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Shinto is deeply connected to understanding the sacredness of nature. Shinto teachings metaphorically describe how the “chi” energy, found in natural phenomena, can be cultivated for the benefit of all creation. It is interesting to note that the Art of Ninzuwu was founded by the same beings, who are said to be protectors of the mountains and the forests, namely, the Tengu. Readers are encouraged to review our article, The Tengu: Protectors of the Shinto Mysteries & Founders of the Art of Ninzuwu, for more information. While it is known that such connections between nature and invisible entities have existed in the legends of various cultures, it does raise some speculation as to why this is the case.
We find that in Western occultism “clairvoyant powers” are said to bestowed upon man by “aliens,” despite the fact that these same “powers” can be found in plants and trees. The Western occultist lays hope in a form of salvation that requires intercourse with something “alien,” entities existing outside his natural environment. This is the perspective of certain men amongst us. Yet, we find that in the legends of “spirits,” beings that inhabit the invisible realm, they seem to protect and understand a certain technology found in nature that is useful to the “divine” scheme of things. When we take a close look at the life of plants and trees, we see an entire process that serves as the foundation of all occult sciences. Listed below are eight aspects, comparing the human occultist with the powers found in plants and trees.
Access to the Powers of Heaven and the Netherworld.
One of the oldest legends of magical practice is that of Enmeduranki. Enmeduranki was an ancient Sumerian king, who some equate to the Biblical Enoch. Enmeduranki, also known as En-men-dur-ana, was extremely significant to the Sumerians, as he was the ancestor from whom all priests of the sun God had to be able to trace descent.
The name Enmeduranki means “chief of the powers of Dur-an-ki”, while “Dur-an-ki” in turn means “the meeting-place of heaven and earth” (literally “bond of above and below”). The ancient Mesopotamian myth, entitled, Enmeduranki and Related Matters, we learn that Enmeduranki was taken to heaven by the gods Shamash and Adad, where he was given the “tablet of the gods,” teaching him the secrets of heaven and the underworld.
The legacy of Enmeduranki was absorbed into the Babylonian cult of Ishtar. These practices eventually found their place in modern society, and it is custom for the groom in a wedding ceremony to wear a black and white tuxedo. Black symbolizes the Netherworld. White represents the Land of the Living, and Heaven.
Plants and Trees were never needed a “tablet of the gods” to teach them secrets of Heaven and the Netherworld. They were created with capabilities that enabled them to understand the consciousness of both, the heavens and the earth.
Plants bear the responsibility of creating and providing food for other living beings. Photosynthesis is a process used by plants and other organisms to convert light energy, normally from the sun, into chemical energy that can be used to fuel the organisms’ activities.
It is also believed by many that our Moon has an effect on plant growth. There is an impression very general with gardeners, that the moon has a particular effect on plants, especially in certain months. This belief was held among populations in Ancient China and Rome.
Plants and trees understand the secrets of the Netherworld as well. Most plants grow roots under the ground. Roots absorb water and minerals from the soil.
Telepathy is the transmission of information from one person to another without using any of our known sensory channels or physical interaction. Recently, University of Washington scientists Rajesh Rao and Andrea Stocco claim that they are the first to demonstrate human brain-to-brain communication. While the experiments conducted by Rao and Stocco many provide evidence of “telepathy” to the academic world, this science was known to have existed since ancient times among the shamans of various cultures. The Witch’s Guide to Life by Kala Trobe, states the following on page 390:
“Many witches experience telepathy on a regular, if not permanent basis. Obviously, being psychically active makes one aware of entities not normally perceived, and communication may be possible through telepathy.”
The ability to send and receive messages by invisible means has been long since reported among magicians, mystics, shamans, and witches of various ancient cultures. Could such an ability exist among plants and trees as well?
In an online USA Today article, entitled, Plants Send Signal Attracting Birds When Insects Attack, we find the following:
“Plants can’t flee voracious insects. But a new study says plants under attack can call in their own version of an airstrike: Trees waft special odors into the air, which attracts birds eager to perform pest control.”
Plants have the ability to communicate with living things outside of its own species, as shown in the above cited report. Under the topic, Hormonial Sentience, Wikipedia states:
“Plants can to some degree communicate with each other and there are even examples of one-way-communication with animals.
Acacia trees produce tannin to defend themselves when they are grazed upon by animals. The airborne scent of the tannin is picked up by other acacia trees, which then start to produce tannin themselves as a protection from the nearby animals.”
Plants, like the human occultist, have the natural ability to communicate, primarily, by what we call telepathy, with other living things in its environment. Christine Ranck, PhD, in an online article, entitled, Liar, Liar, Plants on Fire! discusses the well-known experiments of Cleve Backster, the article states:
“Researcher Cleve Backster, former head of the polygraph division of the CIA, is an expert in the science of the electrical responses and biocommunications of Lying People and Their Very Hot Pants.
Backster knows that in response to even the slightest surges of emotion, a galvanometer (the part of a polygraph that’s attached to a person by wires carrying a very weak current of electricity) will register a needle moving on a meter, or a pen tracing dramatic lines on a moving graph of paper.
And apparently the best way to make the galvanometer jump is to scare somebody by threatening their well-being. So one day, sort of by accident, Backster got curious and decided to try to scare a plant.
He hooked up one leaf of his favorite office plant to the polygraph electrodes. (A polygraph can measure the changes in a plant’s conductivity and vibrational energy in exactly the same way it can Nail a Liar).
Then he dipped a leaf in hot water to see if anything registered on the graph. Well, nothing much happened. So Backster decided to up the ante. He decided to BURN the leaf. He THOUGHT about burning the leaf with a match. And then an astonishing thing happened. The instant Backster visualized a flame in his mind, the lines on the graph literally went CRAZY! THE ELECTRICAL RESPONSE IN THE PLANT WAS VERY SIMILAR TO THAT OF A HUMAN EXPERIENCING FEAR.
So Backster left the room to get matches, then returned to discover that another sudden, crazy surge had registered on the chart, apparently caused by his determination to carry out his threat. THE PLANT APPEARED TO BE REACTING TO HIS THOUGHTS.”
Here we see that plants can not only communicate with other species of plants, trees, and animals by the process of telepathy, but also are able to read human thought. Once again, we see that plants possess the same magical capabilities that are said to be latent in man.
Legends of supernatural creatures feeding of the blood of the living have been reported in many ancient cultures around the world. Today, these types of entities are described under the modern term vampire. Under the term Vampire, Wikipedia reports:
“Almost every nation has associated blood drinking with some kind of revenant or demon, or in some cases a deity. In India, for example, tales of vetālas, ghoul-like beings that inhabit corpses, have been compiled in the Baitāl Pacīsī; a prominent story in the Kathāsaritsāgara tells of King Vikramāditya and his nightly quests to capture an elusive one. Piśāca, the returned spirits of evil-doers or those who died insane, also bear vampiric attributes. The Persians were one of the first civilizations to have tales of blood-drinking demons: creatures attempting to drink blood from men were depicted on excavated pottery shards. Ancient Babylonia and Assyria had tales of the mythical Lilitu, synonymous with and giving rise to Lilith (Hebrew לילית) and her daughters the Lilu from Hebrew demonology. Lilitu was considered a demon and was often depicted as subsisting on the blood of babies. And Estries, female shape changing, blood drinking demons, were said to roam the night among the population, seeking victims. According to Sefer Hasidim, Estries were creatures created in the twilight hours before God rested. An injured Estrie could be healed by eating bread and salt given her by her attacker.
Ancient Greek and Roman mythology described the Empusae, the Lamia, and the striges. Over time the first two terms became general words to describe witches and demons respectively. Empusa was the daughter of the goddess Hecate and was described as a demonic, bronze-footed creature. She feasted on blood by transforming into a young woman and seduced men as they slept before drinking their blood. The Lamia preyed on young children in their beds at night, sucking their blood, as did the gelloudes or Gello. Like the Lamia, the striges feasted on children, but also preyed on young men. They were described as having the bodies of crows or birds in general, and were later incorporated into Roman mythology as strix, a kind of nocturnal bird that fed on human flesh and blood.”
Vampires are not only capable of feeding off of the blood of their victims, but the energy of their prey. Commonly, this type of entity is known as a psychic vampire. A psychic vampire is a person or being who feeds off the “life-force” of other living creatures. Awareness of this form of vampirism has arisen over the past few decades, as certain occult organizations, focusing on the dark arts, have included such in their studies.
Vampirism, by modern definition of the term, has existed in the world of plants and trees for thousands of years. First, like the vampire consuming life-force energy, plants take in carbon dioxide that is exhaled by animals and humans alike. In this regard, we can say that plants draw energy from humans, but the same can be said in regards to humans breathing in oxygen emitted by plants and trees. However, there is the Dodder plant. Jon Lieff MD, in an online article entitled, The Plant “Brain”: The Dodder Attacks, we read:
“The Dodder plant, related to morning glories, is a very toxic weed that presents problems for other plants. It has very poor ability to use photosynthesis to produce its own energy and organic material. For survival, it has to get its nutrients as a parasite. Like predator animals, it gets food from attacking other plants. But, how can a plant attack other plants?
Recent research has taken Dodder plants and placed them away from other plants. Dodder is able to sense other plants, even feet away, and to grow toward them, guided by a sense of smell. When the Dodder reaches a nearby plant, it places a feeler on the plant stalk and can detect whether it is nutritious or not. If the plant is not a high quality candidate from which to extract nutrients, such as a wheat plant, it pulls back the feeler from that plant and grows toward another plant.
When it finds a plant that is rich in nutrients, such as a tomato, it spends two days winding itself several times around the plant. It then attacks the plant by attaching suckers and extracting the nutrients from the other plant.”
The Dodder is a parasitic plant. It gets its nutrients by finding a host plant that it can latch itself onto. This is a vampire indeed.
Immortality has long been sought after by many in human history. One example of this can be found in the Gilgamesh epics. The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the earliest surviving works of literature. In the second half of the epic, Gilgamesh’s distress at Enkidu’s death causes him to undertake a long and perilous journey to discover the secret of eternal life.
Gilgamesh hears of the legend concerning the immortal Utnapishtim and his wife. Gilgamesh observes that Utnapishtim seems no different from himself, and asks him how he obtained his immortality. Utnapishtim explains that the gods decided to send a great flood. To save Utnapishtim the god Ea told him to build a boat. He gave him precise dimensions, and it was sealed with pitch and bitumen. His entire family went aboard, together with his craftsmen and “all the animals of the field”. A violent storm then arose which caused the terrified gods to retreat to the heavens. Ishtar lamented the wholesale destruction of humanity, and the other gods wept beside her. The storm lasted six days and nights, after which “all the human beings turned to clay”. Utnapishtim weeps when he sees the destruction. His boat lodges on a mountain, and he releases a dove, a swallow, and a raven. When the raven fails to return, he opens the ark and frees its inhabitants. Utnapishtim offers a sacrifice to the gods, who smell the sweet savor and gather around. Ishtar vows that just as she will never forget the brilliant necklace that hangs around her neck, she will always remember this time. When Enlil arrives, angry that there are survivors, she condemns him for instigating the flood. Ea also castigates him for sending a disproportionate punishment. Enlil blesses Utnapishtim and his wife, and rewards them with eternal life.
The main point seems to be that when Enlil granted eternal life it was a unique gift. As if to demonstrate this point, Utnapishtim challenges Gilgamesh to stay awake for six days and seven nights. Gilgamesh falls asleep, and Utnapishtim instructs his wife to bake a loaf of bread on each of the days he is asleep, so that he cannot deny his failure to keep awake. Gilgamesh, who is seeking to overcome death, cannot even conquer sleep. After instructing Urshanabi the ferryman to wash Gilgamesh, and clothe him in royal robes, they depart for Uruk.
As they are leaving, Utnapishtim’s wife asks her husband to offer a parting gift. Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh that at the bottom of the sea there lives a boxthorn-like plant that will make him young again. Gilgamesh, by binding stones to his feet so he can walk on the bottom, manages to obtain the plant.
We can see two things concerning immortality as told in the Gilgamesh epic. First, in the case of Utnapishtim, immortality was a gift from the god Enlil. Secondly, Gilgamesh may have been able to obtain immortality by obtaining a certain plant. Based on such, we can see that immortality is something that is held in the possession of gods and plants.
Located on Fulufjället Mountain of Dalarna province in Sweden, Old Tjikko is the world’s oldest known living individual clonal tree. It is over 9,000 years old. The Old Tjikko tree was alive long before the Epic of Gilgamesh was written. Scientists now claim that the “key to immortality” is found in the life of plants and trees. Do Palm Trees Hold the Key to Immortality, is the title of an article published by Science Daily on December 19th, 2012, where it states:
“For centuries, humans have been exploring, researching, and, in some cases, discovering how to stave off life-threatening diseases, increase life spans, and obtain immortality. Biologists, doctors, spiritual gurus, and even explorers have pursued these quests — one of the most well-known examples being the legendary search by Ponce de León for the “Fountain of Youth.” Yet the key to longevity may not lie in a miraculous essence of water, but rather in the structure and function of cells within a plant — and not a special, mysterious, rare plant, but one that we may think of as being quite commonplace, even ordinary: the palm.”
While humans may aspire to achieve immortality by scientific and spiritual methods, the fact still remains that there are trees that were alive before Gilgamesh that still live today.
Power to Bestow Miraculous Gifts Upon Others
In various mythologies around the world, we find legends of individuals who found favor in the eyes of the “gods,” and due to such, received “miraculous gifts” to help them carry on in a certain divine work. We even find such accounts, popularly, in the Bible. The story of Moses is one example of this. In The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy by Rosemary Guiley, we read on page 99:
“Fairies bestow the gift of prophecy and second sight upon certain individuals.”
There are other legends of individuals who received “gifts” from the gods they served, as was the case with Enmeduranki, cited earlier in our discussion. In Christian theology, we find that the possession of miraculous powers is made possible by the Holy Spirit. It is called the gift of miracles.
Plants and trees also have the ability to impart miraculous gifts to those who respect them as sentient beings. Famous American scientist, George Washington Carver, was convinced that much of his knowledge and discoveries came to him from the plants that he loved and cared for, since he treated them as intelligent creatures. Much of this is covered in the book, The Secret Life of Plants. Lavaille Lavette gives us a summary of Carver’s relationships with plants in the book, 86400:
“Botanist, educator, and inventor George Washington Carver is best known for discovering and developing hundreds of products and uses for the peanut. What many people don’t know is that Carver received the insights that led to his discoveries during his early morning walks in the woods. His meditative strolls opened him to “hear”: the plants share their secrets with him. Carver would then casually walk back to his lab and put into action the knowledge and wisdom he received while enjoying what seemed to be downtime.”
Astral Projection & Teleportation
Astral Projection is when the subtle body temporarily leaves the physical body while it explores the astral plane. Teleportation is the ability to move from one point to another without having to cover the distance that may lie between two locations. While the term and idea may appear to originate in fiction, there are numerous account of martial artists, shamans, and others, who possess this skill. In the book, Clairvoyance by C. W. Leadbeater we read a fascinating account of one magician who possessed such ability:
“A good example of the full possession of this power is given, on the authority of the German writer Jung Stilling, by Mrs. Crowe in The Night Side of Nature (p. 127). The story is related of a seer who is stated to have resided in the neighbourhood of Philadelphia, in America. His habits were retired, and he spoke little; he was grave, benevolent and pious, and nothing was known against his character except that he had the reputation of possessing some secrets that were considered not altogether lawful. Many extraordinary stories were told of him, and amongst the rest the following:—
“The wife of a ship captain (whose husband was on a voyage to Europe and Africa, and from whom she had been long without tidings), being overwhelmed with anxiety for his safety, was induced to address herself to this person. Having listened to her story he begged her to excuse him for a while, when he would bring her the intelligence she required. He then passed into an inner room and she sat herself down to wait; but his absence continuing longer than she expected, she became impatient, thinking he had forgotten her, and softly approaching the door she peeped through some aperture, and to her surprise beheld him lying on a sofa as motionless as if he were dead. She of course did not think it advisable to disturb him, but waited his return, when he told her that her husband had not been able to write to her for such and such reasons, but that he was then in a coffee-house in London and would very shortly be home again.
“Accordingly he arrived, and as the lady learnt from him that the causes of his unusual silence had been precisely those alleged by the man, she felt extremely desirous of ascertaining the truth of the rest of the information. In this she was gratified, for he no sooner set his eyes on the magician than he said that he had seen him before on a certain day in a coffee-house in London, and that he told him that his wife was extremely uneasy about him, and that he, the captain, had thereon mentioned how he had been prevented writing, adding that he was on the eve of embarking for America. He had then lost sight of the stranger amongst the throng, and knew nothing more about him.”
This account appearing in Leadbeater’s work is one of my favorites. Surprisingly, plants also have the ability of both astral projection and teleportation. In an online article entitled How Plant Spirits Appear, states:
“It is worth emphasizing that the plant spirits do not always appear in the same way to different people, or even to the same person on different occasions. For example, the spirit of ayahuasca can appear as a human, either male or female, or as an anaconda. Indeed, the spirit of ayahuasca has appeared to doña María as two genios at the same time, one male and one female, who stood on either side of her — the woman dressed in beautiful clothing, the man ugly, with bad teeth.”
Cryonics & Mummification
One ancient method of achieving immortality is mummification. Erroneously, many archeologists assumed that the Egyptian pharaohs buried their belongings with them in order to bring them into the afterlife. These items were placed in the tomb, as it was thought that the jolt of death could cause loss in memory. We can determine this as the Egyptian records do not show people taking their personal possessions with them no where in the hieroglyphics.
The maintaining one’s memory at the time of death is important to modern occultists, as seen in the writings of those who follow Fourth Way thought.
Cryonics is a way of preserving human remains with the hope that such can be revived by advanced medical technology in the future. Some may invest in this process for reasons we just discussed in regards to mummification.
While the methods of cryonics and mummification, both, spiritually and literally, have not met humans expectations, it has worked for plants in the spiritual and physical sense. In an article hosted by Nature entitled Wild Flower Blooms Again After 30,000 Years On Ice, we read:
“During the Ice Age, Earth’s northern reaches were covered by chilly, arid grasslands roamed by mammoths, woolly rhinoceros and long-horned bison. That ecosystem, known by palaeontologists as the mammoth steppe, vanished about 13,000 years ago. It has no modern counterpart….Researchers had previously attempted to grow plants from seeds found in these ancient burrows, including sedge, Arctic dock, alpine bearberry and the herbaceous plant Silene stenophylla. Those seeds did begin to germinate, but then faltered and died back.
Tantalized, David Gilichinsky of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science in Pushchino decided to try a different approach (sadly, Gilichinsky passed away last week). He and his colleagues took samples of placental tissue from S. stenophylla fruits. The plant placenta — an example of which is the white matter inside a bell pepper — gives rise to and holds the seeds. The tissue produced shoots when it was cultivated in vitro, and the scientists used these to propagate more plants. They are the oldest living multicellular organisms on Earth, the team says.”
Here we see definite proof that plant life can be revived and restarted after being stored in low-temperature setting, something that is hoped for, but not actually realized in the human world.
What about mummification? are plants involved with this form of behavior in any way? Actually, there is. In one online article, we read about the mysterious Ngai plant:
“Ngải is a Vietnamese word for a plant that has absorbed the energies of a spirit. Sometimes, the spirit is benign. More often than not, it is malevolent. It can be a happenstance situation, where a wandering soul is drawn into the ngải plant because it needs a physical body to inhabit in order to remain in the third dimension. It could also be called forth from another realm and then purposely placed in the plant by a black sorcerer who understands how to command these spirits. The plant is then placed inside the home of a person who needs to be granted a boon. Often, it is to seek something or someone, and other times, it is for a successful business venture. It looks like a gentle flowering plant, but looks are deceiving.
Ann then told me a story of a doubting family member who visited her home one day and needed to spend the night. She offered him the sofa, but he wanted to spend the night in a proper bed. Seeing that the master bedroom was empty, he wanted to spend the night there. Ann tried to discourage him from using the ngải’s bedroom, but he was adamant. He was a Christian, and Christians didn’t believe in black magic. He insisted that there was no such thing as black sorcery and he was going to prove them wrong.
As the family settled in for the night, all was peaceful. A bit past midnight, there came a loud thump from the master bedroom. A scream followed, and then a slamming of the door. Ann and her husband ran out of their bedroom to see the man, wild-eyed and panicked, running towards the kitchen. He told them, in between screams, that he had been picked up by a powerful energy surge and thrown against the wall, and then was told in a horrible unearthly voice, to get out of the room. Needless to say, the man left that very night.”
Well, there are definitely some tremendous legends of human magicians, occultists, shamans, and etc. It’s unfortunate that the masses of humankind have rejected the work of these spiritual scientist in favor of waiting for some alien. Meanwhile, all the “powers” attributed to these beings can be found in the natural world around us. Hopefully, man will stop selling himself out one day. For now, it looks like the plants and trees have won this contest.
Most records of human magicians engaging in inter-dimensional travel fall under the category of either astral projection, OBE, or teleportation. However, there is something interesting pertaining to such travels that involves plants and trees. It may be an indicate why we see so many of the city parks fenced off from the public after certain hours.
In Shinto cosmology, Amaterasu Ohmikami serves as an ambassador for other starry energies. In other words, our Sun works as a spokesperson for the fates decreed by other stars that need to be carried out on Earth. This is done by an interchange of light. This light is then absorbed by Amaterasu Ohmikami and then sent to Earth, where it is first received by the plants. Thereafter, certain “emotions” are released into the atmosphere.
Other things can occur from this process, namely, inter-dimensional travel. Spirits can travel in the “light of the Sun” and enter this world through a plant or tree. It is possible that such entities like the Tengu protect the forest as they this technology as we have just described.
Human beings still have a lot to learn about themselves and the world around them. Many of us are looking for some “alien,” due to our narcissistic values. We are looking for someone who looks like us with our same form of sensory perception. Instead of realizing that life is intelligent in itself and the purpose of our five senses is to keep us in our lane. This, however, doesn’t mean that other beings are not intelligent, especially if plants can pick up on human thought. What it does signify is that they have senses different from our own because their lives serve a different purpose in the natural economy of living creatures on this planet. One is not better than the other.
If plants had laboratories and experimented on human beings, the could only monitor our chemical reactions, using such equipment. They could not see that those chemical reactions we are having equated to emotions and thoughts in our experience. Now we are measuring such life with these instruments, see the chemical reaction, but can’t call it an emotion, for fear we may insult somebody’s religion. Our senses determine what we eat and how we reproduce. In order for us to truly understand the world we are living in, we have to develop other senses, our intuition. Then, we can communicate with the world around us from the view of how we were created.