By Nancy Smorch
I started reading " The Secret Life of Plants," by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird quite a few years ago. I had purchased it on Amazon (Again, one of their recommendations. Thanks, Amazon!).
It sat on my bookshelf with all the other books waiting to be read, and then a friend whose knowledge I deeply respect, Dr. Sue Morter, saw it sitting, and mentioned that her mother had recommended that book to her. She read it and had found it fascinating.
So I dusted it off and dove into it for a bit, and I found it deeply fascinating as well.
I also found it exciting to read about this whole new world of plants and how they communicate, and learned that although they have no nervous system and brain as humans do, they do utilize quite an intricate system for communication.
Now, this was about 10 years ago, and back then I didn’t share much of what I read with too many people – I knew they wouldn’t be very receptive.
Years later, when I went to a presentation given by Deepak Chopra, he mentioned Cleve Backster, author of "Primary Perception," whose studies were referenced in this book.
I became even more excited, as the information exposed in the book was becoming more widely discussed. I began sharing what I had read, and surprisingly, others were intrigued as well.
Given how passionate I am about growing food the best way possible - for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment - I am feeling a mental nudge to open it up and refresh myself on all the information.
I’ve always felt that plants have an innate sense of intelligence - I mean, how could they produce such amazing things like flowers or fruits or herbs or trees from seeds if they didn’t?
My mind always wants to know how and why, and I guess that’s why I love this book. It shares the scientific research behind the intelligence in plants and their relationship to humans.
I also purchased "Secrets of the Soil" by Tompkins and Bird, and I’m hoping for time to crack that one open as well. But, yet again, I am feeling nudged to start reading it, especially as we are trying to bring the soil in our original horse pastures back to health. I’m hoping I will find some interesting answers as I read.
I love stuff like this - it pushes the boundaries of what we think is reality, and opens up a whole new world of perceptions and possibilities.
Perhaps therein we will find many of the answers we need to start healing the planet.