By Jacqui Bushell
This article is in addition to Jacqui’s presentation at the 2019 Wise Women Gathering, regarding the The Music of the Plants.
Every plant has a song and they sing in sweet harmony and awareness of their environment.
The spiritual community of Damanhur, in the alpine foothills of Italy, has transformed understandings of plant sentience. Over a 40-year period of research, they have created a machine that is able to translate the electromagnetic pulsing in plants into audible sound. What emerges are not random notes, but clear patterns and exquisite symphonies. The really radical part is not that plants make harmonic sounds, but that it can now be shown that they consciously interact with their environment. Via this new technology, we can hear exactly how plants respond to us and other plants, by the changes in their songs. The machine itself is now readily available and relatively simple in design. It consists of two electrode prongs that read the frequency of electric pulses between roots and leaves. This is run through a computer program where the charge variation is translated into a note. A synthesiser and amplifier then create the sound. Communication with plants is now an exciting reality. Plant lovers have long known this. Now, armed with this machine, we can take this knowledge to the sceptics, to children, and to those who need something beyond their own heart to recognise the true nature of our wild and wise earth.
Plants are not just sentient, they are intelligent and aware.
They can control their electrical emissions to modulate and vary the frequencies. They respond to human presence and emotion. In effect, they communicate, listen and respond. Listening to the music of the plants has a profound impact on humans. It raises our oxytocin levels, one of our ‘feel good’, bonding hormones, so people feel calmer, more inspired and hopeful. The sounds open our hearts and promote deep communion with the plant and the environment. This brings us into a greater level of rapport with plants and over time, increases our intuition and relationship with nature and the spirit in all things.
I wish every kindergarten and school had one of these machines! Imagine growing up knowing, really knowing, that plants are alive and capable of interacting with us. Wouldn’t this change everything? Instead of being disconnected from nature and wreaking havoc on our planet, there could be programs of nature connection and communication. Imagine what would change if respect for the natural world was a dominant cultural belief.
Everything in nature sings. Every song is unique.
When a plant is first hooked up the machine, the sounds are hesitant, a little erratic. It may take an hour or so before the plant begins to sing. Sometimes, a plant will only sing when it is near a ‘friend plant’. A plant sings a different song if it is alone compared to if a human or an animal comes by. It also varies depending on the mood of the person present. I have found that when I drop into a heart-centred place of acknowledging and appreciating the plant, it always sings harmoniously and beautifully. While listening, my heart field becomes entrained with the plant’s electromagnetic field. It is always a profoundly loving and healing experience. As I stay with the plant, the song becomes clearer, more vibrant and more harmonically complex. With a group, this effect is exponential. Afterwards, group members report feeling peaceful, more balanced and heart-blessed by something sacred. This effect continues for days, with people being more tolerant and compassionate. Listening with plants invokes loving kindness and peace within us, and likewise, our loving presence is healing and balancing for plants.
Our open-hearted gaze and touch is a blessing that unites.
My dream is to have many of these machines and hook up a number of plants within a heart-focused group. How would they chorus together? Would their individual songs change? Apparently, they do. Some groups have created plant music concerts either indoors or outside, with human musicians and plants playing together. The plants adapt their songs, they mimic, repeat notes and harmonise with the musicians. Musicians and plants respond to each other, creating an orchestra of harmony; nature and people communing.
Plants are inherently responsive and creative.
All this is creating a dynamic pattern of increased human plant interaction within the collective field. Plant spirit consciousness and healing is becoming more commonly explored now through scientific research, practitioners, some farmers, and children’s ‘forest schools’.
Everything is conscious and everything forms from a cosmic ocean of love, wisdom and beauty.
Plants consciously communicate with each other, us and their environment. Through their song they harmonise within their ecosystem, warn other plants of threat, and offer and receive information. Their songs are more than simply survival communication. In order to reproduce, a rose only requires a stigma, ovary and pollen. The exquisite beauty, the richness of the scent, the radiant presence, is not essential for survival. One could describe a nightingale as a small brown bird that sings at night. The world immediately becomes a monotone of dullness! Oh sweet, winged song that uplifts the heart, my soul turns to you and I know the blessing of love… In truth, both the rose and the nightingale are doorways to eternity, expressions of the infinite ways the creative sacred forces of the universe express love, beauty and wisdom through form. If the Universe were merely practical, there would be but one flower type, one human face, not this wondrous cacophony of choice. Infinite creativity and intelligence are innate in the radiant dance of life. The bushmen of the Kalahari talk of hearing “the songs that run through the world [and the] “songs become lines or ropes that take you somewhere”. The songs are one expression of the golden threads that connect everything together.” 1
There is only one song, the great song, expressed in an infinite variety of forms.
Plant biologists are now discussing how plants might ‘hear’, gather and share information. They have over 20 different sensory ‘organs’, enabling them to communicate in a number of ways: through essential oils, release of gases, varying the chemical transmitters that travel through roots and soil and are carried by communities of mycorrhizal fungi cells to other roots, and many other ways. Plants are always vibrating, always singing. They generate patterns constantly with microscopic oscillations. This enables them to harmonise with their ecosystem, to attract bees and birds for pollination, to support growth, blossoming and seeding. It helps them adjust to their environment and their environment to them.
Rhythmic pulsings of sound, light and odour are generated, shared, perceived by all plants and balanced within the biosphere. It is a conscious and intelligent reciprocal communication. One experiment showed that when a tagged amount of carbon dioxide was released into the air over one large tree within a forest, the gas was distributed along unusual pathways. Normally, the movement of a gas is random and wind-born, however, in the forest it was somehow ‘given’ to and concentrated only over trees that were ill or juvenile. A forest is a community offering support, connection and sharing of resources.
We synchronise with nature and our electromagnetic fields become entrained. We harmonise together.
Plants are more sensitive than they might seem. They are always responding and reacting to their environment. They remember the stresses of the past, sharing them with other plants, who will then respond to a similar threat, even if they have never faced it before. For example, experiments have been done in which a person threatens a plant with a flame. Other plants, which had been kept separate from the ‘threatened’ plant, all responded with similar stress hormone changes when the same ‘dangerous’ person entered their space. Plants are aware of their environment and other plants.
I often put on my machine in the clinic, the plants singing softly while I’m with clients. It’s soothing and heart-full, and clients find it deeply relaxing. It brings them into rapport with the spirit of nature which is immensely healing. One day, a Peace Lily who had been singing vibrantly all day, with nary a pause, suddenly stopped and stayed silent. A stressed, anxious client had pushed through the door, talking loudly and fast, a tidal wave of intense energy. The plant didn’t resume its song for over half an hour, until the client was fully calm. Sometimes the plants change their song with different clients. What we emit impacts our living environment and vice versa. Nothing can remove us from this dynamic, interactive matrix of aliveness. This rapport with nature and awareness of its responsive sentience shifts us away from a human and self-centred focus to living within a relational eco- centric awareness. Rather than me and ‘other’, we come into greater connectivity and engagement, a co-creative ‘us’, all participating within a greater web of life. Two questions I ask in my Earth Wise Programs that yield really interesting observations and awareness shifts, are:
Who is aware of you in your environment? How do you notice them, noticing you?
Nothing can remove us from the dynamic, interactive matrix of aliveness that we exist within.
Plants perceive sound. They are more than simply sentient, they are alive and responsive. If people can know, really know in their bones that nature is aware and intelligent, then this must change our cultural attitudes towards nature as a commodity. Like Masaru Emoto’s Messages From Water, which showed how water holds intention, this technology is a revolution that will change our relationship with the planet. All gardeners, all plant lovers and tree huggers know that plants are conscious, interactive and intelligent. Now we have the means to prove it. Our body is not separate from the body of earth. We are one continuation of breath, movement and song resonating through humans, trees, mountains and rivers. One life force, one great song moves through us all. Let’s share this wisdom with the world.
1 S Buhner Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm. Bear and Company, Toronto, 2014.
Jacqui has worked in many women’s health centres as a naturopath, counsellor and workshop facilitator. She has taught Herbal Medicine, Reiki and Flower Essences at colleges and university for nearly 20 years. Jacqui is author of the award winning ‘A Loving Spoonful Cookbook’ and founder of the Sacred Presence range of Essences and Oils of Anointing. She regularly runs retreats in NSW, the Outback desert, USA and France, co-facilitating with inter-dimensional sound channel Jane Elworthy. Through her teaching, writing and retreats, Jacqui empowers others in the wise woman way to build community, share knowledge, stories and healing to embody our wild authentic potential and natural healing skills.