In early December, 2019, I took my friend and Los Angeles coordinator, Lenna, to a park near her home in Pasadena. She wanted answers to troubling questions. This is best solved by a Wisdom or Teaching Tree. She had never heard answers from a tree before, although she had experiences of flowers and bushes waving at her and giving her signs of delight when she related to them.
Different trees have different roles in relation to humans. This Pasadena park had a large circle of old oak trees. I hesitated. Oak trees at the Earthrise Retreat Center in Petaluma CA were largely sentinel trees. They were looking out for the people there, protecting them, bringing energy down, and helping people tune in. They were watchful. And most of the ones at Earthrise told me their role was not to communicate with humans. Remembering that, I wasn’t certain whether these Pasadena oak trees would talk to Lenna.
It may take a while to find which trees each person can relate to most easily. So I was on the lookout for my friend as we walked into the park. She didn’t seem to find ones that resonated. At first, I didn’t either.
Meeting GOM, an old Oak Tree
Then I saw one very old, very large gnarled oak tree with a generous leafy canopy that came almost to the ground. It had two major trunks, about equally balanced, growing from one main trunk and root. I felt drawn to that tree and called her attention to it.
Double or multiple trunks can be a sign of a wisdom or teaching tree. They may have answers when people are pulled in different directions, or have difficulty with decisions. Those trees have learned to share resources and nutrients, and contribute to each other’s well being. This is true whether they are two trees coming from intertwined roots, or one tree with more than one trunk.
This tree had several faces on it. In one of the top faces, it seemed as though it had its eyes closed, not hostile, perhaps trying to shut something out, mellow, mischievous or meditative.
The face just below it was harder for us to decipher. To me it looked as though its crown chakra and third eye were open. The squinty eyes, clear broad nose and mouth don’t show so well in this picture. To my view, it seemed to be taking in a great deal of information.
However, it looked frightening to Lenna.
After making some effort to open her heart, she got more and more distressed by the faces and the energy of the tree. She started closing down. Not a good sign. ￼I realized something needed to shift.
What was I to do? The trees behind my Portland home had “borrowed” some deeply connected tree spirits from Tryon Creek State Park. Nature was offering their love and wisdom to help me teach. Before this trip, these anchor trees had promised to be available for both me and Lenna. So I called on them.
Portland trees to the rescue!
I sent my roots down into the earth to draw on the strength of the anchor trees. Their energy flowed into me like sweet maple syrup. I poured their love into the old oak tree. Immediately, he barked gruffly, “Don’t expect me to be one of those lovey-dovey trees!”￼ I didn’t argue with him.￼
He asked, “Do you hear the men behind you?” Lenna and I could both hear the cursing behind us. Lenna explained that men and boys came to the park, especially the frisbee golf section ringed by these old oak trees. They smoked, spat, talked and behaved rudely, all the time.
The tree said that we could call him Grumpy Old Man. He had a huge job to do, along with the other oak trees. Their mission is to neutralize and detoxify the men and boys who came to the park. They cleansed them enough of their anger and resentments, so that they could go back into human society, to their families and children more mellow, to not be creating harm.
Grateful to Grumpy Old Man and his team of trees
I got the impression that these stalwart oak trees deliberately attract these boys and men, in order to be of service to us. When I explained this, Lenna agreed they were much needed. She started softening and overcame some of her fear. We nicknamed him GOM.￼
As we were driving away, my home trees conveyed more information to me from GOM. He said that he was glad that we were attempting to teach humans to communicate with them. That if more of us were focused on uplifting humanity, it would relieve the toxic load on the trees that are serving to cleanse the atmosphere and the earth.
Although they are called to be of service and they fulfill the calling, they also experience and react to our emotions. And they do feel pain. They were hurting from the hostility and absorbing human hurts. We owe them a lot. And it helps them when we show our gratitude.￼
And now GOM is grateful for humans!
At another visit, GOM expressed his thanks that more people are learning to talk with trees. He told me I could also convey his thanks to a FB group called Tree Lovers, Whisperers and BioBalancers. That group advocates collective efforts to awaken humanity to love for trees and Nature.
Lenna told me the same messages of GOM’s gratitude for human efforts to communicate with trees. As part of the Tree Lovers group, I have connected GOM to a worldwide grid of humans and trees supporting each other. I can tell his job is easier because of that.￼
Since I returned home, Lenna has received other messages, and said he is softening, easier to talk with. I am grateful she can now access his tree wisdom.
She even said that sometimes the human park energy is more mellow!￼