Today will be the last in this series of trees and spirituality. For me, trees are constant reminders of my connection with both the physical world and the spiritual world...of being in this world but not of it.
In retrospect, my life has been a path from one tree to another, from one manifestation of the Divine to another, and that continues for me from one day to another. As I look out my window, I see a seemingly endless vista of trees, layer upon layers of green as far as I can see. Different forms, different textures, different shades reminds me of all we humans in our myriad expressions of Spirit.
The main lesson I have learned from trees is that I have to be what I am created to be and, in that expression of individualized Spirit, I am perfect. I am as God created me! I can be nothing else, nothing better. Trees do not wish to be other kinds of trees, to be straight and tall instead of bent and windswept. Each expresses the Spirit within it and then undergoes wind, rain, snow, heat, hail, lightening to become that fullness of itself.
When I was about thirteen, I sang in a trio, (The Starlights) much like I do now (Blissing). On long summer evenings we would sometimes climb a tall fir tree on a relatively quiet street. Each of us had our "place" on one of its branches, and from there we would harmonize. At the time, "Moon River" was a favorite, and we'd sit up in that tree, hidden from sight, and sing. Once in a while, someone would come along, hear the singing and look up into the tree to see where the music was coming from. They couldn't see us, of course, but they could hear us. We would silently giggle when they left with puzzled looks upon their faces. It was our secret, and the tree's. We felt totally safe in being ourselves, hidden in the safety of that grand old tree.
Spirit of All Living Things, assure me that I will always have trees as friends who love and accept me as I am and who remind me of the glory of all Creation.
Here are some more trees I love and some things others have said about trees. Enjoy...and Blissings!
A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. D. Elton Trueblood
A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. e. e. cummings
If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.
In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.
More Quotations on Trees....
God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. Martin Luther
A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. John Muir
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. Robert Louis Stevenson
I was in my yard and thought that the tree was a living being. We take trees for granted. We don't believe they are as much alive as we are.
If you cut down a forest, it doesn't matter how many sawmills you have if there are no more trees. Susan George
If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. Khalil Gibran
Just touching that old tree was truly moving to me because when you touch these trees, you have such a sense of the passage of time, of history. It's like you're touching the essence, the very substance of life.
For one thing, I've always admired trees. I just worship them. Think what trees have witnessed, what history, such as living through the Civil War, yet they still survive. Kim Novak
Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. Hal Borland
Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
On pavements and the bark of trees I have found whole worlds.
Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves. Marcelene Cox
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.Winston Churchill
Storms make trees take deeper roots. Dolly Parton
The cultivation of trees is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful, and the ennobling in man, and for one, I wish to see it become universal. Julius Sterling Morton
The Druids held the trees as very sacred. Enya
The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. Moliere
Trees are Earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
Trees are your best antiques. Alexander Smith
Trees go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!
Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises. Emily Carr
We can speak without voice to the trees and the clouds and the waves of the sea. Without words they respond through the rustling of leaves and the moving of clouds and the murmuring of the sea. Paul Tillich
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa
What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives? E. M. Forster
What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away. Henry Ward Beecher
Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I but when the trees bow down their heads, the wind is passing by. Christina Rossetti
Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me? Walt Whitman
You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.
Your soul is a dark forest. But the trees are of a particular species, they are genealogical trees. Marcel Proust