Sedona’s beauty is breathtaking and powerful. It doesn’t take long to leave the crowds of tourists and head out into the desert and stand in awe and honor the red rocks that rise from the earth. I enjoyed the Boynton Canyon Trail, which I hiked barefoot on soft red pebbles and sand. It was soothing to open my foot channels and let warm, grounding earth energy flow and energize my legs.
One thing that struck me about Sedona (aside from the obvious magnificent red rock formations) was the juniper trees. The junipers were really dynamic and sometimes stood twisted and bare in the sun. The trees were remarkable to sit by, with their warm, dry bark. In this picture, I am sitting with a peaceful twisted juniper, and feeling an immense sense of joy.
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)
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.