Touch Me Not – Shy, Sensitive, Humble – Plant

Touch me not” as I will react, retract. I am sensitive. I am shy. I am humble.  And, I have little tiny claws that will sting you.. Talking about stings, I am snake bite venom, contain the “God molecule”, will alleviate your depression and anxiety, balance your sexual energy, and then put you to sleep.   And, oh, look, I have mystical pink pom pom flowers that cheerlead life.  I am considered a toxic weed but I will clean your soil.   I maybe a small little plant, but I come with a powerhouse of teachings.  And, so beautiful to look at and so mysterious to touch.       

Mimosa Pudica, the humble sensitive plant, seems to hold a very pertinent lesson for us in today’s world.   It speaks volumes in it’s tender smallness and yet arcs a lesson for us human’s that we just do not understand it all and perhaps cannot with our mind, alone.  Humility will spawn electrical looking pink circles (pom poms) perhaps a symbol for power in the plant world (cats claw also has the same flowers) 

I recently came across this plant in a local garden with my (almost) 2 year old grand-daughter, Kaya.  She made me sit..  She gently touched the leaves beaming with delight as they retracted.   “You do it”  she exclaimed!   WOW!  Crazy, she said.   Of course I laughed and felt the same intrigue she did.  I collected a root cutting and seeds.

Mimosa Pudica, you are a perfect plant for today’s world affairs.  And, as plant signatures and names of plants often give away their uses, you whisper a wisdom well beyond your size.    Her leaves are fine acacia like.  She spreads in waste areas..   Her flowers, well, they are pink pom poms!  And, touch her and she’ll react. Poof!

The name Pudica in latin means shy, bashful or shrinking. Well,  when you touch the leaves she responds by closing each leaf nodule in a sequential folding.    It is the coolest thing ever and it leaves the observer in a sorta pleasant glee.    It is also known as the “sensitive” plant.   My, with a name like that I think all empaths should meet this plant as it insinuates we have a psychological treasure in this plant that crosses thresholds to eclectic understanding/wisdom.  Any plant with this name must be a friend of all empaths.  I wonder if it is a medicine for the empaths, especially the shy sensitive ones?

In the Amazon the plant is known as Chami  Chami, which means pure, bright, beautiful, fresh, everything’s gonna be alright sorta thing. It is made into a tea for treating sleep disorders. I suppose things are alright in dream world.  Women soak the leaves in the juice pressed from the roots and smear the resulting juice between their breasts and on the soles of their feet. They claim that this gives them “increased sexual power”.  Considering this, it is no wonder that it is also use as snake bite venom.  A water extract of the roots has shown significant neutralizing effects on the lethality of the venom of the cobra.   

In Quechuan, it is know as Punyo-Sisa (Sisa I found out is  slang for “yes”) and its’ leaves are placed in the pillows of elders and children, again, as a sedative and sleeping agent. In Brazil, the plant is called Jurema and is used as an ingredient in the initiatory drink of ceremony.  It is claimed to contains 5-Methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT; also known as ‘5-MeO-DMT) which is the same compound found in’ ‘Toad’ medicine (Bufo-alvarius toad venom).    While DMT is the Spirit Molecule, 5-MeO-DMT is considered ‘The God Molecule’. Psychoactive, snakes and toads, oh my!   

In the Philippines, Mimosa pudica is regarded as an aphrodisiac for frigid women and men.. For women, they pick and boil the leaves. Apparently, just as the leaves fold together when picked, they open up again when boiled and the opened leaf is a symbol for the vagina when it is open for sexual activity.  

In India, the leaves are chewed and the resulting mush is spread unto the fresh wounds to stop bleeding.  In Nicaragua it is used for stomach aches, ‘cleaning the womb’, to stop menstruation and for gonorrhea. In Mexico is it know as: “Dormilona” and translated means “Sleepy head”. The root is used as a temporary birth control.    

Mimosa is known by a lot of names.

And, finally, Mimosa pudica has shown to produce an antidepressant-like profile similar to two tricyclic antidepressants:  clomipramine and desipramine    Depression and anxiety are among the world’s greatest public health problems.   Perhaps this is the connection to the sensitive empaths?

It seems this little shy, bashful, sensitive, pure, bright, beautiful fresh smiling plant is traditionally a very important herb having many important pharmacological activities…. analgesic,  antidiarrhoeal,  anti-inflammatory,  anticonvulsant,  antimicrobial, hepatoprotective activity,  antiasthmatic, anti-ulcer, antioxidant properties with emphasis on antidepressant and anxiolytic activity and it contains the “God Molecule”.  WHEW! 

But, the good news doesn’t stop!  From a gardening point of view, this shy plant is a nitrogen fixer.which is a vital element for plant growth and reproduction. It has also been tested in phyto-remediation of arsenic polluted soils.  Mimosa pudica significantly extracted and bioaccumulated the pollutant out of the soil and into its leaves.  It will also extract heavy metals such as copper, lead, tin, and zinc from polluted soils. This allows for the soil to gradually return to less toxic compositions.   

Although this little plant is loaded with medicine for human and nature alike, what intrigues me the most lies in the concept that plants don’t have brains, however, this little plant has a learning and memory capacity.  A study done with drops of water dropping on the plant showed that over time, it learned the water did not harm and therefore it stopped retracting its’ leaves.   And, this memory stayed (was not forgotten). (link) Somehow the plant also transferred this “information” to other plants who did not have the experience so neighbours understood too..  My question is isn’t memory and learning a cognitive process and intelligence can be described as the ability to solve problems?    So, this plant has movement, learning abilities and the ability to communicate.   It is theorized this retraction of the leaves is a transfer of minerals…a flash capacity….a charge of minerals.  That intrigues me even more!   The electrical universe has a lot to reveal to us humans!

There is still a mystery surrounding where and how our human memories are stored.  Could it be the same kind of machinery or energy that the Mimosa is utilizing?   Is it an invisible electric energy with intelligence?   And, as the “lesson” (being water isn’t harmful) was transferred to other plants, is it possible that there is an disembodied intelligence and the presence of a spirit we have yet to fully comprehend?

I agree that humans are special in regards to the fact as we are able to discern and debate.about intelligence. But it’s the quantity, not the quality of intelligence that sets us apart. We do exist on a continuum with the Mimosa, the radish, and the bacterium. 

This little shy plant shares with us that intelligence is a property of life,  I believe there is plant intelligence. It’s not like animal intelligence.  It is not like artificial intelligence. In fact, I feel like it’s more like a hive or swarm mentality  in that each cell or individual part of the plant contributes to the overall intelligence.  I believe it is electrical and magnetic.   Which is why you can so easily clone plants; the part that was separated has its own “mind” after separation and can grow into a new identical plant.    I meet Mimosa Pudica and the mystery just proves to be more  amazing.

For one little plant with tiny little pink pom poms to create such a stir as to the questions of what is intelligence and cognitive ability, is it possible that the sensitive mimosa is the perfect plant for empaths? Perhaps the most troublesome and troubling query for all humans is in the “thinking” about life  and what is “consciousness.”    We tend to define consciousness as an inward awareness of oneself experiencing reality—“the feeling of what happens”.   If so, then we can (probably) safely conclude that plants don’t possess it.   But if we define the term “consciousness” simply as the state of being awake and aware of one’s environment—“online,” as the neuroscientists say—then Mimosa Pudica may qualify as conscious beings.  And, that changes everything.

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
Welcome to my garden Shy Sensitive Plant!

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Do this! Don’t do that?
Can’t you read the signs?

This topic will ruffle feathers, raises hairs and tests people at intimate levels.  It is a topic that is core to every human being.  It is a topic which sustains us and is a fundamental right of our existence.  We have forgotten to to care for ourselves in this “right” and there is a detailed agenda to control us and destroy us by a select few.   The topic is diet and whether to include meat and animal products, how to nourish ourselves and how to take back the power of our most intimate relationship with the soils and earth!  While this topic includes eating meat, it is also about the topic of food for humans as a whole.   The sciences, arguments, manipulations and debates about eating animal products appears more and more like a cult of vigilantes  – and, honestly, it is totally out of control.   I believe this is intentional.

So, let’s cover some basics that, hopefully we can all agree upon.   Food is a fundamental act of living and life.  It is actually the most spiritual activity that everyone participates in regardless of colour, creed, politics or education.   Most do it daily.  The core and pain of poverty is the removal of food sources or food growing/raising abilities.   We have lost of control of food since most do not know how to raise or grow food.   One, it seems, either has to have money or wealth of money to reclaim that power.   Fast food and manufactured food is now the focus of many’s diets and the cheapest diet available in the western culture.  And, to eat otherwise is rather expensive.   These realities are for everyone no matter your choice of diet.

Then we have our modern science that divides and separates all food into its’ building blocks and comes up with our current science of nutrition and food.  But what is it “we don’t know yet” and how does that affect “what we do know”?   And, are there new discoveries that changes what we thought in the past?

Then there is a science of food from a spiritual standpoint which is mostly overlooked or misunderstood by many, especially the scientists.  Let me explain!

– We, humans, have physical-mineral bodies that is in common with the mineral kingdom.  We need minerals as humans.
– We have etheric (life) bodies that is the carrier of all life and growth forces.  This is related to the plant kingdom.   We need plants.
– We have an astral body which is the container of our human feelings and instincts.  This is in common with animal kingdom.  We need animals.

Humans, apart from the other Kingdoms, also have the ego – that unique spark (and challenge) of the divinity in man.   Ego makes possible self-awareness and enables human to become free beings capable of choices between good and evil.  So, we require the different kingdoms of mineral, plant and animal as well as humans have an ego which sets us as unique in the kingdoms (not higher or better).   Egos are also the force behind greed, power, control and manipulation.

I know my views in this article are going to challenge some. But, quite frankly,  I am very fed up with the debate of diets and how nasty they get. I have met many vegans who feel strongly about their convictions, which is great.  I honour those individuals and, unless I knew them intimately and was able to see a benefit to them trying out animal products, I accept their choice.    But I stand against judging others for their personal health choices either at a personal or spiritual level.    The tendency to judge others – get angry, criticize, and demean others for their choices – is no different than judging people for the colour of their skin, who they love, or whether they just look different.

On the other hand, I do feel we should ALL be against factory farms and harm to ANY part of Nature, together, as humans.  This is a common dilemma for us all and it should not be the focus of whether to eat animal products or not.  The focus should be upon a corrupt and evil structure that is determined to control us.    But, this focus is often lost and diet ideologies have gone mad and entered scary fundamentalism (which I tend to squirm about no matter what the topic).  Fundamentalism is a close minded sphere.

I will state that there are reasonable responses to all debates whether it be cruelty to animals, spiritual choices, nutritional benefits and environmental considerations.  But, honestly, it seems the harsh attacks from vegan-militants could really use some animal nourishment (astral, gravity and grounding food).   Sorry, that last comment was slightly judgemental!  I apologize!    Please feel free to reject or accept what I share.  We always have a choice that is the gift of our ego that should always be attempting to be open to learning, compassionate and kind.  The conclusion people draw are their own personal affairs and I intend not to argue about this.  I am not judging…I am just speaking what I observe and it is not about diet, much is about how we are all manipulated by a circle of evil whose purpose is to annihilate us all.

When you delve into the outer and inner worlds of nature one learns how forces help our development as humans.  I will state that if we would conceive of a land where there are beautiful children and beautiful old people, what kind of a land would this be? Perhaps  ‘a land flowing with milk and honey?   That old saying might be very true!

The arguments about whether we should eat meat or not can all be debated reasonably.   I can accept both sides of the story and know that there are times where we need to refrain from animal products or not.   For me,  I came from a meat eating family and, for the reasons of ethics, nutrition and perhaps a young spiritual desire to grow independently, I went from vegetarian to vegan and eventually to high raw.  I was raw for 5 years and although I felt wonderful in the beginning, over time, I began “wasting away”.   It was a slow process and one that left lasting damage that I didn’t realize until it was too late.  I was tired a lot.  I was wishy washy in my brain, mind and thoughts (never mind my view of Spirituality).  I can see this now, in hindsight. It was damaging to me.

Also, up until now, I have personally never campaigned for any particular “diet” for three reasons: 1) as “i” changed over the years, so did my diet; 2), each person is different (ie. blood type); 3), diets seem to have become like “cults” in our our culture.    It is scary to speak your opinion nowadays lest the haters attack you.   However, I am feeling a need to express my views as “food” is such a centre of our common bond.   Currently, I do eat meat choosing the organic and pasture fed meats and raising animals for meat sources. I offer full gratitude to Mother Nature for this offering and the blessings it provides.

In my younger years, I was idealistic about saving the “world” and relied upon the professionals to tell me “how it is”.    I studied nutrition and natural health but, in these studies, I realized that the Nutritional Science is very young and like most sciences, was missing a sacred element of consideration that even I didn’t understand and overlooked.  The science is black and while and has made many mistakes (remember the blooper on butter?).    As I gradually morphed towards high raw, I admit I felt amazing for a time in the beginning.  Then, something happened.   It was slow and undetectable at first.  I felt like I was wasting away and was weak at all levels of my being.   In actual fact and since I studied Ayurveda, I began to understand that that high vata (air) raw diet was causing me to become an air-head.  Due to need (I was very sick), I craved and decided to included meat back into my diet.  It was a reset and quite possibly saved my life.  In hindsight,  I damaged my body in this vegan and high raw state.   Also, I now realize the crazy kerfuffle of our food systems and falsely projected food pyramids that are dangerous to many.  I have gained a healthy scepticism of mind towards what is going on in regards to the governance of our food and food systems and why.   There is much more that meats the eye and the hatred and fundamentalism of the vegan world is nastily out of control.   I wondered if this was part of a bigger plan?   If food is what binds us all, then it would be good to have the human’s arguing and dividing, never mind being undernourished and weak.  Let’s look down on each other…that is the way they desire it to be.    That, my friends, is NOT the way!

Frankly and collectively, we are in a mess when it comes to our food sources.    I do not believe nor do I rely upon the “powers”  to fix our current state of affairs.  They want us in a mess.  It is important to understand the “how” and “why” of the mess so we get the “what now?”  We have to take back this power of our food.   The picture of our current world is all about big business, big pharma, big food production that all leads back to big money.     In fact, they have us in such a place that if you have no money and no gardening skills, you actually have no access to nourishment (poverty).    The manipulation is a ladder of corruption that has inoculated the minds of many intelligent and gentle people.  It is killing the poor.   It is killing the animals, the plants, the kingdoms that should be as one.    One only has to research Agenda 21 to figure this out.   And, yes, this Agenda addresses meat and is against meat stating it is a cause of cancer.  In fact, the powers that be (the big money) are now into promoting and profiting from vegan meats.    I sigh!

The Future of Protein: Leo DiCaprio is one of many high-profile luminaries to invest in Beyond Meat. The California-based company is also financially supported by Bill Gates, along with prominent corporations such as General Mills and even Tyson Foods. The company also receives funding from several key venture capital firms, including PowerPlant Ventures, New Crop Capital, Cleveland Avenue, and Blue Horizon Group, among others.   Leonardo DiCaprio Predicts Vegan Meat Is ‘The Future of Protein’ Leonardo DiCaprio, an investor in the vegan meat company Beyond Meat, believes that plant-based meat is the “future of protein.”

Here is Beyond Meat’s Vision Statement:

We believe there is a better way to feed the planet. Our mission is to create mass-market solutions that perfectly replace animal protein with plant protein. We are dedicated to improving human health, positively impacting climate change, conserving natural resources and respecting animal welfare. At Beyond Meat, we want to make the world a better place and we’re starting one delicious meal at a time.

Folks, there are a couple of things wrong here.   First, I refer you to the movie Soylent Green.  This is scary!  Also consider doing some  research on the “investors” listed above.   They are not upstanding humans or credible corporations!   Beyond Meat’s vision statement is seriously flawed.   Our collective environmental problem has its’ roots in plant agriculture.   In the past 200 years, the use of land for agriculture has risen from 431 million ha to 1.52 billion ha.   Agriculture has destroyed our soil/Tierra.   Over 50% of our land mass is used for agriculture, 32% is used for meat and dairy and 67% for plant based foods.  (Source)   We are using MORE land for plant-food and disregarding the replenishment or fortification of this core sediment.   The argument that animal-production is destroying our earth does not match the numbers here.   Yes, we are growing corn for the factory farms. That sucks!   Factory farms are not natural and what is fed to factory farmed animals is also big business (money) corruption.  If any of the ancient religions predicted that eating meat was an evil that would destroy us, may I suggest this is the reason why!   It is cruel and callous to the animals and factory farmed animals are poison to us.  The truth is Cows are not designed to eat corn.  Unlike humans, they have two stomachs to digest greens and grass.   Does that tell you something?    Yet, corn is their food in these subsidized, fully supported (by your government) big farms.   And, humans are flogged with corn in our products too!   Hmmmm, are they treating us the same?   Back to cows…they are meant to graze.   Same with lambs, goats and sheep and chickens.  Their digestive systems are perfect for this diet. And, the questions arises “do we want big-business (money) mass-marketing plant protein to us now?”  It is a little crazy, don’t ya think?

Let’s return to Agenda 21 for a moment!   When a small group of elite (wealthiest of us all) people establish their agenda and insert their views on the masses, I am sceptical and tend to step back and ask “why?”  Agenda 21 talks about “Sustainable development” and imho, is far more about population control and control of the masses that anything else.   If you want to know more about the threat of Agenda 21, it is succinctly summarized in the You Tube video “Agenda 21 for Dummies.”  And here is another excellent article on the danger of this Agenda from Natural News 

According to Weston Price, Agenda 21 reveals that  “…grass-based farmers and those seeking healthy food from nontoxic farms are facing a new political threat, foisted on an unsuspecting populace worldwide… a forty-chapter blueprint for population control and world control that emerged from the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janero.” Weston Price Foundation.  Basically, Agenda 21 mandate the assistance to factory farmers who are subsidized by the bankers and wipe out the grass-based farmers.   I ask “if this is so, why do they want the practice of grass fed animals stopped and why are they supporting and subsidizing the poison of the factory farms?     The Agenda goes as far to say the meat causes cancer.  Could it be that the factory farmed cows are the cause of this concern of cancer due to the chemicals and conditions of these animals? Is this more likely to cause cancer?  I think so!   Organic Meat is NOT causing cancer.  In fact, I live in Ecuador and the guinea pig,  “cuy”, is a popular meat source.  In 1940 American researchers discovered that cuy meat contains an enzyme called “Asparaginase” that prevents tumour growth. The asparaginase  acts against the Amino Acid, Aspargina,   Aspargina is what is connected to cancer growth.  It turns it into aspartic acid, which is harmless to humans.   So, Agenda 21 has it wrong unless they are talking about factory farm meat…but they did not elaborate for us.  It is conniving and all amounts to a plan of population control disguised as a “protect the people” plan. It is bull shit.  My eye brows are totally raised!

I think we can all agree that a nutrient dense diet is good for us…especially now as we are deep into at least two generations of poor soils and mass produced food.  Let me state that vegetarian, vegan and raw diets can be healthy and necessary at some points and, imho, these diets are far healthier than the typical American factory produced diets.  But, I feel these diets are to be utilized for periods of time and used to balance and adjust our health, not as a lifestyle.  As a lifestyle, these diets can also be insidiously dangerous over the long term.   I am proof of that!

The argument about animal cruelty is also one that we should all agree upon.   We have devastatingly crossed the line with the factory farms that our governments’ support.   Animals are treated cruelly.  I talked about cows fed corn above.  Any factory farmed animal is treated cruelly.     And, I also say that plants are treated cruelly too.   Plants do respond to life just in a different way than those of the animal kingdom.  Their defence mechanisms is not the same, but they do defend themselves nonetheless.  Plants, unlike animals, can not run away when they are about to be killed.   They can’t scream, cry out loud or holler for their safety.    Their emotional bodies are different.   Does that make them less?    Their defence mechanism is structured differently.  First, consider that plants have tastes and some (actually a lot)  taste of bitter and pungent.  These tastes indicate “poison” and “medicine”.  Animals know this and will not eat these plants unless needed.   Perhaps equally as important, many plants contain anti-nutrients.   For example phytic acid (nuts, seeds and grains) bind to minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc and prevent the absorption of these minerals in the body.   Human’s need these minerals.   So while “healthy whole grains” may contain reasonable levels of micronutrients such as iron and zinc, the argument is that the anti-nutrients  prevent the absorption of the nutrients, making those foods either not healthy or even harmful to us.   Another anti-nutrient is lectins (a sugar-binding protein found in legumes).  Lectins cause a lot of irritation to the gut lining and maybe the main player in Leaky Gut Syndrome (and the rising peanut allergies).   Lectins can potentially penetrate the intestinal wall entering the blood stream and causing all kinds of havoc due to the subsequent immune response.   These protein molecules are attacked by the body as foreign invaders, resulting in inflammation and potentially systemic and chronic diseases such as leaky-gut, other gastrointestinal issues and even auto-immune disease. Leaky-gut syndrome has been linked to a host of serious diseases, from rheumatoid arthritis to autism and even depression (Chris Kresser).

As for our ancestry, there is plenty of evidence to show we have eaten meat and plants for a long time.   Humans are well adapted to foods such vegetables, fruits, tubers and meat because our species has been eating them for millennia.    We are not sacrificing these plants and animals.  We are in relationship with them, a deep cosmological bond.   There is now evidence that shows human health declined with the introduction of “agricultural” foods.  Sure, our ancestors might not lived as long as we do now, but there are many other factors involved in this…it is not related to meat eating as the argument states.   Genetic and cultural changes occurred to help humans adapt to an agricultural diet, and they do influence how individuals tolerate meat. This explains why some people are able to include moderate amounts of dairy, grains, and/ or legumes in their diets— especially when these foods are pre-digested by fermenting, soaking, sprouting, or leavening— without ill effect.    Cooking kills the anti nutrients.  Cooking also kills the enzymes.  So, there has to be an understanding and blend to our diet.   And now we are discovering that Kale and some crucifiers are considered a goitrogenic food, meaning that it contains substances (goitrogens) that may contribute to an enlarged thyroid.   To call a vegan diet  “natural” for humans, in terms of evolution, is a bit (no a huge) stretch for me.  The evidence that we are meat eaters or that animal products are important for our health is very solid for me.   And, I feel that animal products has an important part to play in diet and nutrition on many different levels and has so for millions of years.    Our teeth, tummy and digestive knows how to digest meat.  It was only in the last 100 years that we started to change our ways and this is influenced by “agriculture”.  Let me say it again, agriculture is tied to big money.

The argument of the hierarchy of nature is another claim by the vegan culture against meat.   As “thinking” beings (ones with egos), this does make sense as we can make the choice between good and evil.   But, Nature doesn’t think like we do and is not cursed/challenged with this duality.  In fact, Nature’s has more wisdom without the busyness of morality.   There is not an upper and lower class of consciousness in Nature.   Nature is cyclical.  Everything depends on everything else.  There are Spiritual Agreements so that we all survive.   Steiner talks about the cosmological agreement between Chickens and Humans.   Humans domesticated (as such) the chicken and they flourish as a species. This agreement provided human’s nourishment.   Look at the success of the chicken on our plane!   Similarly, plants have an agreement with insects.   Plants learned at a very deep and Spiritual level to present flowers to the insects so insects would ensure their survival.  There are many cosmological contracts that work very well and ensure survival of the species.   There is a round and round in Nature…not an up and down or higher and lower.

In all earth centered cultures, the harvesting and gathering of food is inter-wound with sacred threads where the consumption of the food is a sacrament. In today’s “science-based” world, this aspect of spiritual nutrition is invisible, unmeasurable and undiscussed.   We lost it.  In the beginning, nutrition begins with milk from mother’s breast and perhaps in the beginning this was the same as the nourishment from the Milky Way?   At one point in our incarnations, we may have been fed from the milky way but as we individualized this substance internalized into the female so she provided that milky way nutrition.   Just a thought to consider!

Vegan extremists refer to the cultures of the east being vegetarian and how they have thrived. The eastern vegetarian diet, based on respect for all life, comes from India’s little-known Jain tradition. Now comparatively obscure, Jainism was the predominant cult of a large portion of India from the 5th to 12th centuries. During this time, the doctrine of ahimsa (non-violence) and vegetarianism spread widely. But Ayurveda is much more ancient than this and the texts of Ayurveda make provision for meat eaters as well as vegetarians. So while there are many good and some compelling reasons to use a vegetarian diet for medicine, Ayurveda doesn’t promote vegetarianism.  If you study the Ayurvedic texts, meat was included as medicine and nourishment.  In Ayurveda, food and medicine should be “satmya” or agreeable.  If one detests the medicines or the food, he might not get the full psychosomatic benefit from them. So, yes, if a person is a vegetarian by faith or believe a chicken soup will make him more sick, it will. If he is non-alcoholic by faith, alcoholic cough syrups might have zero effects or side effects.  This is because mind controls all body responses on conscious or subconscious level.   Similarly, an active person, for example an athlete or body builder might benefit immensely from a  non vegetarian diet because it is compatible to his nature. It will be unfair if he is denied his best suited diet.   We are all different.

On this topic, the sacred cow in Indian cultures is a point to discuss further.   The cow is the animal of digestion. It is, moreover, the animal which accomplishes digestion in such a way that there lies in its digestive processes the earthly reflection of something actually super-earthly; its whole digestive process is permeated with an astral-concept which reflects the entire cosmos in a wonderful, light-filled way. There is a whole world in the organism of the cow and that is why it is considered sacred.    In our experience,  everything is based on gravity, everything is so organized around this energy of gravity.    A cow needs to consume about an eighth of its weight in food each day. Man can be satisfied with a 1/14th and remain healthy.  Perhaps the cow needs earth’s gravity in order to fully meet the needs of its organism. Cows are designed for the gravity of matter. The metabolizing of 1/8 of it’s weight binds the cow with its material substance to the earth. This is why, I believe, the cow is an object of so much veneration for those who follow the Hindu religion. The Hindu says to himself: The cow lives here on the earth; but through this fact it creates in physical matter, subject to gravity, an image of something super-earthly.

If you scratch the surface of the diet arguments you’ll find you start questioning people.  It’s not about food.  It is more about an ideology, and to some degree it has become cultish.  Cults are intended and manipulated (Tavistock)   They are on very dangerous grounds.   Personally what bothers me about the “diet” arguments are there are many (not all) emotionally hysterical vegans who use their lifestyle as an excuse to justify a vicious contempt and egotism bordering on the demonic and, two on the other side of the equation, there are self-absorbed meat eaters who have no regard for animals and gorge themselves way beyond diet necessity out of greed and sloth.  Plants and animals have a level of consciousness!    And, we do too!

When I look around I feel to an immense degree that nature is related to us and we are all connected.  From an esoteric point of view, we can compare the human body to a plant by reversing the human (roots are our head and the leaf and flowers (sexual energy) is in our lower torso.)    We have animal instincts related to our survival and flight and fight response and a “ra, ra” energetic need of the animal kingdom.  If I am active, I know I require meat protein for this energetic nourishment.    The human body is a microcosm of the macrocosm and it contains within all the secrets of the all the kingdoms.  It is indeed true that the things we perceive inwardly — our thoughts, feelings, will, impulses and memory pictures — seen from the other side, outside in the macrocosm, can be found again in the realm of nature and they are there to nourish.  We are collective.

Science does not understand this.  What does science do? It analyses protein to see how much carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, sulphur, etc. are in it. It finds there is so much per cent of carbon and so much per cent of hydrogen in protein. Fat contains a different percentage and carbohydrates are again different. But science is completely ignorant of the fact that these substances themselves have their own energetic significance. Science only knows the percentages of the constituents. But this does not help us get anywhere.

If someone is not biologically suited for veganism (blood type) they will suffer from malabsorption and malnutrition, fatigue, spacey headedness like me.  Basically their total ability to help other people spiritually will decline.    This effect has a worse impact on the system as a whole, and therefore the future of mankind.  That’s not an enlightened thing to do.   Enlightenment is a synonym for acting on behalf on the greater good for all, imho.

Some spiritual practices require a vegetarian diet at least in the days or weeks leading up to it. Usual explanation is that meat lowers your vibration and therefore you can’t pull these maneuvers with such lowered vibes.  I am not sure about that.   For the same reason fasting is recommended — because the body must be made weak through starvation and malnutrition, so that the soul and spirit can more easily detach then we are more open to evil.  The stronger the body, the greater its “magnetic” pull on the soul.  Remember the cow and it’s relation to gravity?   So, this must mean that meat imparts bodily grounding and vitality — to a degree. Thus if you need to be “here” in reality, if you need to be grounded and sharp, and if you need to have physical energy and boldness.  Animal products might be the way,.

If you are going to eat, be mindful and respectful, and, please don’t support abusive farming at any level (meat or plant).   Get out of the supermarket!  If you are believer that there is a hierarchy to the different “kingdoms” then you would believe human’s are “above” all other kingdoms.   For me, that is ego gone crazy!   We are all connected.   Considering we are what we eat, I feel we do need to feed all levels of our being/bodies.   Balance is the key in mineral, plant and animal nourishment so that our ego can be in alignment with our Soul/Spirit.  It is all connected.

Below I provide some links for your further research and some information about the nutrition in meat.   I decided to include these sections as not a part of this article…but as a reference for your education and further research…..which I hope I have inspired.

Spiritual Awakening and Eating Meat

Nutritional Benefits of Meat

Protein
After water, protein is the most plentiful substance in our bodies. Without protein we cannot create enzymes, antibodies, milk, menses, skin, hair, nails, muscle, brain, heart, or organs. We require twenty-two different amino acids (building blocks of protein), of which eight are considered essential nutrients. Animal foods contain all essential amino acids. No one food of vegetable origin contains them all, but combinations (such as corn and beans) do. Each and every amino acid must be present at once in the body, and in the correct proportions, for protein synthesis. If even one essential amino acid is low or missing, even temporarily, protein production slows or stops altogether.(2) Adult women can be healthy on low protein diets; however children, pregnant, lactating, and menopausal women require high levels of protein.

Fats
Fat is the most concentrated source of energy in the diet. Found in vegetable seeds, beans, and nuts, fruits such as olives and avocados, and in all animal products, fat is vital to women’s health. Unfortunately, many American women avoid fat. A recent study (1999) found 26 percent of women deficient in vitamin E due to low-fat diets.

Linoleic, linolenic, and arachidonic fats are the essential fatty acids, but all fats, especially cholesterol, are vital for the formation of sex hormones (especially postmenopausally), adrenal hormones, vitamin D (for strong bones), and bile. Low cholesterol diets make women’s skin and vaginal tissues dry and impede the functioning of the brain and nervous system.

The belief that saturated fats elevate blood cholesterol, causing blocked blood vessels, s-trokes and heart attacks has prevailed since the mid-1960s. Yet most researchers consider this idea simplistic and without scientific justification. In the Framingham Heart Study (USA), the greater a person’s intake of total fat, saturated fat, and monounsaturated fat, the lower their risk of stroke. And, while high blood cholesterol levels were a risk factor for heart disease, fat and cholesterol intake in the diet were inversely correlated with blood cholesterol. Swedish studies confirm that saturated fats promote breast health, while vegetable oils (such as canola, safflower, corn, cottonseed, and sunflower oils) promote breast cancer.

Animal fats are more stable than vegetable oils, which become rancid within days after press-ing. (Rancid fats promote cancer and heart disease.) Hydrogenation and partial-hydrogenation slow rancidity but create trans-fatty acids that create deposits on the blood vessels. Even unhydrogenated vegetable oils are unhealthy: They flood the body with omega-6 fatty acids (the primary fat component of arterial plaque), and contribute large amounts of free radicals that damage the arteries and initiate plaque deposits.

The fundamental vitamins required by the human being are ABCD.   A and D are both found in animal meat.  Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin A helps to produce life; symptoms of its deficiency are the drying and hardening disorgers– and night blindness.  Vitamin A, in allowing in the forces of new life, acts like silver. It is useful in squamous cell cancers (hardening of the surface).  The forces of vitamin D are polar to those of A, bringing light forces (D3) into bone formation; large quantities of D are also found in deep sea fish.

Let’s look at the nutritional value of organic and pasture raised meat:

  1. B12 (found in meat, seaweed and dirt – so you could eat dirt or copious amounts of sea weed),
  2. Creatine – stored in our muscles and concentrated in the brain.  Creatine is an energy (endurance) source.  It is not essential but it improves our brain functions.Carnosine
  3. Carnosine is an antioxidant that is concentrated in the muscles and brain and improves our energy levels
  4. Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3)  D3 is an essential nutrient that has many important functions that include improving brain functions and emotional happiness.
  5. Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid. Deficiency in DHA can have adverse effects on mental health and brain function, especially in children.
  6. Heme-iron Heme-iron is a type of iron only found in meat, especially red meat and it helps fight fatigue and tiredness.
  7. Taurine – a sulfur compound found in various body tissues, including the brain, heart and kidneys.   It is not essential but acts as a antioxidant and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.

Other than Taurine, all of the above has a common denominator: brain function and energy level.   Take away or diminish someone’s brain function and energy and what are you left with?  Then I came across evidence that eating meat was important to the development of our brains (Live Science article) in evolution.   The article states we began to shy away from eating primarily fruit, leaves and nuts and began eating meat and then our brains grew. We developed the capacity to use tools, so our need for large, sharp teeth and big grinders waned.   And, it seems, you can’t have a large brain and big guts at the same time – so heed this calling all you MacDonalds Fast Fooders!

The End!

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I know the gardens hold a secret to our survival…at culinary, medicinal, emotional, organization and psychological levels.   If we look to nature to discover how to “operate”, I think we will have perfect and commonsensical answers.   So, I began this article by searching “plants power” assuming those plants that thrive despite human eco-destructive ways might be good teachers.   In this search, the results of the “images” showed ALL  “power plant” pictures of the industrial world.  My gosh, how far down the rabbit hole have we gone?   The machine is grand!

Recently, I was invited into an apparent “good” opportunity to have increased “clinical” prestige in regards to the “work I do”.  These offers always make we stop and think. What is IT I am doing?   And, once again, my decision was clear…. to stay in the garden.   It is not always the most “accepted” approach as “the profits” monetary are small and tiny, the “idea” is lost or hidden from many’s views and it almost appears “unreasonable” in a power and successful hungry world.    But, I stayed true to my heart and belief that healing arts always and forevermore starts in the garden and should always have that connection.  It should never, ever be about money.   And, taking a personal stand for the true “value” and essence of healing is one way  I know, deep within, we can and will survive the machines of mankind that have almost suffocated our rational minds.

This amounts too “I have an anarchist approach and my garden approves”.

My current medicine garden here in Ecuador appears like a council of varying countries.  The circle is quite eclectic and represents many cultures and countries.    I’ve harnessed and nurtured the creative spirits from my past living spaces and I have surrounded myself with these old friends. The garden holds the wonky northerners, the crazy singing easterners and the wild westerners who dance with the southerner’s sultry growths.   The green house holds the “royal herbs” who require a little extra attention and tendering.   I have taken great measures to make sure they are all happy, healthy and feel welcomed.

And, in return, the give back!   The magic of alchemy is one answer to locating and harnessing a “freedom” well beyond the current concept we have of “natural” and “wholistic” medicine.    Acutally, “natural” medicine is not really that “natural” anymore.

Let me explain ….just as with every plant in the garden, every tincture jar I make holds a story.  Each  plant, medicine jar tell stories of the dying ecosystems and places gone forever.  The plants with a little help and care have very self-resistance-voices and speak out against the  our concept of “natural health”.  If you give it a chance and a little encouragement, the plants are our allies.

For people not lucky enough to roam throughout the wilds or have time, energy or interest in creating a productive garden you can purchase herbal preparations such as tinctures and teas that cradle the healing properties echoed at length in plant healing.    But too many have lost interest in going deeper than “a purchase” for their health.  Actually there are far more who “pretend” to be nature lovers…or would like to see themselves as such.   I have an uncanny and empathic gift to see right through these people.   Sometimes it feels more like a curse, but it is also the energy that drives me to “speak out”.    Too many are concerned about their social status: see my pretty garden?  Some are more concerned about the small town gossip..”.I will hang out at the social hub more often than my garden”.   And, a common view is “money is the tool towards healing”.   This last concept has infiltrated all our avenues and ways of living.   I will tell you loudly and boldly: my time spent in the garden and in the kitchen alchemizing is worth a trillion times itself to the future of our children.  I hold that with honour I will not (ever, ever) buy in to the industrial, machine way.

We all know we are in a consumerist society and have been manipulated to accept certain “ways” a “dealing”  It is easy to ignore the connections between a bottle on a shelf and a living, growing plant out in the garden. It can be hard to know if that bottle contains plants that grow a mile away or on another continent. It is difficult to marry the relationship of the soil, bugs, air and water within that bottle of medicine.

For me, this is far more about educating ourselves about the plants we use to nourish and heal.   If you have a bottle of medicine, you should be able to visit the plant in that container.  That relationship needs to be desperately re- awoken.

In this connection, we ARE able to build a whole new system of healing that isn’t about regulations and retardations.   It is one that can support our movement away from the corporate power structure that medicine has become and back to the garden where it all begins.A medicine cabinet should always be next to the garden.    Anyone in the business of healing and who sees money as the primary force (maybe even the need) should take a good hard look at themselves.  They are not natural beings and their integrity to true healing is misguided.

The development of a new medical system, or the recovery of ancient models, is a future link in our safety net when industrialism fails. Rest assured, it will and is failing.  However, at this time,  those who “get this” and choose another way will be seen as the rebels…the rebels of the future medicine.  It is not an easy path as it requires you oppose the current system and in some ways, go underground for the time-being.

On the flip side, we all have access to industrial medicine and many will excuse their participation/use of this form of “fake” medicine because it offers a fast, temporary relief.  However, as I see over and over, the results are a feedback loop that actually causes more problems.   The real work (natural way) is not so immediate in relief..and it does mean that suffering is part of the healing process.  You are forced to look at all levels of healing in that suffering.   The result is it will re-establish our connection to the real medicine that is a direct line from the Earth and the Mamma who feeds us.

This goes for all so called “natural medicines” too.  Herbal medicine that is popular these days is presented to us by the media, so-called green capitalists, profiteers and lawmakers.  It really has brought with it very little true and deep healing.   Ultimately it is a failure….and is crumbling before our eyes.   The plants and herbs are reduced to capsule form or worse, to their “active ingredients”.    They become just a tool to work with in the same body-machine that industrial medicine sees people as being. They become no different than pharmaceutical drugs or a scalpel blade.  that messes around with the parts. They are ultimately less effective because the herbs have been taken out of the system of healing (garden) in which they have their strength.

Sometimes and sadly when the marketers of herbal products get their hands on a new “miracle cure,” it can mean extinction for the plant. This is especially sad when so many living creatures go into useless products or are wasted on conditions that they don’t treat. (eg: have you heard of Echinacea shampoo?) Many herbs I wildcrafted 20 years ago are now close to extinction in the wild.  I fear this will happen to “chaga” in the near future too.

There is also the “fads” of miracle herbs and we tend to believe everything we read and hear online without looking at or researching the “qualities” of the plant.   A great example is Frankincense essential oil.   The healing properties and amazing compounds of Frankincense are found in the resin acids and make up the heavier resin portion of the oleo gum resins.  In distillation, these resins are left behind.   For this reason, it is not physically possible for there to be anything but trace amounts of Boswellic acids in the essential oil of Frankincense no matter what the company reps tell you!    It is safe to say that all the literature and information that claims Boswellic acids are found in the essential oil of Frankincense are written and disseminated by essential oil companies who seek to boost their sales of Frankincense essential oils.   We need to know and research our medicine like it was to be our best friend.

I believe there is an alternative to the so-called  “alternative medicine.”  Michael Moore, herbalist and author said it best in one of his lectures: “… the herb business mostly revolves around recently marketed substances with new research, and it comes from them to us. Whereas we’re trying to establish as much as possible (in this “lower level” if you will) the fact that we need to create a practice and a model that’s impervious to faddism. We’re trying to practice in a way that derives from practice rather than from marketing. Not from above to below but from below around….Keep it local. No centralization because centralization kills everything.”

So, indeed, we need to localize.   I also feel we need to rid ourselves of the concepts of “clinical settings” and “proper” set ups.    A healers home and garden is the scene for the healing.   Healing is most ancient model on earth to date. We knew it before we were people. Animals know how to use plants to medicate themselves.  Plants play the same game.  We are far too afraid to be in wonder in the natural setting.  We have full resources available at our fingertips.   There are millions/trillions of books.   We have people who “know” how are eager to teach, mentor and train.  A herbalists garden is far more healing than an “office”.

This Ol’ n New way of  healing needs to be subtle and requires a lot of self-knowledge, or at least self-awareness. It uses intuition as a diagnostic tool. It uses the senses and plants as guides.  It beckons us into relationship from the garden alchemized medicine.   When we take herbal medicine (or food for that matter) we are taking in part of the plant’s growing environment; everything it ate and drank and experienced has formed the medicine you’re depending on.

When we are healed by plants, we owe it to them to look out for their kind and the places where they live. Traditional plant-gatherers often have a prayer they recite before they take anything from the wild or they return gifts in a form of gratitude (tobacco being a favourite)   Personally I say “OK, plant. You heal me and I’ll look out for you. I got your back because I know you got mine.   No one’s gonna build over you, or log you, or pick too much while I’m around and I will ensure you have all power to grow stronger and better and bigger” So this true herbal healing system has at its heart a deep environmentalism and a commitment to the Earth.  It is a conversation.

The bioregional concept is important to this model of healing. Plants’ actions in our bodies are really quite limited by the chemicals they can produce from sunlight and soil. For every big-name herb on the market cut from the rainforest or dug from the mountains, there is most likely a plant with a similar action growing in your watershed. Some of the best medicines to maintain good health grow in vacant lots and neglected gardens around the world.

I intend and I am creating a little village of people who are responsible for their own health.    We gather or grow our own medicines and food and is a primary “rule” of the village purpose. These days we are far too dependent on the power structure of industrial health care – the secret society of the doctors, the white-male-dominated medical schools, the corporate decision makers with their toxic pharmaceuticals and heartless greed and labs full of tortured beings.   That dependence is one more thing keeping us tied down and bound to the “state” and “system”.   . With a new system of healing, based on self-knowledge and herbal wisdom, we will be that much more free.

People who have some background in herbal healing can be a great help to those of us just learning. Healers who are working to form this new model, whether collectively or through their individual practices, should keep in mind that commitment to the Earth and a decentralized form of operations are central to truly revolutionary medicine.    It is hard to resist the machine…it will allure you with false promise.   But, truly, money is a fake medicine.

In these times of change, everything is being examined and either destroyed, rebuilt, or created from our hearts. Industrialism has affected every aspect of our lives – we are just starting to realize how much has been lost. Medicine is just one part of the machine that we have to take back and re-create into a form that works for the society we will become. Every herb, pill, and procedure should be judged on its sustainability and accessibility to small groups of people.  People really need to get back to the garden.  We can start with ourselves, within our communities and circles, but should never stop expanding outwards until industrial medicine rusts in a forgotten grave, a victim of its own imbalances.    It takes integrity to take a real good look at true healing.

I am honoured to have known and live with the special plants in my garden and to have studied their uses as medicine.  I am honoured to have them within this new land and space.   And, I see myself as one of many guardians re-developing a new system on ancient ways in a corrupt environment for future benefit.  I am a garden anarchist.

You are welcome to visit my garden!

Water Lily/Lotus

Lily Lotus
You rise with the sun and set with the sun
presenting an aphrodisiac or a “party drug” wonder.
Regardless, you’ve become a spiritual-religious tool
from the land of the Lotus-eater,
who live on a food that comes from every kind of flower.
  Surely, if your beauty is removed,
the hardened will weep with a type of withdrawal symptoms
From the mud you rise as most of us should!

In our garden, we have two large fish ponds that are deliciously decorated with the different varieties of the water lily.   To meditate on the lily is auspicious and delivers an authentic boost to the shadow and light or the living experience.    Her story is quite poetic in the history of man.   Priests would deliver her in wine for a euphoric experience.   As she rises from the mud, one has to realize her magical potential even if science is not there yet.

Sacred Water Lilly

(excerpt from the upcoming herbal apothecary manual)

Discovering The Garden

In this age of information, words have taken over the experience of learning and discovering a garden.   It is increasingly obvious there is a disconnect.   There is a longing, though!   Most people know something is “off”.

There is a first step…and a step most do not take.  You can “know”  all the “information” on a plant but, that sometimes is a hindrance to experiencing it.  Take that knowledge and neatly put it away, tuck it under yourself and, quite frankly, forget it.    This actually works when you want to meet Nature and Natural.

Many who love herbs and herbal medicines discover a deep connection to the plants.    It is not chemistry or biology or plantology.   It is not a component of chemistry or a part of a plant that causes and contains the magic.   There is a deep, prayerful and connective relationship.    The Spirit of the plant is the essence.

For those who love gardening, who gather plants in the wild and walk with them home to their kitchens…for those who learn to identify the local weeds plant communication eventually happens.   For some, it comes as a surprise and others feel strangely uncomfortable in this imagination space.    But, plants only wish to help and offer a lot more than a chemical they have produced.  They do find a way to talk to us and will keep trying until we eventually hear them.

There are some really wonderful teachers today who are teaching plant spirit medicine, how to connect with that plant spirit.  Many courses give you the “details” of each plants and we are blessed with some amazing websites to gather the information.   For me, though, the woods, fields and water ways are the place to learn.   The reading is a symbiotic experience with all our senses.   I ask and invite guests to the Magical Forest to  sit with a plant and just listen.   Do nothing other than observe.   When you develop a relationship with a plant a kind of sacred plant medicine happens without making or taking any medicine.   It happens Just by working with them, they begin to speak to you and you begin to hear them.   Whatever they share it is ALWAYS powerful.

It happens when you garden. You know, when people go into the garden, they transform. That’s why so many people love to garden.    A magic exists in the most mundane act of weeding.    We go into the gardens and  begin to feel things and be different, and in a way that’s plant spirit medicine at its finest.  I, myself, I am addicted to this connection although I often have a hard time getting out of my head.   The plants are teaching me with enormous patience.

And, when you gather a plant to make a suave or oil or tincture or tea, it becomes magical kitchen medicine.  You can not get this out of a pill (natural or otherwise).   This is special!

Most people do not realize that they are able and capable of making and creating their own medicines.   And, they often hold back and wonder if the natural supplement would be better.   I say the medicine WE create is the most powerful.   It contains the sacredness that ONLY can happen through relationship.  And, relationship only happens when you give and share intention and attention.  Our ancestors did it this way and it worked.  And, its so potent. And people always get it. They never not get it. It’s so amazing to see.   However, until they experience it, they seem to hesitate.

That’s why I do what I do and I have not gotten bored yet.   I have been into herbs for over 25 years and gathered much “knowledge”.  Yet, when I am in the gardens, I know the Sacred Medicine of meeting, greeting and being with plant is the most powerful medic ine ever.      And, when I see it transforming people’s lives, it feeds my spirit deeply.    And, I know they will pass it on too…that’s how it’s always been done over and over for many generations!

Wise Words

“To ignore the experience of people trained in the science of their day, or simply expert in the practical application of folk medicine, is both culturally bigoted and unscientific. We cannot presume that conventional modern science knows everything. Folk tradition includes many more layers of nuanced experience, including information drawn from the imagination, intuition, observation of animals, bedside experience, taste and smell, that the inherently limited boundaries of modern science cannot include. These layers of knowledge enrich, rather than deduct from scientific endeavour.”
–Matthew Wood (Traditional Western Herbalist)

“We were created out of the earth there. Well, we’re part of the earth, and that’s what we’ve got to go back to the earth to get something to keep this body a-ticking. Just like the tree, of course, and the herbs here, they’ve got sap in em, and we’ve got blood.”
–Tommie Bass (Appalachian Folk Herbalist

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