Plants, Gardens: Nature Partnership

This listing of books is taken from the blog, Books on Nature Communication. The numbering system is from that page.

13(A). Buhner, Stephen Harrod. (2004). The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart In the Direct Perception of Nature. Rochester, VT: Bear & Company
Buhner is also the author of Plant Spirit Healing, Sacred Plant Medicine: Explorations in the Practice of Indigenous Herbalism, 3rd ed, One Spirit Many Peoples: A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality, Plant Intelligence & the Imaginal Realm Beyond the Doors of Perception Into the Dreaming of Earth, and others. I have been grateful to find in The Secret Teachings of Plants much support for the importance of communion with the intelligence within each plant. Buhner considers them living beings with whom we need to communicate lovingly and respectfully.

He documents how indigenous peoples gained their knowledge of plant medicines directly from the plant, as well as using their powers of perception and observation, and without the benefit or detriment of scientific laboratories. He notes that even Western scientists have benefited directly from the heart’s way knowing. “All ancient and indigenous peoples insisted their knowledge of plant medicines came from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. Less well known is that many Western peoples made this same assertion. There are, in fact, two modes of cognition available to all human beings–the brain-based linear and the heart-based holistic. The heart-centered mode of perception can be exceptionally accurate and detailed in its information gathering capacities if, as indigenous and ancient peoples asserted, the heart’s ability as an organ of perception is developed.”

Buhner discusses the electromagnetic nature of the heart and the physical, emotional and spiritual heart. He notes that discoveries in neuroscience indicate that the heart is over 50% neural cells. It is also part of the endocrine system and functions like another brain. He says we develop a new mode of cognition when we use the heart as an organ of perception:

  • “Shifting the focus of consciousness to the heart—and away from the forebrain results in entrainment of large populations of cells in the forebrain to cardiac functioning (rather than vice versa). These populations of forebrain cells begin oscillating to the rhythms produced by the heart, and the perceptions of those populations of cells, the kind of information they begin to process during entrainment, is very different from what they process when entrainment is not occurring.”  p 103.

13(B). Buhner, Stephen Harrod. (2006). The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on EarthChelsea Green Publishing Company: White River Junction, USA.

“…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: 1. 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. 2. 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. 3. 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.” 

17. Caddy, Eileen. The Spirit of Findhorn, 2nd Ed. (1997). Findhorn Press, Ltd, Forres, UK. 
I am so grateful to Findhorn and the founders of Findhorn, as they have been instrumental in my discovery of how easy it is to communicate with all life. And how normal it is, how it easily contributes to spiritual growth. And to understand experiences I have had since childhood. Eileen Caddy was one of the founders of the spiritual community of Findhorn. They were guided by their faith in God, and inner guidance to found the community that is now a spiritual oasis. In 2005, Eileen was awarded the honor of MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) from the Queen of England.

A small quote from Eileeen:

“Keep life as simple as possible
And enjoy to the full the simple things all around you,
The simple wonders and beauties which are there for all to share
But which are so often taken for granted because they are missed.

Miss nothing;
Be like little children,
Able to see and enjoy those little seemingly insignificant things in life
Which really make up the whole of life:…”
(pp. 44-46)

20. The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation  Harper Colophon Books, (1975 out of print), Harper & Row, New York. The Findhorn Garden Story: Inspired Color Photos Reveal the Magic (2008) Findhorn Press Ltd, UK.

  • “…The only answer was to exchange the two, wheelbarrowing gravel out, shoveling soil in. This involved an enormous amount of work, but it had a spiritual as well as physical effect on the area…I could instill light into the soil. It is difficult to explain, but I was actually aware of radiations of light and love passing through me as I worked. This did not happen until I got a spade in my hands and started digging. Then, like connecting up negative and positive poles in electricity, the energy flowed through me into the soil. This work was transforming the area and creating an intangible wall of light, like a force field, around the caravan.” (p6, 1975 edition) (Peter Caddy)
  • “As part of this process of refinement, we were reminded of the power and importance of our thoughts. Through them we could transform our bodies. Always remember, you are what you think you are. Again I say to you, you must be ever conscious of these things. Never allow yourself to imagine that your body will become a light body without your doing anything about it. All the time think about building a light body, and let your thoughts help to create it.” (p44, 1975 edition)

22. Hawken, Paul. The Magic of Findhorn. Bantam Books

39. Kelley, Penny. The Elves of Lily Hill Farm: A Partnership With Nature. Llewellyn Publications (1997).
An amazing book–her odyssey of communicating with the devas of nature while she struggles with her resistance to farming and harvesting her grape orchard their way. She learns valuable lessons about how much energy it takes to lead the life she thinks she wants, while being led to walking a higher path.

50. McNiff, Shaun; foreword by Thomas Moore. Earth Angels; Engaging the Sacred in Everyday Things. Shambhala (2001)
**By the time you finish reading this book, the term “inanimate object” will no longer have a place in your vocabulary, for Shaun McNiff will awaken you to the wondrous energies streaming out of familiar things and bringing a sense of magic into your everyday life. His mission is to refocus our attention to the sacred within all dimensions of the world around us. Does a Styrofoam cup have soul? McNiff says yes, for the most debased things show us that the presence of the divine depends upon the quality of attention that we bring to our experiences.**

51(A). Montgomery, Pam; foreword by Brooke Medicine Eagle. Partner Earth: A Spiritual Ecology: Restoring Our Sacred Relationship With Nature
She first became aware of Devas upon reading the Findhorn books, and Dorothy Maclean’s To Hear the Angels Sing. Inspired in 1989 by Machaelle’s Behaving As If The God In All Life Mattered, Pam, her partner Amy and her daughter Cara, set off to create a garden in co-creation with the Devas and nature spirits. She makes herb tinctures, flower essences and Moon Flower Essences, and teaches classes in attunement to plants to gather wisdom from them, and in attunement to devas for healing, personal growth and guidance.

  • (p 57 from another person’s diary) We experience identity in accordance with how and where we focus our consciousness, and we can, therefore, learn to shift our focus – or in effect tune the frequency of our consciousness to exist on various levels. For instance, in order  to be able to communicate with Devas, we simply match frequencies with them, which usually means relaxing and expanding the mind to receive more subtle signals.

51(B). Montgomery, Pam. Foreword by Stephen Harrod Buehner. Plant Spirit Healing: A Guide to Working with Nature Consciousness. Inner Traditions Bear and Company,  Rochester, USA (2008)

“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 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. ”

58. Roads, Michael J. Talking With Nature. HJ Kramer/New World Library (July 16, 2003)
“If all life is connected, then the animal, mineral, and vegetable kingdoms are interconnected. Knowing the cooperation I have experienced with plants and animals, why should metal be so different? . . . Change your attitude. See the metal as living. Respect the material, the form of life. Approach the task with humility.”

59. Roads, Michael J. Journey Into Nature: A Spiritual Adventure  HJ Kramer, Inc., Tiburon, California (1990).

60. Roads, Michael J. Journey into Oneness: A Spiritual Odyssey  HJ Kramer, Inc., Tiburon, California (1994).
In Journey into Oneness, Michael’s spiritual adventures searching for what is true and real are woven among allegorical tales that approach science fiction and fantasy.

73. Tompkins, Peter, and Christopher Bird. The Secret Life of Plants. Harper and Row (1989).
** Exploring the world of plants and its relation to humans as revealed by the latest discoveries of scientists, The Secret Life of Plants includes remarkable information about plants as lie detectors and as ecological sentinels. It describes their ability to adapt to human wishes, their response to music, their curative powers and their ability to communicate with humans. The authors suggest that the most far-reaching revolution of the 20th century–one that could save or destroy the planet–may come from the bottom of your garden.**

74. Tompkins, Peter. The Secret Life of Nature: Living in Harmony with the Hidden World of Nature Spirits from Fairies to Quarks. Harpercollins (1997).
This book has some challenging historical accounts of how the great Theosophists peered into atoms and described the structures of chemical elements and many subatomic particles. It took 60-80 years for scientists to discover the same facts of the nuclear model of the atom, the atomic structure and number of quarks in every kind of matter, but they have not recognized the Theosophists for their investigations. That their scientific insights have been validated along with other predictors of advanced mathematics such as string theory, should give credibility to  the more esoteric Theosophical observations of devas, fairies and nature spirits and how they operate in the world. Tompkins challenges all of us to recognize the science behind all this invisible phenomena.

77. Van Lippe-Biesterfeld, Irene. Dialogue With Nature, Findhorn Press, Scotland (1997)
This princess had some experiences that impressed her with the difficulties of ordinary human challenges and passions, an awareness unattained by many princesses. After working tirelessly to amend the political inequities she saw in society, and in a state of exhaustion, she sought comfort in the countryside and was rewarded by exceptional communication with nature spirits. Her insights into how dolphins communicate with humans is most rewarding. She teaches classes similar to Deva Communion/ Talks with Nature in Europe.

82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88  All publications  are from Perelandra, Ltd., Virginia
82. Wright, Machaelle Small. Perelandra Garden Workbook: A Complete Guide to Gardening with Nature Intelligences, 2nd edtion (1987)
83. Wright, Machaelle Small. Perelandra Garden Workbook II: Co-Creative Energy Processes for Gardening, Agriculture and Life (1990)
84. Wright, Machaelle Small. Behaving As If The God In All Life Mattered
** Machaelle Small Wright is a spiritual pioneer with the profound ability to “see” and “hear” the invisible forces of nature. Her personal story is one of triumph, from a childhood of torment and isolation to discovery of her ability to communicate with the world of nature spirits and devas. Here she discusses: the foundation and development of co-creative gardening; the ecological effects of thoughts; the roles of the animal, mineral and plant kingdoms; and humankind’s unrealized custodianship of Planet Earth. A guide to harmony and compassionate living.**

85. Wright, Machaelle Small. MAP: The Co-Creative White Brotherhood Medical Assistance Program
An invaluable asset in mental, emotional, and physical healing, in cooperation with devas and the White Brotherhood. She has a different understanding of the White Brotherhood (Ascended Masters, their disciples and others who are dedicated to serving humanity) than any I have encountered. This book is a personal tool for healing, that covers long term or acute illnesses, self-exploration and expansion, and emergency situations. Flower essences are a useful adjunct, though not required.

 

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