Be More Plant
By Nigel Summerley and Rowena J Ronson
NS: Did you see the pictures inside the opera house in Barcelona where a concert to celebrate the end of lockdown was played to an audience of more than 2,000 plants?! The opera house said it wanted to “offer a different perspective for our return to activity, a perspective that brings us closer to something as essential as our relationship with nature”. The event may have looked crazy but, on reflection, it seems to have had a very sane message for us all. What do you think?
RJR: I know I am probably a little out of the ordinary… but I didn’t find it strange at all! I found it heartwarming. What I found early this year when I went to see a play in London was a very different story – and I felt so uncomfortable, I left. People crammed into rows of seats with no room to breathe, let alone move. I left in the interval. I love plants. I surround myself with them. I feel their energy; their spirit. I much prefer them to people 🙂
NS: Yes, the images of the concert for plants were beautiful – and such a contrast to the pictures of thousands of people crammed together on the beaches of the south coast of England! I think it’s been shown that plants respond positively to harmonious music – and also to being spoken to gently. And they also seem to create a positive atmosphere in our homes and workplaces. Plants are intelligent life forms – and it seems that it is in our interest to be in tune with them.
RJR: Well we use them to heal, don’t we, as homeopaths?
NS: Yes! And from my experiences with homeopathy and homeopaths and from learning about plant remedies, it seems that the world’s plants may contain just about everything we need to live healthily and be healed. And it seems that there is much else that we can learn from observing plants (which, like us, are expressions of the “life force”).
RJR: All I know is… I just want to be with plants!
NS: Plants have no motivation, no desire, no ego… but they appear to have great awareness and they are nothing but beautiful expressions of life/energy, playing their part in the universal picture (I was trying to avoid saying the circle of life!) – which they enter and leave without fear or regret. Is this perhaps why we find comfort and joy in being around them – and why we can learn from them?
RJR: I find it very fascinating that they have evolved alongside animal life – they are intimately involved in the lives of insects and vice versa. They cohabit and they somehow respect each other. This does not seem to be the human experience, Nigel. What are your thoughts?
NS: I think you have answered the question of what we can learn from them! Even in the densest forest, they seem to find their own niche and to “know” their place – although it would probably be wrong to say that they don’t sometimes compete for space. But there is no malice or ambition or aggrandisement in the forest, as there is in the human world. And there is no hard line between life and death – “dead” trees continue to produce life; plants die and become part of the living earth. Could we begin to see ourselves as a similar part of an eternal nature?
RJR: These are interesting points. I wouldn’t say they compete for space – they know how to live with each other, and therefore they adapt to the space they are in. They also communicate with each other via the mycelium (the fungal colony that lives underground). There is a consciousness and connectivity. I would love for us all to be inspired by forest life. How amazing would that be!
NS: As we have said before, we humans, too, are all connected – not just by our communication systems and our ancestry, but by all that we have in common inside us. The plants have nothing to learn from us – but perhaps we have everything to learn from them…