I have been visiting this specific tree regularly for over a year now.
Yesterday, I went to visit this tree. I asked if it would help me feel more relaxed and centered. I stood with my back fully against it, and placed all my body weight onto the trunk. I stood with this tree for about 20 minutes. This tree was very kind to take my excess energy (ie anxiety) I was carrying, and bring it into the earth.
Once this tree asked me to bring it water during the drought season in September; it was really dry, as were other conifers around it. I also bring it songs, as a gift of gratitude.
I think this tree is really beautiful.
It possesses a generous spirit I have experienced during many of my visits. I don’t have accurate words to describe how I experience the tree’s spirit, which I do sense, however, “generous” is the first word that comes to mind.
It makes me think of this exercise by William Bloom on how to sense a spirit of a tree:
Sensing the Spirit of a Tree
Stand close to a tree and let your awareness go down into the root system where it absorbs nutrients from the earth. Follow the flow up into the trunk, the branches and then the leaves. The leaves are open to receive the light of the sun. Hold your awareness of the whole tree and then expand your focus slightly to be aware of the whole energy body of the tree. Stay quietly with this sense of the whole tree, and its spirit may become quite clear to you.
-from Working With Angels, Fairies And Nature Spirits (p. 59)
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 the 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.