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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm
Into the Dreaming of the Earth
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Author(s) :
Stephen Harrod Buhner
Pages :
564
Pub Date :
2014
Edition(s) at Erowid :
2014(pb,1st ed,f)
Publisher :
Bear and Company
ISBN :
7981591431350
BACK COVER #
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.

BLURBS #
"This is a rare and splendid book that takes you right into the heart and soul of the wourld. Read it and be transformed."
-- Stephan HArding, PhD, head of Holistic Sience, Schumacher College, UK, and author of Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S) / EDITOR(S) #
Stephen Harrod Buhner is the senior researcher for the Foundationfor Gaian Studies. Described as both an Earth Poet and the Bardic Naturalist, he is the award-winning author of 19 books, including The Lost Language of the Plants, The Secret Teachings of Plants, and Sacred Plant Medicine. Before retiring from the road in 2013, he taught more than 30 years throughout North America and Europe. He lives in Silver City, New Mexico.