There was an article in the 1/27/09 issue of the Baltimore Sun called “Nature Calls”. (I love their clever double-entendres with their article headings but this article is not about taking a leak.)
The piece is about a new technology on the market that allows your plant to communicate to you through Twitter to let you know how it is doing. You insert the long probe into the plant’s soil and it measures the moisture. Then that information is translated so that it can be sent over the internet via a cable to a modem. You can actually receive a phone call, through Twitter, from your plant letting you know that it is thirsty. (Actually the plant is not doing the communicating. The soil is what is sending the message.) The gadget is called Botanicalls.
I think this is rather an interesting idea but I’m not going to run out to IKEA and buy one. Or eight for my indoor plants, or twenty seven for all my pots in the summer. I don’t want to spend all of that money ($99@).
But I’m also not so keen to purchase one since I believe it is quite possible to tune into our plants to determine whether they need watering. All of us have powerful intuitive abilities that are mostly dormant, that we could be tapping to determine how our plants are doing, or pets, or loved ones. We don’t need a piece of technology to tell us that. Really. (Not to mention our ability to touch the soil or remember when was the last time we watered that pot.) It’s really a question of learning how to listen to our plants. Or our pets.
This article disturbs me a bit because it is one more example of how we are encouraged to rely on gadgetry to survive in our 21st century world. And one more gizmo means that we continue to keep our sensitivities and intuitive abilities shut down.
My Cherokee teacher has told me that the reason different medicine people from around the world knew of the different medicinal properties of various plants around their villages was because the plants told them. The plants communicated to them. There were no wires attached or Twitter accounts. Even today my teacher can walk through the woods and the plants will talk with her about how they can be used for healing. And she’s not alone with this ability.
I long for when all people can recognize the wisdom and consciousness of life around us, including plants. I firmly believe that the entire plant community yearns to work with us on a conscious basis and we just need to wake up to that reality and truly become the partners that we’re meant to be, without technological gadgetry but with our own conscious abilities. It’s part of what we need to do to bring about the healing that is so imperative around the planet.