Trees and plants are living organisms. They grow, branch, reproduce, feed themselves, etc. They are not just wood or a thing for decoration. Please examine your beliefs about this. If you don’t believe in their aliveness, it may be hard for you to follow the rest of the background information. Dr. Jim Conroy and Ms. Basia Alexander, founders of Tree Whispering, assume that you accept this fundamental premise.
Please see page 29 of the book Tree Whispering: A Nature Lover’s Guide to Touching, Healing, and Communicating with Trees, Plants, and All of Nature. Further page references will be in this book unless otherwise noted.
All Of Nature’s Beings Show A Kind Of Intelligence
Trees and plants show great creativity in their expression of Life and their adaptation to living conditions over the last 2 billion years. Just look at the plants around your home or neighborhood. The variety of forms and the beauty of their appearance is astonishing when you stop to really look. The fact that they can transform sunlight and a few resources into food for themselves reflects not only evolutionary creativity but also moment-to-moment responsiveness to stimulii.
Stephen Buhner, in The Secret Teachings of Plants, points out on page 45, “All self-organized systems are, in fact, intelligent. They have to be. For they must continually monitor their environments, internal and external; detect perturbations; decide on the basis of those perturbations what the likely effect will be; and respond to them in order to maintain self-organization.”
Scientists have clarified their definition of what is a living system in the last 30 years or so. Among the criteria for qualifying as a living system is cognition. Find out more under the Relevant Sciences section or read Fritjof Capra’s The Web of Life, pages 159-76 and 266-70.
The word “cognition” implies a certain self-awareness. Plants have been found to do cost/benefit analysis and to recognize self from non-self. For more detail on this, please see Pages 33-35 of the book Tree Whispering: A Nature Lover’s Guide. Also check out the website of the Society for Plant Signaling and Behavior. This scientific society had to change its name because the members’ research indicated the intelligence of plants.
After interviewing a noted British biologist for his book Intelligence in Nature, Jeremy Narby concludes on page 94, that plants do not have brains; rather plants ARE brains. There is evidence of computation among plant proteins which leads scientists to believe that the whole organism conducts complex internal communication.