I had the opportunity to attend one of Stephen Buhner’s presentations . Having studied his books and used his supplements for over a decade, I was expecting a fact-laden, didactic power point presentation covering the material in his latest books. Boy was I wrong!
We were, instead, treated to hilarious stories and poetry and songs interspersed with Stephen’s unique and personal in-depth observations about how our world is organized. This included mind bending ideas about the function served by viruses and bacteria and how all of this relates to the world of plants. Bacteria were seen from the perspective of the bacteria themselves, not from our egocentric viewpoint, which profoundly changes the way we “treat” them. To summarize this information would not begin to do it justice, but I suspect we will be sharing pieces of this information with our patients over the upcoming months. I encourage everyone to get copies of his newest books (see below) and begin to digest that information so that we can dialogue on a deeper level.
Stephen emphasized that the “protocols” which are attributed to him are not, actually, how he works with those who come to him for help. In fact, a rigid adherence to any method of treatment would be antithetical to his way of thinking. He observed that “linear processes work well but don’t mesh with living systems.” He made it abundantly clear that reductionistic thinking will not enable us to move forward in our understanding of natural processes.
In working with those who seek his wisdom, he describes, essentially, spending quality time, waiting for the information that will be helpful for that individual to reveal itself, which includes the herb, its form and dosage that would be optimal at this time. In my practice I try to provide a similar experience and allow sufficient time and space in which we can intuit and/or discern the next part of your treatment program.
I was particularly taken with his description of the root system of plants being almost identical, in form and neurotransmitter chemicals, to our nervous system, which allows plants to interact and communicate with their environment, other plants, and other creatures, including us, in a profound manner.
Thanks, Stephen for a wonderful weekend! We hope to continue our relationship with you for a long, long time.
Stephen’s most recent books (including a new release for April 2014
on our relationship with plants) which will be of interest:
Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections: Complementary and Holistic Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma is highly recommended for understanding these bacteria and how to form a new relationship with our treatments for them.
Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging and Resistant Viral Infections
Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd edition: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug Resistant Bacterial Infections
The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature