The Secret Life Of Plants is a rare 1979 documentary directed by Walon Green based on a book of the same name written by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. It is described as "A fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and spiritual relations between plants and man."
The movie also features the deep insightful knowledge of the African Dogon Tribe about the nature of the Universe ... They share sacred knowledge about Po Tolo, Sirius's companion star invisible to the naked eye. This is proven by modern astrology today ... Sirius does have an orbiting companion star invisible to the naked eye and the Dogon Tribe have known this for thousands of years without any astronomical equipment. The Dogon Tribe have known to have had an extraterrestrial contact with beings from Sirius and they shared much knowledge with them about the universe ... and the unity of all creation.
The movie shows us that plants too are sentient and respond to human emotions, despite their lack of a nervous system and a brain. This sentience is observed primarily through changes in the plant's conductivity, as through a polygraph, as pioneered by Cleve Backster.
Coming after Stevie Wonder's 1976 Grammy Award-winning Songs in the Key of Life, Journey through the Secret Life of Plants was panned by most critics and was confusing to many fans, who didn't know what to make of the conceptual, mostly instrumental double album. Even so, such was Wonder's commercial appeal at the time that Journey went all way up to number four in the Rock and R&B Billboard charts in 1979, with the single Send One Your Love also reaching number four. It is now considered by many to be a classic in its own right. It is also considered, in many listeners's minds, to be one of the earliest New Age albums of all time, mainly in part because of the nature and instrumental songs on the album.
The album cover contained some braille, and when you unsealed and opened it, you smelled a flowery perfume.
Journey Through "The Secret Life of Plants" contained unusual synthesizer combinations including the first use of a digital sampling synthesizer, the Computer Music Melodian, used in virtually every track of the album. Journey is also notable for being an early digital recording, released three months after Ry Cooder's Bop till You Drop, generally believed to be the first digitally recorded popular music album. Stevie Wonder was an early adherent of the technology and used it for all his subsequent recordings.
The film made heavy use of time-lapse photography (where you can see plants grow in a few seconds, creepers reaching out to other plants and tugging on them, mushrooms and flowers popping open, etc.), certainly in order to portray them as animate beings. When the film was released, such images were a novelty to the general public.
Psychobotany: Psycho (from the Greek psyche meaning mind or soul); botany (the study of plants).
Psychobotany attempts to cultivate a cultural terrain that includes a wide array of efforts at human/plant communication. Artists, scientists, subcultures, religions, activists, and visionaries all share plots in the field of Psychobotany. Combining elements of scientific truth, spiritual beliefs, aesthetic savvy, and social expression, Psychobotany is a fertile ground where the diverse cultural roots of human/plant communication can take hold.
That said, this documentary and book is about much more than just plants; it delves quite deeply into such topics as the aura, psychophysics, orgone, radionics, kirlian photography, magnetism/magnetotropism, bioelectrics, dowsing, and the history of science.
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