An old strawberry pot was left near my back door when I moved in years ago. The base of it was actually broken clean from the rest of the pot, but I figured it was worthy enough to plant morning glories in for summer color.
Weeds grew in the little strawberry holes, so I’d yank them out. But one summer, an unusual plant appeared in one of the holes, so I thought:
“It’s worked so hard to get there, I’m going to let it be.”
Winter arrived, consuming all with bitter cold and the little plant withered away.
Come spring, the scraggly plant reappeared! I couldn’t believe it wintered over in that thin pot. A friend told me it was some kind of raspberry.
I had been taking raspberry leaf herb supplements at the time, and had been lamenting its costly expense.
So, here my nature spirit friends brought the needed herb right to my door! I made tea from its leaves.
This year, the plant overwintered again, sprouting up two large branches and bearing fruit!
Elementary, My Dear
Helena Blavatsky was the first to refer to nature spirits as elementals.
“Some classes of elementals… have an intelligence of their own and a character…”
And further ….
“A plant can be receptive or non-receptive, though every plant without an exception feels and has a consciousness of its own. But besides the latter, every plant—from the gigantic tree down to the minutest fern or blade of grass—has, Occultism teaches us, an Elemental entity of which it is the outward clothing on this plane.”
William Quan Judge explains.
“As it (the elemental world) is automatic and like a photographic plate, all atoms continually arriving at and departing from the ‘human system’ are constantly assuming the impression conveyed by the acts and thoughts of that person…
“…and therefore, if he sets up a strong current of thought, he attracts elementals in greater numbers, and they all take on one prevailing tendency or color, so that all new arrivals find a homogeneous color or image which they instantly assume.
“…every thought combines instantly with one of the elemental forces of nature, becoming to that extent an entity which will endure in accordance with the strength of the thought as it leaves the brain, and all of these are inseparably connected with the being who evolved them.”
“There is no way of escaping; all we can do is to have thoughts of good quality, for the highest of the Masters themselves are not exempt from this law, but they ‘people their current in space‘ with entities powerful for good alone.” -W. Q. Judge
“On the other hand, a man who has many diversities of thought and meditation is not homogeneous, but, so to say, particolored, and so the elementals may lodge in that part which is different from the rest and go away in like condition. …”
“They move with the velocity of thought. In their world there is no space or time as we understand those terms.”
“I think most people regard plants as being pretty unresponsive and stuck in one place,” says ecologist Richard Karban of the University of California, Davis in a recent issue of ScienceNews.
In a 2008 paper in Ecology Letters, Karban explores the range of plants’ capacities revealing
“high levels of sophistication previously thought to be within the sole domain of animal behavior.”
But these scientists are also observing plants being as aggressive and mean towards other plants as a lion stalking its prey. Some plants even fight each other for resources and even scream for help.
Hmmmmmm. Maybe the elementals and plants in my back yard are happy and helpful because they’re appreciated in a friendly environment.
Maybe the other plants are fighting because they don’t like being in a lab?
© Kara LeBeau 2009. All rights reserved.
P.S. New arrival!
Later today, as I was reading your nice comments on the post,this little raccoon came right up to my screen door. In Broad Daylight! I wonder if it was one of the babies I met last summer (see my post “Sweet and Wild.”) Thank you, everyone!
Plants Can Sense