THE DEPTH OF CO-CREATIVE SCIENCE
Machaelle Small Wright introduces the depth of co-creative Science in her book, Co-creative Science: A Revolution in Science Providing Real Solutions For Today’s Health & Environment. In a nut shell, (a very small nutshell), she introduces humanity to Nature with the following description: "Traditional science is man’s study of reality and how it works. Co-creative science is the study of reality and how it works from nature’s perspective and by man and nature working together in a peer, balanced partnership." With her expansive introduction from her books, the invitation for humanity and nature to work in tandem, invites each partner to bring what they bring—fully.
The relationship she invites us to participate in can shift our views on the way humanity works with nature. If we accept the invitation, “it establishes a direct, active and personal partnership between you and nature for working together to successfully address the many problems – critical and not so critical – that pummel our everyday lives.”
Cannabis and Hemp are a part of nature. Nature, in this case, is far greater than anything we were taught in school and from generation to generation. The sciences are now beginning to recognize the vastness of Nature and its impact on humanity. The co-creative scientist realizes we are not alone, we have never been alone and that realization comes without looking beyond this earth and its billions of living organisms, for a start.
Machaelle further describes traditional science verses co-creative science: “In contemporary science (the term used for the science that is practiced today and with which we are all familiar), the scientist attempts to discover how nature works through testing and observation. He then draws conclusions about how nature works based on what he has observed and understood. In co-creative science, the scientist acknowledges that there is an inherent intelligence within all of nature, builds a communication bridge that allows him to access that intelligence, and then ask nature directly to explain and provide experiential insight to him so that he may understand “from the horses mouth” (so to speak) how something works.” She goes on further to broaden and deepen our understanding of how we perceive nature.
Now you’re either recognizing something innately at this point or you’re rolling your eyes, shaking your head and ready to move on. If you’re ready to move on, look up Machaelle or Epigenetics. Both are fascinating. If you recognize something innately, then let’s follow the thread and see where this might lead.
In the new sciences, of which there are many, Epigenetics has opened up big questions concerning long held beliefs that DNA and genes determined our health and predetermined diseases. Epigenetics disrupts those long held beliefs with new evidence that the experience of the environment determines our health – not our genes and DNA. Without going down the rabbit hole, which is fascinating with enough time and education, these new options of relating to nature and environment begs the question, could cannabis be a forerunner to invite such partnering with humanity at this time? Could cannabis have survived against all odds these last 90+ years to invite humanity to join with nature through its vast intelligences, which includes man/womankind but is not exclusive to it?
Cannabis and Hemp have been here for thousands of years and have continually offered numerous solutions to generations throughout time. History shows this plant has been used for food, fiber, fuel, and farms.
New cannabis medicines are being discovered with the advancement of canna-science and its testing abilities. At this point in time humanity has discovered and isolated at least 113 different cannabinoids, but there are undoubtedly more to discover. We isolate these compounds and theorize their usages, their purposes, their commerce. As Machaelle Small Wright describes: "the scientist attempts to discover how nature works through testing and observation. He then draws conclusions about how nature works based on what he has observed and understood.” Might this plant have so many possibilities that in poking and prodding its compounds we stumble upon things that we can’t answer from our current understanding? Could it be that this plant has captured the attention of the world because it holds not only solutions to many of the problems pummeling our everyday lives, but that it could also open up our everyday lives to new paradigms and solutions for medicine, science, health and balance? Could the new generations who are embracing this plant intuitively recognize a relationship between humanity and nature via a plant?
These ideas and questions are left unanswered specifically. We live in a world where information is readily available and yet we are told and taught to overlay previous generational beliefs onto current challenges. We live in a time when information is being brought to the surface; where everyone can see the data, the research and the theories. These questions only scratch the surface and co-creative science, epigenetics, bio-mechanics, and the sequencing of genomes have shown us that there is so much more to this world than we have been taught or told. We live in a world where everything is changing; we live in a world that is inviting change.