Goddess in the tree!

It's as if the image of her soul rose to the surface, who will see me? This tree symbolizes a complete metaphor of the sacred feminine in all her creation.  Gentle and strong, her image is surrounded by the shape of a heart so perfectly placed as if to show the most intimate part of woman. If you can unlock the her heart, you will gain access to her soul, and her true souls beauty. As a women in general, this sweet spot has been cloaked under layers of protection.  We are now rising up, ripping of the layers one by one, and discovering that within this chamber, is the magic of who we are.  Joseph Campbell draws a stunning parallel between the womb of woman, and the universe. Pure in creation, giving life, love, and nurturing.  Through photosynthesis we breathe what the tree exhales. Deeply rooted in the earth, a tree provides us with so many nurturing gifts. Shade, shelter, food, breath, and fire as she dies, preparing the way for new growth. She is also home to the winged ones, who build their nest in her branches, and fly into her interior for protection from the storms of life. Just like a child returns to it's mother for comfort and protection from human storms.  In the womb space of this tree goddess you will see a nest so appropriately nestled in the cavity of her belly. And what a joy to see the bird that calls this home. 

 Then there is the unseen part of the tree, the root system. The grand redwood trees are feminine. When the mother tree dies, the burls attached to her trunk, are released from the trauma of her death, stimulating these pods. The seeds then give birth to the ring of daughter trees around her. Those daughter trees absorb the sunlight that was stored in her bones, and they continue to sustain nutrients from her strong and stable root system.  The daughters grow independent of their mother, but continue to sustain themselves through the unseen parts below ground. Perhaps this explains our deep connection to the ancestors. When you consider the ebb and flow of life and death, and understand the role nature plays, it can be a very grand and humbling process. 

As I was driving down the road, in my state of contemplation and mediation, my peripheral vision caught a glimpse of this image. I pulled to the side of the road and stood in awe as I stared at the "Woman in the tree!" How does this happen? Has anyone else noticed? How could you miss it? It has caused deep reflection as I have uncovered the message for me. I felt I needed to share this wonderment with those who stumble upon it. Unplug every now and again when your in the car. Turn off your phone, and notice nature passing by. It may just amaze you when you see the hidden messages just outside of your window.  Within nature are metaphors so beautiful, they can answer your prayers, and give insight to the concerns you face every day. 

Carpe Diem Seize the day!
Carpe Noctem Seize the night!

Carpe Noctem Seize the night

The British invasion week one, was full of adventure. Our friends from the UK come every Sept. to use up 4 of their 6 week holiday. This year I told them I would take them on a tour of the trees. Im not so sure that they get as excited as I do, but I knew they would sense the sheer grandness and be struck with wanderlust!  It just so happened that our first night in Humboldt, would also be during the fall equinox, and full moon. My excitement could not be contained when I saw this full moon rising behind the redwood canopy.  After years of full moon photographs, this one is my favorite so far.

 Carpe Noctem, seize the night. 

The trees are always stretching and reaching for the sun. The towering heights are dizzying. I am addicted to this. This natural high that nature provides. Time stands still as I step off the grid. There is a crackling and haunting silence, that I crave. The breeze blows all concerns away, and I can see. I wonder if our drug addicted culture, could replace the chemical high with the natural high. How can we unplug from our technology driven life, and plug into the ancient ways of peace? How can we share this high?  When I take my children into nature, they forget about phones and tablets, zombie games and avatars. They instead explore, and connect with the old way of play. They climb and shimmy, and share discoveries with excitement. This feeling is the same as prayer. I offer deepest gratitude and have profound insight when Im in this space. I crave this nature prayer....

"Experience life in all possible ways'
good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light,
summer-winter. Experience all the dualities.
Don't be afraid of experience, because
the more experience you have, the more mature you become."

 So much so that I had to answer the desire to climb a giant. The forestry service has made available a small spot in the forest for climbing.  It was a scary thought.  My own hands and feet would rely on these staples to get me up 75 vertical feet to a platform where a zip line waited. Before I could begin, I had to learn the 101's of climbing. How to hook in and out, transfer from wire to wire, and keep myself safe. This was my idea, my own calling that left 5 of us standing on the forest floor looking up. The 3 men I was with were not happy, but refused to let me do it alone. (they couldn't let a girl take on this challenge, and be to afraid to try.) I was the first one to conquer this challenge and fear. My arms were weak half way up. I had to chase every fearful thought out of my mind, and replace it with sheer will. Each step brought me closer to my goal. Once on top of that platform, I looked down. The view took my breath away.  I still had 3 zip-lines to conquer, all of this a "First" for me. Unlike sky diving, there isn't a man strapped to my back throwing me off of the platform, insuring my safety. Im on my own. My 20 min. training, and courage will be my tools. 

We all made it back to the ground safely. I went around the zip-lines twice. Even these strapping men will admit they are glad that they participated despite their sheer terror. Once they were safe on the ground, they thanked me for the thrill. I used to allow fears to hold me back. I would have never tried this years ago. There are things I would still not ever do. But when this kind of urge strikes, Im all in!! 

"Life begins where fear ends."
"Take hold of your own life.
See that the whole existence is celebrating.
These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious. 
The rivers and oceans are wild,
and everywhere there is joy and delight. 
Watch existence,
Listen to the existence and become part of it."

 Carpe Diem Seize the day!!