Do you think plant music is just a tool for pleasure?
That it’s just an object to increase your ecological sense?
That it’s just a musical instrument?
Also… but not only!
By now we have collected so many creative and alternative experiences. Not only music of the plants albums but paintings, visual works, books, creative spectrograms, light games, dances and various body compositions.
We interviewed Alejandra Alesso to present you her admirable artistic work through Chinese ink painting representing the mountain flowers of Argentina.
What is your beginning? How do you get inspired to create these works?
My teacher lives in Neuquén, a lonely house two kilometers from the road, two kilometers that I used to observe the flowers on the way to her house, and they were the ones that I chose to be painted later.
On that walk, surrounded by flowers and cliffs that embellished the landscape in the distance near the Neuquén mountain range (30 kilometers from my house), Los Riscos Bayos, which I describe as part of the landscape there are one of the three places in the world with rock formations of this type. These were generated by the accumulation of volcanic ash thousands of years ago where erosion and time gave them that particular shape.
In that magical and unique place my teacher taught me to paint and develop the Xieyi painting style.
This style is free, spontaneous, of few and simple brushstrokes where the spirit is reflected in the shapes that emerge, where meditation and contemplation are necessary requirements to achieve the work.
There, in that place when the hot months arrive, the green bursts, plants, flowers and birds fill the environment with life.
During the remaining months of the year, the snowfalls completely change the landscape, covering everything in white and the harsh winter brings days with temperatures down to -20C.
There, in that place, my dear teacher Maggy Eve Risdon, taught me to paint while I listened to her stories about the Tao and Chinese philosophy.
I became interested in meditation and mind control techniques, as well as deepening my knowledge of Chinese culture, its history, philosophy, calligraphy, seal carvings and also its millenary medicine.
How does plant music help you?
Since I was a child I had a very particular connection and perception with plants, not only I feel attracted, I have the joy of finding flowers wherever I go, I stop to study their shapes, colors and even their perfume, I also notice that on the same path, others do not stop to appreciate them.
Generally I have the sensation of vibrating in their same frequency and when I discovered that I could measure their vibration and listen to them in a musical language, it was a before and after for my life, for my art, for my way of seeing them!
How does it allow you to get closer to nature?
Now I paint listening to the music they emit, this makes my inspiration much more powerful and I connect much more with it!
This is reflected in the energy that I try to transmit in my work, I try and look for that magical dialogue to happen when it is observed by the observer, who can perceive this too!
Have you discovered something interesting listening to music of the plants?
I have discovered that their music inspires me much more, that I have a particular vibration in the connection with the plants, which allows me to meditate actively!!! Before in my Chinese Painting classes, I meditated with music from the internet today all my students enjoy meditating with plant music!!!
In your experience, how can plant music help artists? Do you recommend it?
I recommend every artist to have their little Bamboo device in their workshop.
The music generated by the plants that decorate our environments have life and are talking to us through technology.
Thanks to this technology one can create, relax, feel the harmonized environment through the sounds we hear, I not only recommend it for artists, I am convinced that this technology can be more than useful to people who practice yoga, meditation, doctors, psychologists, alternative therapists, elderly, breastfeeding children to sleep, I can think of many alternatives in which music and plants can be a tool for enjoyment and tranquility.
See the video made by Fundacion ICBC about Alejandra. On min. 6:45 she talks about Music of the Plants.
Artist, Teacher, and Designerin Caviahue, Argentina
The creative possibilities of plant music are endless. See here how Johannes Heppner was able to visualize the sound of plants even through spectrograms.
We thank him to tell us his story below.
I spent my childhood in a small village in Eastern Germany, the “green heart of Germany”. There was not really much to do all the time, all my friends were living in other places so I could not see them very often after school. So, I spent most of my time in the nearby forests and meadows, going on adventures, climbing trees, and exploring my surroundings on my own.
Growing up surrounded by nature had a huge impact in my life, as my interest in plants started to sprout in my teenage years. The structures and details that I found on different flowers throughout the wild kept inspiring me, so I got myself a camera and started to photograph these structures. That was the kind of spark that pushed me into creativity pretty early. After finishing school, I wanted to dive deeper into photography and started working for a studio that offered me an apprenticeship. At this time, I couldn’t spend as much time in the nature as I did as a kid, and for that reason I decided to bring the nature to my home.
At first, I bought some small foliage plants and I was quite excited how well they did, they were growing well and made me really happy. It was around that time, I felt like plants would become my “new hobby”. I started to grow tropical plants, building so-called hermetospheres for them, basically closed ecosystems in a jar. It felt great to work with plants in a creative way and I spend hours over hours in garden centers, looking for new plants to add to my arrangements.
After some years in the photography business, I felt like I needed something new, so I applied for bauhaus-university in 2020. I moved to Weimar and left all of my plants behind at home, with my grandma taking care of them.
University started and I felt great since I had so much more creative opportunities. Soon I felt like something was missing in my new home, so again I started to get some plants. This time I really went serious about the tropical plants, building a small indoor greenhouse with air circulation, heating and even a humidifier to keep the air moist. Over the months my collection grew and grew, at the moment I keep around 60 different species in my small room, so everyday waking up feels like waking up in a jungle.
In October 2021 I took a new course at university, which allowed me to do a publication about something I was interested in. It was clear to me that I needed to do something about plants. But what? After a quick brainstorm I remembered that Video I once saw on the internet, a plant connected to some kind of device, making music. I thought that maybe that could be a nice topic for my project. I wanted to make sound-visualizations of different plants. My teachers liked the idea, and so I started doing research.
I quickly found out that the device I saw on the video was named bamboo- so I got in contact with music of the plants and told them about my project. They also liked my idea and gave me the opportunity to get my hands on such a device to do recordings for my project. They were also the nicest people ever!
After I did the recordings, I started to think of a way of visualizing my results. I started to create spectrograms which enabled me to see the sounds. I liked the outcome and decided to go on with these, but still needed to find a way to a way to make clear that these graphic files were attached to the sound. After some time of thinking about it, vinyl records came to my mind. The physical transportation of sound and music seemed perfect for my recordings. So, I just had to connect the linear spectrograms to the look of a record, making them round and create videos of them while they spin. I found a way to make them circular and started to create the visuals. While spinning the “record”, the visual component is created in the exact moment the tone is played. So, for the viewers it looks like the sound is forming right before their eyes. In the end, I had 20 completely different circles that were unique in their sound and appearance.
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.
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.
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)
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!
“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.
Listen to plants create wondrous music of a Christmas Cactus and Majesty Palm duet recorded by Emerald Voices Music of the Trees in Canada. Leave us a comment with what you feel when you listen to the music of these plants!
This is a duet between the tobacco plant, Semah, and echinacea plant, Brigid from Anne Elliot in New Zealand. Although they live together, and no doubt communicate between each other, this is the first time they’ve been connected to Pan (Anne’s Music of the Plants device) and a second device so we can hear how they sing together. Don’t you just love how they change the lead over—it’s like they’re dancing!
An emerging duet with cellist Raeul Pierard and a young Kawakawa tree playing the Music of the Plants U1.
What we are seeing is that with time, a musical rapport is possible between human and plant instrumentalists.
This short clip exhibits the future possibilities of human musicians joining with plant musicians to create the most unique musical experience.
We are very excited at what the future will bring as we hear more trees and plants play along with humans.
The Kawakawa tree, an incredible medicional plant, is behind the small table with the heart shaped leaves.
I had just connected my first young birch tree to the device and I was playing some cords. I found out a series of cords that the birch tree would easily follow. I was puzzling in my mind with songs I knew, trying to find out a song the tree would be able follow. Very soon I thought of Twilight Zone by Golden Earring. If I would play it 1 tone higher then the original song key, it would match the cords the plant knew. I sang it an octave lower and this was the result that came within minutes:
This record was made just before the tree dropped his leaves. It takes some patience, and many cold days and nights, before I can try again and make a better version of this….
But making music with plants, to me, is a new world opening up. It resonates with the definition of Twilight Zone, as defined by Rod Serling,
You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension, a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve crossed over into the Twilight zone.
Hope to be able to come up with some new and better recordings this summer… Marcel Bakker, Netherlands
“I only have one indoor plant, she is a peace lily called Tara. I hooked the device up and Tara made a couple of single notes both at the same frequency. Then the same note a few more times but a bit faster then she tentatively tried a few notes either side of it then suddenly ripped into full range from very low to high. Up and down a few times and then she started experimenting.
“When I left the room she went quiet and sang a few notes, like she was calling me back. When I went back she took off again. She sang for a full half hour and then I said to her to just let me know when she wanted a rest by going quiet. A few minutes later she did so I disconnected it. I have a very sick friend so I will ring her later and ask Tara to sing for her. I have found the setting #99 that the machine was set at when I got it is the best. Just beautiful.” – Anne, NZ
“We attended the “Music of the Plants” [at Crystal Castle] the other day, we were both in the eye of some deep emotional “stuff” we both found we had a clearing from the music, thus healing. It was a bit more of a process than I have written here but just wanted to pass on our deep deep gratitude.” – Leigh, AU
When people discover that you can communicate with Plants, there are several common reactions. The first is denial, they think you are making it up. The second is awe. Sometimes the awe leads them to think that I have super powers and suddenly all must go well in my life. 🙂 Instead, communicating with the Plants is an experience of humility and humor. My recent encounter at a local Wildflower Preserve, Shenk’s Ferry is a good example.
I had gone there hoping to make some Essences. I soon discovered Trillium beginning to emerge from the ground, leaves still tucked in tight. I kept hoping that I would find some blossoming. As I walked further, I found buds, and then … Blossoms!! Oh my Heart!!
I have been chasing Trillium for years wanting to make an Essence, only to miss the Blooms – too early, too late or to discover her but not have my equipment with me. After spending time with her, I connected Trillium to the Music of the Plants and then set up an Essence. She didn’t want to play any music, so I continued to enjoy sitting with her. I kept feeling her push me away and tell me to “Go on!” I didn’t want to leave the Essence there because it was out in the open. However, I finally listened.
A little while later, I understood her urging. For she sent me to Dutchman’s Breeches. Or as I like to consider them, Faerie’s laundry. These quickly started singing (video below). And I did make an Essence with them. While I was listening, I laid down among the laundry (the whole woods were carpeted with them) and could feel the Faerie energy all around. I got a beautiful attunement and knew that I received the medicine that I was needing. While I was there, the Sun suddenly burst out, another surprising gift, for we were expected to have thunderstorms.
After spending a considerable amount of time there, I decided it was time to move on. I finished the Essence, gave my gratitude and headed back to the main trail, where I ran into an old friend. We had a fantastic discussion; however, I was anxious to get back to the Trillium. I stopped on my way to bottle the Trillium Essence only to discover that my bowl was gone! I looked all around and could not find it anywhere. I asked if I could make a quick Essence with her, but the answer was “No.”
I was disappointed, when suddenly something caught my eye. Here was Trout Lily blooming! (Another Plant whose essence I’ve been wanting to make for years.) I saw some of her leaves while I was walking earlier; however, her blossoms were not out yet. I did make an Essence with her! When I went to bottle the Essence, I discovered that while I had 3 bottles along, only 2 had the Brandy in it, so I really could only make 2 Essences.
While I did not get to make the Essence with Trillium, I felt very strongly that she was directing me that morning and helping me to do what was in my highest good instead of what my will was wanting. I did not see any other Trout Lily blooming on my way out, even though I know that the hillsides are full of her.
So you see, the Plants do give us gifts (and lessons) and sometimes these are completely different than what you think you will receive or are needing.
I’m excited to work with both Dutchman’s Breeches and Trout Lily. Part of my work with Dutchman’s Breeches was a agreement to return to Shenk’s Ferry and a commitment to work more deeply with the Faerie World. Hopefully, I will return soon and be able to make a Trillium Essence then!
Dutchman’s Breeches aka Faerie’s Laundry singing while their Essence is being made. Whenever possible, I like to have the Plant sing while making their Essence. I feel it adds another level and helps to activate the Essence even more. The bird songs significantly increased when Dutchman’s Breeches began to sing.
We have listened to our plants play music for the last 14 months.
Lone got the Music of The Plants CD produced at Damanhur as a birthday gift in August 2014. When we realized that the Music of the Plants was offered for sale, we bought one in January 2015, and started playing with potted plants in our home.
We soon discovered that the plants did not always play when we would like them to play, and that a plant playing at one time – later on the same day, didn’t play right away when we wanted to share with some friends.
In our house, Lone cares for the plants and has “spoken” with them daily for decades. When we for the first time we invited a small group of friends to listen to the plants, it happened that Lone had to leave the room for a telephone call in another room. The plant stopped playing when she left the room and started playing again at the moment she returned.
Often when playing for friends, we feel uplifted afterwards and the atmosphere of the room is felt as newly cleansed.
Using the software “Score Cloud” it has been possible to score the songs and play them with different instruments. It would be exiting to have human musicians play the music composed by plants.
Recently we bought a rechargeable battery available for our device, which has given us a new freedom to play with plants and trees in nature. Our first try was with a Snowdrop plant in our garden. See the video and enjoy!
Zigola, a Damanhurian citizen and singer born in the Netherlands shares about an artistic co-creation with nature in the Sacred Woods Templeof Damanhur, dedicated to children.
I’m one of the fortunate people that live in the Sacred Woods of Damanhur, a woods with spirals and labyrinths for healing and inspiration, places dedicated to meditation, Sacred Dance and Music of the Plants. With a couple of the inhabitants of the woods, we have been rewriting one of the mythologies by Falco Tarassaco about the magical reality of this place.
We have also created a story for children to understand, with drawings of the woods for them to color and design with their own inspiration. We made an audio book with sounds and melodies of the forest. Later on, a CD will also be released with the full songs.
The making of these songs has been a very inspiring experience for me. Falco Tarassaco has left us indications about how to contact trees, using all of our senses. With the help of one of our befriended shamans of the Hopi Native Americans, I have learned how to hear the melodies of the trees by lying on the ground and just listening. With a couple of Damanhurian musicians and musician friends from Denmark, we have created songs based on these melodies and also melodies collected using the Music of the Plants device. It feels as if these melodies help us to get into contact and dialogue with the plant world and offer them a sign that we are listening and seeking collaboration.
The audiobook will be released next month in English and Italian (The Secrets of the Sacred Woods).
We’re looking forward to seeing and hearing your creations, Zigola! Thank you for being inspired by the magic of the woods.
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