EMPATHY WITH PLANTS

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i listened to a series of Buhner's videos on Plant Intelligence, and for example, what is lovely are the stories about e.g. monkeys – who feel ill – then finding appropriate herbs and how the plant responds to the monkey's saliva (it's in the 2nd or 3rd video). The plants then produce enzymes etc. which relate to the stimuli in the saliva – wonderful and obvious once its pointed out. It's a vast subject and i'm happy someone is studying it. ... I bought some dill and nuzzled into it, licked it, and had a friendly chat a few hours before cutting, ... and this seems such a healthy and fun thing to do ...

So then i started experimenting with a meditation on empathising with plants  – i started tasting inside and seeing light all around with the eyes closed (usually people see stars or squiggly lines or kaleidoscope images or etc. when they close their eyes, and this is as a result of focusing, – by panoraming with the eyes closed, paying attention especially to the sidewards peripheries, you see light all around) – it's another thing which is easy to do once you start doing it, and there's sometimes an "imagination" that you have light passing through your skin all over your body which i imagine animals and plants experience (leaves are translucent etc.).

And then following his idea that the brain is in the roots – imagining my feet sprouting roots and imagining my brain from the knees down (feet flat on the floor, lying down with knees-up, or sitting) and this was also surprisingly easy to do, and activates a very nice energy in lower legs. I've done this several times now, and why in 'earthing exercises' did i never think of this before? : roots growing out of the feet! – I also started experimenting with listening through the roots. In the fashion of the wild west indian putting his ear to the ground to hear distant buffalo or horses, sound travels through the earth, so i imagine plants hear with their roots.

But every now and again i came back into my head, and wondered what the head was and thought of flowers, and thought of how with fly catchers the head is like a hand or mouth, and then thought of normal flowers with their scents and colours, and bees and realised actually my head, my flower, was the genitals – so i laughed a few times but found it quite difficult to imagine my head as genitals – easier as a vagina rather than a penis, but still when something's difficult then i think it's not quite natural.

So i'm wondering what else the flower is and does – and some flowers follow the sun around, so the flower can obviously get quite focused. I'm still wondering how the flower fits in the plant's self-awareness ... it seems to be a point of great sensitivity, and so i've been empathising with plants which have flowers at the sides as well and flowering areas from the head and hands ... each finger.... elbows and shoulders ...

Buhner doesn't distinguish between a plant's panoraming and focusing abilities. I can only imagine that plants smelling and tasting are always basically panoramic, but from Buhner obviously they can focus when under specific stimuli like a monkey's out-breath and saliva. So all these are very naive ideas from me, but the idea of empathising with plants had never occurred to me previously and i find it very stimulating, have done it several times now, and i really appreciate Buhner and you leading me to this new area.

I'm sure to google for "function of flowers" and "how do plants breathe" sometime – but i always find it useful to spend a bit of time just empathising and using imagination before i go to the scientific explanations. Plants obviously breathe out because they have a scent, and they breathe in because there's a difference between daffodils growing at the side of the road and at the side of a field full of cow shit. But I wonder if plants breathe in and out at the same time, or if the shadow side breathes in while the sunny side breathes out, ...? ... whatever, it's a lovely thing to think about ... !

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