Walk amongt the flowers – you might be surprised how open they are to communicating with you!

This is an early instalment of my Communing with the Universe course – watch this space for more coming soon. In essence, the series is about exploring the different ways we can, through physical and creative means, engage in a broader, more satisfying dialogue with nature and the universe we live in. I think of ‘communion’ as a level above ‘communication’ where we are able to use our entire sensory beings in the process; to absorb, listen, appreciate and find meaning.

When I first started feeling a strong connection to flowers

I first started experiencing a heightened sense of communion with plants and flowers around late 2016. It came about quite by accident, in fact.

As a result of some health issues I had reluctantly cut stimulants out of my diet; namely coffee and alcohol. Can you hear the wailing of grief? Yes, that was me. Coffee is one of my favourite things and I would have given anything not to have had to give it up.
Despite my grief, I noticed an unexpected and very positive side-effect. I was becoming more aware of nature and more open to the vibrant energy of flowers and plants. My whole sensory network began to billow out in the direction of any and all plant life around me.
Walks around our neighbourhood became a new experience. Colours became deeper and more luminous. Frangrances found me more quickly. I noticed how incredible the air seemed, more oxygenated or more pure, in areas of dense foliage.

Since that time, flowers and nature are a really important part of my creative practice. They make me feel so happy! That in turn increases my sense of wellbeing and overall connection to the universe around me.

Flowers like to commune too!

If I was to go share my pondering on the energy of flowers and plants, and how they are so attractive to the eye, I would say that they want to be noticed. They’re pleased when you stop by to say hello.

Flower and plants have so much to offer us, and very often we’re distracted by our lives to really notice them. But they have so much beauty – and who doesn’t need to feel touched by beauty? They have charm and grace – and who doesn’t enjoy being close to grace? And most importantly, they connect us to the earth – and we can all feel closer to the earth and more grounded.

If you feel a little odd about the idea that plants and flowers might have their own intentions, and be actively trying to engage with us and make us feel happier, more healthy and more connected to the earth and to each other, you might be interested to know that there is a lot of research being done in vegetable biology, that shows that plants are in fact sentient beings that perceive, learn and communicate.

Kenny Ausubel, from Bioneers, states:

‘Over the past two decades there has been a revolution in vegetable biology. Science now shows us that plants appear to be sentient beings. They perceive light, smell, touch, water and many more variables than we do. They can learn, remember and communicate. They exhibit the traits that we associate with personhood….Research over the past 30 years has illuminated a profound intelligence throughout nature.’

Flowers can also teach how how to live – simply by being our authentic selves

‘By simply doing what they are designed to do, something large and magnificence happens in this sense, they show us how to live, and that the only barometer you have is your heart.’

Have you seen the 2002 film, Adaption? I don’t remember paying much attention to it when it first came out, but then again I have always liked the idea that sometimes, books and movies come to you at just the right time. If it’s not the right time, you won’t be moved,but if it is, then it’s quite magical. A chord will strike and give you great pleasure. You get to enjoy one of those moments where you say yes! That’s exactly right!

Adaption is the story of a screenwriter briefed with the task of adapting a book into a movie. In the process, he writes himself into his script and the story becomes a story not about the book, but about his challenges adapting it. However, embedded in this film is also a lovely message about plants and what they can teach us – not just about adaption, but living our lives.

The story focuses on an orchid thief – this is the man who is the subject of the original book. Chris Cooper is fantastic in the role of John Laroche, and he also gets the best lines. He gets to give Meryl Streep, who is playing the role of the journalist writing the book, a fascinating and inspiring lecture on the wonder of pollination.

“There’s a certain orchid that looks exactly like a certain insect, and the insect is drawn to this flower – it’s double, it’s soul-mate. It wants nothing more than to make love to it. And after the insect flies off, it spots another soul mate flower and makes love to it, thus pollinating it. And neither the flower nor the insect will never understand the significance of their lovemaking. I mean, how could they know that because of their little dance, the world lives?

By simply doing what they are designed to do, something large and magnificence happens in this sense, they show us how to live, and that the only barometer you have is your heart. When you spot your flower, you can’t let anything get in your way.”