Daily Archives: June 9, 2012
by Deborah Lindsey
I had sort of thought that this overriding angst that people have been feeling would be letting up by now. Afterall the Venus Transit was three days ago and the energies of the eclipse using last about 3 days. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead I’m hearing report after report of people who feel like they want to “crawl out of their skin.” Others have reported very high levels of anxiety and one person said that her body felt like it was “popping popcorn inside.”
I’m also hearing about a ton of people who have come down with a cold that just won’t quit. I’m one of them. The cold started with a sore throat on the night of the annular solar eclipse (May 20), taking hold of my throat, and now settling in my lungs. Its gotten so chronic at this point that I even considered taking antibiotics and I NEVER take antibiotics!
Others talk about the need to run or to engage in some sort of extreme physical activity. The key here seems to be in activity, almost like the body can’t sit still. The other symptom I’m hearing a lot is this need to scream. Its like the body is just looking for a release in whatever form it takes. Again, we look to the throat chakra which seems to be a primary target during this time. I have also noticed that its harder to hold back from telling the truth, like it is harder to lie, even if that lie is to ourselves, and that truth is struggling to get out.
The other thing I notice quite consistently is this feeling like “something big is about to happen.” Now some of this could be an expectation based on hype but in my case I can say that my body is feeling way too funky to think that I’m making it up (any more than I make up everything else that is.) The feelings are too profound, too visceral, too active to think that its all in my imagination.
My impression, though is that I don’t think it is really a feeling that something big is ABOUT to happen as much as it is that something big ACTUALLY IS HAPPENING. I personally think that whatever it is, which is largely undefined right now, it is firmly in process. I personally think that many of us are going through a DNA activation based on the energies that were downloaded on the planet this week. The energies are affecting us and affecting the whole planet at an atomic level. Our magnetics are being restructured, signals are being turned on, and the body is going through a huge amount of pressure to accommodate these very profound shifts.
From what I can see, it is actually a really good thing that we are feeling this, that we have been upgraded to be able to receive the higher frequencies of the new earth, whatever that might mean.
For now, I think we just have to deal with it in whatever way we can. I would highly suggest that we avoid eating anyone’s face off or killing anyone or hurting ourselves, though I’ve heard several people say that they just feel like hurting random people. I think the anxiety can look for release in positive ways and in not so positive ways so make sure you keep a handle on it and let it work through you. The changes will happen in time, hopefully quickly, and your body will return to some essence of normal before you know it.
Scientist Daniel Chamovitz unveils the surprising world of plants that see, feel, smell—and remember
By Gareth Cook | June 5, 2012
How aware are plants? This is the central question behind a fascinating new book, “What a Plant Knows,” by Daniel Chamovitz, director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University. A plant, he argues, can see, smell and feel. It can mount a defense when under siege, and warn its neighbors of trouble on the way. A plant can even be said to have a memory. But does this mean that plants think — or that one can speak of a “neuroscience” of the flower? Chamovitz answered questions from Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook.
1. How did you first get interested in this topic?
My interest in the parallels between plant and human senses got their start when I was a young postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Xing-Wang Deng at Yale University in the mid 1990s. I was interested in studying a biological process that would be specific to plants, and would not be connected to human biology (probably as a response to the six other “doctors” in my family, all of whom are physicians). So I was drawn to the question of how plants sense light to regulate their development.
It had been known for decades that plants use light not only for photosynthesis, but also as a signal that changes the way plants grow. In my research I discovered a unique group of genes necessary for a plant to determine if it’s in the light or in the dark. When we reported our findings, it appeared these genes were unique to the plant kingdom, which fit well with my desire to avoid any thing touching on human biology. But much to my surprise and against all of my plans, I later discovered that this same group of genes is also part of the human DNA.
This led to the obvious question as to what these seemingly “plant-specific” genes do in people. Many years later, we now know that these same genes are important in animals for the timing of cell division, the axonal growth of neurons, and the proper functioning of the immune system.
But most amazingly, these genes also regulate responses to light in animals! While we don’t change our form in response to light as plants do, we are affected by lab at the level of our internal clock. Our internal circadian clocks keep us on a 24 hour rhythm, which is why when we travel half way around the world we experience jet lag. But this clock can be reset by light. A few years ago I showed, in collaboration with Justin Blau at NYU, that mutant fruit flies that were missing some of these genes lost the ability to respond to light. In other words, if we changed their clocks, they remained in jetlag.
This led me to realize that the genetic difference between plants and animals is not as significant as I had once naively believed. So while not actively researching this field, I began to question the parallels between plant and human biology even as my own research evolved from studying plant responses to light to leukemia in fruit flies.
2. How do think people should change how they think about plants?
People have to realize that plants are complex organisms that live rich, sensual lives. You know many of us relate to plants as inanimate objects, not much different from stones. Even the fact that many people substitute silk flowers for real ones, or artificial Christmas trees for a live one, is exemplary at some level of how we relate to plants. You know, I don’t know anyone who keeps a stuffed dog in place of a real one!
But if we realize that all of plant biology arises from the evolutionary constriction of the “rootedness” that keep plants immobile, then we can start to appreciate the very sophisticated biology going on in leaves and flowers. If you think about it, rootedness is a huge evolutionary constraint. It means that plants can’t escape a bad environment, can’t migrate in the search of food or a mate. So plants had to develop incredibly sensitive and complex sensory mechanisms that would let them survive in ever changing environments. I mean if you’re hungry or thirsty, you can walk to the nearest watering hole (or bar). If you’re hot, you can move north, if you’re looking for a mate, you can go out to a party. But plants are immobile. They need to see where their food is. They need to feel the weather, and they need to smell danger. And then they need to be able to integrate all of this very dynamic and changing information. Just because we don’t see plants moving doesn’t mean that there’s not a very rich and dynamic world going on inside the plant.