Monday, February 7, 2011

Connecting With Plant Spirits

As an eclectic, green witch, I am learning a lot about the power of our plant friends. This week, I am excited & honored to be teaching a workshop on Spiritual Herbalism to a wonderful group of witches here in Central Florida.  

Here is just a taste of our workshop:

Connecting With Plant Spirits
The best way to know our plant friends is to spend time with them.   

Plants have spirits, unique energy.   

Think of a child communing with a flower.  There is magick in that moment.  Spend some time with your plant friends, get to know them better.  It will drastically improve your herbal workings!

If this makes you feel silly, think about this - Plants and people, actually all living beings, have, at the very core of their being, within their very DNA, particles of light that can become coherent.  These particles of light are called biophotons.  Biophotons are ultra weak light rays, that do not break apart, but maintain a beam of light that radiates out & interacts with other biophoton rays in the surrounding environment. The theory, presented by Fitz Popp, German biophysicist, is that this light carries with it a certain intelligence that is the foundation for communication between living things.   So, when you’re with plants, animals, basically any living being, you ARE communicating!  Biophotons are only one method of communication.  We also know that everything carries with it a vibration from the movement of atoms & sub-atomic particles. 

Using these principles, it is pretty easy imagine our communication with any living being.

But, even if we acknowledge the possibility of communicating with flora & fauna, we are also conditioned by our upbringing & society to classify everything using a system of hierarchy.  

Typical Western Hierarchy:
One of the biggest barriers to our communication with plants, animals & even other humans is this notion of hierarchy.  

As soon as we start to classify one person or life form as being greater than another, we begin to distance ourselves from that living being.  

In order to open ourselves to the wonders of the world, we need to abandon our ideas of hierarchy & think less of food chains & higher levels of evolutionary development.  

We must begin to think In terms of the interconnectedness of all, the web of life.

We, mainstream Americans, have been disconnected with this web for many generations.  We have lost our ability to communicate with nature.  

So, how do we reconnect?

We build this relationship as we would build any relationship.  We spend time together with open minds & hearts.
A Few Activities to Connect with Nature

      Take a walk in nature
      Grow plants
      Visit a local nursery
      Taste fresh herbs
      Head to a botanical garden
      Meditate in a garden
      Take a Wild Weed Walk

Once we are comfortable being away from our technology (leave the iPod at home, please!), we can begin to build a relationship with a particular plant.

Simply notice a plant in your surroundings that draws your interest, & start connecting:

Connecting With a Particular Plant 
  • Abandon Hierarchy – remember the Web
  • Spend Time & fully connect (lay directly on the ground)
  • Maintain skepticism, but suspend disbelief
  • Use all your senses
  • Consider the automatic connection that occurs with respiration –   oxygen/carbon dioxide
  • Be aware of the tendency to anthropomorphize – useful to a point
  • Notice & Identify your feelings using words
  • Observe aerial view of the habitat –  a clue to plant’s properties

Partial Sun/Shade


  • Use a 10x magnifying glass to observe the details
  • Touch
  • Smell – most stimulating to memory (genetic memory also)
  • Taste
  • Observe throughout cycles (day/night, seasons)
  • Communicate 
    • Meditation works nicely at first
    • Verbal communication isn’t usually effective
    • Use light, breath, sound, care
  • When you get bored, stay! Only then will you open to the next level
  • Record your experience
    • Journal your feelings & finding
    • Photographs
  • Return & Repeat

Wild & Bright Blessings!

1 comment:

  1. Oh dear Goddess let spring get here soon! I miss my garden and flowers so much!