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The Article below was taken from the Summer 2018 of ESSENCE magazine the official publication of the BFVEA.

  Plant Medicine – the Key to Human Survival and Evolution
Davyd Farrell

The BFVEA has become very closely aligned with Davyd and Emma Farrell of Plant Consciousness, and we were very pleased that Davyd joined us at the recent Gathering and gave a presentation. Here is his impassioned article based around the theme of his talk.

The world is in a perilous state
Watching any news programme or reading a newspaper for just five minutes will give you some idea of the global chaos. Between Donald Trump, Brexit, an impending war in the Middle East and nuclear rumblings in the Far East, it
would be easy to overlook the even more important and crucial catastrophe that is now upon us – the ecological and environmental disaster.

Whilst preparing for an interview with Polly Higgins that I did recently for Wisdom Hub TV channel I came across some truly shocking and disturbing figures that for the first time put me into a place of despair. The sixth great mass extinction is upon us and whilst Mother Earth has already successfully traversed the previous five, the inhabitants of the planet were less successful in doing so, most notably the dinosaurs, of course, and who knows what other intelligent and possibly alien
life forms inhabited this planet in much earlier epochs. Very little of any of them remains, and this, too, might that be the fate of humans – possibly even in our lifetimes – unless we take drastic action, both personally and collectively.

The WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) reports that we have lost half of Earth’s wildlife in just the last forty years. The steep decline of animal, fish and bird numbers was calculated by analysing 10,000 different populations, covering
3,000 species in total. This data was then, for the first time, used to create a representative ‘Living Planet Index’ (LPI), reflecting the state of all 45,000 known vertebrates. The fastest declines among the animal populations were found in freshwater ecosystems, where numbers have plummeted by 75% since 1970. “Rivers are the bottom of the system” said Dave Tickner, WWF’s chief freshwater adviser. “Whatever happens on the land, it all ends up in the rivers.”

A report issued last year found that over one fifth of all plant species face extinction. Other reports indicate that we are losing 3% of all biodiversity year on year. At that rate we can expect eco-system collapse in many parts of the world in the very near future, as nature’s careful balance and harmony is being severely disrupted the world over by environmental pollution and destruction and the hunting and poaching of important animals.

Humans’ disconnection from nature began with the ‘Inclosure Acts’ 1 and accelerated through the industrial revolution, as the world became mechanised and populations were drawn in ever-increasing numbers into the rapidly expanding cities. Over the last 150 years that disconnection from the land, the plants and nature in general, has grown rapidly into a global
epidemic as humans chase money, power, comfort and status at the expense of all other things. Forgetting in the process that it’s never a good idea to dump on your own doorstep…

Mother Earth is our home and an amazingly diverse and wonderful one at that. To live here on this planet is truly a gift but alas one that many have forgotten – not just the corrupt governments and corporations that see the Earth as a resource that can be stripped and degraded for profit, but much of the general public too. The recent Blue Planet II series showed though how the voice of one influential person can change the opinions of many, and in the blink of an eye too. Sir David
Attenborough’s highlighting of the ocean plastic issue rightly caused outcry and has prompted people to be moved to act up and down the UK. But this is not new News! Many of us have known about this for years. The point is, though, that the world can change – and quickly – and we all have a role to play in that. Self sovereignty is an often overlooked part of being human; we ‘outsource’ much of our lives to others – mistakenly believing that they can somehow look after us better than we can ourselves.

The biggest outsourcing we do is for our own nourishment and health. Somehow there has developed a nationwide belief that the NHS can fix everything, but as many of us know the only person who can really heal us is us. Sure – sometimes we need a skilled surgeon to fix broken bones but the truth is most illness is caused by emotional trauma and stress. The rise of fibromyalgia and ME and chronic fatigue type illnesses are symptomatic of this, illnesses the NHS can’t even diagnose the cause of.

We have forgotten how to look after ourselves. We have forgotten how to go out into the fields and woods to find healing plants that can work on both the emotional and physical side of the healings that we need. Flower essences are the medicine of the future. If humans don’t understand quickly that by healing ourselves and our connection to our home we are actually ensuring not only our survival but actually also our own evolution, then we will perish.

Plant consciousness is the global intelligence that is always there and ready to guide us through the dark moments. We just need to remember that – as individuals and as a race.


Davyd Farrell is the co-founder and organiser of Plant Consciousness - the event and essence range and also Wisdom Hub TV. He and his wife Emma organise many plant based and shamanic retreats.

[1] Enclosure (also known as inclosure) was the legal process in England of
consolidating (enclosing) small landholdings into larger farms. Once enclosed,
use of the land became restricted to the owner, and it ceased to be common land
for communal use. (Inclosure Acts, 18th and 19th centuries.)