And ears, mouths, a nervous system, internet- oh yea and they take psychedelics too…..
Dude, that is so far out, right?
Knowing where to start in this story of fairytale proportions is difficult. The last few months i spent reading the latest book written by Stephen Harrod Buhner called Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm- into the dreaming of the earth. Which i know sounds hokey as hell, but is filled with information from studies that really happened that document "facts" (as well as science can) that plants live much as we do. Good ole' Steve nails it for those of us that believe in a world of cohesive action able to adapt and change and communicate- without being all gnome and fairy-forest magic. He talks about the crazy idea that the earth is an organism (yea i mean Gaia, and no i don't wear patchouli...) and that we are an integral part of the system receiving information and acting in cooperation within the gaian system. Not a parasite that will be the end of the world as we know it, which makes me feel better. He throws in the hypothesis that the tendencies we have, urges to do certain things come to us in subtle communiques from the earth itself. i won't give away the whole thing but man does it make some kind of sense that there was a reason behind the inventiveness of the industrial age - secret communiques transmitted from the great beyond to lead us to now…
All so very woo woo and yet believable because of the work he puts into bringing the science that says its possible. How many of us have heard of permaculture? even just companion planting? How many of us have had mysterious urges to buy a live chicken or reuse a plastic bag recently? Think on that, cause there is so much more to this book...
Did you ever read the book the hundredth monkey? If you haven't you should. The ideas presented are important to the idea of sustainability, or at least the propagation of sustainability. It is the ahha book that reinforces the idea that you don't have to go out and drag people to your cause if thats not your thing. You just have to be the change you want to see. Yea yea I know you've heard it all before, and being a person who needs to see the proof in action or at least explained in scientific terms that make me feel sane i'll give you this quote to ponder.
"When a large number of molecules congregate in close proximity, the random motions of the billions and billions of molecules will at some point show a sudden alteration in behavior; all of them will start to spontaneously synchronize. They begin to move and vibrate together. They begin acting in concert, actively cooperating, and become tightly coupled together into one, interacting whole exhibiting a collective, macroscopically ordered state of being."
-The Secret Teachings of Plants, By Stephen Harrod Buhner.
Of course this book shouts the warning of the examination of things in pieces, remove something from the whole and you screw up the picture. Though he does say you can go through his book in any order you like, I'm sure he would agree that you should read this book in its entirety. Eventually.
So onto the point which is stop waiting for a good time to grow that first food plant, make that first loaf of bread, or ferment your first batch of yogurt. Jump in now, and possibly be the hundredth monkey (or molecule) and I think if you do you may feel the world around you moving toward a "macroscopically ordered state of being".....
Born in New Hampshire and raised in Maine, Eva's passion for living self sustainably began with Helen and Scott Nearing. Both were homesteaders who carved their lives from the land. Eva now lives in Eastern West Virginia, with her husband Dain and daughter Shayna, carving out her own life.