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 our hearts (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 I truly feel deep down—what touches my heart. Ponderosa Pines make perfect hugging trees because you are rewarded with a nose-full of beautiful resinous vanilla scent. I believe touchy-feely learning and teaching is the wave of the future.
I have a long-standing love affair with Ponderosa Pine and they surrounded me at my former home at Prairie Star. 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. I was communing with the trees when I met the Pine Maiden. She gave me this message:
“I am the Pine Maiden and I came to you to give you a message. A message of love. We bring you warmth for your fire and needles for your baskets and peace in your being. We ask you to be in peace with us. We need your peace, too. It helps us be at peace within ourselves. We are linked this way—humans and trees—our need for each other. We want to stand with you like a forest of humans and trees holding hands and branches that connect our hearts and become one band. Our music is a band with many players. We whistle to hear you whistle. We listen for your songs and loving music. We want to play music with you and be at peace.”
I began weaving pine needle baskets from fallen pine needles outside my home. I felt the spirit of the pine merge with me in sweet gratitude as I wove 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 weave. I feel at peace.
Earth School is offering a Spirit of Pine & Pine Basket Weaving event December 31st, 2019 in Vancouver, Washington just north of Portland, Oregon.