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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Communication and Communion with Botanical Consciousness

Consciousness has the capacity to reside in two different states, one is centered in the mind and the other is centered in the heart. This represents the primary duality of nature, one of which is masculine in nature and the other is feminine in nature. It is through the harmony of these two perceptual faculties that one is able to get a full picture of nature in its essence.

Mind centered consciousness is masculine in its qualities- rational, linear, reductionistic, and analytical. In this state, there is an observer and something that is being observed, thus creating a duality. This state of consciousness is marked by separateness or division. Here I am, and there that is. The mind by its very nature is fragmentary, it sees things as parts and to do so, will dissect, analyze and reduce things into its constituent parts. It is a narrowing of consciousness, in the sense that it single pointed in its approach. Quite often times this results in a constant looking at the parts, while forgetting the whole.

It is this state of consciousness that is dominating the world today. It is the religion of science. We worship the mental faculty in this age, and all progression, evolution, and change is based on the products of the mind. The world as we know it, is tangible mind, thoughts in manifest form. All objects of artificial nature began as ideas originating in the mind of the human, which has been conditioned in a paradigm that is disharmonious with nature. Its products are Euclidean in nature: the straight lines, perfect circles, and right angles that are rarely observed in nature. The reality of nature is not Euclidean, but fractal and non-linear.

Heart centered consciousness is the flip side of the coin. Rather than being rational, linear, reductionistic and analytical, it is non-rational, non-linear, all encompassing, and empathic. It's qualities are feminine, receptive, intuitive, sensitive. In this state, there is much less of a distance between what is being observed and who is observing. In fact, in its ultimate state, there is no distance at all, one is able to realize that the observer is what is being observed. Here I am, and there I am too; I am that. So whereas consciousness centered in the mind is marked by separation or division, in the heart, it's quality is that of unity.

This is that state of consciousness that dominated the ancient human being, where they lived in harmony with the Earth, as opposed to living in the world, which is our own projections placed onto the Earth. Living in a world surrounded by things created by the human mind only increases our mind centered consciousness, whereas living in an environment surrounded by things created by the Creator, or natural phenomenon, increases our heart centered consciousness. In this state, we are connected to the environment in a deep and profound way; it begins to teach and heal us.

Communication is a natural phenomenon of mediation between the inner and the outer worlds. It is the means by which our personal sense of self in isolation is able to be translated into a form understandable by another. In order for this to occur, we must create symbolic representations of tangible and intangible things (such as emotions). Thus, we create language. From the chaos of the external and internal world, a certain structure or organization is able to be created through an agreement of what is and how it can be expressed. Thus, when we two people look at a hummingbird, and that word hummingbird is agreed upon to be the representation of that being, a bridge of understanding is built between those people. Even if the beingness of hummingbird is not present, just using the word will still enable people to comprehend what is being expressed.

This is a relatively straightforward process in terms of physical, tangible objects. But when it gets into the realm of the intangible or invisible, things start to get a bit more fuzzy. When I say the word  love,  I could be speaking of many different things. The love of kale is much different than the love for ones mother, or for ones partner. Yet the word love is still used to describe these highly different states of being. This is also based upon ones societal, religious, and conditional upbringing. When I say the word love, it travels through space, hits your ear, and travels through the neural networking within the brain which is a byproduct of conditioning, your past. It is filtered through your experiences of love, or lack of love, which is naturally going to be much different from mine. You may say you understand, yet we are perceiving things from a much different perspective point.
So communication is composed of language, which is composed of words. Yet those words are not the phenomenon themselves, but mere representations of them, conveniences.

and we are so attached to words

Due to communication being lingual, it is a mind based faculty, because the mind is nothing more than words. Thus, communication is based on a sense of separation and division, which is the mark of mind centered  consciousness. Here I am, and there you are and we are communicating. It is mind to mind. But because nature is not linear in quality, communication and language does not penetrate into the heart of things. It is peripheral, surface level. It is scientific and not poetic. It is rigid and not fluid. It relays information, but not transformation. This is not meant to devalue words or the mind itself. We have it for a reason and it serves a great purpose, which is to be in service to the heart.

Communion on the other hand, is a very different experience; it is worlds apart from communication. Communion is a very beautiful word, it is composed of two words: common and union. Common indicates a certain likeness of things, a commonality is a reflection, in that what is before you is similar to you; you are equals. But when union enters the picture, the division between you and the other dissolves. The two become one. Rather than seeing the other as being a mere reflection of yourself, you see it truly being yourself. Communion is intimacy.

So whereas in communication there is a division between oneself and what is being communicated with, in communion there is no division at all, one becomes that which is being perceived. It resides in the realm of the heart, where there is nothing but unity. And in order to enter into communion, one must become utterly feminine, so open, so receptive, that you allow the other to enter into you deeply, so that they touch your innermost core, your essence. Conversely, they too, must be in this state as well, thus, two purity's are interweaving together into one. It is an exchange of essences; unio mystica. In communion, there is a deep transformation, as opposed to mere exchange of information.

Communion reaches a place that is far beyond words. In fact, it touches to that place where words unfold, it is the invisible space from which the symbolism of words and language derive. So it is natural that once communion has occurred and is over, the separation of self and other occurs again, that a whole slew of words will arise within ones consciousness. But these words will be of a radically different quality than before because they are arising from the source of words, rather than generated from a previous surface level thought stream.

In order for these words to be able to touch the depth of what has occurred in the state of communion, it is important to have a natural language that can adequately express what has happened. This natural language is one of energetics. Because communion is a dissolving of boundaries, one enters into a realm of pure undifferentiated energy, it is a movement into the unmanifest, the mystery. The standard language of the mind will not do, science cannot touch this place. This is where the application of the universal cosmology comes into place, because it provides the framework or pattern from which these kinds of experiences can be best fit into. It allows for the communication to adequately and accurately reflect the communion. In other words, it enables the mind to be entrained with the heart, so that the words reflect the truth of the experience. In this way, we learn to truly speak from the heart.

In the realm of working with the botanical kingdom, a great focus has been put on plant communication. This is a great step for humanity in that it brings us back to the realization that the natural world is latent with information and that we can in fact tap into that wisdom. But information really only grazes the surface, it does not penetrate to the depth of being. It is like the difference between studying the art, history, politics, economics, philosophy and religion of India and actually going there to get the first hand experience. You can accumulate masses of information about India, but do you know India with that information? You don't really understand something until it has entered the realm of direct experience.

Every single aspect of a plant is communicating its intelligence to us in unique ways, myriads of forms. From its molecules, to its shape and structure, its environmental and habitat patterns, to its organ affinity and physical, mental, emotional and spiritual actions on the human organism. Everything about that plant is communication, and communication infers intelligence.

Through an understanding of a system of energetics, this intelligence is able to be mapped out, to be placed into some sort of workable pattern. Energetics is a system of natural language that effectively captures and embodies the essential nature of the botanical being and how it relates to the human being. This natural language is simple and understandable, because it is based off the observation of nature and the connections between its various forms. It connects seemingly disconnected things, thus revealing the unity of the natural world.

 Although it is true that the secrets of the outer world disclose themselves inside us, in the spirit we step outside of ourselves and let the things themselves tell us what is significant for them, rather than for us. 

Rudolph Steiner