The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Oct 27, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 336 pages
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Reveals the use of direct perception in understanding Nature, medicinal plants, and the healing of human disease

• Explores the techniques used by indigenous and Western peoples to learn directly from the plants themselves, including those of Henry David Thoreau, Goethe, and Masanobu Fukuoka, author of The One Straw Revolution

• Contains leading-edge information on the heart as an organ of perception

All ancient and indigenous peoples insisted their knowledge of plant medicines came from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. Less well known is that many Western peoples made this same assertion. There are, in fact, two modes of cognition available to all human beings--the brain-based linear and the heart-based holistic. The heart-centered mode of perception can be exceptionally accurate and detailed in its information gathering capacities if, as indigenous and ancient peoples asserted, the heart’s ability as an organ of perception is developed.
Author Stephen Harrod Buhner explores this second mode of perception in great detail through the work of numerous remarkable people, from Luther Burbank, who cultivated the majority of food plants we now take for granted, to the great German poet and scientist Goethe and his studies of the metamorphosis of plants. Buhner explores the commonalities among these individuals in their approach to learning from the plant world and outlines the specific steps involved. Readers will gain the tools necessary to gather information directly from the heart of Nature, to directly learn the medicinal uses of plants, to engage in diagnosis of disease, and to understand the soul-making process that such deep connection with the world engenders.
  

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at times this was a slog, but there was a lot with which i fundamentally agreed. nature is the universal truth. linear thinking versus non-linear natural patterns are out of touch. still, i have to be ... Read full review

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at times this was a slog, but there was a lot with which i fundamentally agreed. nature is the universal truth. linear thinking versus non-linear natural patterns are out of touch. still, i have to be ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Part 1 Systole
5
Part 2 Diastole
123
Epilogue
273
Exercises for Refining the Heart as an Organ of Perception
275
Bibliography with Commentary
290
Notes
308
Index
311
Also by Stephen Harrod Buhner
316
Books of Related Interest
317
Backcover
318
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Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth Poet and senior researcher for the Foundation for Gaian Studies. He lectures throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, and the intelligence of Nature. He is the author of nine works of nonfiction and one book of poetry, including the award-winning The Lost Language of Plants and Sacred Plant Medicine. He lives in Braintree, Vermont.

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