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We are the Trees (Sanctuary Earth & the Oath)

As New Year approaches, I like to share a small poem that came to me today.. and some related eco-thoughts and an oath I made almost 2 decades ago ūüôā

I am the Tree (c) Mani Navasothy
I am the Tree (c) Mani Navasothy

“Here we are , You and me

 Standing in the place of Ancient Trees.

What will we add to this World, pray tell

Make it a place of Heaven ..or Hell..? “

Many already know that I am a nature-worshipping, tree-hugging, storm-chasing, mask-making magician, ritualist, Scientist, and an Environmentalist!

Years and years ago, I heard the songs from The Gaia Album by Olivia Newton-John, and it’s probably one of those things that totally consumed me – the plea of the Earth and Trees (the way she sang them)..and made me a Gaia-Guardian!

There was also the Channel 4 TV mini-series `Merlin’ almost 2 decades ago.. starring Sam Neil as Merlin, reluctant boy who is mentored by Maab, Queen of the Fairies, to be at her side.. ¬†But Merlin rebels after seeing her selfish ways, and swears not to use his magic except to help, and to oppose her! ¬†There is a scene where he is seated in the forest floor, and makes a vow..!

So moved was I, that within moments, I had gone out to the garden, and on my Witch’s Knife (Athame), made a magical Oath to the Earth. ¬† (This ¬†is probably the first time I have ever shared this matter!)

Over the years, many related ecological and environmental concerns, campaigns, initiatives, plans & projects have surfaced or manifested from me..and those will continue..

So.. here as we stand at the end of 2013, what I called `The Year of the Witch’ – a difficult one personally, I think back to the one force that has always remained constant in my last 2 decades.. ¬†my love for the Earth!

I feel it every time I walk in the woods, and every time I step carefully and with reverence, into a hollow centred living Oak tree.  How often do we as humans ever go back to being literally inside another living creature-  apart from the first 9 unborn months of our lives?  Only when we are inside a living Tree!!

To me, that is returning to the womb-like sanctuary of Gaia .. mother Earth..  more so than being inside a Cave!

As 2014 dawns, I remind myself of the oath!

Bright Blessings to all

-Mani Navasothy

link

Storm: Weather  magic up a tree

Gaian Times- eco-spiritual e-Magazine

Trees as People

Recently on facebook, one person made a post, where Trees were refered to as `People’. ¬† ¬†That got me thinking, and I made a reply, and I thought it important that I posted that reply as a `status update’ in my own profile:

“Nearly all the pagans work with trees in a magical way, and I must say trees have helped me in more ways than one. And when trees I love and am connected to have been cut down or hacked by people unexpectedly, I have had serious physical injuries to my own self within days! One thing I must say , however is that I think we humanise too many things around us. Trees range from dwarves to such giant magnificent entities.. but to me, they are not people! For people are flawed humans.. and trees, they are perfect creatures of nature.”

To this, some of my friends (F1, F2, F3..) responded  as follows.

F1: ¬† “It rather depends what you mean by people… But I agree about the perfection of tree beings.

F2: ¬†Perhaps referring to trees as Standing People points to an aspiration that one would hope would be a part of homo sapiens type people….. But it is interesting to reflect on the perfection of trees. The Yew, the sycamore and, no doubt other trees excrete a toxic substance that kills off anything that might attempt to grow in its shade. The Ash populates an area with such speed and in such great quantities that it is sometimes considered a weed in its denial of other species the space to develop a diverse range of flora. I can think of parallels in human society which we would criticise for such an approach. Food for thought, perhaps. ūüôā ¬†¬†Nature, red in tooth and claw, green in leaf.

F3:¬†I agree. We are all part of the same web and we are as perfect or as flawed as we allow ourselves to be. Of course humans are flawed but that is part of our journey. A tree that has grown in the wrong place, without enough light or food, could be said to be flawed too. We are all striving to grow and to be the best that we can be. The difference for me is one of speed…flowers are here and gone in the blink of an eye, we last a little bit longer, trees longer still and rocks the longest of all. We all have our place, our perfections and our flaws. I prefer not to reflect on the ‘perfection’ of something else by thinking about how imperfect humans are. We are young and trees are old. We are learning.

So I got thinking further, my mind provoked by these responses.  And here were my replies.
“To define `flawed’ I look to our way of thinking of machines or systems. Something that does not fully and efficiently serve its purpose for coming into existence ..is flawed. A faulty machine is either repaired or scraped. A weakling bird with health problems from birth, very quickly dies – by starvation, or by being thrown out of nest – by its own siblings sometimes! It is `flawed’ because somewhere n its genetic make-up, its programming became flawed ..resulting in a `weak’ fledgling. Come to think of it, am now thinking about humans …what’s the purpose of our programming? if we are serving it, we are fine.. if not, we are flawed? Hmm.. Quite frankly, survival drives me.. not poetry. Though am likely to use esoterica and poetry and anything else to ensure my survival, if need be. Harsh I know..but its part of human-nature, right? :-)”

“I guess we should define things – I’d call humans `people’ – the creature that has evolved out of apes. Esoterically and poetically we humans `humanise’ so many non-human living things and even non-living things (what would you say is the definition of `life’ by the way?) I agree that nature is harsh, hard, and utterly selfish and every creature fights for its own survival most of the¬†time (exceptions are when one puts its offspring’s well-being first). Trees no exception (except trees don’t put their offspring’s needs above their own. An oak doe not keel over and ie just because its seed grows near it). No other living thing is flawed, but humans.. because we humans think humans are end all and be all.. and so we try to humanise everything. ūüôā (Of course we also have to define what we mean by flawed, for this to be a fully sensible pondering.. :-)”

So readers and pagans? what thoughts do you have?

I’ll leave you with this art work that I did a very long time ago.. ¬† as it seems rather relevant ūüôā

-Mani

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