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Talking with Tree Spirits . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 11 December 2014; ; originally published on 12 December 2014; republished on 9 October 2017

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • First Story: The Tree That Lost a Limb
    • Second Story: The Big, Old Oak Tree with Many Children
    • The Last Story: The Little Oak That Wished to Have Its Cut-Off Branches Placed Nearby
    • What Can Be Learned from Conversations with Trees and Tree Spirits

Dear Ones,

Here are three stories about talking with tree spirits and trees. There’s a Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

I have some stories about tree spirits and trees for you.

First Story: The Tree That Lost a Limb

A few days ago, I was walking down a mountain. And I noticed a tree, because trees have been my friends since childhood. And I noticed a tree that had lost a huge limb. And the limb was lying beside the trail.

So naturally, I looked up at the tree. And the tree was pretty upset at the loss of that limb. And so, I gave it a blessing, and I started to go off. And then I heard the tree talking about how upset it was, about its footing on the hill.

And so I turned back, and I saw that there was a little ridge. The tree was on the top, On one side of the ridge was the trail, and on the other side was a great drop.

The tree was talking to its tree spirit about how upset it was about the precarious nature of where it stood, and how it had lost a limb.

So first I said: At least you lost a limb on the right side, there … Because, if you had lost a limb on the other side, you might have fallen over into the trail. And that would have been the end of that. Because people would have come and cut you up.

The tree was pretty upset still. So I asked the tree spirit to talk to the tree. And here is what happened …

The tree spirit was saying: I know what you should do. Take this root here, that’s going down into the ground, and grow it very, very strong. And you will be all right.

And yet the tree was very upset. So, I called for the deva who guards all that forest round there. And he came round and took a look, along with the tree spirit …

First, the deva said to me: I know all about these trees. And I take care of all of them. This is not your concern. I will take care of it.

It’s a good thing he said that, because I was thinking maybe I should go back, and bring along a shovel, and try and shore up the edge of the trail there, so that the tree wouldn’t fall over.

And I was thinking: I don’t think I’m strong enough to do all that work.

And the tree spirit said: Just roll down that boulder over there, and it will be ok.

And I said: You don’t understand. We humans are kind of puny. And so I can’t …

Oh, it said. Puny humans!

This conversation had gone on with the tree spirit. And the deva already knew all this stuff. Devas are quite wise; they live for thousands of years, and they know a lot from each other, and from the natural world. And who knows where else.

So anyway, the deva was hugging the tree with love. And the deva said: It’s going to be all right. In a few years, there will be a storm. And you will fall down this way, gesturing to the side towards the cliff. And you will grow up bright, green new sprouts, and become a strong tree.

The tree was so happy, and knew what was going to happen, and was prepared. And so, the deva said, Prepare yourself for that day. It’s going to be all right.

That was a big relief to me. And that’s the first story.

Second Story: The Big, Old Oak Tree with Many Children

A week later, I was walking by a big, old oak tree on the trail. I stopped for a minute, to look for tree spirits.

I guess you all know that it’s easy to see tree spirits, because they actually dwell within the trunk. Or at the base of a tree, there may be a few circling around. And you can see them, because they look a little bit like a human form, or a face.

So I saw one tree spirit … It looked kind of like an angel. It was really cool … near the base of this huge oak tree in the mountains. It was a fine tree.

So I said: What a wonderful tree you have there. I congratulate you on this tree, which shades all of the grasses round, and all of the little creatures. You’ve done a wonderful job for the sake of the forest. 

And the tree spirit said: Oh, yes! I know! [laughs]

So then I was looking round, because large trees have quite a few tree spirits, sometimes. And I saw another tree spirit. And it was on a branch. The branch was growing on a slightly upward slant. And it looked just a little bit not quite right.

I said: What is this here?

And the tree spirit of that limb there said: We do our best. 

And so I said: I’m sure you do! I’m sure it will be just fine.

The next branch over, there was another tree spirit.

I said: Hello! 

It said: I’m just here to keep the other one company! 

I said: I see!

Then I went down the trail just a little bit. And I noticed all the other children trees that were around the tree. And so, I addressed the tree and the tree spirits one more time.

I said: By the way, congratulations on all your fine, young children.

And they said: We thank you!

And as I went on, they said: This is a new day on Earth. People are starting to talk to us again. [laughs]

The Last Story: The Little Oak That Wished to Have Its Cut-Off Branches Placed Nearby

I was on my way home. I noticed another oak tree; this was a little tree. Next to it were branches … It looked like some well-meaning person had come along the trail and cut these branches off to make more room for the people to walk by.

The branches were brown and dead. They were scattered about here and there, and on down the side of the hill.

So I said: Hmm…

And the spirit of that tree said: I want my branches closer to me!

I was surprised! And then I said, Ok! 

I went around, and slowly but surely, picked up all the branches and put them around the tree.

I started to put some around another tree, right near there, because there wasn’t room.

And the other tree said: I don’t want those branches!

Apparently, I had trespasses on some tree taboo I didn’t know about.

I said: I’m very sorry!

And then I asked the first tree: Would it be all right if I put them around on the other side? 

And it said: Yes!

I said: Why do you want those branches ’round you?

And it said: I just like them near me.

What Can Be Learned from Conversations with Trees and Tree Spirits

So, there are three tree stories for you, in case you want to learn how to talk to trees and tree spirits, you can!

And the minute you start doing that, you’ll gain a wealth of information about how we humans can live at one with the natural world.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Image: “California Sycamore Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 12 December 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “California Sycamore Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 12 December 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Image: “A Chaparral Plant Called Mule Fat,” by Alice B. Clagett, 12 December 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “A Chaparral Plant Called Mule Fat,” by Alice B. Clagett, 12 December 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

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‘Concord’ – The Farm Where My Mom Grew Up . a story by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 28 November 2014; published on 9 October 2017

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Alice’s Memories of ‘Concord’ Farm
    • Alice’s Story about the Children’s Park Across the Road
    • Thoughts About Nature and Sunlight
  • MORE INFORMATION

Dear Ones,

I recently visited Concord, the farm where my mom grew up. Here is a little about how life used to be there, and how it is now. Also, thoughts on how we might live in harmony with nature. There is a Summary after the video.

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice.

Alice’s Memories of ‘Concord’ Farm

I am over here on the land where my mom and her sister and brother grew up, I am not really supposed to be here. I am just kind of kibitzing around because the gate was open. It belongs to a historical trust now, I think.

And over here [pans to the right of the road] I see they have torn down the barn that was there, that was in very bad repair. And I think this little building here, that you see, is the place where they used to strip the tobacco. You could keep a small building warm in the wintertime, and a lot of the stripping took place then.

Stripping was to make the tobacco ready to sell. The stalks of tobacco are turned upside down and hung on tobacco sticks across multi-level beams in the barns to cure. And then the leaves need to be stripped off before it is sold.

And over here [pans to the end of the driveway] … that was the family home. On the left was a kitchen area, which was detached from the house because of the possibility of fires. A few times over the centuries that this house was in existence, the kitchen area would burn down …

As you can see, flurries of snow are falling right now. I am going to go up a little bit closer, and see how soon I am going to get kicked out [chuckles] …

Well, I succeeded in getting up to the circular driveway in front of the house. I am sure I will not be able to go in, but it is nice to be pretending that I am visiting with family, and to remember the old days when we used to walk up those stairs and explore the attic over the white part of the building, which is where our missionary great-aunt’s (or was it our great-great aunt’s) belongings were stored after she passed away in China.

Alice’s Story about the Children’s Park Across the Road

[Moves to scene across the street] So this was the property I told you about. It used to be my mom’s property, after my grandfather passed away. And it now belongs to Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, and has been turned into a park. It is just a little slice of property.

And behind me here you will see where they made a ballpark. And that ballpark is much used, and it is great, actually, that so many children get to take advantage of it. And I will show you the other side of the park, too …

[Moves to scene on the other side of the parking lot] Over here, where there used to be a tenant farmer house, they have built a beautiful park for young children to play in. It is just incredible. There is the entrance … there are places to play … It is like a little wonderland. It is very cool.

[Moves to ballpark area] So here is one ballpark, I see. There are just a few stadium benches … Maybe little league? … And then, far off over there, there is a beautiful picnic area, shaded, for the summertime.

And then, if you come around the field this way [pans left] … I bet that is a soccer field, do you not you think? And over here [pans left] … there is the big ball field, with a lot of stadium benches … and maybe that is a football goal over there? What do I know about this stuff? One might be baseball, and one might be football.

So, from what used to be just a field of tobacco or beans or corn, now there is this wonderful facility for all kinds of young children to enjoy. I think it is great, really.

But I really miss the land …

Thoughts About Nature and Sunlight

It is a brisk 30 degrees outside, so I got into the car, where the beautiful Sun is shining down and warming up the microcosm here. And it is kind of a relief not to have the snow flurries and the wind blowing. [laughs]

And I just have a quick thought for you about how we live our lives, and how we might live our lives.

There is something to be said for leaving nature, insofar as possible, as it is, and not improving on it. And living our lives in harmony with the forces of nature … with nature spirits, with the devas, and with the beautiful light that is ours, free, from the Sun.

You know, the light that comes from a computer screen, or a handheld, or a cell phone, is a very narrow spectrum of light. It does not nourish the spirit. It does not sustain the opening of our DNA.

If we look up from a computer screen, and look out, into the natural world, we see the vastness and grandeur and beauty of what is really here on Earth. You know?

Not a virtual reality, but the true reality of Earth. And so that os what I am suggesting today … to think of ways that we can live our personal lives in harmony with the beauty and grandeur, and life-sustaining, spirit-uplifting energy of the natural world. [waves goodbye]

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

This blog has been added here … Link: “Compendium: My Childhood and Family, and Later Years,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled and published on 21 March 2020; republished on 29 March 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-haj ..

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Image: “Concord,” by Alice B. Clagett, 28 November 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Concord,” by Alice B. Clagett, 28 November 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Link: “Concord (District Heights, Maryland)” …  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concord_(District_Heights,_Maryland) ..

Link: “Concord Manor at Walker Mill Regional Park” … http://www.pgparks.com/264/Concord-Manor-at-Walker-Mill-Regional-Pa ..

Link: “Concord, 8000 Walker Mill Road, Ritchie, Prince George’s County, MD” … Zechariah Berry House, https://www.loc.gov/item/md0566/ ..

Link: “Concord, 8000 Walker Mill Road, Ritchie, Prince George’s County, MD” … Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/md0566/ ..

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