18 Sept 2018 – Drawing I did after my post this morning. I was imagining a huge monument and the person the monument represents being buried under the weight of it.
18 Sept 2018 – The things I’ve made in this life will only last for as long as the people I leave behind want them to. A lot of things end up in the garbage. They are only as valuable as they are valued.
The name I gave the drawing was Monument. The brainstorming here pretty much began with that. This isn’t “all inclusive.” It never is. There are so many words in all the languages we speak for these sorts of things. This is just my looking at what I’ve seen as an observer of the entertainment, “being famous” business. People who embark on the famous business either rise, coast or fall just like statues. What is the most important thing? What we did in this life? How we are remembered after we die? Follow this all the way to the bottom and you’ll see where I’m at it the question.
doing what you love to do in Simple Gematria equals: 270/9 cycle
monument in Simple Gematria equals: 115/7
statue in Simple Gematria equals: 86/14/7
award in Simple Gematria equals: 47/11
title in Simple Gematria equals: 66/12/6/3 cycle
idol in Simple Gematria equals: 40/4/2/1
role model in Simple Gematria equals: 99/18/9 cycle
example in Simple Gematria equals: 76/13
remembered in Simple Gematria equals: 88/16/8/4/2/1
legacy in Simple Gematria equals: 53/8/4/2/1
honored in Simple Gematria equals: 79/16/8/4/2/1
recorded in Simple Gematria equals: 72/9 cycle
photographed in Simple Gematria equals: 133/7
filmed in Simple Gematria equals: 49/13
written about in Simple Gematria equals: 168/15
talked about in Simple Gematria equals: 112/4
in a magazine in Simple Gematria equals: 100/1
in a movie in Simple Gematria equals: 88/16/8/4/2/1
in a television show in Simple Gematria equals: 219/16/6/3 cycle
vanity in Simple Gematria equals: 91/10
narcissist in Simple Gematria equals: 131/5
ego in Simple Gematria equals: 27/9 cycle
pride in Simple Gematria equals: 52/7
word of mouth in Simple Gematria equals: 158/14/7
press release in Simple Gematria equals: 142/7
in the news in Simple Gematria equals: 117/9 cycle
social media in Simple Gematria equals: 91/10
in the internet in Simple Gematria equals: 161/8/4/2/1
fans in Simple Gematria equals: 40/4/2/1
special treatment in Simple Gematria equals: 181/10
favor in Simple Gematria equals: 62/8/4/2/1
fame in Simple Gematria equals: 25/7
make a lot of money in Simple Gematria equals: 171/9 cycle (money=72)
live a rich lifestyle in Simple Gematria equals: 200/2/1
afford fancy clothes in Simple Gematria equals: 181/10
afford expensive cars in Simple Gematria equals: 210/3 cycle
eat at fancy restaurants in Simple Gematria equals: 252/9 cycle
elaborate vacations in Simple Gematria equals: 183/12/6/3 cycle
material wealth in Simple Gematria equals: 148/13
live in exclusive neighborhoods in Simple Gematria equals: 330/6/3 cycle
control over your own life in Simple Gematria equals: 320
4913 + 320 = 5233/13/4/2/1
what is the most important thing in Simple Gematria equals: 364/13
what we did in this life in Simple Gematria equals: 208/10
how we are remembered after we die in Simple Gematria equals: 282/12
= 854/17/8 (one of the 8’s is the number for God #26/8 when all is said and done it’s time to return everything we’ve just been borrowing )
Make a space
For my body
Dead or whole,
Push this side apart
This is what I’m controlling,
It’s a mole, the inside that I cart
This will be my monument
This will be a beacon when I’m gone, gone, gone
When I’m gone, gone, gone
When I’m gone!
Soon when that moment comes,
I can say I did it all with love, love, love
All with love, love, love
All with love!
Make a cast of my body
Pull back out,
So that I can see
Make a world
Are you ruling?
Make a world
That I used to be
I will let this monument,
Represent a moment of my life, life, life
I will let this monument,
Represent a moment of my life, life, life
Of my life, life, life
Of my life!
I will let this monument,
Represent a moment of my life, life, life
Of my life, life, life
Of my life!
Make a cast of my body
Pull back out,
So that I can see
Make a world
Are you ruling?
Make a world
That I used to be
Hope there is something interesting here for you. I am sharing this because I’m sure I’m not the only person who has thought about this stuff lol. The drawing here is what I did after watching something on YouTube about the mysterious disappearance of Inuit Eskimo’s from the shores of Anjikuni Lake in Canada. I did some surface looking at this with the numbers and it basically came to 30 missing men, women and children for me:
opened graves in Simple Gematria equals: 131
abandoned village in Simple Gematria equals: 128
burning fire in Simple Gematria equals: 123
angikuni lake in Simple Gematria equals: 115
inuit in Simple Gematria equals: 73
eskimo in Simple Gematria equals: 72
dead sled dogs in Simple Gematria equals: 99
joe labelle canadian fur trapper in Simple Gematria equals: 265
thirty men women and children in Simple Gematria equals: 294
thirty missing men women and children in Simple Gematria equals: 384
bacteria viruses and other microorganisms in Simple Gematria equals: 430
How many living organisms live on the human body?
Researchers hope the advance marks an important step towards understanding how microbes help make humans human. The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only maybe one in 10 of those cells is actually — human. The rest are from bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. Jun 13, 2012
How many species of bacteria live in the human body?
It is estimated that 500 to 1,000 species of bacteria live in the human gut but belong to just a few phyla: Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes dominate but there are also Proteobacteria, Verrumicrobia, Actinobacteria, Fusobacteria and Cyanobacteria.
Many microscopic bugs and bacteria live on our skin and within our various nooks and crannies. Almost anywhere on (or even within) the human body can be home to these enterprising bugs. Bugs affect us in a variety of ways: some bad, such as infections, but many good.Apr 24, 2014
We now understand that humans are 90% microbial but only 10% human. The average human has over 100 trillion microbes in and on their body, and many of the latest discoveries are challenging previously held ideas about good and bad bacteria.
Hello to you. Just a quick visit. I hope this finds you well in your present moment. There are many all over this world experiencing natural disasters and trauma at the moment. There isn’t much I can do for any of them but express that I care and I hope everything ends up alright.
I did a bit of brainstorming here with this subject. I didn’t break these out like I normally do because it can get confusing to look at. If you find an error, let me know! If you notice something interesting – leave a comment. Thank you!
powerlessness in Simple Gematria equals: 189/18/9 cycle
I am powerless in Simple Gematria equals: 155/11
natural disaster in Simple Gematria equals: 182/11
It is out of my control in Simple Gematria equals: 269/17
I care in Simple Gematria equals: 36/9 cycle
9 divided by 2 = 4.5 = 9 cycle (It’s not an easy thing to care about others even if some people make it seem like it is, there is always a cost be it seen or unseen to the person doing the caring.)
My thoughts and prayers are with you in Simple Gematria equals: 422/62/8/4/2/1
Add all of the above together = 1253/11
It is all a matter of how you see things in Simple Gematria equals: 394/16/8/4/2/1 (Phrase that came to my mind with this line of thinking)
perspective in Simple Gematria equals: 138/12/6/3 cycle
The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake 5:12 AM – April 18, 1906 San Francisco City Hall after the 1906 Earthquake. (from Steinbrugge Collection of the UC Berkeley Earthquake Engineering Research Center ) The California earthquake of April 18, 1906 ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time. Today, its importance comes more from the wealth of scientific knowledge derived from it than from its sheer size.
Sonic energy is the energy of sound waves. Sound waves travel through air or another medium. Example: A sonic boom, a song played on a stereo, your voice
gravitational energy in Simple Gematria equals: 223
Energy associated with gravity involves the attraction between two objects based on their mass. It can serve as a basis for mechanical energy, such as the potential energy of an object placed on a shelf or the kinetic energy of the Moon in orbit around the Earth.
Example: Gravitational energy holds the atmosphere to the Earth.
kinetic energy in Simple Gematria equals: 145
Kinetic energy is the energy of motion of a body. It ranges from 0 to a positive value.
Example: An example is a child swinging on a swing. No matter whether the swing is moving forward or backward, the value of the kinetic energy is never negative.
Example: When a child swinging on a swing reaches the top of the arc, she has maximum potential energy. When she is closest to the ground, her potential energy is at its minimum (0). Another example is throwing a ball into the air. At the highest point, the potential energy is greatest. As the ball rises or falls it has a combination of potential and kinetic energy.
ionization energy in Simple Gematria equals: 206
Ionization energy is the form of energy that binds electrons to the nucleus of its atom, ion, or molecule. Example: The first ionization energy of an atom is the energy needed to remove one electron completely. The second ionization energy is energy to remove a second electron and is greater than that required to remove the first electron.
Add up all the energy forms in this article = 1688/23/5
14 Sept 2018 – using up the last of the outdoor chalk lol. Last color was red.
Interesting to see:
mother nature in Simple Gematria equals: 158/14/5
It was an act of god in Simple Gematria equals: 158/14/5
brainstorm in Simple Gematria equals: 129/12/6/3 cycle
10 Sept 2018 – found an old penny and added that in – “old money” comes to mind.
10 Sept 2018 – we heard scratching around while we were watching tv last night. Someone was making themselves comfortable!
10 Sept 2018 – He has a look on his face like I do some mornings!
Hello to you. How are you? I’m doing ok. Today is the 17th anniversary of 9/11/2001. Today I’m thinking about all the survivors who are yet struggling with cancer and the other adverse health conditions that came from the day. I am thinking about the family of those who died that day….all of us. Directly or indirectly, we are all family. Sometimes families fight and do really horrible things to each other. To me, as I look at 9/11 all these years later, that day is a testimony to what extremes can come from a dysfunctional family.
“Life as we know it” = 172/19/10/1 or 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
594 + 172
= 766/19/10/1 or 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
It’s interesting to see with just this little sampling that it boils down to the same answer, in the numbers at least!
This stuff has been on my mind again. Most everything has already been done in music, movies, books, games etc., so what is it that we are buying? We are paying to read, to play, to see and or to hear someone’s personal interpretation or unique vision/version of what has already come before. So while the concept of an original thought or idea may not exist, an original interpretation of an existing thought or idea can. My riddling this out is helpful because it helps me understand some of what is going on with the creative industries these days.
original thought = 184/13/2/1 intellectual property = 267/15/6/3 copyright infringement = 255/12/6/3
copyright = 121/4/2/1 property = 133/7 original = 85/13/4/2/1 creative = 83/11/2/1 rights = 81/9 royalties =124/7 profits = 103/4
ownership = 127/10/1
“It’s all about making money” = 259/16/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
“Point of view” = 154/19/10/1
Perspective = 138/12/3
Perception = 121/4/2/1
706 + 857 + 672 = 2235/48/12/6/3 — seems to boil down to copyright infringement doesn’t it?!
(Thoughts in spirals = 235 showed up in here lol)
Personal interpretation= 284/14/5 very close to original thought = 184/13/2/1
2235 + 284 = 2519/17/8/4/2/1 very close to “It’s all about making money” = 259/16/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.
What is peer-to-peer (P2P) networking?
A type of network where computers communicate directly with each other, rather than through a central server. Often referred to simply as peer-to-peer, or abbreviated P2P, a type of network in which each workstation has equivalent capabilities and responsibilities in contrast to client/server architectures, in which some computers are dedicated to serving the other computers. A “network” is a group of two or more computer systems linked together by various methods. In recent usage, peer-to-peer has come to describe applications in which users can use the Internet to exchange files with each other directly or through a mediating server.
Where is the public domain?
The public domain is not a place. A work of authorship is in the “public domain” if it is no longer under copyright protection or if it failed to meet the requirements for copyright protection. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner.
Hi there. Hope this finds you well in your present moment. As you may have noticed I’ve not been doing so much outdoor chalk drawing lately. Part of it is because of the wonderful wet weather we’ve been experiencing here lately and part of it something strange that happened to me with color. I started to make associations, sometimes negative ones, with colors. The same thing that I was experiencing with specific objects, some of which got broken. Just taking a break from it and retreating back to pencils and pens for a bit. Honestly, I’ve never been comfortable with adding color to my art. It’s such a commitment! This past Friday I told my friend who has a couple of my paintings that she has proof I stepped out of my comfort zone!
6 Feb 2018 paintings I did back in February
30 June 2018 – what it looks like inside our room. It’s pretty neat to stand in front of this – draws you in.
16 July 2018 – The shine, the sparkle is glitter fabric paint. I’m trying to use up what I’ve got and then I’ll seek more eco-responsible options for including glitter in my art.
5 Aug 2018 – Out in the sunshine
Do you remember the scene in the movie Close Encounters when Richard Dreyfuss character Roy Neary is shaping his mashed potatoes into Devil’s Tower and exclaims, “This MEANS something!?” Wife is vexed, kids crying in the “Daddy your scaring me” sort of way and there he is trying to explain himself to people who just can’t understand the fuck it is he’s thinking and doing with those mashed potatoes!
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Mashed Potatoes
Life is kind of like that for me sometimes lol! What the fuck is she thinking?! What the fuck is she doing?! What is wrong with her?! Thankfully my dogs just want to be along for the ride and my husband actually gets the meaning behind most of my art and other expressions. Sometimes we’ve been known to both shape our piles of mashed potatoes into Devil’s Tower, look at each other and not have to say it.
Some of you may find my “numbers thing” odd. It’s become for me what doing a crossword puzzle or Suduko might be for someone else. I am finding there is honesty in numbers that I don’t always find in words. Like people, words don’t always mean what they say.
8 Sept 2018 – Drawing I did yesterday thinking about how meditating, praying, having a moment of silence is like defragging ourselves.
“Defragging a computer” = 190/10/1
Defragment = 93/12/3 cycle
Prayer = 83/11/2/1
Pray = 60/6/3 cycle
Meditate = 77/14/5 (talk about an intersection in the numbers, #Christ =77)
Chant = 46/10/1
“Moment of silence” = 168/15/6/3 cycle
= 717/15/6/3 cycle
“It all passes through, let it go” = 318/12/3 cycle (one of my mantras when I’m trying to calm myself down)
anxiety = 98/17/8/4/2/1
fear = 30/3 cycle
worry = 99/18/9 cycle
happiness = 107/8/4/2/1
emotion = 91/10/1
feeling = 58/13/4/2/1
= 483/15/6/3 cycle (the numeric value of my mantra is in the numeric summary of words associated with it.)
= 1518/168/15/6/3 cycle (adding it all up) = “Moment of silence” = 168/15/6/3 cycle
Side note – saw just this morning they are taking another look at Pluto. Just yesterday afternoon I was thinking about this too! I added it back in and it seems to make sense to do that. :
“Milky Way Galaxy” = 189/18/9 cycle
166 + 752 = 918 (same numeric values as Milky Way Galaxy)
Hello. I hope this finds you well. I saw this morning that Japan is making a proposal to resume commercial whaling and at first I got really upset. Then I decided to look at things a little more closely and of course found myself in the hypocrite box. I eat meat and meat comes from cows which are sentient beings. I don’t know to what degree they rank up with whales but nevertheless, before I can point a finger at others, I have to remove “the plank in my own eye” on this. It’s so hard to resist passing judgement on others who don’t believe what we believe and live the way we choose to live. It’s almost like a reflex, an instinct to do so. At least it can be that way for me. It’s when I take a minute to reflect and step back from something and or someone I’m upset about that I realize my part in it. I realize that I’ve either done something or been someone just like that at some point in my life. I eventually set aside my anger to find understanding, compassion and even forgiveness.
Matthew 7New International Version (NIV)
7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
4 Sept 2018 – 1
4 Sept 2018 – 2
4 Sept 2018 – 3
As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes when you look at the words we’ve come up with through time to describe certain things, you find some interesting things numerically. It’s become important to me to start looking at this because words are what I use to communicate the most, not numbers and yet, if you think about it, numbers are behind a great deal of what we say and do in this world. The numeric value of a word, I’ve been finding, doesn’t always match what it means by definition. Since I’ve discovered Gematria, it’s really opened my eyes about the foundations of language and communication. Take a look at what I’ve put together, what do you see? Do you see patterns?
“Moronuki said the United States is guilty of a double standard by allowing native communities in Alaska to continue whaling while not wanting Japan to do so, even though whaling is a tradition in some communities in Japan.
“All animals are equal,” he added. “Some say whales are intelligent, but I hear that some scientists found that other animals like cows and horses, they are as intelligent as whales. So you must be aware that we cannot draw the line between animals: ‘They should not be killed because they are intelligent, but others, they are not so intelligent, they should be killed.’ ”
Perry rejected that argument.
“Whether whales are sentient or not, they are very difficult to count. They are long-lived, slow-breeding animals. It’s very hard to know if you are depleting the population, and if you do deplete the population, it takes a long time to recover.”
WDC believes that whales and dolphins are both sentient and sapient individuals, and that they deserve to have both their individual welfare protected and also for their moral and legal rights recognised.
“Day laborers in at least 19 other states in Mexico endure similarly poor working conditions. Some of these workers are among the quarter million people who live under modern-slavery conditions, according to the Walk Free Foundation’s 2014 Global Slavery Index.”
Our fruits and vegetables come from all over the United States, but California leads production by a huge margin. When the season ends in the United States, production shifts to Mexico, Central and South American countries allowing Americans to enjoy many fresh produce items year-round.
Song that came to me while I was sitting outside –
Do you know where you are?
In heaven. In heaven.
It’s not a place you go
It’s a place you are
Sitting right next
To a shining star.
(# value 1229/14/5 – (like 5 senses)
Five Senses = 123/6 taste sight touch smell and sound = 348/15/6/3 cycle
1229 – 348 = 881/17/8 (God # = 26/8)
(The God of my understanding “lives” through us and all of the other beings we share the earth with, pure energy, so these number results make sense to me. Without a body, without the senses, you would be formless, sentient energy.)
Old English heofon “home of God,” earlier “the visible sky, firmament,” probably from Proto-Germanic *hibin-, dissimilated from *himin- (cognates Low German heben, Old Norse himinn, Gothic himins, Old Frisian himul, Dutch hemel, German Himmel “heaven, sky”), which is of uncertain and disputed origin. Perhaps literally “a covering,” from a PIE root *kem- “to cover” (also proposed as the source of chemise). Watkins derives it elaborately from PIE *ak- “sharp” via *akman- “stone, sharp stone,” then “stony vault of heaven.”
From late 14c. as “a heavenly place; a state of bliss.” Plural use in sense of “sky” probably is from Ptolemaic theory of space as composed of many spheres, but it also formerly was used in the same sense as the singular in Biblical language, as a translation of Hebrew plural shamayim. Heaven-sent (adj.) attested from 1640s.
“Mein Himmel” = 101
System = 101
Something I puzzled with last night after reading about the question of whether or not Planet 9 actually exists. This is what is came to for me:
“Ever expanding universe” = 257 “Does Planet Nine Exist?” = 230 257-230 = 27/9 – in the context of an ever expanding universe, yes, it probably does.
The mysterious, fabled “Planet 9” will have nowhere to hide once a new astronomical experiment is underway, scientists think.
Some scientists believe a mysterious, as-yet-unseen planet might be causing a number of minor planets to take strangely uniform paths around the sun. But so far, the elusive celestial object has remained undetected.
3 Sept 2018 – Drawing I did last night. It was hard to concentrate. I guess they have started hunting again or something. It’s unnerving to hear gunfire so close to a residential area these days.
Hello to you. As I write there is very gentle rain and I’m so grateful for that. It was getting dry here again.
It’s Labor Day again and a day to remember all those laborers of the past who literally died so people of today could have this day off of work: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day – there is video and more information at this link
I stayed in bed a bit longer than Kyle did this morning and had an interesting dream while doing so. It was about a woman remembering a story about her Grandma asking to speak to “The tree.” It appeared in her room but she was afraid and then she couldn’t see it. So she asked again. Then the woman found her Grandma nearly dying face down on the floor when The Black Tree appeared again, but she was able to wake her, she wasn’t dead yet.
CAT PEOPLE — Irena’s Dream (One of my cult classic films from childhood)
Source is internet: 3 Sept 2018 – “The tree “in the dream makes me think of Cat People. It looked like a shadow of a tree; a black tree.
My Grandma’s taught me a lot about nature as I was growing up and to respect it – especially the flowers and the trees. I miss my Grandma Schmidt’s beautiful flowers – especially her giant roses! I miss my Grandma Becker and our walks in her neighborhood where she would point out her favorite trees and tell me about them. How each one was an individual and had its own personality just like people.
In my own experience with trees, I would say the same. I have mourned for trees that were taken in storms or by sickness. I have sensed when a tree wasn’t feeling well by putting my hands on it. I have listened to the wind blowing through the trees living around me and hearing a sound like cheering… “Hurray!” but in a whisper. Through them I have learned about the cycles of life and how there is hope when you look at their life cycles. Just one tree is a whole eco-system! I suspect that when you take off your shoes and socks and stand on the ground, you are plugging yourself into the tree network! Who knows for sure but the God who made all this wonder.
I found this interesting article to share on the subject. May be there is something in it for you too:
I’m in a redwood forest in Santa Cruz, California, taking dictation for the trees outside my cabin. They speak constantly, even if quietly, communicating above- and underground using sound, scents, signals, and vibes. They’re naturally networking, connected with everything that exists, including you.
Biologists, ecologists, foresters, and naturalists increasingly argue that trees speak, and that humans can learn to hear this language.
Many people struggle with this concept because they can’t perceive that trees are interconnected, argues biologist George David Haskell in his 2017 book The Songs of Trees. Connection in a network, Haskell says, necessitates communication and breeds languages; understanding that nature is a network is the first step in hearing trees talk.
For the average global citizen, living far from the forest, that probably seems abstract to the point of absurdity. Haskell points readers to the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador for practical guidance. To the Waorani people living there, nature’s networked character and the idea of communication among all living things seems obvious. In fact, the relationships between trees and other lifeforms are reflected in Waorani language.
In Waorani, things are described not only by their general type, but also by the other beings surrounding them. So, for example, any one ceibo tree isn’t a “ceibo tree” but is “the ivy-wrapped ceibo,” and another is “the mossy ceibo with black mushrooms.” In fact, anthropologists trying to classify and translate Waorani words into English struggle because, Haskell writes, “when pressed by interviewers, Waorani ‘could not bring themselves’ to give individual names for what Westerners call ‘tree species’ without describing ecological context such as the composition of the surrounding vegetation.”
Because they relate to the trees as live beings with intimate ties to surrounding people and other creatures, the Waorani aren’t alarmed by the notion that a tree might scream when cut, or surprised that harming a tree should cause trouble for humans. The lesson city-dwellers should take from the Waorani, Haskell says, is that “dogmas of separation fragment the community of life; they wall humans in a lonely room. We must ask the question: ‘can we find an ethic of full earthly belonging?’”
Haskell points out that throughout literary and musical history there are references to the songs of trees, and the way they speak: whispering pines, falling branches, crackling leaves, the steady hum buzzing through the forest. Human artists have always known on a fundamental level that trees talk, even if they don’t quite say they have a “language.”
Tree language is a totally obvious concept to ecologist Suzanne Simard, who has spent 30 years studying forests. In June 2016, she gave a Ted Talk (which now has nearly 2.5 million views), called “How Trees Talk to Each Other.”
Simard grew up in the forests of British Columbia in Canada, studied forestry, and worked in the logging industry. She felt conflicted about cutting down trees, and decided to return to school to study the science of tree communication. Now, Simard teaches ecology at the University of British Columbia-Vancouver and researches “below-ground fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate underground inter-tree communication and interaction,” she says. As she explained to her Ted Talk audience:
“I want to change the way you think about forests. You see, underground there is this other world, a world of infinite biological pathways that connect trees and allow them to communicate and allow the forest to behave as though it’s a single organism. It might remind you of a sort of intelligence.”
Trees exchange chemicals with fungus, and send seeds—essentially information packets—with wind, birds, bats, and other visitors for delivery around the world. Simard specializes in the underground relationships of trees. Her research shows that below the earth are vast networks of roots working with fungi to move water, carbon, and nutrients among trees of all species. These complex, symbiotic networks mimic human neural and social networks. They even have mother trees at various centers, managing information flow, and the interconnectedness helps a slew of live things fight disease and survive together.
Simard argues that this exchange is communication, albeit in a language alien to us. And there’s a lesson to be learned from how forests relate, she says. There’s a lot of cooperation, rather than just competition among and between species as was previously believed.
Peter Wohlleben came to a similar realization while working his job managing an ancient birch forest in Germany. He told the Guardian he started noticing trees had complex social lives after stumbling upon an old stump still living after about 500 years, with no leaves. “Every living being needs nutrition,” Wohlleben said. “The only explanation was that it was supported by the neighbor trees via the roots with a sugar solution. As a forester, I learned that trees are competitors that struggle against each other, for light, for space, and there I saw that it’s just [the opposite]. Trees are very interested in keeping every member of this community alive.” He believes that they, like humans, have family lives in addition to relationships with other species. The discovery led him to write a book, The Hidden Life of Trees.
By being aware of all living things’ inter-reliance, Simard argues, humans can be wiser about maintaining mother trees who pass on wisdom from one tree generation to the next. She believes it could lead to a more sustainable commercial-wood industry: in a forest, a mother tree is connected to hundreds of other trees, sending excess carbon through delicate networks to seeds below ground, ensuring much greater seedling survival rates.
Foreign language studies
Seedling survival is important to human beings because we need trees. “The contributions of forests to the well-being of humankind are extraordinarily vast and far-reaching,” according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization 2016 report on world forests (pdf).
Forests are key to combating rural poverty, ensuring food security, providing livelihoods, supplying clean air and water, maintaining biodiversity, and mitigating climate change, the FAO says. The agency reports that progress is being made toward better worldwide forest conservation but more must be done, given the importance of forests to human survival.
Most scientists—and trees—would no doubt agree that conservation is key. Haskell believes that ecologically friendly policies would naturally become a priority for people if we’d recognize that trees are masters of connection and communication, managing complex networks that include us. He calls trees “biology’s philosophers,” dialoguing over the ages, and offering up a quiet wisdom. We should listen, the biologist says, because they know what they’re talking about. Haskell writes, “Because they are not mobile, to thrive they must know their particular locus on the Earth far better than any wandering animal.”
I often eavesdrop to random voices roaming in the air. Some leave bruises on my eyelids due to the frequent wiping of tears. They have a saddening picture. Others stimulate endless smiles. Some would like to remain unidentified. All in all, I love to narrate stories of the sad, happy and mysterious voices.