Fortunately for me, my skills at other-species communication extends to plants. And Crystals and other sentient beings on Earth. Yes, I used the word “sentient” which may be surprising to some and from the human perspective, isn’t accurate. Allow the Plants to illuminate for you.
In the high tower of obsequious reverence of human Mind, our species has relegated all other species on the planet to being “less than”. Nothing could be more ludicrous and farther from the truth. In fact, the definition of the noun “mind” speaks only to awareness of one’s surroundings and to have the experience of “be-ing” along with thoughts and consciousness. If it doesn’t fit in the tidy and constrictive container of our definition of Mind complete with what feels like a vast depository of “me-ness”, then it doesn’t exist. Our hubris knows no bounds.
When we connect with our frenemy, Science, many studies of late have revealed that Plants do communicate with each other and are aware of their surroundings. Lesser known and in support of sentient beings other than humans having “awareness” is the Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness. Google that along with “plants communicate with each other” and you’ll find that we tend to disbelieve – at first – that which riles our mono-species perception of world order. As in, we’re on top, all others below us. And not dissimilar to incorporating the FACT that thoughts and emotions DO affect how the body functions into our knowledge-base, we have also semi-embraced – as in a half-hearted hug you give someone you don’t know well when they demand one – the FACT that plants are sentient beings. They do communicate with each other, warn each other about predators and all the other things sentient beings living in close proximity to each other do. Or should do – in the case of humans, not so much these days. How much do you know, really, about how plants, trees and their lesser-known cousin, the Shrub contribute to your daily breath?
If you harken back to 6th grade science, you’ll remember that plants give off oxygen so that other species can survive. That would be your survival, your family’s survival and even your enemies’ survival. Without plants, we would have to artificially manufacture oxygen and walk around with nasal canula stuck up our noses – not a pleasant sight or experience, I’m sure.
Yet we treat Plants, Trees and even flowers with disdain and contempt for all but how they serve our needs. A 200-year-old redwood was recently cut down in Swansea, Wales, “by mistake” by a housing developer. If you believe that you’re likely to believe that a parcel of swampland in Florida is free of alligators and that your moving smack dab into the middle of said swampland makes you somehow miraculously exempt from being Prey to an apex Predator.
I talked many years ago with Orchid plants whose caretaker was doubting her ability to prosper in the world all because she “only took care of plants.” The incandescent glory of Orchid was something to behold as they resoundingly disputed both her abilities to help them thrive as well as herself. They urged her to refocus her lens of self-awareness onto her significant contribution to the world at large through one of its rarest forms – beauty for the sake of being.
I implore you to think twice about removing trees that vex you or using products that contain palm oil. And even more so, pick a spot beneath your favorite Tree – or even pick a first-ever favorite Tree – lean your back against it and close your eyes. It won’t be long until you are swept deep into its Roots for grounding, its Branches for support and its Leaves for uplifting. When’s the last time another human Sentient Being did that for you?