If I would say to my neighbor that the maple tree in my front yard is speaking to me, she would feel obliged as a nurse practitioner to suggest I might need to see a psychiatric doctor. I know sometimes we can’t be the judge of our own sanity. However, I am confident, and certainly hope that those who love me would agree, that I am in no need of a doctor. Actually, if we turn it around and look at it, a psychiatric doctor might tell someone who is stressed and overburdened to just take a moment to BE with nature. So that is exactly what I am doing, being with nature in the form of a tree.
The speaking I hear is a wordless thought or feeling. I am not sure where it originates, but I know that it passes by my consciousness and the messages are as clear as spoken language.
As a person who “uses her words”, I have often ruminated that words can sure get us in trouble! If we could just focus on the feelings behind a statement, the intention, and hopefully the underlying love that is at play in all our most important conversations, then the world might feel like a more peaceful place.
So I share with you some of the messages -- not spoken humanly -- but nevertheless spoken to me by my tree.
This glorious color is what I gift to you today. Let’s be in appreciation together.
I am preparing for an unknown future. As I let go of each leaf, I trust that my glory is still here, just being transformed.
Do you appreciate that I DO NOT DIE just because an external part of me may fall to the ground and I am laid bare?
I support my future transformation in the spring by letting go of the leaves that in turn return to the soil that supports me. The leaves separate from me, then are transformed as a different form of me.
The bird that sings and finds comfort on me will still find respite through my transformation. Actually, I long for the connection with those birds that bring my being to life. They support me as I support them.
There will be activity within me. What is outside can be misleading as to the internal growth going on. I am just going to be still for a while and BE.
I have been blessed this year to retain most of my leaves until the last transformation of green to orange red to brilliant red to scarlet to brown. As I have been blessed, so have you.
These are very important messages from a very important tree in my life. I hear the Divine in those messages and I hope you can too.
May my tree messages resonate with you, past the words, and reach that Divine place within you. Maybe it will spark a desire to listen more closely to your own Divine tree.
p.s. I leave you with a cartoon that was in the paper the day I decided to write about my tree. Here is another Divine synchronicity that I take as the heavens encouraging my blog idea. Decisions are clear when we can see these moments of assistance.
~by Barbara Rose, 10/20/2011
"My hope and intention, both for the work I do, and for this website – is that in some way, you are able to find a “spark” of joy, a deeper connection, and discover your own profound abilities to find peace and understanding within yourself."