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spiritual growth / The Secret Life of Plants / connections with trees in Scotland / photos


I opened up spiritually in so many ways, this visit. I think that being around two open people who resonated closely with me made me so much more aware, and gave me so much faith. If I felt something, usually they felt it too; if I spoke about spiritual things they took a profound interest. I'd never experienced that before (the visit with Aurilion was similar but ze shared a lot more than I did, as I was kinda overwhelmed and used to being the listener) and it helped me to feel comfortable exploring spiritual things. My heart really opened up (and my heart is where I feel my tree-connection to be).

I also, by divine design, was reading "The Secret Life of Plants" and realizing that so much of what I have sensed spiritually is scientifically provable. Plants have sensation. They not only respond when someone harms them, they respond to thoughts, as well as to the experiences of plants near them. One scientist had bonded with zir plants and left them hooked up to electronic reading devices while off on vacation; from 80 miles away zir plants reacted excitedly when ze made love to zir partner (ze checked the time, and the time on the printouts once ze returned). Also, plants respond to intoxicants & anesthesia -- when fed alcohol they sway drunkenly, pass out, and revive with signs of a hangover; when chloroform is blown over them they go into deep sleep and revive with fresh air (a large tree was transplanted with no ill effects thanks to the narcotic vapor -- the transplantation would have killed it without). Another plant was tortured by one person and cared for kindly by another; when hooked up to electrodes they found that the plant reacted violently to the torturer and when that person left and the caretaker came in, the plant immediately calmed down. (the instruments used to measure these things are an interesting tale of their own, starting with a lie detector and growing more sophisticated as time went on) This book is FILLED with amazing stories like that, from so many different researchers. I'm only halfway through the book now and it has wildly changed my life. (and I have become even more convinced that eventually science and spirit will harmonize) Why was I ordered to poke around in dead pig fetuses and cut up live frogs (both of which I refused to do, to the chagrin of my lab partner) rather than learning this incredibly vital truth about our world? This book has been around for over three decades! And yet I have NEVER heard ANYONE discuss the FACT that plants do feel -- and react to thoughts and feelings of humans (and the feelings, at least, of animals and plants)!

Thanks to that book, my logic is rejoicing that at last it can dance in harmony with my spirit. And I have so much more faith that if I feel something as true in my spirit, I will find the facts to match it.

I also met several trees in Scotland that I connected with in beautiful ways. One was a black willow (one of my favorite trees) near Hannah's apartment -- it was so large and strong, it fairly glowed with health. In Anstruther, there were three sugar maples in a cemetery that radiated the most amazing energy -- we were walking by and before I even saw them, my heart leaped! I looked up to see what was so wonderful (we were passing by on a lower level street with a wall between) and felt such kinship when I laid eyes on them. All three were loving but the one that I connected with the most was the center one, which was shaped like a less-exaggerated version of the Hercules tree I dreamed about. Also in Anstruther, there was a many-trunked tree (a type which I have not been able to identify) -- upon seeing it I immediately darted over and hugged and kissed it! It had such a sense of joy and wildness about it. And I also met the stump of a tree that had been cut down for disease -- but it was growing new shoots! it did not die! I really loved sitting/standing on it and being in the space where it had stood. There were two others in the Botanic Gardens but I'll save those for a post on that day.



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me with the black willow (taken by Hannah)

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the black willow arches over me (taken by Hannah)

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the three sugar maples in the graveyard (Hercules in the center)

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love ♥

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alight with peace and strength
(that may be a lens flare but it really looks as if my third eye is glowing)

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beautiful pathway to the heavens
(that's my favorite looking-up-at-tree-branches photo I've ever seen -- and I took it! *beams proudly*)

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swirly spring green! and deep lime in the background!

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posing on the stump-that-did-not-die (taken by Nick)

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dancing on the stump-that-did-not-die (taken by Nick)

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feeling tree-tall and tree-strong! (taken by Nick)

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happy :D (taken by Nick)

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the unknown tree in the courtyard in Anstruther

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another view of this so-friendly tree!

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very bad photo taken for identification purposes (perhaps one of you is secretly a tree expert?)
edit: FINALLY found the name! Willowleaf Cotoneaster ;-) (technically a shrub, pah)

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sky shining through leaves

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climbing (taken by Hannah)

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smiling up! (taken by Hannah)

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joyful connection (taken by Hannah)

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*glows*

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*giggles at self*

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in harmony

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I also loooooved the violet flowers near that tree

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Comments
ladywind ══╣╠══
~warm smile~ I like, in the second to last photo, how your earrings echo the shape of the flowers behind you. Makes you look like part of the planting. :)
belenen ══╣shimmering╠══
oooh, I didn't notice that! cool! :D
musicandmisery ══╣patricia - my angel╠══
"joyful connection" is such a thing of wonder. :)

And wow. I'm definitely checking that book out, thank you for bringing it to my attention. I can't even begin to describe the powerful connection I feel to trees/nature. Maybe that book can give me some insight. :)

Oh my gosh! I love your hair! I did a little gasp when the pictures started to show the blondeness, I was so pleasantly surprised! You look gorgeous! The blonde completely illuminates and gives a warming, comforting, inviting glow to your face! It's so stunning! I love it so much! Seriously!! :D

That last photo is honestly one of the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen. Stay blonde and stay purple. ♥
belenen ══╣wild╠══
thank you!

and ooooh yes, it will, I am sure! do let me know when you start reading. (also it's so old that it is easy to get for super-cheap on amazon :D) I really can't wait to see what you think -- I want to give it to every plant-lover and every cynic I know -- how can anyone be cynical about life when things like love and hate affect plants too? you know?? (love can't be just a 'brain chemical thing' if it affects beings which DON'T HAVE BRAINS, so there! :D) and tree lovers like myself will be all like "I KNEW IT" and have such a surge of faith. it's incredible!

awwwww! thank you! I've never had any lightness to my hair so it is sorta a shock, heh, but after seeing some of these photos I decided it wasn't so bad. And then your comment made me actually like it! so thanks! I'm gonna let the violet fade out and not put it back until the end of swimming season, so it will be pale again pretty soon!

awwwww *hugs you!*
musicandmisery ══╣╠══
flyingshaman ══╣╠══
oh my gods.. This post makes me feel so peaceful and full of love, warming energy. This is just what I needed to see today.

Gods, and you are SO -freaking- gorgeous in every one of these. If I -had- to pick favorites, I'd say, well, I had an immediate reaction to "love &hearts", a sense of deep love joy-peace connection, and total aww wowed yayness at "alight"

good lord.. I can't believe I'm finally going to see you again in 3 days! which, it's half way on to TWO!!!!

love you.. that's what I get from this.. love you - so - much
belenen ══╣bel is in love with aurilion╠══
mmmmmmmm ♥

I FUCKIN' LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!! *overwhelmed with surge of shimmering Aurilion-love!*

*oceans of kisses*
flyingshaman ══╣╠══
and you dancing on that trunk - SO pixie fae!!!! I love that and delight in it.

*nose nuzzles*
belenen ══╣satisfaction╠══
hee hee! :D thank you loveyfae ♥
moxafoot ══╣╠══
oh...how wonderful and touching. I understand that connection with trees and nature in general so well. I think it's why hiking is such a spiritual experience for me. I feel so much more as part of the Oneness of all that is when I'm surrounded by trees. How wonderful for you. I can feel the joy through your words and in your pictures. Sending love and joy!
Lisa
belenen ══╣tree joy╠══
ohhh wonderful! ♥ *sends you love and joy too!*
shadowlily ══╣jasmine╠══
the light in your fading-violet hair in 'the black willow arches over me' is magickal, like you're sharing its glow..
belenen ══╣treespirit╠══
mmmmmmm ♥ thank you!
painted_dreams ══╣my dog max╠══
The last photo is my absolute favorite. So much soul and beauty in that photo.



belenen ══╣tree joy╠══
oh thank you! ♥
aliyna ══╣╠══
Regarding trees, back when I was in NY for two months I made this post in part for you:
http://aliyna.livejournal.com/1131316.html

=)
belenen ══╣tree joy╠══
thanks so much for reminding me of that AMAZING post!!! *hugs you fiercely*
sidheblessed ══╣╠══
I should read that book, it sounds really, really interesting.

I love those photos! Those trees are amazingly beautiful, they have such dignity about them. And I love that last set of photos of you.
belenen ══╣tree elder╠══
yeah ya should! it's one of my holy books, for sure.

thank you!!! ♥
winternightsky ══╣╠══
The last photo is definitely my favorite as well, I love how the color of your eyeshadow plays off the color of the violet flowers.
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
yay! thank you!
kschap ══╣╠══
I'm totally going to check that book out. I believe most objects/locations (even man-made stuff, but things from nature in particular) have a soul and that positive energy is transformative. When I first got to Matt's apartment, it was... kind of a mess. Ze* hadn't lived there in a couple years, and ze is kind of messy to begin with. LOL. I spent a couple days sorta stressed out by the state of the place (even though ze had spent a lot of time cleaning it), but then realized it just needed some love. So I'd come in the door, talk to it ("Hello, apartment! You're here for me to live in and you're little and cute!" *giggle*), and tidy up small sections of it at a time. It still needs work, but it looks much better. Matt's mom even came in at one point to hang a new shower curtain for me, and commented on how much nicer it was in there! Haha. :)

Have you ever heard of a study that was done on the effect of positivity and negativity on snowflakes? I can't remember who did it and I don't have any links, and my laptop's cooling fan has died and it's starting to get quite hot so I'd better go soon... but I found it fascinating.

*(would you prefer I use gender-neutral pronouns when commenting in your journal? I'm used to the "normal" ones and as you may remember from a previous comment, sort of prefer them--I'm meaning to respond to YOUR response to that comment of mine sometime soon!)
belenen ══╣nascent╠══
ohhh, yes! I also totally agree with that, all things have a "life, and a spirit, and a name" ♥

Indeed, I have that book! Emoto's Hidden Messages in Water -- also amazing! There is nothing like a visual understanding of the power of words.

(It's certainly not necessary but I do love it! It feels so right to me to read them, and makes me feel more kin with the person being talked about, since I identify as human rather than woman. (if you get what I mean) But either way is fine ;-) )
delicatexflower ══╣nature; hopeful. "sunshine on daisies"╠══

this post is just so good in so many ways...

you just GLOW when you are near trees. ♥

i promise i will come back with a bigger comment...
i'm going somewhere in a little bit...
belenen ══╣tree joy╠══
awwww, yes I do glow near trees! :D thank you!
deleon ══╣╠══
It is interesting that you brought this particular topic up. When people who are vegetarians say they are so because they don't want to hurt animals, I always wanted to point out that if you eat plants, you are also hurting them. This leads me to believe that since human beings have to eat "something" the "harm" concern is void. It seems, that plants and animals were meant to be eaten. That spiritually speaking that was a plan.
belenen ══╣veneration╠══
yeah, I agree -- I think that as long as you treat the thing you are eating with respect, creatures don't mind being eaten.
deleon ══╣╠══
All of those photos are gorgeous, but those last two are especially stunning! Those flowers are lupines, they are some of the most gorgeous flowers ever!
belenen ══╣adoring╠══
thank you! and thanks for letting me know what they are! :D
girlslovegirls7 ══╣╠══
you
hi hi kristen im sooooo mad that u got BLOND HAIR. u must dye it emeadiatly. oh and im glad that even though you had pain after everthing that happened you found a way to get joy.

love ya,
lil sis
belenen ══╣amused╠══
Re: you
hahaha, don't worry it is violet again now :D

love ya toooooooooooo!!! ♥
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