Plant Spirit Medicine: an introduction and historical perspective
Plants are amazing.
Plants are all around us.
Plants are essential to human survival.
In fact, it is because of plants that we live and
breathe and exist. They make the material for the matter of our bodies, create the air we breathe and channel the
lifeforce that animates our consciousness.
Similarly, as human awareness and consciousness are
expanding, so too, plant consciousness is going through its own parallel process. We are in a time when mutual
recognition and cooperation between human and plant worlds is very impotant for the well being of Earth and all
Beings within her body.
Plant spirit medicine has the ability to heal human
ills at a very profound, source level.
I, personally, have been consciously communicating with
plant spirits for a number of years now, most significantly through the process of shamanic journeying. These
communications have shown me how plants have been my friends and allies throughout my life, how they have been
stroking and comforting me, inspiring and animating me, healing and challenging me, providing the environments I
feel most comfortable in and honing me to be their ambassador among humans.
It is with joy and gratitude that I share my love for
and understanding about plants.
When the opportunity arose to do the research for this
communication, I perused the obviously available english language literature about plant spirit and
While a number of writers attribute the discovery of
the herbal medicinal value of plants to trial and error, hit and miss experimentation, most support the idea that
humans and plants communicated in ancient times, plants offering to help humans with their needs, humans being able
to hear and understand.
How and why this communication between human and plant
worlds broke down in what became the dominant thinking of the English speaking minds of western culture humanity is
an interesting contemplation. For the purposes of this discussion, I will put that development in the same general
category as the burning of the witches, scientific thinking of the universe as a mechanical operation that can only
be known by the five senses and whatever parallel process caused the plant worlds to retreat from active efforts to
communicate with humans of this culture.
That is not to say that communications ceased. But they
did move out of public sight and common occurance into "endangered" level. Taciturn gardeners, not to be taken
seriously poets, secret societies and inconspicuous indiginous cultures with strong oral traditions continued to
engage in these communications while mass mind human thinking forgot that plants are anything more than their
chemical make up.
Now that we, of the English speaking cultures, are
coming into the light of expanding consciousness, there are appearing a significant number of written works about
the re-awakening of our awareness and understanding about plant sentience, spirit medicine, and consciousness.
These are inspired by a diversity of sources from within our own culture as well as the numerous different language
cultures from around the world, many of which did not lose touch with plant worlds the way we did.
Anna Bretenbach, a teacher of interspecies
"The First People and indigenous tribes were easily
able to communicate telepathically with all of nature and didn’t consider this unusual, to know from the animals
where they were or which plants would be medicinal, toxic or nourishing.“
What I am seeing is: that, in order to communicate with
plants and their spirits,
either you are born into a situation to do so,
such as an indiginous culture where this is a natural way of life, or as in: "my Gramma talked to plants so
I just did it and thought everyone one else did too",
and/or you do shamanic journeying that takes
you to spirit worlds where you meet plant spirits,
- and/or you ingest plant materials that stimulate the parts of your brain that
resonate with plant worlds and their consciousness, as in partaking of sacred ally hallucinogenic
and/or you go the mystic path, meditating upon
universal spirit/love, getting in touch with your intuition and divinity, and this connects you to direct
knowing and understanding of plant beingness which you can then translate into ideas and words,
and/or you are naturally clairvoyant or
otherwise psychically open to perceive spirit beings
and/or the plants reach out to engage with