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    The Secret Life of Plants

    It means even on the lower levels of life, there is a profound consciousness or awareness that bonds all things together. Published in 1973, The Secret Life of Plants was written by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. It is described as “A fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and spiritual relations between plants and man.” Essentially, the subject of the book is the idea that plants may be sentient, despite their lack of a nervous system and a brain. This sentience is observed primarily through changes in the plant’s conductivity, as through a polygraph, as pioneered by Cleve Backster. The book also contains a summary of Goethe’s theory of plant metamorphosis.

    That said, this book is about much more than just plants; it delves quite deeply into such topics as the aura, psychophysics, orgone, radionics, kirlian photography, magnetism/magnetotropism, bioelectrics, dowsing, and the history of science. It was the basis for the 1979 documentary of the same name, with a soundtrack especially recorded by Stevie Wonder.


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFYgue5VfGk
    Last edited by Church, 3rd April 2015 at 18:23. Reason: Broken link... updated!

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    This is actually a great book to read. I own the book myself. There also a lot more info on plants, plant spirits, and how they can communicate amongst themselves, and even to us humans if we allow ourselves that luxury. My own communication experiences with plants has only been in the later years of my life, but I have always loved and enjoyed working with them.

    I could be called a 'tree hugger', but not like many think. I was compelled one day to hug one or more of the various oak trees on my farm. They are not all receptive to us humans. We have lost respect and appreciation to those forms we call lower life forms and they all know this. Many are much more forgiving and wait for our 'waking up' others are not.

    My oak tree hugging story. I was feeling a bit beat-up and frustrated that day. I was working on fixing my electric fence. It was giving me a hard time. At one point I just quit and went looking for a tree to hug. The first was like hard cold ice. It was winter, so it could be understandable. There was another vibe I got like rejection. I moved on and found another tree, big old majestic oak. I hugged that tree and I felt like it was hugging me back. It was warm, welcoming, loving, wise, and forgiving. The greatest feeling ever really. I cried. I thanked the tree.

    Do I look at trees differently than I had before yes and no. Yes, because I have a greater understanding and appreciation of them than I did prior to this experience. I am more apt to thank them for what they provide and apologize when they have been hurt in some way whether by my own mess ups or what others do that cause them harm.

    I treat all plants this way even ones I use for food, compost, medicine, etc. When we 'listen' nature teaches us and lets us know how to go about things when working with the plants, animals, etc.

    This of course is my heart felt opinions based my experiences over my lifetime. I know others will think I am crazy or a bit too over the top. Whatever. I do believe with my heart and soul plants are sentient beings in their own right. All of us here on earth have roles, jobs, purposes, to help one another in some way shape or form. We all should be appreciated for that. Then giving to others through selfless acts would be come more common place, especially for us humans.

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    I'm a big fan of the book and the documentary.
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    I embrace my desire to feel the rhythm, to feel connected enough to step aside and weep like a widow, to feel inspired, to fathom the power, to witness the beauty, to bathe in the fountain, to swing on the spiral of our divinity and still be a human.

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    One of my all time favorite books I have given away several times and don't have a copy now. I remember when I was a kid we went to my adopted mother's mother to visit. She had a large house plant, I don't remember what kind it was, but she told us she could make it cry. Me, my mom, and my little sister watched in wonder as my grandmother talked in this soft cooing voice, much like parents talk to infants, and low and behold little droplets of water began to form towards the tips of the leaves and began to drip off. I've never forgotten that and it did shape my views of what I thought was possible.

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    Enjoyed this book very much. The next book, Secrets of the Soil is an alchemical masterpiece. Viktor Schauberger is also covered. I had a Schauberger book once and loved it. One of those books that got loaned.

    Secrets of the Soil is one magical chapter after the other.
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    Plants Communicate Using An Internet Of Fungus



    Hidden beneath the surface and entangled in the roots of Earths astonishing and diverse plant life, there exists a biological superhighway linking together the members of the plant kingdom in what researchers call the wood wide web. This organic network operates much like our internet, allowing plants to communicate, bestow nutrition, or even harm one another.
    http://astrotheologyradio.com/plants...net-of-fungus/

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    I bet when a larger tree that is receiving more sunlight passes some of its carbon into the "wood-wide web" for those trees who need it, those sunlit trees aren't complaining about socialism and scroungers.

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    Quote Originally posted by Seikou-Kishi View Post
    I bet when a larger tree that is receiving more sunlight passes some of its carbon into the "wood-wide web" for those trees who need it, those sunlit trees aren't complaining about socialism and scroungers.
    TRUTH sk thats because they are the enlightened ones

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    Ooo..I have that book too Modwiz. I have lots of books I have gotten over the years. I even go back and revisit them depending on what I am doing or thinking about doing. I started my discovery journey about 30 years ago. Health being the number one catalyst really, not only mine but animals and plants alike.

    I found this website about 2 years ago. They work with plants, among other things more spiritual. I like when they recorded plants making music. hehe http://www.damanhurblog.com/ I think I found all the plant music stuff. http://www.damanhurblog.com/?s=plant+music&x=0&y=0. I hope this works on here. I have to admit hearing it made me cry, with joy of course.

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    Wow, thanks for the reminder about this book.

    Back when I was a college student I was working a part-time job at a small electronics company after classes. One of the owners knew these guys and brought one of them in for a talk and demo for the employees - I donʻt recall which one now.

    He first spoke about the information in the book, then demonstrated on a plant. We could see the nice gentle sine waves the plant was producing. He mentioned water, sunlight and the girl whoʻs desk the plant was sitting on and the sine wave continued with some variation.

    Then he brought out a lighter and flicked it on; he asked the plant what it thought of fire. The plant became alarmed and we could see it was now producing sharp spikes. He turned off the flame and told the plant he would not hurt it and eventually it calmed down back to producing gentle sine waves.

    Oh my…woke me up to so many possibilities - a turning point. I bought the book and read all weekend. Never looked back.

    I too have trees near my house that are welcoming and some that are not interested. Itʻs dry here now and I hope they will be ok - Iʻm moving soon.
    We must remember that we do not oberve nature as it actually exists, but nature exposed to our methods of perception. The theories determine what we can or cannot observe. ~~ Einstein

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    Now that would have been really cool talk to have been at Mocha. We are collecting maple sap and so I am going out collecting, thanking, and talking to the maple trees. I love your quote too.

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    It was pretty cool Lee, and we were all amazed. It was obvious there was no trickery involved and had to be the response of a living being within the plant. It wasnʻt a lengthy talk/demo but it may have made a significant impact on a few lives as it did mine.

    He also fully hooked up one of the employees and asked him some questions, having him deliberately and randomly lie on some of them. It was very easy to see when he was lying. Who of us knew at that time what levels of anxiety a lie could produce.

    Itʻs interesting to consider that ʻseeingʻ things such as a lie require a machine…for now anyway.
    We must remember that we do not oberve nature as it actually exists, but nature exposed to our methods of perception. The theories determine what we can or cannot observe. ~~ Einstein

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    At around 45 min of the video they found that the plants can control their environmental needs such as water and humidity. Hm this made me think then who actually controlled the weather before the geoengineering projects.

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    At around the ten minute mark there are some dancing mucous blobs that begin to extend up a rigid filament. Then the view pans out to a leafy plant being covered and overwhelmed by spaghetti-like tendrils. I believe the little blobs are the beginning stage of the parasitic plant. I know this plant. It's called Dodder. It grows along my stream. It covers the jewelweed. It seems to come from nowhere for, on examination, there is no apparent origination. The seeds are black and very small. It grows from the soil just long enough to attach and wind around a host plant and then the originating filament disappears. Dodder overtakes the plant's genetics and forces it to make Dodder flowers. I have to pull or cut all parts of the plant that have been infested. It looks like it got attacked by spaghetti from space!

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