Joy!

I want you to know what you might call the joy, expansion and contentment I feel rooted to my home and reaching for the sun, moon and stars.

It is my life’s work to grow to full mature height, to put out new leaves and bead-like fruits containing numberless seeds each spring, to be fully present in my physical being, to inhabit my allotment of earth and sky, to pull in nourishment from soil and sunlight, rain and air. 

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GCW in summer

This life is all I know, the seasons changing, the weather moving across my valley, wind storms and lightning, torrential rain, or mist, heat and cloudless summer days.

My leaves, shimmering in the breeze, turning golden as the sun dips toward the south, each one released in its time, thousands of them forming a brown carpet at my roots, enriching the soil that feeds me.

Now the late summer slides moment by moment into  fall…  fall into winter… Soon, I will know the deep rest, renewal, and quiet of winter. I welcome this time of release…

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GCW in fall

Yes, I have lost branches, they’ve rotted, fallen away and thumped heavily into the soft earth at my roots… I let them go without regret… My crown is thinner now, down to the essence of what is needed for life.  No more, no less.

Until I am ready to release life itself, I shall continue stand here with patience, knowing and welcoming every creature that shelters with me; knowing those that fly above and burrow below, those 6 legged crawlers  and spinners that live in my bark, the scaly ones that slide silently through the underbrush, the fur bearers that visit, the winged ones large and small that nest in my branches or perch momentarily on my crown day and night. I know their songs, their colors, their habits, I know the grip of their tiny claws, the vibration of the beat of their wings.

I know intimately those rooted ones in our community – the grasses, thistles, oak, locust, sycamore, the sunflowers, goldenrod, the cone-flower, the milkweed the Queen Anne’s Lace… there are too many to name… our roots, stems, and branches interweave, our energies overlap – we are a living neighborhood.  We know and communicate with each other. We thrive together!

This life is so precious to me.  It brings me joy!  Can you feel it too?

What can you learn from plants?

What is it you’d like to know dear ones? Do you want to know what it feels like to live your entire life in the elements in tune with the seasons and cycles of nature? Do you wish to experience life from the perspective of a rooted creature of the earth?

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Virginia creeper, sunlight and shadow

Can you imitate a magnificent tree, rooted and patient and focused in the here and now? Giving all of yourself to your current occupation, focusing your attention like a shaft of sunlight or a laser beam?

Do you know that roots give freedom to grow, reach, spread, and accept the gifts of sunlight, moonlight, rain, twilight, sunset color?

Do you become quiet and observant?  Do you breathe in the rich fragrance of the soil, feel the rough bark, become mesmerized by the shimmering silvery leaves overhead, marvel at the intricacy of our root systems?

The community of rooted beings has much to teach the human world, both at the physical level and the level of spirit. Can you quiet your mind and focus your powers of attention enough to learn from us?

Your amazing light

It is not just your physical being that others respond to.   It is your amazing energy – that powerhouse of creation connected to all that is; your inner light that shines brighter than any sun if you let it.

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Grandmother Cottonwood, evening sunlight

Are you willing to let your powerful light shine? Are you willing to truly live the purpose you’ve come here to express? If so, you will break the rules, you will defy convention, you will create your own community.  You may be seen as strange and different, yet you will tap into the vast goodness of the human heart. You will live a rich and full and soul satisfying life guided by your heart your spirit and your connection to all that is.

When you allow your light to shine you will know what it is to be fully empowered, fully human, fully at home in your body while knowing the wise and invisible part of you, the spirit.

Your gifts and talents and light are needed here and now. It is time to come out of hiding, wake from your hibernation and live in your full power!

The Earth and all her creatures need you now!

All hands on deck!

Communications network

There is an energetic network connecting all cottonwoods on this continent. Yes, we communicate in our way. News travels fast. Our news traveling through energetic vibrations.

When lightning strikes, when weather conditions shift, when seasons change, when the vibrations and frequencies of human activity and emotion affect our physical tree selves, all in our network know it and feel it.

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Community of Cottonwoods

You may remark at the similarity between our ancient network and your invisible web, the internet.

What you call internet is a reflection of the invisible network of bonds that have existed between all members of a species, all humans, all cottonwoods, and if you tune in closely enough, all living creatures since before recorded time.

Everything connects to everything else.

These energetic bonds or cords enable psychic phenomena – A mother knowing when her child is in difficulty even though miles separate them; a sensitive person knowing and feeling the emotions of others; somehow being at the right place at the right time when you are needed.

Imagine in your mind’s eye, each person in your family, neighborhood, town, and state. Visualize them connected with golden threads to every other person. Imagine this for every plant, every tuft of grass, connected to all other living things with threads of energy and communication.

Those among you sensitive enough will know and feel the truth of this.

Try an experiment. Tune into one you’ve had problems with and send peaceful thoughts and friendly thoughts if you can. (Just like sending “web mail”) See if the feeling between you is different next time you meet. In a sense, nothing is secret because of your connecting cords

Remember, since all creatures are interconnected, your feeling and thoughts affect all others if they know it or not. Choose to feel the best you can. If you feel poorly, ask for help in clearing that so you can feel better, even a little bit. Each act of healing no matter how tiny how seemingly insignificant creates a more peaceful world.

You are a hub in a magnificent network! You matter! Your feeling and thoughts have incredible power!

What do you choose to radiate to your network?