Connecting to Mother Earth

Over the past few years one of the most profound lessons I have gained is the importance of understanding, appreciating and respecting our home, Earth. Just like us, the earth is a living organism …

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Connecting to Mother Earth

Over the past few years one of the most profound lessons I have gained is the importance of understanding, appreciating and respecting our home, Earth. Just like us, the earth is a living organism which we are part of not separate from. Everything that is incapsulated in earth is connected and part of a greater whole. Our natural world thrives through adaptation and cooperation of its living inhabitants. Plants and trees filter our oxygen and feed our animals, in return feeding us. Every organism has its role to play, and inter-dependence is the key to the survival of the whole, ensuring the environment continues to thrive and remains balanced.

But what happens when the balance is disrupted because one species has forgotten or decided to not play its part in keeping the equilibrium of the planet and instead pollute it with various toxic chemicals, make room for machines and constructed buildings and large cities. We have lived in the dark for far too long, disregarding the importance of our plant life and animals in order to cater to our need for materialism. For the most part, nature has paid the highest price, while many consider the needs and rights for animals, very little thought is given when plant or vegetation is bulldozed or poisoned to make way for a new shopping district, roads or houses. Tree’s can be cut down turned into paper, houses, furniture etc… it’s just a plant, it doesn’t have feelings like us so it is expendable. However, science is now beginning to explore the true power of nature.

Exciting new scientific research in the field of plant neurobiology examines the sensory structures of plants to determine whether plants have feelings, experience pain or fear and can pick up human thoughts. Science has discovered that plants have an enigmatic sensory system, while they do not have nerve cells that communicate sensory signals to the brains like in humans. Plants do, however, have a form of electrical signal they produce through neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and various chemicals similar to that of a human brain, which transmit sensory signals. (http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-09/new-research-plant-intelligence-may-forever-change-how-you-think-about-plants, “New research on plant intelligence may forever change the way you think about about plants,” PRI.org, 10 January 2014)

There are also suggestions that not only are plants capable of feeling without actual brains to process the information they are able to hear. Scientists played the sound of a caterpillar eating plant leaves to a plant, almost immediately the plant reacted to the sound by excreting defensive chemicals. The author of scientific plant books such as “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “The Botany of Desire”, Michael Pollan, stated in an articled published by the New Yorker that plants may even have the ability to learn, he referenced the research performed by animal biologist Monica Gagliano:
“Gagliano set up a contraption that would drop the mimosa plant, without hurting it. When the plant dropped, as expected, its leaves collapsed (as a natural defence mechanism). She kept dropping the plants every five to six seconds.”After five or six drops, the plants would stop responding, as if they’d learned to tune out the stimulus as irrelevent,” Pollan says. “This is a very important part of learning — to learn what you can safely ignore in your environment.” Maybe the plant was just getting worn out from all the dropping? To test that, Gagliano took the plants that had stopped responding to the drops and shook them instead. “They would continue to collapse,” Pollan says. “They had made the distinction that [dropping] was a signal they could safely ignore. And what was more incredible is that [Gagliano] would retest them every week for four weeks and, for a month, they continued to remember their lesson.”” Ibid
Furthermore, one of the most famous researchers in this field is retired CIA polygraph expert Cleve Backster who performed experiments on plants during the 1960’s and hypothesised that plants were able to tune into our thoughts and react to them. During one of his experiments Backster tested this theory by thinking about burning one of the leaves of the plant. He intended to burn the plant and imagined it in his mind. Simultaneously the plant begins to demonstrate fear responses in the polygraph test. He later burns the leaf of the plant and it demonstrates the same fear. Backster later stops burning the plant and instead pretends he wants to hurt it, however, no fear responses register as it appears the plant is aware there is no real imminent threat as he does not actually intend to hurt it. While Backster’s work on plants did not eventuate to significant scientific notification, and endured a great amount of ridicule, Backster nonetheless was a pioneer in the development of this kind of research, which has progressed significantly in modern science.

For centuries Australian Aborigines have been telepathically communicate with their plants and environment to survive, learning the healing properties and also the dangers of each plant. Plants although do not speak with words definitely have a deep intelligence of their own, and every animal and human can tune into this intelligence as we are all connected through the same consciousness that created the existence of all things. In order to survive the harsh remote Australian outback the Aborigines live as one with their environment and the consciousness of existence, without the need for modern interference, medicine or drugs.

So what does all this have to do with our connection to Mother Earth? One of the greatest mistakes we have made collectively as people is our failure to fully understand, remember, harmonise and embrace our connection to earth. We have lived far too long as separate entities, treating the earth as a commodity to be sold, toiled, mined and polluted. We fail to see that our mistreatment of the earth is a direct mistreatment of ourselves, as it is a part of us. When your perception about the earth, plants and animals change, from being separate entities, we will then be able to connect to the spirit of the life force of all living things, and only then can the earth thrive and return to its healthy balance.

Recently I have been drawn to some significant research about the concept of “grounding” or “Earthing”. Board-certified cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, specialises in integrative medicine. Dr Sinatra has published books and conducted lectures on the subject of metabolic cardiology and energy medicine. His research has demonstrated that the use of electroceuticals, absorbing the negative electrical charge of the earth through placing our bare feet on the ground (Earth) improves the bodies ability to heal at a cellular level. Dr Sinatra asserts that the direct contact with the earth allows the electrons to be absorbed into the body and provides a potent neutralisation of free radicals. His studies also suggests grounding reduced the verbosity and thickness of blood, and in effect reducing blood pressure and preventing heart disease. He believes that after the invention and prevalence of modern footwear made from synthetic and rubber materials, there has been a sharp increase in the amount of inflammatory disease amongst people, such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and auto-immune diseases. Most of which can be assisted through grounding.
We were born to live in harmony, and as part of the earths structure not to dominate or destroy it. Our bodies were meant to touch the soil for continuous absorption of electrons that fight free radicals and the early symptoms of ageing and illness.

We have created a world that is toxic to our health and well being, a world where destruction and extinction is a by-product of greed, consumerism and the desire for more. We have forgotten what is truly important in our lives, and what should be cherished. We are not only the inhabitants of earth but we are responsible for its survival because the survival of our Mother Earth means the survival of ourselves.