Change. Novelty. Something new and original that doesn’t fit into current thinking. It’s a shift.
In the current culture, it’s usually not considered possible to have a conversation with something that doesn’t have a mouth and language. So right off the bat, here’s something new and innovative that Dr. Jim Conroy and I, Basia Alexander, started doing right from the beginning of our work in 2002: talking with trees. The truth is, Dr. Jim simply acknowledged the gift of intuitive listening that he had all along in his life and I “came out of the closet” about mine.
Since the early 2000’s, the profession of Animal Communicator has taken hold because people want to know what their dogs, cats, horses, and other domestic animals are thinking. Animal Communicators help with identifying health problems, too.
Dr. Jim had his PhD in plant pathology and worked in the agriculture chemical industry for his 30+ year career. But he had a flash of insight in the early 2000’s; he realized that there must be a better way. Dr. Jim became a Nature Communicator™ and took on the moniker of The Tree Whisperer® as we started our work of communicating, collaborating, and cocreating with the living Beings of Nature. It was a very natural move for us to name our system at the time “The PlantTalk System.”
The main focus of our new work was to identify and “fix” health problems inside of trees and plants without the use of products or invasive techniques.
The fundamental notion of HEALING health problems for any living Being—humans included—is restoration of inner functionality. It’s not about the medicines or products that are used; healing is about repairing and invigorating the body’s own ability to restore its innate functionality. And Jim and I were dedicated to applying the practice of HEALING to trees and plants.
Talk about innovative? Yes, COMMUNICATING and HEALING were on the ‘bleeding edge’ of thinking at the time. In the last 18 years, we have seen upshifts of thought in the culture; people are beginning to accept the ideas of communicating, collaborating, and cocreating with Nature. And the people who are now attracted to our classes and to becoming clients also accept the idea that HEALING can occur inside of a tree, plant, or other ecosystem member.
A little like the question, “where do babies come from”… innovation comes from the cabbages. We say this only partly tongue-in-cheek.
Dr. Jim has a close personal relationship with the Cabbage Family consciousness that goes back to the earliest days of his innovative holistic healing work with trees, plants and Nature.
In 2003, it was the fall-planting of cabbages at the research site (an organic farm) that showed Dr. Jim how they wanted to grow and how big they wanted to become.
That was probably his first experience of the dimensional aspect of Nature and his first exposure to the fact that trees and plants have consciousness and have goals.
In other words, Dr. Jim had an insight that all living Beings are more than just their physical expressions; we all are expressions of an intelligent pre-physical blueprint. Some people might call this a Divine Design. Whatever your name for it, Dr. Jim took that insight and used it in an innovative way to interact with that plant species. The species gave him the vision of what it wanted to become. He helped it get there by adjusting and expanding his Whispering methods: the cabbages’ physical health and growth could be energetically aligned in consciousness with its goal or blueprint.
The story of these Cabbages in the last chapter of our first book, Tree Whispering: A Nature Lover’s Guide.
Dr. Jim and I (his co-founder, Basia Alexander) have a unique working relationship. I do the reading, he does not. He wants to be completely free of bias. He wants to be able to learn directly from Nature— to allow the living Beings to give him their messages without feeling as if he is projecting something that he learned onto them. Meanwhile, I observe and listen to his insights and his questions. When there is one that tracks with something that I have learned from my reading, then we compare notes.
The concept of conscious cocreativity, the phrase ‘live and let live’, and the idea of dynamic balance in Nature were all ideas that surfaced in my reading. Then, one day in 2004, Jim returned to the office after a frustrating afternoon ‘talking’ with the peach trees. The peaches were showing brown spots and rot which is usually due to microorganisms’ activities of feeding on the peaches. There are all sorts of disease names for those microorganisms.
He said that the organic farmers have limited options for “spraying” those organisms. I countered by saying that the word “spraying” is a nice way of saying “killing.” I noted that those organisms want to live, too, and have their place within a healthy ecosystem. They have a job. They are alive and deserve the same respect as living Beings as we humans deserve.
I continued by reminding him that there is a key concept of life: we are all connected. Environmental scientists see this in the way they believe that ecosystem members interact in networks. Spiritual sages have said this for millennia to help people realize that they are part of a larger human community and part of an even larger community of life on the planet. But people have come to think that killing unwanted organisms such as insects, diseases, or “pests” actually works. It doesn’t, but I am getting ahead of myself.
So the question came up in Jim’s and my discussion: how can organisms live together? Neither of us knew how such Beings as peach trees and microorganisms could co-exist.
So I suggested that Jim go back and ASK the microorganisms what they want and need to survive and then ASK the peach trees what they want and need to survive and produce their fruit (which is of course their reproductive method.)
ASKING NATURE for its information and advice is a KEY innovative concept of our work. So Jim went back to the peach trees and their Black Spot and Powdery Mildew organisms. He opened up a discussion.
By 2005, he and they had worked out a process for co-existing. That co-existence method would ultimately lead to another key innovation in our work we call EcoPeace Treaties. EcoPeace Treaties are the answer to the question: how can Beings that are apparently at odds with one another co-exist?
The Peach trees’ story is in our book Live and Let Live: How Dimensional Collaboration Heals Ecosystems.