Advice from a Tree

There is a painting hanging above our bed, of beautifully crafted sequoia trees painted by my brother in law, Brad Russell.

When he heard of the challenge we faced, he did what any artist would do; out of this messy situation, he made beauty, he created art. Brad was inspired and divinely supported to create 27 paintings, to be given to our family and close friends.

The paintings were inspired by a speech given by my mother in law at the weddings of her four children. “The mighty sequoia, (which are the largest living organisms on the planet), have deep roots which intertwine and grow into eachother. This is what allows them to grow so tall, some up to 300 feet.”  These majestic trees symbolize eternity, longevity and vast wisdom.

The purpose of the paintings is to serve as a reminder, that like the mighty sequoia, we are all deeply connected, beyond what we see with the eyes. Every time we look at the painting, we’re reminded of all the other “sequoias” in our life. That at any given moment, someone else may be looking at their painting, and whether we’re experiencing joy or sorrow, we’re all joined together in that place beyond time and space, in the field of infinite possibility, where true healing comes from.

Although we appear as individuals, we are held together and nurtured by a structure dependant on eachother. Like a web, there is an invisible energetic network that connects us all. We support each other’s growth, and we are never alone. What we think, say and do, our intentions on the most subtle level, affects every other being.

Trees can teach us much about living harmoniously. A close friend sent me this note recently,

Advice from a tree:

Dear Friend,

Stand Tall and Proud

Sink your roots deeply into the Earth

Reflect the Light of your true nature

Think long term

Go out on a limb

Remember your place among all living beings

Embrace with joy changing seasons

For each yields its own abundance

The Energy and Birth of Spring

The Growth and Contentment of Summer

The Wisdom to let go like leaves in the fall

The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter

Feel the wind and the sun

And delight in their presence

Look up at the moon that shines down upon you

And the mystery of stars at night

Seek nourishment from the good things in life

Simple pleasures

Earth, Fresh Air, Light

Be content with your natural beauty

Drink plenty of water

Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes

Be flexible

Remember your roots

Enjoy the view

May the trees on your path serve as a reminder that you are held and loved deeply.

Chantal Russell