They don’t have eyes or ears but they can find their own food. They lack a brain but some scientists think that they can collaborate, communicate and even wage war. From nurturing their young to eavesdropping on their neighbors, it seems plants are doing and saying quite a bit. We just need to listen. ~ What Plants Talk About – PBS Documentary
This is such an amazing documentary! They discuss how tests have confirmed that tree/plant systems create hubs of awareness and recognize family members. Plants are able to integrate and organize information without a brain or nervous system. They can shape-shift and transform in order to attract different pollinators.
Raising livestock is a major threat to the environment – greenhouse gasses, cattle water consumption, methane gas, clear-cutting and deforestation, destroying necessary rain forests, acid rain, pollution of earth’s already diminishing fresh water supply, land erosion, biodiversity loss in marine ecosystems, increased heart disease in human consumption – the list goes on and on and can be a whole blog in and of itself.
Are so-called invasive species of plants really invasive or are they a life-form of higher intelligence waging war, as the movie lead-in states, in their attempt to bring the earth back into balance? One such plant from Europe known as spotted knapweed is referred to in this documentary as an invasive species and has been killing the grasses that livestock grazes upon in Canada and the western US.
So, are the plants – being one of the oldest living things on earth – recognize this livestock destruction and are they waging war in an attempt to choke out the food source for the livestock so it can die or be removed thereby eliminating the threat to the planet?
Having used plant remedies instead of synthetic medications for nearly 30 years I looked up the medicinal properties of the pretty, purple spotted knapweed to find that it is used to treat wounds and skin infections. Does the spotted knapweed perceive the livestock as a skin infection on the earth? Are invasive species perhaps not invasive at all and merely trying help restore earth to her natural beauty and health? I feel, sense, that this is viable.
The plants are ancient and are known to many to be the “teachers”. A study by Penn State shows that plants most likely had evolved on Earth by about 700 million years ago and land fungi by about 1,300 million years ago — much earlier than previous estimates of around 480 million years ago, which were based on the earliest fossils of those organisms.
Years ago while engaging in ceremonies with psilocybin mushrooms (to move the fixation of my assemblage point and expand my awareness) these sacred little plants would always take me (and others from what I’ve been told) through a magical realm of plant-life exploration, stunningly beautiful humble beginnings, vast wells of knowledge and ancient wisdom. To me, the plants have their own consciousness and awareness and ancient ancestral lineage – no brain or central nervous system necessary. Pure energetic conscious awareness. Ah, the things to aspire to as we keep on recapitulating and keep on dancing!
Maybe we’re not quite as smart as we thought we were and perhaps plants are a lot more intelligent than we ever imagined.