We cannot speak highly enough about the amazing book with a lengthy, but very apt title:
Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth
by Stephen Harrod Buhner.
It is like an incredibly thorough Handbook to help humans understand and connect with the hidden realms in Nature.
A friend gave David this book while he was staying at the Resonance Project on Kauai (thanks Tammy), and of course, it was perfect for him at that time.
The ‘Imaginal Realm’ is very aligned with It’s Our Earth Too, because as the Note to the Reader (by The Gila Wilderness, 2013) points out, after creating an incredible context to alter your perceptual framework, the book:
“urges you to do one thing: whatever the hell it is that you think you should do in response. It is in your own individual genius that the answers lie, not in the pronouncements of experts.”
We wholeheartedly agree – individual genius is where the answers lie. We make this point often in It’s Our Earth Too, encouraging each reader to discover their own sacred purpose.
We also make the point that there are experts we should be listening to, namely, those from within the system, who come out and say ‘something’s not right here.’
These are the experts society basically ignores, so we really do have it totally upside down, but that’s because peoples collective interests conflict with the top-down corporate story.
Anyway, back to Mr. Buhner’s work, I read it on a long plane trip and it deeply affected me.
There are some amazing quotes such as this one from Henry David Thoreau:
“I am made to love the pond and the meadow, as the wind is made to ripple the water.”
Those quotes, combined with Mr. Buhner’s incredible insights on a vast array of subjects and implications of this communication network, gave me some great insights into the role of humans in their interactions with Nature, and what I see as the real meaning of ‘tending the garden.’
If only it was a school text, but actually this is one book I’d recommend reading while sitting under a tree (but NOT a coconut tree).
There is a ton of wisdom, presented in a scholarly manner, that should be required reading as our world moves from linear causation to synergy and resonance. Stephen has created a guidebook to another world that should be read by as many people as possible.
My gratitude to Tammy and of course, the author Stephen Harrod Buhner, who I look forward to meeting one day.