Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stephen Buhner Interviews : Plant Intelligence & the Imaginal Realm

Now for something closer to my heart.

Hubby and I pretty much own every single Stephen Buhner book. He writes both medicinally  and philosophically. His website is always linked in the sidebar. Stephen Buhner

In my opinion he is a sage. A wise, wise man. Having read many of his books, with more to go, and listening to numerous interviews I'm quite sure he'd disagree with that label, however, that's my opinion based on all I know, so I'm stickin' with it!

  First, I want to share an excerpt from on of Mr Buhner’s books.  It’s a quote that resonates with me personally. And I humbly believe ‘eating wild’ is one reason I view this world differently from many others. Since I spend time foraging and wildcrafting , with the appropriate care taken and only for my own personal consumption-

Yesterday I gathered yarrow....

Why people fear eating the wild
“If we eat the wild, it begins to work inside us, altering us, changing us. Soon, if we eat too much, we will no longer fit the suit that has been made for us. Our hair will begin to grow long and ragged. Our gait and how we hold our body will change. A wild light begins to gleam in our eyes. Our words start to sound strange, nonlinear, emotional. Unpractical. Poetic.

Once we have tasted this wildness, we begin to hunger for a food long denied us, and the more we eat of it the more we will awaken.

It is no wonder that we are taught to close off our senses to Nature.

Through these channels, the green paws of Nature enter into us, climb over us, search within us, find all our hiding places, burst us open, and blind the intellectual eye with hanging tendrils of green.The terror is an illusion, of course. For most of our million years on this planet human beings have daily eaten the wild. It’s just that the linear mind knows what will happen if you eat it now.

But we’ve gone astray with this, distracted from our task. Still, it’s a good reminder. When your hair begins to grow long and you think strange thoughts, sometimes you will wonder what is happening and will become afraid.

In Nature, human markers fade, lose significance. It takes awhile to learn the old markers again, to see the path that ancient humans took before us. In kindness, learn how to comfort yourself, to hold yourself as you would a child that is afraid of the light. (I suppose you could learn the poisonous plants first if you need to; there aren’t very many.) For on this journey, you mostly have yourself for company.

It helps if you become your own best friend
and find out what is true about all this for yourself.
Open the door and take a look around outside.
The air is shining there,
and there are wonders,
more wonderful than words can tell”

Two interviews from Legalise Freedom- I've been going through the archives there listening to that which piques my interest.

Stephen Buhner – Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Part One

June 3, 2014
Stephen Buhner discusses his book Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth which reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. It shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligence in Nature as kindred beings, once again become wild scientists, non-domesticated explorers of a Gaian world.
Buhner explains how to use analogical thinking and imaginal perception to directly experience the inherent meanings that flow through the world, that are expressed in each living form that surrounds us, and to directly initiate communication in return. He delves deeply into the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and, most importantly, the human species itself. He shows that human beings are not a plague on the planet – they have a specific ecological function as important to Gaia as that of plants and bacteria.

Buhner shows that the capacity for depth connection and meaning-filled communication with the living world is inherent in every human being. It is as natural as breathing, as the beating of our own hearts, as our own desire for intimacy and love. We can change how we think and in so doing begin to address the difficulties of our times.

Stephen Buhner – Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Part Two

June 10, 2014

As much as I do enjoy dissecting the political machinations of the psycopathic elites, the real world is where my heart is truly happiest.

1 comment:

  1. I should have added yesterday, that the interviews don't do the Buhner books justice.

    I've read:
    Sacred Plant Medicine:
    Explorations in Indigenous Herbalism
    Secret Teachings Of Plants

    The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature

    The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on Earth

    Once I get my books unpacked again I will read the book this interview is about:

    Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm:
    Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth
    by Stephen Harrod Buhner

    But am currently reading

    Aping Mankind

    very thought provoking..

    Other Buhner books I own and have used as reference

    Herbal Antivirals:
    Natural Remedies for Emerging and Resistant Viral Infections

    Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections:
    Complementary and Holistic Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma

    Hubby's purchase:

    Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers:
    The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation

    and there could be more..