The Light of Life - Biophotons and Plant Medicine
“Your body is woven from the light of Heaven.” Rumi
Imagine that you are given a blindfold and asked to run through a mile of densely wooded forest to reach a flag pole on the other end without hitting a tree. If you started running, what do you think your chances are of reaching the flagpole without hitting a tree?
But, what if you could manifest a trillion of you, and you all ran through the forest, using different paths, all at the same time…then, the moment that ‘one’ of you reached the flag pole, all of the ‘other’ you’s that didn’t make it would now simply be the one you that did?
This is the magic of photosynthesis and, by extension, the magic of all life on Earth.
Every second that a leaf is exposed to sunlight, thousands of trillions of photons (quantum packages of light) land on it and almost each and every one in the red spectrum are absorbed and processed into stored energy.
How this happens bends our concepts of space and time. Tiny little chlorophyl molecules in the leaf act as antennae and when the photon hits the chlorophyl molecule, an electron inside the antennae becomes excited, and uses the extra energy to break through into a bridging area. The goal of the charged electron is the reaction centre of the leaf, where this energy can be stored, however this reaction centre is virtually impossible to reach as the bridging area is a near impenetrable maze of bridges. The charged electron must reach the reaction centre within a nano second, or the energy will be lost. One would imagine that countless trillions of photon charged electrons would fail to reach their goal…but, in one million billionths of a second, nearly every single one does make it.
This happens because light is subject to neither time or space; the energy of light shifts into a state of quantum superposition, meaning that light takes every possible path through the bridging area at the same time, and only when it finds the fastest, most efficient path to the reaction centre, does it chose that path, and all other potentials simply disappear. What this means is that light is where it wants to be, when it wants to be, and can just as easily be everywhere as it can be in one place…and it can do all of this simultaneously. And there’s more.
The most accepted theory of the origin of light is that, 0.00000000001 seconds after the Big Bang, the universe was cool enough for electromagnetic quantum particles, birthed from pure energy, to combine into photons (a quantum of light); energy expressed as frequency emerging as light.
The photons then created quarks; frequencies currently accepted as the smallest units of matter and, when the universe was 0.00001 seconds old, quarks combined to create protons and neutrons. By 0.01 seconds after the Big Bang, protons and neutrons were beginning to organise into atoms; the building blocks of the material world. Light creates matter. In 2015 scientists were able to prove this experimentally by ‘creating’ matter from light.
It is this ‘material world’ that we most identify with, however the material world is made of atoms that are only 0.0000000000004% matter (made from light) and the remaining 99.9999999999996% is space…space that is filled with energy. It is this energy in space that contains the information that, through electromagnetic frequencies, organises light into the forms that we see. Each level of ‘organisation’ has new emergent properties. For example, just as protons and electrons come together to make atoms, on an atomic level put two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom together and we have water…a new emergent property. So, if we ask the question ‘what are we made of?’ and then work backwards, we find that we are an emergent property of energy manifesting as organised frequency and light.
The Field of Light
The majority of light on Earth is generated from the Sun and every atom on Earth absorbs and emits this light. But when light lands on a leaf, energy contained in the photon is stored. It is this stored light energy (known as biophotons) that makes all biological life on this planet possible. Wherever you are on the food chain, the original source of energy was the light captured and stored in plants. Plants use the energy captured in light to convert water and carbon dioxide into molecules needed for growth and, fortunately for us, another vital by-product is oxygen. Remember…oxygen is made of light too!
Although most materials glow in the dark after they have been exposed to light, the after-glow emitted by all living cells and organisms is different. German physicist, Fritz-Albert Popp was the first scientist to build a photon detector sensitive enough to study biophotons and, after decades of research, Popp and others were able to show that all living cells and organisms emit biophotons, with characteristics that are intimately dependent on their physiological state. Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp says: “We are still on the threshold of fully understanding the complex relationship between light and life, but we can now say, emphatically that the function of our entire metabolism is dependent on light.”
Biophotons taken in by the body dissipate and become distributed over a wide range of frequencies, rather than a single or a few frequencies, and thus are distributed throughout the system as a ‘whole.’ When we speak of ‘energy stored throughout the system,’ we are in the same territory as quantum superposition in photosynthesis; the coherence ‒ the unified order ‒ of light emitted from cells and organisms suggest a ‘light-field.’
Our bodies emit light from this light-field in patterns that fluctuate with the time of day and metabolic activity and studies show that, in healthy people, these fluctuation patterns are coherent and are connected to the biorhythms of the earth. However, when people are chronically ill, light emissions are low and/or incoherent, biorhythms are out of sync, and information is ‘scrambled,’ leading to poor communication between cells. It has also been shown that biophoton emissions and communication between cells are altered by carcinogenic chemicals.
It was once thought (and the thought still lingers in popular culture) that DNA orchestrates the nearly 100,000 biochemical reactions that occur in the cell every second. We now know that it is the biophotons that gather information about the body as a whole and then transfer this information to instruct DNA. The DNA then responds by contracting and extending several billions times per second, and every time it contracts, it releases a biophoton that carries the information needed for molecular reactions and cellular function…at the speed of light. Further, each biochemical reaction can only occur if the molecule that is reacting is excited by a photon. “Once the photon has excited a reaction it returns to the field and is available for more reactions...We are swimming in an ocean of light.” Biophotons are likely in control of every function of the body, and initiate this control on a quantum level; from the microcosm to the macrocosm; a journey no less miraculous than quantum photosynthesis. More light equates to better communication throughout the system, and sufficient water plays a key role too.
So when we eat a salad we are consuming light energy that enters our light-field. When we munch on a cashew, we are consuming light energy that enters our light-field. Each of these foods is made of light, just as we are. So why isn’t eating a doughnut, also made of light, equally good for us?
The Food of Life
With Dr. Popp’s biophoton detector, one is able to distinguish organic food from inorganic food…every time. We can also distinguish whether fruits and vegetables were picked when they are ripe, or before they are ripe, which seeds will grow when planted, which seeds will produce healthy plants, and which won’t. Free-range eggs can be distinguished from battery-farmed eggs, which have low level ‘incoherent’ light emissions. Homogenisation disrupts the organisation of the cell and emitted light disappears or is reduced to a very low level, and this is also the case when water content of food is reduced through age, cooking, processing or dehydration. The large amounts of water associated with living organisms offer the flexibility that practically all proteins, DNA, RNA and other macromolecules need in order to work at all, or to work to the high efficiency required in living organisms. Further, when seed is ground, it no longer emits biophotons. Why? Because it is no longer alive.
Biophotons are emitted from living cells and organisms, not from inanimate matter. For example, meat loses its biophotons rapidly after the death of the animal, as do eggs when they are removed from their mother’s warmth. On the other hand, “transmitting the information of nutrients in the form of light into your biophoton field can affect your body in the same way as eating the nutrient!” Dr. Popp maintains that: “the primary benefit of nutritious food is not for chemical supply of energy, but rather for food to transport oscillations in the form of biophotons which decrease the entropy of the organism.” The same principles apply to organised biological water: water that has been exposed to, or is part of, a living cell or organism.
A doughnut is made from highly processed ingredients that have been ground to a powder and contains little of the moisture from the original plant. In most cases it also includes eggs. It is then baked at high temperatures, thoroughly killing any ‘life’ that had remained in the ingredients. Eating a donut will provide very little of the light energy that was in the original plant, and the little light it does provide is incoherent. This is a far cry from the highly coherent, well hydrated, biophoton rich energy supplied when we eat an apple. Healthy foods really are living foods.
Coherence ‒ the underlying order ‒ is a concept that is key to understanding how light can be a source of health, vitality and longevity on the one hand, or a cause of illness and disease on the other. If what we take into our bodies is coherent and resonant with healthy functioning, more energy can be stored, intra and extracellular communication will be efficient, and the effect on our light-field will support ‘whole’ mind-body wellness. If what we take into our bodies is incoherent and/or light-deficient, the effect will be the opposite. Whatever we take into our body affects our light-field, and thus the function of the whole.
So consider the three ‘ingredients’ of flower essences. Just as water is an emergent property of hydrogen and oxygen, a flower essence is an emergent property of the fundamentals of light energy (from the sun or from a flame) and water, with the information of the biophoton light-field of the flower. We make essences from the freshest flowers and the purest water, on the sunniest day, to ensure that the information of the flower is fully captured. The essence then carries this information into the light-field of the individual. If the information is resonant with the needs of the individual, then a mind-body shift is experienced.
Plants, like us, are beings of light, but it is plants that capture this light and turn it into a form that is accessible to us.
Plant food, herbs, essential oils and flower essences are all sources of biophotons, each with their own, unique, mind-body emergent properties based on the information from the plant that is contained in their light-field. Flower essences have a stronger influence on the mind, with a cascading effect on physical health, due to resonance, whereas plant food has a stronger influence on the physical body, with a cascading effect on mental health, for the same reason. The effect of flower essences is, in itself, a new emergent property that is unique to the combination of the flower essence and the individual who takes it.
I hope this has been a helpful and interesting introduction to the relationship between light and life. If you are interested in learning more, The International Institute of Biophysics (IIB), in Neuss, Germany is at the forefront of biophoton research and the definitive book on the subject is ‘Integrative Biophysics: Biophotonics' by Fritz-Albert Popp and Lev Beloussov. This is a comprehensive and expensive book, but many excerpts and resources are available on the web about this fascinating field of study that is shedding ‘light’ on the processes that underpin vibrational medicine.