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Advice from the Lime Grove.

It is important when working with trees and tree spirits that knowledge is not important.

What is important is: knowing how to listen to silence, how to be quiet and listen.

All processes and techniques will only be effective to the degree by which they lead the person to a state of silent receptivity.

If you feel ignorant or clumsy in front of a tree, just relax and listen.

No ‘doing things’ in a certain way, nor following this or that tradition, will create a useful link if there is no silence.

Trees communicate by shaping silence. Listen to the shape of silence. Sometimes it will shape into ideas and words, sometimes feelings, sometimes none of these things. Silence is potential. Knowledge already limits itself by making boundaries and definitions.

Trees do not come from this or that tradition, with this or that knowledge. There is not a hierarchy made up of those who know more and those who know less. There is no intellectual one-upmanship, elitism or doubt. Being a tree is sufficient.

If you just become a human being, that is enough. Silence shared is a flow of union. Wisdom filters down from silence, gradually taking form, translating into words and ideas.

But the words are not wisdom – simply the effects of wisdom upon the thinking mind. They show the touch of wisdom but not necessarily that wisdom is still in residence.

Only by revisiting silence and the shaping silence of trees can wisdom be encouraged to accumulate and become clear.

Naked emptiness with no edges.

Simple being with no motive.

Open mind with no thought.

Standing in front of a tree that is standing in front of a human.

Both are silent above the noise.

Nothing else is needed.

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