Touch Me Not Plant – Shy, Humble, Sensitive

Touch Me Not Plant – Shy, Humble, Sensitive

Touch me not” as I will react, retract. I am sensitive. I am shy. I am humble.  And, I have little tiny claws that will sting you.. Talking about stings, I am snake bite venom, contain the “God molecule”, will alleviate your depression and anxiety, balance your sexual energy, and then put you to sleep.   And, oh, look, I have mystical pink pom pom flowers that cheerlead life.  I am considered a toxic weed but I will clean your soil.   I maybe a small little plant, but I come with a powerhouse of teachings.  And, so beautiful to look at and so mysterious to touch.       

Mimosa Pudica, the humble sensitive plant, seems to hold a very pertinent lesson for us in today’s world.   It speaks volumes in it’s tender smallness and yet arcs a lesson for us human’s that we just do not understand it all and perhaps cannot with our mind, alone.  Humility will spawn electrical looking pink circles (pom poms) perhaps a symbol for power in the plant world (cats claw also has the same flowers) 

I recently came across this plant in a local garden with my (almost) 2 year old grand-daughter, Kaya.  She made me sit..  She gently touched the leaves beaming with delight as they retracted.   “You do it”  she exclaimed!   WOW!  Crazy, she said.   Of course I laughed and felt the same intrigue she did.  I collected a root cutting and seeds.

Mimosa Pudica, you are a perfect plant for today’s world affairs.  And, as plant signatures and names of plants often give away their uses, you whisper a wisdom well beyond your size.    Her leaves are fine acacia like.  She spreads in waste areas..   Her flowers, well, they are pink pom poms!  And, touch her and she’ll react. Poof!

The name Pudica in latin means shy, bashful or shrinking. Well,  when you touch the leaves she responds by closing each leaf nodule in a sequential folding.    It is the coolest thing ever and it leaves the observer in a sorta pleasant glee.    It is also known as the “sensitive” plant.   My, with a name like that I think all empaths should meet this plant as it insinuates we have a psychological treasure in this plant that crosses thresholds to eclectic understanding/wisdom.  Any plant with this name must be a friend of all empaths.  I wonder if it is a medicine for the empaths, especially the shy sensitive ones?

In the Amazon the plant is known as Chami  Chami, which means pure, bright, beautiful, fresh, everything’s gonna be alright sorta thing. It is made into a tea for treating sleep disorders. I suppose things are alright in dream world.  Women soak the leaves in the juice pressed from the roots and smear the resulting juice between their breasts and on the soles of their feet. They claim that this gives them “increased sexual power”.  Considering this, it is no wonder that it is also use as snake bite venom.  A water extract of the roots has shown significant neutralizing effects on the lethality of the venom of the cobra.   

In Quechuan, it is know as Punyo-Sisa (Sisa I found out is  slang for “yes”) and its’ leaves are placed in the pillows of elders and children, again, as a sedative and sleeping agent. In Brazil, the plant is called Jurema and is used as an ingredient in the initiatory drink of ceremony.  It is claimed to contains 5-Methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT; also known as ‘5-MeO-DMT) which is the same compound found in’ ‘Toad’ medicine (Bufo-alvarius toad venom).    While DMT is the Spirit Molecule, 5-MeO-DMT is considered ‘The God Molecule’. Psychoactive, snakes and toads, oh my!   

In the Philippines, Mimosa pudica is regarded as an aphrodisiac for frigid women and men.. For women, they pick and boil the leaves. Apparently, just as the leaves fold together when picked, they open up again when boiled and the opened leaf is a symbol for the vagina when it is open for sexual activity.  

In India, the leaves are chewed and the resulting mush is spread unto the fresh wounds to stop bleeding.  In Nicaragua it is used for stomach aches, ‘cleaning the womb’, to stop menstruation and for gonorrhea. In Mexico is it know as: “Dormilona” and translated means “Sleepy head”. The root is used as a temporary birth control.    

Mimosa is known by a lot of names.

And, finally, Mimosa pudica has shown to produce an antidepressant-like profile similar to two tricyclic antidepressants:  clomipramine and desipramine    Depression and anxiety are among the world’s greatest public health problems.   Perhaps this is the connection to the sensitive empaths?

It seems this little shy, bashful, sensitive, pure, bright, beautiful fresh smiling plant is traditionally a very important herb having many important pharmacological activities…. analgesic,  antidiarrhoeal,  anti-inflammatory,  anticonvulsant,  antimicrobial, hepatoprotective activity,  antiasthmatic, anti-ulcer, antioxidant properties with emphasis on antidepressant and anxiolytic activity and it contains the “God Molecule”.  WHEW! 

But, the good news doesn’t stop!  From a gardening point of view, this shy plant is a nitrogen fixer.which is a vital element for plant growth and reproduction. It has also been tested in phyto-remediation of arsenic polluted soils.  Mimosa pudica significantly extracted and bioaccumulated the pollutant out of the soil and into its leaves.  It will also extract heavy metals such as copper, lead, tin, and zinc from polluted soils. This allows for the soil to gradually return to less toxic compositions.   

Although this little plant is loaded with medicine for human and nature alike, what intrigues me the most lies in the concept that plants don’t have brains, however, this little plant has a learning and memory capacity.  A study done with drops of water dropping on the plant showed that over time, it learned the water did not harm and therefore it stopped retracting its’ leaves.   And, this memory stayed (was not forgotten). (link) Somehow the plant also transferred this “information” to other plants who did not have the experience so neighbours understood too..  My question is isn’t memory and learning a cognitive process and intelligence can be described as the ability to solve problems?    So, this plant has movement, learning abilities and the ability to communicate.   It is theorized this retraction of the leaves is a transfer of minerals…a flash capacity….a charge of minerals.  That intrigues me even more!   The electrical universe has a lot to reveal to us humans!

There is still a mystery surrounding where and how our human memories are stored.  Could it be the same kind of machinery or energy that the Mimosa is utilizing?   Is it an invisible electric energy with intelligence?   And, as the “lesson” (being water isn’t harmful) was transferred to other plants, is it possible that there is an disembodied intelligence and the presence of a spirit we have yet to fully comprehend?

I agree that humans are special in regards to the fact as we are able to discern and debate.about intelligence. But it’s the quantity, not the quality of intelligence that sets us apart. We do exist on a continuum with the Mimosa, the radish, and the bacterium. 

This little shy plant shares with us that intelligence is a property of life,  I believe there is plant intelligence. It’s not like animal intelligence.  It is not like artificial intelligence. In fact, I feel like it’s more like a hive or swarm mentality  in that each cell or individual part of the plant contributes to the overall intelligence.  I believe it is electrical and magnetic.   Which is why you can so easily clone plants; the part that was separated has its own “mind” after separation and can grow into a new identical plant.    I meet Mimosa Pudica and the mystery just proves to be more  amazing.

For one little plant with tiny little pink pom poms to create such a stir as to the questions of what is intelligence and cognitive ability, is it possible that the sensitive mimosa is the perfect plant for empaths? Perhaps the most troublesome and troubling query for all humans is in the “thinking” about life  and what is “consciousness.”    We tend to define consciousness as an inward awareness of oneself experiencing reality—“the feeling of what happens”.   If so, then we can (probably) safely conclude that plants don’t possess it.   But if we define the term “consciousness” simply as the state of being awake and aware of one’s environment—“online,” as the neuroscientists say—then Mimosa Pudica may qualify as conscious beings.  And, that changes everything.

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
Welcome to my garden Shy Sensitive Plant!

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A Spiritual Pickle.

A Spiritual Pickle.

We are in a circuit folks and it is causing a Spiritual pickle! I am seeing different types of attitudes emerging right now:

..those who don’t care
…don’t want to know
….those who know but don’t care
…..those who know and who care deeply.
Is it possible that those who don’t know and don’t care are in a better space? I don’t think so at all! Why, because they are not growing nor do they have potential to evolve.  They are numb and they are holding us all back.   I know many who know but “gave up” a long time ago and that implies they lost their care.    Basically, they summarize it is all as useless. They are not helping move things along though.  The latter two are the truth seekers.  And, all of the truth seekers are currently feeling a less than optimistic tension about the world affairs. With this tension comes the outright visibility of their own dysfunctions too. I suggest this is a good marker that change is afoot. I think we are in a critical phase.  I honor the truth seekers who care!
And, it is like crazy meeting crazy…guess what in this dynamic, that is when exhaustion moves in. Anyone want a drink, a smoke, a pill right now? Let’s totally distract ourselves from the realities. There are many ways to go numb. Although….the crazy still exists at the other end. So, now what?
With the increase in disillusionment (discovering the reality and seeing how dark it is) comes the tunnel of the dark nights. IAnd, in this chaos, I notice panic and anxiety rising. I have plenty of friends whom I would say are clinically depressed. Some are repressed. Some are profoundly sad. I see a glazed worry in many eyes. Is it possible we are going into a collective panic? Let’s look at what happens when the body goes into panic? You can’t catch your breath. You feel consumed by fear and may even thinking you’re dying — even though you’re really in no danger. The hormone adrenaline floods into your bloodstream, putting your body on high alert. Your heartbeat quickens, which sends more blood to your muscles. Your breathing becomes fast and shallow, so you can take in more oxygen. Your blood sugar spikes. All of these changes — which happen in an instant — give you the energy you need to confront a dangerous situation or get out of harm’s way quickly. But, there is one other thing that happens….your senses get sharper. Senses get sharper? What is that about? What if many of us are feeling a sacred anxiety that is rising to offer us another type of wake up…another sense of wakening?
And, as above, so below. Stay with me….
I assume…. many are seeking deeper answers, a greater understanding and a better way. We are learning and discovering that much of what we’ve been TOLD & taught is bull shit. Couple this with the shit happening on our computer/TV screens in the drama of global affairs and I don’t think anyone can say it is offering a state of inner peace. It’s chaotic and it is distracting. For those of us who have looked deeper into the rabbit holes, my gosh, it is so full of wretched stench and darkness, it sucks and is disgusting. Of course it is very difficult to digest (if digest is the correct word). It all amounts to sick lies that create disorder and chaos. So this awareness exists on one plane…  let’s think about water for a moment. Water exists in three distinct states — liquid (water), vapor (steam) and solid (ice). Like water, our being consists of three distinct elements–physical, mental and spiritual.  So, when our physical body is clamped, constrained, you can bet our other bodies are too.  How do we get out of it?
There are two possibilities to this discernment on the body states…. but first…let me share that I honour those who have gone down the rabbit holes. It is a dirty hole and it has a stench that really depresses us. But, I also know that these discoveries can knock out of Spirit and faith in humanity. And, it does put us into a panic mode….. so, here is what I am thinking…what if these panics were a gift from the Spiritual self/side to knock us into a deeper and different “wake up”?   What if the term wake up is not only about waking up to the truths (often horrible truths) about our world, but also about the truth of who we are and truths at the different levels of existence?
Either way, the goals is not to let the knowledge of darkness diffuse YOUR LIGHT!
IT IS NOT WHO WE ARE and it should NOT control us or dismember our mystical lights.
If truth were free, we’d all have it in spades already, and some of us wouldn’t be in the spiritual pickle we’re in. In my estimation, if we want real freedom in this life we have to study and acknowledge the different levels of existence.  We are not just of this world.   Too many people banging around down here on the physical plane who are too easily swayed into believing things for which there is literally no hope. Isn’t that the same way of saying the darkness has won? The universe, our uni-verse, isn’t actually as complex or confusing as it is made to be. I could be wrong, but I don’t think there is a mathematical equation to our figuring out our higher selves. It takes some silence to figure it out.  Silence!    And, if we keep looking “out there”, we will miss the greatest story ever told.
You only keep awakening to your own self in your head….
You only keep awakening to your own self in your head….
We aren’t just the body…and the mind that identifies as the body. We are singular focal point of consciousness projecting the entire universe around us. From micro to macro and back again! That is a truth. That is being exposed scientifically….and is the yummy core of many ancient faiths.
The energy that we title our “spirit or soul” is perhaps what it is all about.. My gosh, how many times did Jesus talk about light…and do you actually think this is just a metaphor? Now, consider this when times seem dark!
Where our attention flows…..
Beware of the trick that darkness is playing with us humans.
Are you controlled or free? Are you in light or darkness?
Do you get who you are? My gosh, get out and go to nature!
It is easy to count the seeds in a apple but a little bit more difficult to count the apples in a seed.
Please watch
https://prepareforchange.net/2018/10/17/q-we-are-the-plan/

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I create it just to create it.
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Knowing the time will come
Knowing it has begun
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Attention is the beginning of devotion.
– Me – Naja

“Teach the children. We don’t matter so much, but the children do. Show them daisies and the pale hepatica. Teach them the taste of sassafras and wintergreen. The lives of the blue sailors, mallow, sunbursts, the moccasin-flowers. And the frisky ones—inkberry, lamb’s quarters, blueberries. And the aromatic ones—rosemary, oregano. Give them peppermint to put in their pockets as they go to school. Give them the fields and the woods and the possibility of the world salvaged from the lords of profit. Stand them in the stream, head them upstream, rejoice as they learn to love this green space they live in, its sticks and leaves and then the silent, beautiful blossoms. Attention is the beginning of devotion.

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-Floyd Red Crow Westerman

The Water Song Project engages women around the world to become keepers of the water in spirit and action.

VIDEO www.thewatersong.com www.thewatersong.com VIDEO

SING FOUR TIMES, EACH TIME FACING ONE OF THE FOUR DIRECTIONS IN THIS ORDER:
EAST, SOUTH, WEST, NORTH

Nee bee wah bow
En die en
Aah key mis kquee
Nee bee wah bow
Hey ya hey ya hey ya hey
Hey ya hey ya hey ya ho

“We sing this song like a lullaby. The song means  the water is the life’s blood of our mother the earth. Water is the life’s blood of our own bodies”

— Grandma Nancy

It starts with an Algonquin Water Song that expresses loving gratitude for the water and raises the consciousness and connection of women with Mother Nature’s greatest gift. The song is easy to learn, and our vision is that millions of women will sing it, raising their own connection and awareness of the water they interact with daily even in the shower or at the sink. We believe this is a powerful step to change, leading to both a spiritual as well as environmental shift on our planet.

Our water is under siege from pollution, climate change, mismanagement, and corporate environmental disaster, Without clean water, we cannot live. In Native American and many other indigenous cultures, women are the Keepers of the Water, and men are the Keepers of Fire. In recent months, many brave women who are Water Protectors have captured the attention of the world whether at Standing Rock, attempting to stop the pipelines, or Flint, Michigan, demanding clean water for their children, or ever increasing battlegrounds of environmental disaster.

The Elders have understood since the beginning of time that clean water is essential for the survival of all living beings, and they continue to fight and advocate for Mother Earth’s most precious resource. Now, they are asking women to join them for one minute a day to sing to the water. It is incumbent for all of us, especially the women, to help them raise awareness and protect the water for future generations.

Sing the Water Song from Sing The Water Song on Vimeo.