My Saturday night cedar fire burning friend here on Tybee and I have had our own indoctrination. Someone gave her a Datura plant about which we both knew little to nothing. When the first bloom happened, it was a momentous occasion.
The scent the Datura plant put out at night, under the moon, and the size of the blossom were awe inspiring. I remember putting my face into the blossom and deeply inhaling. I also remember taking some of the plant home to see if I could get it to root which means I touched the juice in the stem. Then it began.
I remember sleeping and having amazing dreams and being unable to wake up. I felt drugged. The next day, likewise, I could not stop sleeping and again, having these vivid dreams. Finally, after 24 hours, the effect wore off. In the mean time, I went online and researched this plant. Come to find out, it has been considered by shamen to be a powerful teacher and transformer and is not to be toyed with. I gained a great deal of respect. But I also fell in love. After that initial experience, my friend and I both were able to 'hear' the plant's consciousness. To this day, out of nowhere I will smell that indescribable scent and know that consciousness is with me
Of course I was not imbibing the plant, merely touching it and breathing in its aroma, but that was sufficient to knock me back on my heels. That has never happened again even though I have smelled and touched the plant many times. That was just some kind of opening that took place.
My guess is that all plants are available to be communicated with. Dr. Bach, who originated flower essence remedies got his information directly from the flowering plants. It is speculated that the way shamen discovered which two plants had to be combined to create the teachings of Ayahuasca came directly from the plants. The odds of that combination being discovered randomly are minimal to none. Who knows how many experiences of humankind discovering what is edible and what is poisonous to eat came from the plants themselves. Back in the old days, when humans had not become as scientifically oriented, we had another power - the ability to attune to Nature in a very intimate way.
You never know. It may be time to reclaim that capacity. I would go so far as to say it IS time to reclaim all of our forgotten connections with the natural world, and be the better for it. We can have the best of ALL of our brain's capacities now. This is where evolution has been bringing us all along.
In the meantime, I humbly listen to the lessons from Datura. She is wise, she is.