The extraordinary story of a shaman apprentice of the Ancient Amazonian Shipibo People

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

 

Tucano:

Francesca can you tell us a little bit about the Shamanism of the Shipibo People?

 

Francesca:

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

 

Tucano:

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?

 

Francesca:

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.

 

Tucano:

Can you tell us about Ayahuasca?

 

Francesca:

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

 

Tucano:

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?

 

Francesca:

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.

 

Tucano:

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.

Thank you.

 

 

Francesca Macario: apprentice Onaya, healer, educated by the native Amazonian Shipibo people

 

Tucano Noni: Life Coach, Healer, Teacher of Meditation, Alchemy, and Self-hypnosis

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Experiencing healing with voice and plants

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 intelligence field 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 instantly the 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.

 

Plant personality

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 personalityWe 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 a complete 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.

www.gatewaytotheheart.org

 

Singer and Producer of  “Trees of Life…Heart and Soul” music album.

Anyah Dishon. Trees of Life… Heart and Soul. (WAV music file)

A day in the wood

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.

Well yes…

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!

Aninga

 

1st International Festival of the Music of the Plants

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)

[Website with more information about participants: Pepiniere Botanique]

 

Musical Dialogues of the Third Kind

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.

Simone Vitale

For more information about Simone and his work, check out Sound of Golden Light.

 

Testimonials: Plant Music Accelerates Healing!

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!
 

Marina uses plant music to teach children about wild plants

“I recently completed a project in a primary school in county Galway, Ireland, where I came in about once a week to teach a class of 27 six-year-old children about wild plants and trees. Each one of my visits lasted about three hours, during which the children got to know a particular wild plant, through storytelling, drawing and other activities. The teacher of the class has a lovely way of working with children, and was very open and supportive of these workshops, it was a blessing to work with her. As part of my workshops I often brought in the Music of the Plants machine. It was wonderful to see how listening to a plant sing helped the children connect with the plant.

“One of my workshops was about Dandelion. I told the children about the plant, read them a story about Dandelion, we went outside and met many young Dandelions, and made wishes as we blew on Dandelion “clocks”. All the while, the Dandelion that I brought in with me in a pot was connected to the Music of the Plants machine, but was singing very little, and then stopped. This Dandelion grew from a seed that I had collected last April during a visit to Damanhur with my herbal medicine teacher, Carole Guyett.

“As we sat in a circle around the plant, I explained to the children how plants breathe in the air that we breathe out, and how they make the oxygen for us to breathe, and how this is a continuous exchange between us and the plants, including Dandelion. We then did some breathing with Dandelion, breathing in what he was sending us, while sending him good wishes with every out breath. As the children breathed with Dandelion in this manner, the plant started singing… and continued singing beautifully.

“The children decided they could talk to Dandelion, by asking him questions and then interpreting his answers that he sang through the machine. It was a beautiful session of questions and answers. The girls wanted to feed Dandelion by giving him water. And at the end of the workshop, many children thanked Dandelion for his beautiful music, and some came up and kissed his leaves. It was beautiful to witness.”

Marina L. Levitina

 

For more information about the Music of the Plants in Ireland, contact or visit Derrynagittah.

 

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