I welcome all who wish to rest here under my spreading canopy. I invite you to renew your spirit here, leaning against my trunk.
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.
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.
If your spirit is heartsick and your heart is grieving, all the objects, money, luxury, and comfort in your life will be like dust to you. People and activities that were once interesting may seem petty and trivial.
Remember, dear ones, the human heart and spirit can be renewed and made whole again. A torn, threadbare, and dusty tapestry can be carefully rewoven, mended, and cleaned.
Your disrupted energy can be balanced and cleared of dark clouds. When your energy is in harmony, your spirit is fulfilled, and your heart is satisfied, you set the tone for true engagement and full participation in life.
No matter what you are feeling, your spirit possesses the knowledge at some level that wholeness is possible for you, that you are worthy of joy, clarity, and good health.
When you are ready to make this wholeness manifest in your life, ask the universe to support your healing journey. Be open to the guidance you receive, and act on it.
A woman in her autumn years can release the excess, the unneeded, from her life, the outdated thoughts, feelings, the extra objects, the people who drag her down, the dead weight, the job that does not feed her soul, the old dreams that no longer feed her passions.
Nearly full moon
She can let go of worry about her looks… She can let go, let go, and let go again, only to find there is more to let go of.
When she is empty and hollow and rests in her emptiness, she will be filled once again with new dreams that inspire, with passion to create, a new unconditional love for others, a knowing of her inner power and strength. She will know in every cell her indestructible inner beauty and light, she will focus with clarity on what really matters to her and to the planet that is her home. She will be graced with full acceptance of her many gifts.
As the moon wanes each month to complete darkness and waxes once again to full light in the age old cycle, you too must let go, and let go again, so you can be refilled, refreshed, filled with new energy. You who know and own yourself!
Live your life from the inside out. Let your life rest on the inner wisdom, light and love that power and fuel you! Everything else is like leaves in autumn.
The season of letting go has come around on the cosmic wheel once again. I will soon release this year’s crop of golden leaves that soaked up the sun and fed me all summer. It is the time of the waning year, the waning moon. Time to let go.
Grandmother Cottonwood, golden leaf
I must release my beautiful crown of leaves that shimmered in the breeze through sunlight and shadow, moonlight and midsummer heat. They will not needed during the cold dark months.
Releasing, surrendering, letting go – good practice for the final act of letting go that all living creatures must experience – a rehearsal for death, the great transition.
I bow to the cycles of life and death, to the inevitable. I make ready for winter, withdraw my attention from outward things, pull my awareness inward, down to my roots as my sap cools and subsides.
I will soon be ready for my winter’s rest, my dreaming time. There will be nothing to grasp hold of, no responsibilities, nothing to do or be or have, no agenda, no leaves to maintain. All the trappings of summer – released.
I may seem inert, even dead to those who pass by, yet deep inside, in my roots, below the surface of the soil, my inner hearth fire embers glow, ready to spring into life once again after the long winter nights give way to spring.
It is OK to rest and relax and waste time! It is OK not to know. It is OK not to have all the answers. It is OK to stay home from the party, to enjoy your own company.
It is OK to be at loose ends. It is OK to not know your next step. It is OK to take a siesta. It is OK to empty your mind as you study the shifting sunlight and shade under a magnificent tree.
Give yourself time and space. Release the pressure you place on yourself to constantly decide,to judge to think and do.
Don’t worry that you will become a habitual or perpetual lie-about, for that will never happen! You will receive inspiration for fabulous new ideas or take action soon enough. In the meantime, give in to gravity and take a nap!
Part of the pleasure of being human is the state of grace when you simply exist in the moment without thought of past or future, without worry, without analysis, without argument.
So, sink your bare toes in the dewy grass or a sandy beach, and throw off your stuffy adult responsibilities for a few hours.
It is time to clean house! Begin at the top, dusting, sweeping, clearing out the old, the stale, the outdated, those objects, ideas, attitudes, that are no longer useful.
Grandmother Cottonwood and the untidy nest
Go into the hidden places- the closets, cupboards the drawers. Clear things out! Bring in light and air and fresh energy!
Bring in the new, new clothing, new ideas, new intentions, new friends, removing from your home and experience the clutter and junk and dead wood that weighs you down and dims your clarity- that causes your focus to fade, that holds you back.
Clear out, renew, clean, polish, and shine, leaving only what you choose to have in your life. Choose to keep only those objects, experiences, people, feelings, emotions, ideas, that enrich and empower your life!
Your bodies may age, your hair my grow gray, your skin my retain the creases of your habitual facial expressions. You may move slower than before. Your children may be adults already and have their own children. You may wonder how you got to this point in your life!
Make no mistake! The invisible soul, spirit, and energy of your being is forever fresh, young and full of passion and enthusiasm, delighted to be here in a body. Your spirit is indestructible, gaining wisdom, knowing, and expansion from lifetime to lifetime without end.
Dead branch – Grandmother Cottonwood
Can you allow your wise self to be a witness to your body for a few moments, and see without judgment the arc of your physical life- from infant to toddler, small child, adolescent, young adult, parent, middle aged, older grandparent, elder, aged, and even then on your death bed? Can you see and know yourself as a free spirit unencumbered by a body? You are all this and more!
Your body is a vehicle for the spirit, limited in time and space. This is so you may focus on the blessings, the challenges, the desires, the conditions of this life, for the advancement, the education and expansion of your soul.
The world is coated with ice. A thin shell covers all surfaces with high glass.
There is rare beauty in this icy landscape. This is your mother earth speaking to you in her native language.
She speaks in the language of weather, of light and dark, of warm, cold, ice, and snow, summer heat, thunder, lightning, of growth and life, of seasons, cycles of life and death, of deep soil, bedrock, rivers, streams, oceans, a variety of landscapes from desert to tundra, to mountains and valleys.
Will you hear and understand her messages? Will you pay attention with an open heart and mind?
During this icy time it is time to pull inward, and stay warm at home, wrapped in a winter chrysalis that protects and allows renewal.
We freeze and become petrified with cold, yet a thaw will come and all will flow freely once again.
The planet tilts, the sun returns, winter will merge into spring once again in its own sweet time.
Under the frozen ground life takes a nap, hibernates, gathering energy, living off last year’s fat.
You too need times of rest, time to go underground, to let go and recharge your life force.
You who live in warm weather all year, remember to take time to give yourself the luxury of a little “winter” retreat.
Just rest a bit from your endless pushing and striving and wanting and buying and doing. Recharge and renew yourselves, body, mind, spirit, emotions.
Rise up into the strengthening light with new energy and passion and inspiration to greet the life giving sun. Give yourself the gift of a new beginning.
Dear ones, those of us rooted in the north now notice the low sun dipping ever more to the south, day by day inching toward the horizon. Perhaps you at the so called top of the world are already plunged into darkness.
Grandmother Cottonwood low winter sunlight
Once again we have faith and we know as the ancient ones knew that our sun, the life giving sun, will soon be reborn and with its resurgence will come spring – new life – and summer once again when all growing things rejoice in life itself!
For now, during the darker time, the short days, gather in, rest, sit snug by the fire. Go inward and make plans. Cease your endless striving for a time. Under the frozen ground life is whispering, renewing itself. It will return in its own true time.
Now at the solstice it is time to rest, renew and rejoice in the cycles of life and death, light and dark, rest and action. You too are attuned to these primal rhythms.
You are light. You are dark. You are sunshine and shadow. Embrace the whole of you, the whole of all of life.