“Many hospitals have re-introduced healing gardens,” says local master gardener and energy healer Patty Dunks, “ because these gardens have the incredible potential for supporting and speeding up the healing process.”
Speaking for the Way of Life health lecture series on Feng Shui For Your Body on April 30th, Dunks attributes the ability for a garden to provide a “field of healing” to a variety of qualities, including the flow of energy, or what is commonly known as Feng Shui; the balancing of the five essential elements of earth, air, fire, water and sky, which is literally the composition of the garden’s ecosystem; and the personal resonance with individual plants.
“Each person resonates with different plants” says Dunks, “so it is important when creating a personal healing garden to include the plants that you feel a particular kinship with.”
To gain a sensitivity to plants, author Stephen Harrod Buhner, in his book “The Secret Teachings Of Plants: The Intelligence Of The Heart In The Direct Perception Of Nature,” leads the reader through a series of mental, emotional and sensory explorations meant to help recognize how limited and cut off we are in the modern world to varied modes perception.
These subtle modes of perception, although not easily tangible, are called biognosis, which means direct “knowledge from life,” Buhner writes.
Our relationship with plants, Buhner suggests, goes far beyond our dependency on using them for food and medicine: there is a vibrational relationship to the plant kingdom inherent in our physical bodies. Buhner urges us to come to our senses and develop our heartfelt perception as a means of communing directly with the plant world.
Learning directly from plants is an ancient indigenous way of learning, Buhner says. This learning relied neither on the analytical capacity of the brain nor the techniques of trial and error, he says, but happened because our ancestors received information directly through the “heart of the world.”