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In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, I talk with Stephen Harrod Buhner, an Earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment and herbal medicine.
He is probably best known for is extensive writing in the field of herbalism and plant intelligence, though I would offer that he is one of the most significant writers and thought leaders of the modern ReWilding movement.
- Stephen’s early experiences with the metaphysical background of the world
- The reality police
- Fear of wildness
- The education system shuts us down
- Opening sensory gating channels
- The 6th sensory channel: the feeling capacity
- Using NeuroGnostics to open sensory gating channels
- Reset your software program
- Orient towards meaning rather than form
- How to reclaim the feeling sense
- How to operate from the feeling sense in this information-rich modern world
- Sophisticated writing cultivates the feeling sense for the reader
- James Hillman
- Steven Strogatz
- Sync: How Order Emerges From Chaos In the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life by Steven Strogatz
- Sensory Gating
- Attentional sensitization of unconscious visual processing: Top-down influences on masked priming
- Executive control over unconscious cognition: attentional sensitization of unconscious information processing.
- Alice Walker
- Robert Bly
- A Feeling for the Organism, 10th Aniversary Edition: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock by Evelyn Fox Keller
- Maturation of sensory gating performance in children with and without sensory processing disorders.
- Exorbitant globality
- Liminality, Synchronicity, and the Walls of Everyday Reality
- The Disadvantages of an Elite Education
- Do Psychedelics Expand the Mind by Reducing Brain Activity?
- Ensouling Language by Stephen Harrod Buhner
- The Lost Language of Plants by Stephen Harrod Buhner
- Secret Teaching of Plants by Stephen Harrod Buhner
Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. He comes from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, has been his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.
Stephen's work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman's Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectures yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth.
He is a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society - especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology. You can find him at GaianStudies.org.
His most recent works are: