Emerging Spontaneously

Catskills ViewLast year I started reading The Lost Language of Plants by Stephen Harrod Buhner right around this time of year. I enjoyed it so much that I had to save the rest of it for later, which ended up getting put of for a full year. So, now that I have finally finished it I am eager to start it all over again. This book allows our interaction with plants to become richer and deeper. The end of the book included essays by Carol McGrath, Sparrow, Rosemary Gladstar and John Seed.

I found this particular description in John Seed’s essay about The Bradley Method to be a beautiful and very helpful way to also develop your own inner flora while helping the Earth heal.

From I Call on the Spirit of Herbs by John Seed.

In Australia, two sisters by name of Bradley came up with an exciting technique by which we may slowly invite back the original biotic community from denuded and scarred landscapes.

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A Question for Vegetarians

I have a question I have always wanted to ask a few vegetarians, and perhaps this is a good place to finally do so…

Is there that much difference between an animal and a plant?

Rhubarb

In recent years, and especially after reading Stephen Harrod Bruhner’s book The Secret Teaching of Plants, Derrick Jensen’s book, A Language Older Than Words and learning more from other Earth poets and students of Nature who read her book through direct and conscious experience such as Goethe and Thoreau, this distinction has become less and less clear to me. When a plant is eaten it is sacrificing its own body so that we can live, it is the same with an animal.

Currently both plants and animals are being horribly abused, disfigured and treated inhumanely, we think of cows stuffed into factory farms or of lab rats being experimented on to further the development of new drugs but there are also vast green deserts of genetically manipulated soy, and all the other terrible things we do to plants in the name of science and feeding the world. It does make me sad that the poor underdog, plants, have no Vegetation Activists to protect and defend them from these disrespectful and abusive attitudes. But I suppose it is even worse for rocks and minerals that are considered to have absolutely no personality.

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