Video: Do Plants Respond to Pain?
Credit: Smithsonian Channel
Source: YouTube: http://youtu.be/fGLABm7jJ-Y
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.~ Ralph Waldo EmersonSource: BrainyQuote: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/ralphwaldo122248.html
By Ralph Waldo Emerson’s definition, TODAY ALL PLANTS ARE WEEDS IN THE EYES OF MATERIALST SCIENCE. Why? Because science refuses to accept the possibility that plants are conscious. And yet, the above video points to the possibility that plants may hold the keys to understanding consciousness itself!
The above video is another in a long line of experiments exploring the nature of how plants “feel” (if that is the right word). The Smithsonian experiment specifically tests the effects of ether on a plant’s stimuli-response ability to function normally, postulating it has something to do with the plant’s ability to conduct electricity.
A simple stimulus-response is one thing, but the efficacy of ether as an anesthetic—it was thought by medical science—was how it affects the central nervous system of humans. But hang on: a plant has no brain; it has no central nervous system. How is it affecting the plant itself?
This is where we must go back to ancient wisdom; ancient knowledge of human physiognomy known to the Chinese and Ayurveda’s.
The term nadi in Sanskrit yoga refers not to nerves, but to channels through which the vital energies of the etheric—or subtle—body flow (prana). They connect at special fulcrums of intensity known as chakras. Nadis are 1:1 analogous to the meridian system in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture through which the life-force-energy as qi (“chi”) flows.
Image Collage by PeapodLife: Meridians and Nadis in the Subtle (etheric; vital) Body
According to Wikipedia, “Acupuncture points may exhibit low electrical resistance and impedance but this evidence is mixed, and limited by poor-quality studies with small sample sizes and multiple confounding factors.” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acupuncture_point
Still, the point is that there is a precedent for the movement of energy through the body which is not physical, and thus does not rely on the central nervous system. The central nervous system also carries energy, in the form of electrical charges, as do synapses in the brain.
But here again we come back to the underlying assumptions of science: that thought (and therefore consciousness) is reliant on the brain, on a central nervous system. This is where the secret life of plants will really blow your mind…
Video: The Secret Life of Plants
Source: YouTube: http://youtu.be/dFYgue5VfGk?t=22m47s
Is it possible that even the very threat of fire can cause a plant to react? What is going on here?
Now, to be fair, others have tried to replicate Backster’s experiments, but have been unable to duplicate his results. According to Wikipedia,
Biologist Arthur Galston told St. Petersburg Times, "We know plants don't have nervous systems. But they do have little electrical currents flowing through them and are subject to outside manipulation." He further said that plants can show altered electrical responses to light, chemical agents and disease but he "draws the line" to the claim of them "responding to human thoughts and events, including life elimination."
The problem, as many who experiment in the fields of consciousness, including Masaru Emoto and Lynn McTaggart, face issues around “skeptical consciousness” that is; that a skeptical mind has adverse effects on the outcome of consciousness experiments. If consciousness is, indeed, a “field,” and positivity and negativity exist in consciousness, then this is not surprising.
Material scientists criticize these experimenters’ lack of controls and failure to adhere strictly to the scientific method. They likely would call the “positive attitude” of the consciousness researchers “confirmation bias,” meaning the occasions their experiments do not produce the desire result are quietly discarded, forgotten, and not mentioned in any of their publications.
Yes, the established scientific community seems focused on denying the plausibility of plant consciousness.
Video: Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know – Plant Intelligence
Source: YouTube: http://youtu.be/KLhgtqd1M2g
Still, it’s hard to deny the life-changing effect such experiences with plants can have on someone:
“I must say that as of 14 minutes along in that initial observation on the morning of February 2nd 1966, my life just hasn’t been the same.”Source: The Secret Life of Plants
With PeapodLife, Your Life May Never Be the Same Again, Either
Suffice it to say, anyone can experience a life-altering experience with an ecosystem from PeapodLife. Why? Because the ecosystem is even more conscious than a single plant. We have to stop thinking in terms of single, separate “organisms” and move into the space of the “superorganism.” That the strength and vitality of individual organisms is dependent on their environment; especially when it comes to plants.
Only material scientists have the audacity to separate a single cell or an organ from an organism, put it in isolation, run a myriad of tests on it in completely unnatural environments, and say they comprehend the nature of a cell/organ and its functions.
One cannot, ever, comprehend anything out of context. Context is everything. This is the very nature of “something in its place” or “out of place.” Nothing in nature is truly out of place. The perfection of nature is its ability to manage chaos in a harmonious way.
Thus, to be present and experience the harmonious order in the middle of those patterns of chaos, one can actually experience a kind of intelligence at work—a conscious presence, if you will. Call it what you will, explain it how you must.
But feel it you will (unless, like the materialist scientist who needs empirical proof in order to trust their own experience of life, your skeptical mind blocks you).
In any case, the more time you spend living with an ecosystem, the more you will begin to commune—if not communicate directly—with it. It will surprise you. It will change your life for the better. How, exactly? Consciousness doesn’t work that way. Ecosystems are NOT MACHINES. And neither are we.
You don’t understand this one in the head, you feel it in the heart. Like true beauty, love, kindness, compassion, and all the most wonderful experiences this life has to offer.
Here’s a taste (keeping in mind video CANNOT do the experience justice).
Video by PeapodLife: Living Wall Ecosystem up-close and personal - Bodystream Health & Wellness Center
Source: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjqzgbjxlOM&list=PLmQ5Qr5gSMiBBb13d7TlImQQmQxIDFYcT
Maybe, just maybe, how plants feel is how they make us feel…how we all feel. Maybe, just maybe, buy spending more time simply experiencing plants (and less time “studying them”), just being conscious and receptive, we can discover much more about their true nature, our true nature, and the nature of knowing itself.
Or, maybe we’ll just be much happier, healthier, with a more comfortable life. There’s only one way to find out.