Plants have been around far longer than human existence and will most likely be around long after we are not. These green ones are our ancient ancestors and the roots of our existence are entrenched with theirs, we even share the same DNA coding. Throughout every wisdom tradition, religion and culture, traces of the significance and sacredness of plants as teachers, healers and protectors reach back as far as the record of our time began.
Plants importance as spiritual healers is still honoured and practiced throughout the world through indigenous peoples, wise women, healers, and medicine people who live in close communion with nature.
However, we have largely forgotten the conscious life force and intelligence of plants and how to respectfully communicate with and utilise their healing abilities.
We have always been dependent on the plant kingdom:
In Ayurveda, we are taught everything entering the body becomes part of your cellular make up and overall well-being, whether through ingesting plants orally or through the skin or air. This is also experienced in Aromatherapy, through the use of leaves, flowers, stems, bark, seeds, roots or peels of plants being drawn upon to create essential oils. The essential oils can be absorbed through the skin or the scent molecules directly affecting the brain, specifically the limbic system, influencing emotions, mood, behaviour and our disposition. Humans live in constant communion and symbiosis with the plant kingdom whether we are conscious of it or not.
Due to their lifespan and consciousness, plants are the keepers of the wisdom of the earth and their spirit the very same that flows through all of Life. When respectfully approached they can offer insights and medicine that can restore and allow us to re-member innate ways of finding balance within ourselves, and how we interact with all that is, all that was and all that will ever be.
Despite the predominance in today’s society for a human-centric worldview whereby all things seemingly revolve around us, and how we can exploit them for our benefit or how reductionist science attempts to reduce the significance of all of life to their chemical components, the dominant worldview cannot explain many things such as consciousness, evolution or the biosphere. The natural universe, in its endless Mystery, never ceases to amaze and bewilder.