I used to wonder how people knew that certain plants had healing chemical properties or tasted good. Now I realize that people could hear what the plants were saying to them. The plants speak constantly, and respond to us, we just aren’t listening or talking back. Recent studies have shown that plants actually change their nutritional composition to match the needs of the person who plants and cares for them!
As language got written down, the written word growing in use, humans began to gather knowledge, write it down, and memorize it. Yet, the truth is, if you remain in touch with your membership in the life process, there is nothing your brain needs to know about such things. You can walk into the Woods and hear the warning of the poison oak: “stay away!” You can hear the call of the Willow—”I ease pain.”
I am not recommending that you head out to the woods and start eating berries or mushrooms! We have all been too far away from nature for too long to feel confident in those skills. It might be fun to start listening, though. When you take a walk, what are the trees saying? Can you Hear when the birds are calling out an alarm? What energy can you sense from flowers?
Do you remember in the Mary Poppins book how the babies could hear animals speaking? Yet, as they learned human language, they could no longer hear the speech of the birds. So it is. Speech—oral and written language—causes dependence. Once we became hooked on them, we stopped listening to the more subtle language all around us. It is as if we are trying to hear the sound of a single flute while the huge brass band is marching by. Even when we aren’t seeing words or hearing them, our minds chatter on. Words, words, words.
The best information does not come from words. It comes from the heart. Those tender, subtle, soft messages that need no words at all. Any mouth may say, “I love you,” but only a specific kind of gentle touch can convey that message in its fullest sense. Words may lie; they so frequently do. That which is beyond words, however, can never lie. If you listen to the true speech, you can never be lied to. You will disregard the words and hear only that one flute playing. You can train your ear to the subtle.