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The Power of a Human-plant Relationship

As a scientist, I fully believe in science, but every once in a while I run across some data that even an educated individual such as myself can't fully explain with facts and figures. Talking to plants? Yep! This is one of them. Here's the 411.

Tending plants can come with troubles and difficulties that should be treated with scientifically proven intervention, however there are growth-promoting interventions that science cannot adequately explain. One of these is like how interacting with plants is therapeutic for both plants and humans. Here, we dive into the realm of spirits, so this article will have you becoming best friends... with a plant. What did you get yourself into, right? Hold on, because scientist Sean is about to get wild in here! Well, wild.... for a scientist. Get ready, hold onto a plant, because this article makes you wish you had.

There are numerous signs to look out for when tending a plant. Look to make sure your plant is growing without any problems, such as changes in color, texture, and structure. A change in color of the distal ends of the plant indicates a problem with plant growth, such as a green distal end turning brown, a red distal end turning black, or a brown distal end turning green. Discoloration generally begins at the peripherals or at the distal ends of the plants such as the leaves and means the plant requires intervention. A plant with growing problems also shows in textural changes. A squishy plant, such as a certain type of cacti, would change into being excessively squishy or crisp. A soft plant, such as a Lamb’s Ear, would turn rigid or stiff and vice versa. Structural changes in the peripherals of the plant are an early indication of a problem with plant growth, because textural changes start from the peripheral ends of a plant. Also keep in mind, seasonal plants go through seasonal changes in the texture of the peripheral ends of the plant. So, do not always be alarmed.

A plant also shows changes in its structural properties when there is a problem. And as in color and textural changes, structural changes from the peripheral ends of the plant are an early indication of growth problems. A straight pine needle would curve. A round peripheral cactus would turn multisided. Or a thick leaf would shrivel. A plant’s structural change is apparent and impressionable and a bright warning that intervention is required.

There are a multitude of interventions that can save a plant, but the focus should primarily be on the plant’s root. Plants absorb nutrients from the roots. Therefore, the soil that the roots absorb nutrients from should be nourishing with ideal conditions. If the roots are assessed and the soils are nourishing with ideal conditions, consider the lighting conditions next. The pressure of the light is what processes the plant’s nutrients and may need to be adjusted. The pressure of light may increase or decrease, depending on if the plant is getting too much pressure and burning out or if it could use a boost. Lastly, check the air quality. Make certain that the plants get enough air. Plants need air to grow.

Now, here we go. A most interesting observation, and this is what makes this article so much more interesting than other scientific articles, is that science does not yet acknowledge that all living things have a spiritual presence. If plants have a spiritual presence, they are capable of thriving with spiritual interactions. They are capable of interacting with all things spiritual from their environment, and I will explain why in the next paragraph. If you believe that all people are also spiritual, which is also generally not scientifically acknowledged, but many in the world share that viewpoint, one would agree that human-plant relationships can benefit the plant and the human as well. If you believe what is largely disapproved of within the scientific community, then let's continue forward with this logical chain of thoughts.

If plants and humans are spiritual, both plants and humans can benefit from interactions between each other, and here is why. Think about what interaction is. It is a giving and receiving process, or inother words a stream or a current, and currents create energy or power. Currents create power for, generally speaking, everything. The word currency, like the word current, is a form of monetary power. Electrical currents power electricity, and a spiritual current made with a human and plant interaction would mean the generation of spiritual power. So if both plants and humans are spiritual, they can power each other spiritually. See how we got there? Hard to believe, but a solid logical argument none the less.

That is why a human interaction with a plant, or a human-plant relationship, can be a powerful experience for plants and humans. They say humans interacting with plants help the plants grow because humans give off CO2 with every breath that comes out ,with every word spoken, and that because CO2 is the building block for plant growth, interacting with a plant helps it grow. That is true, but there is something that is happening on a deeper level.

Now, recently a non scientific friend of mine posed to me this question, "What if humans interacting with plants is making the plants grow, because the plant wants to grow after experiencing spiritual power? What if the plant is experiencing spiritual power with human interactions, and that makes the plant want to grow like Jack’s beanstalk, up and up, and into heaven? What if the spiritual experience is making the plant want to grow tall, to reach spiritual heights, into the heavens?" Woah. I decided to tackle it, well, like a scientist. For kicks and giggles, I kicked a little logic around.

Have you ever talked to a wall? I literally never have, but I’m sure the experience with talking to a wall and a plant is different. Also, I have never heard of any sane human benefit from talking to a wall, except crazy ones in a psychiatric ward, but my grandmother talks to plants. Why? Why do I catch her talk to plants and not a wall? Very possibly, with her old age, she has age-old wisdom, that a plant has an untold presence that speaks. Oh no, plants are speaking to my grandmother. Or maybe it’s a spiritual presence that my grandmother feels from plants that speak to her spirit. And why do people hug trees? There are definitely patterns of explanations, that plants have a healing presence for humans or a spiritual presence that is beneficial for humans as well.

I'm going out on a limb here, but after thinking on it for a few seconds, I tossed around a few different possible explanations. For myself, purely for myself, and it's my article so I'll do what I want to 😉, believe it or not, but plants are spiritual.

Do some recordings of you get bored during quarantine. If nothing else, it'll bring you something unusual to do that will spice up the monotony of recent global restrictions. You should interact with one, and see if can feel reciprocated feelings, possibly therapeutic. A human-plant relationship is powerful and promotes plant growth. Interact with a plant, even you might grow, spiritually.

OK. That's all I've got. What do you think? Crazy or plausible ? New age or basic. Quarantine has finally gotten to me or I'm on to something fantastic? Leave in in the comments below!


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