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An Imaginative Exploration of the Psyche

How Alive are Trees?

In his bestselling book, The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben argues that to save the world’s forests we must first recognize that trees are “wonderful beings” with innate adaptability, intelligence, and the capacity to communicate with — and heal — other trees.

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When I walk into the forest, though I don’t see eyes, I can feel the trees watching. Their consciousness is nothing like ours; their forms resemble no human’s – they certainly do not have breasts – but still in art we often portrait them anthropomorphically as a way to show that they do indeed have some form of spirit to which we can relate.

I sense the trees in the forest are a community, their beings interwoven in a network of roots, branches, leaves and a unique kind of knowing awareness that communicates without words or thoughts.

Take a walk in the forest and allow yourself to feel the trees. Open your heart and fall in love with these gracious beings.

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What do the trees in the forest around my house say to me? Something like this – only not in words, of course.

‘We watch, us trees, we watch in sad and silent knowing as the humans blunder across the landscape, wreaking havoc in their greed and selfishness. Some see us, feel us, even hear us and take heed; most, unfortunately, do not. Love of the natural world is lacking and yet sorely needed amongst these hairless apes. It matters not to us what humans do to themselves, but if they do not change their mindset – and soon – they will doom us all.

‘A human heart full of love for the forests, and for the shrubs and trees that grace their farms and cling to life in their cities, is a blessing that must be nurtured. Only when the majority have such love. awareness and understanding of the true beauty and value of all the natural world will the necessary global healing truly begin.

‘Do what you can to bring this about and we will bow to you in gratitude.’

How do you feel when you walk among the trees in the forest?

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde
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