Trees and Leaves Everywhere
Now in the May issue of TheEchoWorld.com
It is May and greenery has leafed full blown all over Central Virginia. With this, trees and forests have reclaimed their major role in our lives. I read recently that new research estimates the numer of trees to be over three trillion trees on planet Earth. Can you imagine what these trees do for the health of all our lives and the entire planet on so many levels? From when I was very young, spending time among the trees always made me feel right with the world. Now I believe that tree and plant energies realign and reset our personal energies. I have lived for prolonged periods of times in cities with few parks or trees. In those places I often became depleted, depressed and confused unless I made time to walk in parks, or went hiking and camping in nearby forests. Nature works in such healthy ways for most people. I notice the differences living in cities, or in a forest as we do now.
Over a year ago, Sofia wrote an article for Echo, about the trees in our Magic Land valley, where we live. In it she shared that the trees began speaking to her, when she first arrived in the USA, and that the trees helped her to adjust to Virginia. Well, those trees have been speaking to both of us, giving us guidance for over two years now. This might sound strange to some, but trees require a certain kind of listening. In the children’s book The Little Prince, it states sublimely: “Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” I think this is how we must listen to trees as well. Trees have a different kind of wisdom. They can speak directly to our hearts and souls. Our trees advise us on how to view things, they clarify many difficult issues for us, and even tell us how to plant and tend our garden.
I encourage all of you to try to hear the trees anywhere, even in parks or on city streets. They all have much to share, if you listen right. Our trees introduced us to garden and plant elementals and growing spirits.
Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird wrote a book titled The Secret Life of Plants. In it they discuss at length how attitude towards plants usually affects how they grow. Kind words, seeing them as sentient beings, even encouraging music, increases garden plant’s growth and yields of vegetables. By envisioning, even praying, for a bountiful garden the yields can be wonderfully increased. Elementals and plant spirits are real and help plants grow. Reach out to them. We all can experience them.
Now it is May, the trees are full of green leaves, the gardens are kicking into high gear. Let’s all go forth and give thanks for the beauty of nature all around us and maybe communicate a bit closer than we usually might.
By Michael Peter Langevin