Nature has been sending us messages for centuries, but it takes a special kind of awareness to understand them.
Louie Schwartzberg has been shooting time-lapse flowers continuously, nonstop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for over 30 years. Through his footage, we can see nature’s dance, immersing ourselves in the conversations between the different kinds of life around us.
“Beauty and seduction, I believe, is nature’s tool for survival, because we will protect what we fall in love with,” Schwartzberg told us about nature’s language.
Nature shares a message of rebirth, rejuvenation, and regeneration every single day. The more closely we pay attention, the more we’ll be driven to protect our world.
“Love Is Our True Nature”
Mary Cosimano has served as a plant medicine guide for hundreds of study participants at the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. Through that experience helping others, she began to decode nature’s message for herself. Exploring the complex states of consciousness.
During the “Women Psychedelic Leaders” panel discussion for Fungi Day, Cosimano shared the lesson she learned from nature after more than a decade of psilocybin research:
“Love is our true nature. We are all one. We are all connected. It was a really profound moment for me.”
In Fantastic Fungi, mycologist Paul Stamets said that understanding nature’s message is absolutely crucial to our future. “I believe nature is intelligent,” he said. “My mission is to discover the language of nature of the fungal networks that communicate with the ecosystem.”
Amy Emerson, the executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), explained that psychedelics can create a “positive feedback loop.” In her work, she saw participants really come to understand nature’s most fundamental message: we are all connected. She explained:
“There’s so much wisdom that we’ve learned from traditional healers and traditional uses of these medicines about that inner healing. As that happens, you start to create a deeper connection to others, to your community, and to your relationship with nature.”
“Don’t Just Wake Up”
Rachel Peterson, one of the John Hopkins study participants, added a bit of context to her own experience during that same panel discussion.
“It’s really important to mobilize that inner healing towards some sort of outer action,” she said, stressing that nature offers individual messages through plant medicine, but we must reply to the Earth’s plea for help on a global scale.
Peterson urged us all to listen to nature’s message through states of consciousness, but then to take action.
“Don’t just wake up. Show up! Get involved with direct action. There’s a lot of exciting climate mobilization and advocacy happening right now, like the Extinction Rebellion movement and the Sunrise Movement.”
Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet.
For example, you can learn about the Mother Tree in the film. Schwartzberg has witnessed the miraculous and healing nature of mycelium first hand. He connected with the greatest fungi scientists, explorers, doctors, artists, healers, and fungi enthusiasts of the world for his film.
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