Come… Take a walk in the forest with me. Imagine you are really there. Smell the familiar smell of the Redwood forest. Can you see the trees? Look up, these trees reach hundreds of feet into the sky. Aren’t they beautiful against the backdrop of the sky? They actually have microclimates at different points on their trunks. You can feel the lush ground softly crunching beneath your feet. You can hear the birds calling. There is a quiet feeling of safety and strength standing among the trees.
Whenever I need to feel grounded, I stand tall and imagine I am a Redwood tree. My feet become firmly rooted in the ground. I can feel deep into Mother Earth. I feel strong, rooted to her core.
Whenever there is chaos, I imagine my tree. I root to the the ground, I reach up my arms and they become branches, that can sway in the wind. My body, the trunk, can sway, but I am firmly rooted. I will not blow this way and that as drama tries to hook me.
My mouth will communicate words of wisdom for people in distress, just as a tree feeds all the critters that live in it’s branches.
Imagining I am a tree, immediately acts to correct my posture. I feel my spine lengthen and grow, lifting up and out of my hip joints, instead of “sitting” in them. My mood elevates quickly and I feel alive.
A Shaman’s journey typically uses a tree as a starting point for their ritual. They visualize themselves going down the roots to the underworld to meet their power animal or go up the trunk to the top and take off on wings of a crow to the heavens and the upper world. The trunk serves as middle world, our “reality”.
Trees breathe in our carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen for us. What type of tree calls to you? What wisdom does it impart?
“Nature is the wisest, the only infallible teacher, and her lore is inexhaustible. Books are but her interpreters, and, though valuable aids when she is silent, are never to be preferred to her lessons of wisdom.” ~ Harriet Martineau
“Spend one hour in nature or out-of-doors every day for maintenance of health and well-being.” ~ Angeles Arrien