Wednesday, 30 September 2009

A moment of solitude & peace leading to a connection with Mother Earth

I've had an awful bug the last couple of says, my ears feel like their going to blow up & even the wind blowing sounds like a hurricane. I somehow managed to resist the urge to go back to bed with some aspirins. I achingly stepped out of my pyjamas & dressing gown, put my clothes on, & decided to take my 2 dogs for a walk, to get some fresh air. Luckily I run my business from home in the heart of beautiful Herefordshire, & I am only a 5 minute walk from the River Wye.

On this outing, I paused on a bank high up with a breathtaking view of the River Wye & all it's glory. I closed my eyes for what seemed ages and taking deep breaths, I took in the sounds of nature, the birds singing, the insects chirping, the movement of the grass below my feet, & the wind brushing against my face. It was as though nature had taken the time out to breathe on my face, the wind was so invigorating. I then started to sense the Earth as a living force. I was reminded that the Earth is very much alive, how often, due to the stressful lives, we in the West do not take the time to sense this energy, in a moment of tranquillity and peace. We do not take the time to feel our connection with Mother Earth and Nature. Maybe we should all take the time to rediscover this magical bond that so many indigenous people share with Mother Earth. Think for instance of all the trees there, how old they are, & the memories and feelings that they have absorbed during the centuries. We are all energy fields, so it stands to reason that all this greenery must be alive.

In 1966, Cleve Backster performed an experiment that should have revolutionised the way we think about plant consciousness. He rigged a dracena cane plant (above) up to a polygraph test in order to work out its rate of water consumption however, the result was not as expected. The results of the polygraph test showed a much more human like response. A lie detector is used on a person in such a way that when they detect a threat to their well-being they produce a physiological response. The concept behind them is that they stress human thinking and emotional reactions. When Backster even thought about setting alight to a leaf of his plant he found the following reaction.

"Then at thirteen minutes, fifty-five seconds chart time, the imagery entered my mind of burning the leaf I was testing. I didn't verbalize, I didn't touch the plant, I didn't touch the equipment. The only new thing that could have been a stimulus for the plant was the mental image. Yet the plant went wild. The pen jumped right off the top of the chart".

From this point on Backster started a succession of experiments that he believed showed that the plant was in tune with his emotions. He could leave the plants alone for a length of time and sit in a bar, talking with friends and the polygraph test would measure the ups and downs in the conversation that Backster was experiencing.

This was not only true of Backster's emotions, when he poured boiling water down his sink, killing all of the microbe life that lived there, the plant responded, violently reacting to their deaths.

Backster reached the conclusion that the polygraph tests showed that plants have primary perception. He doesn't call it extra-sensory perception in the way that we would if a human were to exhibit signs of being able to read the emotions and intentions of those around him, as he doesn't see that plants have the basic senses in the first place.

Experiments with polygraphs have in fact been replicated by numerous academic laboratories worldwide, some of which are cited at the end of Backster's book. Since his original experiments in the 1960s, plant electrophysiology has advanced a great deal, and simplified tone-emitting devices are now commercially available which validate the concept of instantaneous bio communication, at least between plants.

This all comes back to the findings in quantum physics (as posted in my other articles on Pledging for Change) and the beliefs of indigenous people, that we are all connected, to nature, & Mother Earth.

I know I felt this connection, albeit too briefly, as I stood quietly and took in the moment. When I decided, reluctantly to go back, I felt re-vitalised and no longer felt so poorly & lethargic. We all need to find those moments, to re-connect with Mother Earth, and to appreciate her beauty, and that if we kill just a small part of her, we are killing a part of ourselves. The Mother Earth is a living energy, and she is sick at the moment. Like all living things, as survival is the driving force of nature, if we do not act to cure her ourselves, she may take the initiative, and shake off the cause of her ailments, mankind. There is so much beauty in this world, man is capable of such beauty also, it would be such a shame if we waste it all

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

New Environmental Initiative - Leapfrog Revolution

Leapfrog Revolution
We as a society and a species have been selfish for too long, and now we are beginning to reap the rewards. For too long we have plundered the planet with little thought of the consequences to planet Earth, and indigenous people. Religious, financial, & political institutuiions have failed us miserably in ethical issues. Politicians ignored the "Green" movement for ages, simply because, in the past, global warming was not a vote winner. The evidence of global warming is mounting and yet they still drag their heals over the issue, as USA still hasn't ratified the Kyoto Agreement.

It has become more and more evident to me that the only real people who can make a difference is you and me. Together, united, we can be a powerful voice that the politicians can't ignore!
We need to help reclaim the planet and save the lives of future generations, by bringing about radical change.

We need to call for a change in economic models, a change in environmental thinking, a change in our understanding of how we impact on one another and a shift in consciousness.
The change that's needed is not a simple progressive change that we see every day, rather it requires people and organisations to take a leap, a leap of faith to lead when the world is crying out for leadership. It requires us to leapfrog the ‘same old’ and make bold positive change for the long term sustainability of humankind, for the environment, for peace.
This involves bringing together poweful organisations that have traditionally competed with each other, for the greater good of humanity.

This initiative has been started by fellow Pledging for Change member Gary Scholz of

The initiative is called "Leapfrog Revoloution" and Gary is looking for help

Through financial support
Through technical support
Through public relations support
Through creative and artistic support
Through any other support you are able to offer

To view Gary's brave initiative, you can browse and download his "Leapfog Revolution" document in PDF on my Scribd directory at

Alternatively, you can view it on line at Gary's new "Leapfrog Evolution" web site intiative at

If you would like to offer your support to the initiative, please email Gary at

Please take time to read the initiative in full as it is a very worthwhile venture.

Many thanks,

Mike Spencer
Pledging For Change
Together We Can Make A Difference

Friday, 18 September 2009

Experimental Paper Mill Update

Quite some time ago I posted an article about Bio Regional's Mini Mill, an experimental plant using straw to make paper.

The last update on their web site was posted in April 2009, which is as follows:-

Progress has been made in developing BRMM’s proprietary technology. During 2007-8 with the support of grant funding from the Technology Strategy Board (formerly DTI), BioRegional MiniMills has commissioned and operated a 10% scale plant to demonstrate the Company’s proprietary black liquor gasification technology at Ahlstrom’s Radcliffe Mill in Manchester.
Ahlstrom generate black liquor from their pulp mill and although this is currently safely disposed of, they are seeking a more cost effective and sustainable alternative, which is why they are hosting the plant on site.

In 2008, the technical team, led by Philip Hartwell, succeeded in demonstrating that the BRMM process can generate energy and recover chemicals from black liquor in line with theoretical models. The team is currently carrying out a seven month work programme to be completed in the Autumn of 2009. The objective is to overcome operational issues with the aim of running the black liquor process continuously for five days. This would prove the technology sufficiently to proceed to building the first full-scale plant. In January 2009 the Northwest Regional

Development Agency awarded the Company a grant for R&D to support this work.
In addition BRMM have been developing a new pulping process. A one third scale twin screw pulping unit was installed in Manchester to trial straw pulping. They are currently testing the BRMM proprietary pulping unit with wood chip in trials supported by Scottish Enterprise and
Forestry Commission Scotland.

For further information please go to this link

Altenatively please phone BioRegional UK on o2084 044880

or email

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Leapfrog Revolution Environmental Initiative

Please support Gary Scholz's new Environmental initiative "Leapfrog Revolution". Details on my Hub blog at

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Spencer Print Promoting Ethical Issues

Spencer Print & Talking Product Videos are proud to be part of the Pledging for Change network

Spencer Print actively promotes ethical issues such as the Environment, Animal Welfare, & spiritual matters. This is done mainly through the Talking Product Videos service on an ethical web site called Pledging for Change. Spencer Print's profile is at

You maybe interested in many of the issues I am promoting on Pledging for Change, particularly the videos I have uploaded. For instance:-

Stop Drilling the Actic

Other videos found at these links

Use Recycled Papers

Bio Degradable Laminate

Petition Against Horse Cruelty in American Horse Meat Trade

Petition Against Live Animal Skinning in Chinese Fur Trade

Pledging for Change is a great site for any ethical companies to promote their business.

Pledging for Change Share Programme

The Pledging for Change Share Programme, a great way for ethical companies to promote themselves on the web.

Pledging for Change is an ethical web site where like minded individuals & businesses promote & share ideas on global warming, anti animal cruelty & spiritual matters. I would like to invite ethical companies to join Pledging for Change's "Share Programme".

Share Program for Ethical Ads

We believe in the principle of sharing.
Give and YOU shall receive!

Pledging for Change is a Community Interest Company with a commitment to serving and helping all or our members so 100% of our profits is reinvested in grants and financial support for non-profits/charities and sustainable business

We have a "Share Program" available for sustainable business,charities and non-profits. As the owner of a sustainable business, through the Share Program you can advertise your business, generate additional income for your business, help other sustainable businesses and provide an income for charitable non-profit organizations. An income that may be substantially more than that organization could ever hope to raise through single donations.

It's BETTER than's beyond charity!

If you are a charitable organization, you can spend less of your time soliciting individuals to donate money. Instead, you can invite them to join the Share Program. With the Share Program, you can invite people to join for their own benefit as well as to help your organization. And then they invite people to join -- so they are helping you do the fundraising, which also benefits them! Everyone wins.

If you are interested in investing in our ethical directory and generating a referral income via our "Share Program", please visit our group and "give a helping hand to our charity and non-profit members".

If you wish to sign up, please go to the this link

For every 20 investors we will purchase and acre of threatened rainforest from "The World Land Trust" to protect endangered species

Many thanks & lets make the planet a better place for future generations.

Mike Spencer

Thursday, 3 September 2009