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At long last, science is supporting what the hippies and other earthy types have said for decades: tree hugging is good for the human body, mind and soul. In fact, the research indicates that simply being in the proximity of trees creates beneficial effects.
Blinded by Science is a new book written by Matthew Silverstone. In its pages are the proof that trees aid humans by improving a variety of mental health issues, stress, levels of concentration, as well as getting rid of headaches. He cites the conclusions from a public health report which investigated the link between mental health and green spaces. It was discovered that, “access to nature can significantly contribute to our mental capital and well-being.” Apparently, trees do more than simply provide humans and animals with needed oxygen.
With the help of various studies, Silverstone shows how children are particularly affected by the power of the trees. Both physiological and psychological improvements have been observed when children interact, not only with trees, but plants also. They function better emotionally and cognitively in what are considered green environments. Plus, there was an improvement in their creative play.
Rather than healthful benefits being derived from green spaces that are open, as has been believed up until now, Silverstone has proven that it is the vibrational properties of both plants and trees that are providing the benefits. He goes on to explain that everything has a vibration and various vibrations have various affects on biology and behavior.
An experiment Silverstone uses as an example of this principle was one done with water. Drinking a certain amount of water which was treated with 10Hz of vibrations will immediately change the rates of blood coagulation in the body. The same can be said of trees. Upon touching one, the different patterns in vibrations will have an affect on a variety of biological behaviors within the body.
Silverstone has backed this idea up by citing several scientific studies throughout his book. These furnish persuasive arguments and proof for the validity of his claims. One of the reports came to the conclusion that “safe, green spaces may be effective in treating some forms of mental illnesses.”
Taoists came to the same conclusion thousands of years ago. Mantak Chia, a Taoist master, teaches his students that meditating with trees is helpful in releasing energies that are negative. He has developed a method, Cosmic Tree Healing Qigong, that instructs a student in aligning their body with the energy fields, or auras, of trees. Chia says that trees naturally process a body’s negative or sick energies into life force energy that is vital to positivity. These connections allow the student to aid in their own emotional and physical healing.
In Taoism, it is thought that trees are great absorbers of the Universal Force from the Heavens, as well as Earth’s Energy, because they stand still. Trees and plants both are able to soak up light frequencies and change them into food. They do the same thing with “energetic food.”
In Italy, there is an intentional community called Damanhur. In their laboratory in the woods, researchers at Damanhur have developed a way to capture the sound of trees singing. Their equipment captures the electromagnetic fluctuations that occur on the surfaces of roots and leaves and transforms them into sound.
Amazingly, the trees seem to be very much in control of their own electrical responses through a feedback mechanism. They exhibit an awareness and even preference for various types of music. Indeed, there are marijuana growers in Northern California who play smooth jazz and classical for their plants, claiming that it helps them grow.
It seems that the relationship humans have with trees can be quite reciprocal. Now that it is known for a fact that trees and plants can indeed make human life better, perhaps it is time for humans to make plant and tree life better, too. It would be interesting for scientists to research what sort of support the trees get from hugging human beings.
By Stacy Lamy