Saturday, August 17, 2013




John Potts

(Arriving Home at the Source)


Spirit Forest


      Recently, I went a little eccentric, not ever having any experience with them, and bought via mail-order, seven (yep, 7) indoor Bonsai Trees to keep in “my” room where I hangout in my man-cave.  I had sense enough to buy a book on the subject and did some research online… but seven… well, that’s me.  (Don’t quit reading – there are terrific videos from You-Tube down below you can’t miss!)

   I had an idea of putting them on water trays as close as possible on this small table 27”x18” next to my laptop and pretty close to the bed in a small bedroom.  I would utilize a growing lamp in place of the sun.  Well, all seven trees and related supplies and equipment came within 3 days of each other two or three weeks ago.

   I felt inspired to make this a unique forest with a spirit world fantasy theme.  However, let me say here that I am one of those people who say that everything in this world (and universe) is connected somehow by something I call spirit; indeed everything we can see and feel is not reality but is whatever holds the tiny molecules, atoms, etc together beyond the visual that we see… I will call it “spirit”.  You may call it something else, but it is mind-boggling and trying to understand the science of it all and integrate it with our knowing/belief system is interesting and exciting when we get into it.

   Anyway, this “Spirit Forest” of Bonsai Trees I put together is decorated with tiny statues, ground moss, a few fishermen, colored stones, tiny gold fragments, and drift wood which I have been saving for over a decade.  I am inserting photos of this creation.
   When I awake in the morning, I can actually feel the presence and joy of my Spirit Forest.  I speak with the creation and lightly rub my hands over the leaves in a nurturing way.  I can actually feel the life in the trees communicating with me.  I think that they like the theme of the forest in which I placed them. 
Click on this video link for my first ever YouTube video production!
   Yes, I think plants have more than just biological life as there is online research complete with videos which I intend to show you further along in this blog.

      Plants are very much alive. Not only do they dislike human noise but they also posses the capacity to learn and communicate.

Perhaps even more astonishing is that plants can also make music.
Have you ever heard the incredible music of the plants?
Plants can actually sing and compose music and listening to it is truly beautiful and relaxing!
Ever since 1975, researchers at Damanhur, in northern Italy have been experimenting with plants, trying to learn more about their unique properties.
Researchers use devices which they have created to measure the re-activity of the plants to their environment. The devices judge the plants' capacity to learn and communicate.
Using a simple principle, the researchers used a variation of the Wheatstone bridge, an electrical circuit used to measure an unknown electrical resistance by balancing two legs of a bridge circuit, one leg of which includes the unknown component.
This device has 3 fixed resistances and 1 variable one. Electrical differences between the leaves and the roots of the plant are measured. These differences can then be translated into a variety of effects, including music, turning on lights, movement and many others.
There is no danger to the plants as the researchers use very low intensity electrical currents.
Researchers state that every living creature whether animal or plant, produces variations of electrical potential, depending on the emotions being experienced at the time.  Click on this video link:
The music starts at around 2:11. Credit:
The plant sends impulses to the midi-instruments. The midi-signal goes to a midi-thru-box and from there to the software. Click on this link:
The device that takes the measurements is a tool from damanhur called U1.

The plants have the most sensitive variations when they signal the arrival of the person who cares for them, when being watered, when spoken to, during the creation of music, etc.

Sensations felt within the plant induce a physiological reaction, which then expresses itself in electrical, conductive and resistance variations.

These variations can be translated in different ways, including into musical scales.

The experiments have shown that plants definitely appear to enjoy learning to use musical scales and also making their own music with the use of a synthesizer.

Although there is currently little scientific research conducted on this subject, one cannot deny that listen to these beautiful plants is a joy for the soul.
   A growing body of research shows that birds and other animals change their behavior in response to human noise, such as the din of traffic or the hum of machinery.
But human clamor doesn't just affect animals.
Because many animals also pollinate plants or eat or disperse their seeds, human noise can have ripple effects on plants, too, finds a new study reported in the March 21, 2012, issue of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
In cases where noise has ripple effects on long-lived plants like trees, the consequences could last for decades, even after the source of the noise goes away, says lead author Clinton Francis of the National Science Foundation (NSF) National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolina.
In previous studies, Francis and colleagues found that some animals increase in numbers near noisy sites, while others decline.
But could animals' different responses to human noise have indirect effects on plants, too?

  To find out, the researchers conducted a series of experiments from 2007 to 2010 in the Bureau of Land Management's Rattlesnake Canyon Wildlife Area in northwestern New Mexico.


The region is home to thousands of natural gas wells, many of which are coupled with noisy compressors for extracting the gas and transporting it through pipelines.

The compressors roar and rumble day and night, every day of the year.

The advantage of working in natural gas sites is they allow scientists to study noise and its effects on wildlife without the confounding factors in noisy areas like roadways or cities, such as pollution from artificial light and chemicals, or collisions with cars.

As part of their research, Francis and colleagues first conducted an experiment using patches of artificial plants designed to mimic a common red wildflower in the area called scarlet gilia.

Each patch consisted of five artificial plants with three "flowers" each--microcentrifuge tubes wrapped in red electrical tape--which were filled with a fixed amount of sugar water for nectar. 
To help in estimating pollen transfer within and between the patches, the researchers also dusted the flowers of one plant per patch with artificial pollen, using a different color for each patch.
Din levels at noisy patches were similar to that of a highway heard from 500 meters away, Francis said.
When the researchers compared the number of pollinator visits at noisy and quiet sites, they found that one bird species in particular--the black-chinned hummingbird--made five times more visits to noisy sites than quiet ones.
"Black-chinned hummingbirds may prefer noisy sites because another bird species that preys on their nestlings, the western scrub jay, tends to avoid those areas," Francis said.
Pollen transfer was also more common in the noisy sites.
If more hummingbird visits and greater pollen transfer translate to higher seed production for the plants, the results suggest that "hummingbird-pollinated plants such as scarlet gilia may indirectly benefit from noise," Francis said.
Another set of experiments revealed that noise may indirectly benefit some plants, but is bad news for others. 
Scarlet gilia, which attracts hummingbirds, was a subject in one "noise experiment."
Credit: National Park Service
In a second series of experiments at the same study site, the researchers set out to discover what noise might mean for tree seeds and seedlings, using one of the dominant trees in the area--the pinion pine.
Pinion pine seeds that aren't plucked from their cones fall to the ground and are eaten by birds and other animals.
To find out if noise affected the number of pinion pine seeds that animals ate, the researchers scattered pinion pine seeds beneath 120 pinion pine trees in noisy and quiet sites, using a motion-triggered camera to figure out what animals took the seeds.
After three days, several animals were spotted feeding on the seeds, including mice, chipmunks, squirrels, birds and rabbits.
But two animals in particular differed between quiet and noisy sites--mice, which preferred noisy sites, and western scrub jays, which avoided them altogether.
Human noise affects plants such as pinion pine, whose seed-dispersers avoid the clamor.
Credit: Clinton Francis
Piñon pine seeds that are eaten by mice don't survive the passage through the animal's gut, Francis said, so the boost in mouse populations near noisy sites could be bad news for pine seedlings in those areas.
In contrast, a single western scrub jay may take hundreds to thousands of seeds, only to hide them in the soil to eat later in the year.
The seeds they fail to relocate will eventually germinate, so the preference of western scrub jays for quiet areas means that pinion pines in those areas are likely to benefit. 
In keeping with their seed results, the researchers counted the number of pinion pine seedlings and found that they were four times as abundant in quiet sites compared with noisy ones.
It may take decades for a pinion pine to grow from a seedling into a full-grown tree, Francis said, so the consequences of noise may last longer than scientists thought.
"Fewer seedlings in noisy areas might eventually mean fewer mature trees, but because pinion pines are so slow-growing the shift could have gone undetected for years," he said.
"Fewer pinion pine trees would mean less critical habitat for the hundreds of species that depend on them for survival."
   So, there you have it.  Oh, did you hear the lady in one of the videos say that she “meditates” together with the plants?!  What an interesting subject which clearly draws me closer to unity with everything in this fascinating universe of ours and… it helps feed my concept that there is something eternal within my body which will continue to live forever after this body lies lifeless in decay.
   The real me, my spirit, or whatever you wish to call it, will continue to exist, perhaps even in… a life between lives… then reincarnated… Well, why not; the more science and humans who are in touch with their spirit tell us about this earth and universe, the more plausible it seems! Check for books by regression therapists on life between lives and reincarnation... there are many.
(Most of the plant research printed above came from )
           Feel free to let me know what you think
                I would LOVE to hear from you!
                                   John Potts
                     (Arriving Home at the Source)


  1. They are so beautiful! I have always believed that plants have a great potential for knowledge. Thanks for sharing this info!

  2. Your forest is very beautiful indeed, thank you for sharing :)