Greetings to all who gather in peace and compassion. This is kinda a follow up to my smudging post from the other day. I think some of your already know, but I don’t believe in coincidences … I believe everything happens for a reason and that the Divine Spirit is so much greater and bigger and ever so much wonderful than we can even imagine, at least on this earthly plain. But, that’s my path and everyone is on their own unique path. Oh, here I go again getting off the point. Well, a few days after that post I stumbled upon an article about how plants feel and think. This is why smudging is so good and especially so if we remember to thank the essence of the plant for its energy and blessing.
The article reads, “Researchers have discovered an amazing world of communication. Plants can deliberately choose to “talk” with each other – within the same species, with different plant species, and even with animals and microorganism. Fungi, for example, can lie, cheat, retaliate, and withhold oxygen from a selfish mate. When a neighbor gets eaten by an herbivore, some plants, like the sagebrush, can defend themselves by “crying out for help” and attracting carnivorous enemies. They can forage for food, form personal relationships with microorganisms, and modify their behavior to assure greater survival in the environment.
They go on to write “plants can make “rational” decisions in response to threats in order to maximize seed production. They even exhibit the capacity for self-recognition by communicating through their roots with other species. According to growing consensus of biologists and biophysicists, plants use the same types of hormonal and chemical molecules and hormones used by animals and organism. Plants may actually exhibit a form of intelligence similar to animals. Although they don’t have a nervous system they do have signaling receptors and pathways. These documented behaviors and communication strategies are the same ones we use to identify parameters of human consciousness.
~Mark Waldman (Loyola Marymount University) and Andrew Newberg, MD (Jefferson University Hospital)
I found this completely fascinating and amazing. I do seem to remember watching a tv show actually showing and discussing some of this and even more. Oh, I wish my memory was better because it was such an interesting documentary.
To me this just demonstrates how we are all connected and we (meaning the human race) are so arrogant as to think we are the only beings that have intelligence and a spirit …. At least some of us do think and feel differently. Having reverence for all life is what I strive for and try to be aware of my thinking and feelings in this area. This makes saying grace, or another way to put it is thanking the food for providing nourishment, before meals in the way that speaks to you more meaningful don’t you think?
May Your Day Be Filled With Sunshine And Happiness !