Interesting that as I look back through my artwork over the past years, about half of everything I have ever created is a tree. Hmmmm.... never really realized how enamored I am with trees. But come to think of it, most of the photos I've taken are of trees too. What's that all about? I suppose something about a tree just resonates with me.
Why have I been drawn to trees without really recognizing this until now? Is there anything in your life like that? You feel just a crazy love for something odd like toads, crosses, or a certain color, but you've never really taken it any farther except to think, "I have a real preference for this thing." Do you ever wonder why you prefer it over something else?
"ecointuition." It's just a fancy new word for a practice that is as old as earth itself - but I like it... it means living in sync with nature and attuning to nature on a soul level - really listening to nature's subtle energies and finding insight and growth from them.
Back to the trees and my "ecointuition"... After researching the symbology of trees, here is what the trees are teaching me... We aren't that different, me and the tree. The tree is a beautiful metaphor for my spiritual growth!
Take a moment and picture your favorite tree. So many darling ones to choose. Mine are the Dogwood and the Willow.
Imagine your tree's strong roots, the foundation, entangled in the ground, anchoring, grounding into the earth, extending themselves to reach for more and more, drawing into them nutrients and water. Our relationship to the earth is like those deep roots... symbiotic... so very connected to an entire system of life. And cool to note that our roots are our belief systems... firmly planted deep inside us. We must dig deep into our very foundations to really know ourselves.
Now move your mind's eye to the trunk of your tree. The backbone of the tree; its source of power and energy flow. As a tree's trunk supports the tree, so too do our human bodies stand tall, our backbones holding us up, supporting us while flowing energy up, up, up to new growth.
The tree trunk's outer bark protects it from its environment, while the inside of the trunk is an amazing intricate system of energy flow and circulation, just like in our bodies.
Now move up your tree and cast your eyes on its many branches. Just like its roots, its branches and limbs extend themselves to reach for more and more. The branches are the leaves support to seek more light and nourishment and growth.
The limbs of a tree represent our potential to grow in any direction, our opportunity to develop with our own free will. Perhaps our limbs are our talents and abilities, our many opportunities toward self-expression which we choose through free will.
The tree calls, "Just like me, you are only responsible for your own growth."
And then it sings to me, "Your potential is phenomenal and unlimited and FREE. Just as I begin as a tiny, little, hard seed, I am not afraid to grow and open to life. Just as you open your heart to life, you will grow around and through your limitations and create the most magnificent blooms."
WOWZA! Those trees are something else, aren't they? I'm going to start listening more often... and now, I think I will go outside right this very minute and hug a tree!
Thanks so much for visiting. Hope your week is filled with awareness of the signs all around you!