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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 33.02mm | 748.42g
  • Inner Traditions Bear and Company
  • Bear & Company
  • Rochester, United States
  • English
  • 10 b&w illustrations
  • 1591431352
  • 9781591431350
  • 35,172

About Stephen Harrod Buhner

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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"This is a rare and splendid book that takes you right into the heart and soul of the world. Read it and be transformed." Stephan Harding, Ph.D., head of Holistic Science, Schumacher College, UK, and author of Animate Eart "The twentieth century was the great age of physics, and the twenty-first is the age of biology. According to Stephen Harrod Buhner, we must interact empathically with the biosphere by opening our perceptual gates to perceive through all body sensations. He deliciously explores music, writing, art, and plants as tools for reclaiming our feeling sense of nature. Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm is a work of heartfelt wisdom written so exquisitely that it took my breath away, a must read for anyone who wants to achieve keystone intelligence--empathic immersion within Earth's dreaming." Barbara Hand Clow, author of Awakening the Planetary Mind: Beyond the Trauma of the Past to a New Er "Stephen Harrod Buhner's The Lost Language of Plants and The Secret Teaching of Plants taught a generation of herbalists to trust our sense that the world was alive and speaking to us. Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm takes us further down that path of remembering and re-enchantment, awakening our capacity to tap directly in to the Gaian mind. Be warned: if you read this book, you will never be the same again." Sean Donahue, traditional herbalist and instructor, School of Western Herbal Medicine at Pacific Rim "There is much magic, and a wealth of wisdom in this book. It is a wisdom that anyone can come, not only to understand, but to live within. To take this journey is to embrace a great healing, and to release a great burden. The healing answers your deepest longing, I won't say what the burden is, but you will know it when you let it go." The Fall Buyers MetaGuide, September 2014

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Table of contents

Acknowledgments A Note to the Reader ~ First Movement ~ Touching the Foundations of the World Prelude The Soft Flutter of Butterflies 1 Reclaiming the Invisible 2 "The Doors of Perception" 3 "And the Doorkeeper Obeys When Spoken To" 4 "Everything Is Intelligent" 5 We Want Braaaaains 6 Gaia and "the Pattern That Connects" 7 "Molecular Veriditas" 8 The Function of Psychotropics in the Ecosystem 9 Inextricable Intertangling ~ Second Movement ~ Gaia's Mind and the Dreaming of Earth 10 "A Certain Adjustment of Consciousness" 11 The Sea of Meaning 12 Following Golden Threads 13 The Naturalist's Approach The Beginnings of Deep Earth Perception 14 The Imaginal World 15 The Dreaming of Earth 16 Reemergence into Classical Newtonian Space ~ Bridge ~ Bifurcation 17 The Ecological Function of the Human Species 18 "The Road Not Taken" 19 Becoming Barbarian ~ Coda ~ A Different Kind of Thinking Epilogue To See the Shimmer of Infinity in the Face of the Other Diminuendo Al Niente The Movement of Great Things Appendix 1 Sensory Overload and Self-Caretaking Appendix 2 On the Healing of Schizophrenia Notes Bibliography Index

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