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The Secret Teachings of Plants

The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature
Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Biology
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All ancient and indigenous peoples insisted their knowledge of plant medicines came from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. Less well known is that many Western peoples made this same assertion. There are, in fact, two modes of cognition available to all human beings - the brain-based linear and the heart-based holistic. The heart-centered mode of perception can be exceptionally accurate and detailed in its information gathering capacities if, as indigenous and ancient peoples asserted, the heart's ability as an organ of perception is developed.

Author Stephen Harrod Buhner explores this second mode of perception in great detail through the work of numerous remarkable people, from Luther Burbank, who cultivated the majority of food plants we now take for granted, to the great German poet and scientist Goethe and his studies of the metamorphosis of plants. Buhner explores the commonalities among these individuals in their approach to learning from the plant world and outlines the specific steps involved. Listeners will gain the tools necessary to gather information directly from the heart of Nature, to directly learn the medicinal uses of plants, to engage in diagnosis of disease, and to understand the soul-making process that such deep connection with the world engenders.

©2004 Stephen Harrod Buhner (P)2017 Tantor

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(for me) Unlistenable

The writing sounded poetic and somewhat interesting, and i was keen to learn something from this book but i could not get past the narrator's voice. i tried persevering and listened to this book for an hour over about 3 sessions but could not listen to it anymore.

Also, the book chapters are preluded by several epigrams (quotes or poems from other sources), and epigrams are also included within the main body of chapters, but they get lost in the narration of the text and so you think you are listening to the main text until the narrator finishes the epigram by citing the original authour, such as "Goethe" or "Lao Tzu". it's annoying, but is not the narrator's fault. it may be that audio-book producers could work out a way of notifying a listener that they are about to be read an epigram. when you read a physical book, you can see the epigram (in an indented paragraph, in italics, or whatever) but there is no such differentiation in an audiobook.

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MINDBLOWN

In a book like this you expect good information and insightful perspectives. The poetic writing style, and clever use of quotes were a complete surprise. This book is a complete paradigm shift. Highly recommended.

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This book is a rare wisdom keeper

There are many good books out there, this book though is densely filled with wisdom. This is rare and I am grateful I have found it. Highly recommend.

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Expanding awareness

Beautiful book with scientific background to expand our awareness and consciousness on topics often overlooked. Great storytelling and made my heart sing. The narrator a little too enthusiastic on quotes

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  • Antony Christie
  • 09-04-2018

Quite possibly the best book I ever 'ingested'

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Teachings of Plants?

Section Two: The Heart; amazing lesser-known facts about the heart including its measurable magnetic field and how the heart acts as a sensory organ. Also how to develop our hearts so we can communicate with plants to gain wisdom about our own, or other peoples, bodies in the pursuit of harmony.

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Can't wait for more Buhner books to come out in audio format!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-2019

very scientific

be ready for something very scientific, not specially what you’d expect from a book with this name.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-2019

fantastic

a review requires at least 15 words. this book is fantastic, that is all. thanks