In this episode of Warrior Radio, I sit down with Stephen Harrod Buhner, a writer and speaker on herbal medicine, plant ecology, and plant intelligence. He’s written over 21 books on these subjects, one of which being Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, which is considered his magnum opus. Amazon’s description:
“In Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Stephen Harrod Buhner reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. He shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligence in Nature as kindred beings, become again wild scientists, nondomesticated explorers of a Gaian world just as Goethe, Barbara McClintock, James Lovelock, and others have done. For as Einstein commented, “We cannot solve the problems facing us by using the same kind of thinking that created them.”
In this episode, Stephen guides us down the rabbit hole of plant consciousness, which could change the way you look at the plants around you. We talk about their intelligence, their level of awareness, their ability to communicate and make tools, and a variety of other fascinating topics.
What You’ll Learn:
- Stephen’s personal journey throughout his twenties seeking out and learning from some of the most interesting consciousness explorers in the world.
- Why the universe isn’t a place, but an ever-changing scenario.
- An explanation of the scientist James Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis which says the Earth functions as a self-regulating organism.
- Why all life forms on Earth (especially plants & bacteria) possess intelligence.
- The memory systems of plants allowing them to thrive and survive in their environments.
- How plants use memory, adaptability, communication, tool making, and creativity to thrive and survive in various environments.
- Why plants have a sense of awareness and individuality.
- Long-term memory of plants which allow them to respond to environmental challenges around them.
- Why plants feel pain and have the capacity to experience suffering.
- Accounts throughout history of plants communicating wisdom to indigenous cultures.
Mentioned In Episode:
- Robert Bly
- William Stafford
- Buckminster Fuller
- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
- James Lovelock
- Gaia hypothesis
- Lynn Margulis
- Charles Darwin
- James Hillman
Cover Photo by J.R. Slattum