around me, whether they are mine or not.
The quality of plants in one’s home can be quite telling from a psychic perspective. If they are not thriving, it could signify a negative home environment. Close observation and yes, communication, with the plants can normally clue you into the problem.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve come across some amazing research that’s been happening for ages but that I’ve never heard about! I even relayed some of this information to my Mother, an avid gardener, farmer’s market advocate and greenhouse owner, and even she was unfamiliar with this information! This amazes me, because evidence from these studies suggest that plants have a consciousness and may not be so different from animals that roam this Earth.
If we look at the work of Cleve Backster, an American scientist, we find that plants can pick up on perceived and actual events around them. Wanting to see how long it took for water to travel from a philodendron’s roots to it’s leaves, Backster attached a lie detector to the plant hoping that it would measure the differences in electrical resistance. Upon doing this experiment, Backster was surprised to find: “the tracing began to show a pattern typical of the response you get when you subject a human to emotional stimulation of short duration.”
But that’s not all…Backster , now led by curiosity, decided to measure other plant reactions and had thoughts of burning a leaf. The mere thought, with no matches, fire or utensils to do this, caused a sizable reaction in the data collected by the lie detector. Backster was baffled, and still, somehow, I’ve never heard of this man, or his studies into the plant world.
But, even that’s not all! A documentary, made in 1979, called “Secret Life of Plants,” is full of interesting studies like this one! Be prepared to take a trip back to that colorful period of life on Earth 😉 but a wonderful documentary, really! If you are interested, view it free on many online websites like this one: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-secret-life-of-plants/ or on Netflix instant play!
In this film, they show a Japanese woman who learned to communicate with a cactus to the point of teaching it to recite the alphabet and even to count to 20, when hooked up to proper equipment!
Other amazing accounts in history include those of an American plant breeder, Mr. Burbank, in 1849 who explained that by simply talking to his plants and creating a safe and loving environment, he was literally able to encourage a desert cactus to drop it’s thorns. “You have nothing to fear,” he comforted the plant. “You don’t need your defensive thorns. I will protect you.”
“By developing a deep communion with the plant kingdom, Mr. Burbank entered into their world to improve upon common flowers, fruits and vegetables and thus eliminate their undesirable characteristics. With ease, he created new varieties of plums, berries, lilies, roses, apples, peaches, quinces, nectarines, potatoes, tomatoes, corn, asparagus and numerous other plants. His name itself, Burbank, has become a verb listed in the dictionary that connotes improvement through selective breeding, as in the crossing or grafting of plants. The Burbank Gardens are preserved to this day in Santa Rosa, California.” (The Essential Flower Essence Handbook” by Lila Devi available free online here: http://www.spirit-in-nature.com/free-online-essences-book/Free_Online_Essences_Handbook.php )
We’ve all heard, I’m sure, that plants respond to music and love and often thrive in emotionally nurturing environments. Many studies support this as well, but did you know the energies of specific plants can be used to cure our own emotional issues, and even those of our pets? Eventually, I will be expanding my business to include “Bach Flower Essences” which are defined as: “dilutions of flower material developed by Edward Bach, an English physician and homeopath, in the 1930s. The remedies are intended primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.”
On a deeper level, the energetic vibration of the flower, or plant itself, can be used to change the vibration within a living person or animal. Here are a few remedies as an example:
“This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they have something not quite clean about themselves. Often it is something of apparently little importance: in others there may be more serious disease which is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate. In both types they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured. They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out.” – Dr. Edward Bach
“Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benefit of humanity. At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being.” – Dr. Edward Bach
“Those who are always seeking the companionship of anyone who may be available, as they find it necessary to discuss their own affairs with others, no matter who it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time.” – Dr. Edward Bach
“For those who have suffered adversity or misfortune and find these difficult to accept, without complaint or resentment, as they judge life much by the success which it brings. They feel that they have not deserved so great a trial that it was unjust, and they become embittered. They often take less interest and are less active in those things of life which they had previously enjoyed.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Strange, I know, but so interesting! And they have been used with great success in the past! In fact, you might be able to find Bach Flower Remedies in your local health food or supplement store!
More to come, I’m sure, on my love of plants! But, in the meantime, check out my Mom’s blog all about plants and gardening: http://bentsbeergarden.blogspot.com/