A celebration of what we can do with plants and how they illuminate healing for us.
Plants complement our lives in every way: not only through myriad offerings of food and medicine, but also by showing us directly how physical matter responds to our thought and intention.
In this talk Anna takes us from the traditional uses of plants for medicine through to recent experiments that demonstrate the extraordinary way in which plants know what we are thinking.
Anna says: I began to study the healing properties of plants in earnest in 1995 when after my fatherâ€™s death I took home his precious copy of Paradisus Terrestris Paradisi in Sole (translated as Parkinsonâ€™s Earthly Paradise) and read it. I knew it was by an ancestor of mine, John Parkinson, who was an apothecary and herbalist to Charles I.
I was quite unprepared for the depth of knowledge and understanding about plants it contained, from their origin to their culture and multiple uses as medicine or food. I fell in love with the book and its author, and I pieced together his exceptional life story in my book: â€˜Natureâ€™s Alchemist: John Parkinson, herbalist to Charles Iâ€™.
At that stage I was just beginning my own healing journey which led to me discover the power of healing and become a healer myself. Pursuing this extraordinary metaphysical reality, it was some time before I realised how plants mirror and demonstrate in a simply powerful way how the metaphysical and the physical interact.
As so often in the story of our lives, I realised I had come back to the passion I started with, having followed it on a journey that had taken me to a new and deeper level.
Busy BBC Journalist Anna, was told she had a brain tumour and that it was inoperable, Anna searched and tried every solution until at last, she discovered healing.
Eight years after the initial diagnosis, without medical intervention, Anna's scan results showed the tumour had shrunk to a tiny remnant of the cancer that had once almost destroyed her life.
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