Rediscover peace

When fear in your body feels too much, when the voices of doom and gloom and ugly rants on the news on social media get you down, when you can’t settle, when your head is filled with anxiety, go outside if you can.

You will feel more clarity and greater calm when you go outside without your shiny device, your ear buds, your blinking object.

If it is not safe to go outside, to breathe the air, imagine yourself in your favorite spot in nature. Use your inner vision to go to a place you love and feel completely safe and comfortable.

Move in comforting ways, walk slow or fast, swing your arms, breathe in the fresh air, move through the shifting shade under old and friendly trees, notice the sights sound smells and the feel of your chosen place on this Earth.

Summer grasses

Let your awareness reside in your heart, your body, your senses. Let thoughts from your logical mind and the demands of your ego float in and out like clouds, knowing they are not reality. Do not give them any power by clutching or grasping onto them.

Notice the colors of your world, the flow of the creek or river, the animals and birds, the plant life, the clouds, sky patterns, tree growth, the blooming flowers.

Feel your feet meeting Mother Earth. Feel her support of you. Feel your lungs filling and emptying as your chest rises and falls. Feel the movement of your limbs swinging in rhythm.

Feel the energy of fear leaving your being with each out breath. Feel anxiety melting away as you hug and lean on a friendly tree, letting the tree with deep roots support your weight and connect your heart to the heart of the Earth.

GCW in fall

Let the weight of your worries drain away into the earth for this moment. Mother Earth will neutralize the energy of excess fear, anxiety, and dread.

You may be absorbing unpleasant emotional energy from the collective mind, from other people and groups. Let it go! Let it drain away into the Earth. It is not yours to carry.

When you can get out of your head and spend time in nature, you can rediscover peace.

Hug a tree, feel the peace

I welcome all who wish to rest here under my spreading canopy. I invite you to renew your spirit here, leaning against my trunk. 

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Message from Grandmother Cottonwood

Let me take your weight as you lean on me.  Let your body and soul relax.  Allow your batteries to recharge with my energy.  I am a safe place for you to let go of stress, to tap into the energy of earth and sky.

Do others think you’re crazy when you hug a tree? 

You know what they do not – It just feels good to hug a tree!  You are sensitive enough to feel and know the peaceful loving tree energy that flows from heaven to earth.

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GCW in winter

I am here for you – an anchor, refuge, healer, a solid peaceful presence, loving and kind.

Come rest with me, come lean on me.

Heal yourself, heal the world

“World Peace” begins in your heart and mind. It begins with you! Yes, that does sound pretty trite, doesn’t it? But you will see and feel that it is true.

When you find true peace and healing in your heart, when you’ve cleared away the clouds that darken your life and find forgiveness for those who’ve hurt you, you become the center of a ripple effect. The web of life of which you are an integral part begins to heal as well.

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Black and white butterfly

It is so much easier to point the finger at others, especially those awful people you see on the news every day, ranting and raving or those groups that set your teeth on edge. It is easier to blame than confront the hurt, fear, anger, abuse, depression, and sadness of your own life and family and its effects on you.

Maybe you can’t go over to the Middle East and make those people see reason and stop the violence, but you can work to heal the warring in your own family.  You can speak up to heal injustice in groups you belong to.  You can consult your heart and do what you know needs to be done to heal the web of your own life.

The healing begins within when you decide you want to be whole again. Yes, it is difficult! But what is the alternative?

You cannot escape your energy!  You must transform it!

Your transformed energy ripples outward beyond your physical boundaries and all who are connected to you will feel and respond to your new vibrations. It will inspire some to seek their own healing. Some others may not be pleased, but that’s OK, for it only takes a small percentage of people to transform their energy and create a large change in the world!

As more people find true healing, the renewed web of life transforms our Earth into a safer, more peaceful place for all living creatures to make their home.

Falling leaves

Do you have a moment to watch as sun-struck amber and golden leaves dance, spiral and flutter to to the Earth in their final act of letting go? 

There is peace, beauty and grace in letting go.

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Autumn leaves

Let the trees teach you the gentle yet powerful art of releasing. For them, it is time to let go of all those dying leaves that have served their purpose.  The trees time of letting go may inspire you to release your grasp on the worn out thoughts, the beliefs and patterns in your life that are stale, no longer helpful, that keep you stuck in the past.

After releasing comes a time to rest  as you gather your strength once again.  Then when you are rested and feeling strong and conditions are favorable for growth, it is time to start over again.

For the trees in spring the angle of the light, the temperature and rainfall support and nurture tender new growth as millions of new leaves unroll to the bright sunlight.

When you let go of the old, you make room for fresh new life and insights to light you up and move you forward. 

Let yourself be clear and open to the new life that wants to flow through you when the timing is right!

Let the truth of your underlying spirit, the structure of your soul be exposed to the light of love as you gather up nourishment and strength during your long winter’s nap.

 

Fill yourself

When you feel an empty place inside, a feeling of envy, malice, a bottomless fear, you’ve tapped into a “negative space”, a void. Only you can fill and heal these voids and vacant places in your psyche.

Alcohol, smoking, food, mind altering drugs, sex, money will not fill these voids. They may help you forget, ignore, or pretend they don’t exist for a time, but soon the void will reappear, yawning, dark and bottomless.

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Full moon, Autumn

The only way to wholeness is for you to face the void and empty places within you, acknowledge them, breathe, and fill them with self compassion, with loving energy, color, healing sounds, with light that fills and permeates and illuminates the dark places, and dissolves the shadows.

This love and healing energy must come from your center, the spark of spirit within you. You must kindle and tend your inner flame, for no-one else knows your true heart, your true center as you do.

Ask to be made whole with the energies of light and love. You will be shown the way.

In this way, you can gradually heal yourself and heal your spirit. Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed. You are not alone!

Fill yourself to overflowing with light. Know that is enough.

Healing with a tree

When despair or sadness come over you, take a walk – find a tree and sit at her roots, lean against her trunk.

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Grandmother Cottonwood, morning sunlight

Now see yourself rooted deeply to the earth. Nothing can topple you. You are flexible and you sway gracefully with the wind, safely and securely anchored.

With the tree’s help, you can release the feelings that drag you down, and know yourself as a powerful being!

Let the despair, the fear, the grief you feel drain into the sweet earth where these energies will be transmuted, neutralized, and healed. Let your feeling be carried down into the earth on your out breath, through the trees roots – for your energies intermingle and become one.

Now imagine breathing earth energy up into your roots and bringing it into your lower body. Allow it to fill you with its calming and peaceful frequency. Allow the gentle tree energy to clear and renew you.

Now with your roots firmly planted, let your energy rise and expand with the trunk, branches and crown, taking in the sunlight and joy of living in this place at this time. Divine energy will fill your being as you allow it to pour through you.

Know the peace, solidity, awareness, and love of your chosen tree. Breathe healing energy from above and below as you merge and experience for a few moments what it feels like to be a column of light, rooted to the earth and reaching to the heavens.

Tree energy

We tree spirits are content. You might say we are happy, or even joyful!

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Grandmother Cottonwood

We feel delight when one of you two-legged beings spends time and attention in our proximity- laying in our dappled shade, leaning against our textured trunks, receiving earth energy through our roots; climbing, swinging, playing at our base, gathering our flowers, fruits, leaves, and seeds.

Through us you are connected to earth and sky. The truly sensitive among you, and of course, the children, will feel and know our energy and be uplifted and healed and calmed in our presence.

Do not treat us as part of the scenery only! We are an integral part of your world. Our energies overlap and interweave. We are inseparable. Our health affects your health!

Do all you can to keep our sweet earth humming in balance and harmony, so all creatures and their descendants may experience peaceful, expansive, healthy, and joyful lives!

Who are you?

Does the mirror tell you who you are? The bathroom scale? The beautiful clothes you wear? The home or car you own?  The environment around you?

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Monarch butterfly on wildflowers

How do you know who you are? You are a cluster of energy coalescing into cells, somehow woven together to create a body. Is the body you – the real you?

What makes the body tick? What power causes your heart to beat, your voice to ring out in the silence, your hair to grow, your muscles to contract, thoughts to pass through your mind?

Can you wrap your mind around the fact that you are so much more than your physical being, more than your possessions, more than your thoughts?

You are an energetic being – an indestructible spirit.

Live your life knowing this.

Shine!

Dear ones, do not allow yourselves to be hijacked by fear and panic when violent actions occur. These emotions can spread like lighting through the web of existence. The feelings are contagious like a deadly disease; sometimes worse than the original event that caused them.

 

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Grandmother Cottonwood, summer

Question those who would call this violence normal. Question those who expect the violent actions to “happen here”. Is this the reflection you wish to see in the world around you?

This attitude takes you down and those around you like dominoes. Feel what you feel, fear, anger, then let it go. When you are feeling better, intentionally bring in feelings that resonate with the life and the world you wish to create..

I repeat myself yet again! Begin only within. Shine a light on your dark places. Shine love and acceptance on the shadow within you, for it is you, just as the light is you.

Violence occurs when the shadow within is denied, ignored, repressed, tamped down, hated, shamed, punished.

I wish you to know your exquisite beauty, your capacity for joy and expansion. This can only happen when you know yourself as a being of light and sometimes dark, and love yourself anyway.

Learn to embrace your power and light and shadow – a little at a time if it feels safer- like a light bulb gradually dialed from dim to full power. Learn to tolerate the higher vibrations and better feelings that are your birthright!  The light will dissolve the shadow.

When you shine you give other permission to shine as well. You then become a hub in the web of life that radiates health vitality, integrity and well-being.

The wall and the water

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A creek in central Iowa

The facade, the wall you’ve created to protect yourself and your heart must crumble. It has become the most poignant of prisons. Built to keep yourself safe, but in reality, hemming you in, trapping and keeping you a captive.

Can you feel the subtle tightness in your neck and chest? It restricts your expression, your voice and breathing, your experience of life. Feel the tense muscles in your gut and back and butt that create a sense of heavy armor… As if the tight energy could keep an arrow or mean word from penetrating the tinder pink center of your being.

Only you know how to open this prison and set yourself free. I know you can pretend. You did it as a child, and you were really good at it. Who did you pretend to be then? Who are you now?  When did you build your wall?  Do you know your wall is optional?

Practice becoming water, waves on a lake, ripples in a stream, falling rain, a drop in the ocean. Don’t just think about being the water, become the water, the flow, pulled by gravity. You can’t be water and be tense. You can’t be both water and a wall at the same time.  Become water each day and feel the walls of your prison dissolve and wash away.