By Bob Makransky
Plantsï¿½ experience of being in the world is very different from
the experience of us animals. Because plants cannot move about,
they exist in a state of profound acceptance and peace within themselves.
Emotions such as fear, hate, jealousy, possessiveness, etc. are
wholly unknown to plants and would serve no useful purpose. On the
other hand, plants are capable of experiencing a wide range of higher
emotions the like of which we animals could scarcely conceive. At
the same time, there are feelings which plants share with us animals,
such as love, pain, joy, thirst, etc. It is the feelings we share
with plants which provide the basis of our ability to communicate
Feeling with plants is not so different from feeling with people.
For example, when we are about to have sex with someone who really
turns us on, we feel a palpable surge of sexual energy connecting
us to that person. Similarly, when we walk into a room to face someone
who is madder than hell at us, we feel connected to that person
by a palpable wave of anger and fear. When a baby smiles at us,
we feel a rush of joy that has us automatically smile back. However,
most of our interactions with other people do not have this feeling
of connectedness and emotional immediacy. Most of the time we donï¿½t
even look the people we are addressing in the eye, let alone feel
with them. Because of our social training, we tend to regard sharing
feelings with other people as threatening. We are taught to close
up and defend ourselves, and to keep our interactions as sterile
and devoid of feeling as possible.
In order to communicate with plants (or people), you have to
be able to regard them as your equals. If you are afraid (ashamed)
to talk with homeless people, beggars, crazy people, etc. then youï¿½ll
also find it difficult to talk with plants. However, itï¿½s actually
easier to communicate with plants than it is to communicate with
people because plants donï¿½t have defenses and self-importance agendas
in place which engage our own defenses and self-importance agendas.
To feel with plants (or people) doesnï¿½t mean to gush all over them;
all it means is to recognize them as beings whose feelings are as
important to them as your feelings are to you.
When first learning to communicate with plants, it helps to be
in contact with the same individual plants on a daily basis. Ideally
you should go out, preferably alone, to the same tree or meadow
for at least a few minutes every day. If you canï¿½t do this, cultivating
garden or house plants will work just as well, although itï¿½s easiest
to communicate with large trees. This is because from a feeling
(light fiber) point of view, humans and trees are very much alike
ï¿½ the light fiber (auric glow) configurations of both humans and
trees are quite similar, whereas that of insects, for example, is
very different from either. It is easier for humans and trees to
communicate with each other than it is for either to communicate
Now even the least psychic person, going up to a large tree,
should be able to pick up something of the personality (mood) of
that tree. How does the tree make you feel ï¿½ happy, sad, loving,
jolly, heavy? Can you pick up its sex: sense a male or female presence
ï¿½ or its age: young and vigorous or old and mellow?
This isnï¿½t all that hard to do ï¿½ you can call upon your senses
to buttress your feelings, as in the exercise of seeing pictures
in the clouds, except that you do it by feeling rather than thinking
ï¿½ by relaxing into the process rather than controlling it. Itï¿½s
exactly what a rationalist would term ï¿½anthropomorphism.ï¿½
For example, spiky trees (like palmettos and Joshua trees) have
a sassy, masculine energy. Cedar trees tend to be clowns or wise
guys. Banana trees are joyous and loving. Weeping trees really do
have a doleful air about them. Tall, erect trees have proud and
regal personalities. Trees that seem to be reaching longingly for
the heavens are reaching longingly for the heavens.
A good time to learn to connect emotionally with trees is when
theyï¿½re dying. The next time you see a tree being felled, pause
and quiet down your thoughts and watch it attentively. You should
easily be able to feel the treeï¿½s agony just before it falls, since
trees (and all beings) are filled with power at the moment of their
deaths and profoundly affect the beings around them. Loggers triumphantly
yell ï¿½Timber!ï¿½ when a tree falls to cover their sense of shame and
disconnectedness ï¿½ to block communication with the tree at the moment
of its death.
Another good time to pick up on plantsï¿½ feelings is when they
are in motion. Plants are happiest when they are moving ï¿½ blown
by the wind and the rain. Wave back to them when they wave at you
(itï¿½s only polite). Watch how they dance in the breeze. See how
the trees which overhang roads and walkways cast down blessings
on all who pass beneath them. See how the young growing tips are
more alert, vigorous, and naively impetuous than the older and mellower
lower leaves. Be aware of the awareness of plants: when you walk
through a wood or meadow, feel as though you were walking through
a crowd of people, all of whom are watching you.
Some people pick up on the feelings of plants by seeing faces
in the bark or foliage. They impose that thought form (of a face
with a giggly, dour, saucy, etc. expression) over the feeling of
the tree, since thatï¿½s how most people are conditioned to interpret
feelings ï¿½ by associating them with facial expressions.
What weï¿½re tying to get at are feelings, which can be apprehended
directly, without any need for sensory cues. However, the senses
can provide a useful point of reference and serve as a bridge between
imagination and pure feeling, which is how they function in dreams.
When you see with your feelings rather than your mind, your visual
attention isnï¿½t focused on any one thing, but rather everything
within your field of vision strikes your attention with equal impact
(vividness), as it does in dreams. To see this way you have to have
your mind quiet, and you have to be in a joyous and abandoned mood.
If youï¿½re bummed out or grumpy, you wonï¿½t be able to see what plants
are feeling any more than youï¿½d be able to see a baby smile at you.
Much of our social training entails learning to stifle our senses
ï¿½ to not see what is right before our eyes, to not listen to what
our ears are hearing, to be offended by smells, discomfited by touch.
Cutting off our senses leaves us feeling apathetic and disconnected
from our world. Therefore, if we want to renew our feeling of connectedness
which we had as infants, we have to start plugging our senses into
our feelings again. And because they are so nonthreatening, feeling
with plants is a good place to start.
Not only do different species of plants have different feelings
associated with them, but also there is considerable individual
variation in personalities between different plants of the same
species, between different branches on the same plant, and even
between different leaves on the same branch. By lightly holding
a leaf for a moment between your thumb and forefinger, you can feel
which leaves want to be picked for medicine or food purposes and
which ones want to be left alone. The leaves that want to be picked
have a high, vibrant feel to them, whereas leaves that donï¿½t want
to be picked feel dead in your hand.
Even if you canï¿½t seem to tune in to the feelings of plants,
you can still telepathically ï¿½talkï¿½ with them. Plants can talk to
you in thoughts, and these (at first) seem indistinguishable from
your own thoughts. That is, it will seem to you that you are the
one who is thinking these thoughts, when in fact it is the plants
which are sending you messages. Thatï¿½s why itï¿½s important to have
your own mind as quiet as possible ï¿½ to be in a relaxed mood ï¿½ if
you expect plants to talk to you; if your own mind is buzzing, thereï¿½s
no way the plants can get a word in edgewise. Any thoughts or feelings
you have while sitting under a tree or working with plants are probably
messages from the plants.
So how do you know if you are actually communicating with a plant,
and not just imagining it? The answer is: you donï¿½t. You just go
with your intuition rather than going with your concepts, what youï¿½ve
been taught. Instead of hypnotizing yourself into believing that
the world of concepts is reality, you hypnotize yourself into believing
that the world of feelings ï¿½ of magic ï¿½ is reality. The only difference
between these two equally valid points of view is that from one
of them plants talk to you, and from the other they donï¿½t.
If you feel self-conscious talking to plants, just remember that
what you have been programmed to call the ï¿½realï¿½ world is merely
a figment of your imagination also. And if you start calling something
else the real world, then that something else becomes the real world;
it becomes as real as this one.
If youï¿½re dubious, just ask the plant over and over, ï¿½Is this
you, Mr. or Ms. Plant talking to me, or am I just imagining it?ï¿½
And if you keep getting the same answer over and over, ï¿½Itï¿½s me,
the plant! Itï¿½s me, the plant!ï¿½ ï¿½ then just assume that it is indeed
the plant talking to you, and listen to what it has to say. You
can ask questions and get answers, both questions and answers coming
as though you were holding a conversation in your own mind.
Itï¿½s easy to learn to talk with house and garden plants, since
these are particularly eager to discuss matters such as fertilization,
watering, shade, grafting and transplanting techniques, etc. But
in addition to such mundane affairs, plants (particularly large
trees) can give you helpful advice on all sorts of matters. Take
them your problems; ask them what they think you should do. Some
of my best friends and most trusted advisors are trees.
Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, you are already
communicating with plants all the time. The soothing, healing, tranquilizing
feeling that comes when you are gardening or are out in nature is
in fact your psychic attunement to the joyous vibrations of the
plants around you. To follow this feeling one step further ï¿½ to
its source ï¿½ is to put yourself into direct communication with the
plants. Itï¿½s as easy as smiling at a baby.
Bob Makransky is a systems analyst, programmer, and professional
astrologer. For the past 30 years he has lived on a farm in
highland Guatemala where he is a Mayan priest and is head of
the local blueberry growers association.