building a beautiful and bountiful world in collaboration with nature

One of the things I like about gardening is that it is never ending.  Part of that is obviously because of the cyclical, but ever-changing nature of Earth and this solar system. It’s also because there are so many variations and options to choose from.  Garden types and styles are endless.  There is, for example, the classic straight-row vegetable garden or the untidy English cottage garden.  Hydroponics has done away with using soil, while Zen gardens don’t even require plants or water.  In fact, the one element common to all gardens is a gardener.

So today, I want to talk about the gardener.  I’ve mentioned before that we humans are really well-designed.  In truth, we are magnificent creatures, but most of us are not yet aware of that, so here are some basic facts for you:

  • Your conscious mind (closely associated with your left brain) is a linear processor, processing about 7 – 30 bits of information per second.
  • Your subconscious mind (closely associated with your right brain) is a parallel processor, processing roughly 20 – 40 billion bits of information per second.
  • Sixty to sixty-five percent of the cells in your heart are neural cells – the same as brain cells.  These heart neural cells cluster and behave like a nervous system.  Your heart is a specialized brain.  (An example of the increasing evidence we are finding showing how “minded” our bodies are.)
  • Other organs, such as kidneys and intestines, also contain neural cells, though I haven’t yet found good data on the percentages for those organs.
  • Your heart is an electromagnetic transmitter and receiver.  (In other words, your heart could be compared to both a radio as it receives music and the broadcast station transmitting the music.)
  • The electrical side of that electromagnetic transmission put out by the heart is 100 times stronger than the electrical transmissions put out by the brain.
  • The magnetic side of the electromagnetic transmission put out by the heart is 5,000 times (5,000 times!) stronger than the magnetic transmission put out by the brain.
  • These signals put out by the heart are complex, nonlinear frequencies.
  • The signals put out by the heart send information/communication out into the environment as well as throughout the internal body. Proximity enhances reception, but we don’t have instruments sensitive enough to know how far out they go.
  • Your heart receives the electromagnetic signals coming in from the environment surrounding you, and it adjusts its functioning and signalling in response.
  • Your heart has direct, unmediated, can’t-be-turned-off connections to several parts of your brain including the amygdala, thalamus, hippocampus, and cortex.  These parts of your brain process emotional and sensory experience and reason and learn.  (You are using them now.)
  • When the heart entrains its electromagnetic signalling to the brain, that is, when the brain becomes the lead dancer or the lead drummer, there is a decrease in connectivity between the brain and the rest of the body.
  • When the brain entrains to the heart, when the heart is allowed to lead, connectivity between brain and body increases.

So what does all this mean?  It means that as a gardener/human you are a highly sophisticated, incredibly sensitive instrument designed to be able to take in and process tremendous amounts (40 billion bits/second!) of information about every aspect of your personal bodymind and the environment (all those other bodyminds) around you.  It means that you generate an electromagnetic vibration which the plants and other elements of your garden can read and respond to.  (I’ll talk more about plant nervous systems soon.)  It means that you are capable of attuning to your environment in the most magickal of ways.

We are designed to be integral parts of Nature’s web.  All parts of us are essential components – left and right brains, hearts, livers, the whole shebang.  It just seems to be a question of learning to let the heart lead in the dance.

NOTE:  For more details on many of the facts listed above, please read The Secret Teachings of Plants by Stephen Harrod Buhner.  A great book!


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