I would be remiss if I did not mention our species’ desire to alter or change consciousness. Aldous Huxley’s book “The Doors of Perception” was published when I was a boy, but it wasn’t until I was studying Anthropology at the University of California that I took part in a controlled experiment with “mushrooms” that I appreciated what he was communicating. He never talked about leaving the known universe or traveling to the depths of his psyche. His ego did not disappear, and he remained very much present, observing his familiar world through fresh and unfiltered eyes. I have studied and used myself as the subject of psychedelic experiments with plants (spirits) such as Mescaline, with shamans throughout the world over the years. Those highly respected and transformative plant spirits are still tools that occupy a prominent but respectful place in my healing toolbox. In my role as Shaman, we as humans, and such plant spirits, are evolving together. I live in the Sonoran Desert, and I am struck by how they nurture each other by growing together in communities. They communicate with me regularly, in large part because I make the time to hang out with them.
I think it’s helpful when interacting with any plant or plant spirit to consider human etiquette and apply that to your communication with them. If you’re just getting started talking to plant spirits, make sure you head to a place where you feel comfortable. It might be easiest to start in the privacy of your home. If you have houseplants, you can start with them. Or go outside and connect with a plant that’s in your garden. It can be a potted plant or a plant on the ground. They’re all alive, and they all have spirits. Bring a journal or notebook with you to make it easier for you to talk to the plant spirits. You might also want to bring a small offering for the plant, like a flower from another plant (ask permission!) or a few grains of corn from your garden. If you’re starting with a houseplant, water it (if it needs it) and tidy up the surface of its soil if it needs it. Give it some love. Sit quietly near the plant. Maybe meditate for a few minutes if that helps you to clear your mind.