with the

trees

During 7 Days of Rest we invite  participants to spend time re-connecting with nature, remembering and relearning how to commune with the trees and the plants that nourish all life.  We ask the trees and the plants to remind us how to honor their infinite generosity,  how to breathe with them and love them as they gift us the oxygen and the nutrients that enliven, and vitalize our cells, that offer us shade and color and beauty and scents and medicine and give a home for the many species that are a part of the interdependent web of life.  We pledge to learn how to honor them and nourish them in return - to thank them and  protect them as we remember our deepest connection with them and humbly listen and learn from their ancient infinite wisdom. 

 

Advice from a tree

 

If in doubt, share.

All that you have

And all that you need

Are right there,

If you stand, 

Sink your roots, 

Open,

And allow.

Unravel.

You were not born,

To shun your light.

You receive, radiate and transmit.

You are embodied light. 

Turn your face and your heart

To the sky and say 'YES

I am more'

Grow.

And in your growth

Let your living be safe harbour

For their lives and hearts of others

Do not define yourself by what you have,

But by what you give,

How you let go, 

and how you love.

Dig deep.

For in the shadows you will find

The way back to self and source.

The true depth of your capacity to feel

Your unbroken promise to life,

And the grit 

around which your pearl will form.

Say yes.

There is only being here fully.

Face all that comes your way

Whether reverent or dominant

Whether your life appears valued or not

Receive yourself.

Know that life crafted the perfection of you,

That life breathes you.

Be total.

Whether shedding your leaves, 

Standing naked in the rain

Showing the bare bones of your soul

Or dropping into the long deep rest,

Give it all you have

And let each season,

Each experience,

Have its way with you.

Bare witness.

Take this stand called life

As the privilege it is,

Observe, hold space, be still,

Listen.

Allow the infinite to penetrate.

Be your own wise guide.

Know that the roots of you

Cross all time and space.

Above all

Wake up to who and what you are

So that this life can be lived as a prayer

As a dance

As a gift of gratitude

As a kiss on the wind

That sparks briefly and blesses the hearts of all

Before falling back 

Into the intimate ocean 

Of ultimate togetherness.

 

By Clare Dubois

Honoring TreeSisters

We are delighted to honour TreeSisters for their extraordinary leadership and dedication to reforesting the planet, and reawakening  Feminine wisdom in sacred stewardship of the Earth.  We are deeply grateful for their generous and loving partnership with 7 Days of Rest Global Event.

As last year, TreeSisters has provided  participants of 7 Days of Rest  access to  7 powerful meditations with Clare Dubois for each day of the week. These meditations are accompanied by a wisdom quote from Clare that points to the fundamental interdependence of Trees with all of the elements and their essential multifaceted gifts to the Web of Life.  

You can find the meditations for this year on each of the days of the week in the meditation section of the calendar, and the meditations offered in the context of last years event  in the archive section of each day.

We encourage all to join Tree Sisters in regreening the Planet that all may live.

"It’s time to unleash ourselves, to come together, to rise, to ROAR, and restore this beautiful world that we love by giving back to the trees. In this journey we’ll explore our indivisibility with nature as the vital path towards ways of living that no longer dominate and devastate nature. When we plug back into our power and nature connectedness, we can make giving back to nature (including by funding trees) core to our lives."

Clare Dubois  

Wisdom offering from MiraMichelle 
With the Tree People

The Story of The Sacred Tree

shared by Chief Phil Lane Jr. 

Courtesy of The Four Worlds International Institute

For all the people of the earth, the Creator has planted a Sacred Tree under which they may gather, and there find healing, power, wisdom, and security. The roots of this tree spread deep into the body of Mother Earth. Its branches reach upward like hands praying to Father Sky. The fruits of this tree are the good things the Creator has given to the people: Teachings that show the path to love, compassion, generosity, patience, wisdom, justice, courage, respect, humility, and many other beautiful gifts.

The Ancient Ones taught us that the life of the Tree is the life of the people. If the people wander far away from the protective shadow of the Tree, if they forget to seek the nourishment of its fruit or they should turn against the Tree and attempt to destroy it, great sorrow will fall upon the people. Many will become sick at heart. The people will lose their power. They will cease to dream dreams and see visions. They will begin to quarrel among themselves over worthless trifles. They will become unable, to tell the truth, and to deal with each other honestly. They will forget how to survive on their land. Their lives will become filled with anger and gloom. Little by little, they will poison themselves and all they touch.

It was foretold all this will come to pass, but that the Tree will never die. And as long as the Tree lives, the people live. It was also foretold that the day would come when the people would awaken, as if from a long, drugged sleep; that they would begin, timidly at first but then with great urgency, to search again for the Sacred Tree.

The knowledge of its whereabouts and of the fruits that adorn its branches have always been carefully guarded and preserved within the minds and hearts of our wise elders and leaders. These humble, loving and dedicated souls will guide anyone who is honestly and sincerely seeking along the path leading to the protecting shadow of the Sacred Tree.


The Story of the Sacred Tree is a short  Excerpt from The Sacred Tree by Judy Bopp, that includes a foreword by Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace, and author of My Life with the Chimpanzees.The First Edition was published in 1984 by the Four Worlds International Institute (FWII) in 1984. It has now been translated into 16 languages.