We need to be more like trees opening our crown to the Universe and rooting down deep with our feet into Mother Earth.
A tree that is beginning to grow sends roots down into Mother Earth even as it reaches and opens to the sky above, seeking nourishment from the sun and the moisture in the air and in the rain that falls. In the same way, we need to envision ourselves as treelike beings, imagining that we have roots reaching down into the earth, energetic strands that keep us connected. At the same time, the crowns of our heads lift and open to receive nourishment from above. Just like a tree, we seek the sunshine and water we need to survive and thrive. Both trees and people serve as interconnected conduits with the elements of air, water, sun, and earth.
We are also the same in relation to the creative ways of growing, regardless of the challenges we come up against in our environments. I am sure you have seen trees growing through rock and concrete, shattering it, in their effort to reach the air and light they need to survive. We humans are similarly resilient, with a built-in propensity for growth and the conditions that promote it. We find creative ways around the obstacles we are confronted with as we move along our paths, moving toward the light that feeds us, just as trees grow around other trees and rocks as they make their way upward.
Contemplating the ways in which trees and humans mirror one another brings us into alignment with the reality that we are all part of Mother Nature and are all one. We share the elements and by planting, we participate in the progress of continuing God and Mother Earth’s plan for nature and growth. Walking in nature can put you in a meditative state of mind as you realize how our lives, nature, and the animal kingdom are interwoven. Both humans and the animal kingdom depend on trees for living as they provide oxygen, housing, food, shade, wood for many things, paper, peace, spiritual guidance, etc. They even remove carbon dioxide from the air. Many uses have been identified throughout time as follows:
1. Ash trees are noted for bringing peace of mind.
2. Beech trees have been used for mental health and medically for frostbite and as a remedy for skin inflammation, hives, and swelling.
3. Birch trees have been used for mental health and medically for wounds, burns, ringworm, and ulcers.
4. Cedar trees are the most sacred tree to the Cherokee Indians and are used for purification, banishing evil spirits and negative atmosphere. Medically it has been used as an aromatic, astringent, and heart stimulant. They are considered an anti-aphrodisiac, used for exorcism, and as a protection, particularly when used in a sachet. It is considered a very powerful protective herb.
5. Magnolia trees are used for dream work and have been medicinally used to relieve dandruff and aid fevers and chills.
6. Maple trees have branches that were often fashioned into magic wands. The spirit of the tree is considered to give love and understanding which neutralizes all negative energies.
7. Oak trees are used for protection, luck, healing, and longevity. Its medicinal effects include as an astringent, and tonic. It has been used to stop bleeding, and as a substitute for quinine, diarrhea, dysentery, bleeding gums, and hemorrhoids.
8. Pine trees have primary powers which include guardianship and problem solving and for cleansing, fertility, longevity and spell-reversing. It has been medicinally used as a diuretic and an irritant for bladder, kidney, and rheumatic afflictions.
9. Sassafras trees have been used to attract money, for healing, power, and love. It has been used as a blood purifier, for stomach and eye issues, as a spring tonic, and to help quell digestive disorders.
10. Willow trees powers include banishing negativity, healing, attracting love, and communicating with spirits. It has been used medically as an antiseptic and disinfectant. It is used as an incense at funerals, and may be used in a smudging mixture.
I think it is long overdue for humans to begin showing love and great respect to trees. They are a living species just like us and were put here as part of the plant kingdom to assist us in our soul’s growth and evolution. They are very wise and will lovingly share their wisdom if we only ask. Let’s get back to the basics of life and begin appreciating all that God and Mother Earth provide to us daily without fail. The next time you see a tree, show it gratitude, speak to it, ask it for guidance with whichever matter you are struggling with, thank it for all it provides to you and when you want to eat of its fruit, thank it beforehand. If you really stop and listen, you will hear it talking back to you.
Much respect, Kathyann
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