To save our planet – one tree at a time

I was deeply moved by the inspired efforts of this Brazilian couple. Did you know what could be done to start to reverse global warming by planting trees?

Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado and his wife Lélia were horrified to see that Minas Gerais, a former cattle ranch and lush rainforest from his childhood, was deforested barren land by 1998.

It was Lélia’s idea to replant and to form Instituto Terra. It is an “environmental organization dedicated to the sustainable development of the Valley of the River Doce”. They demonstrate that it is possible to save our planet, one tree at a time. And more. Their institute also teaches children to become the environmental leaders we need for the next generation.

This dedication can incrementally start to reverse global warming. On a local level, they profoundly re-ordered the micro climate. In 20 years they planted over 2 million saplings. Hundreds of endangered animals thrive once again–30 species of mammals, 168 species of birds and 15 species of reptiles. Insects and fish join them as the restoration influences surrounding areas. They have trained thousands of adults, children and youth in the region to develop environmental awareness, improve lives of farmers and promote sustainable development.

“On top of reintroducing plants and animals to the area, the project has rejuvenated several once dried-up springs in the drought-prone area, and has even positively affected local temperatures.”

Couple Spends 20 Years Planting an Entire Forest and Animals Have Returned

Do they also bring you hope? Can you hear Mother Earth, where they have replanted the trees, when she whispers, “Thank you, and bless you”?

Are you familiar with Project Drawdown, a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming? It has good science behind steps that we can take. Some of them may surprise you.

Do you know of local efforts to restore habitat, reverse global warming, and cool the earth? The best ones will warm our hearts when you share them here. Thank you!

Trees for Mindful Healing

Welcoming Tree, Teacher and Healer

When you walk mindfully in the forest, especially among ancient trees, you can let go of thoughts, distractions, and stories that crowd your mind in daily life. Don’t those often harass until you feel hunted by your own thoughts? Instead, come to a park. Trees can be your friends, to let go of that noisy crowd. As silence enters, you arrive at a deep healing peace.

Mindfulness is the practice of being in the present moment. It doesn’t mean necessarily to sit in a meditation pose. It can also happen while walking.

Mindful walking with trees

Walk on the path between the trees. Be aware of the sensation of each foot as it hits the ground, the bend of your hip, knee and ankle, the slight breeze against your face, hear the sweet bird calls above your head. Walk until you feel called to go deep within. In the company of trees, you can be present as they raise their leafy branches high, reaching for the bright sun. You can enter into stillness as they reach their roots deep into the earth.

When we attune to trees, we can imagine becoming one with them. We too can reach up to the light as if in praise. Send roots deep into the Earth, as we draw in stillness. We can become both rooted and inspired; nourished and radiant. Even while walking.

This is the start of profound healing.

Trees that teach

Today I walked in Tryon Creek State Park with a friend. The first tree that spoke gently allowed each of us to go deeper, to gain insight, to know that we were walking the right path. It is one of many trees that are teachers in Tryon Creek State Park. We called it the Welcoming Tree. This gentle tree, nestled among the brilliant green understory seems modestly understated. Yet it is a profound Teacher and Healer.

Trees that heal

Further down the trail, we came around a corner into brilliant sun. But what took my breath away was is the awareness of a great Presence. I had to look for the source of this blast of joy. Found it in this tree (below). This tree blessed each of us, with a downpour of heartfelt grace. We called it the Initiation Tree. We saw that two parts of the tree had already broken off and are entering into a state of decay, to feed other lifeforms. Meanwhile, the remaining tree is still alive and its roots spread nourishment into neighboring trees, preparing the next generation. It only knows how to bless.

Trees that listen

These trees I discovered last week. They have roots that invite you to sit and meditate. These trees will listen to any remaining thoughts that are bothering you. Until the thoughts are complete. And you are at peace. Meanwhile you have found some new tree friends!

Roots for you to sit. The trees listen.Tree Roots Offer Meditation Seatings

Welcome to Deva Communion!

I teach people to use their body awareness to heal their minds, in Deva Communion Healing. And I teach Talking with Trees as part of a full Deva Communion workshop. If you would like to be notified when the next Deva Communion workshop is offered, please email me: rosi@integrationmassage.com or call 503-708-2911.

Or leave a comment below!

I look forward to talking with trees and you!

Meditation Benches offered by the tree roots

I invite you to talk to trees. If this is new for you, I invite you to attend an upcoming workshop where I will be teaching people to talk to trees at Tryon Creek State Park. Notice how gracious the trees are in welcoming you. Like this:cropped-img_5438-e1557301333904.jpg

Or like this, as if their roots go to a lot of trouble to reach out for you:

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That looks pleasant and inviting for me! Here’s some other ones, a bit more staid, perhaps, but offering a lovely place to sit and meditate:

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However, there are also options offered by gracious human builders, and planted by people who care that you are comfortable:

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Could you enjoy a walk with me at Tryon Creek State Park? I can teach you to communicate with the spirits of Nature, the Devas of the forest. We can practice Talking with Trees, and learn to listen to know when they are talking back. We can hear the whisper of the wind in the back-lit branches, or celebrate the sweet bird calls from the upper perches of soft green-dressed limbs. And you can receive some healing from the heaven-reaching trees, or the grounding of Mother Earth beneath your feet. What better way to spend a day?

Let me know if you would like to join me: 503-708-2911, or rosi@devacommunion.com.

 

On Talking With Trees, an invitation

Please consider joining me for a workshop at Tryon Creek State Park on talking to trees. It will be a first in the series of Deva Communion workshops. I would love for other people to learn the skills, so that they can be revived among humanity, and not pass out of our reach, as the elders pass out of their physical forms.

People have been telling me how much our planet needs this at this time. And how many young people would like to learn to communicate with Mother Earth, with trees, plants, insects, birds and animals. I can teach this. I am here to be of service to you in this way.

It is time that these skills emerge from dormancy and for the flowers of the spring of life to blossom and bloom in all their varied colors. And for us to nurture life in each other and with our precious planet.

Let me know if you’re interested!

Nature Communication: Ethics to Save Earth

We are facing unprecedented weather- and human- related Earth changes. As we provide essentials for our displaced brothers and sisters, restore habitat, rebuild, and still watch our oceans creep more deeply into beaches, lap at dwellings, and swallow islands, we ask, what more can we do? How can we live in greater harmony with our home? What are the ethics of human relationship to the Earth? Can we correct the imbalances we have created?

These imbalances are partly the consequences of our separation from each other. And from nature. Right now, some of us are called by love to restore our connection with each other and with the earth. Are you one of them?

Many people feel the peace and uplift of a pristine environment. Can we cooperate with nature to keep it that way? Can we access its wisdom?  Can we commune with nature to reverse the ecological damage? Can we find joy and insight in doing so?

I say yes.

Nature communion, exuberant Horsetail Falls

Everyone can communicate with the intelligences of nature.

Access to the intelligence in nature is our rightful human heritage,. However, it’s not often acknowledged in contemporary Western culture. Except in circumstances that we don’t necessarily acknowledge publicly: pet owners know they communicate heart-to-heart with their dog or cat. C63D3CAC-CAED-4479-BF2C-D6238CC51FB2That’s a start!

Attitude Matters

Can we have the same love and bonding with plants and insects? To connect with other species, we must release bias and phobias. And we must also stop defining the worth of a small creature by human standards, but learn to see its inherent worth.

For example, a baby slug is perfectly designed to thrive in moisture, and eat plant material we don’t want. It is also exquisitely vulnerable. We could appreciate it for its inherent beauty. And not judge it when it eats plant material we do want. This shift helps us find the richness of a new relationship.

Thoughts matter. If even to a small degree our thoughts invalidate an insect’s beauty, intelligence and worth, it may taint our efforts to connect. And it hurts our own hearts!

Extend Boundaries, Heart

I once heard someone say that in an embrace with his sweetheart, he couldn’t tell where he left off and she began. This is a common human experience. It reveals the truth that the heart has no boundaries.

Consciously extending boundaries is necessary for a mother to have “eyes in the back of her head”, and know if her child is safe. It is useful for public speaking or theater. There, it is called projection. It allows the performer’s voice to carry to the entire audience without straining. In nature, this same extension allows us to experience more than our physical bodies.

Sensory Modes Beyond the Body

In the garden or in nature, I extend boundaries to embrace our co-inhabitants. I become aware of subtle impressions. Some people translate these impressions into pictures, or visual images. Some experience them as words, an inner hearing. Some have an inner knowing without words or images. All are equally valid, although our society typically discounts the feeling/intuitive and endorses the visual.

(For more, see my post, On Talking With Trees.)

Win-Win, Walk Gently

The next step is negotiation, which requires knowing my desired outcome. When it serves both parties needs, it is called win-win negotiation. This is just as valid for plants, pets, insects and other creatures as it is for humans. Machaelle Small Wright has identified co-creative negotiation principles, based on how humans set the purpose and direction of the garden, and how Nature responds.

Mindful walking with Mother Earth has a way of blessing us back.

Divine Creation, Little Folk in Nature

The Talmud says that for every blade of grass, there is an angel that whispers, “Grow, grow!” There is similarly one for every tiny creature. In different cultures they are called variously nature spirit, earth spirits, fairies, elves, elementals, orisha, “little people”.

In 365 Days of Walking the Red Road, Terri Jean says, “Every element of Creation expresses the Creator. Within each mountain, each stone, and each heart lies the Great Spirit. All are of the Creator, and each particle of the universe is equally deserving of respect and admiration… Know this and give praise and prayer.” (More readings are in my Bibliography.)

I call these forces by the Sanskrit term, “devas”, which means “shining ones”.

Communion with nature can be playful, joyous and expansive, as well as deeply healing. Thus we access Earth’s wisdom. Restore our health. And find solutions for our ecological and spiritual crisis!

Your comments and experiences are welcome.

Deva Communion Healing, Body Whispering

Nature is talking. Are we listening? Or are we hurting, from the burdens of toxic pollution, oceans of plastic, and haphazard climate change? How much more do we need to hurt, before we recognize our oneness with each other, with nature, and with the planet? Before we learn to turn it around not only by environmental and political activism–also by embracing compassionate loving Presence.

How do we activate the loving presence that we know as our spiritual core?

Are you hungry to learn a compassionate communication with nature, and with the spirits of nature? And with our bodies that are part of Nature? “There is no time not to love.” (Charlie Murphy and Jamie Sieber)

Is now the time to harness our capacity to love to change ourselves and our planet?

The world has changed since I first taught Deva Communion in the year 2000. Hundreds, even thousands of people now talk to trees. And the trees talk back. Not only trees, all of nature is more open and supportive of humans learning to communicate with them.

Now is the time. The Earth has called us to be of service. And is offering to support us in learning to communicate with her. What I have to offer is “Body Whispering”, Deva Communion and Deva Communion Healing

What are Devas?

Deva is from a Sanskrit word, meaning “shining ones.” They are similar to what we call angels.

“For every blade of grass, there is an angel that whispers, “Grow, grow!”–the Talmud

Every person now alive, from every corner of the world, has ancestors that knew about these whispering angels. However, most of us have forgotten. (See On Talking With Trees to help remember.) There were different names for these angels and for the tiny beings under them: fairies, sprites, elves, nature spirits, little people, lukumi, orisha, yosei. If you are lucky, your grandmother or even parents mentioned them to you. Or you have known them as guides and companions, sources of inspiration or wisdom. Communication with little People’s and Deva’s of nature

I call them Devas. All around the world, we clothe these vast angelic presences and tiny helpers in our imaginations. And we create stories about them, and about the “little people”. The little people help Devas to create what we see as Nature.

Devas also guide and direct the life of our body. Even our organs have a Deva that knows how it can function best. It whispers, “Heal, transform!”

How does this fit with science?

All parts of our body display consciousness, as if each is listening to that whisper. Even immune cells show intelligence.

Every thought triggers multiple events throughout the body, especially in the brain, neurons and immune system. (The Life of a Thought in the Brain.) We add meaning to the thought. Our meaning comes from our personal history and associations. And these trigger memories that determine our brain-body’s response. So when we have thoughts of loving kindness, it can bathe every cell with benefit.

Health practitioners know that our bodies have the intelligence to heal. From a small cut, to a broken leg, our bodies know what to do.  We also know that emotional wounds respond to love. Taken a step further, when we accept our feelings, we can transform them. And another step: when we send love, compassion and gratitude to areas of our body that hurt, or store painful emotions, we activate that intelligence and life force to heal. We bring peace to our life.

We then see how our stories change.

How do our stories affect our health?

Our thoughts and beliefs influence our digestion, heart rate, immune system, mood, and strength. Even more, they affect how every cell communicates. We know this from research in such fields as psychoneuroimmunology and the neuroscience of relationships. Also from the far-reaching health benefits of mindfulness meditation. And the astonishing rapport of the “gut-brain axis”.

Because we can gain power over our thoughts, we can consciously co-create our bodies and lives. Right now, most of what we have created is unconscious. But we can rewrite metaphors such as “he/ she/ it is such a pain in the neck” or, “I feel stuck.” so that they serve our healing. Sometimes we are forced to rewrite them, because our lives stop working in the old way. The new pain science—the biopsychosocial model of pain—engages the brain to change by changing the story we create. I use similar principles to help you heal.

What is Deva Communion Healing?

Deva communion healing, love heals

Private session are usually on the phone. First I listen to your history. Next, I use body mapping and anatomy, body metaphors and movement to zero in on the issue. I tune into your body’s innate wisdom to communicate and send love to muscles, joints, and other tissues. As I sense tissue changes, I give you feedback about your focus. I then teach you to breathe love, acceptance, forgiveness, and gratitude to activate your body’s intelligence in the direction of better health.

Finally, I give you exercises to continue at home to increase your sense of empowerment. Your experience will change. You will have a new story.

I thus support your growth into becoming your own “Body Whisperer”.

These sessions can be scheduled for remote healing via phone or video calls, or in person, in my Portland, Oregon office.

Please feel free to call with questions: 503-708-2911. Schedule an in person session here. Schedule a remote healing session here:

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Thank you.

Deva Communion: Rosi to Worms, Findhorn, Whales

breathtaking clouds Columbia Gorge trail

Deva Communion Background, Rosi’s story

Rosi’s favorite childhood companions in rural Massachusetts were a cat she adopted, and the neighbor farmer’s horses. She felt sorry for how the horses’ grass was so short, and would bring them armloads of luscious overgrown grasses (“weeds”) from her family’s side of the fence. The horses came to the fence to talk, and never turned her down.

She also was fascinated by how her parents added vegetable scraps to the garden compost heap, and out sprang these curious little fellows, garden worms!

Even today, in Portland, Oregon, she loves gardening. She started conscious organic gardening in 1971.

Tiny ladybug in the fennel branches

Findhorn, Kinship With All Life–Communicate with Plants, Insects

However, 1977 was the beginning of a great adventure that made sense of experiences she had had since she was small. She read books such as The Findhorn Garden, as well as J. Allen Boone’s Kinship With All Life. At her Colonel Summers Park community garden plot, she started talking with plants and insects and they all talked back. That seemed normal to her. She assumed the purpose of Findhorn was to encourage people to talk to their gardens. Her garden partner argued that it wasn’t easy to learn from a book. She thought Rosi should teach.

But Rosi was not eager to teach. She loved the connection with all of nature and the inner communion she had had since she was small. And she loved the deep stillness that nature brought. She preferred to keep it private. However, the Devas argued that Rosi should teach.

Rosi decisions: like hanging moss lit by the sun

Guess what? Turn of the century, it’s a new era. Rosi speaks.

I was stubborn. (And perhaps a bit shy, and insecure.) Teaching was not my gig, or so I thought. In November of 2000 Devas appeared in a dream as angelic beings of light and again on the mountainside above my home in Grants Pass, Oregon. They insisted that I take people into nature and teach them to communicate the way I did. They said my way of communing was simple, and people needed to learn simple ways to deepen their connection with Nature. I protested, and said, “You must have the wrong person. I don’t teach workshops, there must surely be others more qualified to teach this.”

They said, “Prove it.”

So I read through the libraries, bought books by the dozen, looking for others with the skills I felt I lacked. I found some authors with a similar love, who used their hearts to communicate. However, I couldn’t find anyone who was writing about the barriers we have in our culture to interspecies communication and how to overcome them. Especially about the fear of insects. Or how individuals could change from the attitude of human dominance to  cooperation. But I still held back.

Hmm… Is this a barrier or a doorway?

“Do we have to feed you to the whales?”

The Devas finally said, “Are you going to be like Jonah? Do we have to feed you to the whales or what?” Woops! I got on it!

I wrote up a bibliography of now over a hundred books, available here. Finally, in 2001, I started to teach.

The Devas of the Columbia Gorge have a mission to help humans communicate with Nature. So I held my first workshops there. Then they told me they would go to each of the other workshop sites to teach the local Devas and nature spirits how to help participants open up to them. After the first workshops at the Columbia Gorge, the Devas kept their promise. Every participant was able to connect, no matter how left-brain, fearful, or timid they started out.

In 2002, I started to teach Garden Communication classes to adults, children and elders. I was nicknamed “The Plant Whisperer.” And continued teaching these until 2009.

This rose speaks to my heart

Post script, 2019. I will be starting to teach Garden Communication at Gabriel Park Community Gardens in Portland, Oregon for summer of 2019. And mini Deva Communion workshops at Tryon Creek State Park in Tigard, near Portland Oregon.

But the big news:

Full scale multi-level Deva Communion workshops will be held in Los Angeles at the Bel Air Treehouse!

  • Contact me at 503-708-2911; or Devacommunion at gmail.com.
  • Contact the Bel Air Treehouse at 424 – 4028076
  • And I invite you to leave comments below.

 

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