About 2 years ago I was going through a pretty rough time of things. I was under some rather heavy stress, had enormous financial worries, on the verge of uprooting, and selling my house I’d owned for more than 30 years. I found solace in the beauty and grace of a large pine tree that grew in my front yard. One day that tree spoke to me.
Soon after, I read a Facebook post by Janet Roper, of Talk 2 The Animals, about the wisdom of trees (or trees speaking to us or something like that). I commented about my recent experience. Janet’s advice? Listen closely.
When I first heard it, I thought I’d truly lost my mind. Now, in all fairness, I didn’t literally hear a voice. It’s kind of strange and hard to describe, but it was more like an idea, with an image and sensation. Words that weren’t actually spoken. To anyone who’s never experienced this, I’m sure it makes no sense at all. But I’m here to tell you – once it happens to you, you can’t deny it.
A little history on this special tree…back in the early years of living there, we were offered money for it. I think the plan was to replant it in some new development. I said no, offering the guy who’d come to my door the other three trees for the same money instead. He wasn’t interested. Friends thought I was nuts to turn down $600 like that. But I loved the tree.
Years later, we found a kitten stuck in that tree – Chandler would become an irreplaceable part of our family, and a doting “Daddy” to untold numbers of foster kitties.
Throughout the years, the tree stood tall and proud, facing the road that led up to our house. It can be a bit unnerving, especially in bad weather, being in a house right smack at the end of a T-intersection. But our tree announced to all drivers coming up that road that they’d have to make a turn.
I’d always wanted to get one of those solar lights to place under it – to highlight it at night. Never did. But it was so beautiful, and would have looked amazing that way. The tree was stunning, but so were the pine cones it grew. Beautiful, perfectly shaped cones with a rich pine scent.
I came to experience this spirit by standing beneath the tree, absorbing the comforting, protective sensation it offered. I’d stand under it, gazing upward, admiring the grandness of its many branches, countless needles, beautifully-formed cones. Especially after a rain, the aroma of the pine was earthy, grounding. It got to where I’d go stand under that tree often, not knowing why I felt such relief there.
What made me think of my tree now? It truly has been a blessing in my life, and this week’s subject of the #52Snapshots of Life is “Blessings”. And I’m sure not coincidentally – my former neighbor messaged me about the tree.
She met with a spirit communcator, a medium, this past weekend. Now, my neighbor has many loved ones who’ve left this earthly realm. She has even more animals she’s rescued, helped, loved, shared her life and love with over the years. So it’s always a toss-up on who’ll “come through” with a communicator.
But to even the medium’s surprise – my tree came through. Granted, it’s no longer “my tree”. But in my heart it always will be. My beloved tree has concerns, about the property and what the new owners are doing to it, and for my neighbor. It wants to help her.
Blessings sometimes come to us in unsuspecting and surprising ways. The wisdom this tree gave to me will always be, in my mind and heart, a great blessing. I was in desperate need of comforting, and looking for direction. That tree gave it to me in spades, every time I stood beneath it.
I think if we open our minds and hearts and take a really good look around, we may find that some amazing blessings have been there for us all along. We just haven’t paid attention. And yet, the support, love, and assistance they’ve provided us have made all the difference in our lives.
And, though I’d never given much thought to the idea of a tree having a spirit, I now can’t look at anything growing in nature without assuming it, too, has one. It’s opened my eyes to the possibilities of what we can let into our hearts and lives.
May your life be filled with great blessings!
A big thank-you once again to The Lazy Pit Bull for hosting #52Snapshots of Life! This week’s challenge is “Blessings” – enjoy more photographic interpretations –