Have you ever noticed that, especially at twilight, and into the night, that the trees speak? The evergreens, standing in a row of peaked shadows against the sky, gather and watch you. Small fruit trees brighten and joyfully cast light all around them. Leaves shimmer in the breezes like tongues. Trees lean toward you, and in winter seem to move in closer as if seeking warmth.
Because I was born with the Witchblood, this is easy for me and do not remember a time when I could not commune with the trees. If it is not so for you, then to try to do it will expand your consciousness and give you a new relationship with nature.
First you must fight your conditioning if you have been taught to view trees and plants as inanimate objects. All things are alive and connected to us at a deep level. If you can still you mind, stopping all self generated thoughts, you will become receptive. Look through you eyes using your peripheral visions. This helps to defocus your attention and has the effect of centering you in your heart.
Now, gaze at the trees and sense their beauty, their energy, and how they grow out of the earth and reach the sky, how they change and transform to epress the mood of the season. Focus on how the light plays over the leaves, how the shadows gather deep inside, and the branches move making patterns in space. Are there birds or squirrels in the trees?
There is an old tradition, called Ogham, that told oracles based on the way twigs and branches intersect. This knowledge is available in books, but the trees will also teach those who have the desire and patience to learn in the old way. When your mind is empty of thoughts, wories, concerns and ego defenses, then the silent things of the world can link to your subcinsciuos mind with subtle vibrations, feelings, images, and sounds though they will not be in English ir any human language, but in Treespeak. Whatever you attend to, attends to you. There are no dead objects in nature, but souls.
When you experience communication with the trees, you will know that all of nature is alive and full of spirits. You will discover that, like the animals, the trees will register and warn about events that are about to take place, not only the onset of rain, but of earthquakes, pollution levels, war, danger, as well as a spirit of celebration and happiness. Trees indicated the health of a place on all levels.
The meditative state that this kind if attunement brings is extremely relaxing. As you become open and sensitized to nature, spirituality, poetry, and artistic inspiration will increase because the Muses are part of the spirit world of Earth.
The trees can teach you to open to the “unseen” levels of existence. This in turn opens your heart to unconditional love.
Remember, with this in mind, when you get your Christmas tree, say a little prayer for the tree. Give thanks and acknowledge the gift of beauty and rebirth that the tree is giving you. Be aware that the tree marks the Solstice, the time of increasing light.
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