I’ve been thinking about Sistine, a majestic ash tree outside my apartment window, and because I’ve had an experience that’s blown my mind, I’ve been thinking about nature, too.
I asked the name of this tree one day and heard Sistine, which means chapel. This tree is a true chapel—a nature-made chapel, an expansive shelter of love.
The amazing part of this experience for me–a friendship with the spirit of a tree–is that I asked for healing several times and received it. I received healings from a tree. I received healings from a tree! I don’t even know why I asked—it must have been a prompting from her.
I love trees and looking at their trunks and foliage, but I’ve been looking more closely at all the trees we pass and ask myself, ‘What does my relationship with Sistine say about nature?’ I’ve come to the conclusion that we have everything backwards. We say we love nature but nature loves us in an unlimited, unconditional way. We say we appreciate all the gifts of trees to us, but we have no idea who they truly are. They bring beauty into cities and they ground us. They clean the air we breathe, make shade and give us wood and fruit and places to sit and contemplate; that’s a lot—but they are far more than that. They are gifts from Mother Earth and they live for us. Apparently they can heal us when we love them. I wonder if our Creator asks the nature spirits if they will go and serve us, or if they’re sent, like angels are sent.
What does trees having the power to heal say about nature? I’m no longer awed by the beauty of nature—I’m astonished by the generosity of our Earth Mother, these beautiful beings and the Great Spirit who made them. Maybe bushes and flowers can heal us, too—I’m leaning toward yes, they can. And rocks we normally don’t consider—they have helped humans, too. We move them, break them up, take the minerals from inside them for machines and jewelry–while their job is to help us make a connection with the Great Spirit/Love/God. Twylah Nitsch, in Language of the Stones, says that if we quiet and center ourselves and hold a rock and ask it for help, we can see the truth of a situation and the solutions.
The world is very different from what we think it is. We have plundered and savaged our home on a grand scale for our varied purposes, which are commonly related to material gain. We really don’t get that there is far more to everything than we perceive through our physical eyes. How will we wake up?