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Forest Yurt Retreat Day Three: Walk the Labyrinth

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walk the labyrinth photo ©2013 kimcrayton

After a long sleep with some very intensely vivid dreams, I woke up and wrote my dreams down, ate a light breakfast, and headed out for one last walk  before catching the ferry home.

I set out to walk a labyrinth.  The first time I walked a labyrinth was about 11 years ago at a retreat center while participating in a workshop on Touch Drawing through an expressive arts course during my undergrad studies.  Ever since then, any time I have the opportunity to walk a labyrinth, I always do. This one was especially lovely because it is right off a forest path, and you can tell that it is infused and created with loving intention.

After the labyrinth walk, I returned back to the Grand Forest for one more quick hike up and down the trail. This time I took a different route and ran into a beautiful collection of cairns arranged atop a mossy boulder. What a treat!

I’m glad I went back to the trails before leaving the island and heading back home.

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mossy rock cairns @2013 kimcrayton

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Forest Yurt Retreat Day Two: Listening and Creating Ceremony

After sleeping to the orchestra sounds of croaking frogs all night, I woke up feeling refreshed.

Around mid-morning, I headed out for a meditation walk. Walking meditation is slower than regular walking.  And after all, I had nowhere to be, and was in no hurry to get anywhere.

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grand forest @2013 kimcrayton

I found some lichen, and slowly walked amongst the swordferns, cedars, and mossy big leaf maples.

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lichen in hand @2013 kmcrayton

I went back to the yurt for lunch. After lunch, I went over to the Grand Forest and hiked around (That is what it’s called. Seriously. It’s truly Grand.) It was kind of a surprise. I had not heard of this forest, and I just happened upon this amazing treasure.

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the tall ones @2013 kimcrayton

While in the forest, I listened to the sounds of the forest floor, the earth and creatures slowly churning and growing. The forest floor is rich with diversity and complexity, it’s where nutrients that sustain the forest are created, so it is very nourishing. In every sound, texture, color and movement, the world at the roots of every tree is teeming with a quiet activity. The spirit of the forest is both exciting, mysterious, and soothing all at once.

After my walk in the forest, I went back to my yurt with the intention to create a ceremony.  Sacred-Ceremony-BookI wanted to create a personal ceremony to release old identities, energies, and beliefs that were not serving me, and to welcome the emergence and expansion of my present-time divine being. I also wanted to mark my dedication to my spiritual path; the path of the mystic. (The second card in my tarot reading for Day Two of this retreat was “Nine of Arrows: Dedication.”)

I gathered some small treasures to add to the altar I had set up with the tarot cards on a small table. All the earth and elemental energies, guides and ancestors were called upon to witness and assit with the ceremony. I used the book “Sacred Ceremony” by Steven Farmer to help with creation of the ceremony.

After the ceremony, I ate some maple smoked salmon, and then fell asleep to the sweet songs of the croaking frog orchestra.

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Honor the Light within You

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honor the light ©2012 kimcrayton

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January 3, 2013 · 12:24 pm

Hugging More Trees in 2013

Placing the heart against a tree is a humbling experience.

I love this Gaia Oracle card “Intuitive Communication,” illustrated by intuitive artist Toni Carmine Salerno. Notice thephoto-4 tree has a heart radiating.  I love the choice of heart centered, intuitive communication, because it realizes the relationship we can have with trees, plants, and other beings if we just open our hearts and listen.  The woman in this illustration can sense the tree’s radiating heart, with her eyes closed. This card resonates deeply with me and my calling for 2013.

As the new year approaches, I reflect on the trees that have touched me during the 2012.  All the wisdom I have received from the trees I have immense gratitude.  Thank you trees!

Looking towards 2013, I am being called to bring more tree people to the trees and practice intuitive listening with trees and in nature.   This is a purely heart-centered act that I am guided to facilitate in the next year, and beyond.

There are so many ways we can connect to the earth and at the same time, to our wisdom and intuitive guidance.  Starting with a heart centered practice is a way to ensure that future actions are centered in the heart, with intentions of loving and peaceful connections.

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Treasures of the Forest

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on the forest floor ©2012 kim crayton

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Tree and Forest-Inspired Tarot and Oracle Cards

I am always looking out for tarot and oracle decks that reflect my love for trees and forests.  I find forest related decks are perfect for readings, since going into the forest signifies a wanderer/fools’s beginning of a journey.

My current favorites are the Wildwood Tarot deck, and Tree Angel Oracle cards, but I am always looking out for more.  I list a brief description of each deck, rather than in depth, because I know the images speak louder than my words, and most folks I know choose a deck based on how drawn they are to the imagery.

Here is a list of some of oracle and tarot decks that explore trees and forest imagery.  Click on the image to go to the artists/publisher’s website:

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1. Tarot of Trees: This one is a vibrantcolorful tarot deck of creative tree imagery. It absolutely glows!

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2. Tree Angel Oracle: On this oracle deck, there is gorgeous imagery of the angel spirits of trees. It’s a radiant and warm deck; the perfect blend of ethereal and earthy.

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3. Tarot of the Magical Forest: Full of cute, unusual magical animals.

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4. Tarot of the Secret Forest: This deck is full of awesome fantasy forest images of fairies and other forest-beings.

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5. Forest Folklore Tarot: This is a pretty tarot deck with wonderful watercolor images

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6. Wildwood: This is the tarot deck I currently work with the majority of the time. Amazing, powerful imagery.

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7. Voices of the Trees: oracle deck based on Celtic Ogham, with lovely illustrations.

Let me know if I have missed any tree of forest inspired tarot or oracle decks…I would love to hear if there are more out there.

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With Soulful Intent

When I started “to the forest,” I began a formal journey of intention to explore the lush life behind things unseen, unknown,dark and misunderstood.

I am still on this journey. This journey is a healing journey.

The tree people have been so generous with their wisdom.  When I become quiet and receptive, they have a lot to say.

Last time I walked through the forest, I felt a song emerge from my roots and soared out of my mouth.

As a gift of gratitude to the tree people, I offered a song.

I offered a song, and light from the heart.

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Messages from the Old Roots

“Whenever I have found myself stuck in the ways I relate to things, I return to nature. It is my principal teacher, and I try to open my whole being to what it has to say.”

Wynn Bullock

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Dreaming in the Forest

The forest is a rich place full of dream shadows and windows of light.  There is a fertile soil in darkness, and the shadow world is very much alive on and below the forest floor.  Once the life inside this darkness is revealed by light, we can appreciate the rich life in the shadows.  The shadow space is always working within us, and it is up to us to have the courage to delve in and shed light into the wisdom of the shadow.

With love, light and shadows, I honor the dance between my fertile shadow dreams and my radiant light body.

This is the dance of existence. The cosmic dance indeed includes light and shadow.

This is what I learn from the forest.

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Tree Hollow

Tree Hollow ©2012 kim crayton

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October 17, 2012 · 11:35 am