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.
A short nice story. As you know I bought the Music of the Plants device.
Yesterday I did a presentation to all ecovillages in The Netherlands (50 people). We had a remarkable and touching closing.
At the end of my presentation I had one plant that was able to make music. One other plant did not work and I aksed the public for help. Then a mother with a 3 year old child came to that plant. The child started to contact that plant and told me how I should hold my hand close to the plant. When I did it as told by the child the plant immediatly started to make music. It was a nice and emotional closing of my presentation. The mother cried and a lot of people were touched as well. Magical moments of complete silence of the public followed.
Another amazing experience with the Music of the Plants this week thanks to this beauty, Begonia!
The most incredible experience that I have had thanks to the Music of the Plants was with a Begonia this past January in Kauai (a story for another time). However, since then I have heard from other people about remarkable experiences with Begonias and MOTP devices. I had this suspicion that Begonias are very talented singers and wanted to test this out, so was excited to plant several in my garden this year. However, I didn’t get to listen to them.
This week, I connected this Begonia (moved inside for the winter) to my device. She immediately began playing scales (giving credence to my belief) and then very quickly began to play a song. However, I recognized this song, as I listened to it for most of the Summer. This is Tulsi’s song.
Well, I soon became despondent and worried. (It amazes me how quickly our brains go to the “sky is falling” when things do not look like we think they should – or maybe it’s just my brain.) One of the downfalls to my work with MOTP is that I’m not a musician, so I do not have the trained ear. My brain started with, “It’s not the same song, you just don’t recognize the nuances.” To “Oh my God, it’s just what the doubters have said, the device has a random program.” And “Oh, my device must be broken and is simply playing the same song.”
Ok, I know that this is long and I hope that you will read to the end, to see the magic of this experience. While my brain was reacting to the sky falling, I was ignoring all the experiences that I’ve had with the Plants and this device. I do not have a trained ear, but I do have a trained Heart and my Heart responds amazingly to the Plants singing. I have had too many incredible experiences, particularly of Plants responding to People to be able to even think that the device has a random program. And no, my device is not broken, the song isn’t the same, for it changes, but Begonia was playing Tulsi’s song.
So what was going on? After I calmed down. I remembered an earlier experience with Peace Lily, the first Plant that I connected to the MOTP. Damanhur recommends that you train your Plant to play by playing classical music or a Teacher Plant. I didn’t have a teacher Plant, so I played a Yo-Yo Ma CD for Peace Lily for days. At one point, when my favorite song started playing, Peace Lily started playing right along. This happened several times.
Just like Peace Lily listening to Yo-Yo Ma, Begonia has been listening to Tulsi sing, so he was playing what he heard!!
I had a new client yesterday morning. As I was preparing for her session, I was given guidance to bring the MOTP into my office. Begonia was practically jumping at the chance to play for her. I thought another more experienced Plant would be better. However, Begonia insisted. He started playing a song within 30 seconds of being connected (only his 2nd time with the device). This song was different than what he played the other day and did really touch both of our Hearts.
Begonia wanted to continue playing after our session. I went into my office this morning and was greeted with beautiful, Angelic, heady music, so complex and so beautiful! I forgot and left him play all night! However, Begonia didn’t seem to mind, he was happy to show off his talent.
Until my experience in Kauai, I never had a relationship with Begonias, never really gave them my time or attention. My grandmother loves them, so I would buy them for her, but that was the extent. Honestly, even though I added them to my garden this summer, I can’t say that I really fell in Love with them. This morning as I was returning Begonia to my living room, my Heart burst. This is something that I will sit with and dream with for awhile. Those of you who know me know that I tend to be very Heart-centered and living from the Heart is both my path and my goal. Therefore, Heart-opening experiences are fairly commonplace for me, though they continue to be wonderful and exciting. This one was different. It literally felt like a key turned and a small doorway was unlocked. I of course, burst into tears, but they weren’t the tears of pain or even joy, more the tears of recognition and understanding.
I had not intended to share my personal experience with Begonia; I wanted to share the brilliance of the Plant World and particularly Begonia’s incredible playing this week. However, my personal experience seems important to share also. I am blessed to have had (and to witness and assist others to have) amazing experiences with Plants in many different ways. I am so grateful to have the Music of the Plants device which greatly adds to these experiences.
Listening to the Plants, I know that my body is receiving healing, for their music immediately puts me into Heart Coherence, which has many positive physiological effects (if you want to learn more about this check out HeartMath). With the aid of the device, I am learning how to work in co-creative partnership with the Plants. The device also makes it even easier for me (and others) to connect to Plants (something that is as natural as breathing, we’ve just forgotten how to do it). Then there are those incredible m
agical moments, where the device, really the music from the Plants allows everything to transform and it feels like I am in a different world and am able to tap into a deeper wisdom.
SO much gratitude to Damanhur for bringing this device into my life and even more gratitude for the remarkable Plant Beings who continue to amaze and humble me and teach me Love!
May you have a Heart-full, Wonder-full, magic-filled weekend.
Sting was interviewed by the Italian online magazine Io Acqua & Sapone where he talked about how he is using the Music of the Plants in his vineyards.:
“In Tuscany, in the Palagio, your 300 hectares home produces wine and honey. Why did you chose to set up an agricultural, eco-friendly business?”
“I felt the need to feed my family with genuine products; it is right to take care of the earth, not to plunder it. The company employs fifteen people who work there full-time to produce extra virgin olive oil, honey, salami and biodynamic wine – it is not unheard-of that soon I may decide to sell my products. For the moment, I would like to test the use of the music of plants to cultivate the fields (electronic equipment that reproduces the sounds of the plants used in the Tuscan community of Damanhur that Sting visited some time ago – author’s note).”
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