Secret Teachings of Plants
Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature
Summary by Naomi Mullen
(published by Bear & Co.) not only gives guidance on receiving plant
communication, it also goes into intuitive information that can be derived from
humans, animals, objects, and places. In addition it gives the linear mind
knowledge that has been determined scientifically about physics and physiology
that ties the information together. So this book is a "How to" of intuitive
heart connection that also provides poetic and scientific support to give
balance in the training of the Heart and Mind.
The ancient mode of
cognition called biognosis means "knowledge from life". It has not
disappearred from use even though the scientific method has dominated Western
culture. It is inherent in our bodies and can be developed further. We actually
use it unconsciously to some extent without realizing it. The current world view
of mechanomorphism (seeing the world as a machine) is threatening
human and other species survival. Biognosis is a way of balancing this
unsustainable way of thinking and living on the Earth.
By using the biognosis
method of knowing we can apprehend wholeness instead of reductionist and
separatist ways of thinking. We can use our heart as an organ of perception to
gain knowledge from nature because it is not linear and our feelings can connect
us to the holistic manifestation of creation.
Scientists have studied
the effects of mechanical, chemical, hormonal, electromagnetic and other
influences on bodies. What they have not taken into account is that the meaning
of the stimulation received is the most important factor. The perturbation that
affects a self-organized system is mainly based on the meaning to the
individual. There is constant balance between chaos and order in a system.
There has to be dark for there to be the contrast of light. The meaning is the
most significant point.
Instabilities create a new
state of balance which is what causes biological innovation. Therefore the
change creates novelty in an organism. The more interacting elements there are
the more an organism's equilibrium is affected. Regular, periodic stimuli are
adapted to and not noticed over time. Living systems are able to notice
perturbations that are very weak regardless if they are chemical, mechanical or
electromagnetic. They are able to detect perturbations so tiny that scientists
say they cannot be detected. An example is the parts per trillion of plant
chemical in the environment.
Living organisms receive
electromagnetic signal information continuously. Signals convey directions for
cells to direct waste, healing, the heart beat, as well as for birds to follow
magnetic lines for migration, bees to find pollen and between members of a
family. Life on Earth has used the electomagnetic spectrum to send and receive
signals for almost 4 billion years. Living systems are reading broadband
frequencies not just narrowband like a radio receiver. Electromagnetism covers
most energy known today. It includes power waves like atomic-molecular action,
radio waves; microwaves, infrared, ultraviolet, and visible light waves to
x-rays to gamma rays.
Living organisms are able
to amplify these meaningful electromagnetic waves and decode them. Transmission
and reception of electromagnetic information is an ability that all living
systems have, communicating in both directions.
Cells are able to pick up
information in the form of pressure, magnetic, chemical, and temperature
changes. Enzymes and molecules also respond to the same. The skin has an inner
and outer electrical field so that when there is an injury it creates a
short-circuit that directs new skin cells to the area needing it. Other parts
of the body are able to heal due to this electrical feedback of information.
The heart is a large group
of self-organizing cells. Cells are able to synchronize or entrain with each
other. Heart cells have gap junctions in them that provide a direct ionic path
from cell to cell. Because of the organization of the heart cells they are able
to detect very weak electric fields. Fish have the ability to detect electrical
signals so well that they can travel in schools and detect the energy of other
Organisms need to be able
to detect perturbations at the lowest level possible to survive. All living
organisms are able to "fine tune" their reception of electromagnetic signals
from the background noise of the broadband of information present. The organism
is able to increase a weak signal to ten thousand times it's strength in order
to perceive it.
The magnetic field of the
Earth is 1/1000 th the strength of a toy magnet. Yet birds, bees and fish are
able to navigate by the Earth's field. The magnetite that helps direct animals
is made inside of the body. Humans also have magnetite in their bodies which is
located in the hippocampus. This makes them very sensitive to magnetic field
fluctuations. The hippocampus is actually more responsive to extremely low
magnetic frequencies in the range of the Earth's magnetic field than it is to
high intensity fields. All of the body's sensory systems flow to the
hippocampus. This is sending a large amount of information. The hippocampus is
able to interpret the meaning and transfer it to the neocortex that holds
memories. The stronger the emotion the more strongly the information is
encoded. In a real or enriched environment humans are able to form more neurons
as opposed to a simple environment such as television or mathematical learning.
We are made to be immersed in the wild for our hippocampus and Central Nervous
System to be healthy.
When it is said that there
is an energy in a place it is acurate because humans are superb at detecting
energies from the electric and magnetic sources in their environment. The human
heart is one of the most powerful electromagnetic generators and receivers known
to humans. This makes it a highly evolved organ that perceives and communicates
The heart not only is a
pump, it is an electromagnetic generator, an endrocrine gland, and part of the
central nervous system. It is able to generate, hormonal, neurohormonal,
electric, magnetic, and chemical messages, also temperature and pressure
information. Research has shown that the hormone HPVD (heart produced vessel
dilator) is able to strongly inhibit pancreatic cancer cells. The heart produces
4 other known hormones that effect the blood vessels, heart function, vision,
and the brain to name a few things.
The heart has it's own
memory. It has been documented that heart transplant recipients have taken on
behaviors common to the original donor. They were not behaviors that the
recipient previously had.The heart has neurons similar to the brain and is
affected most by strong emotions that are imprinted as memory. Information has
been found by analysis to impact the heart before the brain. We experience the
world first through the heart which then sends the information to the brain. The
heart and brain have a dialog about how to respond to situations before action
Individual heart cells
entrain with each other and separate hearts also tend to synchronize in close
proximity. The energy system of the heart is open and interacts with other
systems. It is constantly using, storing, and emitting energy. An infant can
help to be calmed by a slower beating heart. Rapid beating in a horror movie can
stimulate panic in the audience.
There are locations in the
body that act as biological oscillators. The three strongest are the heart, GI
tract and brain. When attention is shifted to notice outside stimuli it causes
the heart to slow down or go into bradycardia. The eyes dilate and the focus
softens and peripheral vision increases. Mental activity increases heart rate
and pupil constriction. The heartbeat influences the autonomic nervous system,
cognitive functions, and the emotions. As a way of increasing coherence
participants have been asked to shift into emotions of caring and affection.
This can create a repatterning of the heart's electromagnetic field. Every
emotion temporarily restructures the heart's field. When one of the body's
oscillators becomes the focus the other ones entrain and boost the power of the
Coherence of the heart
causes cortisol production to drop which improves immune, memory, hippocampal
response, and glucose utilization. DHEA production increases by 100%. DHEA is
essential in body tissue repair, insulin use, well-being and sexual hormone
production. A cascade of other positive effects occur in other organs and
functions of the body as well. Improved intuitive awareness and decision making
are also reported as a benefit by heart focus practitioners.
Blood pressure has been
shown to be reduced without medication in six months by using heart coherence
training. Anxiety, stress and depression have also been shown to be reduced.
Feelings of caring, love, and appreciation further enhance the benefits of the
training on the physiology.
Human and other living
organisms energy fields connect from a distance, and it has been measurable from
up to 5 feet away. The strongest energy exchange is from touch to 18 inches
away. Electromagnetic signals continue outward indefinitely but cannot be
measured by instrumentation at this time. A coherent heart is able to influence
other nearby persons positively. A person with a caring coherent heart field
causes other living beings to respond toward being more responsive, open,
affectionate, animated, and closely connected.
Plants have nervous
systems that are almost as sophisticated as our own. These nervous systems are
highly sensitive to electromagnetic fields. All organisms can detect and respond
to broadband signals. Meaning is embedded in these electromagnetic fields and
are experienced as emotions that affect the heart rate, hormones, pressure waves
and neurochemical activity. Emotions are directed out as communication and taken
in as perception. This creates a dynamic dialog that occurs between the human
and the world. Our heart needs to be flexible to detect this information in our
Like many skills it takes
years to become adept at perceiving with the heart. During our long school years
we are trained out of using our hearts. The intelligence and information is out
there it just isn't noticed. Heart-centered cognition can move us from the dead,
rational, mechanical universe toward experiencing the living soulfullness of the
world. There is a period of time when the scar tissue begins to be stripped away
from our heart so that it can become flexible again. Using the heart as an organ
of peception allows us to feel our connection to the web of the Earth and live a
whole and fulfilled life.
To develop the ability to
communicate with plants and open your heart, go to the wilderness. Find a place
uncivilized. Breathe deeply and become aware in your body. Begin walking. Shift
awareness to the Earth under your feet. Notice the sounds arround you. Use your
senses instead of thinking. Pay attention to the colors around you. When a
plant is more interesting to you concentrate on it. Look at it's leaves, shape,
stems, and colors. Touch a leaf and feel it. Smell it with a long deep breath.
Immerse yourself in the smell. Find out what the smell is communicating. Next
hold a leaf in your mouth. Explore the texture of it then let it go. Take a
small piece of leaf in your mouth and taste it. What is the flavor? There
aren't very many poisonous plants. Learn those first if you are afraid. Humans
have eaten daily from the wild for a millions of years.
Become aware of feelings
in you as you sit near the plant. Everything in the wild gives off
communication. Describe to yourself what feelings arise and put them into words.
Give reality to the information that comes through about the plant. When you
leave the linear mind behind you are thinking with your heart. Be vulnerable and
open to the plant. Write it down in a journal. What are the primary feelings?
Notice everything in your body now. Write down the intimation, impression, mood,
feeling of the plant.
Allow the beauty of the
plant to affect you. Notice how you care for it. The plant will take in the
feelings you generate toward it and respond to you. You can sense the plant
moving toward you, responding, and entraining with you. By paying attention you
will know when you have reached rapport with the plant. While in this state ask
the plant how you can use it as medicine. Tell it of your need. It will respond.
The answer may come through your body, feelings, a phrase, pictures or thoughts
that come to mind. You may have to interpret the meaning of the symbols that
come to mind.
It will take practice with
many plants for this to become automatic. Scientists never ask the plant
directly. Native Americans say you must talk to the plants like people and they
most certainly will do what you ask. Giving respect to the plants is essential.
An experience of life-to-life bonds you with the web of life. Ecstacy can be
experienced in the process. Pythagoras stated that all things are intelligent.
The Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan said that everything is speaking even though
The feelings that come
from the plant are the medicine. It is coded into this particular form. The one
true thing is the feeling from the experience of the plant. Plants are like
people you will love some and not prefer others.
When gathering direct
knowledge from the plants or other beings the first step is noticing sensory
impressions. The second is noting what feelings these sensory impressions
create. The third is determining what the meaning of the feelings that come up
You can gather heart
knowledge of humans as well. First observe the person with the sight. What is
the appearance of their skin, clothing, mannerisms? Listen to their speech. What
is it communicating? As you listen you may have thoughts pop up or feelings in
your body. If a part of the body draws your attention then focus on that area.
Pay attention to the feelings that arise while sitting with the person. You can
converse while observing these feelings about the person. Allow yourself to care
about the part of the person that you have been focusing on. Silently
communicate with this part of the body. Send out a heart-touch to the body part.
Keep exchanging information with the part of the body that needs healing. Create
a rappport with the person and their body. Ask what is truly wrong in order to
get more knowledge. This intimacy is important to get a healing relationship
with the person. There will be a flash of information that gives details about
the problem and receive it's pain. Ask the organ or system what it needs. Then
send out a request to the plant or plants that can help.
There are exercises in the
Appendix of the book to learn to better read human made places, people, the
natural world, the child, the infant, the body, the organ systems, going deeper
into the human world, going deeper into people, and going deeper into nature.
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