Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Self Loathing Humans Need Not Apply- Humans are Not A Cancer on the Planet

Nor are we a blight. An abomination. Or any of the other baseless pejoratives that get tossed around. We have our issues to be sure, but, we are vitally important to this planet
We belong here. We are part and parcel of the planet.
 I'm relinking two older interviews from one of my favourite authors..Stephen Buhner. If you've already listened to the Buhner interviews, skip down to the newer on from Higherside Chats.

Both interviews originate with Legalise Freedom-

Stephen Buhner Interviews : Plant Intelligence & the Imaginal Realm

  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"

And then linking to a new interview- please listen to them. All.
Peter Allen as interviewed by Greg Carlwood- I loved this interview!
So much in fact, it's already been twice listened to :)
So much so that I almost emailed Greg Carlwood to thank him for taking the time to talk to Peter Allen. 'Cept I couldn't find the darn email address on the site. Oh well. 
Thanks anyway.
Mr Allen speaks about how humans are becoming mechanized. And we are.
How we're losing our empathy... And we are 
And did I mention Oak trees are discussed? I LOVE OAK TREES!
At there base is often found... Maitake (Hen of the Woods) Look it up
There is an Oak Savannah in Niagara on the Lake- 
And one particular oak tree, near that Savannah,  is  one of a few of my favourite oaks- due to it's tenacious nature. Hug a tree. Expel your carbon breath in it's vicinty- Inhale the oxygen.
And keep in mind the relationship we have with them. 

Forest Bathing

Trees and Natural Killer Cell Function


  1. loverly p, loverly. i enjoy the purest blue of a carpet of bluebells around this time of year. I'm off to stand a while amongst them entstylee. :-)

    1. stand among the bluebells and breath. Deeply.
      I do that when ever I'm in a green space
      it's so energizing- doing that deep diaphragm breathing
      in nature

  2. We should contribute to ending pollution, deforestation and the toxification of bodies of water, but the misanthropy in some sects of environmentalism is just gross. I don't like tthe implication that people don't have a right to live. I barely overcame an E. Coli infection, and I very much want to continue my life.

  3. Of course we should contribute to ending pollution, and the toxification of water.

    However "deforestation" is a complex topic.
    These savannah's referenced in the interview and in my post are kind of about deforestation, but, not quite

    Have you ever read up on forest gardening?
    this is what the savannah's are about


    and YES the misanthropy in the environmental sector is over the top- most of the so called "green" groups are little more then greenwashers for big business

    Stephen Buhner speaks of this.

  4. The guy in the audio talk was very reminiscent of Thoreau's "Walden". It brought back to me his basic view of nature.

    "The better part of the man is soon ploughed into the soil for compost"

    "the earth expresses itself outwardly in leaves ... The whole tree itself is but one leaf, and rivers are still vaster leaves ..."

    I often marvel that the human body is built like a tree, the trunk, the arms, legs, the veins. He makes the point beautifully that humans attempt to conquer nature instead of accepting that they are part of it. Climate change, or no climate change, plundering is suicide.

    The farm I used to visit when I was in my teens was surrounded by forest, and we kids would wander through and bring home "puff balls". I was amazed that the forest actually provided food for humans and that my farm friends knew what was safe to eat! We fried them on the wood stove and they tasted great (though, for some unknown reason I'm not a fan of commercial mushrooms).

    Neither did we carry water bottles when we were sent out to pick cucumbers. When we felt thirsty, we'd peel a cucumber, eat it, and then go back to work.

    And then there was the wonderful maple sap collecting, and the fragrance of boiling sap in the little "sugar house". I feel lucky to have had those experiences even though I'm terribly citified now.

  5. I've eaten puff balls many times (Giant puff balls)

    breaded and fried
    breaded and bbq'd

    I've also dried them and ground them for flavour

    Here's a post from 2010


    pictures hubby and I took while out and about in the woods..

  6. and Buhner's books are wonderful- I own and have read:

    *The secret language of plants
    *The secret teachings of plants
    *Plant intelligence and the imaginal realm
    *Sacred plant medicine

  7. My 2 cents...even if you live in a location where you can't just step outside and put your feet in green, you can make a little oasis for yourself. We lived in South Carolina about 20 years ago. We lived in a ground floor apartment. Since I couldn't plant in the soil directly, I planted the things I wanted in pots, and what I wanted was fresh herbs. I had basil, rosemary, marjoram, mint, parsley, lemongrass and others I'm forgetting. I had various sizes of pots sitting on the porch and along the outside of it. My porch was a destination for various bees, butterflies, small, green lizards with pink throats and toads. Plus I had a couple of wooden rocking chairs sitting out.

    I also hung a votive candle chandelier and a couple of shepherd's crooks with candles inside their lanterns. One evening about dusk a couple of women were walking along with a couple of small children. The children stopped and pointed and stared at our porch. The women said, "look! a fairy lives here!" LOL!

  8. Gwen :)

    How magical that must have appeared to those kids.
    And how wonderful and peaceful it must have been for you and your family. Good for the soul, I would say.
    Thanks for sharing that memory.

  9. Oh my! They're trying so hard. Apparently the anthropocene began in 1950.


    1. Hey Gwen: I can barely stand reading that shit. And I'm sorry for swearing, but, it's just so much mind control..

      Let's concoct a narrative and present it as the reality.
      Which is business as usual as far as that goes, but, it's just to tiresome- I'll force myself to read the rest.

    2. Human influence over the environment

      rolls eyes- If the ice comes.. as it has many times humanity will quickly understand the pithy influence we have on the environment

      "—a theory that ancient agricultural clear-cutting added so much carbon to the atmosphere that it effectively stopped Arctic glaciers from expanding more than 3,000 years ago"

      that's grasping at straws.. what was the population 3,000 years ago?
      It's so wildly speculative- I'm forcing myself onwards Gwen

  10. I know what you mean about the difficulty of reading. I almost ignored it, but then realized I wouldn't know what the next "meme" is if I don't. It's really too much.

  11. This is fantastic stuff, Penny. Profound.


    PS I still think you're wrong about what's going on in the Middle East. It is a Global Oligarchy that is messing with us, which includes the elites of the West and the East. But that's mere trivia compared to these more fundamental truths -- so thank you for the poetry.

    1. Flopot: You are so very welcome and I'm glad you enjoyed the post- I do hope you listened to all the information accessible and Stephen B is still the best.

      It is 'eating the wild' and gardening. Foraging and mushrooming that keeps me in the real. Making my own teas. It is the real. More then anything else this is what really matters to each of us.

      PS: It's ok if you still think I have it wrong... I'm not offended in the least.

      Have a nice Easter
      Or as my dad would say Buona Pasqua

    2. "Buona Pasqua"

      Cool. My Grandfather was Italian -- clearly turned the heads of the Irish ladies in his day. The rascal. Thanks for this because I can now start using it with all the relatives over the w/e.