I love trees. Since I started taking more nature photographs, trees have become a favorite subject. For me, trees are magic. I love their grace and always feel they have a great knowledge to impart, if only I could speak their language:~)
Sometimes I feel like Haley Joel Osment from The Sixth Sense. He saw “dead people;” I see “tree spirits.” Well, that’s what I like to think they are.
What are Tree Spirits?
Louise Heyden wrote an interesting article about this very subject. When I read it, I liked what she said about tree spirits.
She spoke of how they can be very helpful to both the tree the spirit shares and for people who come in contact with the tree. Here’s what she says a tree spirit is:
“A tree spirit is a type of nature spirit, and effectively the “living soul” of a tree. It has much in the way of wisdom and healing to offer those who are willing to listen and absorb.”
She goes on to say that tree spirits help grow a tree and they are both the “guardian and life force of a tree.” Evidently, they are also excellent healers and that just leaning against a tree can be healing for a human. Personally, I give them a hug!
I like the idea of a tree spirit. I know when I stand next to a giant tree; I do feel a great sense of comfort, as well as power.
Today, I am offering three pictures for you to study. Your challenge is to pick a picture, either A, B, or C .
Once you selected your tree picture, imagine that you are sitting next to this tree or giving it a hug:~) As you do so, you can feel it’s energy and life force.
You begin to know things about this tree or its tree spirit. When you are ready, consider answering one or more of these questions in the comment box:
1. What do you know about the tree spirit residing in the tree you selected?
You can name the spirit, talk about its purpose or tell a brief story about it.
2. If you don’t really go for the tree spirit thing, what is this tree telling you about itself?
You can say why this tree is interesting to you, if it reminds you of a person or share what wisdom or knowledge it offers you today.
The first tree picture, Picture A, heads this post. Here are Pictures B and C:~)
“The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilber