The Wisdom In Your Bones Is As Ancient As The Trees — Literally
I love old-growth forests. The denseness of elder trees living together in a way that somehow seems mysterious. The larger than life presence and the overwhelming sense of peace and protected wisdom that resound from a group of trees and the innate power they possess. Their power to stand some hundreds of feet high, let alone the ability to create fire, build homes, and provide comfort and shelter. Trees provide us with so many of our basic needs, yet offer us far more with their mystical connection to our spiritually, health, and wellness.
A great deal of healing energy and wisdom are believed to flow through trees. In fact, researchers in Japan found that forests are “therapeutic landscapes” and may decrease the risk of stress-related diseases. Dr. Qing Li, author of Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, has taken this fundamental Earth energy practice into something called forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku.
Shinrin in Japanese means “forest” and yoku means “bath”, so shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through the senses. After he studied the psychological effects of forest bathing on almost 500 Japanese adults he found the participants reported significantly less depression and hostility and felt significantly more lively. A practice of simply being in nature, connecting with it through our six senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch, and energy intuition, is like a bridge between worlds. By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world and generates balance in healing and wholeness.
Trees and bones
From a metaphysical perspective, I find it fascinating that a cross-section of a human bone cell and a cross-section of a tree look surprisingly similar. Bones grow in rings, just like the concentric circles of a tree. By drawing these correlations, we begin to bridge the gap between the mundane to the level of true magic.
Bones are the most solid and most foundational structure in the human body. Bones are our internal roots, the solid structure that grounds us to the soil of our lives and gives way to our own structure and growth. In the same way, bones represent our truest, barest self. Bones are lasting and as the frame of our bodies, they are our home and anchor in the physical world.
Combining the thought of trees and human bones, I understand the correlation between energetic shifts that happen year to year, as we leave one stage and begin another.
Each year, a tree forms new cells, arranged in concentric circles called annual rings or annual growth rings. These annual rings grow from the middle out, with the oldest rings closest to the center of the tree. Drought, excessive rain, fire, insect plagues, and disease epidemics, injuries, air pollution, all leave their mark on a tree’s annual growth rings. That means some years have less growth, while other years have more. The tree responds and absorbs what is in the environment. Trees hold the wisdom year to year as they develop.
Just like a tree, you hold your ancient wisdom closest to the center. You incorporate emotions, thoughts, and environmental aspects each year as you build the framework of your life. The ancient memories, your ancient buried past, and your ancient wisdom lie within the feelings in your bones. Even fears of your past are tied to something that happened a long time ago. It lives inside your bones and carries with it a message from the time you experienced it. Connecting with the forest can give you the opportunity to be metaphysical and metaphorical. Go inward. Dig a little deeper into the roots. Your wisdom will tell you if you are living in a thriving and healing environment or where negative emotions still stick to you like sap.
Not revealing your emotions causes stuck energy, like sap in a tree fossilized into amber.
By the time you have the outer representation of your “bark”, the inner layers of “wood” have already been laid down. It will take discipline and a great deal of compassion and patience to allow your inner wisdom to come out, but you can begin by looking at how you support your physical body and what you do to increase that support.
I suggest trying these simple exercises or practices to help you bring about the healing of your ancient wisdom:
Buy a healing stone or energy crystal, like amber, and keep it near you
Amber is a natural purifier, esteemed for its ability to draw pain and dis-ease from the physical body, as well as the mind and spirit, by absorbing negative or stagnant energies and transforming them into clear, positive energy. Remember that amber is fossilized sap, just like the outpouring of emotions from within kept hardened. Letting emotions out, stimulates the body’s own mechanisms to heal itself. Having a piece of amber on your body or near you will remind you to let out your emotions and can amplify your own innate ability to heal yourself.
You can also try other healing stones, any that speak to you for the specific ailment you are trying to heal. For example, Clear Quartz – known as the “master healer”, can help to amplify energy and thought; absorbing, storing, releasing and regulating energy or Amethyst that helps to transmute lower vibrations to higher frequencies, transforming negative energy to love energy and wisdom.
The key to unlocking the power of the forest and YOU is through the six senses. Walk in the forest. Let nature enter through all your energetic systems: ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands, and intuition. Listen to the birds as they sing and the breeze rustle through the leaves. Observe the different greens of the trees and the sunlight as it filters through the branches. Smell the aroma of the forest and breathe in its natural healing aromatherapy. Taste the freshness of the air as you take deep breaths. Place your hands on the trunk of a tree and feel the solidity. Dip your fingers or toes in a stream. Lie on the ground. Drink in the flavor of the forest and release your sense of inner joy and calm.
(For an added benefit, bring your healing crystal with you while you forest bathe).
Your body is connected in and to nature. You have now crossed the bridge to the wisdom, healing and the happiness you have within your very own bones.
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