I feel like I am weaving a new life as I create my pine needle basket from fallen pine needles outside my home. I feel the spirit of the pine merge with me in sweet gratitude as I weave in the tree’s essential nature.
Ponderosa Pine’s guardian spirit creates sacred and gentle space—a space of non-judgment. Nothing I do is right or wrong, good or bad. There is no innocence or guilt. Everything just is. I sense the roots and origins of my own essential being in tune with Nature, now.
What a gift, this basket.
I have had a long standing love affair with Ponderosa Pine and now they surround me at my home. Tall and straight, pines feel like guardians and protectors. They survive heat, lightning strikes, and fires of life. Yet, at their center, they are sensitive beings. Gentle.
Words are not the way I communication with Pine Trees—I feel them and I believe they feel me too. They speak through the wind and in their silence but mostly through their feelings and emotional telepathy—using my heart (the language of nature) to connect.
Touchy-feely is the essence I get from Ponderosa Pine. I even use the needle clusters they shed to swoosh around my body for clearing and cleansing the aura (etheric body) to rid old energy and congestion. Pine brings out the sense of touch and how we truly feel deep down—what touches our heart. I believe touchy-feely learning and teaching is the wave of the future.
Ponderosa Pines make perfect hugging trees because you are rewarded with a nose-full of beautiful resinous vanilla scent.
There is something so innocent about the pine. Flower essence pioneer Dr Bach says that Pine is for “those that blame themselves.” Maybe that is why The Unicorn Temple at Prairie Star, an area I was guided to offer for unicorns and their babies to live, is a cove of Ponderosa Pine trees. Like the Pine, unicorns hold innocence energy. A place of acceptance without judgement of right and wrong. Observing the area, I couldn’t help notice the similarity of the branches with all their pine needles extending out like unicorn tails.
This is a poem I wrote some time ago in Twisp, Washington …
And all its pleasures
As it decides to feel free
Bathing in the beauty of my new
A purple colored explosion of manifesting joy
Be your own vision keeper
Be your own counsel
Dance your dreams into spaces all around
I hold you dearly with lessening clutching just being
flowing in how to respond
Mistaken ideas about things?
About how you think you are
About what you give yourself permission to do or be
about how you will be loved
let the beliefs be renewed
More About Pine Trees …
Bristlecone Pine is among the oldest trees in the world living up to 4,000 years of age. I had the honor of visiting them high in the White Mountains of California (around 10,000 ft). When I saw this tree, I knew I needed to meet her.
Mother Bristlecone Tree has a womb opening. The tree appears partially naked, old and twisted, and fresh and young in her new growth and purple/blue pinecones dripping with resin. I got a strong sense that they can not live alone. They need a community forest to support their lives. There is a magical freshness and purity to the air they breathe. I believe these pines hold memories of the earth and can guide us and teach us how to live from a place of more wisdom and love.
Pine Medicine & Uses
Pine tree essence – original innocence, honors touch, allows feeling nature, strength and protection, self-acceptance/judgment, Bach: “for those that blame themselves.” read more…
Bristlecone Pine tree essence – Ancient wisdom, ancestral roots and grounding, right relationship with earth, timelessness, communication with plant realms, conduit of source energy. read more…
Pine essential oil – (needles of Scots Pine) distinct self-identity, vibrant self image. Warm and dry. Tonifies Qi energy. Best oil to clear old phlegm from lungs. Colds, flu, chills, and fatigue. Lung, kidney, nerve tonic. Best for fatigue and nervous conditions. (Gabriel Mojay, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit)
Pine as herb/ceremonial/daily life – Native Americans burned twigs in smudge with cedar and juniper in sweat lodge. (Gabriel Morjay)
Pine pitch (sap and resin) is great to extract splinters, glass and objects out of the skin except when there is already lots of heat. Pine resin is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
Pine tea can be made from white pine tree needles. Ponderosa trees are not considered safe to consume as tea.
Pine nuts are delicious food from the Pinyon Pine. I met a Native American in California who still gathers pine nuts the traditional way but said forests are disappearing.
“A tribe of Native Americans in upstate New York got their name Adirondack, the Iroquois word for “bark eaters,” from their practice of eating Pine bark.” (http://www.eclecticherbalist.com/five-emergency-medicinal-herbs/)
White Pine is the Tree of Peace for Iroquois Nation Confederacy of New York State, upon which democracy was formed.