Rudolph Steiner was noted as saying that “plants can only be understood when considered in connection with all that is circling, weaving and living around them.” Steiner also explained that the birds are vital to the health of plants. The healthy growth of plants to flower and fruit is virtually stunted without the wing beats and songs of birds. While Steiner would undoubtedly be in favor of plants keen intelligence, modern science is only just beginning to grasp the real nature found in the life of plants. It may not be too bold to state that plants are more evolved than either animals or man.
Scientists are discovering that most plants possess far more genes than either animals or humans which indicates more progressive evolution. And while the lifespan of humans is limited to about one hundred years, many trees have the capacity to live for hundreds and thousands of years. This fact addresses the ability of plant life to successfully adapt to its environment, and to harness advanced evolutionary traits in order to do so. German and Japanese scientists are pioneering distinct studies about the life of plants, and asking new questions:
• Do plants sleep?
• Do plants have perception?
• Do plants have memory?
• Do plants feel?
• Do plants have a brain?
Incredibly, their studies are proving a resounding yes to these questions. Studies show most plants possess a biological clock with many plants folding their leaves at night as if sleeping. The “root brain theory” has been developed which confirms a type of central nervous system at the base of root growth. Plants appear to feel through their roots, and process large amount of information here such as when to bloom and when to go dormant. In essence, the roots of plants are the location of their brain. The plant life above ground is constantly sending messages regarding their environment down underground to the roots, and the roots apparently process all this information and send messages above ground. Plants clearly respond to their environment (perception), and communicate through chemistry. Specific studies have shown that drought threatened trees can alter their leaf chemistry in order to survive, and even release toxic gases for protection. Plants reveal their capacity to feel especially in response to music and caring attention. This dancing plant native to Thailand moves its leaves in response to touch and music.
Perhaps one of the most remarkable studies ever done regarding the nature of plants began in 1960 by Dan Carlson and continues today with his discovery of Sonic Bloom. Carlson devoted his life to finding innovative and affordable ways to grow food on small plots of land with poor soil. His idea was to feed plants through their leaves instead of their roots, but in order to do so, he had to find a way to motivate the “stomata” in plants to open and drink in these nutrients. Understanding Steiner’s concept of the plant’s need for the vibrational wing beats and songs of birds to stimulate growth, Carlson began to experiment with a combination of frequencies and harmonics found in predawn song birds. He then calibrated the various pitches in bird songs to match reference points on the musical scale. The result was Sonic Bloom, an amazing combination of affectionate care, natural nutrients and sound to encourage stunning increases in plant growth and production.
For those who tried Sonic Bloom, it allowed for Florida citrus tree growers to increase their orange yields ten fold while assisting the trees to recover from the mysterious Young Tree Decline disease; it allowed one farmer to increase his alfalfa hay yields from the normal yield of 3.3 tons to 7.6 tons; and allowed for high desert farmers to create rich soils in which to grow 9 to 10 pound beets. At a cost of only $50 per acre to spray these natural nutrients, poor soils are literally an alchemical transformation through the plant’s transference of rich nutrients into the ground. Sonic Bloom is a myth buster because with proper care and specific nutrients, plants reveal their capacity to grow far beyond their genetic limitations of a certain size and yield. The proper care includes music, sound, vibration…the gifts of song birds for which so many have been lost due to the mindless, endless use of chemicals and pesticides. A silent spring means less healthy food on the table to eat.
Sonic Bloom is so effective and well received by plants that they even turn away from the sun and towards the music when it is playing! Perhaps plants are telling us, as our more evolved teachers, about the need for more harmonious sounds and music in our own lives. This growing system is based on the idea that plants can feel, need tenderness and communication. Plants are intelligent. They ask that we learn to live in cooperation with them, and cease to slice and dice them with genetic modification (GMO), and spare them chemical suffocation. We have yet to fully know the depths of their gifts nor how to entice the full range of their gifts. One of those gifts is the ability to grow huge quantities of nutritious food on very small plots of land with very poor soils. This gift alone is long overdue, and would benefit so many people who suffer from starvation and access to fresh food. We can effectively put an end to world hunger with Sonic Bloom and a deeper understanding of the wisdom found in plant life.
Interested in more? Here is a link to Sonic Bloom, and the amazingly wonderful documentary (1 hr 56 mins) called