Talking Trees and How to Talk to a Tree

There are talking tree people. Did you know that? Faces in the trees. I guess tree “people” isn’t accurate, because they are trees, not people. I guess tree Spirits is more accurate. These are spirits who are paying for their Karmas as trees.

Two of the oldest known Talking trees are on the Island of Zamalek in Cairo one is known as Al Hakem bi Amr Allah tree the other Shagaret el Dorr . Both are historically evil rulers one vanished the other was killed and the body never found.

Legend has it that over the years he has spoken spiritually to many people mostly Ismailis and Souffis who go to the tree for advice. He claims he will return after paying for his Karmas as a tree since 1021.In the final years of his reign, Hakim displayed a growing inclination toward asceticism and withdrew for meditation regularly. On the night of 12/13 February 1021 and at the age of 36, Hakim left for one of his night journeys to the al-Muqattam hills outside of Cairo, and never returned. A search found only his donkey and bloodstained garments. The disappearance has remained a mystery.

He is said to plant thoughts and ideas of spiritual nature to all those who seek him you can put written messages in a special gap in one of his many limbs

Shagaret el dor has apparently communicated with many people and has a lot of other spirits in her entourage she demanded the road being built to go around her. The engineers obeyed her orders and no one ever since has disputed that it is Shagaret el dor the last woman to rule Egypt she was killed by being beaten by clogs in 1257. If you ever visit this tree and feel spiritual meditate under it and listen to what it has to say I do.

posted by vreiss

Call me a hippie, but in my world, it’s always tree-communing season–lush summer, earthy fall, brisk winter, blooming spring. Many years ago, I had a mind-blowing semi-mystical experience hugging a crab-apple tree–I was able to connect to it and sense its power as a growing, living being.
I didn’t hear it speak in words, but I did feel its wisdom resonate in me as a cleansing, rooted power–the tree seeemed to be reminding me that I was just as whole and holy as it–no less pure, no more essentially complicated. What I also humbly realized was that trees, like every other being on the planet, like to be loved, noticed, given energy.
Since then I’ve had natural healers prescribe tree-hugging as a way to feel grounded and release negative energy–as long as you’re not physically harming the tree, it can easily transmute your bad vibes to happy ones like it converts carbon dioxide to oxygen.
To further my leafy love, I happily unearthed this sweet list Mara Freeman wrote for Beliefnet and added my own thoughts. It’s an evergreen (hee) guide to communing with the creatures that help us breathe. I’ve added to her thoughts with some of my own.
How to Talk to a Tree
by Mara Freeman (& Valerie Reiss)
Take a walk in your local park or woods and learn how to tune into these wonderful beings and listen to the wisdom they may have to impart. You may have to overcome some feelings of self-consciousness–which is why it helps to have a fellow tree-loving friend–but it’s worth it. And if you’re overcome by not wanting to be the crazy person hugging a tree, recall our friend the Lorax, the tree hero extraordinaire–ask yoursel WWtLD?.

1. Feel. Wander through different groups of trees, quiet your mind and practice tuning into their energy. In some parts of the forest, the trees may seem more “awake” than in others. Some may appear to exude warmth and friendliness, while others remain aloof. Notice how different species emanate different kinds of energy.
It may sound out-there, but each plant–and every living thing–has a vibration, and as such, a personality. Some may resonate more or less with your own. Try to see/feel/know this with your body, not your mind. Sometimes the scrawniest trees have the best energy. And sometimes the most robust are a snooze–at least for you at that moment.

2. Choose. Let yourself be drawn toward one tree in particular, and move closer toward it. Observe every part of it from root to top. Every tree has an energy field, an aura. See if you can detect where the aura begins by walking towards and away from the tree and using the palms of your hands to sense its energy.
When homeopathic doctors figure out which medicines to dispense, they usually have the patient hold the bottle of pills or tincture and then either muscle test them or ask how they feel. When our fields mingle with a substance or a creature, they change a little–sometimes getting weaker or stronger. See how the tree you’ve tried on makes you feel–bigger, small, softer, harder, sweeter, sour-er, and follow the positive feelings.

3. Connect. Send warm energy toward the tree from your heart and ask if it will allow you to draw closer and spend some time with it. If it is granted, walk closer to the tree and circle it slowly in a sunwise direction. Then put both your hands and your body against the trunk and tune into its consciousness. Notice how the tree looks close up, how it smells and how it feels against your skin.
Assuming that we’ve moved past the “this is totally kooky” phase, we can notice that trees have a sentience, that they can actually, in their own still, solid way respond to us if we ask and truly listen with all our senses. Trees get energy from being noticed, acknowledged, respected, and offered the love of our presence. Plus, paying close attention to their heft, texture, scent, and vibe brings us more into the moment. Keep asking yourself, “What am I sensing?” and with each observation you can wake up a little bit more to the present.

4. Inhale. Rub a fresh leaf or needle between your fingers and inhale the fragrance.
In aromatherapy the scent of evergreens like pine and fir are considered cleansing and grounding. Trees sap, trunk, and leaves often are full of this essence. When we’re not near a tree, drops of those oils to a bath or massage oil can help us feel our roots more strongly and bring clarity and a sense of protection.

5. Relax. Sit down against the trunk and open yourself to the power of the tree, and let it take you into a deep state of meditation. You don’t have to do anything other than stay relaxed and present and let the tree calm your thoughts and gently cleanse your mind of all the agitation of modern living. Enjoy this state of peace for as long as you want.
This is the good stuff, da kine, juicy moment you’ve been buidling toward. You can either sit or stay embracing the tree–during my cosmic tree experience I actually felt my own “hara” or energy center–the zone between the belly button and pubic bone–open up and connect with the tree’s hara. It was like we were two harddrives naturally hooked up, making communication deeper and easier.

6. Commune. Open up a dialogue with the tree. You can ask questions about it, about yourself, and also for guidance on any problems. Sit in the silence and wait for a response, which usually comes as an inner sense of knowingness.
Now that you’re in the deep tree zone you can use this time to tap into nature’s wisdom. Your questions can be existential–What is my life’s purpose? Or more practical–What should I do about my relationship with my partner? The answers may came as words, knowing, or a gentle breeze. The key here is your own receptivity and lack of expectation. You could simply be planting seeds for the answers to come later. No matter what, do your best to enjoy and feel the moment–even if “nothing” comes, you’re still outside, in the embrace of a tree.

7. Give Thanks. When you are ready, stand up and place your hands on its trunk again, sending it thanks from your heart.
This is essential. You loved to be thanked, right? Especially when you’ve shared your heart and soul with someone in deep communion? Well, your new tree friend is no different. When you thank it, you also might want to add a blessing for its continued well-being–something like, “May you continue to thrive and be blessed so that you may be healthy and happy and inspire all beings to be healthy and happy.”
Now step away slowly and ease into your next activity–you may be in a very sweet, rich space, like you’d feeel after a massage or a meditation. Honor that. And share the tree-y joy!

By Paul M. Davis

It sounds like a premise for a bad M. Night Shyamalan movie: a tree that broadcasts its activities and “feelings” across social networks. But in fact it’s reality. Is the world ready for a tree that tweets?
Over at Vagabondish, Mike Richards writes about chattiest arboreal plant in the world, a 100-year-old tree on the edge of Brussels that is hooked up to “a fine dust meter, ozone meter, light meter, weather station, webcam and microphone. [The] equipment constantly measures the tree’s living circumstances. And translates this information into human language.

Then, the tree lets the world know how he feels.” At Talking Tree, visitors can get updates on the tree’s current state, and follow the tree on Twitter and Facebook.

he Ankerwycke yew There may be yew trees in Britain that are older but the 31-ft wide yew (Taxus baccata) found in the ruined priory of Ankerwycke in Berkshire has witnessed at least 2,000 years of history and myth-making. It is said to have been the spot where King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215 and is rumoured to be where Henry VIII conducted his first liaisons with Anne Boleyn. Many yews are found close to abbeys or in church yards. They were considered holy trees by the Celts and often symbolise death and resurrection in Christianity – due to their ability to sprout again and put on new growth. Many yews will be older than the ancient churches they grow near

The following correction was printed in the Guardian’s Corrections and clarifications column, Saturday 1 August 2009 This picture included a reference to Wordsworth’s 1803 poem Yew Trees. In fact, the poem’s date is disputed
The Borrowdale yew, Cumbria

But worthier still of note/ Are those Fraternal Four of Borrowdale,/ Joined in one solemn and capacious grove;/ Huge trunks! and each particular trunk a growth/ Of intertwisted fibres serpentine

So wrote Wordsworth in his 1803 poem, Yew Trees. One of the quartet fell victim to a storm in 1883 but three still survive in the magical valley of Borrowdale in Cumbria. This yew (Yaxus baccata) can fit four people inside a hollow in its trunk. Another yew singled out by Wordsworth also survived storm damage and still stands in the village of Lorton, Cumbria. It was one of many under which John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, preached

The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ tree Many ancient trees have acted as natural meeting posts, places to plot and preach – open air village halls for communities. In the 1830s, a group of Dorset farm labourers met under the then 150-year-old sycamore in their village to swear a secret oath and form the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers to protest against the lowering of their wages. Their union led to their arrest, punishment and deportation to Australia. They were eventually pardoned and their example helped inspire the creation of the trade union movement. There are other memorials but the pollarded sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) in the village of Tolpuddle is the only living one. Did the tree Inspire all this by talking to them.

Mottisfont Abbey plane tree City parks are home to many impressive plane trees but they are dwarfed by one great plane (Platanus x acerifolia) which grows in the grounds of Mottisfont Abbey, a 12th-century Augustinian priory in Hampshire. Unless the ancient tree hunt proves otherwise, this is believed to be the largest tree of its kind in the country, its branches spreading out over an area of 1,500 sq m

The Spanish chestnuts, Croft Castle The avenue of pollarded sweet chestnuts (Castanea sativa) march for a kilometre west of Croft Castle in Herefordshire, a country home with a 1,000-year family history and more than 300 veteran trees. Like many ancient trees, they are bound up in storytelling and legend and it is suggested that they were grown from nuts that came from the wrecked Spanish Armada in 1588 and planted in 1592
They say so

Name: The talking trees
Age: Very old
Nationality: Ozzie
Current Residence: Land of Oz literally
Occupation: Fruit suppliers
Talents/Skills: Growing and throwing apples

Physical Characteristics

Height: About 15-20 foot
Build: Stocky
Hair Colour: Brown
Skin colour: Brown
Distinguishing features: Eyes and mouths
How does he/she dress? A green motif with a leafy effect
Greatest flaw: Grumpy and mean
Best quality: They can talk

Personality Attributes and Attitudes

Character’s short-term goals in life: To keep people from eating their apples
Character’s long-term goals in life: Not to be chopped down
How does Character see himself/herself? Strong and important but with feeling

Emotional Characteristics

What motivates this character? Equality
What frightens this character? Axes
What makes this character happy? Growing

How the Character is Involved in the Story

Character’s role in the film: Sub characters, they accommodate the introduction to the Tin Woodsman
Scene where character first appears: Half way through the film when Dorothy and the scarecrow attempt to eat some of the talking trees apples.
Relationships with other characters: Suppliers of lunch to Dorothy and the Scarecrow
How the character is different at the end of the film from when the film began: Less hanging apples

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