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Title: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: An tAthair on August 15, 2010, 08:24:57 AM
In recent weeks I have seen a great number of posts dealing with guides and such. In a great many of them the poster is asking for information on how to talk to or understand what that particular guide is saying to us. One thing that has stuck out from most of these post is the assumption that the guides are animals only.

Now Spirit takes many forms and guises to teach us. While the animal kingdom holds many things it seems sad that so many other areas appear to be undervalued or even over looked. One area that seems to be highly de-valued is the Tree. The tree is perhaps one of the easiest and most readily available guides available to each and every one of us.

The tree is symbolic of the very life we embody. Just as each of us were created from a single seed so to was each and every tree created from a single seed. Over time the "seed" will grow and experience a great many forces that will act upon the body, whether that body be human or tree.

One of the easiest concepts to identify from the tree is the concept of strength and pliability. The tree gives the appearance of being strong and stiff. As we look upon it, we see the massive size of the base and the multitude of limbs that branch out from the central trunk. Each limb appearing to be as strong and stiff as the trunk, each part an intragel piece of the whole. Yet despite its great bulk and apparent strength the tree teaches us we must bend before the wind less the wind break our back and tumble us upon the ground.

While that is an impressive teaching, the fallen tree teaches another aspect that again is so often over looked. If we look upon the fallen tree we will often notice that the life force of the tree continues to pulsate within its core. The tree will "Bend" that injured part to allow the whole to continue to grow. As time passes and heals the wound the tree will slowly raise its heads towards the sun once again. Here again is a valuable lesson for it teaches us that we can overcome the damage to our bodies and still reach upward and live a productive life.

The tree is a great teacher when it comes to showing that all things can live together. In many instances the tree shows us how multiple species can interact with one another while giving each those items needed to continue life. If we look to the Oak tree and the Misle Toe plant we see a perfect example of two clearly different species that live together in a harmonious balance.

Illusion is one of the greater aspects of magick presented by the tree. Within the illusion the tree teaches there is a truth that is revealed within all things if we take the time to look closely. For instances take a close look at the massive trunk of the tree. Now should you be willing to look closer you might see that what appeared initially as one is really the resulted joining of two. Two tree?s wrapped so tightly together and enter twined that they appear to the world as a single unit, the resultant union producing a new singular unit that is reflective of the combination of the two. This producing a combination that is far stronger than the individual strengths of the individuals. Perhaps a tree?s reflection of the ideal union and balance between to whom have chosen to join as one.

A tree can also present the depths that a disease or illness can burrow into an outwardly apparent healthy body. Many a tree stands with a strength that can be seen by anyone who passes by. However, if we take a closer look we can see the rot as the body is slowly destroyed from within. Many times the tree will reveal its pains by the discoloration of its leaves; by the brown discolored limbs growing outward from its dying body. Sometimes the decay is revealed in more minor details, spots defacing the leaves, a sense of decay that emanates from the tree or the tiny scares that criss cross the trunk. If we take the time to look we can see the decay and sometimes the trees tell us we can see the same decay within the human creature if we simply take the time to look and see.

One lesson the tree teaches that is hidden is also important. That lesson is we must have a strong root sunk into the deeps of mother earth. From the depths of the earth do we gain nourishment and strength, gain the ability to stand and grow. The earth will provide us with the minerals our bodies need to grow tall and powerful. However she will also provide us the same minerals if our bodies should be old and gray, if our bodies should be bent and bowed, young and limber, or any combination of those.

The next time you are out take a minute and look and see what lesson Spirit is trying to teach you. Sometimes we can?t see the forest for the tree?s yet at other times we can?t see the little truths because were to busy looking for what we perceive to be the big truths. Remember Spirit is always trying to teach us and uses as great many guides. If then falls to us to look and see all of the guides not just those that we think may contain a greater or more enlightened truth.

Just my two cents worth for what it matters. Now these are my observations and conclusions and may be correct, partially correct or even out and out wrong. In my path spirit has guided my eyes upon many things from the trees that stand all about me to the earth and rock beneath my feet to the winds that blow across the land to the rains that beat down upon it.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Hjolmaer on August 15, 2010, 08:35:42 AM
An interesting point of view, but it does rely somewhat heavily on the assumption that the seeker chooses the guide, rather than the actuality of the guide choosing the seeker.

Spirit guides choose the forms they do to accommodate the person they are appearing to.  If the person they choose to assist is, for example, afraid of dogs, then the guide will most likely choose to appear as something other than a dog.  Or may even choose to appear as a small dog to help the individual slowly overcome their fear.

This may also present an inherently human aspect to their choice: Mobility.  The spirit guide is able to travel with a person on their spiritual path, which would bring the spirit to choose a form that their human counter-part would readily view as mobile.  Appearing as a tree would, most likely, bring the individual to believe (rightly or wrongly) that their spirit guide is not mobile, and that the seeker must travel to the spirit guide when in need, rather than the spirit guide coming to them. 

A guide need not worry itself over-much about the physical mobility of a given object, but they appear in the various forms they do simply as an associative property.

Should their chosen entity be lacking in a particular aspect of themselves, such as personal strength, then the guide might choose something that the individual views a strong: a bear, an ox, a bull, etc. 

A spirit guide could very well appear as a tree if it so chose.  They appear as animals, and other "mobile" forms, simply for our benefit.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: dark magus on August 16, 2010, 12:43:23 AM
I suspect you two are talking about two different things. The first, about how nature expresses her leasons to us if we could take the time to look. The second, about spirit guides and how they might choose to interact with us.
At least I'm seeing two separate ideas.
I consider myself to be an animist and see that spirit exists in all things. Not to say a spirit guide exists in all things but spirit. And as spirit exists within everything, all things are connected at some level of awareness.
In my view, when we seek the answer to some question, our own perceptions of spirit "shape" an entity easy for us to understand and find a degree of compatibility with. Just as I believe that we shaped the gods to take the fall for all that goes wrong, we shape those entities we long to connect with.
Spirit has no need to be "mobile" as spirit IS everything that exists. What you view as a spirit guide as an eagle flying overhead is just your perception. NO, you do not need to walk out into the woods every time you want to talk to your guide, though you may find it more relaxing. You can connect with that same energy in a rock in your garden, or a dandylion in your yard, or anything you might wish to focus on.
Again, this is my opinion and what works for me.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: megadeck on August 18, 2010, 02:16:50 AM
this morning was a very happy one, my firs comeback to the bank for a deposit in a few months.
when i was on my way home i saw this giant acacia tree (i'm not sure this name), but this tree is
very old and it's there in the corner of a crossroads, where a lot of people pass by all the time,
and for no reason that i was aware i touched it and felt a strong spirit presence around me  8)
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Midwitch on August 25, 2010, 09:38:49 PM
BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for that beautiful post. I hope you dont mind if I print it out and ruminate on it a bit. I love trees and am inordinately attracted to their majesty and power. One native of my country in particular touches my heart so deeply I almost weep when I see them in full bloom (Christmas). I collect driftwood from beaches if it comes from this particular tree, much to the amusement of my entire family who cannot understand my obsession.

And I am not alone. Just this week one of my clients laughingly rang me and told me her husband had found a beauty of a piece and dragged it along the beach for an hour to lug it home in the car because he knew how much I adore this wood. I was out there to visit next day - on the pretense of seeing the new baby, lol. It is SUPERB and I actually cried. She was totally bemused and told me I was nuts, he completely understood. I asked him why he was gifting it to me when he obviously adored it too - he told me the second he saw it he saw my face and knew it was a gift for ME. It has pride of place in my living room and I touch it everytime I walk past...
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: blue on August 29, 2010, 10:19:03 AM
 Hummm ... it was very odd.

 I had an experience years back where i was out in the woods just doing some meditation to try and bring my stress levels down. It gets hectic here and some of the summer people vex my spirit to no end. There are times that i just need to get away from everyone for awhile. Once i'm centered again i can go back to patiently dealing with all of the idiots without biting somebody's head off. Honestly, i don't know how these people get by in life. * No common sense whatsoever. *

 And they wonder why the natives get drunk and run naked through the woods ! ( LOL)

 Anyway ... i was out there kneeling in a bed of soft moss. I closed my eyes and let my thoughts go to stillness. The mosquitoes and the blackflies were being a distraction so i shifted forward into the sunlight. My next thought was to become invisible to them and they went away. After that i just listened to everything that was going on around me then focused on the feeling of the breeze and the warm sun on my back.

 At this point something very odd happened. I opened my eyes and my perception of time slowed considerably. It's like everything was in slow motion.

 I don't know how it happened but i became aware that my awareness had fallen into synch with the trees around me. I was seeing the world through their "eyes " if you will.

 I took some important lessons away from the experience.

 You wouldn't think so, but a tree seems to have a consciousness and is aware of it's surroundings.
 Time passes much more slowly for a tree.
 A tree doesn't give a whit about the current state of human affairs. Probably, neither does the rest of nature.

 It makes you think :

 If a tree is a sentient thing it makes you treat it with the same care and regard as you would any other sentient being.

 Humans and trees are going along at different speeds. The tree reminds you to slow down.

 And finally ... it reminds you not to take all these cares and concerns of the human world too seriously. On one level these things are very important and on another level they are of no importance at all.  :)

 
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: dark magus on August 29, 2010, 12:41:07 PM
Yep....It was an experience very much like what you experienced that changed me from a spell casting run of the muck pagan to an Animist.
When I looked at the forest, the rocks, the ground, the flowers, every thing, I could see a bluish gray "smoke" around them. Including myself. (Ethric energy) As my energy "touched" the energy of a tree, I could feel it's life, feel how it experienced it's surroundings.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 30, 2010, 12:58:42 PM
Yep....It was an experience very much like what you experienced that changed me from a spell casting run of the muck pagan to an Animist.
When I looked at the forest, the rocks, the ground, the flowers, every thing, I could see a bluish gray "smoke" around them. Including myself. (Ethric energy) As my energy "touched" the energy of a tree, I could feel it's life, feel how it experienced it's surroundings.

You should probably get an MRI.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Serpentium on August 30, 2010, 02:52:32 PM
Or at least a Tetanus shot.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 30, 2010, 02:56:06 PM
Or at least a Tetanus shot.

No, seriously.  If he's seeing stuff like that, he might have a tumor the size of a grape squashing his frontal lobes.

You have to catch these things quickly.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Serpentium on August 30, 2010, 03:03:34 PM
Like Dutch Elm Disease?
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: blue on August 31, 2010, 02:06:16 PM
No, seriously.  If he's seeing stuff like that, he might have a tumor the size of a grape squashing his frontal lobes.

You have to catch these things quickly.

 < shrugs > Maybe it just is what it is Doc.

 For as much as we know of the universe and the world around us there's still so much yet to be learned.

 This is probably just one of those things you would have to experience for yourself. If you hadn't experienced it then you don't have a point of refrence for it. Of course you'll say poo poo because it's outside of your range of experience.

 Maybe some day, when you are ready to learn, a similar opportunity will present itself.

 It is an eye opener.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Hjolmaer on August 31, 2010, 02:19:30 PM
  This is probably just one of those things you would have to experience for yourself. If you hadn't experienced it then you don't have a point of refrence for it. Of course you'll say poo poo because it's outside of your range of experience.

 Maybe some day, when you are ready to learn, a similar opportunity will present itself.

 It is an eye opener.

There's a term for this.

UPG: Unverifiable Personal Gnosis.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: blue on August 31, 2010, 02:26:15 PM
 Very very true !  :)

 I dunno ... because of the experience i'm inclined to keep an open mind to the experiences of others.

 I try to take it all in and neither believe nor disbelieve.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Firesong on August 31, 2010, 02:28:07 PM
Yep....It was an experience very much like what you experienced that changed me from a spell casting run of the muck pagan to an Animist.
When I looked at the forest, the rocks, the ground, the flowers, every thing, I could see a bluish gray "smoke" around them. Including myself. (Ethric energy) As my energy "touched" the energy of a tree, I could feel it's life, feel how it experienced it's surroundings.

Even as a Christian, I tend towards animism myself.  I've experienced something similar when I'm alone in the woods.  I've always felt a connection.  That's one thing that hasn't changed throughout my life, whether Pagan or Christian.  It's a concept that's beautifully understated in both the Lakota phrase "Mitakuye oyasin", and the Hindi word, "Namaste".
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Firesong on August 31, 2010, 02:40:27 PM
Very very true !  :)

 I dunno ... because of the experience i'm inclined to keep an open mind to the experiences of others.

 I try to take it all in and neither believe nor disbelieve.

Sounds like a reasonable approach to me...
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: dark magus on August 31, 2010, 07:44:36 PM
Now if you want to have a real scary thought....because we are all connected and exist from one energy, Dok is actually my evil twin!
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Serpentium on September 01, 2010, 08:49:23 AM
Now if you want to have a real scary thought....because we are all connected and exist from one energy, Dok is actually my evil twin!
I thought you were Dok's evil twin!
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Firesong on September 01, 2010, 11:56:46 AM
Now if you want to have a real scary thought....because we are all connected and exist from one energy, Dok is actually my evil twin!

Actually... we're triplets...
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: dark magus on September 01, 2010, 12:55:59 PM
Oh that's right, been gone so long I forgot.
Yep Dok's the evil one, Firesong the wise one, and I got all the hair
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Serpentium on September 01, 2010, 01:28:22 PM
Actually... we're triplets...
Oh that's right, been gone so long I forgot.
Yep Dok's the evil one, Firesong the wise one, and I got all the hair

Right. That's it, I've had enough. I can feel my nap coming on.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Firesong on September 01, 2010, 02:28:57 PM
Oh that's right, been gone so long I forgot.
Yep Dok's the evil one, Firesong the wise one, and I got all the hair

ROFLMAO!!!!
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Hjolmaer on September 01, 2010, 04:20:07 PM
Oh that's right, been gone so long I forgot.
Yep Dok's the evil one, Firesong the wise one, and I got all the hair

If Dok's hair has been described as "godless", then does that mean you resemble Cousin It?
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Aporia on September 02, 2010, 11:12:49 AM
An tAthair, was anything in your OP legit or was it just part of the joke?

I've read this thread, and enjoyed quite a bit of it.  But I don't understand your question to An tAthair, and feel a little dense for not getting it.  Is it related in any way to all the people joking about MRIs and body hair?  Can you explain?
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: An tAthair on September 02, 2010, 11:14:18 AM
What joke?

At the time I wrote it, I believed it all.

But from another, clearer point of view, it does seem very childish. It's very easy to expand definitions until everything is connected to everything else. It all sounds very grand and mystical, but it is ultimately meaningless.


This is something I read while changing my mind:
The Virtue of Narrowness (http://lesswrong.com/lw/ic/the_virtue_of_narrowness/)
Quote
You might think it poetic, to give one word many meanings, and thereby spread shades of connotation all around. But even poets, if they are good poets, must learn to see the world precisely.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Aporia on September 02, 2010, 11:37:56 AM
Yudkowsky's an excellent writer!  [off-topic] I'm a fan of the Less Wrong wiki, and plan to use his piece on Bayes' theorem for my first year stats class. [/off-topic]

Thanks for responding, An tAthair.  It's important to be able to change your mind when presented with new evidence.

The way most of us are raised in this culture (so cut off, over-individuated, trained to segment events/ideas/etc into pre-set categories), when people first start thinking about The Web (for lack of a better term) and how everything is more or differently connected than we're originally taught, it can feel overwhelming and, in my past experience, quite addictive.  But it can stop us from seeing particulars, or being able to focus on one thing at a time.  At times, I've found it mentally paralyzing.  My analysis of anything would just get... lazy.

It's a useful tool to have, though.  One example: when thinking about environmentalism, the creation, use and disposal of things, it helps at times to think as many connections as you can, just to properly conceptualize the scale of the problem, and the idea of interconnectivity can help guide that.  But if you can't turn it off, it becomes impossible to think how things are *un-like* other things.  How the disposal of electronics has different effects than the disposal of diapers, to continue the example.  Solutions become impossible to think clearly.

I still don't understand the "joke" question.  But again, thank you for responding.  This newbie feels a little less in-the-dark.  :)
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 04, 2010, 11:58:15 AM
Of course you'll say poo poo because it's outside of your range of experience.

I think you and I are done speaking to each other, ever.

Good day.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: blue on September 04, 2010, 03:09:29 PM

  :-\  Yeah, i could have phrased it differently Doc. It comes across as elitist.

 Look ... strip it away and all i'm sayin' is that there's still a lot we don't know yet.

 If you haven't been there don't assume to know. Experience it first ... then cast judgement.
Title: Re: Spirit of Trees
Post by: kitten on November 25, 2010, 10:27:56 AM
Hello,
Well I've really enjoyed reading your discussions. I just wanted to add that there's something in trees that speak to us if we take the time to listen. They have a power that's very strong, that's there, waiting to be tapped into, all we need to do is to stop and pay attention. I go walking in the nearby woods with my best friend who is a Hedge Witch, and we often just sit and look at the trees as they go through the seasons. Nature is more than willing to heal, to help, to comfort us, but we must be open to her.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: ejfinch on November 25, 2010, 07:45:14 PM
I, personally find a lot of peace among trees. I have a favorite big, old Oak that sits in a greenspace about 20 minutes from my home. If I close my eyes and just place my hand on it, I can literally feel the energy from this tree-it's truly amazing. I have a brother-in-law who is not even remotely into anything occult or metaphysical or magical, yet even he knows that, when he's stressed, to sit and lean up against a big tree and let his tension melt away. He just knew, instinctively.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Curt on May 27, 2011, 07:37:10 PM
I'm one of those that believes everything has a spirit...be it animal, vegetable, or mineral. Yes, trees can "talk" to one. I wouldn't necessarily call it a spirit guide though, at least not in the normal sense. I also believe part of one's spirit can be implanted in something one makes. Say I made a knife for a person. Part of me would be in that knife. Imo, that is one of the things that make a hand made gift for someone so special.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: herenow on February 28, 2013, 11:06:44 AM

.....
 At this point something very odd happened. I opened my eyes and my perception of time slowed considerably. It's like everything was in slow motion.

 I don't know how it happened but i became aware that my awareness had fallen into synch with the trees around me. I was seeing the world through their "eyes " if you will.

 I took some important lessons away from the experience.
.....

Fantastic.  Similar to achieving an altered state of consciousness, with the aid of a tree!
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: herenow on February 28, 2013, 11:08:26 AM
No, seriously.  If he's seeing stuff like that, he might have a tumor the size of a grape squashing his frontal lobes.

You have to catch these things quickly.

 < shrugs > Maybe it just is what it is Doc.

 For as much as we know of the universe and the world around us there's still so much yet to be learned.

 This is probably just one of those things you would have to experience for yourself. If you hadn't experienced it then you don't have a point of refrence for it. Of course you'll say poo poo because it's outside of your range of experience.

 Maybe some day, when you are ready to learn, a similar opportunity will present itself.

 It is an eye opener.

YES!!!
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: herenow on February 28, 2013, 11:17:48 AM
There's a 200 acre tract of woods west of Boston which I've hiked for nearly 20 years. I hike it 2 or 3 times a week and have always gotten a strange feeling along one particular section of trail. The feeling has been so strong that I've mentioned it to a few people.
 
One time while hiking through this small stretch of trail I saw a person standing by a tree. I thought it was a Goth kid (dressed in all black, wearing a hood which hid his face), and I was going to acknowledge him and keep going. He was there for maybe 15 seconds, but when I got up to the tree where he had been, he was gone. He had completely vanished. In the following weeks other odd things happened at this tree including being 'tapped' on the hand once and on the back another time. After those experiences I avoided this section of trail for a long time ‘cause I was spooked, even though I’m old enough to be very skeptical.
 
Then I stopped at this tree to examine it more closely. I walked behind it and found someone had placed a clay amulet on the back of the tree. This was a shock. This is just a random tree on a random section of trail amidst many miles of trails. There is nothing obviously unique about it, but someone else must be feeling the same vibes from this tree or this section of woods.

(http://menotomymaps.com/amulet_small.jpg)
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: oldghost on February 28, 2013, 08:47:59 PM
Looks like it is Hindu , hope you left it in place.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: herenow on March 01, 2013, 05:04:40 AM
Looks like it is Hindu , hope you left it in place.

Yes, I left it there, and I left a note with it.
The only response I got to the note was someone left me a clay sun pendant, but they never said anything.
I did take the sun pendant. 
After a number of months the Buddha head disappeared.
Then years later I was able to track down the person who made and placed the Buddha head.  She's an artist who has left these all over the world in places where she feels spiritual power.  Let me tell you, this tree is in the woods and not near any major trail and it is difficult to find.
This artist did not leave the sun pendant.  She and I both would love to find out who that person was.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: marisol on March 01, 2013, 08:33:50 PM
Good thing the person who left the sun pendant had good intentions or you may have woke up as a frog. LOL

I agree trees do have spirits. I love to walk in the woods. There is a small area I frequent close to where I live. I go there to collect plants. I often have conversations with the deer, rabbits and
squirrels that live there. They tend to follow me around there. They are used to me being around.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: herenow on March 02, 2013, 03:42:44 AM
I often have conversations with the deer, rabbits and
squirrels that live there. They tend to follow me around there. They are used to me being around.

I believe they do get used to you, and get to know you, both the trees and the critters.
Recently someone sent me a link to a PBS show about crows.  They are very smart and they can recognize specific people:

http://video.pbs.org/video/1621910826/


These woods I hike - I know every tree/rock/hill/stream on the main trails.  I hike it during the day and I 'travel' it at night in that state between dreaming and waking.  In this 'traveling' state, when I notice something different on the trail, I go and explore it.  I've seen things while 'traveling' and then gone out the next day and found these physical items.
It's kind of like lucid dreaming, but cheating because I'm aided by the woods.



Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Draconis Rex on March 02, 2013, 04:02:30 AM
Just a little addition to your comment about the intelligence of crows; Yes they do recognise individual people, but somehow they pass that on to other crows too. How that occurs is unknown but there you have it. I do like crows... :D
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Questa on June 25, 2014, 01:42:41 PM
Love all the wonderful posts here about trees!

I'm new here and was looking around through all the threads.  I know this one hasn't been active in a long time but I've always been drawn to trees myself so this thread caught my eye!
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Firesong on June 26, 2014, 07:40:37 PM
Love all the wonderful posts here about trees!

I'm new here and was looking around through all the threads.  I know this one hasn't been active in a long time but I've always been drawn to trees myself so this thread caught my eye!

I'm never happier than when I'm deep in the woods... my cathedral... in the presence of such amazing creation, I can feel the hand of the divine very close to me.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Alces Alces on June 27, 2014, 04:44:50 AM
I'm never happier than when I'm deep in the woods... my cathedral... in the presence of such amazing creation, I can feel the hand of the divine very close to me.
That is EXACTLY the way I feel in my tent!
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Questa on June 27, 2014, 06:53:29 AM
I'm never happier than when I'm deep in the woods... my cathedral... in the presence of such amazing creation, I can feel the hand of the divine very close to me.
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That is exactly how I feel too!  Such a peaceful feeling of oneness with the world.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: dorrie on June 30, 2014, 10:10:32 PM
I have woods so close by, I should get out and just sit there or at least visit

this thread reminds me to do that -

I used to not even be able to wait to get to the forest and see what was going on

thanks to this forum I will start tomorrow  :)



Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Natures Whisper on July 15, 2014, 08:26:20 AM
I can remember my first time in Northern California we stopped at one of the parks.  I went and stood inside on of the giant redwoods that had been burned hollow and yet was still very much alive.  There was no doubt in my mind that I was standing inside a truly holy place and I wish I'd spent more time in that forest while I was still living up there.
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Celestrial on August 23, 2014, 03:04:14 PM
Trees are totally amazing with lots of healings...i sit with them, talk to them and hug them and say thank you for your time and energy...i am often drawn to a particular tree if im feeling lonely, upset or even hapy and energied and the differnt tree helps me in its own way...i love them and often sit in them too, after asking of course...i love the feel of them and their energy and healing powers..being on this Island i am surrounded by them and just feel at peace here
Title: Re: Spirit of Tree's
Post by: Celestrial on August 24, 2014, 11:48:31 AM
This is a tree just outside my room and i love to sit near it and just think

(http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/a579/midnightpink/84d4ff96-e9d3-4054-9ed1-cb1f84a199e0_zps3ab8d1a0.jpg) (http://s1284.photobucket.com/user/midnightpink/media/84d4ff96-e9d3-4054-9ed1-cb1f84a199e0_zps3ab8d1a0.jpg.html)
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Post by: Draconis Rex on August 24, 2014, 12:10:17 PM
That tree is just crying out to be sat in and communed with.
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Post by: Celestrial on August 24, 2014, 12:12:09 PM
do that also...its amazing
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Post by: Celestrial on August 24, 2014, 12:38:21 PM


That tree is just crying out to be sat in and communed with.

Someone also made this probably a very long time ago...nice to sit and just watch the ocean
 
(http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/a579/midnightpink/8b62cb0c-a5d7-4c34-ab42-7a3d33d6f796_zps43ba70f8.jpg) (http://s1284.photobucket.com/user/midnightpink/media/8b62cb0c-a5d7-4c34-ab42-7a3d33d6f796_zps43ba70f8.jpg.html)
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Post by: Draconis Rex on August 24, 2014, 12:57:43 PM
Love it! looks great to enjoy the evening air or maybe sit there and have lunch, supper, dinner, tea, breakfast or even all of the above. Maybe even a few tinnies! :D
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Post by: Celestrial on August 24, 2014, 12:59:41 PM
not tinnies for me...wine for me...but yes agree...well bed is calling night
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Post by: Draconis Rex on August 24, 2014, 01:10:30 PM
G'nite  ;)
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Post by: marisol on August 26, 2014, 05:36:02 AM
Trees are very special to me also, I think everyone knows this to be true. I'm partial to blackberry wine.
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Post by: Draconis Rex on August 26, 2014, 06:41:03 AM
Welcome back Mari, nice to see you with us again.
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Post by: Questa on August 28, 2014, 02:27:32 PM
That tree is just crying out to be sat in and communed with.

I agree! 

Yesterday I was walking with my father on his property (where I grew up), and I was drawn to a tree that has grown so much since I lived there.  I was standing at the trunk, looking up, thinking of how it would be impossible to climb since the lowest branches were really high up, when I noticed from the trunk on up it has a perfect shape of a woman! I pointed it out to my father and we stood there amazed.  I wish I had taken a picture to show.  Next time I visit, I will.   
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Post by: Canis on August 28, 2014, 03:07:23 PM
I'd love to see the pic. Sounds amazing.
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Post by: Celestrial on August 29, 2014, 10:54:11 AM
yes pics pls
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Post by: Questa on September 09, 2014, 07:58:35 AM
Here is the tree picture!  I took it while visiting my parents this past weekend. 

What do you think?  Can you see her or is it just me?  The first thing I thought of was Goddess Gaia reaching out and up to the sky!

(http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u40/jillcutrona/TreeGoddess.jpg)


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Post by: edens garden on September 09, 2014, 08:53:13 AM
Questa, how beautiful! I do see her.

I've been struggling a bit lately, in regards to trees. My in-laws house borders a strip of forever wild land, but a developer bought the land on the other side bordering it, so they have lost a good bit of the forest behind their house on the other side of the stream. Within that forest my boyfriend and I each had a special place. (Well, he has several, but those woods were his playground as a child.) There was a grove of Oak trees that someone had planted at some point, and even though the forest had grown up wild around them, it was amazing to stand at certain angles and see the ordered lines of the planted trees within the chaos. There was also a meadow that had essentially been taken over by Birch trees. They were all relatively young, and in the center there was a spot just big enough for me to comfortably have a circle, and when I stood with my fingers outstretched I could just brush the bottom most leaves.

We went into the woods the other day, to see the extent of the development, and both those places are gone. We both left feeling nearly hollow with the loss, and I don't know that I will be going back into those woods now. Their magic is gone.

It just drives me even more to want to get to Vermont and get our land. That way, when I find a place that calls to me, I know I can protect it.
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Post by: Draconis Rex on September 09, 2014, 09:09:46 AM
Don't abandon the woods that remain, they still hold some of their magic, their spirit is still alive.
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Post by: Questa on September 09, 2014, 09:28:07 AM
Oh my, eden's garden, that is so very sad!  How awful that those places so treasured by you are gone.  It must be heartbreaking. 

I understand the need for land development, but don't like it.  In my town, there was a beautiful old Victorian building that sat on a corner with beautiful, mature, oak and maple trees lining the property.  Through the years that area has been built up into a commercial area so the property was sold to make way for an urgent care medical facility.  It was bad enough that they tore down such an architecturally unique old building, but when they cut the trees down it was awful!!  Why take the trees too?  They were huge trees and perhaps their roots were invasive, but if anything, their beauty added to the look of the property.  New trees and shrubs were planted for landscaping appeal, but it's obviously not the same.

I'm so glad you can see the Goddess in the picture!  My father and my hubby said they could see it too, but I didn't know if they were just humoring me or not. lol
 
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Post by: marisol on September 09, 2014, 09:31:05 AM
Oh Eden that is so sad. Like Drac said don't abandon what is left, they are alive and their spirits need to be remembered.
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Post by: Celestrial on September 09, 2014, 07:29:31 PM
Eden that is so horrible...what people do to trees and nature itself is so bizarre, i just dont understand it, but Mother nature always fights back, and that place certainly does hold the magic still, its within you and the memories that you have there, and you can always visit them again in your thoughts, no one can totally take the magic away unless you allow them too...  unfortunately all that matters to a lot of people is money and how to get it...when there are no more trees then it will be a totally different world and a very sad one