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Fall 1997
Issue 3

Opening Thoughts

Musings on Family as a Spiritual Practice: North Cascades National Park
by Raymond Diaz

Disease As A Spiritual Path
by Frederick Mills

Urban Shamanism: From the Old to the New
by Ness Mountain

Communication-Loving the World into Life
by Morgan Jurdan

Reflections on Simplicity. . . How I Re-Inhabited My Community
by Carolyn Berry

Medical Waste: Healthy, Cheaper Alternatives than Incineration
by Ellen Twist

Back In The World
by Geronimo Tagatac

Rapid Eye Technology
by Ranae Johnson

Communication - Loving the World into Life
by Morgan Jurdan

The grass stands, dew struck, glistening. Drops of clear rainbow reflections sparkle as the sun kisses the moon good morning. Before time as we know it began, before life as we know it began, communication was happening. "The act of imparting, conferring, or delivering from one to another" says the dictionary. The creation of life, the destruction of life, the evolution of life, all are forms of communication. What can we learn about it to help us achieve wholeness in our own lives?

One cell is born and divides again and again. How does it know whether it is to become a tree, a mouse, a human being, or a blade of grass? What inside a cell allows it the knowledge to become part of skin, or eye, or the lung of a baby? Does it love unconditionally and understand its part in the wholeness of life?

Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist, explains how, by examining live human cells under a microscope, he can tell if a person is generally optimistic or pessimistic. The cells visibly respond to our thoughts about life. This begs the question: do cells have consciousness, how do they communicate, and what significance does this have for our lives?

In the early 1960's, Cleve Backster became famous for his work with a polygraph and plants. What began as a lark led to years of research. In 1969, William M. Bondurant (Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation) gave a research grant to Backster, commenting, "His work indicates there may be a primary form of instantaneous communication among all living things that transcends the physical laws we now know–and that seems to warrant looking into." A few years later, in the fascinating book The Secret Life of Plants (Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird), dozens of accounts of scientific research into the physical, emotional and spiritual relation between plants and humans were revealed. Later still, in 1980, "The Man Who Talks With Plants" appeared in Total Health magazine. Richard Howell studied the telepathic connection between plants and people using a polygraph for years. His conclusion? "Each and every cell of anything alive has all the knowledge of everything that has been experienced in any form of life anywhere."

From these and other sources, I learned that plants sense the emotions of people, especially those who care for them. They also sense danger from threats to themselves, as well as the death of any life around them.

If plants can sense our feelings and intentions, does it go both ways? Did we forget the “language” of such communi-cation and thus our participation in this incredible dance of life?

These questions have important personal relevance to me. I have found that I can reliably communicate telepathically with animals, plants and other forms of life. I have had so many personal experiences which demonstrate the "interconnectedness of all life" that I can’t just dismiss them or explain them away. For instance, at the first animal communication workshop that I ever attended, I communicated with many animals. I had an incredible experience with one particular dog that day. When I asked him if he had anything to share with me, he related information about me regarding an unresolved, emotionally charged issue, and provided me with suggestions to resolve it. How did this dog know all this? This experience, and others like it, have taught me that animals are great observers and sometimes know us better than we know ourselves. From them, I have learned about love, joy, spontaneity, humor, acceptance, compassion, understanding and forgiveness. My life has been forever changed.

There is ample evidence that shamanic healers in many cultures practice ways of communicating with other-than-human beings in both physical and spiritual form. They know that nothing is separate in our world. Everything is connected and interconnected in the vast web of being and consciousness. Perhaps it is time for the rest of us to begin to listen and learn a new way of being, one that I believe ultimately teaches us to love uncondi-tionally and live in the moment. In the practice of meditation and just being, the doors open to this kind of communication.

Consciously communicating with the many forms of life surrounding us is essential to truly understanding our world. It is time to realize we are part of everything that surrounds us. There is no imaginary boundary between me and life, me and others, me and Nature. Each molecule in our body has been around for millions of years in billions of different forms. Constant communication between each cell is what keeps our body alive. There is no separation between ourselves and all that is, except what we create in our minds.

When we over-consume, when we pollute, we ultimately harm ourselves and we are the losers. We know this. We have always known this. But somehow, we are fearful, and denial sets in. We try to fill our lives with too much to do, too many things to ever use and take care of, too much food to soothe the pain or numb our senses, all in an attempt to isolate ourselves from the truth. It doesn't work. When anyone dies on this planet, we all feel it. When the forests are cut and the land is abused, we all know it. The information is in our cells, it is in each breath we take, each drop of water we drink, the tree outside our front door, the car we drive, the shoes we wear. We cannot escape the interconnected- ness that exists between all forms of life. When we ignore it, we suffer.

Every part of nature communicates with each and every other part to help create the seasons and cycles and balance which produces the resources for everything we eat and use and wear. Each part, unconditionally loving, benefits all the others. The sun does not say, "Who deserves my light and warmth and who does not?" The bees do not judge which flowers to pollinate and which to ignore. They are too busy just being and loving life. Everything is alive and filled with vitality. The terms "dead" and "inanimate" are merely labels that I believe we will someday discover hold no validity. A person dies and, in the process of decomposition of the body, other forms of life are vibrantly alive.

It is time to wake up and really begin to observe ourselves. No other species depends on so many other species for its survival, yet we are the only species that attempts to control and manipulate our world’s other inhabitants so completely, and then isolate ourselves from the consequences of such actions. It doesn't work. We must recognize the synergy that exists around us every moment of our lives. It is time to see the love and balance and harmony that exists. It is time to stop trying to control, manipulate and compete, and begin to inquire, learn, collaborate and cooperate. It is time for us to wake up and begin to ask questions. A tree, a cat, our garden, or even our car may have the answers we seek.

About Gardens
When we scrape off the land and plant a garden, we create a wound on the planet. The earth and all its non-human beings come to heal this wound, much like our own bodies heal a cut or scratch or burn. Different plants begin to grow (we call them “weeds”), insects appear, animals come around, all in an effort to repair the damage done by our tearing this plot of ground (with a consequence of killing such inhabitants as the millions of nematodes that live in every square foot of soil, plus the insects, worms, and plants living on this soil, et. al.), sewing non-native plants, fertilizing with chemicals, and so on. What do all these forms of life receive in return for their efforts to restore wholeness and heal? Death. We kill again in order to keep our garden "alive and growing." But when we learn to co-create with Nature, the killing becomes unnecessary. When we communicate with Nature, we create gardens that radiate love and healing into our lives and the lives of all the beings with which we share this planet.

Our Role Models
When we begin to communicate with animals, we come to learn that they too are teachers. They have so much to share about unconditional love, living in the moment, being really alive and happy and in love with life. Learn to really communicate with Nature, with animals, and with other human beings. Start to observe your life, your actions, your thoughts, moment to moment. When we acknowledge the aliveness of all that surrounds us, and we understand the part we play in creating the whole, we will finally begin to experience the peace and joy and love we are searching for in our lives. The role models are everywhere. Communicate, connect, learn and love more life into the world. When you suffer, all life suffers. When you love, the universe smiles and all life rejoices in your love. Share your love freely and the flowers and rain will smile back at you.

Morgan Jurdan is a telepathic inter-species communicator who lives in Southern Washington where she counsels and teaches workshops. She may be contacted at 360-247-5310.

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