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Plant Spirit Healing
Plant Spirit Healing
A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness

Pam Montgomery

Indigenous healers and shamans have known since antiquity that plants possess a spirit essence that can communicate through light, sound, and vibration. Now scientific studies are verifying this understanding. Plant Spirit Healing reveals the power of plant spirits to join with human intelligence to bring about profound healing. These spirits take us beyond mere symptomatic treatment to aligning us with the vast web of nature. Plants are more than their chemical constituents. They are intelligent beings that have the capacity to raise consciousness to a level where true healing can take place.

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Sacred Plant Medicine
Sacred Plant Medicine
The Wisdom in Native American Herbalism

Stephen Harrod Buhner

The first in-depth examination of the sacred underpinnings of the world of Native American medicinal herbalism:

  • Reveals how shamans and healers "talk" with plants to discover their medicinal properties
  • Includes the prayers and medicine songs associated with each of the plants examined
As humans evolved on Earth they used plants for everything imaginable--food, weapons, baskets, clothes, shelter, and medicine. Indigenous peoples the world over have been able to gather knowledge of plant uses by communicating directly with plants and honoring the sacred relationship between themselves and the plant world.

In Sacred Plant Medicine Stephen Harrod Buhner looks at the long-standing relationship between indigenous peoples and plants and examines the techniques and states of mind these cultures use to communicate with the plant world. He explores the sacred dimension of plant and human interactions and the territory where plants are an expression of Spirit. For each healing plant described in the book, Buhner presents medicinal uses, preparatory guidelines, and ceremonial elements such as prayers and medicine songs associated with its use.

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The Lost Language of Plants
The Lost Language of Plants
The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on Earth

Stephen Harrod Buhner

This could be the most important book you will read this year. Well-known author, teacher, lecturer, and herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner has produced a book that is certain to generate controversy. It consists of three parts: A critique of technological medicine, and especially the dangers to the environment posed by pharmaceuticals and other synthetic substances that people use in connection with health care and personal body care. A new look at Gaia Theory, including an explanation that plants are the original chemistries of Gaia and those phytochemistries are the fundamental communications network for the Earth's ecosystems. Extensive documentation of how plants communicate their healing qualities to humans and other animals. Western culture has obliterated most people's capacity to perceive these messages, but this book also contains valuable information on how we can restore our faculties of perception.

The book will affect readers on rational and emotional planes. It is grounded in both a New Age spiritual sensibility and hard science. While some of the author's claims may strike traditional thinkers as outlandish, Buhner presents his arguments with such authority and documentation that the scientific underpinnings, however unconventional, are completely credible.

The overall impact is a powerful, eye-opening expos' of the threat that our allopathic Western medical system, in combination with our unquestioning faith in science and technology, poses to the primary life-support systems of the planet. At a time when we are preoccupied with the terrorist attacks and the possibility of biological warfare, perhaps it is time to listen to the planet. This book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the state of the environment, the state of health care, and our cultural sanity.

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The Secret Teachings of Plants
The Secret Teachings of Plants
The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature

Stephen Harrod Buhner

Citing Goethe, Thoreau and other opponents of overweening rationalism, Buhner (Sacred Plant Medicine), a researcher for the Foundation for Gaian Studies, criticizes the Western "verbal/intellectual/analytical" "mode of cognition" that has suppressed the "holistic/intuitive/depth" cognition of "ancient and indigenous peoples." The antidote to our "linear" scientific mindset, he contends, is the cultivation of direct sensory perceptions through rapt observation of, and psychic communion with, plants until "the student and the plant interweave...[,] their two life fields entrained." Such emotional and spiritual connections to nature are feasible because, according to Buhner's discordantly scientistic theory of all-penetrating cardiac electromagnetic fields, the heart is our main organ of perception and communication. These methods also apply to the "depth diagnosis" of human ailments through direct perception of patients ("Her chest caught my attention, standing forth of its own accord. Beckoning," he writes of a woman with asthma), which he uses in his healing practice. Buhner's romantic-transcendentalist critique of intellect often lapses into anti-intellectualism ("Keep your botany out of this!... Do not use big, scientific words!") and is undermined by his own murky resort to big, scientific words like "molecular self-organization" and "stochastic resonance." He does produce some evocative passages about real plants, but these are often buried under the loam of a New Age mysticism that only the already convinced will appreciate.

Copyright by Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Understanding Flower Spirits
Understanding Flower Spirits

Paul Gater

A world without flowers - being denied the joy of their brightness of colour, scent and form - would be unthinkable. Paul Gater has spent over 40 years as a horticulturist, working in harmony with the natural world, in close proximity to flowers, trees and plants. This sensitive book conducts the reader through time and place to the loving heart of the flower spirits themselves.

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Visionary Plant Consciousness
Visionary Plant Consciousness
The Shamanic Teachings of the Plant World

J. P. Harpignies, editor

The authors reveal ways in which psychoactive plants allow nature to 'speak' to humans, but it doesn't represent one author's observations alone. Instead presentations from over twenty leading environmental and social visionaries explore plant-induced visions and shamanic teachings, offering a range of ethno-botany and anthropological insights to compliment new age perspectives on such plants. New age collections, particularly those strong in nature explorations, will find the collection a solid pick.

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