Plants are conscious and aware, some probably more so than others just like animals, and if you take care of one and are constantly monitoring and
consciously observing it, you will see signs of intelligence that are very difficult to explain away under normal Western scientific thought and
This is a very short personal story about whats convinced me beyond reasonable doubt that plants are not only sentient, but have observable
intelligence as well.
Recently a plant Ive been taking care of under a grow light was experiencing an overheating of some of its sub-canopy leaves that had developed prior
to having been placed under this light. The heat from the light was slowly burning these sub-canopy leaves (one specifically), but the upper leaves
were thriving as they grew up in that light intensity.
Now youd think, if you believed in the whole "plants arnt sentient/intelligent/aware/conscious" thing, that the plant would simply either not respond,
or respond in a static, mechanical way, such as... well, doing nothing and going about its business as usual, ie: not noticing
actually happening, because there was no observer to observe the event and respond accordingly; ie, no consciousness.
But thats not what happened.
As the leaf slowly burned over days, very slowly getting brown in specific but large areas of the center, what happened was amazing. Another leaf
(these leaves are on different stalks but part of the same plant, and it was resting underneath the burning one, the stems forming about a 30 degree
angle with each other, point out, to give you an idea) at approximately the same height that was more tolerant of the heat, and was situated adjacent
but slightly BELOW the burning leaf, over the course of approximately 1 day moved itself out from underneath the burning leaf, and then placed itself
ABOVE the one that was getting burned, shielding the distressed leaf from excess heat reaching its surface.
It remained there for about 2 days. In that time I had raised the grow light higher to reduce heat. It sensed that heat reduction, and knew the
burning leaf had stopped burning (which of course it did) and was in the clear, then moved itself back to its original position, slightly beneath the
burned leaf. Note that never did the healthy leaf PUSH the burning one; it went completely around
it in a "C" shaped pattern both times to
protect it from the heat, and also to return to its original position once the danger to the distressed leaf had passed.
The leaf has not moved since returning to its original location after the burning of the other ceased.
That is conscious intelligence at work, folks.
The scoffers will scoff.
The skeptics will skepticate.
But I personally witnessed it at each stage, and cannot be convinced there was not both sentience and intelligence behind that feat.
Also, if you just open yourself up a bit, you can feel the spiritual presence of plants (and animals). They are ALL conscious, with intelligent
spirits. As much as I believed this before, witnessing this event makes me believe it all the more so now.
Pseudo-skeptics and habitual scoffers, go nuts
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