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Since Plants & Trees Engage in the Sacred Act of Prayer: Can They Also Tell Us About The Origin of Religion?

The act of prayer is as old as human history, but that has changed. We now find that the act of prayer is also enacted by plants. Wikipedia defines prayer as follows:

“Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with a deity, an object of worship, or a spiritual entity through deliberate communication. Prayer can be a form of religious practice, may be either individual or communal and take place in public or in private.”

Human prayer is to invoke a “spiritual entity.” What is perceived by a human as spiritual is that which exists outside the preview of the five senses. Prayer is often performed in hopes of gaining renewed strength. When a human feels negative emotions, they call to a “higher power” to relive themselves from stress and fear.

Interestingly, plants and trees also pray. When they feel endangered, they will “petition” an unseen force, from their perspective to relieve their feelings of fear and anxiety. In a USA Today article, entitled, Plants Send Signal Attracting Birds When Insects Attack, states the following:

Plants can’t flee voracious insects. But a new study says plants under attack can call in their own version of an airstrike: Trees waft special odors into the air, which attracts birds eager to perform pest control.”

Plants can’t physically see the insects that are attacking them, or the birds that they are sending signals to for aid. This means that plants have to exercise the same faith that humans exercises when they are calling and feeling negative and positive forces. Like born-again Christians, plants also engage in the work of spreading the “good news,” and Armageddon messages. Under the topic, Hormonal Sentience, Wikipedia reports:

Acacia trees produce tannin to defend themselves when they are grazed upon by animals. The airborne scent of the tannin is picked up by other acacia trees, which then start to produce tannin themselves as a protection from the nearby animals. When attacked by caterpillars, some plants can release chemical signals to attract parasitic wasps that attack the caterpillars.”

The above quote reveals, that in the same way Jehovah’s Witnesses warn humans of impending danger, due to man’s spiritual condition, plants and trees are also able to tell their fellow species about impending danger.

There is much that we can learn from our fellow plants and trees about the origin of human religion. It seems that at one time man may have been more in tune with his intuitive nature, and could sense and understand certain process that lie outside the realm of the five senses. It is the same intuition exercised by plants and trees when dealing with invisible forces that lie outside of its own senses.

When the intuitive mind began to gradually descend from the intuitive state to that of logic, literally moving from the fourth-dimension to the third-dimension, customs and rituals were developed to protect the human family as this state of intuition gradually decreased, as if “god” fell asleep on the seventh day.

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