The Friday 56: #228 – May 22, 2015


This photo was part of a blog meme I did with Naomi Wittlin at

My friend Deborah Weber has a way of introducing me to things that lead me to things, that lead me to other things. In my latest Alice-in-Wonderland romp through the Internet Looking Glass, I found this meme called The Friday 56. It’s apparently been going for some time as it is at #228 and it’s a weekly meme.

Anyways, you can learn more about it here but essentially the instructions are to pick up a book, any book, turn to page 56 and post a quote from somewhere on that page. I cheated a bit and went through a couple of books before I found a good one for you:

Nevertheless, his suspicion that plant tissues could pick up human thought and emotion slowly became more concrete in the light of Backster’s achievements. Lawrence was reminded that years previously Sir James Jeans, the British astronomer had written that ‘the stream of human knowledge is impartially leading toward a non-mechanical reality: the Universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine. Mind no longer appears as an accidental intruder into the realm of matter. We are beginning to suspect that we ought rather to hail it as the creator and governor of this realm.’ (Page 56, The Secret Life of Plants, 1989.)

Eckhart Tolle has said, “The future is a thought form. No one has ever encountered it, except as a thought.” (Along similar lines.)

So, really, most of what we spend our mental energy with – past and future – are just thoughts. We create our entire reality around what is either behind us or in front of us and most of us spend very little time in what is here in this moment.

Part of the beauty of plants is that they live forever in the present moment. A flower does not worry about its life being so short. It just is. How would our lives be different if we did that? What does it mean to live in the present moment? Plant tissues pick up human thoughts and emotion simply because those are the energetic stamps at that moment in time. Each moment, we display an emotional field. What is that field like? Some might say, “he carries around a dark cloud”. This is what the plants are sensing. This is what everyone is sensing. The energy is palatable. Even though the thought forms that this person is thinking about are in the past or the future, what is in the right now moment is this dark energy, this “cloud”.

This cloud comes along with the thought forms, but is not reality. Reality is that everything is just fine right in this moment. Even in the very worst of situations, if you chop it up into tiny bite-sized bits of reality, you are fine. You are going bankrupt? Fine. What is happening right now, at this very second? Nothing. The not-fine part is from thoughts of the future but has nothing to do with the right now.

Our job is to bring it back to this moment. We will undoubtedly stray. We may get very caught up in many emotional or psychological games with ourselves, but we are free at any moment to just BE. The more you practice this, the better you will get at it. The more you practice it, the more it will become just the way you live your life. That is Tao.

I hope you will join us for this Friday 56 next time or perhaps you would also like to join me for our weekly #whatareyouworkingon series where we share what we’ve been working on… either way, it’s fun to connect with other bloggers! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a fun challenge. Your thoughts on this quote are beautiful. Just this moment…that’s all that matters.
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  2. I love “The Secret Life of Plants!” Here’s a Friday 56 for ya:

    “There are self-protective instincts in young children which impel them to seek foods needed at the moment by their body cells. I made a study of children under ten years of age who lived on Vermont farms, in order that I might learn the workings of these instincts. I discovered that these young farm children chewed cornstalks, ate raw potatoes, berries, green apples, ripe apples, the grapes that grow wild throughout the state, sorrel, timothy grass heads, and the part of the timothy stem that grows underground. They ate salt from the cattle box, drank water from the cattle trough, chewed hay, ate calf food and, by the handful, a dairy-ration supplement, containing seaweed; they even filled their pockets with this, to eat during school.”

    — from “Folk Medicine” by D.C. Jarvis, M.D., originally published in 1958
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  3. Wow! Amy and Harmony, those are great quotes! Mine is from my current mentor, Xorin Balbes, in his book SoulSpace, a book near and dear to my heart… surprisingly, pg. 56 brought up a topic I’ve been deeply curious about, “It seemed as if Michele was living unconsciously in her own home and unaware of what she was out of contact with; and she was not taking responsibility for what was manifesting itself in her space. As she shifted into a more conscious awareness, this new, raw and unfiltered point of view helped her to begin to connect all her emotional baggage with the many physical cues of neglect: the missing address number, the falling fence, the messiness of the space. It was obvious from her negligence of the place that she wished she were somewhere else, or perhaps nowhere at all. But this is where she was, and this was where life had taken her, and she needed to come face-to-face with that fact and care for herself and her daughter now, today. Acceptance is the key to change.”
    I remembered reading something like this the first time around (I’m hosting a book club on this book)and since have wanted to find it. It is endlessly fascinating to me that we literally become oblivious as we move into, and then live in denial. Unable to take responsibility (unable to ‘respond’). This quote is deeply meaningful to me.
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    • Thanks for sharing that, Kim! I thought of doing a SoulSpace quote but it just did not seem right for that day. It was perfect that you added it to our collection. You ladies can blog about this too. There is a whole community around the Friday 56, although I also love that you are posting these quotes in my comments too!
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  4. Thanks for sharing the lovely thoughts…and for visiting my blog.

  5. I would love to check out this book, it sounds fascinating! LOVE the accompanying photo too! So delicate and pretty!
    Happy weekend!
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  6. What a wonderful quote to choose Amy, and I love your looking at through the lens of Tolle as well. This is something I remind myself of every day, although sometimes it feels like I need to do it a thousand times a day – to pull my energy back from projecting into the future and bring it forward from places in the past, so I can be fully present in the now. I celebrate that I’m much better at it then I once was, but I also know this is a life-long practice that requires living in a state of awareness that’s not easy to maintain. But just like with each breath we have an opportunity to start again.
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