I wrote this piece back in 2019– Tuesday April 16/2019. More than 4 years ago
“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”
Some of this was included in a 2017 post that I’d expanded on in 2019
In 2017 the two interviews below were included
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.
Download (Duration: 50:08 — 45.9MB)
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.
June 10, 2014
Download (Duration: 54:06 — 49.5MB)
The 2019 post included yet another interview
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.
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- (updated link)
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.
It now 2023. The above pieces are from 2017 and 2019. How we’ve come to be so separated from our nature? From our reality? This separation is and continues to be a work in progress, a destructive work. Powerful people/corporations are exercising an unjust authority against us all. Yet it seems as a whole, as a society, we are willing to go along with this. It’s a mass crime against humanity unfolding in real time, openly, and too many fail to see this.
How did our eyes become so blind that we fail to see this abuse? Have we closed them for too long? Are we dazzled by the daily exposure to the unreal, the technological and the over abundant sleights of hand? So much so that we’ve lost sight of what is real and true?