Supernal Magazine contacted Alison Jarred, the current co-ordinator of Damanhur Australia, about her role in an international project to grow spiritual eco-communities to support our collective evolution and reconnection to Life. What a fascinating story it is too!
Shipibo, Amazonian Shamanism. A tradition that uses interspecies collaboration and plant intelligence, including Ayahuasca, for spiritual evolution and healing.
This is the extraordinary story of Francesca, an apprentice Onaya (Healer), who lived on the border of Peru and Brazil in close contact with the ancient Amazonian Native Shipibo People.
The journey of healing with plants
Francesca’s story begins when she asked the Shipibo people near the border of Peru and Brazil for help. Her first experience with them was through the Pinate Diet, which included ritual ceremonies and spiritual contact with the Plant Kingdom of the Forest.
After having tasted the depth of their culture, she began a path of spiritual research guided by the Sages of these People. She experienced ascetic practices and personal refinement that profoundly changed her.
After her consistency over a few years, she was invited to be an apprentice healer with Akun Ratè, a shaman belonging to the Mahua lineage of the Shipibo people. This was an exception because she was not a native.
Francesca now organizes healing ceremonies with traditional Shipibo rituals around the world in collaboration with Akun Ratè herself.
We are very interested in learning more about the Shamanic practices of the Shipibo People, who also have deep spiritual knowledge and healing practices connected to the subtle worlds and the plant kingdom.
An interview: Healing with plants and subtle spirits
Francesca can you tell us a little bit about the Shamanism of the Shipibo People?
Shamanism as a word comes from the Siberian tradition.
For the Shipibo inhabitants of the Amazon forest, they speak of Onaya, which means Healer or literally “one who has knowledge“.
The Shipibo Shamans serve the same social and spiritual functions as those of other peoples. They are people who have gone on a very deep spiritual journey and have developed abilities to “diagnose”, heal, communicate with the subtle worlds and use vital energies.
In this tradition the “shamans”, the Onayas, are people in service to the people who need to heal. They are people trained to “see” and “work” with their own and other people’s vital energies and those of the Plant Kingdom. Their aim is to help with emotional and spiritual healing that will then also correspond to a physical healing.
The Onayas begin their journey in childhood, in a regime that we could call “ascetic” in order to make them become psychics and sages.
The path is long and involves long periods of isolation, silence, even mental, fasting, exercises and special diets, useful to refine their self-knowledge and perception of the “subtle” world, as well as communication with the intelligences of the plant kingdom.
The Onaya, once formed, is a great expert in the vast pharmacopoeia offered by the plants of the jungle. He has a direct, personal relationship with each of them and for this reason he can “ask” the plants to cure someone during ritual ceremonies.
The Onaya knows how to make diagnoses, can identify wounds, blockages, deficiencies and physical, mental and energetic excesses through specific rituals. She also works with the help of specific plants. Ayahuasca is only one of them.
Before and after the ceremonies he also administers “alchemically” prepared plants through songs, particular sounds and methodologies that further help the person to heal.
The Intelligence or spirit of plants
It is very interesting what you have told us. We are curious to know about contact with the intelligence of plants. What is the relationship between Shipibo shamans and the plant world? In their opinion are plants intelligent creatures?
They call plants “teachers” or “doctors” and certainly for them they are intelligent. For them, some are even real Spiritual Teachers, especially some of the older ones.
Part of the shamanic preparation of the Onaya is to spend many months in meditation in the company of a plant. You learn to get in tune with them and their spirit, communicate with them, get to know them and make “friends” with them. You also physically absorb parts of them in the form of decoctions or other preparations.
In this way the Onaya learns to recall the spirit of that type of plant when she needs it. During the healing ceremonies, the plant which is able to help the person to be healed is conveyed.
In fact, every plant is different from the other from the physical and chemical point of view, it is also different from the energetic and spiritual point of view. So if one drinks the decoction of one plant it heals some diseases for purely chemical reasons. However also having received the intervention of the “spirit” of the plant conveyed by Onaya during a ceremony, will have an effect on your level of awareness and psychic healing too.
Ayahuasca, sacred plant for healing ceremonies.
Can you tell us about Ayahuasca?
One of the many plants that the Onaya uses to heal is Ayahuasca. This sacred plant brings DMT to the brain, the substance that according to many studies we produce when we dream and when we die.
The effect of DMT is to take a journey inside yourself. In the case of the Healer, the healer goes inside the sick person. In this way we go in to “see” on a physical, but also psychic and energetic level, what are the origins of the illness and what needs to be transformed.
This plant was originally used only by the Healer during healing ceremonies to make this “diagnosis”. It was not absolutely necessary for the person who was to be healed to use this plant, especially if he did not have the ascetic preparation to do so.
Now it is very trendy to use Ayahuasca for this “psychedelic” property, but its original use was not this.
Plants healing ceremonies
So these ceremonies are real rituals? The Onaya, in communion with the Kingdom of Plants, heals people by first making a diagnosis? Then he uses the right plants and energy techniques to dissolve blockages, process emotions, heal wounds and re-balance the psycho-physical system of the person…correct?
Can you tell us more about how this very interesting INTERSPECIES healing ceremony takes place?
During the ceremony usually nothing is ingested. The Onaya sings words in the traditional Shipibo language that have the function of moving energies, opening doors between worlds, conveying the spirits suitable for healing and the processes that want to be activated.
They use florecimientos (plants and flowers of various types macerated in alcohol, such as perfumes) to blow/spray on the person (this technique is called suplado), and purified tobacco to smoke, always directing the smoke on the person to be healed, in order to clean him.
The ceremony is a moment of spiritual healing.
Before and after the ceremony, on the other hand, treatment is also done with other medicinal plants. Sometimes to be ingested, sometimes to be used topically, other times to take baths in. These plants are chosen among the many that the Amazon rainforest offers and are specific to the problem that the person may have. The intake of the plants occurs over the various days of treatment.
This physical part of the treatment involves the use of plants, massages and a specific diet and takes place during the entire period that the person remains in the care of the Onaya.
The shaman connects to the “vibration” of the plant Teacher by investing it. Then he sings and conveys it to the person receiving treatment during the ceremony. He does not necessarily also give it to the person being treated to ingest because usually the shamanic plants or Teacher plants or Doctor plants are the ones that teach the shaman/Onaya what to do for the person during the retreat period. One of them is the Ayahuasca.
These are one of the master plants and they each teach different things. For example, how to energetically cure the winds (they would be equivalent to prana in chakra and Indian vayus) that when blocked result in diseases.
The plants and their wisdom/frequency are connected to only the shaman/Onaya who has been studying for years. He “studied”, or rather, he connected and “talked” with that plant and the spirits of that plant when he was in retreat.
Usually it is only the shaman in apprenticeship who, to better understand the plant, takes it just before the ceremony in order to communicate with the plant.
Thank you Francesca for sharing these experiences with us. It’s a pleasure to hear your story and the deep wisdom of the Shipibo people. It is an example of peaceful, community life in constant connection with the most magical and profound aspects of human beings and Nature.
The ancient spiritual knowledge that these people hold is very interesting and precious. Particular in regards to a theme very dear to us—the intelligence of the plant world.
Francesca Macario: apprentice Onaya, healer, educated by the native Amazonian Shipibo people
Tucano Noni: Life Coach, Healer, Teacher of Meditation, Alchemy, and Self-hypnosis
Discovering the Music of the Plants® was a Divine gift during the time I was embarking on another segment of deep inner work with my spiritual music and spiritual marriage.
Connection with Source through unique music
I have been composing and creating music meditations since 1990 and working with over seven sacred languages of ancient spiritual prayers and sacred wisdom teachings. My mission is to help with the development of a deeper connection with Source through unique and spiritual music.
An unexpected change of occupation led me to an experience in the greenhouse at work with a whole host of exotic plants. After a year of passing through this greenhouse, I was drawn to commune with the plants by meditating in their presence.
Play music among the plants
One day, I was internally called to go to the greenhouse and bring my keyboard and amplifier to play music among the plants. I came at midnight when no one was there, and to have non-interrupted and private time. In this green house was a small-scale aquaponics unit that made sounds of rippling water as it flowed through the different levels and containers. The air was very earthy of course, but had a vibrancy to it, as the aquaponics system was partially responsible for filtering the water for the small fish and aquatic plants. Along with beautiful vegetables and plants the aquaponics helped to create a greater atmosphere.
It looked like a laboratory of sorts, so I called it “The Living Library of Nature.” The plants seemed to be glowing and even looking at me.
I was determined to experience the essence of all these plants and also see if I would be inspired to make music. I did record this experience. For once I was going to remain in silence, quiet my mind chatter and wait on inspiration.
Expanded into another feeling
All of a sudden as I was standing frozen at the keyboard, kind of a strange feeling like I was locked in my place. I felt immense pressure on my whole body and my chest or heart, not painful, but pressure and then a silence all around me as if I were in a tent, I wasn’t aware of any other sounds. I began releasing tears and expanded into another feeling, and one of omnipresence, not human or with any kind of gravity, just there. I then felt an emotional sense of what I would describe as innocence, total acceptance.
I closed my eyes, and images came to my mind’s eye, and I disappeared into deep space as an observer, where I could see the multiverse and the slow clockwise movement from beyond, only I was outside of the system one could see. I was an observer, and a nothing.
Plants were in a superior intelligence field
An understanding opened to me that before matter existed, the pure consciousness uttered through thought and initiated all creation, and from there in all that time of creation, the universal truth of the nature principle was coded into the plants who existed before humans. The plant kingdom created the conditions so that human could live here on this biosphere without artificial protection. I understood that the plants were in a superior intelligencefield designed to be a conduit for this intelligence field and energy, very high frequency. An impression came to me, and a relief that this original consciousness, if one can describe it, was unadulterated by matter or chaos. You see I am trying to explain the un-explainable! I thought perhaps this understanding I was having in this state, is what has been described as SILENCE. A magician would describe it as disappearing; others would describe it as an invisible dimension.
Setting up the music equipment
As I was setting up my equipment, I made the commitment out loud to myself and the plants not to push or try to control anything, or manipulate any of the process that I was experiencing, but to let things happen and if nothing happened with the keyboard, and if I never sang, then to be content with that. Surrender to the experience.
I also understood that if I was in a certain state I had not experienced, not to pop that bubble but be stable and go follow through with it and not go into my analytical mind games, which I often do.
I understood that the pressure I felt was a kind of shift for me to surrender and trust the process. Since I was guided to put myself in the state of no expectation, that was easy and in a way exciting and new to just be at peace and balance. Upon releasing my expectation I expanded once more, and the peace and calm made a clarity I had never experienced.
I had no thoughts, and then the words “And All That Time – Olodumare, Edumare” those words/expressions came to me spoken by a female voice, almost my voice spoken in a very distant spoken thought. It was as if I was my own guide, and speaking to me something so simple but deeply profound because it created image words. I had an opening to understanding about the origin of nature.
Designed to be able to interact with nature
The two expressions, “Olodumare” and “Edumare” are ancient Egyptian expressions for the name of the Creator and Creator Lord. Before I had sung them, but I did not have the wisdom to go with the expressions. I experienced a full understanding in my whole body and felt a clearing in my body. I began to have clarity of what creation was about and how the Divine Creator designed nature to develop the pre-conditions here on this planet for humans to live without space suits as it were. I understood that our whole body was designed to be able to interact with nature and the understanding of noosphere stewardship. I got it. We could live here without having to wear a protective space suit. That skin and the whole body full of different organs each doing their part would be able to be sustained and also thrive openly with the abundant supply of nature. The image of a mustard seed, popped into my mind’s eye.
Experiencing healing as the plants
Then as I stood at the keyboard for a very long while frozen in this presence, the same words going over and over, “And All that time…Olodumare –Edumare”, my hands began to play a sequence on the keyboard I never played before. I just let it happen. And it was a 20 minute recording of music and me singing with my eyes closed and fingers moving on the keyboard. I saw stars and galaxies forming and moving in a slow direction understanding how important the space in between was where it appeared as nothing, but that it was the energy field that held all things together and suspended in this vast space.
And sometimes with my eyes closed my fingers moved over the keyboard and I began to sing the sacred expression as the universal understanding was unfolding for me and energizing my whole body like I was being recharged from head to toe and all around. Then I realized there was no pain, no memory of happenings in my life, no “negative” thought tugs of war.
I was experiencing healing as the plants and I worked together.
Plant music and the health benefits of the plant energy field
That was the opening of the kingdom of the plant music for me and also expansion into what I perceived as the infinite source of plant intelligence.
The next day when I was in our administrative office and working with my manager and owner of the organic soil store, I told him about this experience and he immediately said I needed to meet Ryan. He said that he had not seen Ryan in over 5 years and didn’t know how to get in touch with him! He said he remembered that Ryan was studying a topic at the university about plant music and the health benefits of the plant energy field with the human system.
Then as he was trying to remember Ryan’s last name, my manager said, “Look! Can you believe it? Ryan is in the store, quick let’s catch him before he leaves!” And I was introduced to Ryan, and immediately he wrote “Damanhur.org” on a piece of paper and told me to search for Music of the Plants® topic on the website and so I did immediately as I still was in the state from the energy field of the greenhouse plant experience.
In a week I ordered one of the devices. That was in the year of 2016. It took 2 years for me to work with the plants to where the plant and I sang together in harmony as a duet and improvisational style. In 2018 I began compiling my music cd with the Music of the Plants® device.
“TREES of LIFE” music cd is a compilation of eight meditation compositions
“TREES of LIFE…Heart and Soul” music cd is a compilation of eight meditation compositions, some with Music of the Plants® technology, some with narration of prayers or ancient sacred wisdom text narration by Dr. J.J. Hurtak and Dr. Desiree Hurtak who actually had visited Damanhur in Italy before, and were video documenting as they played my prior spiritual music to some plants connected to the Music of the Plants® device.
They documented the response from the plants to my specific music. It was beautiful that they responded to my music with harmonies. So there was another connection with the music of the plants and my spiritual circle.
Experience the music with the first two plants
I mainly worked with Pachira plants and immediately named them so I could test how each plant interacted. We invited the customers who came in to buy plants and organic supplies to experience the music and the first two plants were “Franklin and Franni.” I then got five more baby Pachira plants to make seven in total and they became a family of musical plants at the organic soils store for the customers and the employees to experience.
National and international conferences and expos on stage
Later I was asked to perform and demo Music of the Plants® device with my singing in some of the national and international conferences and expos on stage and sometimes up to 1,500 would attend.
That’s when I learned how sensitive the plants were to “psychic” and “human thought” projections. I learned to work with the audience to have them breathe with me and release expectation of the plant with Music of the Plants® device on stage and instantlythe audience would relax and laugh and the plant would respond and sometimes would be non-stop with the music after that. It was a lesson for all of us to learn that bombarding the plants with our expectations and demands are broadcast telepathically and separate one from the “essence” of the plant intelligence. This experience actually caused people to shift immediately.
Healing benefits from the universe for human interaction
“TREES OF LIFE…Heart and Soul” will take one on a journey to before the first Garden of Eden on this planet manifested materially. Musical meditations in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Egyptian Coptic, Aramaic, and Hebrew interweave with the divine matrix of universal interconnectivity with the Divine Source.
With the Music of the Plants® device we can experience the results of the intentionally designed living library of nature that carries the healing benefits from the universe for human interaction. Human becoming can advance on its soul journey with nature in creative beautiful ways we are experiencing now and that we have yet to experience.
Three plants in particular are featured on this music cd. They are named Leonardo, St. Kateri, and Rigan, each having a personality of their own although one cannot compare a plant to a human, if we could I would call it plant personality! We are learning a bit of their realm through the Music of the Plants® technology and years of dedicated research (by Damanhur researchers and others.)
One of the meditations on the “TREES OF LIFE…Heart and Soul” music cd was captured live with “Leonardo.” This 13 minute meditational piece with a Sanskrit prayer, “Puurnamidam Chant – All is Perfect”, was not rehearsed or prerecorded. We sang together improvisation, as a duet.
We made this improv music meditation together in 13 minutes. It was acomplete meditation. It felt as if we were divinely breathing and dancing together in a sacred temple to ourselves.
Leonardo taught me the most about acceptance and “being me.” I had never felt such unconditional love as I did with Leonardo.
Then, “St. Kateri” took on a different presence, one that was relentless in reaching into my heart until it opened to a level I had not experienced in this life.
Next, followed “Rigan” which put the joyful and playful dance back into my spirit.
Music connections with the past
I sometimes think that Hildegard Von Bingen and Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis, who by the way was canonized July 16, 1228 the same month and day of my birth, July 16, and he was in Italy the country where the Music of the Plants® device was birthed.
There is a synchronistic connection for me with Hildegard and Saint Francis who to me were alive during a spiritual Renaissance; such as I believe we are in the midst of today. I can imagine the walks they had through the gardens experiencing flowers, trees, flying birds, and peaceful animals they encountered while in the presence of Universal Nature and a place and time and silent space where words were not spoken, but the Presence of the Divine Source was vibrant, and colors were vibrant and the air and energy were alive in resonance with a peaceful harmonious state of being.
With Hildegard Von Bingen, who came before Saint Francis of Assisi, as she was born 1098, and lived 81 years to become one of the best composers of sacred monophony and to this day known as the most-recorded in modern history, also imparted to the world her universal sacred art.
She was called Sibyl of the Rhine, German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. I could understand the beautiful scales that flowed through her as she sang and composed the forbidden music she could not hold back that had to be expressed from her heart and her soul.
I could imagine her walks in nature and her inspired art from the study of nature, which we have preserved today.
Music of the Plants® technology and spiritual inspiration
In my experience, listening to the music of the plants, I could hear the likeness of the musical scale and notes Hildegard composed through spiritual inspiration.
To me, her music is much like the music from Music of the Plants® technology I was able to produce with my works.
May you be safe, happy and secure and prosper in all areas of your lives.
Anyah Dishon is a musician, human-plant interaction researcher, spiritual healer.
Healing with frequencies is a field that has been long known by healers of nature people and mystics. Ancient texts speak of frequencies as the building blocks of our universe and also in modern science this is a concept which finds ever more proof.
Traditional medicine men and women used the frequencies of nature in order to heal their people. Not only using the physical substances of plants, but also channeling harmonies of nature with their voices to rebalance the human body. Also the Indian music is constructed on the precise study of sounds in nature, with the intention to heal.
We live in an exciting era, in which knowledge known by mystics meet the current scientific research. A time in which natural gifts such as sound and the nature surrounding us are successfully applied in many fields of treatments. In this article I share some of these fields of research and how I use this knowledge in my work as a Voice and Plantmusic therapist.
Frequencies that heal
It has been known by mystics of all times that the origin of all that exists are vibrations. Spiritual traditions from all over the world recognise the importance of the Sacred Word as the origin, the beginning of the universe. In modern science this fact is acknowledged, when we speak of the Quantum field. The matter as we perceive it, is determined by our expectations and thoughts. This principle which has been proven by Heisenberg in the first place, has led to an encounter of mysticism and ‘hard’ physics. The consequences of this principle has given rise to fields in science like Psychoacoustics; the study of the perception of sound, which has fuelled researchers’ paths to better understand how it can be used in medicine. Very popular are also findings of Epigenetics scientists, proving that we can alter our biology, our health, by changing our beliefs, our words and thoughts… leading back to the power of sound and frequencies.
A plant healer as sound treatment
I already referred to the frequencies of nature, used as medicine in traditional cultures. These medicine men and women were trained to hear the melodies and harmonies of plants. A capacity that all of us have, but only few discover and cultivate. Hearing the music of nature has been facilitated by technology in this era. ‘Music of the Plants’ were the first to research and develop this technology, which has led to collaborations with many different doctors, healers and musicians, discovering the power of the melodies of nature. A knowledge that has been long known, but entering only in our western society. We get to know the power of nature’s melodies thanks to the translation of these melodies into our language: the language of technology and sounds we can perceive with our physical senses.
Voice and Plantmusic Healing
The music of the plants technology has led me to discovering and developing the capacity to naturally hear the harmonies in nature and to channel these with my voice. The technology made me curious and has led me to study plant communication in the community where music of the plants was first developed*. It led me to meeting shamans from all over the world that have generously taught me methods that we don’t usually learn in our culture. It has opened my mind and being, helping me to develop my communication with the plant world on many levels.
In my sessions of Voice and Plantmusic Healing I work with plants and intelligences in nature, as well as the technology of the Music of the Plants, I currently use the Bamboo M. I start my sessions connecting to the Peace Lily that I always use in combination with the plant music technology. Then with the other plants in my room, then with the plants and trees in my garden, connecting in my mind with all plant intelligence. This for me is a pretty quick process by now. It hasn’t always been like that. It’s a result of a constant tuning in with nature. We are always connected with nature, however not always consciously. To consciously connect with nature I started out very slowly.
I started learning a step by step method at Damanhur, to become aware of all my senses and how I communicate with nature with all of my being. Becoming aware of our senses, creates a space of awareness inside, an open space, in which we can communicate and receive information that we can’t perceive with our ‘outer’ five senses. We need our ‘inner’ senses to communicate with the plants. Our inner ear, eye, etc. Communicating with the plants is a muscle we can all train. Since I’m doing daily work-outs, I learned to manage to do some ‘weight-lifting’ with this muscle, resulting in exchanging ideas and messages with the plants and trees.
In my experience nature is a natural healer. In my healings I perceive that illnesses – or any form of imbalance – are caused by an area of excessive energy in our body or energy bodies. Nature can use and transform this excessive energy, lifting this weight from us, thus creating space for light and healing. With ’nature’ I refer to the intelligence of nature in many forms; plants, trees and other intelligences that live in symbiosis with them. In my healings I use my plant communication ‘muscle’ to talk to them, for advice, ask for help, insights, and I pass on their messages through the sound of my voice.
The Music of the Plants is an ally in this process. It gives me a constant audible feedback of the presence of the plants and healing intelligence of nature. It works like a compass, a teacher and a co-healer at the same time. I notice when I am singing in harmony with their music, it gives comfort and support. In challenging moments, I notice when ‘something is off’ if the music and my voice aren’t in tune, inspiring me to use a different melodic and sound approach. When I’m pausing with my voice, the plant’s music is adding another dimension. When I feel we are about ready with the healing, I notice in the melodies of the plant, at what point we are. I know that the plants’ melodies created by the Bamboo are inducing healing just like the frequencies that I create with my voice, that acts as a channel to transmit nature’s harmonies.
Zigola Pioppo is a teacher of Communication with the Plant world for the University of Damanhur, a singer and voice healer.
Now do you believe that you can communicate with plants, heal and be healed?
Zigola is giving us 2 more presents and give us two interviews. Do not miss them.
You will understand more techniques and tips for connecting with plants world and you will be transported in a meditation journey…
Plant communication, music and Healing with Zigola Pioppo
In this video Zigola Pioppo speaks about plant communication, plant music, use of the voice and healing. She gives tips on how you can communicate with trees, on how to use the Bamboo device for your own wellbeing and meditations, and she gives a live Voice and Plantmusic Healing for your wellbeing, inspiration and to bring you closer to interact with nature.
Interspecies Guided Meditation on Plant Contact with Zigola Pioppo
In this video Zigola guides you to connect and communicate with a tree, while you are at home (or wherever you choose to see this stream), accompanied by live Music of the Plants (using the Bamboo device). This meditation gives you an idea on how you can approach a tree and how you can receive answers that are meaningful to you in your life. And it is a way to start understanding and connecting more to the nature around us.
We are experiencing a great moment of change. Life is change. Nature changes constantly, as do we and our body. Plants know the law of change, adaptability and cooperation, but we cannot say the same for human beings.
For some months now we have been experiencing conditions of forced change. A change imposed by a virus, by something external to our will, which perhaps facilitates a process that, on our own, due to laziness and comfort we would not have chosen for ourselves.
These moments that off set our usual balance change many things-structures, priorities, and even values. What before seemed obvious, now is not. What has always seemed important to us, may now be futile. If before on our scale of values health, self-sufficiency, solidarity were not at the top, now perhaps they are conquering a new position. Will all these current world events be useful?
Right now it’s up to us to choose to see the glass half full or half empty.
At the time of this blog’s publication we are in the season of Spring, and thanks to the quarantine we are locked up at home with the possibility to observe on the internet various testimonies of how nature is breathing in a new way.
“When sea traffic is significantly reduced,” explains biologist Valentina Braccia, “sea creatures, especially cetaceans, benefit from it. Noise pollution caused by maritime activities, together with chemical pollution, represents one of the main threats to dolphins and whales. “Maritime traffic in the Mediterranean continues to rise.” From 2002 to today – underlined Braccia – it has almost doubled. With a growth rate of 3/4% per year”. This emergency that has stopped many human activities is good – at least – for the ecosystem.
The water of the canals of Venice have become so clear that schools of fish can be observed with the naked eye. Even dolphins have returned to the silent ports of Trieste and Cagliari in Italy, just wild boars have been seen in the center of Sassari.
In the deserted streets of Milan hares have been spotted reclaiming possession of their natural habitat. People are not seen in the city, the streets are empty and silence reigns, broken occasionally by ambulance sirens and few sporadic cars.
Meanwhile, satellite images also show a significant drop in pollution levels during this quarantine time. A new analysis, released by BBC conducted by researchers from Columbia University of New York, confirms that air pollution levels have dropped in areas of the world where the spread of Covid-19 is greatest, including China to Northern Italy.
Satellite photos of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have already shown this several times. Both China and Italy have lost much of their gray coat, made of fine dust, carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.
Due to the aviation blockade and millions of people working from home, emissions are expected to drop in other countries of the world that are now more affected by the virus.
Although people working from home are likely to result in greater use of home heating and electricity, the containment of commuters and the general slowdown of the economy will likely have a positive impact on emissions.
Nature is always here and responds to human needs. One positive side to this situation has been the decrease in pollution for her to respond in gratitude, “here I am, I am here, take care of me too”. Who knows, perhaps everyone will come out of this Coronavirus emergency improved, finally aware of the universal value of health, both for mankind and for nature too.
Since the beginning of time humans used plants for healing along with the elements of the Earth. It has been said that the way people knew which plants were used for which ailment was through the plants communicating with humans.
Many tribes and shamans I have met in the Amazon share that they have known which plants to use for what because it was passed down through the generations and also because the plants speak to them and tell them what they are best used for.
Now-a-days we would say just shamans have this capacity to communicate with plants but the truth is that all people do. The more in tune you become with energy and nature, the easier it is to perceive subtle energies and this includes the energies of plants.
The medicines of the Earth are plants and that’s all humans knew in terms of curing their ailments since the beginning of time. People made salves, tea, tinctures or bathed with plants as a way to cure. It wasn’t until a couple of hundred years ago with the invention of western medicine that pills and other prescription medications came to be. The use of plants for healing has not been lost. There still exist resources and sources online that share natural plant remedy options for various ailments and conditions.
Though now western medication takes precedence over plants, but the truth is, many formulas have plant derivatives or isolates that have been recreated in laboratories. The issue with this, is that the checks and balances that naturally exist in a plant are lost when we isolate the parts, hence why with pills there are side effects, but with plants, it is rare to see side effects. It is almost impossible to overdose on a plant for example, but with prescription medication you can absolutely overdose.
At another time in my life I was a medical doctor, and after going through the system and learning those practices, I chose to veer from the traditional western medicine route for the natural plant remedies. I very rarely take prescription medication and I always opt first for the natural plant remedy path and then if after two weeks I do not see an improvement or resolution, then I will try for the prescription medication route. In the last seven years, that has been only twice.
You may consider using plant remedies for yourself the next time you find yourself with a cold coming on choosing high dose vitamin C powders like Camu Camu, oregano oil, echinacea tea, lemon and ginger tea as well too. This is just one example of how natural remedies can be the front line. We would see a massive shift that is more sustainable in the healthcare system if there was an effort to choose affordable plant remedies as the first choice prescriptions among doctors.
This is also an important shift needed during this time to return to our connection to Earth and the intelligence of plants because they are our allies to regenerate the Earth.
Nghala Bianca aka Dr. Nikki Starr shares about spirituality and consciousness throughout the world.
Our Earth is an intelligent organism composed of beautifully diverse life forms and various elements, each with a unique consciousness.
On this Earth, life forms are meant to live in symbiosis with one another. When all is in balance and respected, plants, animals, humans, the elements and even crystals are all meant to serve each other for all of our greatest healing and evolution.
The diversity of the consciousness among all forms on Earth is part of the complexity and beauty of this planet. This means that every form is a teacher and a student, even inanimate forms. We all have much to learn from each other because each being and elements is so different from another.
There is a tendency for many humans to believe that we are a superior species because we express ourselves in very obvious and loud ways to us, when in reality all forms are expressing themselves. And all forms play an integral role in the existence of this planet. In reality, another way to measure intelligence is by examining which beings are sensitive, receptive and able to interpret all of the information presenting in every moment.
With time, technology will continue to be developed that allows us to better connect with and understand other forms. Just as humans will return to a state of greater sensitivity to all beings and things such as when we lived closer to Nature. This was a time when a greater symbiosis between all things existed and this is the goal of the creation of the new Earth.
The good news is we are returning to this way of interconnected conscious cohabitation with all that is with a more modern twist. We can celebrate the break throughs that have already come to fruition with one example including the research and inventions by Damanhur, our spiritual community who over the past decades has developed a device that measures the change in resistance of plants in real-time, similar to the lie detector test, and then this data is converted to midi notes, which produces sounds and ultimately music.
Much research has been done on plant consciousness and behavior using this technology, which has allowed for us to better understand plants at a much deeper level including that they too feel pain and they too are social beings.
If you’d like to get to know your plants at home more deeply, The Music of the Plants device is a convenient and entertaining way to connect to the consciousness of your plants and listen to their self expression. May open your mind and heart to receive how they wish to communicate with you.
Nghala Bianca aka Dr. Nikki Starr shares about spirituality and consciousness throughout the world.
Plants are our allies when it comes to healing and creating sacred, sanctuary space. They are natural born healers and therefore when we allow them to be a part of our daily lives, we see great benefit.
With these 4 simply uses you’ll instantly elevate your energy.
1) Decorating a home or office with live plants
Plants purify the air. As we know they produce the oxygen we breathe and consume the carbon dioxide waste that we exhale.
Plants are also beautiful to look at and add life to any space which brightens our mood and energy. The soul loves beauty!
2) Drinking Herbal Tea
Herbal teas made from plants by simply boiling different plants with different properties have medicinal and healing effects.
Depending on what you are desiring to feel, you can find a plant for just about anything. Plants can provide emotional relief and shift your energy from one space to another, enhancing your energy.
3) Bathing with Plants
Plants can also be placed in the tub with you for relief and to elevate your mood or energy in the form of essential oils, cooking them as a tea and then adding them to your bath or adding them directly to the bath
Depending on your intentions you can use various kinds of plants. For example, lavender is relaxing whereas mint is cooling. The effects, regardless of which plant you choose will enhance your energy.
4) Playing the Music of the Plants in your environment
Whether you are at home, at the office, or in Nature, with the new portable Bamboo devices you can play music of plants wherever there a plants. The sounds are so healing and immediate bring a sense of awe, peace and calm.
Keeping the music of the plants as background music enhances the mood and peace of any space.
Allow yourself to go through your own experiments and experiences to see how plants affect you in your home and self care practices. We can guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised by the results!
Nghala Bianca aka Dr. Nikki Starr shares about spirituality and consciousness throughout the world.
My name is Tucano Noni and as a teacher and practitioner of meditation, I’ve used meditation to support my spiritual development and I use it to rebalance my body-mind system.
Recently I had the intuition to use meditation to contact Nature, specifically the plant kingdom. I also used the Music of the Plants during my experimentations and in this post I share some of my findings that may answer some of your questions regarding nature, meditation and the vibration of plants.
Nature Induces Meditative States
Connecting to the realm of plants is a natural ability that humans have, but it has been partly lost in contemporary western culture. The good news is, it can easily be reactivated and offers us considerable benefits.
In fact, when we are immersed in nature it does not take much to get in tune with her frequency and experiment with states of consciousness different from our usual one.
We have all had the experience of entering into a forest, or finding ourselves in the middle of a grassy meadow, feeling serene, relaxed, and in a light state of being, while at the same time feeling the depth of our being.
Electromagnetic Fields Created by Plants
Plants create a “field” in which we can dive into. Studies have shown that plants create an underground network with their roots, which allows them to be interconnected. This network is similar to a huge brain or complex computer that spreads throughout the entire planet via billions of connections that allows plants to exchange large amounts of information.
However, plants are also connected through the electromagnetic fields they produce, and if they wish through this field they can communicate with each other and other creatures.
There are moments when these fields are not produced, such as when the plants are feeling uncomfortable or are at rest.
This “field” is created by what we can imagine as a “song,” intoned by different plants composed of electromagnetic vibrations. This dense symphony then permeates us, activating an immediate psycho-physical response within us, which we can perceive through our change of state.
The Speed of the Plants
Plants appear to be still, but in reality they grow and move constantly. Their activity is intense and vital, but their speed of “movement” is very different from ours–It is much slower.
In the traditions of the Peoples most connected to nature and the plant kingdom it is said–to “communicate” with plants one must stand still beside them.
In fact, when we move, to them, we are very fast. They perceive us as thunderbolts that cross the environment.
When we are in contact with Nature, and we tune into the slower rhythm of plants and their deep, quiet state, we experience states of well-being and serenity.
How Music of the Plants Changes Brain Waves and Can Help Meditation
Our brain activity can be measured. We can distinguish the various electromagnetic waves of different qualities that are produced according to the activities in which we are engaging.
Beta waves are the brain waves connected to the state of wakefulness and to most daily activities, which are considered a “faster” rhythm.
Alpha waves are those that are produced in states of relaxation and meditation, and are typical brain activity of those engaged in a yoga session for example. In the Alpha state there is generally a synchronization and balance between the right and left hemisphere. In this state the level of endorphins is usually higher and there is a feeling of expansiveness, lightness, and a deeper connection with oneself and the surrounding world.
Tuning with the electromagnetic “information field” of plants we are led naturally to experience the alpha state, which is more in tune with their natural state of being.
Music of the Plants device uses the principle of biofeedback to capture the “field” of electromagnetic information that plants produce around them and transforms it into music so that we can perceive it consciously and, following its variations, our mind is gently guided into the alpha state of meditation.
The practice of meditation in contact with plants is an exciting adventure that leads us to a real exchange with these creatures in a way that expands our awareness, balances our emotions and helps us find a state of psycho-physical well-being.
Connection with plants facilitates a state of meditation, which has these characteristics:
a decrease in the number of thoughts
the perception of deeper parts of oneself
the sense of connection with the “All”
As with anything, consistent practice helps us refine our abilities, and this is also true for meditation and connecting with Nature and the plant world.
Tucano Noni – Life coach, healer, teacher of alchemy, meditation and self hypnosis techniques
It’s interesting when people choose to become vegan for the sake of animal rights. “But what about plants?” I often think.
Much of the decision is based upon not hurting the animals and that they should have a say in their life. The same for plants too!
For those who communicate with animals in a deep way, we can receive the same level of response from a plant if you choose to do so and you know how to listen. We will go deep into this in another article.
For many years, studies have said that plants do not have a nervous system or neural receptors and because of this concluded that plants don’t feel. But this is absolutely not true too.
Plants also feel and are conscious to pain. They are also highly intelligent and know how to regulate themselves for the sake of protecting themselves against predators. There have been several studies that have demonstrated this.
Humans tend to be quite ego-centric and often use their logic to extrapolate the explanation for all things. And recent evidence suggests otherwise–that even though plants don’t have a nervous system that indeed they can feel.
Plants know when they are in Danger of being harmed
There exists technology, such as the music of the plants device that can measure the change in resistance in plants, which can then be converted to data. Plants can also be hooked up to devices that measure this resistance, like the lie detector test, in order to witness and measure their responses to the environment.
If you do a google search of “plants connected to the lie detector test,” you’ll find that back in the 1960s Cleve Backster performed numerous experiments with plants that revealed through the lie detector test that they do indeed register pain the moment it is inflicted onto them.
What’s even more fascinating is that they show a response even when someone thinks about harming them, and plants have a similar fear response as humans do when he took matches out of the drawer. The plants also displayed the spikes on the lie detector test when others were harmed too hence demonstrating their empathy and high level of consciousness.
Plants feel it the moment they are hurt
In a recent study in 2018 at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, it was demonstrated that plants have a nervous system-like response when they are harmed. Using technology and genetic modification they were able to measure and show that when a caterpillar bit a leaf, the plant released glutamate which is a neurotransmitter that humans also release in a moment of feeling pain. In the plant this resulted in a cascade of calcium release, which is similar to a nerve signal in humans. This process then signaled the plant to release its defense hormones that can be toxic to those wanting to eat the plant.
Plants respond to Pain and take measures to protect themselves
There have been several studies done with deer and trees in areas were the deer tend to go overboard and eat too much of any one tree. They found that plants release an increased level of tannins which are bitter and toxic to the deer so that they stop eating the plant.
This is fascinating because it reveals that plants are much smarter and well adapted than most people give them credit for. If we think about our planet, however, the evidence is there. Plants tend to overgrow humans and man-made structures and even outlive humans too.
Perhaps now you’ll think twice whenever you come in close contact with a plant, mistaking it for “just” a plant.
Nghala Bianca aka Dr. Nikki Starr shares about spirituality and consciousness throughout the world.
Bettina Ohse et al, Salivary cues: simulated roe deer browsing induces systemic changes in phytohormones and defence chemistry in wild-grown maple and beech saplings, Functional Ecology (2016). DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12717
Thai TV ThaiPBS made a report during their visit to Damanhur Community Federation, where they also met Aninga for Music of the Plants. Passing through Damanhur Crea they came to Solerà, where we manufacture and sell the device of Music of the Plants.
IT.A.CÀ, the first and only festival in Italy on responsible tourism, combines the sustainability of tourism with the well-being of citizens. Music of the Plants will be present on June 8 and 9 for an interspecies concert.
Maker Faire is the world’s premier innovation show.
A family-friendly event full of invention and creativity that celebrates the DIY culture in technology. We will be there as an exhibitor to present Music of Plants.
We were sent the link to this TEDx talk by Professor Stefano Macuso, one of the most important figures in the field of plant neurobiology:
We already know that plants have all our senses (they can see, hear, touch, smell and see) without the organs usually associated with them and they have some more specific exclusive senses. We also know that they have very important and intense social lifes. But, are plants intelligent? Can they solve problems, communicate, and navigate their surroundings?
In this talk, Stefano Mancuso presents a new paradigm in our understanding of the vegetal world. He argues that plants process information, sleep, remember, and signal to one another-showing that, far from passive machines, plants are intelligent and aware.
Stefano Mancuso is a lecturer in the University of Florence, director of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology (LINV) in Florence, Italy, and a founder of the International Society for Plant Signaling and Behavior. He is the author of several books and more than 250 scientific papers published in international magazines and journals. “La Repubblica” newspaper has listed him among the 20 people who will change our lives.
Do you think that plants are conscious and aware of their environment? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
The forest is an environment that can open up to more than one dimension of the existing one. When we are walking together in such a place we create links that we can not imagine.
Why is this happening?
The trees are interconnected … much more than us! When we relate to a tree, we are not talking only with him, we talk to the whole tree collective. That is why when we find ourselves within this community we can feel peace, well-being and love. We can also find out more about receiving ideas, insights, and solutions.
Now comes the beautiful …
On Saturday, September 16, there were about 150 people in the Sacred Wood Damanhur temple. The atmosphere was really nice, and when you arrived you could feel that light scent of autumn in the air. Equinox was at the door, and here in Damanhur we have been respecting the natural cycles of the seasons for 43 years, celebrating them cyclically. Entering the woods, we found in the circuits musician with the Music of Plants, that enriched the atmosphere. A little further there was a demonstration banquet for our Music of the Plants device, which was tested during the day. The plant connected to the device welcomed many people who interacted with her in the most disparate ways. The plant was caressed, touched. Somebody made a verbal or singing dialogue with the plant.
One of the most fun moments of the day happened when a tall, blond lady started making vocalizations. After a short time, the plant began to repeat the sound, reproducing the duration of vocalization and tonality! Incredible to note how many references can give us nature!
All this was continued with the evening concert, among the Music of the Plants, the musician Maurizio Verna and the vocal group of polyphonic songs Magjical.
I send a warm welcome to all the participants, with the desire to repeat the experience as soon as possible!
On the 27th and 28th of May we attended the 1st International Festival of The Music of the plants in ParcFloral, Paris. We have had the privilege to meet with some researchers and scientists who study plant intelligence, as well as the great live concerts with musicians and plants together.
Conference on Genodica Plant for Genodics, basically the study of the amino acids that make up proteins, a method to transpose the sequences of genome audible frequencies or colors. (France)
Solerá as a production company of the device of Music of the Plants, made a historical and technical presentation of research started in Damanhur 40 years ago. (Italy)
Jean Thoby‘s conference: all the experience of his team has been carried out, the use of plant music in various contexts including health. (France)
Botanical Concert with Geranium and Fern with vocalist Laure Charrin and double bass Renauld Garcia Fons.
Concert on piano with Roman Kawasaki and orchids and ferns. (Japan)
Alexandre Ferran conference on the use of the device with the addition of software to offer plants a kind of keyboard where besides music they could also express words. (France)
Experience with connecting the device to a Bonsai of 1796 which offered a very mystical concert. (France)
Conference with Ernst Zürcher, a specialist in natural sciences that has carried out his research on the impact on the cosmos with plants, botanical ball music, electricity and plant memory. (Switzerland)
Simone Vitale‘s concert guitarist with different plant species: Anthurium and Spathafillium. (Italy)
Concert with the Master Plants group, a jazz quartet of improvisation with wild orchids (Denmark)
Satu-Aamu Kangas shares with us that an article was published in the August 2016 version of the magazine Sielunpeili in Finland about her work with the Music of the Plants. The magazine is published by Karprint Oy and is available throughout the country. If you happen to speak Finnish, pick up a copy and let us know your thoughts about the article!
As a token of appreciation for all your support, Lavender and Nu-Mex Twilight composed this small song for you.
Our small staff has been so overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback about the Music of the Plants that we have not been able to properly communicate what is happening here in MotP headquarters—and there is so much to tell!
This year, we have been heads down on research and development. In the coming months, we hope to share exciting news about next generation devices, research around the world on the effects of plant music and new plant perception discoveries from music composed by plants.
Today, the best way to keep up to date about what is happening with the Music of the Plants is to follow our Facebook page and Youtube channel. We invite you to post videos, photos, audio and stories about your experiences for everyone to see. This is the best place to ask questions and look for research collaborators, as well.
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Music has the ability to open many gates of communication, and we know this very well.
It makes us dream; it evokes feelings and different kinds of states in us; it heals; it lets us express ourselves.
As a Musician and Sound Healer, I know this aspects of music very well. But what I have come to know through my experience with the Music of the Plants has more to do with myself and my ability to listen. When one engages in a musical dialogue with a plant, one enters a different level of awareness. Or should I say, “one should enter” for the dialogue to even take place.
I have improvised music countless times in my life, alone and with other musicians. I am far too used to the human response—to a call or to respond in a human way to a call. But when I sit close to a plant with one of my instruments, my experience in this regard are not really useful. With a plant, I need to allow myself to slow down, first of all in my mind, and sink deeper. So many aspects of a plant’s life happen on a different time scale.
When I am sitting there, I need to open a different space to allow myself to perceive the interaction. And when the signal comes, it often comes in a different way than I expected. If I am not fully present and attentive I will miss it. I will miss the opportunity to learn more about communication, more about life.
And when I do catch that moment, then I feel very grateful for everything I can learn in that glimpse of deeper connection.
Centrum voor evolugrafie (Belgium) is a centre that works with different techniques to help you to re-adapt on physical, emotional and mental levels. During the sessions, you learn to go out of your comfort zone and break with your ill-making habits which are manifested through your thoughts. Bellaret recently started using the Music of the Plants in their sessions and are extremely excited about the results:
Testimonial 1: L.B., Belgian, 43 years, administrative, diagnosis: diverticulitis (inflammation of the intestinal wall).
“2 years ago I had severe stomach aches. I was hospitalized and diagnosed with diverticulitis (inflammation of the intestinal wall). After being discharged from the hospital, the pain was better, but not all gone.
“At the end of 2015, we sold our house and renovated a new house, at the same time, I started to doubt my job. This gave me a lot of stress and my abdominal pain became worse. During my sleep, I woke up from the pain. After this, I started treatment at Centrum voor evolugrafie with Lorraine, who uses the Music of the Plants.
“After the first session, I already felt more relaxed. The third session made me feel so good, that I could make a decision about my new professional career. My conversation with the director went quietly and calmly, something I could never imagined I would ever be doing! Pain in my stomach has been disappeared completely and I am feeling totally relaxed today.”
Testimonial 2: CS, Belgian, 26 years old, diagnosis: diplegie (sided paralysis of the legs).
At the start of the treatment at Centrum voor Evolugrafie, CS was walking with 2 crutches and both of his legs in walking braces. As of today he only needs a walking cane!
“Music of the plants brings an atmosphere of tranquility. After the second session with the music, I felt vibrations in my upper legs. In the following session, I felt the vibrations through both legs full, up in to my toes. My legs are more flexible and I can walk better. When the music is louder, I feel the vibrations more in my legs. In this way, my walking pattern improves very fast.
“After my first week of treatment with Music of Plants is finished and I feel myself more flexible and reborn in such a short time. The more I go on, the more I believe that everything is getting better!”
Have you used the Music of the Plants in healing? Tell us your story!
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