Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm

Beyond the Doors of Perception Into the Dreaming of Earth

Book - 2014
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In Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Stephen Harrod Buhner reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. He shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligences in Nature as kindred beings, become again wild scientists, nondomesticated explorers of a Gaian world just as Goethe, Barbara McClintock, James Lovelock, and others have done. For as Einstein commented, "We cannot solve the problems facing us by using the same kind of thinking that created them."

Buhner explains how to use analogical thinking and imaginal perception to directly experience the inherent meanings that flow through the world, that are expressed from 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.
Publisher: Rochester, Vermont : Bear & Company, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781591431350
Branch Call Number: 133.258 BUH
Characteristics: xii, 564 pages ;,23 cm


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Apr 12, 2015

A paradigm shift of high magnitude. Coupled with Buhner's 'The Secret Teachings of Plants', are very profound teachings about what it means to be human, to perceive with the heart and feel the world. As a continuation, 'Plant Intelligence' leads us into the life of the planet and our part in it. Our top-down, linear approach and reductionist mindset have blinded us to the complex, living system the Earth truly is and how we can each find ourselves and our calling as individuals. Please read these books.

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