– by Shanti Dewi, Cecilia
Every now and then, I heard people say they talk to trees, to flowers, to their plants at home, as if they could respond. I never thought it crazy; in fact, I quite liked the idea, whimsical. But, neither did I truly believe it.
I recently acquired a small pot of desert rose from my hometown. This particular portion was cut from the adult desert rose tree which has been in my mother’s garden for about 30 years; I practically grew up with it.
When I brought it back to Singapore, I expected it to produce flowers within about 2 months, for the tip of the leaves cluster was ready for the new flower buds. True enough, after about 2 months, I saw a flower bud, and I was so excited. But, a few days later, the bud slowly turned black and then it fell away. This happened a few times. Every time a new bud showed, it would wither within a few days. I was so disheartened and didn’t know what to do. It was supposed to be such an independent kind of flowering plant. I placed it outdoor for enough sunlight. It didn’t require regular watering, so I didn’t water it much. What went wrong?
I wanted so much for it to be gloriously flower-full like in my mother’s garden, but it didn’t look like it was happening. One morning before I left for work, out of desperation, I decided I would talk to it. I came out of the house early enough to do this. I looked left and right to make sure nobody saw me, or they might think I was a mad neighbour. I quickly tried to focus and just said loving and encouraging words to it, like “don’t be afraid to grow”, “this is your new home; I hope you will be happy living with us”, “I love you and can’t wait to see you grow healthy”, and things like that.
Day by day, I did the same. I asked “how are you today” in the morning. I said “hello” when I returned from work at night. Soon, I got comfortable doing it. I cupped my hands with some space around the small tree while saying all these words, and to my amazement, I actually felt some warmth and tingling on my open hands. I couldn’t really believe it at first, but the feeling intensified in the days that followed. It gave me goosebumps so strong sometimes I shivered.
Some weeks later, not one, but two flower buds started to peek. I was feeling nervous, afraid they might wither again. I focused more until I felt for a moment, every time, there was just me and the small tree and the subtle energy emanating from it. The feeling was quite out of this world for me. Not long after, the two buds grew bigger and bigger, and they fully bloomed within the following few weeks! I simply couldn’t believe it! This was my own experience. It wasn’t some story I heard or read.
I can now tell it with confidence that it is real. Plants do give off energy. We humans are able to feel it. And, the plants are able to feel us too! If with such simple loving words and encouragement we can make a plant grow healthy, imagine what we can do for the world if we all do the same, love the earth and treat it with care, creating a much larger effect everywhere, at home, on the streets, in the parks, where ever. We can actually help heal the world!
Well, don’t just take my word for it. Give it a try.