Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth

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Simon and Schuster, May 14, 2014 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 576 pages
A manual for opening the doors of perception and directly engaging the intelligence of the Natural World

• Provides exercises to directly perceive and interact with the complex, living, self-organizing being that is Gaia

• Reveals that every life form on Earth is highly intelligent and communicative

• Examines the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and the human species

In Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Stephen Harrod Buhner reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. He shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligences in Nature as kindred beings, become again wild scientists, nondomesticated explorers of a Gaian world just as Goethe, Barbara McClintock, James Lovelock, and others have done. For as Einstein commented, “We cannot solve the problems facing us by using the same kind of thinking that created them.”

Buhner explains how to use analogical thinking and imaginal perception to directly experience the inherent meanings that flow through the world, that are expressed from each living form that surrounds us, and to directly initiate communication in return. He delves deeply into the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and, most importantly, the human species itself. He shows that human beings are not a plague on the planet, they have a specific ecological function as important to Gaia as that of plants and bacteria.

Buhner shows that the capacity for depth connection and meaning-filled communication with the living world is inherent in every human being. It is as natural as breathing, as the beating of our own hearts, as our own desire for intimacy and love. We can change how we think and in so doing begin to address the difficulties of our times.
 

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Contents

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Reclaiming the Invisible
And the Doorkeeper Obeys When Spoken To
Everything Is Intelligent
We Want Braaaaains
Gaia and the Pattern That Connects
Molecular Veriditas
The Function of Psychotropics in the Ecosystem
Following Golden Threads
The Naturalists Approach The Beginnings
The Imaginal World
The Dreaming of Earth
Bifurcation
Becoming Barbarian
The Movement of Great Things
On the Healing of Schizophrenia

Inextricable Intertangling
Gaias Mind and the Dreaming of Earth
A Certain Adjustment of Consciousness
The Sea of Meaning
Endnotes
Bibliography
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Stephen Harrod Buhner is the senior researcher for the Foundation for Gaian Studies. Described as both an Earth Poet and a Bardic Naturalist, he is the award-winning author of 19 books, including The Lost Language of Plants, The Secret Teachings of Plants, and Sacred Plant Medicine. He has taught for more than 30 years throughout North America and Europe. He lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

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