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The message
of the great trees
is communicated from within
and by means of
their great silence.

If you have a wish
To communicate with
The spirits of trees
Then go with a willing
Quietness.

Take time
Just to be
In the presence
And receive packets of information
For later unravelling and
Investigation.

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Listening to the song of the world that the trees hear.

Find a tree where you can rest comfortably for a while. The size is not important, though a large, mature tree is a little better to start with.

Settle down as close as you can get so that it is possible to relax comfortably. If you feel secure enough then close your eyes, if not relax your gaze and keep a relaxed focus at a comfortable distance.

Begin to relax your body and your breath. If you know the Tree Breath for that species you can begin with a few minutes of practice.

As your breath settles, place your awareness, not in your mind with its thoughts, but at your ears. Whenever your attention drifts inwards to listen to thoughts, send it out again to find focus upon your ears.

Relax your listening, hearing all the sounds around you all at once. (We habitually turn our attention between identifying one sound and then another.)

Now keep your awareness in your ears, simply allowing the one sound of the world to pass into your senses with all the different frequencies and silences knitted together.

Hold in your hearing all sounds, both nearby, inside your body and mind, and those that you hear from the far distance. It takes practice to relax enough to allow all sound to be perceived simultaneously, but this relaxed openness with alert awareness is the open quality of tree consciousness. It helps us to blend with the world and to begin to flow into greater awareness.

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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.

mull kodak2 086

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